PocketSwatch Returns!

Few updates on the PocketSwatch app front:

  • For the past year or so my PocketSwatch app had been removed from the App Store because it had become outdated and incompatible with the latest version of iOS (the iPhone software).
  • Over the past couple weekends I finally finished getting an updated version of the app up and running and uploaded to the Apple App Store.
  • I’m probably not going to bother updating the Android build because I don’t have that kind of time and from what I can tell no one even found the app on the Google Play app store anyway.
  • I didn’t make any huge changes for this release but I did clean up the UI and addressed a few bugs.
  • I believe the layout may get a tad wonky for huge “phablet” phones but the app should work and run fine on most iPhone devices.

Links

Video

This was made for the previous version of PocketSwatch but basically covers all the basics.

Wooden Clock: Germany!

Another post for the archives: a new clock added to my Wooden Clock app (“Germany”)! Thanks to a lot of “Black Forest” furniture pictures online (examples below) I was able to create a new clock that (hopefully) has a German feel to it. Another part of this update includes changing the “country” clocks so far (France, Tibet, Russian and Germany) to all use their respective national anthems as their hourly “chime”. They all sound really cool (IMHO). Related details/notes can be found on the app’s Facebook page here.

Screenshots & Research

Update Notes

In App

Research

Big Tech: This is Fine

About

This idea is of course about the general saturation of the degenerate liberal agenda that seems to be oozing out of all tech platform thee days and how it’s all poised to get to our kids heads at as early an age as possible. I’m not in love w/the vertical orientation and overall I feel like it’s a bit too busy/confusing – but I got the main idea across I guess. And for the record there are many issues with big tech right now … this just covers the kid/brainwash angle.

Related Links

Browser Extenions

On a related note – in the (semi) recent past I’ve made tiny dents in the above context by creating a couple browser extensions for Google Chrome (or Brave/Dissenter) for parents or just people who want to tone down the degeneracy just a little bit.

Will the West Survive?

A Photoshop idea that popped into my head recently. I know it’s a bit stale (and a tad cringy) now in 2019 as we’re all now wondering if President Trump (or similar Populist/Nationalist leaders) will succeed or not … but I had to get it out of my system. Plus however it all turns out it was a great feeling to at least have the hope for a time at the very least.

“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive…”
President Donald J. Trump | July 6th, 2017

Video Version

America First in Clown World?

Description

What’s the point of the “America First” slogan if #FreeSpeech is gone, we’ve lost control of our government and the country’s been turned into a clown world?

@realDonalTrump
#BigTechCensorship #StopTheBias
#AlexJones #GavinMcInnes
#TooManyTopicsToHashtag

Background

Last couple weeks have been pretty rough w/the increased censorship online, immigration going from emergency to nightmare, President Trump seemingly abducted or lulled to sleep by non-MAGA people in his administration and the other usual issues in the news/culture accelerating towards the cliff at break neck speed. I’m not an Alex Jones cult follower but I recognize that his voice being taken away, along with plenty of others is not a good sign at all – especially when the people being banned/deplatformed tell WAY more truth than the mainstream news outlets etc. This isn’t my usual style/approach to artwork but the idea just popped in my head and I just went with it.

God save America … if it’s still possible.

Procreate Time-Lapse

30 second version

Full length:

NJF: Harvey Dent

Recent procreate (yet another NJF what can I say … the guy is inspiring)

Related Video Segment

Funny thing about this is that I was 50% into this illustration when he mentioned Harvey Dent on the show. Maybe that was inevitable but I was really freaked out when he brought up an idea I had already started illustrating! Very weird!

 

Links

https://dribbble.com/shots/6402555-Nicholas-J-Fuentes-Harvey-Dent

Reference

Photo
Main reference photo of Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight movie. My version wasn’t nearly as cool but hopefully I got close.

Video clip

Drain the Swamp (2019)

Illustration idea that I recently finished.

Video

I couldn’t resist throwing the illustration into a short video clip to give it a bit more feeling/context. If you watch make sure to crank the volume and go HD/full screen!

Alternate Versions

Final version at top of post but here are some earlier iterations.

Almost Final w/Text

Final (no text)

Early Draft: Daytime

Initial Idea/Sketch

Painting Time Lapse

(6 minute version)


Standard artwork/free speech disclaimer:All people and places in this image — even those based on real life — are entirely fictional. This image portrays violent concepts and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone.

President Trump: The Road to His Second Term

Will add notes later … for now just archiving my new video about President Donald J. Trump titled: “President Donald J. Trump: The Road to His Second Term”.

BTW obviously I do hope people share and spread this to help spread the word for 2020 but as of now I do NOT expect this video to get even 2% of the views that my original video got (for multiple reasons) but like my original video I made this first and foremost for my own reasons (and as an homage to the God Emperor of course) … anything after that is a bonus. If you do watch some of it I recommend cranking the volume 🙂

Video

1,000!

This is a post just for myself since workouts are a personal thing for me … plus no one really cares about someone else’s personal workout achievements, right?. Anyhow, yesterday I hit 1,000 workouts in my workout tracker. Technically I passed this number a while ago I’m sure but yesterday was the 1,000th workout I’ve logged in the app I used nearly every day: Strong Workout Tracker. I am thankful for that app and even more I am thankful for my Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells. Those dumbbells have lasted a really long time (w/not a lot of repair needs) – probably the longest-lasting, most-used thing in my possession (outside maybe my toothbrush and iphone?).

Here’s to 2,000! 🙂

Gridley™

I may post background info here later … but for now just archiving the initial release of a new hobby project of mine called “Gridley™”. And for the record I’m well aware I went way overboard with this. It started as a “scratch your own itch” hobby project and I took it up a few notches just because/OCD.

The video below shows the basic idea/mechanics of the app. For more info or the download link head over to the main website here: https://cemerson.github.io/gridley/.


News & Updates

Update 20181226

Features:

  • First major update since release.
  • Significant performance upgrades
  • PDF and TIFF support added!
  • Rounded image corners
  • Border Colors
  • New “Options” menu
  • Custom filename
  • Move multiple images up/down in list now
  • Various UI updates / bug fixes

Updated Video Preview:

Update details:
https://github.com/cemerson/gridley/releases/tag/1.0.1028.1713

Video Preview (Initial Release)


20181215

I’ve started trying to upload/link my app around so people can find and try it. Few notes on that:

PAD®?
First thing I started figuring out is this thing called a PAD® which is a “Portable Application Description” (details) that a lot (most) of software devs use to index/centralize information about their application(s). Still figuring this out but if it’s free/simple enough I’ll likely set that up.

MajorGeeks.com!
I also recently got the app into the MajorGeeks.com website. That is really cool because I’ve followed/used them for over 10 years and it’s pretty cool to have them accept my humble app into their site because they hand-pick what they list and they try it out first – very cool. Here is the description they wrote about it:

MajorGeeks.comGridley The Image Grid Generator is designed to generate a single image comprised of multiple images.

This type of graphics app will be useful for combining multiple screenshots, creating photo thumbnail sheets, merging design mockups, positioning prototype screens in a grid or even generating photo collage desktop wallpaper. You can scale one or multiple images (15 image limit) up or down depending on the job at hand.

The idea for Gridley The Image Grid Generator came to be as the author constantly found himself needing a way to quickly merge (or scale down) screenshots, mockups, etc. and waiting for monster programs like Photoshop to load or clicking dozens of times in Windows Paint – we can attest to Windows Paint being a little cumbersome, to say the least. As he searched for an existing app or website that did something similar to no avail Gridley was born to help.

Gridley The Image Grid Generator has an interface that supports drag and dropping of images as well as the standard adding process. All the tools you need are contained within its single window. You can add columns, padding, true/false aspect maintaining, add borders, change the background of the newly rendered image and more. It was easy-to-use – even going in without any knowledge on how it worked we were able to produce the desired media making it a very intuitive app. It should be a useful asset for any user that works with images.


LogicalCraft!

Backstory / The Original Mod

Back in 2016 I made a mod for Minecraft called “Logical Drops” which tweaked some of the items that drop off animals in the game to make survival mode more realistic. For example, in vanilla Minecraft, you get 1 to 2 steaks of meat off a cow when you kill it … meaning two meals! My mod simply adjusted that to be 10-20 steaks so A) you didn’t have to kill so many cows, B) you appreciated it more when you had to and most importantly C) you won’t die so fast from starvation! Well the mod consisted of a handful of that kind of thing. So I shipped that off to mod land and it got a few downloads from other Minecraft players (40,000+). Maybe that was the same user downloading the file multiple times? Anyhow – here’s a “mod showcase” video someone did of the mod from back then:

Mod Update and New Name!

Well over the past few months I started playing Minecraft once in a while to kill time, etc and a few new ideas popped into my head on things I could add to the mod (some fan suggestions, others my own ideas). And even though I already had a couple weekend projects already going I couldn’t resist jumping back in to Minecraft mod work and tooling around w/updating my mod. Something about Minecraft mod work that is very hard to stop once you’ve started … at least for me.

Long story short this weekend I finally finished the updates – which included having to rename the mod to “LogicalCraft” since it doesn’t just adjust “drops” anymore – and I released the first build of it for other players to try – see links and few screens below. If/when anyone does a mod showcase video of it I’ll post it here.

Links

Screens

America First 2042

I really do have another project I’m supposed to be working on in my free time! But the other day yet another NJFscene popped into my head and I had to attempt it. It’s not 100% what I envisioned but pretty close.

Music Inspiration

By the way here’s the song I was listening to that triggered the idea: “Guidance” by Against the Waves. Make sure to listen past the 30 second point for full effect – and for bonus points listen up to the mini guitar solo at 03:21 🙂

Twitter Link

Video Version!

Finally got around to attempting a video version of how I saw the original illustration in my head – using the above-mentioned song too. Didn’t have ton of time but it got close enough I think. As always – go fullscreen/HD to watch it!