I’m not great at painting people but sometimes I get an idea for a painting and I just can’t resist doing it … this is another one of those situations and I finally finished it last night. I’ll post more details later – just archiving for now.
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 🙂
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! 🙂
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
- 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:
Video Preview (Initial Release)
I’ve started trying to upload/link my app around so people can find and try it. Few notes on that:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Nick’s gone for a week for a well-earned vacation. My free time was slated to go elsewhere but my brain/stylus disagreed so we now have another one for the collection …
- I left out the “rs” in Tenders!
- Image may be too dark … or not dark enough? Contrast of night time was fun but to some might be overkill. Couple examples of dark/light variations:
— Chris Emerson 🇺🇸 (@emerson_chris) June 13, 2018
Clearly I’ve been on a kick w/this kind of thing lately … no doubt coming from some combination of inspiration, OCD and whatever red/white/black pills I’ve recently consumed. Anyhow, this past week Nick (who’s a Catholic) had a fair number of pagans or atheists send messages to the show and his responses, as usual, were as hilarious as they were spot on. At some point he joked about how he was “fending of the pagan hordes” and that’s the comment that I couldn’t get out of my head and led to this illustration.
Original (for print)
Here’s Nick talking about pagans:
Description from YouTube:
This is a silly but sincere tribute intro to Scott Adams and his always-thought-provoking Periscope series “Coffee with Scott Adams”.
Not to be over-dramatic about a 15 second animation but for anyone who cares, I made this because:
A) Scott Adams is one of a very few voices out there today who offers honest, open-minded, calm and always-unique assessments of the news of the day … and that is inspiring (even when I don’t agree with him).
B.) Because he supports President Trump because it’s the right thing for the country, not the popular thing to do.
C.) And also … I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve always wanted to hear Scott’s trademark humming overlaid on top of some jazz music… so figured I’d just do it myself! (Along with the artwork, etc.)
Disclaimer: Not an official product of Scott Adams (don’t blame him for this!)
A few weeks ago, after quite a bit of back and forth, Apple finally reconsidered their position on my app and officially approved it to return to the App Store! I’m not sure if I just annoyed them to death or if they truly saw the error of their initial review but either way … the app is finally free to stay on the App Store and get updates in the future.
Anyhow with the red tape out of the way I spent my free time the past couple weeks making a few changes to the app – the most notable things being:
- iPhone Support (Finally!)
- New fancy icon
- Vimeo Support removed (never used it)
I hope to add cross-device sync in future but will see how bad I want/need that before attempting it (TBD).
As always, I’m very aware I may be the only guy who wants/uses an app like this but if anyone else tries it out let me know what you think.
Recently did a few illustrations of Nicholas J. Fuentes in Procreate on iPad.
I was missing the old, legendary shows of HBO recently so I threw this graphic together. I’m not sure if HBO will ever return to it’s former greatness but here’s hoping. I heard a rumor there might be another Deadwood “movie” getting greenlit soon but they need solid shows/series again not one-offs.
What is this?
“President Trump Google Doodles” is a browser extension (plugin) I made for Google Chrome that does two simple things:
- Gets rid of the Google “image of the day” (a.k.a. “Google Doodle“) from my Google Chrome browser
- Shows a random photo of President Donald J. Trump on the Google Search screen
I won’t get into my reasons on #1 as that’s a whole separate post/topic. Article at the bottom is generally related – but topic too complex to get into here.
As for #2 … actually before I added this my original idea was to create an “American History” version of Google Doodles that would include all the well known (and not-so well known) American holidays, achievements, people and events … since in this day and age American history is under such constant division, derision, revisionism and general attack it’s easy to lose grasp of what made our country great.
Unfortunately as I compiled a list of topics and general logic for the project I realized it would take me a LONG time to finish (if done right) as it would mean creating 300+ images! So I pivoted the project to instead simply showcase photos of the President Trump for now. I may/may not revisit the original “American History” idea in the future … if/when I have the time to do it right. But honestly I enjoy the photos of the President so much I may wait a while. 🙂
I realize the list of people out there who might also want the above stuff may not be very long (or maybe not?) but if anyone is curious give the extension a try – it’s free of course! Details below.
How to Use?
- Install / Open Google Chrome.
- Go here to the Chrome Web Store to install the extension.
- Click the “Add to Chrome” button
- Then load a new browser tab or go to google.com to test it out!
- Currently there are around 50 photos in the rotation
The photos are dynamically loaded from Flickr.com – hopefully that works ok long-term (so far so good on my end).
All photos are copyright to their original owners – none of these photos are my work (sources vary).
If you have any photo suggestions feel free to chime in the comments or on the Facebook page.
- Glitches? I threw this together pretty fast so there may be a layout/visual quirk here or there – if you run into something show-stopping let me know in comments or on the Facebook page.
- User Options: If my OCD holds eventually the extension might add a setting or two users can toggle – such as: categories of photos to show/hide, etc but for now the extension has no user settings.
- Chrome Install Page: Direct link to Chrome Web Store to get the extension
- Facebook: Official/public FB page for the extension, update announcements, etc.
- Google Doodle: If you want to view/read more about Google’s “Doodles”
- Related Article: Google doodles aren’t just naff – they’re trying to rebrand the past (The Guardian)
(Not necessarily my specific feelings on the matter – but related/interesting take)
Ok that’s all – if anyone tries it let me know what you think!
PS: By the way if anyone just wants to get rid ot the Google Doodle image (w/out using this President Trump extension) here’s an extension by someone else that does that: http://bit.ly/DoodleBlocker
Months ago after I had recovered from making Super POTUS Trump I was toying around with the idea of a new pro-President Trump project – something along the lines of a Candyland-mashup-with Super POTUS Trump characters. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the idea simple enough to make sense (or fit into my little free time schedule) so I just created some artwork around the idea anyway … just out of curiosity of what the related artwork and potential “game board” might look like. Shortly after this my iPad broke so I couldn’t access the artwork so this project just collected dust –
but after finally getting my iPad fixed a few weeks ago I figured I should get this released soon or else it might never see the light of day.
So … the video below is what this ended up becoming – an “audio-graphical” rendition of President Trump’s legendary run for the presidency! I’m guessing most people who happen to see this will be a bit confused on what the heck it is/etc – but hopefully the above explains the origins sufficiently. If you watch it make sure to go full screen and pick highest resolution you can to see the artwork at the highest quality. And my apologies for the black bars on the side – once again I made a 4:3 illustration in a widescreen world … when will I learn? Anyhow enjoy … and God bless President Trump!
Vimeo/backup link to come if YouTube kills the video for whatever reason.
If anyone wants to see the full illustration behind the video you can view it here.
This year’s card shipped a couple days ago. Head to http://cards.chris-emerson.com for the usual stuff: final artwork, card notes, related sketches and the always cool time-lapse making-of video.
Just archiving here for the record books. Actual details/notes can be found on the app’s Facebook page here.
My grandfather fought in WWII and I make silly animations, artwork and games/apps. It’s embarrassing but that’s how it goes…
Super POTUS Trump is a “mini” indie video game I made as a tribute to President Trump. It’s currently available now for Windows on Steam and soon should be available for iPad as well (pending Apple review).
While I describe the game as “mini” the effort it took to produce it was quite the opposite. At face value the game may not seem like a very big project since a person with average gaming/computer skills could play through the entire thing within 45 minutes (or less). But the making of this game was, by FAR, the biggest, most exhausting personal/hobby project I’ve ever undertaken. Not only was it my first time building a game with the (awesome) unity3d.org game engine – it also involved a ton of iPad artwork production, C# coding, audio hunting/editing, learning an entirely new game store workflow (SteamWorks, on top of Apple) and just about every social media/web skill I could muster as well. For the past ~6 months this project was pretty much a black hole that sucked up every free minute I could find.
While it was a lot of work it was, for the most part, a ton of fun. I do have to admit that towards the end I started wondering if I would ever finish it, questioning why in the world I was making it and wondered the odds that anyone else would even care or enjoy, etc. Fortunately I didn’t give up, called it “done” about a week ago and since then it’s been release for Windows and sent to Apple for review.
I have to say it was hard to call it “done” as there were so many ideas I had that I just had to leave out otherwise I’d never finish it! I told myself *IF* I lived through it and if more than 12 people enjoy this version I *MIGHT* consider making an Episode 2 (since a lot of the coding/etc would already be done). But I can’t even think about that right now!! …
Few Development-Related Images
Given how greuling things got near the end I have to say comments/reviews like this sure are great to read:
This is just art. Not a game but a piece of art. 10/10 would play again.
– Razor_One (Steam)
And this one just nails it too – we won’t hold it against him that he didn’t vote for Trump 🙂 :
No, I didn’t vote for Trump (and god no I didn’t vote for Hillary), but I love you none-the-less for making this! Your passion and inspiration shows. You should feel proud of your accomplishment! (Also love the Russian theme thrown in. The part Russian in me adores it!) …
– Shrodu (Steam)
There have been a few naysayers but thanks to how Steam works you can’t leave a negative review unless you’ve installed the game so hopefully that means not very many haters will bother spamming the reviews – which as of today are holding mostly in the Positive category.
In case it’s not obvious I did not make this game to get warm fuzzies reading positive reviews or to rake in the few dollars it hopefully makes to at least make small dent in the the few hundred I sank into making it. I made this game as my tribute to President Trump and to show the world (or maybe just 23 people) that Trump’s support is strong and made up of rationale, talented people whose bond with the man can not be shaken. With the non-stop onslaught of self-righteousness, condescension and vicious calls for violence coming from the news media, Hollywood, college cry-babies and all the other far-lefties in between I felt I simply had no choice but to make this game.
I am well aware this is just a small silly game and I don’t imagine it will get that much attention – outside a few fellow indie gamer fans and friends/family I’m sure the install base will be pretty small. But knowing that even just a few people will see it – whether they’re pro-Trump or not – it will have been worth it.
Thanks to everyone who tries it out! … and thank you, President Trump!
I realize some friends/family may not be able to play the game so at some point I may create a video showing a little bit of each level of the game so people can see it that way. In the meantime if you can stomach random people on YouTube I’ve started collecting videos about the game made by other, random people on YouTube – most of them include gameplay video of some level. Here’s that playlist if you want to see video gameplay sooner vs later.