I’ve added a new clock to my Wooden Clock app – the “Sweden” clock!
The “chimes” song (thanks to Holly for playing it on the piano!):
Inspired by recent (but common for years now) instances of censorship, demonetization, deplatforming and financial terrorism being inflicted on people *IN AMERICA* for simply speaking the truth or asking valid questions. Few example links at bottom of this post.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
President Ronald Reagan
Small sampling of (recent) examples of censorship, etc.
Like many other people I found “that scene” from the recent Joker (2019) movie so intense and awesome so I wanted to recreate it somehow. I ended up trying to lay it out like a comic book and tried to do it in a way that felt like the classic “Arkham Asylum” Batman graphic novel. I’m not sure how successful I was in the latter (I have zero experience creating comic books) but I am happy w/the final version in any case. I was torn on putting in any modern-day/non-movie elements but in the end I couldn’t resist fill the top center window frame with some of the evil icons of our “society” as well as an America First ad on the top right television set. Oh yeah and (belated) semi-spoiler warning if you haven’t seen the movie yet (but if you haven’t seen the movie yet – +1 week after opening – I don’t feel bad).
Few clips I pulled together that sum up the hype/hysteria (and reason for it):
Quick but fun pass at an America First vs Turning Point USA image. After last week’s photo drama (below) I wanted to pile on as much as I could.
Here’s to everyone who saw the BBC’s distorted and insulting version of Mosley on the new season of “The Peaky Blinders” TV show researching and learning the truth about him on their own.
By the way for the record I used an old black and white photo of him and a recent color shot of Big Ben along with a tracing technique (which I consider partial cheating artistically) – so this was not all drawn out of thin air! Time lapse video below shows in detail.
On the Spirit of European Civilization
Lady Diana Mosley Interview
The BBC’s False Villain // Peaky Blinders @thisislaurat
Oswald Mosley Interview (1975)
The “Freedom of Speech” Lie @YouKipperLad
Few updates on the PocketSwatch app front:
This was made for the previous version of PocketSwatch but basically covers all the basics.
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.
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/.
Updated Video Preview:
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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
Here’s Nick talking about pagans:
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:
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.
“President Trump Google Doodles” is a browser extension (plugin) I made for Google Chrome that does two simple things:
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.
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
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!! …
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.