Software applications, general-purpose computers.

Troubleshooting Rule #1: Is it plugged in?

The first in my series of troubleshooting rules:

A surprising number of day-to-day problems are solved when you realize that the thing just isn’t plugged in. Oops.

The obvious sense of “plugged in” is “plugged into the mains supply” - the AC wall outlet.

But there are many other useful senses to look for: read more...

Screenshot of the beginning of "The Search"

Screenshot of the beginning of "The Search"

The first screen of the game (no spoilers here).

A mini-game: The Search

I wanted to learn a bit about RPG Maker XP, a role-playing game creation toolkit that my apprentice, Jake, is using for a project. So I made this little game with one puzzle and some combat. read more...

Sump pump connection

You may recall that one of the features of my sump pump alarm was that I could theoretically hear it from bed.

It turns out that I can not only hear it from bed, I can hear it from bed while the train that woke me up is still passing through and the life companion is snoring. At almost exactly two AM. So that’s good to know. I would have been OK if that theory had never been confirmed, though.

And as I stumbled into my clothes and outside to the basement door, trying to avoid opening my eyes at all, I remembered Candace asking whether I really wanted a gadget that would read more...

Hello, world!

After about nine years of exhibitionism on my Lightlink page, it's now become time for me to have my own domain. A .com domain would have more cachet, and I almost went with (shorter, too), but Katherine convinced me that it would be good to use something people could remember, so here we are.

I've been using Drupal as a site-management tool on a number of sites lately, and so I've put it up here and will base this new site around it. I love it like an engineer loves a good new tool. According to Harry Kim of Voyager, the Five Steps of the Ferengi Process of Acquisition (or something like that) are: read more...

Hutch Owen's Farting Around

Hutch Owen's Farting Around

For almost a year on-and-off, I’ve been working on a 3-D model of the Hutch Owen character from my old friend Tom Hart’s comic books. This month, I completed his body and made it fully animatable. Check out his Hutch Web page to see if the model matches the character.

Hash Animation:Master, Illustrator, Photoshop, ImageReady
July 2000-May 2001

Sir Saynomore's Last Quest

I guess it didn't turn out too well for him. But who could predict giant Muppets? read more...

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