poisonedgrace: (hobbes)

 Successful birthday was had. 


Took a 4 day weekend during which I:

Got plenty of awesome birthday goodies.
Worked on my electronics project, made some great progress with it and I'm feeling pretty good about how it's turning out.
Had a wonderful dinner (or 3) with my family for my birthday.
Played some Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Got my Citadel Mega Paint Set in from Games Workshop (of course I won't have time to mess with it until mid-November at the earliest :( :( :(  )


I think I've given up on getting the new stilts together for this year.  I don't own the tools myself, and my helper has decided to be a total d-bag about actually doing anything.  He no longer responds to any of his family via text or phone, he misses family functions and is sullen and difficult the majority of the time anyone DOES manage to get in touch with him.  So I'll probably just take my time on them over the next year or so and see if I can get them together for next year.

No big deal, as I would eventually like to re-skin the entire costume anyhow, but that gets super expensive.

Hopefully I will be able to pick up some 10k Ohm resisters at Radio Shack (expensive, but very convenient) later today and then be able to start the next step of my main project for this year (portable SFX sound system for those of you not paying good attention).

The basic hardware (music unit and microprocessor) are up and working, and the basic software (I can get it to actually play things that are stored on it) is working.  After I get my resistors, I can start making all the physical control input viable, then write software for the interface.  Once it's all done, I'll make a youtube video showing it, and I might offer them for sale to other costumers on a made to order basis.  I have seen quite a few people requesting something similar to this, and the closest pre-made thing is VERY overpriced (and quite honestly, vastly inferior to my design in terms of adaptability, functionality and customization.

OK, this is just getting ever nerdier and I don't have much else to say!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes and gifts and everything!
<3
poisonedgrace: (hobbes)

 Successful birthday was had. 


Took a 4 day weekend during which I:

Got plenty of awesome birthday goodies.
Worked on my electronics project, made some great progress with it and I'm feeling pretty good about how it's turning out.
Had a wonderful dinner (or 3) with my family for my birthday.
Played some Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Got my Citadel Mega Paint Set in from Games Workshop (of course I won't have time to mess with it until mid-November at the earliest :( :( :(  )


I think I've given up on getting the new stilts together for this year.  I don't own the tools myself, and my helper has decided to be a total d-bag about actually doing anything.  He no longer responds to any of his family via text or phone, he misses family functions and is sullen and difficult the majority of the time anyone DOES manage to get in touch with him.  So I'll probably just take my time on them over the next year or so and see if I can get them together for next year.

No big deal, as I would eventually like to re-skin the entire costume anyhow, but that gets super expensive.

Hopefully I will be able to pick up some 10k Ohm resisters at Radio Shack (expensive, but very convenient) later today and then be able to start the next step of my main project for this year (portable SFX sound system for those of you not paying good attention).

The basic hardware (music unit and microprocessor) are up and working, and the basic software (I can get it to actually play things that are stored on it) is working.  After I get my resistors, I can start making all the physical control input viable, then write software for the interface.  Once it's all done, I'll make a youtube video showing it, and I might offer them for sale to other costumers on a made to order basis.  I have seen quite a few people requesting something similar to this, and the closest pre-made thing is VERY overpriced (and quite honestly, vastly inferior to my design in terms of adaptability, functionality and customization.

OK, this is just getting ever nerdier and I don't have much else to say!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes and gifts and everything!
<3
poisonedgrace: (Calvin)


Hey folks,

I am putting together a project I've been working long and hard (oooo baby!) on. 

A major part of this requires that I gather a LOT of sound samples.
I primarily need "monster sounds".  By that, I mean:

More like Godzilla & Predator & The Aliens & stuff like that.  Although something like Freddy Kreuger may be a "monster" technically, and we may all love it when he says "Daddy can't help you now!"...  That's not really what I need.  I need more along the lines of:

Growls
Roars
Snorts
Snarls
Hisses

Stuff like that. 
Some of them can and will be used directly, some will be edited into new and layered tracks to produce custom sounds.

I would LOVE some ideas and feedback from you folks in this area.  Movies, Video Games, Anime / Cartoons, TV shows, WHATEVER!
Tell me about some cool monsters or similar sound effects that you love, or think might be helpful.  Just a name is fine, but if you know specifically where I can snag audio files from a web site or something, that would make you an angel!


Here is a list of stuff I have been looking into so far, or have obtained sound clips / files from:
LOST
Godzilla (and assorted Kaiju friends, such as Gamera, Gigan, Various Ultraman Creatures etc etc)
Cloverfield
Sleestaks (fuck yes!)
Bioshock
Doom
Ju-On


Various animal sounds:
Whales
Hyenas
Various insects
etc
etc
etc
Still collecting more of these as I go, too.


If anyone knows where I can get my mitts on an audio clip of that awesome insect sound that Pumpkinhead makes, I would be thrilled, I've had a hell of a time with it.  I might have to sit down with the DVD and try to extract it, but that's hard what with people yelling, gun shots, explosions and background music.


I know there are a lot of simple and obvious things that I have forgotten, over looked, and probably never even heard of, so ANY idea you have would be awesome, please share and help me to make some art!


poisonedgrace: (Calvin)


Hey folks,

I am putting together a project I've been working long and hard (oooo baby!) on. 

A major part of this requires that I gather a LOT of sound samples.
I primarily need "monster sounds".  By that, I mean:

More like Godzilla & Predator & The Aliens & stuff like that.  Although something like Freddy Kreuger may be a "monster" technically, and we may all love it when he says "Daddy can't help you now!"...  That's not really what I need.  I need more along the lines of:

Growls
Roars
Snorts
Snarls
Hisses

Stuff like that. 
Some of them can and will be used directly, some will be edited into new and layered tracks to produce custom sounds.

I would LOVE some ideas and feedback from you folks in this area.  Movies, Video Games, Anime / Cartoons, TV shows, WHATEVER!
Tell me about some cool monsters or similar sound effects that you love, or think might be helpful.  Just a name is fine, but if you know specifically where I can snag audio files from a web site or something, that would make you an angel!


Here is a list of stuff I have been looking into so far, or have obtained sound clips / files from:
LOST
Godzilla (and assorted Kaiju friends, such as Gamera, Gigan, Various Ultraman Creatures etc etc)
Cloverfield
Sleestaks (fuck yes!)
Bioshock
Doom
Ju-On


Various animal sounds:
Whales
Hyenas
Various insects
etc
etc
etc
Still collecting more of these as I go, too.


If anyone knows where I can get my mitts on an audio clip of that awesome insect sound that Pumpkinhead makes, I would be thrilled, I've had a hell of a time with it.  I might have to sit down with the DVD and try to extract it, but that's hard what with people yelling, gun shots, explosions and background music.


I know there are a lot of simple and obvious things that I have forgotten, over looked, and probably never even heard of, so ANY idea you have would be awesome, please share and help me to make some art!


poisonedgrace: (alone)
In a weird sort of mood this morning. Undefinable. But I have a weird stabbing pain in my head, and maybe it's making me crazy enough to do this:

So I'm offering you Maps & Legends

Hey, I'll even answer questions. Maybe there's something to be said for it.

A Quick guide (if I forgot anything, ask & I'll add it)

Text appearing in (this shade of) Blue typically denotes a dream. Or a Dream (yes there's a difference. If you don't know the difference, that's something I can answer I suppose, but I don't want to bore both of you all if it's old obvious news.).

Text in this shade of Grey is typically used for quotation. Often times it'll be lyrics or literature. Things Written By Others. These things are always also in Italics, thus the look of this line.

Sometimes text is colour coded towards a specific audience. This Purple used to be you & I think you were once this one. Once this nauseating shade of Pink was you (maybe because I really don't like that colour at ALL.) You were once Red, but now you're Dead & Red can be any number of things but we'll talk about that later. I think another shade of pink stood for you a few times. You once had a light blue. I have been coloured green (Green is the colour of my God) more often than not, as it's the default colour of most of my web sites. But none of these are set in stone, as they're usually more about a reflection of a certain nuance of interaction or or just to make something stand out. The whole world is RAINBOWs, so these change often and randomly.

Bold, Underline, Strike Through, and Italics can be just for tonal emphasis, although "Italics with quotes" or colour is always a quotation.

The hidden text: FYI, yes it always spells out something. Yes, it always means something. The colours are generally selected simply for aesthetics, but rarely they may refelct mood or target. Sometimes if it's more than one separate message sharing space, then different colours may just denote different message strings, and I might just start to run out of easy to detect colours. I tend to like to use red because it's a good contrasting colour. I also like that Halloween Orange colour. Those are definitely easy to see.

Sometimes things are hidden in font size or shape as well. Sometimes things are hidden black on black or white on white fonts, so that you can only find it by highlighting the correct area. Those ones are hidden from you the best, but also the most rare and very few people have ever found them. But sometimes that's what it's about.

I am sure that there are a million other confusions, questions, & points of clarification that I could address, but I don't have any more coming to mind right off my head, because... well this IS all my head, so I can't really know what you know & what you don't...

So, ask away. If I stay in this mood, I'll be willing to answer 99% of your questions as straight forwardly as possible, but I reserve the right to not answer some things anyhow LOL ;)
poisonedgrace: (alone)
In a weird sort of mood this morning. Undefinable. But I have a weird stabbing pain in my head, and maybe it's making me crazy enough to do this:

So I'm offering you Maps & Legends

Hey, I'll even answer questions. Maybe there's something to be said for it.

A Quick guide (if I forgot anything, ask & I'll add it)

Text appearing in (this shade of) Blue typically denotes a dream. Or a Dream (yes there's a difference. If you don't know the difference, that's something I can answer I suppose, but I don't want to bore both of you all if it's old obvious news.).

Text in this shade of Grey is typically used for quotation. Often times it'll be lyrics or literature. Things Written By Others. These things are always also in Italics, thus the look of this line.

Sometimes text is colour coded towards a specific audience. This Purple used to be you & I think you were once this one. Once this nauseating shade of Pink was you (maybe because I really don't like that colour at ALL.) You were once Red, but now you're Dead & Red can be any number of things but we'll talk about that later. I think another shade of pink stood for you a few times. You once had a light blue. I have been coloured green (Green is the colour of my God) more often than not, as it's the default colour of most of my web sites. But none of these are set in stone, as they're usually more about a reflection of a certain nuance of interaction or or just to make something stand out. The whole world is RAINBOWs, so these change often and randomly.

Bold, Underline, Strike Through, and Italics can be just for tonal emphasis, although "Italics with quotes" or colour is always a quotation.

The hidden text: FYI, yes it always spells out something. Yes, it always means something. The colours are generally selected simply for aesthetics, but rarely they may refelct mood or target. Sometimes if it's more than one separate message sharing space, then different colours may just denote different message strings, and I might just start to run out of easy to detect colours. I tend to like to use red because it's a good contrasting colour. I also like that Halloween Orange colour. Those are definitely easy to see.

Sometimes things are hidden in font size or shape as well. Sometimes things are hidden black on black or white on white fonts, so that you can only find it by highlighting the correct area. Those ones are hidden from you the best, but also the most rare and very few people have ever found them. But sometimes that's what it's about.

I am sure that there are a million other confusions, questions, & points of clarification that I could address, but I don't have any more coming to mind right off my head, because... well this IS all my head, so I can't really know what you know & what you don't...

So, ask away. If I stay in this mood, I'll be willing to answer 99% of your questions as straight forwardly as possible, but I reserve the right to not answer some things anyhow LOL ;)
poisonedgrace: (lol truck)
It's really cold in here today. I wonder if that's going to be standard for the new place they have me sitting.
___

Went to Lowes last night to get the final bits for The Cave (2.0). Since last time I went in and bought a long wooden pole, they've moved them. Now granted it's been a good few years. Last time I bought one was back when I realized how much cheaper it was than a 'real' staff for my martial arts classes. And srsly, a long wooden stick is a long wooden stick for all practical purposes.

Anyhow, I went in and they were not where they used to be. No problem, I needed to buy a couple of dowels anyhow, so I went to where they should have been. I bought a dowel right before Halloween, at the Lowes right by my mom's house. Went to the same area in the one by my house, and there was nothing of the sort. Got to wander around looking for it, and quickly saw that the stores do not have even a remotely similar organization scheme. Things were seemingly placed at random. I remembered buying a dowel there at that location before, so I went where they had been then.

Nope, they were moved as well. Wandered around looking for someone to ask, but like many large chain stores, the employees practice Retail Ninjutsu. You know this art? The one where they endlessly hound you as though you're robbing the place when you do not need assistance, but once you do, they vanish in a puff of smoke and you can't find them even if you're screaming at the top of your lungs? These were skilled retail ninjas!

I finally found the dowels, and got what I needed, but the large wooden poles were not located near the dowels (which is kinda silly because dowels are really just short wooden poles :/ ) I FINALLY found a guy to ask. He had several rather interesting notions on where they were located and led me on a jaunty path around the entire store several times, and remained, even after asking "the guy in plumbing" where they were, still failed. He wandered off to find someone else to ask.

I was just about to ask some other guy, when guy 1 comes back all triumphant like and says he found them. So he leads me ceremoniously to a section containing long... METAL poles. I thanked him and waited for him to leave because clearly he was worse than no help at all.

I was totally wondering how bloody cunting hard it was to locate a WOODEN STICK in a store such as Lowes when I decided to just give up and go see the curtain rods. Unfortunately they're usually like... collapsible and stuff to fit various sized windows / doors, and I was hoping for something a bit more sturdy. But having been shown shower curtains a-plenty and some really terrible metal closet stuff, I figured anything was worth a shot, right?

Of course, the new isle where they decided to locate the long wooden poles was right by the mini blinds, which makes... total... sense? The mini blinds happen to be down the isle with the curtains and curtain rods. So that worked out in a weird sort of way I guess.

Armed with my amazing new epic wooden stick:
EPIC, BRO!
I went home.

I had borrowed a drill from my step-dad to finish up some hanging of things that needed to happen, and to put the final addition of the epically hidden wooden pole into place, and of course the battery died after 3 seconds of use, so that wasn't accomplished either. I'll have to go up there soon and trade out batteries.
___

I guess I burned myself out on the tale of Lowes, and on going to all the trouble to craft you a custom made graphic, because I find myself ready to be done with the blog now.

Good day, sir.
poisonedgrace: (lol truck)
It's really cold in here today. I wonder if that's going to be standard for the new place they have me sitting.
___

Went to Lowes last night to get the final bits for The Cave (2.0). Since last time I went in and bought a long wooden pole, they've moved them. Now granted it's been a good few years. Last time I bought one was back when I realized how much cheaper it was than a 'real' staff for my martial arts classes. And srsly, a long wooden stick is a long wooden stick for all practical purposes.

Anyhow, I went in and they were not where they used to be. No problem, I needed to buy a couple of dowels anyhow, so I went to where they should have been. I bought a dowel right before Halloween, at the Lowes right by my mom's house. Went to the same area in the one by my house, and there was nothing of the sort. Got to wander around looking for it, and quickly saw that the stores do not have even a remotely similar organization scheme. Things were seemingly placed at random. I remembered buying a dowel there at that location before, so I went where they had been then.

Nope, they were moved as well. Wandered around looking for someone to ask, but like many large chain stores, the employees practice Retail Ninjutsu. You know this art? The one where they endlessly hound you as though you're robbing the place when you do not need assistance, but once you do, they vanish in a puff of smoke and you can't find them even if you're screaming at the top of your lungs? These were skilled retail ninjas!

I finally found the dowels, and got what I needed, but the large wooden poles were not located near the dowels (which is kinda silly because dowels are really just short wooden poles :/ ) I FINALLY found a guy to ask. He had several rather interesting notions on where they were located and led me on a jaunty path around the entire store several times, and remained, even after asking "the guy in plumbing" where they were, still failed. He wandered off to find someone else to ask.

I was just about to ask some other guy, when guy 1 comes back all triumphant like and says he found them. So he leads me ceremoniously to a section containing long... METAL poles. I thanked him and waited for him to leave because clearly he was worse than no help at all.

I was totally wondering how bloody cunting hard it was to locate a WOODEN STICK in a store such as Lowes when I decided to just give up and go see the curtain rods. Unfortunately they're usually like... collapsible and stuff to fit various sized windows / doors, and I was hoping for something a bit more sturdy. But having been shown shower curtains a-plenty and some really terrible metal closet stuff, I figured anything was worth a shot, right?

Of course, the new isle where they decided to locate the long wooden poles was right by the mini blinds, which makes... total... sense? The mini blinds happen to be down the isle with the curtains and curtain rods. So that worked out in a weird sort of way I guess.

Armed with my amazing new epic wooden stick:
EPIC, BRO!
I went home.

I had borrowed a drill from my step-dad to finish up some hanging of things that needed to happen, and to put the final addition of the epically hidden wooden pole into place, and of course the battery died after 3 seconds of use, so that wasn't accomplished either. I'll have to go up there soon and trade out batteries.
___

I guess I burned myself out on the tale of Lowes, and on going to all the trouble to craft you a custom made graphic, because I find myself ready to be done with the blog now.

Good day, sir.
poisonedgrace: (<3 madness)


Welcome to the billionth installment of Nerd Alert!

I know this will probably be 'old hat' for the majority of you people who play video games, but I took a break from almost all games for a number of years.  Especially 'new' games.  I haven't really played anything newer than 2004 titles, or maybe even older than that. 

Recently however, I've gotten back into it some.  Consequently, there's an entire world of things out there that I know nothing about, and I'm only finding, playing and experiencing them for the first time.

Which brings me to:
Bioshock
(article does contain spoilers)

Wow.  Seriously, what an amazing game.  The game play was alright.  The basics were... well... really basic.  What made the game shine are the details and the story line.  The items you got would start fairly typical, but you could upgrade them.  Trust me... Running around with a Clockwork Shotgun was pretty awesome.  You could also obtain these really cool supernatural powers.  Pyrokinesis, telekinesys... summoning swarms of hornets from your own blood...  That sort of thing.  The storyline, and the way it was presented and assembled a part at a time were also very good.  There were some plot twists, but I would have to say that I saw many of them coming ahead of time.  That in NO way cheapened the masterful storytelling and the perfection with wich the twists were implemented though.

I'm not really going to say too much about it because I love storied being experienced in the intended manner and I absolutely detest it when people spoil things (to the degree that I actually delete people who spoil things on social networking sites).

After playing it all the way through, I happily started all over again right off.  It's just that good.

I read up a little on the second one (supposed to come out in October) and I found a teaser trailer that just gave me chills because it was so awesome.  It's cool in that it doesnt spoil anything either, and if you played through the first game it's nice and ominous.



Ok, enough of my nerdiness.
___

I keep *almost* making that blog post, because I can't shake the fact that I keep thinking it over and over and over again.  I stop myself at the last moment each time just because...  Well I guess just because it's not something that very many people will really understand.  Even though it's obvious, it's also something that people never realize, just because of the alien factor and their inability to even begin to grasp the concept. :(

I'm sure it'll bleed through (again) eventually, but it's a yo-yo right now.


poisonedgrace: (<3 madness)


Welcome to the billionth installment of Nerd Alert!

I know this will probably be 'old hat' for the majority of you people who play video games, but I took a break from almost all games for a number of years.  Especially 'new' games.  I haven't really played anything newer than 2004 titles, or maybe even older than that. 

Recently however, I've gotten back into it some.  Consequently, there's an entire world of things out there that I know nothing about, and I'm only finding, playing and experiencing them for the first time.

Which brings me to:
Bioshock
(article does contain spoilers)

Wow.  Seriously, what an amazing game.  The game play was alright.  The basics were... well... really basic.  What made the game shine are the details and the story line.  The items you got would start fairly typical, but you could upgrade them.  Trust me... Running around with a Clockwork Shotgun was pretty awesome.  You could also obtain these really cool supernatural powers.  Pyrokinesis, telekinesys... summoning swarms of hornets from your own blood...  That sort of thing.  The storyline, and the way it was presented and assembled a part at a time were also very good.  There were some plot twists, but I would have to say that I saw many of them coming ahead of time.  That in NO way cheapened the masterful storytelling and the perfection with wich the twists were implemented though.

I'm not really going to say too much about it because I love storied being experienced in the intended manner and I absolutely detest it when people spoil things (to the degree that I actually delete people who spoil things on social networking sites).

After playing it all the way through, I happily started all over again right off.  It's just that good.

I read up a little on the second one (supposed to come out in October) and I found a teaser trailer that just gave me chills because it was so awesome.  It's cool in that it doesnt spoil anything either, and if you played through the first game it's nice and ominous.



Ok, enough of my nerdiness.
___

I keep *almost* making that blog post, because I can't shake the fact that I keep thinking it over and over and over again.  I stop myself at the last moment each time just because...  Well I guess just because it's not something that very many people will really understand.  Even though it's obvious, it's also something that people never realize, just because of the alien factor and their inability to even begin to grasp the concept. :(

I'm sure it'll bleed through (again) eventually, but it's a yo-yo right now.


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