Friday, December 28, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

So, Prune Juice, Then...

What you are about to witness is an experiment.
--Dr. Clayton Forrester, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fan Art Series: Oh Yeah by Yello

Sometimes I just have the weirdest ideas and the only thing for them is to run with it.  This is one of those times.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Short and Rainy Days...

Well, I guess this is something of the opportunity I've been waiting for for awhile now.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Maybe A Break Coming...?

I know I could certainly use a little time away from it all.  I'm just not sure how I'd make such a thing work.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

From The Old Floppies #20: MiSTing of "Digimon: Digidefenders Episode 5", part 3

Well, here we are at the last part of the last thing I think I've got to post from my old files.  I had honestly intended to have this up well before now, but we all know how life away from the blog can be, and sadly, that just didn't happen.  Once again, for those of you who may have been waiting, I do apologize for the amount of time this took.

We'll be starting this off with what is probably my favorite host segment of all the ones I ever wrote while I was doing MiSTings.  I was, and still am, really, a Red Green fan, and the Adventures With Bill segment was one of my favorites from the show that at least used to run on PBS here in the States.  Writing a host segment where I combined that with playing pinball in an arcade was really fun.  I don't recall how well it actually went over with the audience, but I enjoyed writing it.

Also, my favorite single joke is in this part, as well.  I think you'll know it when you see it. 
So, without further ado, here's what may well be the last thing from my old files.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

That Art I Warned Of, Part One

Well, folks, here it is, all in one post.  Just for the sake of convenience.  And there's a jump to save space on the front page

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CRAP ART: More Stuff

Just getting things started off with a little something simple here, folks.

Friday, August 31, 2012

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #29: Pwa!

You know something? I'm getting a serious sense of deja vu off this, and I'm pretty sure I haven't done this part of the game yet.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More About Kitty

Here's something I may do a YouTube video about or talk about on my uStream channel next time I broadcast.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

TEXT PLAY SIDE GAME: Final Fantasy (NES 1990/PS 2003 [Origins]): Issue #12: Class Change

Good news and bad below the jump, folks.

From The Old Floppies #19: MiSTing of "Digimon: Digidefenders Episode 5", part 2

I should begin this one by apologizing to those of you who have been waiting for this.  I've been busy with things offline lately and have just been forgetting.  I suspect I've also forgotten something else from my FTOF series as well.  I'll look into that and fix it as soon as I can.  Until then, let's get down to business on this one, shall we?  Italics read in Majel Barrett's voice, a la the Star Trek computer.

Last time, on JMST3K: Digidefenders Episode 5: Jesse and Leomon dress up as characters from The Red Green Show to keep from getting beaten up!  The Commander sends a team of two to Japan to almost meet the Tamers!  A giant Boarmon goes on a rampage in Shinjuku!  And Jesse loses his glasses to Renamon in a failed attempt to impersonate Red Green!

And now, the continuation...


Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Cat Kitty

Writing about Bravo, the cat from the rescue center, the other day, got me to thinking about my own cat.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Number 400: Little Bravo of the FFRC

So, I guess I'll be doing a special 400th post after all.

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #27: Sugar Maple Forrest (Some NSFW Links)

This bit of commentary is going to take a turn towards NSFW territory, folks. That's one reason why there's always a jump for folks reading this from the front page of my blog.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

From The Old Floppies #18: MiSTing of "Digidefenders Episode 5" Part 1

There's more to the title than that, but we'll get to see that in a bit.  First, though, I think I should set this up for context.

The last one of these I posted was of a junk email from late in my career as a MST3K fan writer.  One of, of not the, last bit of fan fiction I based such a thing on was a fan-made series based on the third season of the Digimon franchise, titled Tamers, which is worth checking out.  The series author went by the handle Phantom1, and, as memory serves, was part of the MiSTing community as well.  There was a general solicitation that went out for fans of Digimon Tamers who were also MiSTing authors to apply the "treatment" to the first so-called episode of the series, and I took the call.  I rather enjoyed the original story, and Phanto, as I called him, and I struck a deal to continue the series, both with and without the commentary, as long as we could.  This arrangement lasted a surprisingly long time, all things considered.

What follows is not only my favorite in the series, but also my all-time favorite amongst the MiSTings that I personally wrote.  So, here we have part one of three or four of Digimon Digidefenders: Episode 5!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

That Old Feeling

You know the one, where you know something won't end well, but you've gotta do it anyway.

Friday, July 27, 2012

VLOG: Birthday Project trailer

Just a little something I hope to have at least written in time for my birthday next week.

From The Old Floppies: Issue #17: Game Review of "The Three Stooges" video game for I-Mockery

It's been awhile since I've done one of these, and I've been meaning to get around to it since then.

In this case, what we've got here is a video game review I wrote for a website called I-Mockery.  It's one of those sites that's been around for awhile in one form or another.  They've got some cool stuff there.  Amongst my favorites are the Pixel Pals sprite comic and an article about a failed Disney resort in the Caribbean.  Back in the day, they used to take user-submitted video game reviews, and I had an account there with which I did exactly that maybe a half dozen times.  Just my luck, in an effort to come up with a cheap and somewhat lazy post for tonight, I came across a final draft of one of those reviews.  Interestingly enough, it's the one for the Three Stooges NES game that came out in the late 1980s or early 90s, which I mention in my video review of the recent movie of the same name by the Farley Brothers.

Now, what I'm posting here is just the plain text version I wrote without the supplemental in-game images that I submitted alongside the review.  Those can be found on the review page hosted by I-Mockery, along with additional info I couldn't find because I didn't know then and haven't had the inclination to find out in the eight years since then.

So, here we go, folks.  Check it out below the jump!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

More Than I Thought...

I've got quite a bit of junk paper around my work desk.

New Tires

It's about time I got around to getting new tires on my car.


Things may actually be going my way again.

Summer Schedule 2012

If I keep getting the same hours I've been getting at my day job the last three weeks, here's how things might look going forward this summer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #17: A More Normal Course

With the first Elazul quest out of the way, I'm on a more normal course for the way I usually play this game. Things could get a bit interesting here, folks.

Where To Begin...?

Well, maybe more how to begin, because I already know the “where” part, from several angles...

Monday, July 2, 2012

Not Feeling So Swell

I've not been feeling so great lately, and I've fallen behind on several projects as a result.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #16: "Schriver's Selves"

Back when I was in college, working on my bachelors degree, one thing I was hoping I could possibly do was get published in a science fiction magazine of some sort.  So, I wrote what I thought was a story that would  pass an editorial board and submitted it to a few places.  On the list were Asimov's Magazine, the Sci-Fi Channel's website/e-zine at the time, and a few others that I've since forgotten over the years.  When the first attempt, which you're about to see, failed, I wrote something I thought would be better and tried again.  That attempt didn't work out any better for me, but at least I can say I tried, if nothing else.  I really wish I'd held onto the rejection letters a bit longer, just as mementos, but such was not the case.  More on that, and the other story, as well, may be forthcoming.

For now, though, here's my first attempt at getting something published: the ultra-short story "Schriver's Selves".


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Not For The Web

Not so long ago, I wrote about how some things never get past the first or second draft.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

TEXT PLAY SIDE GAME: Final Fantasy (NES 1990/PS 2003 [Origins]): Issue #1: Getting Started

Here's one I've been meaning to get to for awhile now, and since tonight's not a good night for Legend of Mana, now's as good a time as any, I suppose.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

That Bad Art I Was Talking About...

Here's one bit of it, folks.

Wasting Pixels

And space on the web, too.

Games Maybe I Should Try: Sly Cooper

It's not the only PS2 game that maybe I should try, but it's the one I'm gonna open this series with because I've found a weird fascination with the characters lately.

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #10: Tutti Fruti Summer Love

Perhaps Gunther was singing about penguins in this video.

Still More On Fan Fiction

I've got a ton and a half of ideas for various works of fiction I want to write. I just need to motivate myself to actually sit down and make it happen.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Little Blogger Weirdness

I mentioned this at the end of the Hamtarro crossover fic I posted this morning.

From The Old Floppies: Issue #15: Crossover Fanfic "Grand Theft HamHams" Part 4 of 4

Here we are, the end at last.  The final two chapters of Grand Theft HamHams.  As I've said before, I'm actually kind of impressed with myself for managing to make this particular fanfic go as long as it did.  But end it did, thankfully.  So, let's finish this off, shall we?


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #14: Crossover Fanfic "Grand Theft HamHams" Part 3 of 4

So here we are, pretty much in the home stretch for this particular part of FtOF.  There's only two chapters left after the three I'm posting here, and I think I'll be just as glad to be done with it now as I was back in 2003, when I originally wrote this.  Oddly enough, this is one of the few fan fics I ever had people admit to reading by leaving comments.  I'll have to see if I can find the one other that really got the responses.  But that'll be for another time.

For now, here's part 3 of 4 of our bad crossover fan fiction.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bad Game-Based Movies

Since it seems to be a thing again, why not give Hollywood a few more ideas, huh?

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #09: End Of The Line? (Branch A)

Team Fortress 2 has an answer about my continuing this branch after this issue.

From The Old Floppies: Issue #13: "Grand Theft HamHams", Part 2 of 4

Sorry about the delay in getting this out, folks.  As I've mentioned before, it's been a crazy couple weeks.  Things have stabilized a bit for the time being, so maybe I'll be able to get things rolling a little more regularly here.

But anyway, the story at hand.  Grand Theft HamHams.  This will put us to the halfway point in the story, up to six chapters of eleven.  I'm actually kind of surprised that I managed to keep it going that long, now that I've got almost a decade between myself and actually writing it.

Other than that, I'm at a bit of a loss for what else to say about this right now, so let's get into the story, shall we?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #12: Crossover Fanfiction "Grand Theft HamHams", part 1 of 4

Back towards the end of my time as a full-fledged fan fiction author, I was something of a master of bad crossover stories.  In one of the weirdest ideas I ever had, I sat down and wrote a story that was essentially the characters of an anime show called Hamtaro acting as though they were in a watered down version of Grand Theft Auto 3.

It came about when I noticed that a lot of the voices in the two seemed similar.  One of the odd things about this story is that it got some of the most serious reviews when I posted it back in 2003.  It should be interesting to see what happens now that I'm revisiting it.  Check it out.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #11: Selections From "MacKedzie's Journal", Part Two

I've been meaning to get back to this for awhile, especially since this quasi-historical stuff I post seems to be relatively popular and I need to bring up my ad revenue a bit.  It's interesting to see some of this stuff again.  There's some that's good and just as much or more that I'm actually kind of glad that I'd forgotten.

I'm going to post three last entries from the pseudo-journal I did and then call it done with.  It's been interesting to see it all again, and there are a few that I didn't look at, but I've posted enough now for folks to get the gist of what it was about, so I'll move on to other things I want to post from here.

I Need Money...

Change! Ya got change? Help a guy out, will ya? Change!

Post Number 300

I could spend days trying to come up with something suitably epic and not do it, so I'll just do this instead.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #10: Selections from "MacKedzie's Journal", Part One

There are some things that make me realize I've made a few mistakes along the way to getting into this whole blogging thing.  One of those things is a project I did in 2003 and early 2004 called "MacKedzie's Journal".  Essentially, it was a thinly disguised blog that I was doing on Fiction Press.  These were barely-fictionalized tellings of various things that had happened on a given day.  I suspect that an early form of Blogger may have been around at the time, and if I'd have been using it then in a way even remotely like I do now, I may have actually gotten somewhere with it all.

Of course, at the time, these were simultaneously more personal and more negative than they should have been.  Perhaps it's for the best that they were buried on FP and eventually taken down not long after.  And all this gets me to thinking that perhaps I could have put them on LiveJournal, which is something I'm constantly forgetting that I have an account on, as well.  Maybe one day I'll post excerpts there that I don't post here.

In the meantime, however, here the first two of maybe four or six randomly selected chapters my proto-blog for your perusal.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

VLOG: I Like Chili

Because I do.

From The Old Floppies: Issue #9: A Number Munchers Fan Fiction

Well, here's a little something I'd forgotten about quite some time ago.  It's a Number Munchers fan fiction.  You read that right: a Number Munchers fan fiction.  This was a little thing I came up with one day after having reacquainted myself with the old Munchers games from my childhood.  Even when I wrote this, it had been a good fifteen years since these games had been halfway relevant for me, so it was just a dumb idea to keep myself busy with one afternoon.

You'll notice that this is tagged with "Warp Power Studios and Theaters" and "A List of Evil" at the beginning.  That was just a silly little thing I was doing at the time because it was pretty much the in thing to do with fanfiction at that point in time.  It kinda got abandoned when being an adult became more important.

This particular piece never got published to my [FanFiction.Net page] for one reason or another.  I think one good reason for that was that at the time, there was no appropriate section for it.  Another is that it's a horribly stupid story.  See for yourselves below the jump.

An Almost Forgottet Item

I guess this means I should go through my CD-ROM collection when I clean my apartment later on today...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #08: MiSTing of "Banned CD" spam

Back towards the end of my MiSTing career, I used to do a lot of email spam, in part because I would get a lot of it to work with, and saving it in a form that I could do so was much easier.  I still get the same volume, but it's nowhere near what it used to be, in terms of funny content or ease of saving to work with.

This is one of the later so-called "live action" ones I did of a piece called "!Banned CD!Banned CD!" that I used simply because I had claimed it on the Web Site Number Nine Dibs List and felt I had to do something with it.  It's a relatively bad piece, even for me.  I think I threw it together in like one afternoon on a day off, and it shows.  But hey, judging by the last few of these, maybe it'll be worth something here, just for what little entertainment value there may be here.


Monday, April 9, 2012

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #06: Breaking Into Branches (Branch A)

OK, I think I'm starting to get an idea here. It's a stupid idea, and more complex than it needs to be, but that might just mean it's just dumb enough to work.

From The Old Files: Issue #07: "Episode Guide" for fan-MiSTing "Day In The Life Of Pizza Cats"

Back towards the end of the fan-MiSTing era, it was sort of the in thing to do so-called episode guides for what we'd written.  I only did this one that I can remember, but that's because I was terrible at it, at least in my own opinion, and it was essentially doubling the amount of work for an episode of one of these things.

See, the concept of these episode guides was to condense the whole what was pretty much a double-fan-fiction down to a few paragraphs, maybe a page at best, jokes and all, and provide further thoughts on it all.  I only ever did this one because not only was it more work than I wanted to do for these things, as I said before, but I think I may also have done the base fan fiction's author a real disservice by trying to make the episode guide funny in and of itself.  I don't recall any specific comments against it, but I have a feeling that there was a little discontent on her part as a result of this episode guide, which only added to my incentive to only do something like it one time.

With that in mind, let's have a look at one of the few things I actually do kind of regret having written: the episode guide for the MiSTed version of "A Day In The Life Of The Pizza Cats".  It's better than the Sonic reviews I posed before, but also more regrettable, at least in my mind.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

TEXT PLAY: Legend of Mana (PlayStation; 2000): Issue #05: The Mindas Touch

Take One, anyway.

Video Test

 What you're about to see is an experiment.  Let me know how it works out.  Thanks.

From The Old Files: Issue #06: MiSTing of "A Day In The Life Of The Pizza Cats", part 3

Here's the third and final part of this thing.  I remember having a good time writing this originally, to the point that I even did an "episode guide" sort of thing for it.  I'll be posting that after a while, too.  But now that this is pretty much said and done with, I'm pretty much out of history that can't wait until the next thing that comes up, so without any further delay, here's part three.


Friday, April 6, 2012

From The Old Floppies: Issue #05: MiSTing of "A Day In The Life Of The Pizza Cats", Part 2 of 3

Here's the second part of three I'm going to be doing this one in.  Breaking it up into parts like this is how we used to do it for the Usenet Newsgroups, which were still way more active at the time.  There's still at least one around, that I know of.  It's called RATMM, or  Used to self post there every now and again, but had to do it in parts because the old newsgroups were created at a time when most folks still had dialup Internet with slow download speeds and limited message size and space.  That's why I also liked submitting to archive sites.  That way, people could get whole things like this as one big piece if they wanted.  Plus, as I've mentioned before, I liked WSN9's rating system.  The good thing about the newsgroup is that it allowed for comments a little easier.

But anyway, here's part two of the MiSTing.  This time, we pick up with the first host segment and go through the first part of the story.  The end is the second host segment, which may date this a bit, with the implied commercial for Windows XP.

I hope you all enjoy this part and the next as much as you seemed to enjoy part one.


From the Old Floppies: Issue #04: MiSTing of "A Day In The Life Of The Pizza Cats", Part 1 of 3

What we've got here is one of the Mystery Science Theater-style fan fictions I wrote back about eight or ten years ago now.  By the time I did this one, by an author named Claudia Nimmich, I'd been doing my "self-insertion" series, where I used myself as the ma