Halloween passed way too fast, it just flew fast, it blew past. I've had post-it notes strewn around the room with to-do lists yet my percentual achievement rate is low. Probably because I set too high goals. It's not realistic to achieve a weeks worth of accomplishments in a single day... though I keep wanting to! That's why I occasionally just give up and... I watched Bounty Killers (2013) yesterday, great movie! The day before that I watched Fearless (1993), another great movie. I'd planned on seeing the 2006 version with Jet Li but somehow I ended up with this version and it was... better than I'd expected! It also contained the most elaborately filmed plane crash I've ever seen. Review(s) coming soon btw.
The Halloween party didn't happen :/... but that was last week. This week, on the 31st, the Halloween Collab I was a part of should've been compiled and submitted but... that didn't happen either. Flash trouble. I wasn't the compiler, but in this crisis I was asked for guidance in completing compilation of the submissions, so I hastily tried installing Flash on my gaming rig (the only one powerful enough to handle fla files over 400MB) but it just wouldn't work! Drivers? Or what about... drivers? What else could it be? I have no idea what the matter is/was since the system specs certainly aren't a problem, and the file opens fine on my other computer. I looked online, but online support for Flash has always been scarce and not very helpful... and nobody else had the skills or hardware to pull off any compiling either, so even now that the week is at an end it looks like this project is unfortunately still on hold. Possibilities to convert the individual files to video and then embed them, or include them through an external file, or to use MCs instead of scenes... all these theories are being juggled around but not much is happening. But as I say (inspired by the exact same saying of someone else), you never fail until you stop trying!
Anyway, a few hours before midnight on the day in question (also my sister's birthday, so Happy Birthday Maud!) I tried at least throwing together something quick for the Spooctacular contest, but I didn't quite manage the deadline so... I'll keep the game details for myself and save the unfinished project for next year. I am working on another Flash project I plan on finishing today, though, it's not all failure and disappointment. It's also the application of joint ointment. Hmm. Moving on...
Apart from this Flashy Halloween biz I've played some Advance Wars, attained some medals, written some lyrics, eagerly awaited the time my buddy Jabun would finish the Cyberdevil's Back track we've (well mostly he has) been working on the past couple of weeks (should be up soon!), took some walks, played games with a cousin for one day, played Trackmania 2 with that same cousin half of another day, celebrated my sister's birthday with cake I (for the first time ever) never tasted or ate! :O Oh yeah, the sugar/milk/wheat-free diet is going better than planned, and I feel good, so I think I'll expand this experiment with yet another week.
The first couple of days I almost panicked, I couldn't eat ketchup! No mayonnaise! No bread for breakfast! No jam! No juice! No cheese! After a while I came to the realization that there are still plenty of edible items, and I just needed to change my habits a little. There's been a lot of fish, fried eggs, great salads and plenty of potatoes. Good food. I've been tempted but I pulled through! And I didn't really need an unnaturally strong willpower... I don't even crave any ice cream right now. For real. I could do with some chips but fortunately there aren't any of those in the house... seems like I've always been more for salt snacks than sweet ones. Go nuts.
I attempted to whip up some home-made mayonnaise yesterday, sugar-free (unless you want to store it for a long time there's really no need for sugar), and it was easier than I expected. Just whip up an egg yolk with a couple of deciliters oil + spices. That's it! Unfortunately I chose olive oil as the main ingredient, and olive oil should not be used for mayonnaise. It tastes like... shit. But you never learn if you don't try right? The next batch will be better. Here's last week.