Stop Motion Post-It

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 11:53am

Pretty cool senior project of a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Apparently this took 3 months to plan, in addition to 4 days of shooting and over 6000 post-it notes.

Super Mario Conan

Sunday, June 7th, 2009 @ 10:47pm

Does does the new Tonight Show set look like Super Mario Bros.? You decide!

Happy Birthday Tetris!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009 @ 1:37am

Google/TetrisToday, Tetris celebrates 25 years of addiction, pain, and suffering; and of course Google joins in on the fun with a sweet googlefied tetris logo.

In celebration of 25 years of Tetris, I present to you some of my favorite ideas inspired by Tetris:

And of course, no list would be complete without an online version of Tetris. Here’s to 25 more years of tetrominoes, “just one more”, a-type, and more! Happy 25th!

Wii Homebrew + USB Hard Drive

Friday, May 29th, 2009 @ 12:30am

I’ve been running Homebrew on my Wii for quite some time, which also gives me the ability to play backed up games from a USB hard drive. There’s several advantages to this; I don’t have to worry about changing DVDs anytime I want to play a game, in addition to not having to carry them around. Additionally, having the games loaded from a USB hard drive decreases the time it takes to load games.

I needed to keep a log of all the steps I had to take in order to get this functionality working, so I figured I might as well be helpful and provide a list of the steps needed to do so.

The only thing I ask is that you don’t follow these methods to pirate games. It’s wrong and it cheats developers out of money they deserve. Homebrew is there to help enhance the functionality of the system, not for free games. So please use it wisely and don’t abuse the system. It’s all on the honor system here folks.


  • External USB Hard Drive
  • Homebrew Channel already installed (See Twilight Hack if you have system 3.4 or less, Bannerbomb if you have 4.0-4.2, or LetterBomb if you have 4.3)

Step 1 – Install cIOS38 (if already installed, skip to Step 2)

  • Download cIOS38_rev14 (you can find it here)
  • Extract and rename “cIOS38_rev14-Installer” to “boot.dol”.
  • Create a folder named “cIOS38_rev14″ under the /apps directory on your SD card and copy the extracted “boot.dol” file to that folder.
  • If this doesn’t work and the installation fails, you need to download the Trucha Bug Restorer for your system. Try that and attempt to install cIOS38 again. Please note that this step may brick your Wii! I highly recommend you go ahead and install BootMii in boot2 and back up your NAND before attempting this portion. Doing so will allow you to recover should anything go wrong, otherwise you are continuing at your own risk!

Step 2 – Install a USB Loader

There are a couple of different USB Loaders available. Personally I use Configurable USB Loader, but you may want to pick a different loader that has other features you may like.

  • Follow any included instructions, otherwise you may only need to copy the extracted folder into your /apps directory on your SD card.

Step 3 – Format Your Hard Drive

You may want to partition your hard drive if you want to separate your Wii files from anything else you may have on there. Most loaders now support FAT32, but there are others that support NTFS as well. If you want to use NTFS you will need to check with your USB Loader to ensure that it supports that format as a feature.

  • If you want to partition your hard drive, you may want to try and download a partition manager like GParted. Otherwise you can use the whole hard drive.
  • If you decided to use GParted, simply partition the hard drive and format the partition you want to use as “FAT32″ and continue on to Step 4.

Step 4 – Install & Run Games

The following steps may differ depending on which USB loader you installed (I’m using Configurable USB Loader).

  • Launch the homebrew channel and your recently installed USB Loader.
  • Select “USB Mass Storage Device”.
  • Insert any game disc, and press “+” to install it. This may take some time depending on the size of the game.
  • Repeat last step for each and every game you want to install.
  • You’re now ready to play your backed up games! Just select your game, and press “A” to begin.

Some of the USB Loaders will automatically download game covers, and others don’t. If you downloaded one that doesn’t you can find them here. It’s only 40mb to download 450+ covers, so you might want to do it anyway just in case.

If you have any issues with the above steps, please be sure that you remove any and all GameCube memory cards. It seems some Homebrew stuff has issues with the memory cards in place when you’re trying to install.

I tried to be as detailed as possible and cover as many angles as I could, but I’m bound to have missed a thing or two. If you are attempting to follow this guide and are running into some issues, or I seem to be missing a vital step, leave a comment and I’ll try to address it as best as I can.

As a bonus, here’s what it all looks like using the loader I tried. Please note that the above steps will not create a USB Loader channel in your main menu, but will need to be accessed through the Homebrew Channel. If you’re interested in doing so, you can follow this guide here which outlines the steps to create a USB Loader Forwarder Channel and creating channels from games installed onto your USB hard drive.

This is only a small piece of the pie of what Homebrew offers. There’s tons of applications and utilities available, not to mention the ability to play DVDs. You can find more details and information on everything over at

Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 @ 11:52am

Just got back from a nice weekend down on the Gulf Coast. Didn’t think the weather was going to hold out, but it was actually quite nice beyond the first day as it didn’t rain at all on Sunday or Monday.

We got to go to the beach for a little bit, but the surf was very rough with two red flags being posted. We ended up spending most of our free day crabbing and shrimping right off the bay in Gulf Shores. Didn’t catch any shrimp, and the crabbing wasn’t that great either with only 3 crabs for the whole day. About the only thing Clint and I brought back of substance would probably be sunburn.

Unfortunately for me, this may be my only beach trip this year. In previous years, my dad’s company would have a week long conference down in Panama City and allow for families to come down as well. They apparently have cut this out this year, so no more family beach trip. I might consider going down to Pensacola and camping sometime, but I’ll have to wait and see what happens with other things this summer.

Job Geography

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 @ 8:41pm

Job GeographyI actually came across this map several days ago, but haven’t really gotten the chance to post it until now. It’s a time line and map representative of job gains and losses since 2004 and beyond. It’s rather interesting to see the way the job market has expanded and fallen over the past 5 years. It’s detailed enough that you can see the effects of the economy in places like New Orleans (Katrina) or Detroit.

It also reminds me of how crappy the job market is in Birmingham. Over the past 5 years, Birmingham has seen little to no net gains in the job market. At the rate things have been going, I get the strong feeling that I’m just in the wrong place for what I want to do…

iPhone/Mobile View

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 @ 3:47pm

Jason's Blog on iPhoneI’m probably the only one who would actually access my blog on an iPhone, but I’ve just now pushed out a design that should be better suited for mobile devices. I’ve optimized the design obviously for the iPhone/iPod, but it should work on other mobile devices like the PSP, DSi, or Android (fingers crossed).

Pretty much the only thing you should see is the header menu, the main content area (blog posts, archives, main content, etc.), and the footer. The sidebar and random quotes were removed due to lack of sufficient space. If you see anything in addition to that, it means something isn’t working as it should.

If you have a different mobile device *cough*guy*cough* and are willing to give it a go, please let me know. If the page doesn’t fit right or something just looks strange, please leave a comment here and any images that you can provide to see if I can’t fix it. Any other ideas or suggestions that might help will be considered as well.


Monday, May 11th, 2009 @ 1:15am


Google Chrome

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 @ 1:24pm

Google is starting an ad campaign (as seen above) to help push more downloads of Google Chrome. It’s a fast, streamlined browser and provides a nice alternative to Safari and Firefox. As a web developer, I don’t really care what browser you use as long as you use one that is helping to push standards compliance. If you want to try something new and difference, download Google Chrome today.

In the beginning…

Friday, May 8th, 2009 @ 4:27pm

To think today that the internet is where it is today is just amazing and the amount of changes that have happened in the past 20, or even 10 years ago. 10 years ago, can you imagine when companies like Google and Amazon were in their infancy, and sites like Wikipedia, Youtube didn’t exist.

Even more interesting is how I got my start doing web development, and as I stumbled upon some of my older site designs I thought it would be interesting to showcase them, and how I got my start on the internet. It’s kind of scary for me to look back and think that I created that, but it’s here for your entertainment.

I don’t remember exactly how I first got started. I recall my dad popping in an old AOL disk cd when we had a 2400 baud modem, and attempting to access the Cartoon Network channel of AOL. It wasn’t until some time later when we eventually obtained a computer with a 28.8kbps that I got my real start sometime in 1996-1997.

My first website was a result of my infatuation with SimCity, so I wanted to share that interest with others. Through Earthlink, we had a member space available at (no longer exists) that was the jumpstart for that first site, Simcity 3000 News Central. From that spawned a sister project called SCN (SimCity Network), which was a portal for SimCity sites at the time.

Eventually I outgrew the member space that Earthlink provided, and through the generous offer of a friend moved to (internet archive). With the move I discovered NewsPro (which eventually became Coranto), a perl script that would allow me to update the site from anywhere and not have to edit html code any time I wanted the site to be updated. This is really where my interest starting growing, as I discovered how one could make a site dynamic, and do cool things with DHTML as well.