Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Frickin Holidaze: "Santa mode"

Four calling birds...~

In response to some feedback I've gotten about not making it to the "win" screen in this year's Santa misadventure, I thought I'd offer peeps the option of a "cheat code" of sorts...

First, tho, I'll throw the basic rules at you again:

1. Control Rudolph's altitude using your mouse. Note that you have to keep your cursor on the game stage for it to be detected by Rudolph.

2. Santa follows Rudolph's trail, and depending on the shape of that trail, he can sometimes be launched into the air.

3. Gifts appear at various heights, but the ones that float in/above the clouds are special. These contain letters of the alphabet, and once you collect the eight different ones, you finish the game!

4. These letters spell out the password that will unlock your... well, let's just call it a "reward." =)

So, with that in mind, please give it another whirl if you're game!


Skip the gaming bit and click to view the "reward" at Vimeo or play it here, embedded below...

I hope you dig SANTA (drop a comment or like at Vimeo to chime in), and a Merry Post-Apocalyptic 2013 to one and all! =)

SANTA from cabin boy on Vimeo.

Keep on keepin on~

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Frickin Holidaze =)

Seasons Greetings, Programs!

You can now cease with the fretting and pacing! It's arrived! My latest Santa Clausical digital fruitcake!

(Skip down to the P.S. for mostly-just-the-how-to-play... =)

Freshly half-baked from the easy-bake-mind-oven—light bulb! And, like most analog fruitcakes, this digital one is made of bits of various fruity and nutty items suspended in a spongey medium of indeterminate and perhaps questionable taste. And, if it's all hardened properly, very likely in just the mix and ratio that will cause your teeth to hurt and your stomach acid to churn.

Yay! Fruitcake!

This year's is a two-layer jobber that first (layer #1) has Santa Claus dealing with an aeronautical mishap and the giftastic fallout that results. Perhaps it's this very incident that turns out to be the last, final straw that then prompts him to try exploring a new career path (layer #2)...?

Yeah, that won't mean anything until you CLICK to PLAY!

And actually, even then it probably won't mean that much in a sensical way.

In any case, I hope these dopey clusters of zeros and ones find you enjoying your first post-Apocalypse Solstice season. Frankly, I'm finding it not nearly as exciting as I'd hoped PoPoc life would be. It's got more of a... post-Rapture vibe, y'know? And THAT was pretty frickin underwhelming, right?

O well. =)

Happy Frickin Holidaze!

Keep on keepin on~

P.S. A nitty-gritty guide to the 2012 Holidaze experience...

1. Point your look-at-the-internet thingie here. Note that this bit features musicks, so adjust your speakerphonia to desired levels. Also, it requires Flash, so it's no good on iOS gear. Boo on Apple or me, your call.

2. Once you click "start flying" you control Rudolph's altitude with your mouse. No clicking needed, just moving the mouse. Note that it has to be positioned within the game's stage to be detected.

3. Santa follows Rudolph's path and you want him to pick up gifts. The presents that appear above the clouds are special. When Santa collects eight (8) different special gifts, you win the game.

4. If you don't collect those gifts, the game will continue until the post-PoPoc, or until Flash crashes. Hopefully the two events will not be connected.

5. When you collect all eight special gifts, a "win" screen will appear. Please read the instructions on the "win" screen before clicking "Santa."

6. The "Santa" thing... Well, you're just gonna hafta watch.

7. As I stated above, this sucker is not quite fully-baked, so please try to forgive any glitchiness. At least the music is nice, right? For the flying portion of the evening, I mean.

8. Please direct any complaints, comments, or joyous exaltation to this office. Thank you, and Enjoy!~


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holidaze 2012: video spiel & thanks!

* Not sure what this post is about? Click here and maybe you'll figure it out... eventually. =)

Santa's sick of everyone's poop! He gives and gives, and what does he get? Not a lot is the frickin answer. Oh, no—That's not why he's in his biz, of course. Not for reward! (But the cookies do hit the spot.) He got into it out of generosity and faith (in humanity). But, as the years roll by, the one list gets longer and longer and the other one, shorter and shorter. You know which list is which...

So! Santa's looking to be a little more proactive, looking to get lessons out there. Not carrot or stick, but examples, y'know? Stories. Sure, holiday songs and specials are fine. They get the word out, but by their nature, the *are* only once a year. He's going for a new platform, something, well, timeless...Syndication. A new show, starring himself and about himself. No—NOT reality TV crap. Boo. Not real stories. But, while they may not be real, they will be true... if you get my meaning.

Good crack.

Whatev. You stopped reading three paragraphs ago, didn't you? Bah humbug!

Also—Happy frickin holidaze.


Of course, Louis C.K.'s LOUIE is the inspiration for this hot mess. The show stars C.K. and is about a kind of alternate reality C.K. The guy who does and goes to and says all the difficult things that everyone wants to do/go/say or wishes they knew to do/go/say. It really is Remarkable and Wonderful.

If your'e not watching the show, you may be a real dum dum.

The music—and the opening credits sequence all together (or is that altogether? : P)—is brilliant all on its own, too. LOUIE's music is a version of "Brother Louie" recorded by Ian Lloyd exclusively for the show. He originally recorded it with his band The Stories in 1973 and they covered the original by Hot Chocolate, released six months earlier. The television show them is an excellent mix of Hot Chocolate's original with Ian Lloyd's vocals.

I think it's serendipitous that C.K. ended up casting the African-American actress he did to play his ex-wife on LOUIE. If you listen to the original song, Brother Louie is "whiter than white," a guy who's fallen in love with a black woman. He and his girl each try to introduce his/her true love to their respective families and meet with less-than-joyous excitement. In the show, their skin color doesn't (or at least, hasn't so far) come into any kind of controversial play, but I still feel like the show and the song have aligned in a sympathetic way.

I make stuff up like that sometimes.

Anyway... The incredibly professionally recorded and produced version of the song that accompanies SANTA is a composition Frankenthemed from pieces of the LOUIE theme, sections of a karaoke version of the Hot Chocolate recording, and, obviously, a number of howling stray cats.

Also, some jingle bells. =)

Note that nothing here is used with permission, but also that its use is certainly not for any profit. Except maybe to push the Goodness of the Brattle, LOUIE, and "Brother Louie," so... Not for any of my profit. : P

Keep on keepin on~

* Not sure what this post is about? Click here and maybe you'll figure it out... eventually. =)


If you're having trouble making out the "dialogue" in the movie theater bit...

Dialogue/audio from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is audible, accompanying the film playing on screen. Over the course of this segment the film moves from the early scene in which Clarence is talking to his heavenly superiors to the introduction of young George Bailey in holy flashback.

Jack A. (always whispering, too loudly): Is that a talking star?

Jack: Is this a cartoon?

Jack: What's with the talking stars?

Santa (to himself): Really?

Jack: Oh... Those are AN-gels!

Santa (to himself): Allright. That's it. You made the list.

Jack: I thought you said Jon Stewart was in this.

Santa (to himself): Seriously...?

Santa SIGHS.

Jack: Hey... Is the whole thing in *black-and-white*?


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holidaze 2012: tunes!

Music to sky-ski by...

"Dance Of The Sugar Plum Sprites"
Christmasasaurus Vol. 2

"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (A Shrift Remix)"
Andy Williams
Christmas Remixed

Merry X-Mas From The Space-Age Bachelor Pad

"Christmas Don't Be Late"
A very 8-Bit Christmas

"Christmas Time Is Here"
Vince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Happy frickin holidaze! =)

Keep on keepin on~