Archive for the ‘Shoutouts’ Category

Blowing the dust off

February 7, 2007

Been a while. A long while.

So, I’ll inject some life into this tired blog by making a post. To the untrained eye, however, it may look like LSD.

SSX is still in development, but it needs a new name. Why? Because of the general perversions of the Japanese, that’s why. You see, the original name we chose, Sokei Sokei Xtreme, means Prototype Prototype Extreme. What I was unaware of at the time, however, was that it also means Groin Groin Extreme. Could be rather embarrassing. So, I’m open for suggestions.

This is going to be a long post. First off, I’ve started the GP2X Crap Games Competition 2007, which is a wonderful brainchild of mine (brainchild, what an odd word) and has achieved unprecedented success. Much more than that rubbish Community Games Competition. Which I didn’t win. However, I did steal some stuff from the reviews (check Crap Talk 2X). You can follow this link, and it will take you there. (Sadly, I’ve just lost the review for DPaB, unsure why, I’ll have to write it again.)

Nextly, thanks to topyli of #ubuntu-offtopic, I have discovered this wonderful tool called StripGenerator, which is perusable here:

Last, but certainly not least, I’m going to tell you about a man who changed my life. A man named God. Sorry, wrong guy. I’m talking about Josh Woodward (who exists), a singer/songwriter from Ohio who makes some fabulous music, and then gives it all away. Clearly a better man than I. Give him a listen, and you will enjoy it thoroughly, I guarantee it. My favourite songs include The Spirit World, To Lose the War, A Postcard From Hell, Big Disco Ball and Gallows Hill. That’s five out of almost 100 songs that he gives away.

That’s all!

Britain – Don’t mess with our policies

May 26, 2006

An anti-war protester was removed from Parliament square this week. The whole operation took a large number of police officers and over £12,000.

Also this week, two schoolchildren in separate parts of the country have been stabbed during schooltime.

Food for thought. 

Sundays, Mondays, Happy Days

May 17, 2006

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Happy Days, Thursdays, Fridays, Happy Days, Saturday! Happy Day! Rockin' all week with you!

Happy songs. They do so make me smile. I enjoy listening to them, certainly. Unlike the "hits" of today. Singing about all the shit that happens to them, though it probably hasn't happened to them, because they're celebrities, they're rich, they can't sing, they don't need to and all is good. However, they like to sing about troubles they think the rest of us have. They sing about losing a girlfriend. About the death of their grandmother. Accidentally prematurely ending the life of a small insect.

What happened to singing because you're happy? Surely that's what singing's all about. Listening to songs through the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, they're all cheery. Yet suddenly, at some point during the 90s, everyone in the music industry is suddenly brainwashed. They're incredibly sad and have to write songs about it. It's awful. Of course, there's still the odd really nice cheery song (think JCB), but other than that, they're all actually really sad. It's not nice. If anyone from the music business is reading this, please make something happy! It'd make my day.

Also, my GP2X won't run on batteries at the moment. It's happened before, so I'm optimistic that it'll sort itself out.


Fleur De Lys

March 29, 2006

There's a group in my school called the Fleur De Lys. Made up of sixth formers, they organise wacky events to raise money for charity. This week is their week. The Fleur De Lys week.

Every day this week we have some sort of odd event to raise money. Today, for example, was non-uniform, and also hat day. So, with the spirit of the day, I came in wearing casual clothes and a hard hat. Despite my hard-hat wearing being solely in the interests of charity and fun, some arsehole in my class decided it would be a great idea to slam his hand down on my head, causing me permanent brain damage. He claimed to be "just testing" whether or not my hat could protect me from a large force acting on my head. It seems fairly obvious that it can, as that's what it's made for. It did not, however, mean that it didn't hurt. Because it fucking well did. And when I told him so? He did it again. And when I asked him politely to stop? He did it again. And when I shouted "FUCK OFF" at him? He did it again, only fucking harder, the cunt. And when I hit him in the head with the hat? I'll just say he stopped. So that was that.

Excuse my abundance of swearing, but it really annoys me.

Anyway, tomorrow we get to buy slaves for the day (sixth form students) and get them to go and buy pizza. Yay.

Nothing particularly interesting.

March 7, 2006

Nothing much has happened since my last update. I’m watching my blog go downhill as I speak.

I have, however, DONE MORE WORK ON THE SITE. In the form of a scripting engine. Well, I haven’t coded it, but it’s planned. Planned, as in with a plan. Not just an excuse for not producing anything. Not at all.

The wordpress fonts are too big! Stick to standard sizes please.


I also discovered the quite cool song Rosa Helikopter. However it has 12 year old girls singing it and that kind of ruined it to me. I also discovered the song ‘Walking round in Women’s Underwear’ which is a parody of ‘Winter Wonderland’ and is quite funny. Yeah.

Also, my webhosting at is going to be killed next month, which means no place to dump my stuff :(. It also means I won’t be able to build my new RPG there.

Boring indeed.

Stuff to do, stuff to do…

February 16, 2006

It’s nearing the end of half-term now, and I haven’t done a single piece of homework, and I really don’t want to start now. I’ve got essays all over the place. And I’ve just about finished the menu for my GP2X-2006 coding competition entry. And it has to be in by 23:59 on Monday. Hurrah.

I cancelled my order with GBAX for the TV-Out cable, and ordered from Lik-Sang. I prefer GBAX to Lik-Sang, I really do, but at least those guys in Hong Kong have shipped me one. It’s on its way, and I’ll be recompiling FFMpeg several times when it gets here, so it works on the TV. My GP2X has started to refuse to run on batteries again, so I’m giving it a rest to see if that helps at all. It did last time.

FFPlay went down relatively well, only I’ve noticed some sync problems while attempting to decode a DivX file. These problems are fixed when you use video to get sync rather than audio, but then audio sounds weird and jerky. I’m now one of those people who can’t wait for a source release.

printf(“Hello Blog!”);

February 13, 2006

As I currently can’t be bothered to get my own site up and running (I will eventually, and it’ll have a fancy Flash interface and everything!) this is where I’ll be putting news and stuff. Seeing as this is a first post, it’s probably a good idea to introduce myself.

My name is Nick, a.k.a nickspoon on almost everything. No, my last name isn’t Spoon, but close. I’m 13 years old, which apparently comes as a surprise to many, especially those in the forums, where I spend way too much time. When I’m not in front of my computer reading the gp32x forums, I’m in front of my computer doing something different. I reckon 40% of my life is spent asleep, and 50% in front of a computer. But hey, what else am I meant to do? Socialise? Yeah right.

I do enjoy coding. For the fun of it. Being 13, I can’t be employed as a coder, because the “government” wants me to go to “school”. I’ve learnt QuickBasic, BlitzBasic, Visual Basic, Javascript and C/C++ (sort of, I can’t get my head around all this low-level stuff, malloc and the like). At one point, I decided to try and write something for the GBA, but gave up soon after, as it was overly complicated. Still wanting to get something on a handheld, I bought a GP2X.

Brilliant little gadget. Absolutely superb for emulators and homebrew games, and I much prefer having an unlimited amount of free games than just buying a few commercial ones. OK, it has its flaws (rubbish joystick, interlacing) but I still think it’s great. If you haven’t got one, why not?

Great thing about the GP2X is, it supports SDL. Thus, I can write games and stuff for it. First thing I did for it was an upgrade to a Pong game someone had made, so you could play two-player on one console. Fun for the whole family, eh? Then, I did an EdgeWrite-based program, which didn’t work. After that, I made a little puzzler called MagiJig, which was honestly not very good. What got me slightly more attention was my port of gladiator. Fun game, truly. After that, I ported the Flirt library, and called the player Flashplay. This got a lot of interest, until someone noticed that everything they tried didn’t work, and the library I used had no sound support, and had ceased development. Oops.

I’m now working on something for the GP2X-2006 coding competition, and though it’s fairly obvious I won’t win, or come 2nd or 3rd, I’m going to do it anyway. I’m not allowed to say what it is, though.
So that’s it for an extremely long Hello Blog post.