A couple things to be excited about


Hey guys,
Steve here.

Since the last time I posted a blog update (not counting the Monday’s musings post), I’ve began to work on yet another sQuad product. As you know, sQuad word is about ready for release. I won’t say that again, because you’ve heard that, what, three times now?
Anyway, There’s still an annoying bug where when you have “show version number” checked, the version number will overlap the text you’re typing, so until I fix that and test it with my friend at school I won’t be able to release it.
Meanwhile, I’ve started on something else as was previously mentioned, a game for the blind. Now you sighted folks, I wouldn’t recommend playing this because I haven’t tested it, and probably won’t test it, with my sighted friends, because I want it to be an audio game. However, if you have a deck of cards and want to play it, or want to program it for sighted users, you can do so. The game is called Trash. But since I’m not too good at explaining stuff and don’t want to spend over half this blog post explaining the game, I’ll give you a link to learn more about it yourself:
http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Trash
I hope to get that game finished by this weekend or next week, but we’ll see. Also, as a last note on software I’m creating or helping create, I’ll hopefully release ultra pad if we can just get rid of that bug. I think it’ll be easy though.

In other news, I’ve been doing well the past few days. If I wasn’t programming, I was reading, eating, at school, in bed, or at church. And listen up fellow bloggers, you’re gonna like this. In the book I’m reading, though it’s about zombies, blogging is a pretty big part of society. You can get a blogging license, upgrade it depending on how good and experienced you are, and lots of people look to the blogging community, because we tell the uncensored truth.
Like even when the zombies started rising and attacking people, people looked to bloggers, because bloggers would tell them how it was. They didn’t have to lie or cover anything up.

As far as the future goes, it’s almost spring break. If I can just wait one day, it will finally be here. It doesn’t seem like it was a year ago that spring break last occurred, but I guess time just flies by sometimes. As for what I plan to do over the break, I have a few things planned. Chill, forget about school, program, Skype, church, and whatever else unexpected things my parents throw at me if any.
Speaking of which, that trip we took to the lake last weekend, I didn’t find out about that until Thursday night, when my mom brought it up in a conversation, as if she expected me to have already known about it. I was pretty shocked.
As for my birthday, I’ve decided I want a family dinner, because I’ve ran out of ideas for a party, and it doesn’t sound very appealing to me this year for some reason. I haven’t decided what I want for my birthday yet, but I’m working on that. As for your part, remember to mark Steve eve (March 25) and the day of the best (March 26) on your calendar. And for you readers who haven’t clicked the follow button yet (you’re still awesome anyway), Mark April 21 as well, because the blog will be turning 3 on that day, and I’ll be putting an annual report. And for you followers, though you’ll get the report in your inbox, you can mark that day as another milestone for one of your favorite blogs, and think back to the previous years and look forward to the next ones to come.
But we aren’t quite there yet, so we still have a few more posts to go until then.
I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading,
Type you later,
Steve.

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Life updates and the current status of Stranded part 3


Hey guys,
Steve here.

It’s been a pretty good week, I suppose. In case you’re wondering, I still have a voice, and am not balled, which probably means I came up with something to do while sight reading. Now, when the teacher tells us to get out our sight reading books, I pull a book out. My book, however, does not about music, instead it is about zombies, at least for now because I’m reading a very intresting series. Anyway, I pull that book out, clap the head phones over my ears, and read until the class is done sight reading. It all works out in the end–instead of being bored, I’m doing something I actually want to, and can do.
On other news, goalball practice was on Saturday. Also, we had not 1, but 2 family get togethers this weekend, because my great grandma and unkle came down to visit, and my family ddid a white elephant gift exchange, ate lots of good food, and hung out. The get toghether we had on Saturday was at my house, and the one on Sunday was at nanna’s house.
After the weekend of family time, I spent Monday (it was a 3 day weekend) just chilling and getting ready for the upcoming school week. Besides school and a bunch of time on the computer, and going over to my nanna’s house to eat dinner and say goodbye to my great grandma and uncle, yesterday and today were pretty much uneventful.

As for the future, it is supposed to get very cold tomorrow. For some reason, a strong ridge of high pressure in the eastern Pacific is stretching up to the north pole, and pushing a very cold pocket of air known as the poler vortex far to the south. Because of this high pressure, the poler vortex is positioned in southern Canada and the northern United States. Temperatures in part of the country got to as low as -37! Not to mention people in Newyork were told to stay off the roads because there was so much snow.
Anyway, because of this poler vortex I think, it is supposed to get pretty cold here in Texas. down South of us, there will be some sleet and snow, but we are just supposed to get some flurries. None the less, it will still be cold!

On another note, I almost had to leave my classroom during a couple checkpoint tests. For some reason, my teachers have this crazy idea that I need extra help on my tests, and while they mean well, I strongly disaggree. For example, my English teacher told me I was supposed to go to a different classroom to take my test, although it was brailled (braille is what blind people read), and I would need no assistance taking the test. So instead, I sat quietly in my desk, hoping she wouldn’t notice, and had the test finished by the end of class, after reading and answering some surprisingly easy questions.
The same thing happened in science, but I actually left that time. The people there ended up saying I could do what I normally did (typing answers on my computer, which didn’t require assistance), and I decided to go back to class since I could do that perfectly on my own.
Yes, I am a bit frustrated that some teachers think I need to leave to take tests in their classes, but next time I’ll see about changing their minds and letting them know I’m a fully capable student just as is everybody else.

On a final note, I have started work on Stranded part 3. I won’t tell you if I had to restart or if I found the flash drive, I won’t tell you what will happen in the story, and nor will I tell you a release date, even though I already have one in mind. Instead, the only thing I’ll tell you is the title which is “Stranded Part 3, the End Game.” I want everything else to remain a surprise, though.

Well, I guess I’ll end this post, because I aught to be getting in bed right about now. I hope you enjoyed reading this, and that it will help you fall asleep if you are about to go to bed like me, or if you’re just getting up I hope it made your day.

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
steve.

The intresting and exciting recent happenings of Steven D: tech discoveries, new projects, and junk food


Hey guys,
Steve here.

A lot has happened since Thursday night. This might seem surprising; it being the weekend and my sister and dad being gone. Well, all things said in my blog happened, and I mean everything. And yes, I did have lots of junk food last weekend.
So, let’s go day by day and unfurl these recent happenings and discoveries one by one, so you can take it in and gasp in awe at the epic things brought to you exclusively from the deep depths of the awesome, genius, and creative brain of Severe Storm Steve.

First, Friday night. On Friday night, I started work on Stranded Part 3. I haven’t come up with a title, nor have I come up with a sufficient synopsis or preview for you readers to get insight on this gamebook. Be expecting that soon, as I get deeper into the game.
On Saturday, that was a very lazy day. The more exciting tech discoveries happened yesterday. But before you scroll to the next paragraph, please read what happened on Saturday, just so you don’t miss any part of this post. :).
Well you know how I talked about junk food? Well there was some major junk food eating on my part Saturday. In the morning, breakfast consisted of donuts and coffee. For lunch, I had a nice high class plate of pizza rolls. For dinner, came the fancy; ultimate dinner for the president of the United States, frozen bean burritos! After that, I had a first class bottle of chocolate milk and a rare; exceptionally good candy called M&Ms.
On Sunday, I took out an item on my to-do list for November! I actually fixed my computer! You know how I’ve been looking for registry and disc cleaners for the last several months, well it turns out that indows disc defragmenter was the trick! What took me 4 months to do is something I could’ve done in 15 minutes! Okay, you can laugh at me now, I give you permission, because frankly I was laughing at me too! 🙂
Not only did I fix my computer yesterday, but I also did the exciting tech discovery! Are you ready?
I turned my iPhone into a wireless microphone for my computer!!! Here’s how I did it:
1. I purchased senstic pocket audio for $1.99, and put it on my Iphone.
2. I downloaded the free pocket control app for my windows computer from senstic.com.
3. I downloaded bonjour printing service from senstic.com as well.
4. I made sure my iphone and computer were both connected to my wi-fi.
5. I then allowed the pocket control port and stuff through my fire wall.
6. I ran both apps and it connected! Now I can record with them!
In english (by that I mean for non-tech users), this means that I could put my computer on the kitchen table, go upstairs and into my bedroom with my iphone, and if my computer is recording the phone will act as a microphone for my computer!
Moving on to today, it was an average Monday. There was school, and chillaxing, and then writing this blog post. Tomorrow, we are supposed to get such a strong cold front, it will bring the high temperatures in Texas into the upper 40’s, and the overnight lows ranging from the lower 20’s to 31 degrees!

I guess that concludes this blog post. Expect more life updates in the future. Also, expect clearer stranded updates, and later on a good summary. Also, the podcasts will come up soon, so expect a preview of it in one of those episodes!

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve.

Beta Testing, Podcast Delays, and Life Updates


Hey guys,
Steve here.

It has been a good long week (weekend really) since I last blogged for you guys. I can’t say I haven’t had the time, because though I’ve been gone for a week now I have had plenty of time. First of all I have to tell you about the podcast.

Devin Gutierrez has been away from his computer. I don’t know what he’s been doing (he tried to call me last night but I was unavailable at the time), but has been offline all day today. So until further notice, there is no podcast.

As far as for what I’ve been beta testing, it’s a game developed and maintained by my friend Danny Standley, and is called Death Match. I have set up a website for the game (I can’t take all the credit because Danny helped), so here it is:
http://dmweb.usa.cc. By the way dm is short for Death match. Visit that site to learn more, listen to demos, discuss, and learn about Death Match. Note the story page is not up though.

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My life, if you really want to know :).

Last week was a pretty good one. Monday of course went Okay… but I think September 30th’s post covered that. Tuesday was a pretty normal Day, along with Wednesday Thursday and Friday. Basicly to sum up the week days there was homework, games (I took a break from scm coding), podcast planning, The daily annoyance ritual of school, and stuff like that. (I chose the word annoyance because school annoys me).
The weekend was the most eventful part of my last week. On saturday, we had goalball practice (being me, my sister, and our parents). As you know by now, our practices are 4 or 5 hours long, so that’s how long it lasted. After that, we came outside to weather that proved the following statement:
“If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait 5 minutes.”
When we went to goalball Saturday morning, it was humid and 80 degrees. I war basketball shorts and a t-shirt and it felt good out there. When we got out of goalball practice, the weather was cold so that when we went to the state fair (I’ll talk about that in a second), I wore jeans and a heavy sweater and it still felt pretty cold. If you’re wondering, the temperature at 8 or 9 (when we left for practice) was what I said it was (80 or so), and at 2:00 it was 54 degrees. Can you say “Texas is bipolar?”
Well, on to the state fair. We went around 4:30 or so, and I can honestly say I had a great time. My sister and I rode this really spinny ride where you lie on your stomach and the thing goes up and spins you around kinda fast and then you stop (it lasts about 3 minutes or so), and our family walked around and tried some pumpkin pie coffee sample, a fried cake ball (oh my gosh it was great), and a fried snicker bar (that was also very tasty as well).
Around 7:00 or so, we had to leave the fair because it started to rain on us. My mom was adamant upon spending all our coupons, so we did some fun house. In there, there was a thing where you walked across some rather slippery bords and tried not to let your feet fall in the wholes, a moving walkway, a walkway that moved back and forth, one that went up and down, one that vibrated, and even one that went side to side. Also there were punch bags to walk through, sudden noises, and a spinning tunnle that you had to go through. (It spun around and you had to walk forward and to the right to get out). After that was done, we had a nice old shower in the rain storm, and went to eat at On the Border.
Basicly, the funnest part of Saturday was getting to spend the whole day with the family.

Yesterday wasn’t as eventful. I just basicly hung out, (my parents’ friends came over to help us fix our AC which broke on Thursday and left the second floor of our house at 90 degrees in the afternoon that day).
Today has been full of Beta testing for Death Match (Danny finally put me on the team and everything and I’m feeling honored :)).

Well I guess that about wraps up today’s post. I’ll do the podcast when I can, and be watching the dm site for new releases.

Thanks for reading,
Type you later,
Steve.
P.S. It’s the 900th day of the blog! Keep viewing and I’ll keep posting!

Updates and a little vacation


Hey guys,
Steve here.

Well I’m back home from brokenbow, for now at least.
As a first, I would like you to visit my friend Mason’s website. He programs games for the blind, so here is the website:
http://mtgstudios.nsstudiosweb.com
so I hope you enjoy that. Now, on to the updates.
As you know, I went to brokenbow on Friday and came back last night. At broken bow, we did things similar to last year. We spent Friday, and the majority of Saturday playing on the lake and hanging out. As I’m sure you guys know, I’m not a fan of heights or going under water.
Well, the whole family went to the cliffs to do some jumping yesterday afternoon. After taking my sister up there a couple times(mom was a little nervous at first, but it happened anyway), my dad let me drive his boat. That was especially fun for me because I’m blind and won’t be able to drive a boat when I get older. I did donuts out in the lake, pushing that throttle wide open and turning sharp, rappid and dizzying turns. Not only that, but he also let me drive 10 or 11 people back to the lake shore. You must know that he was right next to me the whole time telling me when to turn or to give it some more gas, but he let me control the boat all by myself. Now even though I will never jump thos high cliffs(well… never say never), I still look forward to that, because that means I will get to drive the boat.

As I’m sure you know, the fun doesn’t last long. Later that evening, we drove home. I’m still glad that we were able to come back to broken bow this year, and I look forward to hopefully coming back next year.

Now, I should probably fill you guys in on the podcast. As you are well aware of, I haven’t posted a release notice, and if you visited the podcast page there was just 7 episodes. My co host Devin has been away from his computer for a while (he told me that he couldn’t because “AFK,” which I assumed meant away from keyboard), and when I called him on Wednesday night he was doing something… I don’t remember what, but I think he got some kind of Casio Keyboard is what he told me… and don’t ask me what that is because I don’t know. I think it is like one of those electric piano keyboards though, because I heard him playing music on it and he’s pretty good). Well, sorry for that very long footnote. I do however hope to do the podcast, and will do it. I have been exploring a game my friend Danny is making called deathmatch, which he wants to be similar to the video game dead space, if you have heard of it. Well once I figure it out I will definately feature it on the late podcast episode.

Before this post gets too long, I’d better wrap it up. I will blog some more in the coming days… remember, I have another vacation, this time to main coming this Tuesday.

Thanks for reading,
Type you later,
Steve.

P.S. File den is still down right now, but they have posted an exciting post on their news facebook page that they are making a new support system and the problem of the maintenence issue will be resolved soon. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

sumarised update and game released


Hey you guys,
Steve again.

Woe… finally back blogging, huh?

So, as you know, summer break has started for me. In fact, it started 12 days ago, meaning I haven’t blogged in 2 weeks and 1 day. Haven’t you all missed my awesome posts? Oh yeah, and another thing to say. Remember I said stranded was to be released on June 8? Well I bet I ment to put a 1 before that 8, because it’s being released on June 18 instead of june 8. So, I will give you that game, before talking about my life.

stranded

So, as you should know, I am going to put the link before the story summary of the game. So, here it is: download the awesome game now. Now, for the story.

After waking up on a misterious platform in the middle of noware in this weird place, you must find your way through this game. As the title says, your objective is to fight and defeat the boss, who might seem a harmless mouse but isn’t one after all. In this game, you will encounter 2 elusive creatures–a cat that looks very violent and weird, but could actually be of some help, and the boss of course. After you defeat the boss, you will find out something you’ve wanted to know for a while now. You will find that out at the very end, but why should I spoil it for you? That’s right, I shouldn’t.

I hope you enjoy! Just make sure you hurry over to the gamebooks page and play stranded part 1 if you haven’t done so already.

life summary

Now, on to the life events.
My life has gone pretty well since June 3rd, because of tiger reward camp which turned out awesome, and then summer break. The strange thing was the fact that it didn’t set in for me that it was summer until the first monday we were off, because the way the school year ended for me. It ended with my dad picking me up early from school, nothing wrong with that just seeming something that might also happen in the middle of the school year. So, that’s why it took so long.
Otherwise, my last 2 weeks of summer have gone by pretty fast, because they were fun and stuff. One thing I forgot to mencion, is actually where I am now. I am at tsb once again (see the monthly archive for February because that was the last time I’ve been here), but this time I’m here for Catching Rays, a class all about solar weather. My teachers are pretty awesome, not to mencion everybody is my friend here. I even get to hang out with my computer geek friend, the only person I’ve been to more than 2 camps with. It is going to be a fun rest of the week–tomorrow we have a swim party, thursday a movie, and friday is going home. One thing we did in class is to make a SID solar wind antenna which has a computer that is round, light, and fits in the palm of your hand. It takes data it receives from solar blasts and CMEs and sends it to a sound card. I don’t remember much of the rest, but that you can put it in audacity (an audio editor) and here the frequency noises it makes. Also, it puts the data in a spread sheet.

On another note, if you’re wondering what I have planned for the summer, it is:
1. finish this tsb program
2. stay home for 2 weeks
3. go to lions club camp
4. stay home for 3 weeks
5. go to broken bow
6. go to maine
7. stay home until it’s gime to go back to school.

Well, I’m glad I got you caught up on the blog, and that stranded is finally out! I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for reading,
type you later,
Steve