Makin' Out by Smyle
originally posted: 2005-06-14 19:42:14

Makin' Out was commissioned by MAD Magazine in 1978, and released as a free "flexi-disc" single stuck to the cover of "MAD Super-Special #26". I was in the fourth grade at the time, and I remember getting a copy of it and taking it over to Peter Ho's house where the two of us listened to it over and over.

Back in 1996 MAD re-released all these such one-off singles on one CD titled MAD Grooves: Classic Schlock 'n' Roll!. (Be warned: the snippet Amazon has online cuts isn't...

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A Magical C++ State Machine Implementation
originally posted: 2005-06-14 13:54:22

And by magical I mean uses heavy C++ wizardry and probably shouldn't be used. I am abandoning this approach in the interests of code maintainability; this code is clever, and these days whenever I write something clever I feel ashamed.

Here's the source code, which compiles under Windows, GCC 2 and GCC 3 under Linux, and GCC 4 on Mac OS X:

// Proof-of-concept for a magical approach to state machines in C++
// Written by Larry Hastings,

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The D Programming Language, and my video game engine
originally posted: 2005-04-13 19:20:31

I've been writing a video game for Windows for more than two years now. At its heart is a game engine of my own fiendish design. I say "fiendish" because it's, well, awful. I plan on finishing my current game, then doing another game with this source tree. After that, if I am any sort of even mild success at this, I shall throw away this source tree and begin anew—which is something I'm quite looking forward to.

In my current engine, I wrote nearly everything myself. I feel in...

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Ridge Racer for the Sony PSP
originally posted: 2005-04-08 10:08:32

I got a PSP on the day they came out. It's been a lot of fun.

Initially I got Wipeout Pure, Twisted Metal Head-On, and Ape Escape: On The Loose. I quickly discovered that Ape Escape was a port of the original Ape Escape for the PS1. Well, I played six years ago. And actually re-played a year or two ago when I got Ape Escape 2.

So I exchanged it, plus $20, for Lumines. Everything you hear about Lumines is true; it's fun,...

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'75 aka Stay With You
originally posted: 2005-04-06 09:13:07

Lemon Jelly has finally come out with a new album! It's called '64-'95, and it's... uneven, which is something new for them.

But then there's a lot of new territory here. The concept behind the album was to build on samples from old records—from the years 1964 to 1995, hence the name. On first listen, much of the album strays from the classic Lemon Jelly "sound"; that uniformity of style that made their first two albums as close in timbre as Jean-Michel Jarre's...

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Welcome to Momentary Fascinations!
originally posted: 2005-04-06 09:12:03

This was the first posting, but it's basically been rolled over into my "About" page, About Momentary...

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