Thursday, April 30, 2009

Professor Snaglefoompus Writes a Book

It turns out that I'm not going to be house-sitting next week after all. The people decided not to go on vacation to Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak. And while that's a good decision for them, it's bad news for me because now I won't get paid to watch their dogs.

But I suppose that's okay, because I'm kind of sick at the moment. My nose is all stuffy and my throat is sore. So instead of being creative and writing a really good blog entry, I'm just going to copy/paste a story I wrote a while ago, inspired by the time I worked at the Stanford Bookstore. Can you believe people would pay over $500 for their college textbooks? That's totally crazy!

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Professor Snaglefoompus Writes a Book

When Professor Snaglefoompus got back from lunch, he was surprised to find that his class was still there, reading their textbooks. All except Jimmy Valnimmy, who didn't have a book and was sharing with Maria Cincinnati.

"Jimmy, you don't have a textbook?" Professor Snaglefoompus asked.

"No, sir," Jimmy said. "I can't afford one. They cost too much money."

"Really?" Professor Snaglefoompus asked. "How much do textbooks cost?"

"I had to pay $500 for three textbooks this semester," Ernie Greengold complained.

"Is that all?" somebody asked. "I paid $500 for one book!"

"F-f-f-five hundred dollars???" Professor Snaglefoompus stammered. "I can't afford a book that expensive! Do you know what that means?"

"Teachers are underpaid?" someone guessed.

"Books are overpriced?" someone else guessed.

"You'll have to retire because you can't afford to teach our class?" Ernie Greengold asked.

"NO!" Professor Snaglefoompus said. "This means that I have to write a book so I can make lots of money! And that way, I'll be able to afford buying books!"

"What kind of book will you write, Professor?" Jenny Blackenship asked.

"An English book," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "I will write a great work of literature. I'll talk about horrible evils in our society so everybody knows about them, and we can change them and make the world a better place!"

The class cheered, because making the world a better place is always a fun thing to do.

So Professor Snaglefoompus wrote his book about a horrible evil in our society. He called it Books Cost Too Much Money, So You Shouldn't Buy Any.

Unfortunately, nobody wanted to publish it for some reason.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

La la la la la

I had to shave my playoff beard today, because my team is no longer in the playoffs. Let me tell you, beards are weird. Whenever I grow one, I end up rubbing my chin for about a week, just because it feels weird to have a beard. And now that my beard is gone, I'm going to rub my chin for another week, because now it feels weird to have smooth skin again.

Next week, I'm going to be house-sitting. A family about a half-hour away from my house is going away on vacation, and they're paying me to watch after their dogs. So I'm going to spending all of next week in a strange house.

I figure that I'll take five or so Nancy Drew games with me, and I'll make a bunch of the Nancy Drew videos that are on my to-do list, like easter egg and death movies for Message in a Haunted Mansion, Legend of the Crystal Skull, and Danger on Deception Island. Sounds good to everyone?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Animals...

Her Interactive released another newsletter, this one about the animals in the upcoming Nancy Drew game.

http://www.herinteractive.com/newsletter-view.php?id=0904_newsletter.html

So we have monkeys, sharks, octopuses, and parrots (Loulou! Loulou! Loulou!). Sounds good to me.

Speaking of animals, I went to the San Francisco Zoo this Saturday to see the baby tigers. Well, the tiger cubs weren't there (BOO!), but I did bring my video camera, so hopefully I'll be able to have movies of the animals on my Youtube page sometime later this week.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dentist Trip

Today, I went to the dentist's office. The dentist said that my flossing has improved, which is good news. He didn't give me any free floss, though. All he gave me was a toothbrush with his name and phone number on it. So if I lose the toothbrush, somebody can return it to my dentist.

I always like to listen to the music at the dentist's, because they always seem to have oddly-chosen songs. One time, I heard "Don't Tell Me That It Hurts". It's kind of funny to hear that song when the dentist is scraping the inside of your mouth.

The only song this time that had anything to do with dentistry was "Open Up". Sure, the song was about opening up your heart, but I can pretend it was about opening your mouth, right?

I'm not sure if that's the real title of the song. I wasn't able to hear the song titles, because it was a French radio station, and the announcers spoke quickly. Speaking of French, Laurie made a comment in my blog in French the other day.

Now, even though someone has commented that I have a cute French accent, parlez-moi seulement un petit Francais. Basically, I know some French because I've read French phrases here and there in various books (and because I know Greek and Latin). But that's reading French, not hearing it. So I could kinda understand the comment in French, but there is no way I could say it.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Museum Madness!!

It was incredibly hot today. So hot that I wanted to climb into the freezer for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, I'm too big to fit inside it.

I've decided to take a minor break from making Nancy Drew videos, which means I'm stuck having to think of something else to talk about in my blog. Talking about something that isn't Nancy Drew in a Nancy Drew blog...this is going to be harder than I thought!

I put in an order for Museum Madness at the library today. That's the game I want to do a walkthrough for next. It's basically Night at the Museum: The Game. All the various exhibits at the museum comes to life, and you have to fix them. For example, in the Revolutionary War exhibit, George Washington gets amnesia and starts fighting for the British, not the Americans. In the medieval exhibit, you go jousting. And in the Ocean Life exhibit, you have to go to the bottom of the ocean floor.

So, yeah, it's a fun game, and I hope I'll be able to play it and make a walkthrough soon.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ransom of the Seven Ships Preview

I took all the preview material for Ransom of the Seven Ships that I could find (most of it on the HerInteractive website) and made it into a video.



Oh boy, I'm a little worn out from making all those Nancy Drew videos this week. I think I'll take a little break.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Three Things

1. I finished the awards/stars video for Haunting of Castle Malloy...but I didn't get to see all the bloopers at the end. I'm guessing this means I have to redo the game all over again, this time on Senior Mode. Darn.

2. I'm growing a playoff beard this year. I look weird now.

3. I bought a book called Empty Pockets at a flea market today. I also got three tapes and a Peter Pan cup.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Difference Detective

And here's a video I made today, a video of me playing all ten copies of Difference Detective!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Secret of the Old Clock - Deaths Video

As I said yesterday, I made a deaths video for Secret of the Old Clock. Here it is!



At the end of the video, I included Richard Topham's psychic training session. Listen to him teach Mrs. Declan how to move spoons with her mind!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nancy Drew Project

I'm working on a new project for Nancy Drew: Haunting of Castle Malloy. See, at the end of that game, you can get awards for doing various things. Using the HerInteractive.com boards, I found a list of the various awards, and what you have to do in order to get them.

  • Ace Flyer: Fly around with the jet pack and land at least 8 times.
  • Chemist Sorter: Put every bottle away correctly.
  • Dollhouse Arranger - for placing a doll in every room of the dollhouse at once
    pressed "Check" and then moved them all one over (but with two in the very top both times).
  • Eagle Eye: Win ever Difference Detective game.
  • Easter Eggs - There are three of them in this game.
  • Fortune Seeker: Get a fortune at least 15 times.
  • Leprechaun Spinner: Turn the leprechauns at least 70 times. (or spin each one 10 times?)
  • Master Printer: Print all four plates in one color, shred, print them in a second color, shred, and then repeat for the other two colors.
  • Stylin' Shearer: Shear at least 10 sheep correctly.
  • Super Sleuth: Talk to Kyler about the glasses, Matt's doll, and Matt's luggage.
  • Thirst Quencher: Prepare drinks at least 7 times.
  • Trivia Tamer: Answer the Trivia question at the end correctly.
Here's why I mention it--the game has bloopers at the end. I got to see four bloopers, because I won four awards (and during the credits, my badge had four stars). But...what if I get ALL the awards? Will that mean I'll get to see bloopers I missed the first time playing the game? Because there are bloopers I missed.

So, basically, that's my latest Nancy Drew project. Replay Haunting of Castle Malloy while getting all the awards, in hopes that it results in getting all the bloopers. If it works, I'll make a video of how to get all the awards and all the bloopers.

This will take a while, so I'm also going to make a deaths video for Secret of the Old Clock while working on it. Seeing as there's only about three deaths in that game, it should be pretty easy to film them all and get them up on Youtube.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Twinkle Tales

One of the things I do in my spare time is work on books for Project Gutenberg. During senior year, I'd work every day, during the commercials of "Days of our Lives". Recently, I started doing that again, because I have about two gigs of book-related files that I haven't touched in months.

Last week, I finished work on a book called The Twinkle Tales or Twinkle and Chubbins. It's a collection of six story-books that L. Frank Baum (who wrote The Wizard of Oz) wrote under a pseudonym, complete with lots of fancy pictures. My favorite story is "Bandit Jim Crow", about a really nasty crow named Jim.

It took a really long time for me to finish working on the book, but now people can read it again for the first time in about ninety years, complete with all the original pictures!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Treasure in the Royal Tower Extras

I just made videos of the easter egg and death scenes for Treasure in the Royal Tower.






Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tax Refund

Today, the US Government gave me a tax refund.

Seeing as the government has given out over three trillion dollars in bailout money (that's $3,000,000,000,000 for those of you who don't speak math), and seeing as I did President Obama a favor by doing a shout-out for him in one of my Nancy Drew videos, I figured that meant I should get somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000.

Unfortunately, I only got $54. Dang.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thoughts on the End of Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand

I was thinking about the ending to Secret of the Scarlet Hand the other day, and I really like it. Not the ending itself when Nancy tells everyone what happened afterwards, but the in-between part right after solving the final puzzle, but before Nancy starts talking. That's usually when fun stuff happens, like shoving the culprit into the mud in Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon.



In Scarlet Hand, this section has the three good characters standing together, looking happy and saying ancient glyph-like statements. It's nice to see them all together and happy, but I really have to wonder how they got there so fast. Where they there all along? If that's the case, why didn't they stop the culprit or try to help Nancy out of the last puzzle?

The part I really like is just after that, when we see the culprit realize that he or she has been foiled by Nancy. The culprit then shouts, "Confound you, Nancy Drew!" in a corny fashion. What can I say? I like it when villains are overly dramatic about being defeated. It's fun.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Internship Followup

I decided I'm not going to take the internship with the publishing company, because they won't pay me. It's kind of obvious that the company is trying to get away with not paying anyone by calling them "interns" instead of employees. That kind of stinks, because that would have been a fun job if I was paid. At the very least, I could have slipped my Professor Snaglefoompus stories in their Approved Submissions box, hee hee.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Music Videos

My friend Paul once said that this video/song always reminds him of me:



Then Paul's friend Meteo said that this video/song is more like me:



I don't really understand what's going on in either of the videos, myself, but I guess they're kind of fun anyway.

Job Interview

I had a job interview at a publishing company today. The company is in Santa Cruz, which means I had to take Highway 17 to get there. Highway 17 is really hard to drive on--it's twenty miles of swerving in giant curves along the coastline. And since my dad thinks I'm a horrible driver because I failed my driver's test five times, he forced my mom to take me, which is totally embarassing.

The interview went well, because I was President of the English Club, and I've done online book editing before. I'm pretty sure I got the job. The job, by the way, was to do three things:

  1. Type all the contact information in the "Publishing Company Phone Book" into their computer.
  2. Send rejection letters to authors
  3. Read things that authors submitted
Like I said, I don't think I'll take the job if they give it to me, because they won't pay me anything at all, which seems totally unfair. And it'd be a major hassle to drive across Highway 17 six times a week to work for free. So I'm going to stick with my original plan, which is to (hopefully) be a summer camp counselor and go back to school in the fall.

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@ the person who suggested I become a Target bag-boy--the local Target isn't hiring for any jobs right now.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Four Things

1) Today, I had fun editing the thirty or so Secret of the Scarlet Hand videos. They ended up being eight Youtube videos, all in HD. So that means I'm about two-thirds finished with that walkthrough (I think). I'll work on filming more videos tomorrow.

2) Also tomorrow, I have a job interview at a publishing company as an assistant. The job is at a place an hour away, and it's unpaid, so I don't think I'll take the job if they offer it to me. But still, getting an interview is nice.

3) Some people have asked if I'll do the Hardy Boys computer game next. I haven't been enthusiastic about getting it, because I get the Nancy Drew games from the library for free. My library doesn't have the Hardy Boys game, so I'd have to pay money to get it.

That's kind of why I started this blog, because Google pays me to put an ad after every entry. They don't pay much, something like a tenth of a penny every time somebody sees an ad (I get more money when people click the ads, hint hint). They say I've made two dollars last week, so maybe, this blog will eventually earn enough money for me to buy the Hardy Boys game. It'd be cool if that happened. And if not, that's cool, too.

4) Yay, it's the weekend! Now I can see my friends who were all busy because it's the first week of school after spring break!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Professor Snaglefoompus and the Case of the Missing Slipper

One day, Professor Snaglefoompus was supposed to be teaching class, but he was kind of tired, so he let his assistant Rob teach the class instead. While Rob taught the class, Professor Snaglefoompus sat at a desk in the back of the room and fell asleep.

Normally, this wouldn't have been a problem, but Professor Snaglefoompus snored so loudly that the students couldn't hear. Some of the students didn't care, because they didn't want to hear Rob give a lecture anyway, but Ernie Greengrass complained.

"Professor Snaglefoompus is snoring," Ernie said. "What kind of a professor falls asleep instead of teaching class? He should be fired."

"I like Professor Snaglefoompus," said Jenny Blackenship. "He's a good teacher. You're just being mean, Ernie."

Ernie grumbled to himself about how stupid Jenny and Professor Snaglefoompus was, and then he got the nasty idea to tie Professor Snaglefoompus' shoelaces together. When Professor Snaglefoompus woke up, he'd try to walk and he'd fall on his face, and it'd serve him right for being a horrible teacher.

Unfortunately for Ernie, Professor Snaglefoompus wasn't wearing shoes that day. He was wearing a bright orange slipper on his left foot. The slipper was about four sizes too big for him.

"Who wears only one slipper?" Ernie Greengrass asked himself.

"Cinderella," Professor Snaglefoompus said, yawning, because Ernie had woken him up. "Why are you crawling on the floor?"

Ernie gulped. "No reason, sir. I was just...uh...wondering why you're only wearing one slipper."

"I lost my other slipper two days ago," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "I think it might have fallen into somebody's sandwich."

"What?" Ernie asked.

"Yes!" Professor Snaglefoompus cried quite loudly. "Someone intends to eat my slipper as a tasty lunchtime treat!"

"Professor Snaglefoompus, would you please stop disturbing the class?" Rob asked from the front of the room.

"NEVER!" cried Professor Snaglefoompus. "I have to find my lost slipper!"

Professor Snaglefoompus ran to his desk, where he pulled out his special mystery-solving hat. It was yellow and looked like a banana.

"The case of the missing slipper is now in session!" Professor Snaglefoompus said. He began looking for clues inside Rob's lunchbox. "Aha!"

"Did you find the slipper?" Rob asked.

"No. I found a delicious cookie!" Professor Snaglefoompus said, taking the cookie and eating it.

Rob was mad. "Professor Snaglefoompus, you shouldn't be eating my cookies! That's mine! Shouldn't you be busy looking for your slipper instead of eating my lunch?"

"I already found the slipper," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "They're being worn by...HER!"

Professor Snaglefoompus pointed to Maria Cincinnati. Everyone looked at her. She was wearing sandals that day.

"But I'm not wearing slippers," Maria Cincinnati said.

"Maria, Maria, Maria," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "If you wanted to borrow my slippers, all you had to do was ask."

"But Professor," Maria said. "I couldn't have taken your slipper. The slipper you're wearing is too big to fit me."

"If it's too big, you could have worn it as a hat," Professor Snaglefoompus suggested.

Maria Cincinnati ignored this. "Are you sure that's your slipper, anyway?" Maria asked. "I mean, it's so big that it doesn't even fit you."

Professor Snaglefoompus looked at his foot and the large orange slipper upon it.

"You're right," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "This isn't my slipper. I guess that means my slipper isn't lost after all."

So he went back to his desk and fell asleep again.