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DiMono @DiMono

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Posted by DiMono - December 28th, 2012

After a 2 week struggle and 3 weeks offline, I finally have internet access in my new apartment. And the world rejoices!

Posted by DiMono - December 24th, 2012

Right now I'm 246 blams or saves away from Supreme Commander. It is possible for me to hit that target before the new year if enough entries are submitted. Let the race begin!

(I'd be having a much easier time of this if I hadn't had to miss 50 or so last weekend. Ah well)

Posted by DiMono - December 20th, 2012

Well, I'm healthy and in my new apartment. Now the problem is that it's taking forever to get internet connectivity. I was supposed to have it last Friday, but now the earliest I'll have it will be tomorrow. In the meantime, I have two stops at a coffee shop each day in which to do as much as possible on my phone. If the world ends before I get to see digital boobs again, I shall be very put out.

Posted by DiMono - November 21st, 2012

I now have my third full-blown infection in a month and a half. This time it's an upper respiratory virus, which I know because two of my symptoms are a reduced appetite, and a fever of 103.1F. At least my body is actively trying to fight it off this time, I guess. And at least it's just one infection this time; last time was a viral in my sinuses and a bacterial in my lungs.

If anyone knows when I'm allowed to be healthy again, I'd really appreciate it if you'd tell me. Because this is fucking ridiculous.

Posted by DiMono - November 4th, 2012

Since being promoted to a portal mod, I've been taken out of the world twice for a week each time by sickness. Right now I'm on what I hope is the tail end of a head and throat cold, where I've coughed my throat raw, and my left ear is plugged to the point of having a constant ringing in it. My right ear got unclogged after 62 1/2 hours a little bit ago with the help of an abnormally hot shower, so now it's just the left one. The plan is to spend as much time as possible with my head laid down flat to the right, and if it's still clogged on Monday then I'll go to a walk-in clinic and see about getting something for it, because the last thing I need right now is for it to turn into a full-blown ear infection.

If I'm still sick when I wake up, that'll make a full week. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this cold just being gone already.

Posted by DiMono - September 10th, 2012

My level icon got all gold aura'd up. Guess who's monitoring the portal now.

Posted by DiMono - August 19th, 2012

like you're the only person on the planet who isn't a complete retard?

In the last week, I've put in rental offers on 3 places. The first was a house, but the owner thinks he's a wizard who can block off the basement, install a kitchen down there, plus a shower, plus divide up the basement into bedroom and living area, plus install a window for the bedroom (as all bedrooms in Ontario are required by law to have), plus install a second washer/dryer in the linen closet upstairs, all in a day. The second was a corner apartment, but the landlord mysteriously took it off the market, without even telling her own realtor why. The current one thinks it's not against the law for him to use space I'm paying for to store his stuff in.

Anyone feel like giving me $500,000 so I can just buy my own place and be done with it?

Posted by DiMono - June 19th, 2012

I just updated my Indiegogo campaign with an extremely important update, which I will copy here. I've bolded the really important part:

I know I said yesterday that I'm okay with it taking a little while to get going, but I'm starting to get antsy. To that end, I've adjusted some of the perks to something I think is a little more reasonable, lowering the prices on the signed and personalized books and adding digital and physical copies to some of the higher-end ones.

I've also decided that I'd rather get more contributions early than late, so I'm going to add an overall incentive for people to contribute early: if I reach the full $6,000 by Noon Eastern Time on July 4, which is 15 days minus 11 hours from now as I write this, I will give $1,000 to Child's Play at RTX the following weekend. So you won't just be helping me edit and publish a book any more, you'll actually be helping to put games and toys in the hands of children who need them.

So now, not only is there incentive for you to pledge, but there's incentive for me to get where I'm trying to go more quickly. Let's see if we can help out charity, shall we?

Help me, Help Child's Play

Posted by DiMono - June 16th, 2012

Last week I finished writing the first draft of a horror novel I call Unseen. Now it's time to edit it and get it published, and I'm turning to crowd funding to help me get that done. In order to polish this story up and start shipping it around, I'm going to need to treat editing it basically like a full time job for the next couple months, because it was written in a format that worked well for how I originally released it, but will not work as well as a manuscript.

So if you would like to help out a fellow Newgrounder, I invite you to follow these links:

To read the first draft of the story in its entirety

To download the first chapter as a PDF

To contribute via Indiegogo. It's like Kickstarter, but international and you can pay with a credit card or paypal.



I'm an author!

Posted by DiMono - June 14th, 2012

Hi there. I'm one of those people who's been around for a while and not posted much. The reason I haven't posted much is that I know I'm not very good at Flash, and that my stuff doesn't really have a place here. I've put up a couple sound boards, because those are pretty difficult to mess up, but everything else; not here. So that's me.

Now, I know you're excited to share what you're doing with the world. I know that you're eager to get it out there and get feedback from the community on it. Believe me, I get that. And I know that as long as you dedicate yourself to the craft, you're going to get better and better, one day perhaps even eclipsing the best this site has to offer now.

However, I also know that you're not there yet. And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with being new to Flash, because after all, we all were at one point. You'll be great eventually, but right now... not so much.

The most important thing to do in order to get better is to practice. Do as much work in Flash as you can, and over time your drawings will be better, your animations will be smoother, and your code will be cleaner. A close second to that is getting feedback; that's where the rest of us come in.

You see, there are two places on this site where you can upload your work for feedback. The first is the Portal, where most of you are already putting your stuff. As much as I know you're tempted to, you probably don't want to upload anything there just yet. The reason for that is that we tend to be rather harsh judges when it comes to test animations, and so if you upload something that says "My first flash" or "Test" it is likely to die quickly and violently. When you're just starting out, the Portal is not the place for you.

The other place you can upload is your dumping grounds. This is a place where you can upload your Flash file and have people in the Flash forum download it so they can give you advice, pointers, and help. If you are just starting out, this is where you want to put your stuff.

Basically, your dumping grounds are for works in progress, tests, and things you know are unfinished and/or bad. The Portal is for polished works that you are proud of. So please, be objective with your Flash in deciding where to put it. Just from looking around at the average content on this site, you know whether your work is up to snuff, so upload it to the appropriate place, for your own benefit from not having it blammed, and for ours for not having to blam it. Believe me, it will work out better for all involved, especially you.

Cheers and good luck