10-Year YouTube Mario Paint Videos Anniversary

Today’s my 10 YEAR Anniversary of Mario Paint videos on YouTube. My life changed forever through this silly idea.

I have met some really fascinating people both on and off line, and many of those people I still talk to today. It was never something I expected, and was something I was completely new to. Talking to people online seemed so strange to me, let alone making any meaningful friendships. It all seemed silly to me.

Around this time, MySpace was a thing, and Facebook was pretty much limited to my college friends. Everyone I knew online was someone I knew in real life. Until YouTube. Posting videos on YouTube and having a complete stranger leaving messages for me felt very different. It took me a while to get used to the whole idea. It followed by people trying to get in direct contact with me, starting with the YouTube inbox. Sometimes for just simple questions, a few words of praise or the desire to learn more about me. Was this normal? Should I tell my personal friends know about this? Or was this some kind of second-life thing. I didn’t know what to do, but I tried my best to see where it would go. I created an AIM account and a Skype account and before I knew it was having actual voice conversations with people. Whaaaat. It took a year to really let it all sink in. Fast forward 10 years, and it’s become a huge part of my life. HUGE. Almost necessary. Most of my friendships I made 10 years ago are still active today. I can’t even think of any real life friends who have stuck around that long. I guess all I can really say is thank you. Thank you to everyone, for everything. You all make me smile in different ways. I am so grateful for everything.

Jeff Day is Best Day

A wonderful friend of mine, Jeff Benson, someone I’ve known of for nearly a decade but became fast friends with about 3 three years back, happened to be in town this weekend. I really wanted to see him, so he made some time to come hang out with me today after I got off work. He’s one of my most unique friends, where we both share a common obsession: Mario Paint. I’m more of the music aspect of the game, where he’s definitely on the visual side of things like drawing elaborate artwork and animations and going into great detail about his art style and techniques with the Mario Paint mouse. I’ve never known of anyone who loved Mario Paint as much as I did. I’ve played it so much growing up. Nearly everyday after school. Countless hours. When Jeff visits, we always make a joint effort to create a Mario Paint masterpiece, and I love every minute of it. I love every minute I spend with him a well. He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever talked to, and wish I could talk to for days. He’s always welcome here, and any chance I ever get to see him, I will find a way. On top of all that, he’s also a fantastic human being.

I miss him already.

Happy Nintendo Switch Day

Today is the day the Nintendo Switch is released! Believe it or not, this was first system that I have ever preordered. It was also the first system that I went to pick up at midnight the night before and stand in line for. It was actually quite fun, and it only took me about 40 minutes or so to get it. I haven’t had a real chance to sit down and play it yet but I loved watching my friend Eevee play Zelda Breath. I still have so many questions about the system and what’s coming for it. I hope it does well, I really do. I loved the Wii U so much too, and I will continue to use it for a long time. For the record, I currently own every home console Nintendo has ever produced in the US market, and they’re all set up in my entertainment center.

Hi-Def NES Review

I stopped by my Post Office today to pick up my package. I was already annoyed with the USPS so I just wanted to get in and out of there quick, and luckily I did.

The packaging of my NES was the best I’ve ever seen from a modder. The NES itself was individually wrapped in bubblewrap and secured with clear tape. It was then wrapped some more with this brown tethered paper bag material; I’m not to familiar with it, but it provided a bit more cushion. He also sent back my 72 Pin adaptor which he also put in its own little pink baggy.

Upon first inspection, I was floored by the professional work done on the machine. The cutout required at the back of the machine for the HDMI port looks like it was meant to be there by Nintendo themselves. If you didn’t know any better, you would have believed it was stock. This is  my original system from the 80’s, and though the case itself has a few blemishes on it, it’s still in great physical condition.

I also purchased the Blinking Light Win and sent it along to be installed, which he also did for me. No longer do you have to press down when inserting a game and bending pins; it’s a straight-on cartridge slot now, much like the N64 or SNES.

I also had done some expansion audio mods on this system, and the job I did on it was, to my standards and with limited resources, decent enough. He also took it upon himself to rewire what I had done and professionally wire it up. He also sent me pictures of the work he had done on the inside of the system.

When I first turned it on, it wasn’t powering up. The power light would show for a split second then turn off. I tried a different outlet and still the same problem. I think I knew what the problem was. At the time, I was using a third party power supply that has two leads coming out of it to power an NES or an SNES. It probably requires the original NES power supply. Well, thank goodness I’m always prepared and had it in my storage bin! Once I hooked it up and powered it on, we were in business!

I loaded up my PowerPak and decided to try Super Mario Bros. 2 first. I was blown away by the picture quality, and I had not even toggled through the settings yet. I had to play the game though. Right away, I can tell you, the input lag from the controller to the TV was non-existent. I couldn’t believe it. Over HDMI. One of the worst things about the Wii U Virtual Console is the input lag. It’s awful. That and the super dark picture quality. To really test out the input delay, I tried Mega Man 2. Flash Man was easily defeated!

After trying a few more games, I started to mess around with the menu features of the mod. There are so many customization options. One of my favorites is the audio options. You are able to individually pan each audio channel of the system, including all of the expanded audio channels, as well as manipulate the volume. It also has a waveform viewer, pitch viewer and memory address viewer. After seeing this prompted me to contact the creator about a possible addition to the audio viewer. I’ll see about doing that this weekend. I still have a lot more to do with the system, but once the weekend is here, I can really start to become more familiar with every aspect of the mod.

I highly recommend anyone who loves their NES and desire to include it with modern gaming/TV setups AND get the best possible audio and video signals from the machine. It is NOT an upscaler. The good news is you can still use your composite connection to play your light gun and ROB games, which was important for me to have as a feature since I still do enjoy to play those games from time to time.

If you would like more information about this particular product, visit this link: https://www.game-tech.us/mods/original-nes/

 

USPOS

Today is March 1st and it could have been a good one. A GREAT one! It was the day I was going to get my long-awaited Hi-Def NES in the mail. Priority. Two-day delivery through the United States Postal Service. I knew I had to sign for it, so I was sure to monitor the door today. Eventually I had to leave for work, so my friend Eevee volunteered to door sit. I set it up so they would text me on the delivery status, which informed me in the morning that it was out for delivery today. YAY! Around 2 PM, I received a text saying that the package was unable to be delivered because nobody was home to sign it, and that they left the re-delivery slip on the door. I asked Eevee about it, and he said no one had knocked or anything. He looked around or a delivery slip, and there was absolutely nothing. What the hell. When I came home tonight, I decided to check my locked mailbox. Guess what was in there. THE PACKAGE SLIP. Claiming no one was home to sign for the package, so they had to return it to the Post Office. Yeah. More like you DIDN’T EVEN TRY TO DELIVER IT TO MY ACTUAL DOOR AND JUST THROUGH THE SLIP INTO THE MAILBOX.

Fuck you, US’POS’PS.

Glad I paid to have it priority and with a signature for safety. The same thing happened with my NES ROB. I’ll just pick it up tomorrow morning.

One Month of Blogging!

I completed my first month of daily blogs! Thank you very much, February, for the shortcuts! All I have been able to think about today was getting my Hi-Def NES in the mail tomorrow, which also happens to be March 1st! I just hope I’m around to sign for it when they deliver it. And then of course March 3rd is the release day of Nintendo Switch, and I’m all preordered for that and for Zelda Breath. Lots of good stuff to start off the month already!

Happy Pokemon Day!

I went the whole day not knowing anything about Pokemon Day, but thankfully, I have a Poke-crazy friend Eevee who caught me up on the details. We decided to have a special Pokemon stream, playing different party-like Pokemon games. We focused mainly on both Stadium games, and Neko also stopped by later in the night to join the festivities, and was sucked into playing the Stadium games for the first time. He enjoyed the simplicity. Afterward, I took a stab at Pokemon Puzzle League for a bit. Sadly, our copy of Pokemon Snap was not behaving tonight, and nobody wanted to go near Hey You, Pikachu! The close out the night, Neko launched a few rounds of Peggle 2, his latest obsession in the gaming world.

Sunday Things

Sunday’s for me usually involve lots of cleaning, and certainly dishes. Since it’s the only day I have off from work, it all kinda piles up, but I don’t mind it; I quite enjoy cleaning! Washed the floors, doors, walls, even vacuumed thoroughly with the fancy attachments. Dog and I took a trip to the mall and preordered Zelda Breath and Horizon Zero Dawn. We also picked up another Zelda puzzle which I hope to get to once I finish up the wicked evil NES version… We grabbed some Chipotle and watch Star Wars Episode IV and, of course, The Walking Cat. We ended with streaming Paper Mario, which Dog is currently streaming.

Yoshi’s 69 Surprise

On Saturday nights, I typically enjoy streaming an online game. Lately it has been Mario Kart 8, and tonights races were very unique. It turns out that there were five separate occasions where each of us got a 69 point score during our races, including myself, who seemingly only got it for the first time ever (in the game, that is…). To celebrate, we usually post about it in our Miiverse community. YoshiDDR, a fantastic racer and adorably cute Yoshi, manages to frequently score a 69 in the races. Tonight while looking through my Swapdoodle notes, it seems that Yoshi had sent me some art of his 69 journey in the tournament. He had a frame where you see his shirt AND pants being tossed off his body. Oh my. In the next frame was a beautifully drawn, sleek and sexy Yoshi sporting golden underwear and a ripped chest. It had me rolling. I didn’t expect it from him. At all. It was so great. I love love LOVED it. And I LOVE YOSHIDDR!

A Nice Friday For a Change!

We’ve been having some pretty yucky luck with having a decent Friday lately, but the sun continues to shine a good time. It was also a stroke of good luck for me, having seemingly lost my 11 year old iPod since last Friday somehow turned up today! I’ll explain what had happened.

After leaving a group lesson last Friday, during the downpour in the mid afternoon, I had to cross the street to get to my car. I was also running a bit late to my next class, which didn’t help. Anyway, as I was putting my large bag of music stuffs into my car, I just threw it over the front seat into the back seat. Normally I take the time to open my trunk and place it there, but in my haste with the weather conditions and time management, I decided against it. I went on with my day until I came home that night and started lesson planning for the next day. When I generated a new playlist on my computer for tomorrow’s class, I went to grab my iPod from the bag for syncing and… it wasn’t there. Everything else was, though. The speaker, the wiring and plushies. I noticed that I didn’t fully zip the side. Gosh darnit, now what. Don’t tell me I left it at the school. I then realized that the school would be closed all weekend and also on Monday due to President’s Day, so I wouldn’t be able to check until at least Tuesday. Oh nooooo. Or maybe it fell out in the car as I sloppily tossed it over the front seat? Possible. It was dark outside, and the iPod was black and tiny. I searched what felt like everywhere, and nothing. I ripped apart all of my bags, knowing full well it could have never been there, but you never know. Then I started having horrible thoughts of it falling out between my transit from the school to my car, sitting on the pavement during the downpour, washed away into the sewers, or fallen out just before getting into my car and being run over, or having someone find it and keeping it. Just horrible. I originally got it from a friend of mine back in 2006 who found it in their schools’ lost and found. It ended up never getting claimed for over 30 days, so she gave it to me. I ended up using it a lot during my commutes on the NYC Subway to and from student teaching. I’ve held onto it ever since. But NO WAY it’s gone! Sadly I created a backup plan and moved the music to my phone to playback for at least tomorrow’s lesson. It worked, but interfered with my once-immaculate pacing and transitions between songs. It came to a head when I had a dream that I had FOUND MY iPOD. It was in my hands, and I could see the faded silver back!! When I woke up and I still didn’t have it, I grew anxious. Maybe this was a sign?

Today, while driving to work, I had remembered that several group classes were not in session due to the Winter Break, and my box of keyboards wasn’t touched. What if. WHAT IF. While I had thrown the bag into the backseat… Maybe it somehow fell out of the bag and into the keyboard tote. Possible? After parking, I tore up the back seat and dragged the tote out. I puled out a few keyboards, but I didn’t it. I pulled out the last two and guess what fell out from being stuck between two keyboards. Yep! There it was! The happiness I felt was glorious. I happily charged it while I taught the remainder of my classes for the day. Now to share this happy ending with my class tomorrow!