The image of BoogaTech has always been lacking a certain edge, which is why there has been a corporate decision to improve on the edginess of this company and change our name to "EdgeTech." This edgy step in the realm of edginess symbolizes the new path of this company to create edgy titles, provide gamers with the edge they need, and someday become masters of this "edge."
Our second step is to rename the famous hit game that made us so awesome well-known and popular, "Bridges of the Mertynn," to "Edge-Spanning Architecture of the Mertynn."
Other changes will include minor things such as renaming the Sandwich Shop Ninja's workplace, "Monorail Sandwiches," to "Monorail SandwEdges."
So apparantly I had forgotten about the nasty message the last file version of The Sandwich Shop Ninja gives when it detects that it's not on the right server, and it had been giving that message ever since I merged the TSSN website with the main BoogaTech website. It should be playing correctly now.
Bridges of the Mertynn has been coming along gradually in the free time I've had alongside school. The List has been updating as I progress, and I'm getting closer to getting the game engine finished so that I can start getting levels and tile sets done.
I'll probably take a break from working on Bridges in November so that I can get something out for the International Day of the Ninja on December 5th.
This is some concept art for a voluntary project some people in the BYU Animation Club are working on. We don't have much decided at the moment, but the plan is to make a collaborative comic where we switch off making pages for. The story is about a little girl who finds out she has powers or something, and these shadow monsters are after that power. She is protected by a guardian, a shape-shifting star whose planets' life was destroyed by the shadows.
I wanted to show this video a week and a half ago, but a few things came up, such as moving to a new apartment for school, working on other small projects that needed to be done, and dealing with video codec issues.
I've been quiet since returning from Comic Con late July, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything. The last two weeks were spent working over the database and admin panel for the backend systems of this website. I managed to cut out over 1200 lines of old, redundant code. I also made it so that some pages will display any tags a content item has if I want them to (see bottom right of this post).
Also dependent on the updates to the site is "Bridges of the Mertynn." CMExpress, the system that keeps this site running, will be used to develop the website and database that will store the user-made levels and high scores. There's still a lot of work to be done, but for your benefit and my own, I am working on a list of things to be done and will be posting that shortly.
So I found out why I get so many people coming here looking for sandwich shops. It turns out that The Sandwich Shop Ninja is currently the second result when you search for "sandwich shop" on Google. I guess Google thinks animated ninjas who happen to own sandwich shops are more relevant to people looking for sandwich shops, maybe to eat at, than Subway and a dozen more actual, real sandwich shops?
So if you came here looking for a place to eat, uh... sorry? I don't even have any ninja sandwich recipes or anything, but I guess I could list a few sandwiches I like at various places:
Quiznos - Baja Chicken
Togos - Chipotle Roast Beef
Subway's a little different. I don't get any particular sandwich. I get a ham and bacon with pepper-jack cheese and cucumber. Lettuce is pointless on any sandwich, as it's basically just a solid green form of water. Unless it's spring mix or Romain lettuce, then it actually tastes like something besides water.
Don't buy those sandwiches on the Amtrak trains. They're way overpriced, and taste disgusting.
Still making progress on my game project. The graphics are turning out nicely, though what you see is scaled down to about 75% so that it will fit in this little box thing. Drawing all those trees and grass is surprisingly time-consuming, though. It's definitely easier to draw them from a side-on perspective rather than a top-down.
Next week is the San Diego Comic-Con. This will be the second time I've gone. I leave early Thursday morning for an 11-hour drive, check in to the hotel, and hopefully get on the tram going towards the convention center and not the one that's going to the Mexico border.
Last month's search engine queries were unfortunately more of the same, for the most part. Just lost people looking for sandwitches, sandwishes, and a "ninjasandwich" stood out from the countless people on the search for sub shop designs.
Various changes to the website coding have been made, and The Sandwich Shop Ninja website is now fully integrated with the CMExpress system that the majority of my website runs on. There are a few things missing that require more changes in CMEx before they can be reimplemented, but those are very minor. The RSS feeds now decode properly, and this should be the last time everything since 2004 is marked "new" in Google Reader.
The next news entry will be an update on the next TSSN episode's progress, though the blog will keep updating on a more frequent basis.