Matt Hackmann

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all

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I'm calling a Thanksgiving break on this little "blog-o-rama" because I'm out of town and will be otherwise occupied. So, Happy Thanksgiving, everybody, and I'll catch y'all on the flip side. Maybe I'll have something to say. Maybe I won't. Who can tell?

Soba

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Switching gears for a moment to document some soba I made off the top of my head. I'll try to keep the words to a minimum and let the pictures talk (zoom into the picture for recipe type shits).

Throw some water on to boil. Be sure to add salt!

Get some butter melting in a pan.

Chop up some onions and garlic. I used about a 1/4 and 3 cloves, respectively.

Saute the chopped stuff up.

Once that water's boiling, add the soba. I like to swish it around for the first 15-30 seconds with chopsticks. Then, allow to boil for five minutes.

Add a little water (2-3T), soy sauce (@-3T), mirin (1-2T), and honey (1-2T) into the sauteed stuffs, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Fish some noodles out into a bowl and then drizzle some of the sauce/onion mixture on top.

Coat noodles with sauce and then enjoy!

Chris and I had cold soba while in Sendai this year, though I'm pretty sure the broth was nothing like this. To be honest, I haven't yet bothered to look up a recipe, but this sauce has worked pretty universally with various Japanese types of cuisine.

Authentic? Probably not.

Delicious?

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Absolutely.

Oh, Lordy Lord

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After finishing up last night's post, I decided to give that NES another try. The one thing I hadn't tried was the ever popular "blow on the cartridge" trick. It was the one thing that worked. I then proceeded to make a whole video of me playing it in the glitched up state...

Just a Quickie

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Just got out of a showing of Dr. Strange, a showing I opted for 3D over standard 2D. I don't regret my choice. It was a sweet movie with crazy effects and magic and some good old Marvel humor.

That said, it's now a bit late and I want a quick way out. So, here's a before and after photo of one of my recent broken NES aquisitions.

If you look closely, you can see a wire near the top right corner.

SUCH A SHINY WITH THAT BLURRY DEPTH OF FIELD

I have both of these machines, but the one on the right is the one in the after picture. The internals of the thing were fine, for the most part. The connector was shoddy as hell, though, so I refurb'd the pins with a dental pick. After a little soak in the tub and a little scrubbing, it now plays games fabulously and looks fabulous too.

The one on the left has board issues of some sort, so when it does play at all, the graphics are all crazy go nuts. I wanted to grab a picture of Mario 3, but couldn't get the game to boot.

Oh, well. Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

That Time I Resolved a Copyright Complaint

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's post, I received an email from the company that produces the Ben Heck show. They were, of course, wondering what was up with the copyright claim and apologized since the production company switched between when the video was originally posted and now. The dude's name was Matt, so you know this is an an individual to be trusted.

Humor aside, I found working with him on the whole thing to be rather easy and pleasant. As stated above, he was apologetic, but professionally so. All he wanted was to have the video restored, all I wanted was an ask for permission and attribution. Over the course of a handful of emails, I retracted my copyright complaint, and the video reappeared on YouTube with one small change:

That's my name, don't wear it out!

Now that this whole issue has been nicely resolved, I can finally feel that little bit of accomplishment knowing that some of my design work is being seen hundreds of thousands of people and enticing them to watch the video.

Really, that's pretty cool.