My First Website

I first learned HTML back in the 90′s. I wanted to use it to build a site for my ZZT “game company” Ultraware, but I didn’t think I was ready. For a test run I decided to make a site about Pinky and The Brain. There were a lot of fan sites around but I went a different route. I decided to create a “conspiracy” site that suggested big pop culture events (shows, movies, etc.) were all attempts by the mousy duo to take over the world.

It pretty much sucks. I know it. But you can see little bits of who I am now in there somewhere. I realized Tripod was taking down old site so I decided to put it here for posterity. The original site lived at braindom.tripod.com. It might still be there.

And here’s the weird Baby Sun animation (complete with watermark):

I’ve made a bunch of websites since then. Some good, most bad, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart. And keep me humble.

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My Take on Gotham in the Official Fan Trailer

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My podcasting co-host Anne Marie DeSimone and myself are featured in the new fan trailer for their upcoming series Gotham, set in the world of Batman. I got to be Gordon and Bullock, and Anne Marie got to play Essen/Fish Mooney. A ton of fun.

If you want to hear us talk about every episode of this new show (set in the world of Batman) you should head over and subscribe to Legends of Gotham.

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Dogboy Adventures #1 – Now FREE Forever!

I’m pleased to announced that Dogboy: Den of Thieves is now available for $0.00 at every major online retailer outside of Audible. Grab it today and dive into the world of Dogboy.

Dogboy: Den of Thieves

Dogboy: Den of Thieves

$2.99$0.00
Author:
Series: Dogboy Adventures, Book 1
Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superheroes, Young Adult
Publication Year: 2013
Dogboy, aka Bronson Black, is Colta City’s 13-year-old superhero. When his parents die in a car accident he’s left in the custody of his mysterious Uncle Randolph. Using his magic kit and a strange precognitive power he protects the city from Andrus and his Guild of Thieves. Along the way he befriends Cindy McNeil, a wannabe reporter with a secret of her own, and Mr. Horum, his boss at The Old Curiosity Shop. When the guild captures Dogboy he must decide whether to join them or take them down once and for all as he embraces his destiny as one of the “good guys.”
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PRAISE FOR DOGBOY: DEN OF THIEVES
“If you want to see the beginnings of a great series, this is the book to read.”

“…a fun and easy read.”

“Dogboy: Den of Thieves is a fun read which diverts the reader much like Dogboy’s tricks distract his enemies. If you like endings with a huge twist that leave you hungry for the sequel, this is a book for you.”

+++++

Orphan. Superhero. Thief.

Dogboy, aka Bronson Black, is Colta City’s 13-year-old superhero. When his parents die in a car accident he’s left in the custody of his mysterious Uncle Randolph. Using his magic kit and a strange precognitive power he protects the city from Andrus and his Guild of Thieves.

Along the way he befriends Cindy McNeil, a wannabe reporter with a secret of her own, and Mr. Horum, his boss at The Old Curiosity Shop.

When the guild captures Dogboy he must decide whether to join them or take them down once and for all as he embraces his destiny as one of the “good guys.”

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Padre’s Corner #1 – Marvel vs. DC with Bill Meeks

Patrick's dancing Groot waits for his segment

Patrick’s dancing Groot waits for his segment

I had a blast joining my pals Father Robert Ballecer and Patrick Delahanty to talk Marvel vs. DC at the movies, Dogboy, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Patrick also showed off his dancing Groot that went viral yesterday.

Big thanks to PadreSJ for having me on the first episode of his fantastic new TWiT show. Always love the opportunity to geek out, especially about superheroes. You can watch in the player above, or download/subscribe over on the TWiT website.

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My So Called 8bit Life #139 – The Dogboy Days of Summer

My So Called 8it Life The Dogboy Days of Summer – Bill Meeks

My So Called 8it Life

My So Called 8bit Life #139 – The Dogboy Days of Summer – Bill Meeks, video producer turned famous writer, returns from a long hiatus of being on the show. Roberto and Bill catch up on life, contemplate the weirdness of The Parsec Awards, & go into detail on the inner workings of creating Dogboy. Also, shameless plugs!

I finally got back to my friend Roberto’s great podcast My So Called 8bit Life to chat about storytelling, podcast award names, and general nonsense. Always a blast.

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Dogboy: Demon’s Dare — Now Available

I’m pleased to announce that the next Dogboy Adventure, Dogboy: Demon’s Dare,  is available for purchase.

Dogboy: Demon’s Dare

Dogboy: Demon’s Dare

$2.99
Curleyworld closed down years ago, forgotten on the outskirts of Colta City. So why does the Psychlotron spin? Why do trains rush over the wooden tracks of Demon’s Dare? More info →
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Here’s the synopsis:

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Spoken Word Covers

As part of my day job I record a lot of voiceover. If it’s first thing in the morning my voice and mouth need warmed-up so I can speak crisp and clearly. To warm up I generally perform a spoken word cover of a pop song.
So far I’ve tackled Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, and Hanson. Below is a playlist from my Soundcloud account that contains all of them.
I’ll update it every so often, but feel free to subscribe to me over there so you don’t miss any.

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Book Review – ZZT by Anna Anthropy (Boss Fight Books)

NOTE: This review was originally published on my Dogboy Adventures site, but I thought I’d share it over here too.

ZZT

I’ve done a lot of reading lately, but outside of the Danny Dunn series no books have inspired me to jot down my thoughts until today.

ZZT by Anna Anthropy is centered around a gaming community that consumed a big chunk of my life between the ages of 13 and 15. ZZT was a game creation system, which meant it came with it’s own built-in world editor. I discovered the game and community when we signed up for AOL using the AOL software for MS-DOS in 1995. There were tons of user-created games to download and play, and you could even upload your own. A magical time.

I made several games under my ZZT company Ultraware. The community I bonded with on AOL, then later via the web and listservs, allowed me to escape my restrictive homeschooled upbringing while hanging out with a bunch of people like me. (Note: for more on ZZT’s impact on me check out this episode of My So-Called 8bit Life.)

Tim's City
In ZZT, Anna Anthropy teaches the history of ZZT through the lens of her experience. Anna is a trans individual so throughout the book we’re given snapshots of her adolescent interactions with the game and it’s community as she discovers who she really is. One section highlights how ZZT specifically appealed to trans kids. The story of the first trans girl she ever met online tugs at the heartstrings a bit too.
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