Hey everyone, @csalzman and I published our new game for iPhone. It's about a parachuting bug and is called Bug Drop!
We started it in November 2018, a couple universes ago. When you have a full time job and kids, game dev is not a quick endeavor (and it's not quick without those things either).
If you could get it and rate it, that would help us out. It's not free, but almost ($2). And sorry Android peeps. Hopefully we can get this on the Play store at some point.
My friend Huan-Hua and I did our first musical collaboration after 15 years of friendship. It's a cover of "Black Star" by Radiohead as a part of this PFR Tribute Series, which is a friendly contest of sorts where every month a band is covered and the winner picks the next band.
She did lead vocals and I did guitar and backing vocals. Our version can be found in position #34: Lake Monroe - Black Star
listen here: https://bit.ly/3nPT4Xl
vote here: https://bit.ly/3lp3eO8
One day, we noticed our neighbor working on the area. He was filling in the mud pit with gravel. It took him a couple days to finish his work there. We approached soon after to find that the mud pit was now a sturdy stone platform. He had also replaced the old swing. The new ropes were thicker and the swing had the invitation "Welcome!" engraved on the seat.
The swing continues to be one of our favorite spots, and I am grateful for our neighbor whose kindness helped sustain us in dark times.
During lockdown, the swing became one of the few things the kids could do for fun. The parks were closed, play dates were impossible, and playing in the backyard had lost its appeal. We visited the swing daily, sometimes multiple times during the course of a day.
Our constant use turned the grass below the swing into mud. We felt bad, like we had abused the kind gesture of our neighbor. He always had taken good care to mow his lawn regularly, so we assumed he might not love the new mud pit.
Two years ago, my then 3 year-old took note of a tree swing near the road in my neighbor's yard. One day, she started swinging on it and we looked around, unsure if it was ok. The neighbor noticed our hesitance and kindly assured us we were welcome to use it. His kids had outgrown it and he was happy to see it used. It became a favorite pitstop during walks.
new video game - Eastward
Zelda, Earthbound, Studio Ghibli, The Sandlot, and Goonies are all referenced in the opening paragraph of the review... Um, please take my money. https://www.polygon.com/reviews/22672042/eastward-review-pixpil-chucklefish
Today a song from múm came on, a band I haven't thought about in years. The song is "Cards - Live in Berlin" from their Menschen am Sonntag EP. It's a slowly building and peacefully reptitive song with increasingly active percussion and lovely synths that weave in and out.
Ooh, and some Spiritualized just came on so I'll listen to that now ("Shine a Light" on Lazer Guided Melodies). It's got the right wistful quality for the first day of school.
I have taken stock of my music voice memos from the past year and I easily have enough to fill up my much anticipated (by me and no one else) indie/folk/singer-songwriter album. Now, to write more lyrics and record - next update in ~2 years.
@csalzman and I are updating our toddler app: Night Lights. We are putting in an "all pink stars" easter egg just for Scout.
Taking a vacation next week and going up north and currently experiencing the last day of work craziness.
Yeah, I'm starting a new hashtag. I'm basically an influencer.
Gia Margaret - mellow, electronic, emotive, shoe-gazey stuff.
Amaro Freitas - "Ayeye" - modern Brazilian jazz trio. Really cool stuff and fantastic musicians.
Big Thief - New song "Sparrow" - powerful
Devendra Banhart - new album "Refuge" - I guess he decided to put the guitar down and become an ambient artist
Board of Canada - Treat Em Right instrumental remix - reptitive groovy electro funk
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