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I haven't been online much over the course of the past several weeks due to my time and mind being occupied with all sorts of things, but I feel now is an appropriate occasion to drop in and say hello, and to explain a bit of the mystery surrounding my recent vanishing act.
On my previous news post, I was asked about how Hurricane Sandy - a vicious storm that raged through my area a few weeks ago - treated me. Sandy didn't treat me well; she was extremely rude and refused to quit blowing, even when I tried to pull my pants up. She was also shockingly clumsy; she bumped into things and caused damage wherever she went. I'm glad our relationship is over.
All things considered, my immediate area didn't suffer too badly from the storm's wrath. There was almost no rain, but very strong gusts of wind blew frequently for a while. In a park near my residence, many trees - including some very large ones - were knocked down, and the ground was strewn with branches and leaves for some time after the storm passed. Thankfully, all the trees that could have fallen on my home stayed put.
I experienced a partial electricity outage that lasted for about a week, and my Internet service was cut off for about a week and a half; neither situation was particularly troublesome, though. Some homes right around mine lost all their electricity for a while, so I consider myself lucky.
My area is no longer feeling Sandy's impact much, but other locations sustained some serious damage and are still struggling to recover. I hope everything gets better as soon as possible for all who are dealing with unfortunate situations.
Despite the fact that my Internet service recovered from Sandy's destructive behavior over two weeks ago, I haven't shown my face around these parts since, and I'm sure the public is eager to know why. Unfortunately for the public, the reason(s) shall remain unknown for now, and possibly forever. After all, I only said I would explain a bit of the mystery.
What I will say is that there's a fair chance I'll take my leave once again at some point in the upcoming future for a long period of time.
And so, the profusion of confusion continues.
I'm not a big fan of low temperatures. I prefer the warmer seasons, during which everything is alive and full of vitality. Plus, being outdoors is much nicer when I don't have to wrap myself in a thick coat to keep myself from freezing.
At least there'll be lots of colorful leaves to see for a while.
I love to live in dreams. They let me forget the realities I don't want to face and be in an eternally enthralling place. They are some of my greatest allies in a world where enemies are lurking all over at all hours.
I dream of living in a different way than I do today. I dream of a place where there's no human race, where I can always feel clean air on my face. I dream of tall trees full of leaves bending gently in the breeze, and bodies of fresh water to immerse my body in.
I dream of a heavenly haven where I can be as free as a bee and enjoy nature's beauty endlessly. I dream of perpetual serenity that never asks me to pay a fee. I dream of defying gravity and bursting with boundless vitality.
I dream of flying in the sky way up high. I dream of dancing in the rain on a plain. I dream of sinking in a sea with great glee. I dream of exploring without restriction and enjoying experiences as varied as my diction.
Dreams consume my time, but they are sublime and don't cost a dime. With them I climb away from the world's violent fray to rid my mind of the grime that gets left behind by thoughts of the unkind.
I want a permanent escape, a dream that abides and becomes my new abode. I want to walk down a long, long road, goaded along by nothing more than my dreamy desire until I tire and fall into a deep sleep that causes me to vanish and reappear in a land from which misery is banished.
But until I find my way there, I'll dive into my dream pot and bear with what I've got.
A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about some of my favorite Flash content on Newgrounds, most of which received limited exposure. Here's another short list of memorable submissions with relatively low view counts that I've consistently found very satisfying:
This is much like a classic animutation; however, most of the content consists of original drawings and fluid frame-by-frame animation instead of random photos and tweens. It's extremely well made, and the fast-paced, colorful action is sure to leave you in a state of awe.
This is similar to "Cool Things 030" in that it's full of high-quality, original visual effects, and will surely stay in your head for a while after you watch it. But its atmosphere is very different - it's slower, darker, and much more mysterious. And the style in which it's done is quite unusual and thought-provoking.
It's a shame this game was never prominently featured, because it's a real treat. Despite having extremely simple controls, it offers an engaging challenge by taking a classic concept and twisting it into something that feels very fresh.
This game is a stellar example of innovation, challenging players in a variety of unconventional ways that more traditional developers would only dare consider including in their work. The game's storyline deviates heavily from the norm as well, and is full of surprising twists. Be sure to play the first installment before diving into this sequel.
Finally, I recommend checking out , whose work stands out from the crowd but doesn't receive many views. His Flash collection is full of all sorts of fun, unusual things.
I've just released my first game in quite some time: Megabullet. It's very small, but it could keep you entertained for hours... or seconds, depending on how much you get into it.
I challenge players to unlock all the medals without having a tantrum.
Just wanted to let you all know. I will hopefully have much more interesting news to share soon.
I've been busy with stuff, stuff, and more stuff, and as a result I haven't been around. I apologize for being slow/inconsistent with responding to messages; I'll try to keep up with them better from here on out, but I can't make any promises. Maybe I'll regain my former level of activity at some point, maybe not. We'll see what happens...
... Because it contains freshly grilled meat.
If you like it, go thank this fellow for providing the musical seasonings!
Just kidding; I think it's fantastic. Kudos to all the staff for finally making it happen! I haven't fully explored everything yet, but I'm really loving the new Project System.
It's been a while since I've been able to frequent NG and be productive with Flash, but that may be changing now. Here's my latest creation. It's extremely serious, and might make you cry.
Here's another creation of mine that's a bit later than that other one. That makes two high-quality* movies in one week! Can you believe it?!
*Not necessarily true.
Peace and love, everyone.