There might need to be a change of plan with this MAMEbox. I was gonna use a Raspberry Pi running a suite of software called RetroPie, but it turns out that the input lag is RIDICULOUS. Playing Gyruss feels like driving a boat, and Pac-Man feels like ice skating. I'll probably end up going with an old PC instead.

I can report that walking on eggshells (barefoot) is equal parts painful and ticklish.

(Any other idioms that need testing?)

smh, fediverse is full of people complaining about software asking “why doesn’t it just ___” as if the normal state of this computing sand we sit in front of is somehow related to what us monkeys expect. every fucking thing is so much work.

First time seeing how the three new parts fit together - the coin door, cash box door, and control panel. Some minor adjustments are needed to how they fit together but on the whole I'm pleased, especially with the sexy new coin door/speaker arrangement. Next up will be the monitor bezel.

We used to make websites because it was fun but at some point, we lost the way.
We need to make dumb shit! Make useless stuff; make the web fun again!

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Starting to come along, now. I did end up giving the control panel a couple of coats of satin, the gloss wasn't working for me.

So remember that root canal I had, that started on the first of November last year and wasn't done until 2019?

The adjacent tooth got jealous of the attention, and is now having a shout about it.

Another shot of the speaker grille. This is my first-ever attempt at cutting speaker slots and my woodworking is thoroughly amateur-hour and sure, they're a *little* bit off but I'm so happy it turned out as well as it did, and the sieve-material mesh was a gamble but it turned out in a way that I'm actually really proud of. :)

And here's a couple shots of the back. The amplifier's mounted so that it's easy to access from the front immediately upon opening the door. The speaker mesh is some woven-wire sieve material I got online (you can order it by the roll or by the square foot, it's WAY cheaper than actual speaker mesh material and it's galvanized and nicely shiny too). Notice all the chipout, the nasty cuts, the runs of varnish... all on the inside, but I'm proud of the outside.

"no homo" is of course homophobic bullshit, but can we normalize "no romo" so that we can express platonic attraction without giving the wrong idea about our intentions?

Ok, so I have a tweet that's getting kind of popular on birbsite and I want to share the essence here too:

A guy tweeted that MySpace had lost all the music uploaded to it from 2003-2015. " An entire archive just... gone, forever."

So... this is your periodic reminder that uploading stuff to a website isn't an archive.

Stain on, Polycrylic in the morning. I accidentally bought a big can of satin Polycrylic and then I accidentally put it on the lower cash box door and then I accidentally loved it, so I might go back and do the control panel (which is currently a not-very-good gloss) in satin too.

The two central round holes are for the start buttons, the smaller round hole on the right is for the lock. The big oddly-shaped hole in the middle is for the coin mech - don't worry that it's a bit raggedy, the mounting plate will cover up the hole and it'll look fine. This machine is going to look fine on the outside.


Alright, arcade parts arrived for my mate's MAMEBox. Including speakers, so now I've cut slots for 'em. This is the front door, which is where the speakers are gonna go (this and other cherry master type cabs have the (tiny, crap) speakers mounted in the back and firing away from the player, for some reason). The speaker slots were cut using a Forstner bit, jigsaw, and a bit of clean-up with a file. Still made kind of a mess of them. Awaiting staining, more description in next post.

Went out to a couple of local second hand/thrift/junk stores and stumbled across an Atari 2600 for a reasonable price.

Snagged a couple of games, 4 joystick, a pair of paddle controllers, and a "video touch pad" (but with no overlays), power supply, and RF modulator.

I wasn't planning on getting one of these for a few more weeks (it's actually on my list! I was debating between the classic 2600 and the retron 77, but finally settled on the original.)

gelchair, devised and designed for you to wear all white in. i've just popped an aphex twin b-side into the tape deck. two heavy PSP's hang from your ears

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