Author Ali

  • Nema Dragon Ride

    Made a new illustration for my Nema story. This one has the dragon character I designed a little while ago acting as Nema’s steed….

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  • Bread!

    I‘ve been really into bread for about the last 10 years. When I’ve traveled abroad, I always go out of my way to get my hands on the best bread I can. …

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  • Napa Plein Air

    I went wine tasting in napa over christmas weekend. A waste since I have no taste for wine. But the scenery and old ivy covered wineries and landscape was fantastic. I sketched this one in a hurry while my lady and her sister were inside sipping away. …

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  • Little Guy

    My first 3D character from start to finish in years. Made me wish I hadn’t spent so long focusing exclusively on environments. …

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  • Pretending Otherwise

    Pretending Otherwise

    Haven’t you forgotten something?
    take a moment to remind yourself…

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  • Super 8 Travel Film

    I cut together a short film from the super 8 footage I’ve taken over the years during my various travels. The film uses choice clips from the films I made for each location. I’m including each of those below. …

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  • No Talking Tuesday Year End Wrap Up End of Year Eight

    The last year went pretty smoothly, I began working full time at Present Creative, where everyone seems cool and well adjusted to my Tuesdays. I decided to dispense with the posting every week, and uploading my written list, since I hardly write anymore anyway. …

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  • Japan Memoirs

    I visited Japan in the spring of 2012 for six weeks, then returned in the fall of 2014 for another month. I’ve wanted to go since I was a little kid, soaking up the animation, games, food and anything else I could get my geeky little hands on….

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  • Duck Tales (NES) – Beat!

    I loved this game as a kid but frustratingly quit playing it after it froze on me on the last level. I was surprised how well this game lives up to my memory. Controls are great, game-play is fun, reminds me a lot of Mega-man actually. It wasn’t too hard to beat, and I even got the special ending to boot. …

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  • Six Month Stickies # 16

    September 01, 2015

    As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order.* Click image to download a ZIP of the compilation:

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  • Six Month Stickies # 15

    March 01, 2015

    As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order.* Click image to download a ZIP of the compilation:

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  • Six Month Stickies # 14

    September 01, 2014

    As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order.* Click image to download a ZIP of the compilation:

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  • No Talking Tuesday Year End Wrap Up End of Year seven

    October 02, 2014

    Year seven wasn’t terribly eventful. I finished it out in Japan. But otherwise I continued my trend of keeping a low profile on Tuesdays, not writing much, or communicating much. Mostly lost in thought….

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  • Mario Golf (N64) – Beat!

    My Roommate a year ago resurrected his N64 and we got pretty into Mario Golf. I remember playing it as a kid but didn’t have the patience for it. This time around I found it fun and relaxing. I beat a bunch of the game modes and unlocked some characters, Bowser being the most satisfying. …

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  • Six Month Stickies # 13

    March 01, 2014

    As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order. A short sticky list this time. Maybe it’s true when they say you care less about music in your thirties..
    * Click image to download a ZIP of the compilation:

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  • Six Month Stickies # 12

    September 01, 2013

    As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order.
    * Click image to download a ZIP of the compilation:

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  • No Talking Tuesday Year End Wrap Up End of Year Six

    October 02, 2013

    Year six was much like year five. I spent all of 2013 working at Maxis games and after the obligatory awkwardness of people finding out about my Tuesdays passed, everyone was very sweet about it and it never presented any conflicts. A testament to the wonderful working atmosphere of Maxis. …

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  • Kung Fu (NES): Beat!

    February 02, 2013

    Er. Well, sort of.. It turns out to be one of those games that just starts over from the beggining over and over. So I beat it in both game modes, (played 2.5 times through “A” mode.)…

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  • Paperboy (NES): Beat!

    April 30, 2013

    I beat Paperboy for Nintendo! Actually it wasn’t very hard or dramatic in anyway. I think the only reason I hadn’t done it as a kid was because I lacked patience… …

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  • Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (NES): Beat!

    March 30, 2013

    After almost twenty years of shame, I FINALLY beat this game. I’ll be honest it wasn’t easy. I basically played for half an hour every night when I got home from work (around midnight) for at least a month. Most of that time was spent figuring out how best to play Mike. Progress was slow but steady and when I knocked him down for the third time in the second round I was ecstatic….

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