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    Process Improvement: Bamboo Colors & Checklist

    May 29, 2020

    One of my goals for the next three months is to improve my production processes and trim out, optimize, or batch as much of the work as I can. This will let me produce comics and other fun stuff quicker and with less stress & context switching.

    The first improvement is to create a small color chart and checklist that I can import into documents as a layer when I’m drawing or coloring.

    Bamboo color chart and checklist

    This is the easiest way I’ve found to get a consistent palette for coloring imported into SketchBook. The checklist helps me remember to check the things I often miss when drawing Bamboo, things that often require me to re-export drawings, which is painful in SketchBook due to its lack of layer groups.

    Cool Bun shirt in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    May 23, 2020

    Get your own copy of the Cool Bun shirt in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

    Cool Bun - Design
    Cool Bun - In House
    Cool Bun - At Laptop

    Wear it while listening to K.K. Disco and coding at your laptop.

    Krita on Android?! This changes EVERYTHING!

    May 22, 2020

    Krita on Android

    Wow! I’ve been drawing Rabbit with 1000 Repos in Autodesk SketchBook, but I decided to take the Krita 4.3.0 prealpha for a quick spin, and I was so excited I forgot to draw Bamboo’s front teeth! This was drawn on my Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and while it was a bit slow, it functioned just like Krita on Linux. Yeah!

    Setting up FS-UAE for Amiga emulation in 2020 on Linux

    May 13, 2020

    Bamboo is a huge fan of Amiga computers and so am I. Here’s how to set up FS-UAE on Linux to do emulation of one of his first computers, an Amiga 500 with a 1 meg Fast RAM expansion card. On that emulated machine, I want to do two of the things I used to do on the Amiga all the time: draw and write code. Games emulation is easy compared to getting apps working well.

    • Buy one of the Amiga Forever packs that includes both ROMs and Workbench/Kickstart disks. Since you’re using Linux for this, you don’t need the Windows installers. Wink.

    • Get your favorite BitTorrent client (that you only ever use for legal purposes) and download a TOSEC Commodore Amiga archive off of archive.org.

    • If you’re using an Ubuntu distro like me (I use Kubuntu), use the PPA for FS-UAE to get the most recent versions of FS-UAE and the launcher installed.

    • Use FS-UAE Launcher to create at least a 40MB hard disk image, ‘cause that’s what I had and I really did think 40MB would be enough for anybody. Until I discovered MP3 files.

      FS-UAE HDF creator
      Making a Freakin Huge SCSI Hard Drive in FS-UAE

    • I’m going to install Workbench 2.1 to the hard drive by mounting four of the installer discs into the virtual Amiga, and putting the fifth into the Swap List.

      • Once you’ve installed Workbench to the hard drive, putting games and other floppies into the Media Swap List is the way to go. Most games and such could boot themselves from floppy, so if you wanted hard drive and Workbench access, you had to insert the floppies after boot. If you wanted to skip the hard drive altogether, mount the floppy.

      • ALSO put the install floppies into the Swap List, in case you have to remove one, then put it back in. A floppy that was mouted at the start isn’t automatically added to the Swap List if you remove it.

        Workbench install media in FS-UAE

    • After you boot, you’ll have to format the hard drive.

      FS-UAE Workbench 2.1 Floppies

    • Left-click the hard-drive, then right-click-and-hold and go to Icons > Format Disk…

      Format DH0 Freakin’ Huge SCSI Drive

    • Since this is a hard drive, it’ll confirm, like, three times, that this is what you want to do. Take the default settings, give the drive a clever name, and format.

      OK to format REALLY OK to format Formatting DH0

    • Once you’re done, you’ll have your Freakin Huge SCSI Drive. Dig around in the Workbench installer floppy and run the English installer. I did an Expert install in the English language.

      Freakin Huge SCSI Drive formatted Workbench 2.1 expert install

    • This thing produces log files? And has a dry run mode?

      Log files

    • Let’s do this. Enjoy those floppy drive sounds coming from FS-UAE, and then imagine that there are actually motors making those.

      Install to Freakin Huge SCSI Drive Remove WB 1.3 Files Printers Languages Euro36 The Monitor

    • At one point in the timeline of this universe, this question would have made a lot of sense and caused someone to Abort Install, despite the install basically being over at this point.

      A2090 Message

    • After a lot of floppy disk grinding and swapping, we’re done!

      Workbench 2.1 Install Complete

    • We’ll eject the floppies in FS-UAE and reboot.

      Hard Drive Boot

    • Now to look at that log file. In more.

      Workbench 2.1 installation log

    And there we go! I now have a hard disk image set up to run on an emulated Amiga 500! Be sure to subscribe to my Instagram to find out when I’m actually going to be taking it for a spin.

    New shirt in the Zazzle store. For the holiday.

    April 20, 2020

    Log in to your Zazzle account, set your content filters to PG-13, and check out this new shirt, which you can see Bamboo wearing in Learning a new Programming language. (You need to be logged in to Zazzle with the PG-13 change for it to work. It says it’s not there but it really is!)

    Did you know that most weeds are bad for rabbits, but they can eat all the dandelions they want? It’s true because I read it on several sites on the Internet, including this one.

    Nibble weed every day