Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Revenge of the GMail

I've got another batch of GMail invites. Take them, I don't need `em! (Gone) (dead) (NO)


Don't worry, my moblog didn't get deleted. AFAIK, Textamerica is just moving all the pictures over to another server and they're not available until the entire moving process is complete.

I guess they're getting ready for a big change over at TA. I know they're redesigning the control panel and adding some features.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

M.A.M.E. Cabinet — Day Whatever.

After letting the paint dry overnight, I decided it was time to attach the monitor shelf braces to the interior of each side panel.

I used four 2x4

Monday, September 20, 2004

NES Madness

About a month ago, I made a recording of some kick ass NES tunes.

What I did was record the bass and drum tracks of the old NES games and played the lead parts with my guitar over the NES tracks. Kinda cool, I guess.

Click here if you wanna hear it.

MAME Cabinet — Day 4

Day 4 is pretty boring. Paint Day.

First I applied two coats of primer. The Kilz Primer dries in an hour so it only took about an hour and a half for the application of primer.

For the actual paint, I applied a heavy coat of black, waited about an hour or so and put another heavy coat of black.

One thing, USE A ROLLER! I cannot stress how much easier and quicker a roller makes painting. It actually makes painting fun, big plus in my book.

And as I washed out the paint pan and contemplated throwing away my $2 foam paint roller, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I was done painting and that much closer to finishing my project

Saturday, September 18, 2004

I love the ’80s

They say when you get married you're supposed to do 'adult things' and get rid of childish things, like your toys and games and all things considered fun.

Well, not me.

One thing I've always wanted when I was younger was an arcade cabinet. You see, I was addicted to Mortal Kombat II. I would go every other day to Jimmy's arcade and spend hours and hours playing MK I and II, Killer Instinct, Galaga. Basically, I love arcades. Also, the fact that arcades are pretty much dead put a halt to my fun.

So, when I discovered MAME a few years ago my world was turned upside down. The thought of thousands of games and my disposal made my fingers twitch. Playing all those games on a keyboard, however, sucked. Big time. Buying a controller was a step up, but still nowhere near the experience of the real thing. I wanted the real thing, bad, I wanted... a cabinet!

Which brings me to a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon 'Build Your Own Arcade Controls' and went through their examples page. There were some crazy dudes out there and I wanted to be one of them. I did the research and found a design I liked. I'm partial to the more modern arcade cabinets, like MK II and KI. So I found a design over at Arcade Paradise and got to work.

On a side note he did a REALLY good job on Arcade Paradise 3. You have to check it out.

So I headed out to Home Depot and bought three sheets of 3/4" MDF (Which is just a step up from particle board.) Three 2x4's, a couple boxes of screws, some L brackets and some 1x1's and it was time to let the games begin.

I also picked up a garbage disposer and a door, but that's beside the point.

After measuring and tracing out the plans I called up my Dad and asked if he could help me with the cutting the wood seeing as how I

Day 2 & 3

After yesterday

I’m the best.

I love arcade games. And I love to play them, and I like to make love to arcades... wait I went to far.

But I really do love arcades, and seeing as how our local arcade (perhaps the last REAL arcade in America) is so beat down and dirty I decided to make my own cabinet.

Yeah, I know. But, I have nothing better to do.

I'm going to keep a running journal of the progress of the cabinet. Once everything is done I'm gonna archive everything at