Robert Tamayo

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Happy Thanksgiving
November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family. Don't count your calories. Just enjoy the food, stay warm, and relax. This is a day to enjoy the harvest of your labors, and to be thankful for all that God has given you.
The Nice Guy
November 24, 2021
I don't like the archetype of "The Nice Guy". There are so many men who try to be the "nice" guy, but it is a horrible thing to aspire to be. This thought came to me when my wife was watching Vampire Diaries and asked me which character I liked better: Damon or Stefan. I said Da...
Learning Latin
November 23, 2021
I wrote recently about my backlog. One of the items I'm now pursuing is learning Latin. I have various reasons for wanting to learn Latin. The foremost among them is to go back through the early Church history and read the writings of the early Christian church in the origi...
LibbyEstoy usando un app llamado Libby para leer libros en espanol. El app esta buena, y es muy facil para obtener libros. Pero, el problema es que es un app de unas bibliotecas. Esto quiere decir que hay que devolver los libros dentro de unas semanas. Ahorita, estoy en la pagin...
The Backlog is Real
November 21, 2021
I have a really large backlog of things to do. I'm keeping everything focused for now and sticking with making Robot Ops and Spanish, but there are things I've added to my list that will take me a lot of time to finish. The more focused you can be, the better, and that's why I'm...
This week, I started brainstorming ideas for the final boss fight in Robot Ops. I'm about 40% to 60% done with the design of the final boss fight, so I still have a bit to figure out. This is the second final boss fight I've made in a video game. I can say that from a game desig...
The Rainbow Bridge called the Bifrost from Norse Mythology is real. The Bifrost in Norse mythology is the rainbow bridge that connects the land of humans to the land of the gods. It's described as being a gigantic bridge made of light -- yes,...
Keyboard Problems
November 19, 2021
My post today will have to be short. I was about halfway through writing today's original post, but my keyboard started to fail. I spent about 20 minutes trying to fix the switch, but I think it might be an electrical issue. It's a shame, because I really like this keyboard...
Speculation on Pyramids
November 18, 2021
I previously wrote about the existence of unicorns and the existence of cockatrices. I actually believe that there is a good chance cockatrices were simply the old term for dinosaurs, but that's not the point of this post. Today I'm talking about my process for coming up with th...
The last Halo game I played was Halo 4. It really wasn't a terrible game, but I didn't really enjoy it like I had enjoyed Halo 3. The first 3 Halo games felt like a complete trilogy, and Halo 4 felt like it was trying to recreate some of the dynamics of the first game, but witho...
Connections to the Past
November 16, 2021
I recently read part of the Christian mass in Latin. Reading it and repeating it in Latin felt different to me than merely reading it in English or Spanish. I couldn't figure out why, at first; the New Testament was first written in Greek before Latin, so it couldn't be that I w...
Artifactos Efimeros Las civilaciones antiguas nos dejaron sus artifactos. Podemos aprender sobre los griegos y romanos porque escribieron poemas, crearon esculpturas, e hicieron edicifios bonitos. Tambien tenemos las catedrales medievales her...
Time Jumps in TV Shows
November 14, 2021
Time jumps are an interesting feature in tv shows. Time jumps are the term used to describe a rapid advance in months, years, or even decades in stories. In TV shows, they most commonly occur between seasons. Time jumps occur in other media, too, but tv shows seem to abuse them....
I haven't played the GTA remastered trilogy yet, and I generally hear good things about the gameplay. The main criticism of the game is coming from people pointing out its silly graphics. I'm not sure how they remastered it, but in some cases, the remastered graphics are noticea...
The word "robot" is a new term, first appearing in a 1921 play. In Czech, it means "slave". Though it's a new term, the concept of an automaton is an ancient one. Robots are not sci-fi; they are part of mythology. Ancient RobotsI'm quoting fr...
Mythology
November 11, 2021
I recommend every man read and understand mythology, particularly classical mythology. To get the Cliff's Notes version of mythology, read Thomas Bulfinch's Mythology. In it, he summarizes classical mythology pretty thoroughly, summarizing almost everything and explaining where ...
It's always nice to feel inspired to work. Sometimes, I feel driven to a frenzy with my passion in a project. But, most of the time, it is only discipline that drives me. Some of my best days in the gym have been when I didn't feel like it, a...
I'm against the vaccine mandates. I don't support the so-called right of a company to require its employees to be vaccinated; I also don't support the right of a company to tattoo its employees. I was never against vaccines, but the insanity that the COVID-19 vaccines have broug...
Spanish Mondays: Dune
November 08, 2021
DuneAyer, vi Dune con mi esposa. Estuvo buena la pelicula. Recomiendo verla en el cine en vez de HBO Max. La pelicula se trata de un hombre noble que tiene suenos y visiones del futuro. Su familia es ordenado a viajar a la planeta desierta Ar...
Daylight Savings Time
November 07, 2021
I'm glad daylight savings time is over. I know many people love the sun, and I agree with them. It's just that I enjoy the evenings, also. Since I keep to a strict schedule for morning workouts, I need to go to sleep fairly early. During the summer time, I hardly get any nightti...
Blizzard Mountain The final section of the game, Blizzard Mountain is located in the frigid regions of the land. Once thought to be uninhabited, it turns out the place is swarming with difficult enemies. Perhaps this is where the final boss w...
I really don't like social media. My facebook page hasn't been updated in 10 years. I have a Twitter account, but I'm not really doing anything with it. The same goes for Instagram. But maybe I should give some of them a try. Maybe I can gain some attention for my game, rig...
Two Maps Left
November 04, 2021
I'm so close to finishing Robot Ops. During my "level sweep" I've been balancing the map tiles and changing around the enemies. I've gone through every map but two. Once I'm done with these two, then the game is finished. I'll still have a ha...
Games are games, and a good game is a good game. Long before video games were invented, the game of chess came into being. Chess didn't update over the years as the game industry was updated. But if chess were invented today, it might look a bit different. It might follow today'...
I don't have any tips on how to be successful. I don't even have any tips on how to make a really great product. But here's a shot at it. 1. Don't envision the success of a product. Focus on its quality.Don't get caught up in ideas of how wel...
Los Felices Años Veinte En los Estados Unidos, los años mil novecientos veinte son conocidos como los Felices Años Veinte. En el año 2019, toda la gente estadounidense estaba emocionada por la proxima decada, los dos mil veinte. Ya la estabamos llamando los Feli...
Halloween
October 31, 2021
Every Halloween season, I play some horror games and read some horror books. Nothing special about that. This year, I wasn't as successful, since I didn't really read any horror books. The closest I got was "Mirabella y la Clase de Pociones". Oh well, I'll make up for it next mo...
I didn't like the new James Bond movie, mainly because of how the character was changed or broke away from tradition. Everyone else in the theater loved it, and everyone I talk to loves it. That's fine. I'm honestly glad they enjoyed it.I learned this lesson about 15 years ago w...
Working Weekends
October 29, 2021
Working weekends isn't fun. Your days off are meant to be your days off. But every once in a while, it happens. For me, it seems to be that every 2-3 months, I get a crazy "work-though-the-weekend" kind of problem at work. As long as it is sp...
Get Your Sleep
October 28, 2021
I will sometimes work very late, way past midnight, when I get into the zone while working on a project. However, due to my strict workout regime, I need a ton of sleep. When I miss sleep due to working late, it affects not just my workouts, but everything else. It's like being ...
I haven't had a good gym milestone ever since reaching the 1000 lbs club. I attempted a 425 pound deadlift, but failed. No worries. I'll try again later. With 2 full months left in the year, I'm planning out my end-of-year goals. For Bench Pr...
Screw Attack was cut from Metroid Prime. Kraid was cut as well. For Metroid fans, these two things would have been amazing to see in the game, especially Screw Attack. When I played the game as a kid, I always felt like it would have been cool to see a 3D Screw Attack. I even an...
Mirabella y la Clase de Pociones Para practicar espanol, me gusta leer libros que son muy faciles para leer. Lo que estoy leyendo ahora es un libro de ninos que se llama Mirabella y la Clase de Pociones. Se trata de una chica mitad bruja, mit...
Robot Ops Level Sweep
October 24, 2021
I'm sweeping through every level in Robot Ops one by one to finish up the game. Each map is used for 3 different Ops, and so I have to go through each one to update the enemies and double check collision bounds. This isn't a lot of work to do, but it feels sort of tedious. The r...
Risk
October 23, 2021
Yesterday I wrote about playfulness and its usefulness in coming up with creative solutions. There's another important ingredient to creativity: risk. Risk is necessary. A life without enough risk is dull, repetitive, and dull. Creativity is ...
Playful
October 22, 2021
While striving for excellence, it's important to not get caught up in the seriousness of the pursuit. Creativity comes from playfulness. The best and most creative solutions come from a place of playful experimentation. Seriousness can be hel...
I don't have a grand  grand scheme in making games. It's just something I do for fun.I added characters and abilities to Robot Ops because I thought they would be fun. I thought it would be cool for the "shotgun" attack to be an attack that shoots a ton of bubbles. I though...
Cut the Cutscenes
October 20, 2021
There are many video games these days that are entirely composed of cutscenes. The term "cutscene" itself is no longer even a proper term, as there is no "cut" to a "scene", but rather the entire "game" is  a movie and the "cuts" are to "gameplay".Cut the scenes from the ga...
I've written before about fake problems. Fake problems are those problems related only to the implementation of the solution; they are separate from the original problem being solved in the first place. A fake problem in programming might be tabs-vs-spaces, a company's disagreem...
La Musica A mi no me gusta escuchar musica con palabras. Prefiero musica instrumental porque escucho musica cuando estoy trabajando. Las palabras me distraen y interrumpen mis pensamientos.Se recomiende escuchar musica en espanol para aprende...
I'm very close to being done with Robot Ops. I've been working on this game since the beginning of the year, so it feels good to be so close to having it complete. This game is the realization of a game I had envisioned since 2014. Even though I've only been working on the game ...
Acro is the final playable character in my upcoming game Robot Ops. Unlike the other characters, she is accompanied by her own drone named Ghost. Like Robo, she is a ranged attacker. She dual-wields two fully-automatic pistols. She can't use Dash Attack, but can Double Jump inst...
Last year I spent a little time learning Blender 3D modeling and animation. Here are my thoughts after using it for a short time.The Community is AwesomeThere is a ton of community support for Blender. There are hundreds of Blender tutorials on YouTube, and a ton of articles eve...
New isn't always better. The pursuit of novelty for novelty's sake is often outright bad. Instead, the pursuit should be for excellence.   Why Emphasize "New"?Pay attention to when "new" is used instead of "better". The assumption i...
I have nothing against people with tattoos. They work for some people. I just won't get one. I see getting tattoos as letting someone put permanent graffiti on your body. A tattoo is not your art. It's someone else's. It's their drawing, thei...
As the legend goes, St Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland in the fifth century A.D. He was in the middle of a 40-day fast, and snakes attacked him. So he chased them all to the sea, forever leaving the island without any snakes.When I heard this as a kid, I just thought i...
Aconsejas Para Aprender EspanolHoy continuo mi serie de aprender espanol con tres aconsejas adicionales. Como he dicho antes, no pretendo dominar espanol. Las cosas siguientes son las que me han ayudado a alcanzar mi nivel actual de habilidad.1. Revisar Diccionarios Especializad...
I'm pushing back the completion of Skull Fiesta until after I finish with Robot Ops. I'm making too much progress on Robot Ops to justify leaving it alone for a while. I wrote about the importance of momentum recently, and right now the momentum is strong with Robot Ops. I also ...
Focus
October 09, 2021
John Carmack on focus: "Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.""Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure...
I work hard all the time, but I understand that it's important for me to relax here and there. That's why I really enjoy the Fall and Winter months. These months are the best for being cozy.Being cozy means curling up on a couch with a blanket, a book, and a hot drink. I love be...
I'm a game developer. I don't work for a game development studio, and I've only made 4 games so far. I enjoy games for being games. I don't put ads in my games, and the ones I've released to the public so far have been free. Which means I haven't made any money out of game devel...
There is a word in Spanish that is used to affirmatively negate or contradict a previous declaration: "sino". For example, in English I might say "I don't like cats, but dogs." In Spanish, this would be "No me gustan los gatos, sino los perros." In this example, sino is used in ...
Just Shave Your Head
October 05, 2021
If you're balding, just shave your head. The shorter you keep your hair after starting to bald, the less attention you will draw to your baldness. When I see a bald actor in a movie, I usually don't think of them as bald. But when I see someone with long hair and a very obvious ...
Aprender Español No estoy diciendo que domino el espanol. Todavia estoy aprendiendo el idioma. Aunque no escribo ni hablo bien, puedo entender lo que oigo en espanol y tambien puedo leer muy bien. Estas son tres recomendaciones para aprender...
Bolt is one of 4 playable characters in my upcoming game Robot Ops. Like Gnarlos, he is a Melee fighter. However, he differs from Gnarlos in two key ways: his sword can attack enemies all around him, and his abilities are Passive abilities instead of Active. He's also the first ...
The easiest way to boost your confidence is to start weightlifting. It's simple. You get stronger, and you look better. There's nothing special about it.You Get StrongThere are other ways to boost your confidence, like getting better at anything. But weightlifting enhances your ...
Halloween Season is here. The blog has been updated, the house has been decorated, and the spooky-themed blog posts can begin. The month of October has always been one of my favorites because of Halloween. Here's what I love about it.The Spooky ThingsI love the decorations, the ...
Tech Debt
September 30, 2021
If you come across code you don’t understand, just call it “Tech Debt”. If you find even more code you don’t understand, keep calling it Tech Debt. Eventually, you will have enough Tech Debt to be able to declare bankruptcy. Then you can rewrite all the code in a new lan...
Momentum Defeats Burnout
September 29, 2021
These past few weeks, I've been making a ton of progress on my game. A few days ago, however, I started to feel like I was "burning out". Things at work have been very busy for the past few weeks, I've been recovering more slowly from my workouts this whole month, and I was runn...
Shut Up and Do the WorkDon't complain about having to do something. If you are going to do it anyway, just get it over with. Complaining about it only makes other people uncomfortable and less likely to appreciate your effort. Make the People...
La Ultima SemanaDecidi que iba a escribir en espanol cada lunes en el mes de septiembre. Tambien decidi que iba a hablar espanol cada dia. Hoy es el ultimo lunes del mes, y por eso voy a hablar sobre mi progreso. La semana pasada, si he habla...
A popular conservative has a tweet permanently pinned on his twitter account: "Facts don't care about your feelings." While reading Rhetoric by Aristotle, it became clear to me why that tweet always bothered me:Feelings don't care about your ...
As I've shown in my posts on unicorns and basilisks, creatures from mythology and fantasy are oftentimes real. But even with today's scientific advancements, the best NASA can do is come up with excuses for why we have to delay going back to the moon by a few years every time th...
There are 4 different "ops" in Robot Ops. With 16 different levels and 3 ops each, that's 48 stars to collect per character, for a total of 192 altogether. Here are the various non-boss ops in the game: ClassicClassic the simplest mode. In Cl...
Volcano Pyramids Explore the ruins of ancient pyramids carved from a volcano. The lava is still flowing through the halls of these once-massive structures. The ancient civilization was prideful enough to build their temples out of volcanos, a...
The Start of Autumn
September 22, 2021
I love the Fall because the weather gets cooler, the skies get darker, and I become filled with creative energy. I've always said that Autumn and Winter are my most productive seasons; the idea for Robot Ops came to me in the Winter, and now I'm going to be publishing the game i...
Dev Resources: Colors
September 21, 2021
Whether I'm working on a website, a game, or digital art, I'm constantly concerned with choosing the right colors. For Robot Ops, I used a triadic color scheme in the initial stages of development. For my website, I needed to find certain colors that were part of the same family...
Un Poco Mas Que Nada Esta semana, hable un poco mas que hable la semana antes. Pero, eso no significa que hable mucho. Todavia no estoy hablando espanol cada dia.Una cosa interesante paso esta ultima semana. Mi esposa descubio mi blog. Al lee...
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations is a book I consider required reading. It shares many themes with Ecclesiastes; I consider the Meditations to be in many ways a zoomed-in view of the practical advice given in Ecclesiastes. Later, I will compare the two directly. But for now, I want ...
One Year Ago
September 18, 2021
One Year Ago... ...my blog had 23 posts. My first blog post was published on March 17, 2018. On August 18, 2020, I wrote the 23rd post, called Music for Programming. My rate for writing blog posts at that time was 1 post every 39 days. I was ...
Game Design: Cats vs Dogs
September 17, 2021
I'm a dog person, but when it comes to game design, cats are a better choice for playable or main characters. Dogs are better as supporting characters or companion characters.DogsDogs' key qualities are loyalty, expressiveness, and trainability. They are often bred to assist hum...
I can't resist Halloween posting in September. Here are the 3 songs from the Deep Dungeon levels in Robot Ops. Robert Tamayo 2 · Robot Ops Deep Dungeon Deep Dungeon -- HuntDeep Dungeon -- GatherDeep Dungeon -- ClassicDeep Dungeon is the "...
Bad Blaster OST
September 15, 2021
Bad Blaster is the first game I made, and it was the first OST I made for a game. The mixing on the tracks is horrible, so use good headphones when listening to it. My personal favorites are "Night", "Embark", and "Escape". iframe { ma...
PHP is a Chimera
September 14, 2021
I don't get the hate for PHP. It's a decent language with cool features like variable variables.But after working with PHP professionally for 5 years, I've noticed some strange things about the language. I didn't notice anything that made me hate the language -- I just noti...
Primero, Lo BuenoLo bueno es que sigo escribiendo en espanol. Por eso, estoy contento. Tambien estoy leyendo en espanol cada dia. Leer es muy importante para aumentar el vocabulario.Segundo, Lo MaloLo malo es que no estoy hablando espanol con mi esposa. No se por que. La verdad ...
Eat the Ingredients
September 12, 2021
I'm currently 165-168 lbs. At my heaviest, I was almost 190 lbs. I was able to drop from 190 to 175 in just a few months by only doing one simple thing: I only ate the ingredients. Eat the IngredientsThe rule is simple: when you go to the sto...
Punk Game Development
September 11, 2021
I don't consider myself an Indie Game Developer. I'm a Punk Game Developer. The 4 games I've released so far would be classified as Indie Games, but I don't see them that way. They are Punk Games.What's an Indie Game?Indie Games are games mad...
Skull Fiesta OST
September 10, 2021
Skull Fiesta is an upcoming remake of a mobile game I created years ago. I never released the game to the public, but the game was 100% complete at the time.I'm planning to release the remaster this October. In the meantime, enjoy the music from the original:Skull Fiesta OST ...
Matrix 4: Predictions
September 09, 2021
When the new Matrix 4 trailer was announced, I made some predictions about what this new installment would be about. I had literally nothing to go off of but the memories I have of seeing the original trilogy more than 10 years ago. I didn't look at anyone else's predictions or ...
INTP vs INTJ
September 08, 2021
I've been an INTP every time I've taken the Myers Briggs test. For years, I've thought that an INTP was simply an INTJ that doesn't follow through on their projects. I also believe that an INTP can become an INTJ by striving to work harder and complete the various projects he st...
Gnarlos is one of 4 playable characters in my upcoming game Robot Ops. Unlike Robo, he specializes in Melee combat, utilizing an array of weapons in various fighting styles.Melee attacker with 6 different fighting stylesHas a more powerful dash attack than RoboAll attacks stun e...
La Semana PasadaLa semana pasada, decidi que escibiria en espanol los lunes. Tambien decidi que hablaria en espanol con mi esposa cada dia. Hoy, estoy escribiendo en espanol. Pero, la verdad es que no hable con mi esposa cada dia. Nada mas hable en espanol con ella unos dos o tr...
Whenever a 3 day weekend rolls around, I see it one way: time for me to get more work done. I always have some kind of project I'm working on. An extra day off work means an extra day to work on my project. Robot Ops is almost finished, and I...
Last Saturday, I wrote about my milestone of reaching Category IV for Squats at my bodyweight. I didn't feel like doing squats today, so I went ahead and trained for my 1RM instead. I know I said I didn't like doing 1RM attempts because they ...
I update my site every October to a Halloween Theme. Since last year didn't have enough Halloween things, I'm adding the Halloween theme early. But it's behind a link on my home page. Click on "Halloween Theme" on the home page to change the experience to Halloween Theme.The Lin...
Many users prefer dark color schemes on their computers. I'm one of them. CSS media queries can be used to change the look of a site using the user's preference. I made an update a while back to my website and blog so that the home page and blog will respond to a user's color th...
Creative people tend to be thought of as non-conformists. They are regarded as eccentric and capricious rebels. Maybe they are thought of as troubled. They don't fit in with normal society.But I think that's just how they seem at a glance. Im...
In 2015, I released a game called Skull Fiesta on the Google Play store. I left the game in a closed Beta status since then. Eventually, it was taken down. It's a very simple mobile game, and by "mobile game" I mean a small, pickup-and-play minigame of sorts.Skull Fiesta in 2015...
Hoy Día
August 30, 2021
Hoy Día Normalmente, los lunes no trabajo en mi videojuego. Los fines de semana son mis días mas productivos para trabajar, y es común que para la noche de Domingo he laborado una docena de horas en mi proyecto. Para que no me ca...
I've only just begun reading Rhetoric by Aristotle, but one of the early lines reminded me of the Asch Experiment. Aristotle says in Rhetoric: ...before some audiences not even the possession of the exactest knowledge will make it easy fo...
Today is a good day for my lifting progress.I've reached the Advanced level for SquatsUsing the Starting Strength standards found here (pdf link), and the 1 Rep Max Calculator found here, I can finally say that I've reached Category IV (Advanced) for Squats at 165 lbs. body...
In a previous post, I wrote about the existence of unicorns. Today, I'm going to explore the possible existence of the Cockatrice, also called a Basilisk. The Cockatrice ...
In yesterday's post, I talked about how I got into making video games. Getting into video games was mostly a culmination of various other skills that I had acquired over the years. I play video games, and yes, I'm a gamer. But most people I know who want to make video games neve...
Full disclosure: I haven't created anything that could be considered a "success." However, I have created many things in my time, and I've gone through many creative and obsessive cycles. My current cycle has me creating video games. I don't work for a video game studio, an...
Robo is one of 4 playable characters in my upcoming game Robot Ops.He is a ranged attacker with 6 different weaponsHis dash attack enables him to cross large distances or rebound off of enemiesHere are his weapons in action! Star Shot via GI...
It's easier to sell out than you think. You might have already done it. I know I have...in the past.Selling Out Selling out typically means supporting a view you wouldn't normally be bothered with supporting, or adopting a style that you woul...
Revolve Ping Pong
August 22, 2021
Introducing Revolve Ping Pong. I released this game 2 years ago. Featuring music from Exist in Sound. It's a free game; no in-app purchases or ads. Available on Android and iOS.Revolve Ping Pong Get it Free for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.m...
Hosting Problems
August 21, 2021
Earlier this week, I wrote a post on how programming requires little more than your own head to build things. I had intended to follow it up with a post about what programming actually does require in terms of physical materials and resources. I wasn’t in a rush to write it, t...
To gain the superpower of being able to instantly spot syntax errors in code, write your code in Notepad or TextEdit when learning. The syntax highlighting is helpful, but the lesson is not learned. You won't learn to see errors; you will only learn to look for the red and make ...
One of our local high schools emphasizes project-based learning. They claim this is superior to "book-learning", but I'm not convinced. Both have their uses, but project-based learning especially excels when breaking new ground. A typical high school education is merely a survey...