March 22, 2012
(2012) - I came up with the idea for Just the First Frame after browsing Pinterest and finding a lot of web comics shared in full with no attribution nor link back to their original source. This was very basic and clear copyright infringment. As a redditor and browser of r/comics, this certainly bothered me. It's a solution that is mostly for the benefit of casual comic lovers with very minimal benefit to the actual artists who worked hard to create them.
I actually wasn't even looking for a solution, but then the idea just popped into my head that if you showed only the first frame of a comic, people would have no choice but to click through to the original source while still having a fun visual way to browse. A more in-depth explanation can be found here.
I quickly put together a website to get some feedback on the idea and was just incredibly surprised and humbled to get an overwhelmingly positive response. So what started out as an experiment has turned into a fun daily commitment as I get more and more delighted as more people discover and find my simple idea useful.
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March 14, 2012
Bought a used Subaru STi steering wheel and mounted a ProClip iPhone holder onto it just so I could play Doodle Jump like this.
Soccer mode happens to be my favorite because the standard mode gets kind of boring, and soccer mode constantly throws waves of monsters at you in the guise of international soccer teams. I make it even more challenging for myself with a couple rules. No shooting or jumping on monsters unless absolutely necessary. When I get to a goal, I have to shoot the ball in. And the added weight of the steering wheel and the need to go one-handed when I have to shoot makes it that much more challenging.
Video of me playing below. Took me a while to get past that first monster, but I love being able to pull off that difficult non-monster-killing move!