FreeDOS Compiler Script

This could be one of the most important programming videos I have ever made. After installing the proper tools from the FreeDOS bonus disc, I made a script which sets up the paths so I can run 3 different compilers under FreeDOS. So far I have only tested them on the simple Hello World example. But this is an important step. Now that all the compilers are working, I need only learn some kind of way to do graphical programs in DOS. I have seen a few examples in videos but there is a lot of research I need to do. I learned the entire virtualbox installation process as well as how the compilers are used just from bingewatching FreeDOS video tutorials. This video will remind me of my development setup in case I forget how I did it.

Chaste Tris Coming soon on Steam

I am in the process of getting Chaste Tris ready to be released on Steam soon. It’s already possible for people to play since the source is available on Github, but my goal is to bring it to people who are not programming nerds by having it be an official game on Steam.

The process of becoming a steam partner and going through several reviews has not been easy because creating a dozen images with strict requirements and having to fix them while visiting several pages on the website and filling in the fields completely consumed many hours of my nights.

And I imagine people who play my game for the first time will be confused about how it works but I recently created a readme file with instructions of which keys do what and also how the replay feature works. I’ll also have to answer many questions from players and fix bugs if there are any remaining.

Programming and publishing a video game is not as easy as someone might first think. But I set out with goals and started learning programming when I was 14 years old and now, shortly before my 35th birthday, I have exceeded my wildest dreams.

Below are some screenshots of me working on getting things ready and submitting a new build with the readme and license text files.


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day. I probably wouldn’t notice if I didn’t work in the Hy-Vee Floral department because I don’t pay attention to the calendar much.

I also visit my mother ever week and show her how much I love and appreciate her. I respect my mother not because she gave birth to me but because she was, and still is, an actual parent to me. She did her best to raise me the best she could and even homeschooled me.

And now I’m an adult and have to figure out this strange world mostly on my own, but it does help that my mom gave me a great start. I consider myself lucky because many people did not get to spend as much time with their mothers as I have.

Not everyone has a good mother. Some of them gave birth to them but did not love them. And some mothers did not give birth at all but adopted their children instead. Being a mother, or father too, can mean something different for each person.

But if you have a mother that was good to you, you should be good to her. Not because it’s Mother’s Day today but every day of the year.

Be excellent to your mom.
And party on dudes!

Transgender Day of Visibility

River Elliot told me this morning that today is Transgender Day of Visibility. Since this is a hot topic, I have a few thoughts I would like to share.

Most people do not understand the experience of being transgender or even what it means. And you know what, they don’t need to understand it because it is not their experience. I should not expect them to understand it entirely unless they are transgender themselves.

That being said, we transgender people have a responsibility(not legally or philosophically, but ethically) to no give them a wrong idea about what it means to be transgender. I keep this in mind in my daily life because I am probably the only transgender person most people in Independence Missouri will know. Most are not as open about it as I am and prefer to remain secret and just blend in.

The purpose of the hormones and surgeries that transgender people undergo is for the purpose of blending in to reduce stress from those who hate them and also to reduce dysphoria about body parts that feel foreign to them like they belong to someone else. This is something that I fully support and agree with.

At the same time, there are things that the so called “Trans Community” does which I do not approve of.

A commonly discussed topic recently is transwomen competing in women’s sports. There are some serious problems. I should know better than most people as does former athlete Caitlyn Jenner that those who have experience male puberty often do have a huge strength and speed difference.

At this time I will not make the statement that they should not be able to compete in women’s sports because I think these things should be handled on a case by case basis for each sport individually. For example, I consider chess to be a sport but it is of the mind and not a physical nature and does not apply.

But I do have a request of trans athletes. Even if you can compete, please don’t. You’re adding fuel to the fire of those who already hate us for a variety of their own personal or religious motivations. It’s hard enough for most people who are transgender to live and work in their daily life. Most of them have it much harder than I do. I have a supportive environment at work and I have not experienced physical violence like many other have.

That said, I have experienced rejection by people who do not understand. I am okay with this because those who have a problem with my living my honest life are not my friends anyway.

But the existence of transgender people does raise many personal, social, religious, and political topics. And these topics will be debated as long as the human race exists.

Perhaps one of the more important things that many think of are the religious implications. People may ask, does God make mistakes? Does God send transgender people to hell for rebellion against his design? Or are transgender people instead part of God’s design in the first place and so many religious people have completely missed a chance to love people just as they have the non human animals which they continue to kill and eat and then have the nerve to thank God for food that was a living being and was not food at all.

I have many thoughts on these various topics and will respond to any questions people may ask me, but the short answer which always is true, is that it’s complicated. Nobody knows this more than Honesty the Unicorn who talked to me in my dreams on many occasions and still does on an almost daily basis. For more information on that, I have a series of books which document my experience with some of these topics I have mentioned.

My hope is that my books will educated people about those who are transgender and/or have experienced sexual abuse or have been unable to know what to believe in after they have been cast out of their religion for being trans, gay, or whatever other abnormality they did not choose to be.

But aside from that, I will continue to write or record whatever I need to explain these things to people. Ask me anything and I can point you in the right direction.