November 17th, 2003

Wedding day

Other things that make your inner thighs ache.

I just got back from taking a long walk. Jogging up the stairs to the top of the Terrace reminded me that one's muscles tend to atrophy when one spends the better part of every day in front of a desk. I must rectify this.

Nothing fantastic happened at work today, because I was so busy. I left on Friday afternoon feeling like I oughta put in some overtime on Saturday (which didn't happen), but today I got lots and lots done. I'm thrilled.

Anyway, has anybody ever played the game Dreamweb? I ran across the CD and installed it today, which is not a small feat. The game is nearly ten years old, and I have a copy on CD and a copy on 3.5" floppy. Why keep the floppies around? Because the CD has digital speech, but the actual game text is displayed in French and Spanish. Tonight I used a hex editor to figure out which files have the text, and then, using my mad-cold, old-skool DOS haqr skills, I attempted to combine the English version with the Spanish version.

The result crashes about 3/4 of the way through the game.

I'm definitely going to figure this out, because I want to play this game again, though I'm not sure why. The premise is weird -- imagine a collaboration between William Gibson and H.P. Lovecraft. I first played through Dreamweb when I was in high school just to see the pixilated, uncensored sex scene (which by the way, isn't worth it). I also remember (look out -- I'm gonna ruin the ending for you) being disappointed when at the end of the game, the hero opens the door to his house and is killed in a drive-by shooting. The interface was almost as bad as the one in Captain Spleen ][. Come to think of it, the game itself isn't very good. The music, however, is fantastic.

The music in Dreamweb has this ambient techno sorta thing going on. It's glorious. I love it. I'd love it more if it didn't hurt my ears. The music is stored as raw digital sound in a bunch of data files. It's not encrypted, but it took some tweaking to get it to play right. The quality is awful -- it's encoded in 11kbps, 8-bit, unsigned stereo. With all the fantastic tools available to me, I can't get it to sound good enough for my car or headphones at work. I'll deal, but I'd love to have a CD-quality copy of this music. Perhaps I'll look up the composer and send him an e-mail. I've done that before -- Bobby Prince (who did the music for Commander Keen, Pickle Wars and DooM) sent me a nice e-mail about how much ass Day of the Tentacle kicked. On the other hand, the guy who composed the instrumental score to Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy never wrote back. Oh, and Al Lowe told me that he's a Rocky Horror fan, and that he didn't purposely write Passionate Patti out of Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7.

Yeah, I'm a dork.

Oh, while I'm babbling on about stuff nobody but me cares about, here's a related FYI for Evil Jim -- Remember a couple weeks ago when I forced you to sit through the movie Waxwork II? You had favorable comments about the soundtrack. I did some research (ie, looked the movie up on, and lo and behold, the soundtrack was composed by a number of people including Arthur Barrow. Recognize the name? Probably not. He played bass on a number of Frank Zappa albums in the late 70's and early 80's, notably Joe's Garage and Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (which apparently nobody likes but me). Good stuff. I'm gonna have to e-mail him, too.
  • Current Music
    Dreamweb Soundtrack