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<h1>Kroc Camen Writes: #3</h1>
<p>
	This is one of <a href="/writing/kroc_writes">a series of personal letters</a> written to / from
	<a href="/writing/kroc_writes#tanner">Tanner Helland</a> during 2003–2005. These letters cover—in immense
	detail—events in my life during that period, including many unfinished and aspiring designs and creations. As a
	person however, I have changed from the inexperienced, often immature person I was and my skills in programming and
	web-design have changed just as radically.
</p><p>
	These letters have been republished to give deep insight into the way I tick, and to show a lot of background work
	that lead up to the concepts and skills needed to produce this website, which ultimately I failed to do so back
	then.
</p>


<h2>About the Letter</h2>
<p>
	This is a rushed reply that runs through (at break-neck speed) various projects and shows the very first mockup of
	Camen Design. I address some points Tanner made in his <a href="/writing/tanner_writes_2">second</a> and
	<a href="/writing/tanner_writes_3">third</a> letters, but I am extremely fickle and ignorant in my writing,
	brushing aside matters with the attitude of a wanton teenager.
</p><p>
	Over confident, over cocky and full of myself, as usual—though one must interpret this also as genuine excitement
	at progress and learning new things. I get very enthusiastic over what I create because I wish to share the same
	enthusiasm I get out of learning with others.
</p>
<section id="p1"><!-- ==================================== page 1 ============================================ -->
<h1>Kroc Camen Writes</h1>
<p>
	<strong>Well one good word</strong> to sum up events so far is “rollercoaster” (or is that two words?
	<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/hmm.png" alt=":\" width="14" height="14" />) let’s make a timeline so we both
	know where we stand—
</p>
<ol>
	<li><a href="/writing/kroc_writes_1">First Letter</a>, started 19<sup>th</sup> April</li>
	<li>I receive your <a href="/writing/tanner_writes_1">first letter</a> dated (April 14<sup>th</sup>)—after
	sending mine!</li>
	<li>Long wait…</li>
	<li>I write my <a href="/writing/kroc_writes_2">second letter</a> (17<sup>th</sup> May) and send off soon
	after</li>
	<li>I receive your <a href="/writing/tanner_writes_2">second letter</a> on 2<sup>nd</sup> June</li>
	<li>I start writing my third letter on 2<sup>nd</sup> June, by which time you must’ve received my second
	letter, and could be writing a response at the same time I’m writing mine!?</li>
	<li><strong>Addendum:</strong> <a href="/writing/tanner_writes_3">Your third</a> arrives 23<sup>rd</sup>
	June—now I can finish this letter!</li>
</ol>
<p>
	Darn British Postal Service <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/evil.png" alt="}:[" width="14" height="14" />—My
	first letter arrived just after you’d flown out for Canada, so it was sent packing your way—albeit with a two
	week delay. By which time I’d written my second letter (containing a copy of the first which I assumed you had not
	received) and sent it—so all in all we are totally confused about who’s writing who
	<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/lol.png" alt="lol" width="14" height="14" />
</p><p>
	Since the downward spiralling mood of my second letter, things have been on the up—in fact things have been quite
	great so far. Let’s recap:
</p>


<h3>Badly Drawn Adventure:</h3>
<aside>
	¹ Tanner’s own image editor written in Visual Basic 6
</aside>
<p>
	Progress has been incredible—the level editor can now output object files which are basically all the animation
	graphics and properties packaged into one file. Since I’m using a DC class to store bitmaps in memory I can’t
	just dump the class reference to file, like you could with a custom structure, so I must thank you for giving me the
	PhotoDemon¹ code—without it <dfn title="Badly Drawn Adventure">BDA</dfn> wouldn’t exist! Your FastDrawing
	module contained code for getting an image into an array using <abbr title="the Win32 API">API</abbr>. Badly Drawn
	can’t work without this function because when saving / loading objects, each animation file is embedded into the
	object file. I just got each image stream with your code and outputted it into the file, thus an object file can
	contain multiple animations and be saved as just a single file!
</p><p>
	But Hark, that’s not where I stop thanking you, because there’s more—thanks to the sample code you provided
	for <dfn title="The Lost Alliance">TLA</dfn> and specifically the bilinear re-sampling example,
	<dfn title="Badly Drawn Adventure">BDA</dfn> also resizes the default image using your code and embeds the result
	into the object file to be used as the object icon in the side pane. I could’ve used <code>StretchBlt</code>, but
	that would only do a pixel-resize and resizing a thin stickman to 80×80 using a pixel-resize would result in a
	useless icon as you can imagine.
</p><p>
	But Hark, that’s not all—I’ve also started work on the Badly Drawn Website and its coming along amazingly.
	Just look at the screenshot overleaf.
</p><p>
	And I have to thank you again, for creating
	“<a href="http://tannerhelland.com/56/journey-krocs-theme/" rel="external">Kroc’s Theme</a>”, which I is
	dead proud of and have playing in the background of the about page
	<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/smile.png" alt=":D" width="14" height="14" />
</p><p>
	Badly Drawn Adventure would’ve stopped dead, a dream dashed, if I didn’t have the PhotoDemon code so I can’t
	thank you enough, you truly have made Badly Drawn Adventure possible for me! I’ll make sure you get royalties for
	the level editor when it’s complete—it wouldn’t be possible without your help!
</p>
</section><!-- =========================================== page 2 ===================================== --><section id="p2">
<header>2</header>
<aside><br />
	Wait, is that…<br />
	Comic Sans!?
	<br /><br />
	Ah, but I did have text-shadow in IE6, in 2003.
</aside>
<figure>
	<a href="/writing/kroc_writes_3/badlydrawnwebsite.png" type="image/png">
		<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/badlydrawnwebsite.jpg" alt="Screenshot of the about page on the “Badly Drawn Website”" width="640" height="614" />
	</a>
</figure>
<p>
	But Hark! <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/lol.png" alt="lol" width="14" height="14" />
</p><p>
	I haven’t even started yet; the web-site also includes forums, forums with a difference. I felt it too difficult
	to try and skin a phpbb to fit the Badly Drawn style, so I created my own forums, better than ezBoard and phpbb, and
	in one day!
</p><p>
	I’ve just gotta waste another page and tons of ink to show it to you, I’m so proud of it! It’s secure (not
	even I can hack it), it’s fast, it’s better than loads of other forums and best of all, it’s all in Badly
	Drawn style. The screen overleaf is early, a lot of data is missing, like “Who’s Online” and “Board
	Statistics” etc, but the data structure is there. Not all of it is skinned yet but the forum is fully working!
</p><p>
	Plus with me creating the forum as I see fit I can get rid of hundreds of little niggles, like making the page links
	in reverse, and jumping down to the last post you read when the page loads (and highlighting the new posts in a
	thread since your last visit!) and making the whole thing generally perfect.
</p>
</section><!-- =========================================== page 3 ===================================== --><section id="p3">
<header>3</header>
<figure>
	<a href="/writing/kroc_writes_3/badlydrawnforums.png" type="image/png">
		<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/badlydrawnforums.jpg" alt="Screenshot of the “Badly Drawn Forums”" width="640" height="614" />
	</a>
</figure>
<aside>
	² My own HTML editor
</aside>
<p>
	That’s not all, not at all. Why there’s one more card up my sleeve and that’s my new website
	“camendesign.com”—a new personal site where I can store all my stuff and host everything I’ve done. It’s
	basically going to be a hub to everything I’m currently working on like HoTMeaL², Badly Drawn Adventure, etc.
	which will all be sub-sites off of the central site.
</p><p>
	And of course, when we are dealing with personal representation and not some web-site for some other
	company—it’s 210% from me <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/smile.png" alt=":D" width="14" height="14" />
</p><p>
	Overleaf is the best yet, and I’ve only just started it! The design for CamenDesign.com, enjoy!
</p>
</section><!-- =========================================== page 4 ===================================== -->
<aside id="p4"><br />
	Lesson learnt: Don’t design websites like Flash / single pages
</aside>
<figure>
	<a href="/writing/kroc_writes_3/camendesign.png" type="image/png">
		<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/camendesign.jpg" alt="Very early—and spartan—design for camendesign.com" width="640" height="375" />
	</a>
</figure>
<section id="p5"><!-- ==================================== page 5 ============================================ -->
<header>5</header>
<p>
	It’s still early, very early in fact, but it gives an idea of how the site’s going to look. It’s super
	optimised also—the background for the header and footer is a total of 413 Bytes! The background curve is only 5.68
	KB, thanks to the wonders of PNG!
</p><p>
	And now I’ve highlighted what a nice week I’ve had so far, let’s digress and ask/answer some questions from
	your second letter.
</p>
<ol>
	<li>
		<p>
			As for LC2, this I can’t really look up at the moment. I haven’t a Job (but I will have
			shortly) so I can’t afford the Internet other than dial-up, get mail and then disconnect.
			However I’ll search for this when I’m at work or when I get some money. I also have many books
			on 6510 Machine Code programming from my days on the Commodore64, but the
			<dfn title="Badly Drawn Adventure">BDA</dfn> Scripting doesn’t adhere to all rules because at
			the end of the day it’s not going to be compiled right down to 1’s and 0’s and threaded
			through the CPU. It’s more like Java, where it gets compiled down to token byte values and then
			interpreted. So I can bend the rules a little since the code will have the ability to interface
			fully with <dfn title="Visual Basic">VB</dfn> if it wishes to.
		</p><p>
			One example of where I’ve bent the rules a little is the Transfer commands. In 6510 there are
			only 4 of them, to keep instructions down and make the CPU cheaper to build. But because my
			<dfn title="machine code">MC</dfn> won’t be flowing directly through a CPU but rather a virtual
			CPU Class in <dfn title="Visual Basic">VB</dfn>, there are areas where I can be different. In the
			<dfn title="Badly Drawn Adventure">BDA</dfn> Scripting Language there are 6 transfer
			commands—I’ve added <abbr title="Transfer Y to X">TYX</abbr> and
			<abbr title="Transfer X to Y">TXY</abbr>. In normal 6510 these are not needed because you would
			just use TXA then TAY in that order to have the same effect. But when you think about the physical
			interface in Visual Basic, you see this:
		</p>
		
		<pre><code>Public Sub s6502e_TXA()
	s6502e_CPU.XRegister = s6502e_CPU.Accumulator
End Sub

Public Sub s6502e_TAY()
	s6502e_CPU.Accumulator = s6502e_CPU.YRegister
End Sub</code></pre>
		
		<p>
			So in <dfn title="Visual Basic">VB</dfn> there’s nothing stopping you from doing; which would be
			twice as fast.
		</p>
		
		<pre><code>Public Sub s6502e_TXY()
	S6502e_CPU.XRegister = s6502e_CPU.YRegister
End Sub</code></pre>
		
		<aside>
			I literally have no idea what this paragraph is talking about.
		</aside>
		<p>
			Although BDA Script is machine code, one must always keep in mind that it’s not real machine
			code and that the full power of <dfn title="Visual Basic">VB</dfn> is there at your whim. So when
			it comes to design, it would not be wise to stick solidly to “conventions” and “rules”
			because this will only hinder you, and there is no need to make your own work harder by being
			strict about the language definition. This is perhaps something that Asuka should bear in mind.
			There’s ‘business’, then there’s ‘BUSINESS’
			<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/lol.png" alt="lol" width="14" height="14" />
		</p>
	</li><li>
		<p>
			<del>Evenescene</del> <ins>Evanescence</ins>, nobody in Britain appears to of heard of this band,
			and because so much as pulling up a Google search window is stretching my Internet budget, finding
			such songs are out of my reach, especially MP3s which are far to large for my naffy modem. However
			once I’m earning some money I’ll go hunt them down. You’ve often told me about the music you
			like (<abbr title="that is,">i.e.</abbr> in the <dfn title="lost alliance">TLA</dfn> Bio), but I
			haven’t told you my favourites.
		</p><p>
			I’ve got a lot of music, but I suppose I could say that I’m not ‘really’ into music, I
			don’t follow a particular band I don’t follow the charts, I despise all these manufactured
			tweenie pop-bands that spoil the music industry with their trash. It harkens from my days at
			school, back in the early nineties when all these teeny-bopper bands didn’t exist and the
			playground debates were all about real music; Blur vs Oasis. From Classic to Heavy Rock, I usually
			only like one song from each band, but I have several from the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Oasis and
			my favourite—Feeder.
		</p>
	</li>
</ol>
</section><!-- =========================================== page 6 ===================================== --><section id="p6">
<header>6</header>
<ol start="3">
<li>
<p>
		<q>Right now I'm working on diagramming out a trilogy of books based on my original complete idea for the T4P
	SLL</q>—I must have missed something, or misinterpreted your handwriting, I’ve never heard of ‘T4P SLL’. Can
	you explain what this is?
</p><p>
		<strong>Addendum:</strong> Ah ha!! After having read your third, I realised that capital G looks like a ‘4’ in
	your handwriting so you must’ve meant <dfn title="The Gathering Project Story Line Competition">TGP SLC</dfn>!
	Lol—what an idiot I am.
</p>
</li><li>
<p>
		Sounds a bit unfair that you can’t reply to e-mails sent to you, I mean, don’t I count as family?
	<img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/tongue.png" alt=":P" width="14" height="14" /> After all we have said many times
	that the team are like a second family! I assume you must mean your hotmail address, but there’s little point
	sending an e-mail when you can only reply by snail, and plus the e-mails I would send would be far too big to store
	in hotmail.
</p>
</li></ol>


<h3>Third Letter:</h3>
<p>
	Now I’ve covered the second letter, Kroc proceeds to the third
</p>
<blockquote>
	<p>
		I’m hoping that my first two letters (one from the states, one from Canada) have made it there okay, but
		who knows.
	</p>
</blockquote>
<p>
	Both, and the third have made it fine, albeit very delayed, I worry more about my letters reaching you since you
	seem to change address every week <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/tongue.png" alt=":P" width="14" height="14" />
</p>


<h3>Classical Music:</h3>
<p>
	If you ever feel the need to crank out a song in a real loud fashion, please use Feeder’s ‘Under the
	Weather’—“Get out, shutup! Give me Neurofen-Plus. It hurts, feels like I’ve been hit by a bus”, lol.
	(<abbr title="note:">nb:</abbr> Neurofen-Plus is a pain-killer in the UK) Classical music’s not that bad—just
	avoid the Vivaldi stuff. Problem with classical is that most people have it playing on a pokey radio in the
	background of some stuffy library or workshop. To truly appreciate classical, you need a pair of those 80’s
	sty-lee Sony headphones, you know the ones with the huge padded ’phones and curly cable! Classical really needs to
	be played at stupidly loud volumes and in stereo, so I suggest to you to try listening to some Bach, Mozart or
	Tchaikovsky very loud with the big ’phones on. And if you whack on something real moody like Mars, it’s
	practically rock ‘n’ roll <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/lol.png" alt="lol" width="14" height="14" />
</p><p>
	Of all forms of music, I find that Classical is the most inspirational and emotional, but only when listened to as
	previously mentioned. My favourite anime ‘Love Hina’, has a fantastic score, including the most amazing pieces
	of classical music—I recommend the series to anybody just for the powerful
	<abbr title="background music">bgm</abbr>.
</p><p>
	“Church Music” is a different story—it’s written by somebody with a deadline, without the real skills of the
	classical composers and they get paid a measly amount for their work – it shows in the music, avoid the stuff if
	possible. <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/tongue.png" alt=":P" width="14" height="14" />
</p>


<h3>Food:</h3>
<p>
	Food don’t sound too bad, especially going to restaurants, I was expecting something like gruel, lol! You’re
	probably being fed better than me; I may be living at home, but rarely is the family all in at the same time. I
	practically live off of microwave meals and freeze-dried what-nots. Oh and living in England means it costs twice as
	much as it should <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/hmm.png" alt=":\" width="14" height="14" />
</p>


<h3>“Game Project”:</h3>
<aside>
	Uh…, what? Youth, it’s wasted on the young.
</aside>
<p>
	Me, you; we’ve the skills to do something big, but I feel that Badly Drawn will be the last project I will ever
	work on; by the time it is complete and a nice big “Up Yours” is dished out, Kroc’ll be leaving the scene.
	I’ll be 21 and the real world beckons—I need a house, a serious-wedge job and a girlfriend. At least I’ll be
	leaving cyberspace with a bang.
</p>
</section><!-- =========================================== page 7 ===================================== --><section id="p7">
<header>7</header>
<p>
	I would consider doing a real big project with you, but only if we could meet up and work on it, something like a
	film, a book or a game - anything totally <abbr title="kick arse">k-a</abbr>. 21 Months is plenty of time to think,
	and plenty of time for anything and everything to happen.
</p><p>
	Ok, we’re on 7 pages now and there’s plenty to go—it might take you longer to read this than it takes to
	deliver <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/tongue.png" alt=":P" width="14" height="14" />
</p>
</section>
<p>
	<small>A section was removed here that doesn’t belong on the Internet (<abbr title="for example">e.g.</abbr>
	personally identifiable information).<br />
	The page above and below are short for that reason.</small>
</p>
<section id="p9"><!-- ==================================== page 9 ============================================ -->
<header>9</header>


<h3><dfn title="Music Sample Pack 5">MSP5</dfn>:</h3>
<aside>
	³ Described in the <a href="/writing/tanner_writes_1">first letter</a>.
</aside>
<p>
	News on <dfn title="Music Sample Pack 5">MSP5</dfn>³, Vegeta101 was nice enough to send some comments to me for
	forwarding:
</p>
<blockquote>
	<p>
		Defiance - Ultimate Boss Remix: (6.0)<br />
		Really Nice start (first 19 sec). But the rest has some parts that were just annoying to hear (for example
		the part between 1:18 and 1:29).
	</p><p>
		Deserve to be Loved: (7.5)<br />
		What you said, a really good song for a love scene.
	</p><p>
		Destiny (Tanya’s Theme) - Piano solo remix: (8.5)<br />
		Again I'm stunned, great song, it’s has parts I like better and it has lesser parts (compared to the
		other version that is). I was thinking maybe we could use that piano solo version before the orchestrated
		so you would get a intro for some climax moment/scene (with the orchestrated version).
	</p><p>
		Faith (Akita’s Theme) - Chase Remix (5.5)<br />
		Personally I don’t think it as good as the others.
	</p><p>
		Faith (Akita’s Theme) - Love Remix (8)<br />
		Very Good song, overall good.
	</p><p>
		Find You (Jason’s Theme) - Piano solo (7.5)<br />
		Very familiar tune somehow, dunno, I sure like it.
	</p>
</blockquote>
</section><!-- =========================================== page 10 =================================== --><section id="p10">
<header>10</header>
<blockquote>
	<p>
		Gangsta Party (5.0)<br />
		It starts with a nice background sound till 4s, maybe should let that sound more ‘noticable’? in the
		rest of the it, instead of letting it being overruled by the rest of the instruments. I'm no music expert
		or anything but I notice that in catchy (maybe also much commercial) numbers they have a cool tune/sound
		and they let that go on for the rest of the song (sometimes with some slight variations).
	</p><p>
		Reign of Anarchy (4.5)<br />
		I'm not much of a organ sound fan. Guess that says enough.
	</p><p>
		Without You (Asuka’s Theme) - Piano solo (6)<br />
		good, not much comments from me on this one.
	</p><p>
		Just some short comments on each song. Altogether a very good music pack, despite the untweaked parts (I
		didn’t even notice they weren’t).
	</p><p>
		So go and enjoy canada :P
	</p>
</blockquote>


<h3>ComputerBitsUK.com:</h3>
<p>
	Yup, after nearly a year in development, ComputerBitsUK Ltd’s web-site is now open for business—the realisation
	of “Just a dumb idea”. From Vacant Brains and NO knowledge of ASP programming what-so-ever, I’ve created a
	fully ASP driven shopping cart and database, learnt to use
	<a href="http://swishzone.com/" rel="external">Swish</a> to create the Flash intro and web-design section, have
	mastered Paint Shop Pro and have overcome much troubles—In short, one hell of a learning experience.
</p><p>
	It’s only just opened so we’ll have to wait to see what happens, I’ll definitely have news for you on this
	when I send my next letter. Projects do get complete, despite the many, many trials in-between. This was supposed to
	have taken three or four months!
</p>


<h3>That’s a Wrap:</h3>
<p>
	As long as this letter may be, to an end it must come. You’re going to have a Job ‘n’ a half replying to this
	lot <img src="/writing/kroc_writes_3/lol.png" alt="lol" width="14" height="14" /> I hope the weather’s well for
	you out there, England is actually somewhat sunny which is surprising. How you’re going to find time to write a
	novel I don’t know. Why not keep a log of daily events? Y’know, the people you meet the stuff you do etc.
</p><p>
	Twenty-One Months, hardly anything by the time you’ve reached the end, that’s for sure. I spent two years at
	college, I still remember the day I started, as clear as—fwip, and it’s gone. The fastest two years of my life,
	but also my happiest. I would do anything to do it all again, that’s for sure. It may be hard, it may be a lot of
	work, and it may be unfair at times, but you get to the end and you feel you’ve really achieved something.
</p>
<aside>
 	A bit strained; elegance isn’t something you just fart out.
</aside>
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	<p>
		I was once told my work was great, I didn’t think so—what I thought was great, was that they saw my
		work for what it really was, I still hold out hope that one day it will be.
	</p>
	<cite>Kroc Camen</cite>
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