Welcome to Pages of Fun!

This is the personal Web site of Robert Wm. Gomez. I am an artist, musician and nerd living in Chicago, Illinois who has been maintaining this site (in one form or another) since 1996. Enjoy your visit!


Drupal 8 Migration

I have resisted migrating this site to Drupal 8 for years. Every time I looked into it there was some killer feature that D8 couldn't do. The times I attempted testing out the process it was always a complete disaster. Well, time is running out on Drupal 7. The old system is slated for end-of-life in 2020 and it's now or never for the "upgrade."

In this post I am going to recap my experience in migrating a fairly simple Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8. Hopefully, someone facing the same issues as me will come across this post and will find something helpful.

Long story short, the migration process sucks bad. If you don't have a little experience with directly manipulating a database or troubleshooting software in general, don't even attempt it.

I am not a command-line guy. This was…

Pages of Fun: Now with Drupal 8

Well, I have finally made the jump to the newest version of Drupal. We are now running Drupal 8 and, man, was it a pain in the butt to migrate the old site. I will forever recommend Wordpress over Drupal to anyone who doesn't want to pull their hair out every time a new patch is released.

Still, there is a lot to like about the new system. I will soon post the gory details of my migration experience, but, in the meantime, let's hope this works and that I am not swamped with comment spam.

GNOG on PC (7/10)

GNOG

GNOG is a cute little puzzle game in which you are left to click and poke around without any instructions and without knowing what your goal is. This is a little frustrating at first, but once you realize that you are trying to open up the big cartoon heads, things start to make sense. Or as much sense as opening up floating heads makes.

There are some common tactics: right-click to flip the box, figure out how to pop the back open, then things get weird after that. The main draw here is the surreal art and soothing music. It's not that hard and it really just feels like a point…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 12/02/2019 - 21:36

One Cut of the Dead (9/10)

Excellent Japanese zombie movie that isn't quite what it seems. Avoid spoilers and just watch this. The title refers to the fact that the movie is built around one continuous take of a movie crew filming a zombie movie. Of course, eventually there are real zombies and we know the rest, right? Maybe not. The level of detail here is astounding.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 18:57

Ruiner on PC (7/10)

Ruiner

Ruiner rages with a riot of red. So much red. It's like an entire game based on a Photoshop filter applied to the R channel. I went in to this thinking it was going to be your standard twin-stick shooter like Nex Mechina and I was excited. No, this is one of those aim with the mouse, steer with wasd games. That control scheme always seems a little bit off and, when you're in an isometric view, the aim never quite matches with your perspective. On top of this there are several special moves bound to other buttons. The most important of which is a chainable dash move. This is very awkward when…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 11/20/2019 - 22:17

Mister America (7/10)

If you haven't followed "On Cinema" on Adult Swim, I can't imagine appreciating this movie. If you're a fan, you will love this. It's ninety minutes of uncomfortable anti-humor in which Tim Heidecker presents himself as one of the most unlikable characters in cinema history. Cinema buffs like Gregg Turkington will immediately recognize that the mockumentary thing has been done many times before and much more effectively. There was a ton of potential here for satirizing the electoral process but it is mostly just a character study of an awful human being who never actually saw Sully. Would have…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 11/12/2019 - 22:53

Assassin's Creed III on PC (4/10)

An Assassin's Crud Acheivement. Oh boy.

This game has been sitting in my to-do list for quite some time. I got it as a freebie from Uplay, and to be quite frank, that may have been too expensive for this clunker. I suppose if you really love the parkour mechanics of the other games you'll be entertained by this, but I am long-since over jumping from towers into bales of hay. With a handful of naval missions, some of the seeds of the vastly superior AC IV are here, but, to mix my metaphors, the mechanics still a bit half-baked (wait you can bake seeds, so maybe that metaphor works... or is it a simile).

The story is so dull and…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:42

Transferring Patches to a Yamaha DX100 with Sysex and a PC

Yamaha DX100 Cassette Connector CableOn this site, I had previously posted a set of 24 Yamaha DX100 synth patches for download. The DX is a notoriously difficult synthesizer to program. That difficulty extends to its load/save workflow as well. Originally, the DX100 came with a special cord with a MIDI-style plug on one end and three headphone-sized jacks on the other. This is meant to be plugged into a data cassette recorder. The red cable is audio out, the white is audio in, and the black (I assume) controls the tape player. You hit a button combo on the DX100 and then a screeching modem sound is output to the tape. Modern users can record this sound on a computer as a .WAV file and it will work the same as and old-school tape deck. This works okay, but there is a better way to archive and reload sounds.

Meet Sysex

Sy…

Solo (6/10)

Well, at least it wasn't embarrassing. The movie exists as yet another way to try to give backstory to throwaway comments from the original films. The plot itself kind of kills Han's story arc in Star Wars and establishes him as a guy who was always good. Despite this and the abundance of fake video-game action sequences, I was mindlessly entertained.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 08:56