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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!


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

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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

Dolemite Is My Name (6/10)

Entertaining but hollow biopic about the early days of Rudy Ray More as played by Eddie Murphy. It's hard to see Eddie as anyone but Eddie Murphy. Also suffers from the usual Hollywood over-simplification of creative endeavors where the artist gets an idea and minutes later they are performing the final product that we are all familiar with (remember that scene in The Doors where the keyboardist comes up with  the main riff "Light My Fire" after noodling for two seconds).

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 10/26/2019 - 16:12

Millennium Actress (7/10)

The follow-up to Perfect Blue is downright whimsical compared to its predecessor. There are still more grown-up themes than your typical anime, but, instead of knife murders and nudity, it's all about aging and unrealized dreams of one's youth. The main character is an elderly actress who is recounting her life to a pair of goofy documentary filmmakers. The film plays fast and loose with reality as movie roles are blended with real life.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 10/26/2019 - 16:06

Bone Tomahawk (9/10)

Western with a twist that shows its hand in the first frame of the movie but you very quickly forget about it as the characters are introduced. Then that final act.... yeesh. Filled with interesting dialogue and heroes you actually want to root for.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 10:09

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (8/10)

If you read this Web site with any regularity (in reality that means nobody), you know that I am not a fan of superhero movies. The whole concept of superheroes is corny and when they try to make them serious it's just lame. Treating the subject as a kid-friendly fare is a much better approach, especially since Spider-Verse goes full-on animation. The exaggerated fantasy style just works (despite the annoying, intentional low-frame rate). In the end, it's just another origin story but with a comical, meta sensibility. Still nowhere near as good as The Incredibles but a worthy effort.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:54

Voices from Beyond (5/10)

Well, you can generally count on Lucio Fulci for at least one fun scene in any movie he creates. The majority of Voices from Beyond is a dull murder mystery in which you get voice over from the deceased (not unlike Short Night of the Glass Dolls).  The guy who's murdered immediately comes off as a bit of a jerk, so you don't care about the murderer at all. The only good parts are some inserts of a decaying corpse and a character getting a plate of eyeballs.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:48

Rosemary's Baby (8/10)

This is always getting cited as one of the best horror movies ever made. I was not impressed. Yes, it's a good movie as far as the story and acting goes, but it has a silly, lighthearted tone to it that negates any sense of terror or tension.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:41