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!


Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (6/10)

I went into this book knowing nothing of the many Mrs. Peregrine books/movies/after-dinner mints. Unless Shirley Temple is the main character, I'm not one for reading YA fiction. These stories are decidedly Shirley Temple-free, and, as such, lack any references to The Good Ship Lollipop. There are a few ships in it, and for the most part they are good-ish. The rest of the book is comprised of a dozen or so wacky fables which involve various "peculiar" characters. They were okay as far as these things go.

I bought this mostly because of Andrew Davidson's excellent wood engraved illustrations…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:35

House of Traps (5/10)

An average and confusing Shaw Bros. film. I guess this is a continuation of the Deadly Venoms franchise? The titular House of Traps isn't that impressive. Only 4 traps! I couldn't really tell who was who. Only redeeming part is an over-the-top nail-bed torture scene.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 22:42

A Story About My Uncle on PC (7/10)

They was shootin' lazers!!!!

A Story About My Uncle is a game based entirely around a single game mechanic, a grappling beam. Players shoot a beam at a distant surface, they are pulled towards the target, and then they must use inertia and timing to fling themselves towards their goal. That's about it. We've seen this before in just about every Zelda game, so this is nowhere near as revolutionary as the one-mechanic behind the extraordinary Portal.  Still, when it clicks, swinging across a map and carefully timing your shots can be thrilling.

The game has a kid-friendly feel in its bedtime story tone and non-violent…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:19

"March of the Mustard King" Official Video

20 years ago this month I released an album's worth of computer music. If you weren't one of the lucky 3 people who got a CD, this is what you missed. Last night I made an *official video* for the song "March of the Mustard King." This was pre-Garage Band. Back when making songs on a computer was like watching the code of the Matrix scroll by. Music by nerd(s), for nerds.

How to Import Books to an iPad 1 (Without iTunes)

Apple has a history of abandoning users whenever they introduce a new product to the market. This wasn't always the case. The Apple IIgs, despite its 16-bit architecture, allowed for most of the old 8-bit Apple ][ software to run on the new system. However, since the introduction of OSX, the attitude  has been, "Deal with it old-timers. We know what's best for you."

I am the proud owner of a first generation iPad 1. I use it to play music and read eBooks. It performs these two tasks as well as any modern iPad or iPhone does. Alas, in their attempt streamline the software, Apple removed to ability to transfer PDFs and eBooks to an iPad 1 from iTunes. The entire Books section has been removed from the product with the expectation that iPad users will now get their content from the cloud. The…

Savage Streets (6/10)

Sleazy revenge movie with a heavy dose of mid-eighties fashion cheese. This could be a much higher rated movie but it handles the violence against its women characters in with a tone that suggests titillation rather than horror. It's completely off. The final revenge scenes are actually handled very well (despite Linda Blair's terrible performance).

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 09:07

Beyond the Black Rainbow (3/10)

I really did not like this movie at all. I was really excited to watch it. The still frames I saw beforehand looked awesome. Unfortunately, most of the movie is barely in-focus close-ups and mumbled dialogue. The plot is largely incoherent and the aforementioned mumbling doesn't help. None of this is a show stopper, but, on top of all that, it's just boring. A sad attempt at being artsy. I hope Mandy is better.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 08:31

Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon on MS-DOS (8/10)

EOB2 Elephant-looking thing

Time to break out that pad of graph paper again and start charting the depths of nerd-dom. Eye of the Beholder II is not a drastic departure from the click-frenzy gameplay of the first game. It does do a much better job at injecting story elements into the experience via wonderfully rendered cut scenes:

Help a brother out!

There was a point fairly early in the game where I was being attacked by endless hordes of skeleton warriors. I almost gave up, until I realized that resting the party was causing them to keep respawning. Once past that bottleneck, the game progressed at a nice pace.

The whole idea of…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 06/02/2019 - 22:53

The Wind Rises (5/10)

This has to be the worst Studio Ghibli film I've seen. Of course it's beautiful, but if it wasn't for the craftsmanship of the animation, this would a forgotten bit of melodramatic film making.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 06/01/2019 - 19:34

The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics by Michael Malice (9/10)

Malice takes a break from trolling to clarify what exactly "The New Right" is. The dear readers are guided through the intellectual roots of the movement, meme culture, college campus provocateurs, and eventually to the icky, extreme fringes of the alt-right. The focus isn't so much on the personalities as it is on the ideas and factions within the movement. The only thing that seems to unite them all is a shared hatred of progressives and "The Cathedral" (the progressive strongholds within universities and the press). There is plenty to agree with on the more moderate side of the new right…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 05/28/2019 - 09:13