Mack Richardson A Web Designer, Comic Book Nerd & Video Gamer living (and working) the small town dream in Kernersville, NC

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Pac-Man – Atari 400/800

Atari’s 1982 port of Pac-Man for the Atari VCS (aka the 2600) was one of the games responsible for the Video Game Crash of 1983. It was (rightfully) greeted by groans from reviewers and fans alike. However, if you were lucky enough to own the Atari 400/800 home computer, you were treated to a much better version of the game.

But, if you were really, really lucky you got the Atari 400/800 Pac-Man with box art from the fever dream of a madman. I could not find the artist’s name, but this guy (or girl) took the concept of Pac-Man to unexpected heights.

Pac-Man Atari 400/600 Cart BoxThe box portrays Pac-Man as a giant-headed, bucktooth jogger running from Blinky through a maze that looks like the forerunner of World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros while eating air hockey pucks.

The more common version of the box is a touched up version of the original Atari 2600 Pac-Man box. It’s nicely done, but can’t match the “Jogging Man” version for sheer originality.

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Project: Throwback

Delaware Mommy Logo

This is an old project. Back in 2010 (seems almost like pre-history) I came up with a logo for a client who wanted to start a mommy blog aimed at other mommies living in Delaware. The site never came to be, but I loved working on the logo. The client asked for the superhero theme and, as a long time comic book nerd, she didn’t need to ask twice.

Delaware Mommy Logo

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More Part-Time Jobs for Superheroes

Ever wonder what the world’s mightiest heroes have to do to make ends meet? I sure have…
…and so has Chow Hon Lam. Chow has a few fantastic ideas on the jobs which our favorite superheroes (and supervillains) might resort to keep the lights on. Check out his fantastic illustrations on …

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Web Design Superpowers Collection: CSS Animation

In my post on the evolution…more correctly, regeneration…of the Dr. Who logo over it’s 50+ year history I wanted to add a bit of flair by making the TARDIS, the Doctor’s Time Machine, materialize after the page loaded. Using CSS3’s @keyframes rule I was able to create a nice materialization …

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Kerry Callen’s Amazing Animated Comic Book Covers

Sometimes I find something so cool that I have to share it with the world. Kerry Callen’s amazing animated comic book covers certainly fit that bill. He’s a fantastic comic book artist whose work has a Golden Age sensibility while still being funny and undeniably modern. His animated covers are …

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The Most Beautiful Superhero Hoodies Money Can’t Buy

While taking care of some last minute Christmas shopping online, I ran across the most beautiful superhero hoodies I’ve ever seen! (Seriously, take a closer look below and try to keep from drooling) I furiously clicked links to get to the store where I could surrender my hard-earned dollars. No …

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I’m a Grown Man, but I Bought This…USS Vengeance

It’s no secret that I’m a long-time fan of Star Trek. As a kid (in the bad ol’days before Netflix, DVDs or even VCRs) I would watch our local CBS affiliate’s occasional 24-hour Star Trek marathons with a sense of excitement akin to opening presents on Christmas morning. If any …

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Susan Maria Leach

Susan Maria Leach is a leading motivational personality in the bariatric surgery community. Her book, Before & After, is at once an eye-opening memoir, a self-help guide, and a cookbook filled with delicious, healthy recipes, Before & After is Susan’s inspiring personal account of her remarkable transformation as well as an indispensable handbook for anyone who has already undergone or is considering weight loss surgery.

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Graphicly Abandons Digital Comics Distribution for eBooks Distribution

Digital Comics Distributor Graphicly announced to Comics Alliance that it is changing it’s business model. Effective immediately Graphicly will cease selling digital comics for the proprietary Graphicly app and focus on their Digital Distribution Platform, which puts comics — and other media — in the iBookstore, Kindle store, Nook store, …

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Why the Raspberry Pi will save the UK

I normally don’t add my comments to links I post, but I felt compelled to write a few words on this one. In Why the Raspberry Pi will Save the UK, Pete Nelson rightfully cites the Industrial Revolution’s beginnings in the UK as a contrast to the sorry state of British manufacture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Unfortunately, the libertarian in me couldn’t help but notice he forgets that the Industrial Revolution that gave rise to Britain’s greatness did not happen because of government actions of the kind that he advocates to restore Britain’s industrial fortunes.

This is where the Raspberry Pi can save us: it’s now affordable for the government to equip any child in this country with a machine which they could take home with them and play with. Furthermore if the government keeps its promise to stop giving lessons about how to use Microsoft Word and start teaching some decent subjects we will soon have a generation of highly-skilled workers at our fingertips ready to export product to the world.

I applaud the technology and ingenuity that created the Raspberry Pi and Mr. Nelson’s desire to see the industry of his country set right. However, getting the government to “equip” children with a computer and depending on government promises to fix educational problems that it created seems an odd place to pin the hopes for the future.

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Fan-Made Avengers Trailer Using 1960s Marvel Cartoons

A nice marriage of the Marvel Superhero Cartoons of the 1960s and the trailer for 2012’s Avengers Assemble film. My only complaint (more of a nitpick) is the 1990’s Nick Fury clips. This particular nit can’t be picked, though, since Director Fury didn’t appear in any of the ’60s Marvel cartoons. All in all, very cool.

Watch the Real Trailer on YouTube

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Under a democratic government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty…

Under a democratic government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty; and those powers will be first abused, and afterwards lost, if they are committed to an unwieldy multitude. Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Ch. 2

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Gospel Light Baptist Church Booking Application

Gospel Light Baptist Church is one of the largest churches in central North Carolina. They hold a summer conference attended by youth groups from hundreds of churches from around the United States. Organizing such an large event was beginning to overwhelm the church staff, so I built an application in FileMaker Pro to manage the registrations, payments and lodging arrangements.

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