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Glass Ceiling

“I’m angry. I’m super angry. My wife is barely talking to me now, because she lost a million gold coins.” – Peter Molyneux

Current Version: 1.0 (2013-07-07)

Click here to play it!

Directions:

  • Use WASD to move the female character.
  • Grab as many coins while avoiding The Man (“Him”).  If he catches you, you lose. Tip: He always comes from the top left corner.  Learn to trick him for a high score.
  • Hitting P on your keyboard will pause the game.

Known Bugs:

  • Man goes all crazy with his animations.
  • Music restarts after being turned off when resetting game or starting over.

About:

This is my entry for MolyJam Deux or #MolyJam2013 as I’ve been referring to it on Twitter and Facebook. This is actually only my second completed game (that was conceived and built by me, not by a tutorial) so it’s far from perfect.  I do think it’s a lot better than my first game, though I’m still proud of both. My personal MolyJam time frame was 1pm Friday to 1pm Sunday.

The point of the game is to highlight gender inequality in the workplace. In the USA, the average difference in pay between two equally qualified (same schooling, same experience, same work ethic) but opposite gender people is 16%…with the male earning more.  I don’t think that’s very fair, so I wanted that to be the focus of the game.  Since many people are business owners (or will be in the future), I hope that playing this reminds them to treat women equally in the workplace (and ultimately everywhere in life).

As a middle class, white, CIS male: it’s hard to put myself in that position. I’m the second most privileged demographic on the planet (first being the upper class white CIS males). Maybe I did it wrong. At least I tried to do something instead of just sitting around letting the problem get worse.

As a side note: at several points this weekend I found my self grinning about nothing. Making games is my happy place. Thank you to everyone who’s helped me realize this over the past couple years, and especially to those who are helping me towards my goal of making a career out of this.

If you like what I’ve done, please check out my Tip Jar page where you can see how to help support my future endeavors.  I have student loans to pay, as well as the need to eat and have a roof over my head.

Credits:

  • Concept and Art by: Garrett Mickley
  • Music: Those Of Us Who Fight – Halcyonic Falcon X (used with permission)
  • Special credits (and thanks) to everyone who worked on MolyJam, whether as an organizer or dev, or whatever you did to help the Jam be what it is!

Thanks:

  • Dad, for coming up with the name.
  • Mom (and Dad, and othe friends and family), for everything she’s (they’ve) done for me to get me to where I am.
  • Matt, for helping me with my coding problems, moral support, and making sure I got some sleep on day 1 (after 12 hours w/ no break).
  • Dustin, for putting up with: my odd hours this weekend, loud unexpected sounds coming from my computer, and me yelling obscenities when something goes wrong.
  • Laci, for moral support and keeping me company on day 1 of the Jam.
  • Cwylie0, for making sure I ate “at least one food” on day 2.
  • Vernocchi, for donating $10 on day 1 (which I put in to http://open.commonly.cc/ for the music).
  • @PeterMolydeux, for words of encouragement on day 1 and tweeting about me.

I Hate Red Squares

Current Version: 1.1 (2013-07-01)

Click Here To Play!

Directions:

  • Left Click where you want the blue circle to go.
  • Right Click resets the blue circle without resetting the red squares.
  • The object of the game is to knock all the red squares off the back of the board with as few clicks as possible.

Known Bugs:

  • Music compounds over time.

About:

This is my first game that I conceived and built by my self (sort of).  The original idea was 3D and was called I Hate Red Cubes. It was inspired by a tutorial in a Unity 3D book.  I fleshed out the idea some at the bar one night with some friends, and a few months later built this in 2D in Construct 2.

Credits:

  • Concept and Art by: Garrett Mickley
  • Music: All 4 tracks written and recorded by Garrett Mickley. You can buy them here.

Thanks:

  • Dad, for having great ideas and helping flesh out mine.
  • Mom (and Dad, and othe friends and family), for everything she’s (they’ve) done for me to get me to where I am.
  • Matt, Cwylie0, and Steven Ospina, for sitting at the bar with me and convincing me to make this game.
  • Spongehammer on the Scirra Forums for helping me figure out the mechanic.

Google Brings Back Pogs

Google Pogs

halo_lin posted this on Flickr. There are Google icons, Google+, YouTube, Chrome, Android, Maps and Ads. Could it be that Google is bringing back a piece of 90′s history?

Google is known to do some crazy things.

As we can see here, we have 6 pogs and a playing board. I was a kid in the 90′s and an avid pog collector, and we usually didn’t play on specific boards, but now that I’ve seen one, I think it’s a genius idea.

We’ll see how this rolls out.

I’ll be preordering mine as soon as I can.

Now to find my trusty slammer that I tucked away in case this day ever came…

The Zombie Apocalypse Has Officially Started

Zombies In FL

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Here is a collection of recent news articles dealing with strange occurances in South Florida.

I’m not saying all of these are zombie related. Some of them are odd and some of them could be related. Anything loosely related is added here for your analysis and educated guess.

If you have ANY articles YOU would like to be added to this list, please send them over to zombies@garrettmickley.com! Thanks!

UPDATED 2/05/14 @ 18:00 PM EST

5/3, but not reported until 5/16: Mad-cow Testing Equipment Nabbed by Thieves
www.hispanicbusiness.com

5/3, but not reported until 5/17: Stolen medical equipment may carry deadly brain disease
www.cfnews13.com

5/4: Atlanta man bitten by rabid bat
www.ajc.com

5/4: A man’s illness could have been transmitted by BSE
www.taipeitimes.com

5/7, about the same cow as seen on 5/18 and without referencing the above: Atypical BSE Has Never Led To Human vCJD – But Could It?
www.foodsafetynews.com

5/9: Fox attacked Morganton, Ga., woman, tested positive for rabies
timesfreepress.com

5/11: Suspected human rabies exposures surge in Palm Beach, FL
articles.sun-sentinel.com

5/14: North Georgia officials warn residents of rabies increase
www.wrcbtv.com

5/15: Florida Raccoon Tested Positive for Rabies
www.wtvy.com

5/15: Hazmat teams blow up mysterious smoking drum in Hollywood, FL
www.palmbeachpost.com

5/16: McArthur High School HazMat Situation
Students, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/mcarthur-high-school-contamination_n_1521764.html

5/16: Clinical Data Published for a Phase I AADC-deficiency Trial Using a Gene Therapy Manufactured by Florida Biologix
www.marketwatch.com

5/16: Children with rare, incurable brain disease improve after gene therapy
news.ufl.edu

5/16: Gene Therapy for Brain Disease: Delivering a missing enzyme to the brains of paralyzed children with a rare, life-threatening neurological disease restores movement and builds muscle mass.
the-scientist.com

5/17: Polk Co., FL confirms 6th positive rabies case after 2 dogs found with dead raccoon
www.therepublic.com

5/17: Rabies alert issued in Suwannee County, FL
suwanneedemocrat.com

5/17, after Taiwanese man (referenced in 5/4) contracts human mad cow disease: Florida Biologix helps Taiwan University Hospital achieve manufacturing objectives
manufacturing.pharmaceutical-business-review.com

5/18, in Washington: Review so far shows mad cow case was atypical
wtaq.com

5/19: No confirmation on chemical at Fort Lauderdale International Airport
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/terminal-2-evacuated-at-fort-lauderdale-airport-in-hazmat-scare

5/21: Police: Man bites woman in Westchester

http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westchester/newsnow/x639948018/Police-Man-bites-woman-in-Westchester

5/21: 24 people treated after Dalton, GA chemical release
www.wtvm.com

5/21: Third case of flesh-eating disease diagnosed in Ga.
www.wsbtv.com

5/23: I-285 reopens after hazmat incident
http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html

5/23: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Man-Bites-Cousins-Nose-Off-153100125.html

5/24: Second Broward school reports mystery rash

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/24/2815003/second-broward-school-reports.html

5/25: ‘Disoriented’ passenger subdued on flight in Miami

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/25/passenger-restrained-on-flight-to-miami-arrested/

5/25: Lake in Palm Bay permanently closed to swimmers
pqasb.pqarchiver.com

5/26: Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim’s Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/26/naked-man-eating-victims-face-killed-miami_n_1548359.html

5/27: Georgia contractor bites Lowe’s employees, resists arrest
columbus.wtvm.com

5/27: North Broward boil-water notice in effect through Monday
www.sun-sentinel.com

5/27: Polk County homeowner shoots and kills intruder
http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2012/may/27/5/police-homeowner-fatally-shoots-man-breaking-into–ar-408618/

5/28: Group urges halt of U.S. beef imports due to ‘L-type’ human mad cow disease
www.taipeitimes.com

5/28: @IlliniAlert “Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter.”

https://twitter.com/IlliniAlert/status/207309505611051009

5/29: Police: Hackensack man stabbed himself and threw intestines at officers

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Hackensack_man_stabs_self_throws_intenstines_at_police.html

5/30: Man Chokes, Bites Lips Off Kittens
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Man-Chokes-Bites-Lips-Off-Kittens-Deputies-155652315.html

5/30: Man Eats Wife’s Lips In Sweden (in Swedish, needs translated)

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article14905432.ab

5/31: Miami Face-Eater’s Girlfriend Suspects Voodoo
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16238910

5/31: Alexander Kinyua Ate Kujoe Agyei-Kodie’s Brain, Heart In Maryland, Cops Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/alexander-kinyua-kujoe-agyei-kodie-ate-brain-heart-roommate-maryland_n_1560149.html

5/31: Woman caught performing sex act on herself by side of highway is arrested wearing only a shirt and exposing herself to passing motorists (she also bites a police officer)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2152940/Woman-caught-masturbating-highway-arrested-wearing-shirt-exposing-passing-motorists.html#ixzz1wq8nPPJ5

02/05: Naked man attacks 1, chases 2, bites teen in face before he was shot, killed by deputies near Delray (Florida)

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/man-wounded-in-shooting-in-delray-beach/ndC97/

Get Paid To Write – How I Make Money Writing

ATTENTION: This is currently being revised to better reflect the new year and new policies/etc.  I have crossed out what you should ignore for the time being.  This section of text will change when it’s complete.

A lot of people have been asking me lately how I make money writing online.  At first, I started writing an ebook that I was going to try to sell detailing exactly how I do it, but then I thought that would be selfish of me.  If I learned everything by doing research online for free, why should I charge someone for the same information? In the spirit of “paying it forward”, I would like to pay it forward to anyone who cares, so that they can make money online, too.  You won’t be competing with me, unless you pick the same niches that I do, and in that case, well, I’ll hunt you down and make you remove it.  For really real.

Make sure you follow this as closely as possible.  I don’t want you making a mistake and then asking me what you did wrong.  While I do like helping people, I don’t want emails every week of “GARRETT Y I NO MAKE MONEY?!?!?” To help against that, I’m setting this up in a very detailed and step-by-step format.  All of the links will be set up to open in a new window, so that when I say “sign up for these sites” you will be able to click the links and open them, and then sign up, and close the window and return to this guide.

Quick Disclaimer: You will not get rich, but you will make a few extra hundred dollars a month. Whether you need it to pay bills, or you just want some extra spending money, this will do it.  It will take a decent amount of work at the beginning, and you get out of it what you put into it, but it does pay off if you work hard. In most cases, it will continue to pay off even after you’ve stopped working on it (if your articles are in niches that will last). JulieBMack said it best: “Think of it like a rocket – 80% energy to get it going and 20% to sustain it.”  Also, I’m not responsible for anything you do or what results of it. Use any info here at your own risk.  I have to say that for legal reasons, there’s nothing here that can get you in trouble (unless you try to make a shortcut and break copyrights or something).

Step 1: Sign Up For Accounts

First think you’ll need to do is sign up for a bunch of accounts. I know, sounds annoying, and it is, but you only have to do it once, and it won’t take too long.  As I said above, all you need to do is click the link, sign up, close the window and come back here.

First: Google Adsense.  This is where most of your money will come from, probably.

Second: Amazon Associates. This is Amazon’s affiliate program. You may make some money off of this if you focus on this instead of Adsense.  I’ll explain later.

Third: HubPages.  This is the most important one of all, because this is where you’ll be doing the actual writing. Make sure you put your affiliate settings in (Amazon and adsense). PLEASE use this link so that I can track clicks and signups.

Fourth: SheToldMe. This works with Adsense to help you make more money with…well…Adsense. Make sure you put your adsense settings in.

Fifth: Xomba.  Also works with Adsense to help you make more money.  It’s just like SheToldMe.  I’ll explain more later. Make sure you put your adsense settings in.

Step 2: Submit RSS Feeds

First: Submit your RSS feed from Hubpages to each and every one of these.  It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes, despite how long the list is. Your RSS feed will be: http://hubpages.com/author/USER+NAME/latest/?rss.  Where it says “USER+NAME” you need to put your username. If you have a space in your user name, you want to put a “+” sign there.  For example, my user name is “Garrett Mickley”, so in my RSS feed it says “Garrett+Mickley”.  Make sense? If you CTRL Click each of these it will open them up in new tabs/windows so you can easily access them without losing this page.

  1. 2Rss
  2. 5z5.com
  3. 9rules.com
  4. Allheadlinenews
  5. Automotive-links
  6. Blogdigger
  7. Blo.gs
  8. Chordata
  9. Crayon
  10. CDRinfo
  11. Devasp
  12. Educational-feeds
  13. Feedagg
  14. Feedage
  15. Feedbase
  16. Feed Burner
  17. Feedboy
  18. Feedcat
  19. Rssfeeddirectory
  20. Feedest
  21. Feedfury
  22. Feedgy
  23. FeedListing
  24. Feedmil
  25. Feedmailer
  26. Feedplex
  27. Feedsee
  28. Feed Submitter
  29. Feeds4all
  30. Feedzie
  31. Finance-investing
  32. Gabbr
  33. Genwi
  34. Goldenfeed
  35. Icerocket
  36. Itsmynews
  37. Jordomedia
  38. Keegy
  39. Leighrss
  40. Mediapost
  41. Medical-feeds
  42. Medworm
  43. Metafeeder
  44. Millionrss
  45. Moneyhighstreet
  46. MyMSN RSS Directory
  47. News-feeds
  48. Newsknowledge
  49. Newsmaster
  50. Newsmob
  51. Newsnow
  52. NGOID News Network
  53. Oobdoo
  54. Paiddirectory
  55. Plazoo
  56. Postami
  57. Political-humor
  58. Pressradar
  59. Publisher.yahoo
  60. Rapidfeeds
  61. RDFTicker
  62. ReadAblog
  63. Redtram
  64. Rss001
  65. Rssbuffet
  66. Rssfeeds
  67. RSS Feeds Directory
  68. Rsshugger
  69. Rssmad
  70. Rssmicro
  71. Rssmountain
  72. Rssmotron
  73. Rssroot
  74. Rss-spider
  75. Rsstop10
  76. Rubhub
  77. Scribnia
  78. Solarwarp
  79. Swoogle
  80. Syndic8
  81. Technorati
  82. Topix
  83. Twingly
  84. Urlfan
  85. Wasalive
  86. Weblogalot
  87. Wingee
  88. Yopod
  89. YahooRss
  90. Xmeta

I may add to this list over time so check beck.  More RSS feeds = better! You will not have to repeat this step.  This is a one time thing.  Once your RSS feed is submitted, you’re done with it.  It will automatically post out whenever you make a hub page.

Step 3: Keyword Research

Keyword research is super easy to explain.

First, go here (open in a new window or tab).

Once you’ve decided what you want to write about, you need to come here and put your main keyword in, so that you can find other keywords.  Your main keyword will be basically what you’re writing about.  So lets say you’re writing a review about your iPhone 4.  You want to type in “iphone 4 review”.  It looks like that search term gets 49,500 searches a month.  That means it’s something people are looking for.  It also means you have a lot of competition. But that’s not something to worry about. There are also other terms in here like “mp3 players comparisons” and “i touch price”, and other similar things. When you make your hub, you’ll want to make sure to write about as many of these suggested terms as possible, or at least mention them in a sentence somewhere.  If something doesn’t make sense to you, don’t put it in there.  Sometimes you’ll get strange things not really related to what you submitted, just ignore them and stick with the search terms you recognize. You’ll also want to put these in your keywords/tags section, which you can see when you first make the hub, and later on the right side bar of the hub page.

That’s about it for keyword research.  There’s tons of more in-depth things you can do.  Browse around hubpages’ forums to see what other users are doing for their keyword research.  You can learn a lot from the successful hubbers who post on the forums.

Step 4: Write

This doesn’t need much explanation.  Write at least 500 words.  A lot of people suggest that the longer the hub is, the better it is and the more money you will make.  I’ve seen some really successful hubs with 2000+ words, but I don’t write hubs that long.  I shoot for 500 word minimum, though.  When you write the hub, make sure to use the keywords I talked about above.  Also make sure you insert an amazon module and use it to display relative items.  If someone buys one, you make money off of it.  That’s why I had you sign up for Amazon.  Adsense money will come from ad clicks in your hub.  Look around at other hubbers to see how they organize their hubs.  That will give you a good idea of how to set things up to best benefit your intentions.  I also want to note that poetry and fiction usually do not rake in the dough on hubpages.  However, if that’s what you want to write, I say go for it.

Step 5: Backlinks

This is the last step. Remember SheToldMe and Xomba?  Well, you need to write a short article, one for each, describing the hub you just wrote.  You will need to repeat this for every hub you write.  It’s really easy.  Just write one little article, and then rewrite it in different words. Then, post it out to these two places. Think of it like an outline of the hub you just posted, but do NOT make it an outline format.  Use complete sentences and make it look like a natural article (as it is, and should be, a natural article). Your RSS feed is automatically building up links from all those submission directories.  You’ll also want to make sure to post links on your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. When you post to Twitter, make sure to use the hashtag #hubpages so you can get picked up by other Hubbers. It’s also helpful to post multiple hubs on one topic and have them linking to each other, but a very specific way.  Never have a hub linking to a hub that links back at the first hub.  There should be no “Hub1<->Hub2″ linking (called reciprocal links).  Should be “Hub1->Hub2-Hub3->Hub1″ or something similar.  You can have one hub pointing to two other hubs, or two hubs pointing to one specific hub, or however you want to organize as long as they’re not pointing back at each other reciprocal-like. Another great resource is SocialMarker.com which will ask you for some info, and then quickly help you submit to tons of social bookmarking websites. You can also build backlinks on forums or Tumblr, or other blog services like LiveJournal.

That’s it!  Repeat steps 3-5.  Build up lots of hubs. Build them pointing to each other.  Build (hubpages) and they (traffic) will come!