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  • bobot 1:47 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I just started reading The Inner Game of Tennis (https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Game-Tennis-Classic-Performance/dp/0679778314) this morning. Even like five pages in, I can already see how it might help my pinball game. I tend to talk to myself a lot while I play, and the talk is usually along the lines of “stupid! you fucking moron, why did you do that? you should’ve let it bounce, not flipped there.” I started thinking today if I would talk to someone I was trying to teach the same way- of course I wouldn’t. So why talk to myself that way? Why not just relax and have some fun pinball time instead of trying too hard?

     
  • bobot 1:16 am on October 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Much like web dev the first question you… 

    Much like web dev, the first question you have to answer when writing custom pinball software is “Which platform are you going to use?” The Mission Pinball Framework seems like it’s had the most work, but it also runs at a pretty high level of abstraction. This all means it’s probably the fastest way to get the “Hello, World!” pinball equivalent- you press the flipper button and the flipper flips- working. But it also might be the least “fun” and the least amount of new learning. pyprocgame, on the other hand, does a little less handholding.

    I’ll probably give in to pragmatism and start with the MPF to just make sure I didn’t fuck up the wiring, but who knows what I’ll do after that….

     

     

     
  • bobot 11:38 pm on October 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Let’s do this 

    Welcome to livecat.ch. I’ve been playing pinball competitively since 2015. I’ll write a series of posts later about my origins in pinball, what led me to competitive play, and what keeps me playing. For now, though, I just wanted to throw up a quick post explaining why I created this site, and what I plan to talk about here.

    The why is easy. Without getting on too much of a soapbox, I want a place to write about pinball and any other random thing where I own my words and access to them without the intermediary of a social network or platform. So let’s roll the clock back to 2005 and start a blog!

    I’m going to talk about playing pinball – where I like to play in Boston, random trip reports from my travels, and how I’m doing in competition. I’m also going to talk about restoring and modifying pinball machines. It’s something I’m just starting to dip my toe in now that I have the space for it. Back in August, I bought (intentionally!) a non-working Firepower I need to get working. I was gifted a P-ROC I plan to install in my X-Men┬áto start playing with custom software. I’ve got some crazy project ideas (what if you replaced the tilt bob with an accelerometer you could control in game rules? what if you put a bunch of small electromagnets under the playfield and simulated wind? what if you bought a Fish Tales and reskinned it to Moby Dick creating the Great American Pinball Machine?) Expect to see some posts about all of it.

     

     
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