Archive for March, 2012

If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted in Entrepreneurship on March 29th, 2012 by Jarred – Comments Off on If You Build It, They Will Come

Ever see that ’90 Kevin Costner movie called the Field of Dreams? For those of you who are not familiar with the movie the catch phrase from the movie is “If you build it, they will come”. I saw this movie when I was young and this line has always stuck with me. In retrospect I think I approached this experiment with a similar kind of mentality. That if I simply built something online, people would come (and click on advertizements and make me lots of money). Almost a year later, however, I am realizing that there may be more requirements than simply building “something”. I was talking to my wife about some of my frustrations and told her that I was becoming disillusioned with the “if you build, it they will come” concept when it comes to the realm of the online. In response she pointed out something I missed in the movie all those years ago. Kevin Costner’s character in the movie wasn’t just building “something”, he was creating something very unique, special, and in high demand. He was building something that people could not find anywhere else.

 So, how does all this relate back to web entrepreneurship and this blog? Well… In an honest appraisal of the things I have built so far I am realizing that they really are not all that special or unique. My blogs and game offer almost nothing new or special. So, I guess it is not really all the surprising that I have not  made much money. I can take comfort in the thought that I have learned oodles from my efforts thus far, however the bottom line is that as of yet I have been highly unsuccessful in online entrepreneurship. Guess it might be time to update my frame of mind from “If you build it, they will come” to “If you build something special, they will come”.

More free animated explosions on transparent backgrounds

Posted in Geekdom, Web Development on March 2nd, 2012 by Jarred – Comments Off on More free animated explosions on transparent backgrounds

I don’t really know why or how but for some reason the single post on my blog that has received the most traffic has been my post back in 7/11 titled “free Animated explosion on transparent background. This does seem a bit strange to me as it really is not all that relevant to the keywords I am trying to target with my blog. Nonetheless, I am currently working on another HTML5 game and have some additional animated explosion sprite sheets and am going to post there here as kind of an experiment to see what happens.  You can save them by right click – save image as.

explosion with transparent background

Free animated explosion

Free animated explosion small

Free animated explosion small

I did not draw these, I simply re-sized them and removed the background. They are saved in .png format and have a transparent background making them perfect for use as a sprite sheet in a game. You are free to use them in any way you see fit. I got the original files from lostgarden.com

If you are looking for some more free animated sprite sheets I highly recommend you take a look around all the things Lostgarden has to offer. There are a lot of free to use pixel art animations including several other explosions. They do not however have transparent backgrounds so you will have to edit them out yourself.