March 2002 Archives
Activity for period 3/1/2002 to 3/31/2002
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don't forget to eat your desert eal
1 Red Pepper
1 Small Onion (1/2 Large)
1-2 Cups Cheddar and Mozarella, or that Teximex mix pack
2 Flour Torties
1 Jar Pace Salsa
3 tsp. Olive Oil
Slice the vegies, kinda chunckie. Fry them up with a little Olive Oil.
When done heat/lightly brown the torties with a light amount of Olive Oil. Add some of the vegies and cheese. Fold over and heat til the cheese is melted.
Serve on a plate with the salsa topping.
Why the recipe? Well it was just so tasty that I had to share.
Be's UI kits are kind of like an attempt to do NeXTSTEP in C instead of Objective-C.
I think in the long run I'd rather be using Objective-C than C .
Like most teams inside Microsoft, we have a SharePoint site set up to share information. Everyone in the team can post to the site. There are lists, calendars, and even discussion groups.
However, there's something too rigid and formal about it. I have been trying to get the team to use the SharePoint site rather than email to capture information. So much goes on via email that is just lost.
It has not, so far, been a success.
Something about SharePoint doesn't work for this purpose. Is it the rigid structure? I don't think so. Is it the reliance on Office documents as the primary medium? Maybe. Is it a clunky interface that takes longer to use than writing email? That certainly plays a part.
Which is the key issue around knowledge management. Email is so easy initally but crappy in the long run then the offical Knowledge Management ssytems are just to constraining in the begining.
The Future of Massively Multiplayer Games
The whole discussion was great for the non MMOG developers. Lots of meta developoment ideas, intelectual property, complexity, elegance.
Some choice quotes:
Of course, user-created content has a lot of sticky issues. Raph Koster, former Lead Designer for Ultima Online and current Creative Director for Sony Online Entertainment and Star Wars Galaxies, expressed the problem without mincing words: "Our corporations are terrified of this."
Are developers worried that empowering users to create things will just result in massive worlds packed with low-quality (read: crap) content? Of all the people I spoke with, this didn't seem to be a concern.
... message to elitist writers and artists was this: "Get over yourselves! The rest of the world is coming." ... "We can do what Lego did and give them [the players] the blocks," he explained.
Social structures seem to evolve in spite of this system, rather than because of it. Another designer wished that MMOG game design could be more influenced by Will Wright (creator of The Sims) than by Gary Gygax (creator of Dungeons & Dragons).
The root of the issue is that players will do whatever they're rewarded for doing. And it's easy to reward monster-bashing; it's a simple, elegant system that's worked in games for decades. It's much more difficult to reward other kinds of activities without players abusing the system.
"We're building games with too many moving parts!" ... "Hideously complex games that are impossible to balance." Her argument ultimately wasn't that games should be simple, just that they needed to be elegant and easy to understand.
... an intuitive sampling service to get people hooked on the game world. "Like liquid crack," he said.
It is by Perl alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the regex of Larry that the code acquires flexibility, the flexibility enables obscurity, the obscurity generates a warning. It is by Perl alone I set my mind in motion.Calle Dybedahl, in the Scary Devil Monastery
Found in genehack's sig
I am a man of constant sorrow I've seen trouble all my days I bid farewell to old Kentucky The place where i was born and raised For six long yeasr i've been in trouble No pleasure here on earth i've found For in this owrld i'm bound to ranble I have no friends to help him out Its fare thee well my only lover I never expect to see you again For i've bound to ride that northern railroad Perhaps i'll die upon that train
You can bury me in Sunny Valley
For many years where i may lay
Then you may learn to learn another
While I am sleeping in my grave
Maybe your friends think i'm just a stranger
A face you'll never see no more
But there is one promise that is given
I'll meet you on God's golden shore
Man of Constant Sorrow from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.Napoleon
[via How To Write Unmaintainable Code]
Perfection is acheived , not when there is nothign more to add, but when there is nothing left to take awayAntoine de Saint-Expury
GNU/Linux includes a beautifully simple way of creating self-extracting archives, and "self-installing" archives. This article explains how.
- What is your favorite time of year? Spring
- What is it about your favorite season that, well, makes it your favorite season? It might be the whole spring is the earth's in rebirth. It could be Easter being a happy time. Maybe because of the rain, I just really like it when it rains. Or even more maybe because of my birthday, April 3. Through I don't usually like my birthday so the probably isn't it.
- What is your least favorite time of year? Why? The hottest times of summer. Ya now then just breathing outside is opressive, more so back in Kentucky than in British Columbia.
- Do you do anything to celebrate or recognize the changing of seasons? I get an extra hour of sleep when fall hits and lose an hour when spring hits. But I guess neither is a celebration.
- What's your favorite thing to do outside? Being on or near the water.
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the friday five, better late than never
- What's your favorite animal? Cats or Rabbits
- What pets have you had in your lifetime? Goldfish, won at a fair but they quickly died when I forgot the declor. Rabbits, hundreds or it felt like at the time.
- Is there any specific pet that you've wanted but never had? A Cat, but there are lots of reasons why I have never got one. Maybe I'm just not a pet person.
- Are you allergic to any animals? Well I am alergic to pet poo. Nothing like haveing to shovel rabbit shit to really get an aversion to pet poo.
- Do you have any 'pet' pet peeves (your pets or others')? Dogs. I have just never really felt comfortable around them. Probably goes back to getting chased by lots of them while young. Oh, and those that don't clean up their pets poo.
- This is the only version of Giants that can use multiple processors. We actually added multi-processing support while we were doing the port, as well as doing various optimizations on the graphics routines (and changing the graphics library from Direct3D to OpenGL). The end result is we're getting the same framerates on our Macintosh dual 500 MHz G4s with a GeForce 2 on an AGP 2x bus as we do on a brand-new, top of the line Wintel AMD 1.3 GHz Ahtlon with a GeForce 3 on an AGP 4x bus and DDR RAM.
- This is the first major game to be Mac OS X only. There are no plans to do a Mac OS 9 version of Giants.
So all you faithful fozbaca.org readers out there have a few questions for a to comment on. First off any suggestions? Secondly, but the real reason for the post, do you like the links on the right? Should they stay on the main page or jsut be on a seperate page? Part of the reson is I'm thinking about a single colum look, partialy inspired by some Links & Lynx browsing kicked off by some questions from engel.
... I could start using the Macintosh as my one computer without even telling the IT department. The techies might notice that the computer on my desk looks a little different from the others. So I'll have to figure out how to disguise it, kind of like the guy in the back of the classroom who figured out how to stuff Playboy inside his geography textbook.
The Commando Returns, lots of good observations but the ending is the best.
It is also crucial that you give programmers ownership of the pieces on which they are working. Only with ownership will they invest more of themselves and their passion into the project. With this investment, they will do a better job and put in more time to make what they own a success.
After the quality of the programmers themselves, the work environment remains the second most critical factor in productivity. Open work areas and cubicles have been proven time and again to be penny-wise and pound-foolish, lowering rent but also lowering productivity. Closing off windows, requiring set hours, enforcing a dress code, and supporting other stupid human resource edicts can also contribute to lower productivity.
Larry concluded our original debate with a very good comment. He said that having a group of smart programmers who were passionate about their work was the most important part of the process. The other parts�the technical and management structures�just helped a good group be more successful. I agree!
From the "Thinking Out Loud" department : Mail::Audit::Weblog, intresting idea. Post to a Blog via Email and very simple to do.
I never thought I would say this but I have to have vi keybindings in an editor now, or they need to at least not do anything bad.
Well way to go arcterex, he updated the "errors".
I'm Remy LeBeau
What X-Men Character are You?
Look out and lock up your daughters, everyone, we're in the presence of Remy LeBeau. That's right, you're that smooth-talkin' Cajun boy with a flare for making women swoon and a great love for all things shiny and steal-able. Sure, you're forever on the run from your past, but there's no reason why you can't run from it in style, oui?
The Cheap Alternative to Subscribing to Slashdot
Follow these five easy steps and never see another Slashdot ad again:
- Go into your Homepage Preferences [slashdot.org].
- Scroll down to the "User Space" textarea, and paste the following four lines of HTML in there:
- Scroll down the list of slashboxes, and make sure the "User Space" checkbox (inexplicably located between "MP3.com" and "Myther.com") is checked.
- Return to the front page [slashdot.org], and your Slashbox should be there, quietly zapping all iframes and banner-shaped images on the page.
- There is no step 5!! It's that easy.
I have not tried it yet so your milage may vary. Feel free to post your experience with the hack.
TI 99 / 4A the family's first computer. I think it is still in the basement, if it has survived the floods and moving 2 counties over. Will have to check on it next time I'm home. But that wasn't my first love, the first computer that I really programed. Ah for the Trash 80, er a TRS 80 MODEL 4 / 4P. Wone several computer competetions with one of those. Wrote tons of games on it, copy protection schemes, and such. Ahh, the joy of BASIC and Pascal on the Trash 80 with 5 1/4" floppies.
Well you know the writing thing is not my forte, that is your realm of excelence. But hopefully in my own way you realise that even through all the trials and troubles I wouldn't have wished to have any other sister. So from your big brother
Happy Birthday Little Sister
Movable Type automatically creates an RSS feed for you each time you add a new item to a blog. This document explains how to change the RSS template to change the language, include an image, include your contact information, and identify the feed creator. Once you have made these changes, you will need to rebuild the indexes so your RSS feed will be published with the new template.Probably some usefull tidbits for the non MT users out there.
1. What's your favorite vacation spot? Without a doubt Key West Florida.
2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth? Without a doubt Billings Montana.
3. What would be your dream vacation? Weeks with nothing to do in Key West. Just lounging around the bars, streets and ocean.
4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why? The waitress from the diner. It is this mystical mythical thing for me. Ever since around the time of my first Key West experience I have felt that one of these days I would be on a road trip and meet a dinner waitress that joins me on the trip.
5. What are your plans for this weekend? Nothing all that exciting, probably running a Star Wars Role Playing Game with some of the BC geeks.
this week's friday five