March 2002 Archives

Star War RPG


I have been running TextAds from for a little while now. Was looking at the report of click throught for the 3 adds and noticed that pr0n is more popular than eal.

Activity for period 3/1/2002 to 3/31/2002

Ad Impressions: Clicks: Conversion Rate:
All Ads 590 15 2.54%
this is fozbaca's blog
187 4 2.14%
hey everybody i've got pr0n, well sometimes
197 8 4.06%
don't forget to eat your desert eal
206 3 1.46%

Vegie Flata(sp)

1 Red Pepper
1 Small Onion (1/2 Large)
4 Mushrooms
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 vs. NeXT

flangly comments

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 .

Ridged Knowledge Management

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SharePoint vs. Radio Community Server

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.

MMOG Developers Speak

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.

A Sig

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

Why The Outage

Newsflash - 3/23/2002
Wow, this is bad hardware karma!

Which reminds me to give arcterex a big thanks for all the work on getting everythign back up.

Man of Constant Sorrow

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.
[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 away
Antoine de Saint-Expury
[via engel]

Sidebar Goodness

Did up a couple of Mozilla/Netscape Sidebar pages: On the bottom of each page is a link wich will load them in a Mozilla/Netscape Sidebar. Any comments are would be cool, like if enyone other than me finds them useful.

Executable Archives

Self-extracting Archive HOWTO
GNU/Linux includes a beautifully simple way of creating self-extracting archives, and "self-installing" archives. This article explains how.

Friday Five: Seasons

  1. What is your favorite time of year? Spring
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. What's your favorite thing to do outside? Being on or near the water.
friday five


"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both and deserve neither" - T.Jefferson

Rock'n Bookmarklet

CSS Bookmarklet - Show divs and spans is trey cool. Probably more useful for folks like staticred but still tool for understanding and debuggins some css mojo.

Intresting Idea

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Found Keith Devens's start page in my stats:referer, intresting idea. Kinda what I was wanting todo with the sidebar links on fozbaca.

First fiki test

Not Found

The requested URL /fiki was not found on this server.

Apache/1.3.23 Server at Port 80

Intresting Wiki

decaf, Main: WebHome a nice looking twiki with some good wiki content. Check the Blue Sky and Vaporware form development ideas.

friday five, pets

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.

First Major Game to be Mac OS X only

The Omni Group: Game Ports: Giants: Citizen Kabuto

Release Notes
  • 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.

[via engel]

engel updates updated. Way to go engel.

What Is Pink, Furry And Has A LCD

Hey engel found a present for iambe, Pink Hello Kitty Laptop.

Reader Question


So all you faithful 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.

Machine Names

Found a couple of intresting RFCs mentioned in the Slashdot Server Naming Conventions? comments.

Mac, Gentlemen's Computer

Apple: The Comeback Kid?

... 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.

Comando vs. Corporation

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.


Finally found a rifle(s) that I have been mentioning wanting on UrbanTerror. Though the first version I saw had a under the barrel gernade launcher.
Found over at

Mozilla Sidebar Linkage

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VI Key Bindings


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.

One More Dive Into

First there was Dive Into Python, then came Dive Inot Mark and now there is Dive Into OS X, "Frequently-asked questions about Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server".

Rum On Fire Correction

Seems that arcterex has made an e2 entry for rum on fire. Now he basicly get it all right but it, as passed to me, started in India, then followed to Sour Africa, where a pharmacy student brought it to Kentucky and then on to British Columbia. Also it is soposed to be Caramelised Rum, that way it tastes better when burned. But any of you other Rum On Fire'rs have more corrections feel free to comment.
Well way to go arcterex, he updated the "errors".

Eron 0wn3d Y0u

Enron Owns the GOP is having some troubles with the Texas GOP

I'm Gambit


Remy LeBeau
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?

Color Blindness

1 in 12 people have some color blindness, this handy color pallet picker lets one check what these users may see.
[via diveintomark]

No Ad Slashdot


The Cheap Alternative to Subscribing to Slashdot

Follow these five easy steps and never see another Slashdot ad again:
  1. Go into your Homepage Preferences [].
  2. Scroll down to the "User Space" textarea, and paste the following four lines of HTML in there:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript"><!--

    (click here [] to download the adkiller javascript code and put it on your own webspace, in case you don't trust me :-)
  3. Scroll down the list of slashboxes, and make sure the "User Space" checkbox (inexplicably located between "" and "") is checked.
  4. Return to the front page [], and your Slashbox should be there, quietly zapping all iframes and banner-shaped images on the page.
  5. There is no step 5!! It's that easy.

adkiller.js(local mirror)
I have not tried it yet so your milage may vary. Feel free to post your experience with the hack.

First Computers


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.

Stallman's Biographer

An interview with Richard Stallman's biographer. Stallman is that GNU, Free Software Foundation and many great pieces of software guy in case you were wondering.

Fireman & Angle - Unbelievable


This is an ice sculputre created by a women in Tinnims, Ontario this year for the winter carnival. She creates one ever year and wins, wonder why?

Email recieved from a co-worker.

Recession Over

John Robb thinks so and so does the Economist. Which is on paper correct, the lack of negative GDP growth. Lets all hope so. Though some intresting long run implications if it is what recessions have turned into.

Happy Birthday Little Sister


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 RSS
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.


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Friday Five, Vacation

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

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