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03:00 am: Officially unemployed
My first day of unemployment was mercifully pleasant. A planned event, I traveled up to Devil's Lake state park with laviorli & lord_alucard for some much need hiking & back-to-nature stuff. We even stopped by Dr. Evermore's but unfortunately the place wasn't open today. [shrugs] It was a bit of a struggle for Monica at first, but she was still able to make it all the way up & across the West Bluff trail & down to the fly-ridden Tumbled Rock trail. We couldn't dawdle too long as Tom had to be back home by seven o'clock to be ready for work so we only hiked the one trail, took a little time to enjoy the weather & a picnic table & headed out. We stopped at Noodles once we got to the city & while budgeting our remaining time Tom received a call informing him that he wouldn't be needed at work tonight. So instead of rushing him back home we went to State Street & enjoyed chilly delights from the Stone Cold Creamery. We also stopped at HPB where I found an encyclopedia of sci-fi/horror/fantasy writers & a birthday gift for toastmastertom, who will have to wait to find out what it is.

It was especially nice not having to chauffeur for a change since I'm often the one driving to outings such as these. I made certain to enjoy the scenery & thank the driver. I really do seem to end up driving to a lot of stuff. Maybe it's because my back seat is always clear, or maybe it's the good CD player. But probably just because it's easier to just volunteer than try to arrange a ride with someone else. Still, it would be nice not having to drive all the way to Mitsuwa or Acen for the umpeenth time when next I go.

You'd think climbing around on rocks throughout the midday would have tired me out enough to call it a day but koriandrkitten was free & looking for company when we got back to town so I obliged her & brought the third Back to the Future movie with me. Let it now be known that Gemma has seen the entire Back to the Future trilogy & greatly enjoyed it. So now hopefully she won't be picked on any more when subject of the films comes up.

I had a pleasant weekend visiting Grandma & family for our non-religious Easter. Nothing really remarkable happened but I had a good time, despite having the unfortunance of missing the Rocky Switch Show featuring jeklnskinsgrl's eye-popping striptease for seanorange. I really should attend more often. But anyway, at Grandma's I coloured eggs & played a lot of Ball on my Game Boy Camera. -- Current high score is around 398. -- For an hour on Sunday I tried to help dad fix an audio cassette from The Dunwich Horror & Others by unwinding & re-spooling the entire four-track tape but with no luck. I'll help nurture his budding appreciation of Lovecraft yet. We also had an interesting dinner conversation about the symbolism of Easter & trying to figure out why with all the lamb motifs this time of year (lamb shaped cakes, lamb shaped butter, lambs everywhere) we were eating ham instead of veal. Such was my weekend away, all in one blocky, run-on paragraph.

I'd elaborate more on my doin's & goin's but I should be getting off to bed soon. I have a contractor coming in the morning to finally fix that hole in the wall above the furnace door & replace the sink fixture in the guest bath. We'll also look into replacing my front door so it will be safer for guests at the Casa del Mal. Hmm... ah yes, I should make a couple job-search related calls or online research. Tomorrow night I'd like to visit the UW to see George Takei speak. It'll probably be crowded but could be worth the effort.

- E V I L O U T -

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Polyphase ~ Children of the Bong

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From:seanorange
Date:April 18th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
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Switch Show

I'd have posted on my own blog by now, but I have so much to do between now and Thursday (and only so many posts a day I'll allot myself) that certain things have to take priority.

Sigh.

I think it's terribly important that Gemma enjoyed the entire trilogy as some idiots people seem to think the third one is the weakest installment.

~Sean
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From:phil_bond
Date:April 18th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
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"Gemma has seen the entire Back to the Future trilogy & greatly enjoyed it. So now hopefully she won't be picked on any more when subject of the films comes up."

No... I think it'd be much more fun to still make fun of her.
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From:seanorange
Date:April 19th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Dude! I have to tell someone. This is a tale of good code design, and how it saved my ass.

So you remember you told me that thing about Don't Hang Me, how when you alt-tab out and try to come back that it won't show up right? Fortunately, I knew what was causing that, but unfortunately I feared it would be a monumental task.

(If I may get vaguely technical...)

When that happens, you have to reset DirectX. But in order to reset DirectX, you have to delete all of your image data, which in this case includes the sprites AND fonts. Wiped! Gone. Boom. Then you have to recreate it all.

Hoyl. Carp.

That freaked me out, because that data literally comes from all over the place. There are individual character files, individual game files, all kinds of stuff. How do I know what to load and when if I only ever loaded it a certain way?

Fortunately, I'm awesome. I'm awesome, and I'm great at code design. A design I came up with to modularly load different bits of the game as needed ended up being my salvation, a sort of "trickle-down" effect emerged, and the whole process ended up being much easier than I imagined. It still took 6 hours to implement, but there was never a point where I said, "well, shit, what do I do now?" It was one of the most painless executions of code I've ever done.

I know it's a seemingly small thing, something that everyone expects a program to do because just about all of them do it, so if mine didn't or couldn't do it, that would be pretty bad. But what's so wonderful is that I was already 90% of the distance to the solution, and all I had to do was add that little bit. BOOM! Done.

How awesome is my code and all of my games? SO awesome.

~Sean
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 19th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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So awesome, Sean. You rock. Now let us have the next build so we can tear it apart again. I seem to remember getting far too many six letter words that begin with q in Pig Latin. Like, three out of five rounds.

I repeat. Awesome.
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From:seanorange
Date:April 19th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Unfortnately, that is due in large part to the present lack of content -- only categories that entirely consist of one-word phrases are eligible for the Piglatin round. I had a list (which I'm too lazy to link right now, but it's probably easy to find if you look through my journal entry tags that have to do with programming and/or utter geekery) of jobs I would love to have someone help me with, and creating more game content is one of them! I'm looking at you Caleb... although anyone is welcome to contribute.

Always looking for original categories!

~Sean

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From:evil_jim
Date:April 19th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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What sort of content? Word lists/phrases in new catagories?
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From:seanorange
Date:April 19th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Exactamundo.

Also a lack of playable characters/appropriate images, potential vitcims (playable characters included), and a lot of general sounds. There were only seven categories in Beta 2, and only two of them were eligible for piglatin.

~Sean
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