Strange Days

Tue, 01 Sep 2009

  1. ugh.

    bored. :) That said, Escape to the movies seems to be a good review site.

    I've been playing with NES programming as well as some electronics stuff, nothing to write home to mom about yet.

Wed, 06 May 2009

  1. from the omg not another one dept.
    The new Star Trek Crew

    I violently blindsided by the movie.

    I am not a trekkie. I have not seen all the movies, nor even half of the episodes of any particular make/model. I have seen the first 6 original cast movies and a few others, and enjoyed them. I don't watch much TV but i might watch an original cast episode were it on. Regarding this movie, my expectations were not high. I had heard about the cast:

    Simon Pegg (whom i love, (shaun of the dead, etc)) as scotty. Winona Rider as spock's mother. Jennifer Morrison (Cameron from House) as Kirk's mother. John Cho (harold and kumar minus kumar) as sulu. A bunch of no-names for main characters. (Eomer from LOTR as McCoy). Eric Bana as the bad guy (the new incredible hulk disaster).

    Based on the cast, i wasn't excited. I didn't know if they were gonna take the movie seriously. I almost expected a half-spoof movie.

    I was wrong. :) The movie was exceptional. Phenomenal, based on my expectations. highly recommended.

Thu, 09 Feb 2006

  1. from the ugly-website-with-ads-on-it dept.

    Myspace uhg. bad things about darin's:

    1. Ads
    2. Background Music- Simply not kosher, even if it's good music. means you get fired at work, maybe.
    3. Background Image - not horrible... but yellow text on top ... with no way to read it... someone shouldn't have to highlight your text to be able to read it.

    at least he showed some initiative.

Thu, 05 Jan 2006

  1. From the wasted too much time on this already dept.

    Okay ... in Counterstrike on our server, there is a command to see your current "rank" ... which is a rudimentary thing.

    Rank Value = Kills - Deaths
    Efficiency = Kills / (Kills + Deaths)
    Playtime = Kills + Deaths

    This graph shows the rank value of any player based on play time and efficiency.

    However... this is bad ... because if you're a slightly below .5 efficient player, as most are, the longer you play, the worse your rank is. In effect, you're ranked twice as badly if you play twice as long. We'd like to encourage everyone to play with a long duration.

    So... I examined what would happen if we changed the rank to 2*Kills - Deaths, and then 3*Kills - Deaths.

    Red: Original scoring, green break even at 0.5
    Blue: 2xKills scoring, magenta break even around 0.33
    Cyan: 3xKills scoring, brown break even around 0.25

    While none of these methods eliminate the problem, I'd reckon that a <.25 efficient person wouldn't be so far from the correct location.

    This shows the 2xKills - Deaths scoring.

Tue, 26 Apr 2005

  1. From the oh look, yet another psycho dept.

    Ed, a great friend of mine, discovered a website promoting some horrific things, based on misinterpretations of the bible. He feels very strongly about it, you might too. It's advocating Child Abuse. Please blog or link to it on your websites, referring to it as Child Abuse.

Mon, 26 Jan 2004

  1. High of 81 today. Gonna get colder and rainy tomorrow. Only a high of 75.

Tue, 15 Jul 2003

  1. I left the following quotes on my board:

    • "Hey Waldorf! Wake up! Here come the Bikini's!" "Oh Boy! We'd better synchronize our pacemakers!" -- Statler and Waldorf, The Muppet Show
    • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work -- Aristotle
    • Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most. -- Ozzy Osbourne
    • Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. -- John Wayne
    • Life is far to important a thing to ever talk seriously about. -- Oscar Wilde
    • As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree' -- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on. -- Woody Allen
    • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. -- J. R. R. Tolkien
    • I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. -- Albert Einstein
    • So long, and thanks for all the fish. -- Douglas Adams

Wed, 09 Jul 2003

  1. Perl 6 

    Wow... I've become really excited about perl6... it's not nearly out yet, but from what I can tell, will make perl programming even more powerful, and actually a lot easier to use. I read half of "Perl6 Essentials", up to the Parrot internals part... so I have an idea how perl 6 will work, but I didn't want to mess with the actualy dev code yet.

    I expect I'll eventually have to move MoLD into Perl6...

    some improvements:

    • Filehandles are now normal scalars.
    • syntax for conditional checking has been broadened (lots more checking)
    • many more contexts now... boolean, for one
    • if statements now have Optional parentheses, unlike perl5 where they are mandatory.

Thu, 03 Jul 2003

  1. Wow. I'm very impressed. Sasha's implemented a full graphics engine into his WM, and the engine can read XML. My complex background Screenshot is a simple greyscale image with 3 gradients applied to it via XML. It's really fast and flexible... *LOTS* easier than playing with the colors in GIMP.

    If we can crack down on some bugs, and work on aterm a little bit, AS2.0 will be ready to release.