my new daily agenda emails

September 4, 2013  🌀

I’ve finally finished (for now, anyway) another hunk of code in my ever-growing suite of half-baked productivity tools. I’m tentatively calling the whole mess “Ywar”, and would paste the dictionary entry here, but all it says is “obsolete form of ‘aware’”. So, there you go. I may change that later. Anyway, a rose by any other name, or something, right?

THAC0, armor class, saving throws, skill, and other applications of the d20

August 31, 2013

More than a few times, when I’ve told people that I play an older version of D&D, I’ve gotten a slightly horrified look and the question, “Is that the one with THAC0?” What’s so awful about THAC0? I ask, but the answers are vague. “It doesn’t make any sense! It’s bizarre!”

Yahoo!'s family accounts still stink

August 22, 2013

It is amazing how bad Yahoo!’s “family account” experience is. I want to make an account for my six year old daughter to use to upload her photos to Flickr. Googling for Yahoo! family accounts and flickr finds this text:

getting stuff accomplished, next steps

August 17, 2013  🌀

I’ve got nearly every goal on my big board lit up. So, now I’m getting into a routine of getting all the regular things done. Next up, I’m going to try to get better at doing the one-off tasks I have to do, like file my expenses, arrange a piano tuning, and that sort of thing. For this, I’m going to try using Remember the Milk. I’ve used it in the past and liked it fine, but I didn’t stick with it. I think that if I integrate it into my new routine, it’ll work.

being a polyglot programmer (barely)

August 1, 2013  🧑🏽‍💻

I like learning new programming languages. Unfortunately, I rarely make the time to get any good at them. I’m hoping to figure out how to force myself to write something non-trivial in something at least relatively unlike what I do all day.