animal crossing for ds

March 20, 2008

I picked up Animal Crossing for the DS pretty soon after getting a DS. It was pretty good, but there were just too many things going against me enjoying it. It wasn’t on a shared system that was sitting around the house (read: the GameCube), so Gloria and I didn’t share a village, which had been one of the fun things of the GCN version. It was just too much a rehash of the GameCube version, really, to enjoy it much more. Also, Animal Crossing is a great game to sit down and play for an hour or three, sort of zoning out and running erands or reorganizing furniture. The DS is much better for games you can play for short bursts. You can do that with Animal Crossing, but it feels weird to close the DS while in the middle of playing a game that takes place in real time.

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perl 5.10 talk at oscon

March 18, 2008

My “Perl 5.10 for People Who Aren’t (totally) Insane” talk has been accepted for OSCON. I’m looking forward to fleshing it out a bit more and spreading the word about how great 5.10 is.

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cpans other than the cpan and other software distribution issues

March 18, 2008

One of our current projects at work involves streamlining the way we deploy software to our hosts. The solution in hand is sort of like a much improved CPAN::Mini::Inject. It allows us to declare what CPAN modules we use, and to index our own internal projects as if they were CPAN modules. It will also let us automatically run our test suite to see how updates of CPAN modules would affect our code, and to hard-pin distribution versions so that we never try testing new versions that we know can’t work.

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hiveminder integration with jott

March 5, 2008

Jott is a really neat service that lets you Do Stuff via your cell phone. The default Stuff you can do is “send email and SMS” and “setup a reminder.” There’s also a very simple API for writing your own applications (called Jott Links). It works something like this:

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hiveminder and imap, now sharing a bed

March 3, 2008

Today, Best Practical announced IMAP access to Hiveminder. It’s way cool, and I’m sure I’ll end up making a lot of improvement to my mutt configuration tools to make the most of it. You can check out their blog post or documentation for more information, but basically you point your IMAP client at Hiveminder and you can see your todo list. You can drop new tasks (in the form of email from elsewhere) into inbound folders and you can move existing tasks into other folders to cause them to become hidden or complete. There’s a bit more to it, but that’s the gist.

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sdk hopes for iphone

March 2, 2008

I haven’t made up my mind that I want an iPhone yet, but it really has a lot of the features that I want. It even has the bonus feature of replacing my iPod. Sure, it won’t hold as much as my 40 gig (third generation) iPod, but it will be one less thing to put in my pocket, and I was pretty happy using my 1 gig shuffle for most things, before I lost it.

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opensrs makes me angry

February 29, 2008

I was tasked with dealing with a bug, this week. Sometimes, people would look into registering a domain, and our site would tell them it was available. This was pretty bogglesome, and it was especially annoying because dealing with it meant dealing with OpenSRS. OpenSRS’s API is all kinds of goofy, but I had not noticed how goofy it can be until today.

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stupid email generators, volume n+1

February 29, 2008

Every day, I see another stupid, broken email generated by crappy software used by a company that I’d think would know better. Today, the perpetrator was Nintendo. They wanted me to take a survey. I took it, because they promised me some sort of Zelda-themed stylus. I almost didn’t know that, though, because when I opened the message, it was empty. Huh?

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