i should trust my gun intuition

June 21, 2007

I just finished watching the first season of Jericho, this week. It has made me think that I should turn my cistern into a shelter and stock up on weapons. I thought, “maybe it’s time to get that Yugo SKS that I’ve been thinking about.”

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more mysql things that make you go hmmm

June 21, 2007

I know that there’s a MySQL 5 out. I do. It’s just that upgrading a big system takes time, and there usually has to be some pressing reason. I’ve just found one more reason to upgrade sooner: as far as I can tell, MySQL 4 can’t have fields that are not null and have no default.

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organizing documents, no help from adobe

June 15, 2007

I’ve got a bunch of documents that I want to organize, and I didn’t want to use some database system, or rely on Spotlight (which I loathe) or anything annoying like that. I wanted a different set of annoyances. I wrote a little module (File::LinkTree::Builder) to build a tree of directories based on file metadata leading back to files in a storage area. So, given (say) my iTunes library, it could build a tree in which I could look up /Rock/80s/Island and find every rock track from Island Records in the 80’s. The module is very simple and it lets you define how to find metadata.

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castle greyhawk: obtained

June 11, 2007

Well, I got my copy of Castle Greyhawk. It’s every bit as bad as I recalled and then some. I mean, there’s one level that features a B-52 bomber and offers a 5-10 thousand XP bonus to the first player who mentions that B-52 did not fly in WWII. I kept thinking that the art looked very Paranoia-esque, which made sense when I finally looked and saw that the art was done by Jim Halloway. How Paranoia-esque was it? There was a drawing of a pair of smoking boots where an adventurer once stood.

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my diluted villainy

June 11, 2007

Tonight, we (mostly I) watched The African Queen, one of the three movies left on the AFI Top 100 movies that I haven’t seen. It’s set during WWI. In one scene, Bogart and Hepburn are to be hanged by a German naval captain. Bogart asks the captain to wed him to Hepburn before they are executed, and the captain agrees.

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more notes from tiddlytown

June 8, 2007

No sooner did I get my RPG notes put into nice comfortable TiddlyWikis than version 2.2 was released. Well, that’s alright. The upgrade didn’t work with the first, easiest (but weird) method they suggested, but the second method (which is the one I would’ve guessed) worked: start a new, blank TW. Import all your tiddlers.

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all hail aaron

June 6, 2007

Once again, Aaron Straup Cope has written code so I don’t have to. Last time, I wanted to back up my bookmarks from del.icio.us, so I didn’t feel paranoid that they might go away and take my bookmarks with them. (This was before I switched to Rubric.) Because Net::Delicious existed, I was able to write Net::Delicious::Simple on top of it, taking only a few minutes instead of hours of toiling with XML.

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