the annoying last battle of every crpg

March 6, 2007  🎲 👾

There are a number of Mario and Luigi RPGs, and I’ve enjoyed just about all of them until just about the end. Like most RPGs, the end with the Big Boss Battle Fake-Out. You reach the Sacred Destination and engage in battle with the big scary monster (or person) you’ve been following (or fleeing) for most of the game. As soon as you defeat that monster, another, scarier monster appears and you must fight it immediately, with your supplies now quite low.

manly things

March 2, 2007

Yesterday was a pretty good day for doing good old fashioned manly things.

beautiful pennsylvania

March 2, 2007

I love my home state of Pennsylvania, and usually it’s quite beautiful. Today, though, it’s been pouring rain. The earth was already soft because of the piles of melting snow and ice, and now the topsoil has become a mudflow everywhere, flooding rivers with dirt. As I look out the window on the bus, the whole countryside looks like a backed up toilet.

fixing/breaking email::simple::creator

February 26, 2007  📧 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Email::Simple::Creator crams a create method into Email::Simple. It lets you provide an array of headers and a body, and it returns a new Email::Simple object.

third time's the charm?

February 22, 2007

Today, I got my learner’s permit (again). It’s the paperwork I need to have in order to be allowed to drive in the company of someone else, and I need it before I can apply for a driver’s license.

finally released: less piggish email code

February 21, 2007  📧 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Last week, I finally released the long-ago-announced new versions of Email::Send and Email::MIME, which together greatly reduce the memory used to store an email (and, in effect, to do many other things with PEP). There was one glitch that required a small tweak to Email::MIME’s part-inflating code, but for the most part it went quite well. The only other non-bogus error reports I got were from people who relied on private Email::Simple code, or used code that did so.

exhausted

February 21, 2007

I am really tired. Last night during my triweekly RPG in Philly, we had some work problems. After the game, I stayed up working on some things that I thought would help prevent similar problems in the future, or that would at least reduce their impact. I crashed on the office sofa, which I’ve done once before. Last time it was dreadful. This time, it was just fine. I think it helped that I had a blanket.

my hand vs. my furnace

January 27, 2007

A few days ago, Gloria picked up a neat little deodorizer that could be attached to the air filter in the furnace. It made the whole house smell like artificial pine trees, which was mostly better than the previous “basement” smell that kicked in when the heater ran. After a while, though, it got overwhelming and we decided to get rid of it.