metroid prime woe

November 19, 2004

Metroid Prime 2 remains great. I had my second boss battle today, and it was good. I now have quite a bit of new gear, and I’m enjoying doing all the usual Metroid stuff. Around 20:00, Gloria had been home (from teaching Yoga) for a little while, and I thought we’d watch some of the Jeeves and Wooster we had from Netflix. It took me nearly forty minutes to find the next save station, having just entered a new zone. There should never come a point in playing a game where you are frustrated that you can’t turn it off without losing a lot of work. Ever.

firefox instead of msie

November 18, 2004

I’m endeavoring to use Firefox instead of MSIE at work. There are a number of things that require MSIE on our intranet, but not many, and I’ve been slowly making sure that all the JavaScript in our internal apps is cross-platform friendly. (The last WebKit upgrade made that much easier, as it finally decided that yes, THEAD elements are part of the node tree.)

gangsters, pirates, databases

November 17, 2004

I spent a lot of my weekend playing GTA: San Andreas. A lot. Maybe too much. I got to the pleasant part of the game where I had four or five missions available at any given time. As I recall from Vice City, it’s the best part. Once you get to a bottleneck of one or two missions, it gets really frustrating. There’s an extent to which you can just tool around and have fun, but when large sections of the game are still off limits, that gets frustrating. Anyway, it’s staying fun, although I’m still a pretty horrible driver. I do feel like I’m better this time around than I was in VC. I’m thinking about sticking Vice City in sometime to see if I can beat any of the missions that I left undone.

index cards

November 11, 2004

The index cards and push pins I ordered arrived today. I took down the cards for the aborted “let’s code together!” project, but I haven’t put anything new up. The cards for the characterization system are still there, mocking me. I need to put up a card for the current blocker, “dynamic by-variant widgets.”

motivation appraoches the limit zero

November 9, 2004

I get to work and stare at my whiteboard, index cards, and screen. If I turned on cursor blinking in Vim, I’d become hypnotized and sit transfixed until my phone rang. I’m not sure what’s happening. I think that it’s a combination of a lot of things. I feel like the systems I’m working on are destined to be eternally unreleased, remaining forever in the ivory tower, which is exactly what I don’t want. I know that’s not the plan, but it’s how it feels, lately. I’ve been working on the same project for months, and with no real back and forth with the users. They green light just about everything, which isn’t a lot of fun. I want an exchange of ideas, and a challenge.

zombies and clones

November 5, 2004

Gloria and I watched Dawn of the Dead (2004) tonight. It pretty much sucked.


November 3, 2004

America has awakened from its long national nightmare… and pressed the snooze button.

kinesis (again), notational velocity, delicious

November 2, 2004

Kinesis replied to my request for information, solving my problems. On these older Contours, (Keymap,PrintScn) is not Windows. Instead, I need (Keymap,H). That works, so I can now correctly map keys using the keyboard’s own remappability. I’ve removed (again) my scancode registry entry, and am going to give things another go!

i voted already!

November 2, 2004

I voted, I voted! Please, please, PLEASE stop calling me and telling me to vote, to vote for someone, to vote against someone, or to vote in a particular form of dress. Tonight they will count votes, and by Friday, we will have a clear President-Elect. I DEMAND IT.

passing undef from tt2

November 1, 2004