September 18th, 2003

sleepy

summary of my current quest in Knights of the Old Republic

"Do you know anything about those pods that crashed in Undercity? Specifically, about my commanding officer?"
"Yes! She survived!"
"That's good!"
"But she was captured by a rival gang."
"That's bad."
"The rival gang is keeping her alive."
"That's good!"
"But they're holding her for ransom.
"That's bad."
"Their 'ransom' is a trivial minigame you have to beat!"
"That's good!"
"But we can't let you play it until you go fetch a quest item."
"That's bad."
"We know exactly where the quest item is!"
"That's good!"
"But you can't get in because the door's locked."
"That's bad."
"A member of our gang can sneak you in the back way!"
"That's good!"
"But she's not here right now."
"That's bad."
"We know where she is! She's in Undercity!"
"That's good!"
"But you can't get in without authorization papers."
"That's bad."
"We have authorization papers!"
"That's good!"
"But you'll have to give us your Sith uniforms."
"That's bad."
"However, our authorization papers will, plotwise, do everything the Sith uniforms do!"
". . ."
"That's good."
"Can I have my papers now?"
sleepy

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Sometimes opposites rock. Right now, they suck.

I've got just a little bit of a headache - not enough so I feel justified calling it a headache, but enough to be irritating. I'm too sleepy to concentrate on anything, but too awake to actually go to sleep. I'm thinking fast enough to come up with neat ideas but not clearly enough to know if they really *are* neat or not.

Argh.

I'm thinking of changing the tone of this journal a little. For a long time it was me talking about emotional stuff, and for various reasons, (1) I no longer need to talk about that sort of thing, and (2) I don't feel comfortable doing so anyway. I've been filling it with a lot of "hey, look, shiny thing" entries lately, but I'm sorta getting sick of it. I'm considering writing real things in it . . . only problem is, a lot of the things I write about are likely to be highly technical in nature. I'm sure some of you are saying "Oh, I've read your highly technical posts before. That's not a problem!" No - *highly* technical. If it's not pretty low-tech, I tend to not post it here. :P So those of you who are reading this because it was an interesting treatise on life, the universe, and why girls are evil and Zorba makes bad relationship decisions might suddenly find themselves flooded with information about why the Garland/Heckbert/Hoppe algorithm tends to cause decidedly braindamaged triangles along normal discontinuities. Or you would if I could figure it out. But since I'm rewriting that entire algorithm in half a year anyway, you probably *will* hear about it.

I'm *also* (yeah, as if that wasn't enough) thinking of taking up art. Again. Yeah, okay, I've said this before, go screw a goat, okay? One of the problems with me taking up art is a decidedly impressive lack of time - the only time I've got to do it is on the bus, and I refuse to try learning how to draw on a bus. Straight lines make Baby Jesus happy. In any case, the whole "bus" thing is gonna be eliminated in the near future, hopefully for good, what with (1) me getting a car and (2) me leaving Seattle, so maybe I'll have more time to do productive stuff relatively speaking. Plus I'll have tons of free time in college. I mean, compared to now, at least.

All of this makes me start to rethink the whole journal idea - as much as I'd love to keep on posting, I'm afraid that one dense algorithmic post, one mediocre cartoon, several "hey look at this shiny shiny shiny wheeee" links, and whatever other miscellaneous errata might float across my mind, all in one day, might start driving people away.

And then I remember I don't care, 'cause this is my journal and I can do what I want with it. Thhhbbbpt.

But honestly, if anyone can think of a way to manage an LJ so that people who aren't interested in distributed computing networks don't have to read about them, I'd like to hear it. The friends-group thing doesn't work because I'd like people to be able to look at my journal *without* friending me (and without me having to friend them) and be able to read stuff, and aside from making multiple accounts (eww) or doing some sort of tag in the subjects, I can't think of anything.

Which makes me want to dig out the LJ source and *make* something . . . but now I'm just going crazy.

Now I'm going back to bed and curling up with my GBA for a bit. I still need to defeat Sturm, but this next battle is easy - I can just grab Grit, Eagle, and Max, and pound the enemy from long-range before opening up the big caches of baddies and swamping them. Yeah, I know. Long-range and Max don't go well together. He's the swamper, okay?

Sheesh. Some people.
  • Current Mood
    expository
sleepy

problem-solving sequence

"Why *does* my head hurt, anyway? Hrm . . . *thinks* you know, it almost feels like my head is resonating . . . with something . . . and it's hurting at the same frequency as this REALLY ANNOYING HUM IN THE AIR THAT I JUST NOTICED. Okay. Where's *that* coming from? Are my speakers humming again? No . . . the only other thing in this room that generates noise is the Hush . . . and that's what it sounds like it's coming from. I can hear the hard drive whir, that's seperate, and that's the only moving part . . . so . . . um . . . what's going on here?"

I still have no idea, but I noticed if I lifted a corner of it off the table, the hum went WAY down. So I put all four corners on wads of folded paper. Now the hum is nearly unnoticable. (note: modified paper setup to be more along the lines of shock absorbers. now almost entirely unnoticable. still there though.) What's it doing, resonating with the table? Grrr. Project for tomorrow: find some sort of foam to put the computer on.
sleepy

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More thoughts about the tech/non-tech/art stuff:

different icons for different posts, to make it really easy to identify which is which and skip 'em. Doesn't fix the problem that they're all still *there* if you don't want to read 'em.
make "zorbathut" into a community, set up multiple users, and have them post to the community. Same problem, really, with no other benefits (unless LJ implements a ban so you can't read specific people's posts in communities.)
make a few extra users for each category, then just post links in them to my posts - if you want to read all my posts, you friend me. If you don't, you friend one of the category-users and follow the links.

I like that solution the best, so far, but automating it would take some hacking of the LJ client, which, honestly, isn't a problem.
  • Current Mood
    museful
sleepy

irritation

Adobe Acrobat appears to have no way to display two documents in entirely seperate windows - I have to go to the "Window" menu to switch between them manually. Grrrf. I thought that sort of problem was eliminated around the time we discovered fire.

And on a completely different note . . .



Woo! Glad it's automated, I was afraid I'd have to recompose the data on my own! But Adobe recomposes it automatically so my FEADs are optimized.

WTF does this dialog mean? Did Adobe fire their entire usability staff or something?

And on a *completely* different note, Photoshop's palette quantizer sucks. Sucks. Sucks. Mine was better even when it was horribly buggy.
sleepy

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Another lesson we've learned is that live content updates are challenging. We want to deliver all sorts of new content, but the reality is that adding new content means that players have to download all of this new content to their PCs. (source: Gamasutra)

Thoughts: It's an MMORPG, right? Which means that while the player is playing, they're connected to the internet. Probably they're not maxing out their connection constantly - why not make a patch available a week before it's required, and use the user's spare bandwidth over that week to download? Sure, if you go on hiatus for a month or two you'll have some downloading to do to catch up - but if you're playing regularly, that would eliminate the "now downloading new patch" problem entirely.