the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Hello April

There’s been a constant gray ceiling over the city for the last week. Lots of rain, lots of moisture, very little sunlight. I like it. Most don’t. So, for these darker days, here’s an end of March contemplation: April precipitation brings May pollination. In my management system there’s a queue of things to write or comment about. Those will have to wait as I’ll be at FlashintheCan this weekend. You know, it’s funny… in the booklet and on my pass…

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Pi Day

Hmmm, yesterday was Pi day (March 14 = 3.14). Here’s a pi website with a very appropriate url (Warning: big. That site has Pi to many, many, many digits.) I can recite Pi to a dozen digits. I could since about grade ten. I’ve never found any convincing reason as to why I should memorize it any further. sigh. Gradius V has been delayed (again!) til’ the end of summer.

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Odds and Ends

I want this Samus action figure. There are Animal Crossing plush figures!? Compared to Olyntho Tahara’s models, though, the previous toys are piss-poor. I especially love the Babylon 5 cast figures. The Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell: Innocence sites have new trailers! Speaking of which, the Silent Hill 4: The Room trailer has a very strong The Ring video feel to it. I was going to comment about the full, 300MB Paris video that is making the rounds (the…

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Steak, mate?

Eating dinner at the Outback Steakhouse — a generic Australian themed restaurant chain — I thought: are there Canadian themed restaurants in Australia? Ones with hockey sticks on the walls instead of boomerangs; pictures of the Rockies and of Beavers instead of Ayer’s Rock and Koalas; the mens washroom labeled for hosers instead of for blokes; and dishes with names like “Toronto Ceaser Salad” instead of “Brisbane Ceaser Salad”? Then I realized just how tacky and faux-authentic the whole experience…

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Ads: I’d Buy That For A Dollar

Forget those multi-million dollar Super Bowl commercials (which I never would have seen — had I cared — thanks to stupid Canadian simulcasting). Instead, enjoy cheesy and nostalgic 80s commercials! It’s a shame that most of them are Real Media, as that rules them out for me (and, hence, no Kool-Aid Man breaking through a wall), but the standard format clips they have are good. Can’t say that I remember them, though. I know the Zelda commercial, but that’s thanks…

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Syndication nation

There was some sort of game today. Something to do with a breast. I don’t know, I wasn’t following it. I was watching Shall We Dance on TVO instead. How’s that for counter-programming? Quirky film. Anyway, I have updated my RSS feeds to be more complete and valid, using these MT templates. I’m not sure if I like the idea of a full content feed, as that defeats the purpose of syndication, but I’ll try to see how it fits…

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Thinking about disterbing subtitles

When dealing with Japanese games, there’s a cetain expectation for lousy localization. It’s a historical prejudice rooted in the days when games were low on text, lacked writers and translators, and were low on budget. Those days, quotes as Congratulation. The story is happy end. Thank you. were the norm rather than the exception. The “All Your Base” meme is a perfect example of this. Writing has drastically improved since then, but outside of the video game context — compared…

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Winter Commute

Up to mid-January there were, by my recollections, no more than two signifcant snowfalls this season. Then, the weather started to conspire against me. A few weeks ago, I had an interview (at the other end of the city): it snowed, and it was slow. A week later, I was asked to come in for a follow-up interview: it snowed even more. Then I got the job and went in for my first day: it snowed even more and, with…

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Game Developer

This monday, after nearly a year of pseudo-freelancing and genuine-slacking, I make my return to full-time work. I will be, once again, a productive member of society. That’s not to say that my away time has been unproductive, as I have finally beaten Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City, it’s just that my concept — my definition — of “productive” is slightly askew of the accepted norms. Besides, seeing as my official title will be the overly specific “Flash Game…

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Traitors Can’t Hide

Apparently, inquiring about Microsoft Flight Simulator in a Staples store is “suspicious”, “out of the ordinary”, and enough to “raise red-flags.” This coming at a time when the FBI is warning the police to look-out for individuals carrying almanacs or maps. It is quite clear to me, watching from within America’s northern neighbour, that the United States is reaching a level of paranoia not seen since the warmest days of the cold war. I don’t think this is what Jefferson…

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Actionscript Quine

A quine is a program that generates a copy of its own source text as its complete output.. The quine page has quines in a variety of languages, except the one I’ve worked with the most: Flash Actionscript. Not having anything currently better to do, I took up the puzzle for geeky “hackish amusement”. Here’s my actionscript quine. Could be optimized, but it works! Here’s the same quine but with linebreaks, to make it somewhat more readable. That was strangely…

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Hey! and other hacks

I hate to generalize, because there are many exceptions, but some of the expected responses warrant this generalization: Asking Slashdot about net.art is like asking a bunch of chefs about M-Theory. You might get a cake out of it but don’t expect relevant discussion. I kid. I kid. There are some good posts there amongst the misguided geek masses. In other discussions, a thirteen year old does a net send on the school’s network to say “hey!” and the dumbass…

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Fontified

Fontifier. Fonts for the masses! Probably the easiest way to make fonts ever. Sure, the fonts it generates are weak in a lot of respects but it’s still a neat tool. The print, write on paper, and scan method is too tedious for me so I just stuck with the ever useful tablet. The result: n0wak tablet font. It’s hard to write consistently on a tablet, but ignoring that excuse: yes, my writing sucks octopus balls. Thank god for computers.

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