The game might be a little more complex than we intended - we were trying to go for not needing text, but... on the Title Screen click to get started. For the first level, you are able to drag the leaf... that's the only hint I'm gonna give. (Unless someone asks.) There are 9 boards in all, including the title and win screen.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100209015 -- What Went Wrong On The Day Music Died?
The end of a M+M's commercial clearly showed cococut M+Ms. For some reason this got me really excited, something about chocolate-coated but small coconut bits sounds great. Alas, stores just have regular, peanut, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and almond. The almond's ok I guess.
"Without a belief that you will be rewarded or punished after the end of your life--what drives morality among your people? . . . I know that you're a good person. Where does that goodness come from?"
"I behave as I do because it is right for me to do so . . . by the standards of my people."
"But where do those standards come from?"
"From . . . from our conviction that there is no life after death! . . . A person's life is completely finished at death; there is no possibility of reconciling with them, or making amends after they are gone. . . . If I wrong someone . . . under your worldview I can console myself with the knowledge that, after they are dead, they can still be contacted; amends can be made. But in my worldview, once a person is gone . . . then you who did the wrong must live knowing that person's entire existence ended without you ever having made peace with him or her."
--Neanderthal- and Cro-Magnon-descendent discussing the afterlife in Robert J. Sawyer's "Hominids". This passage is quoted in Gabriel McKee's "The Gospel According to Science Fiction", a survey of various SF books with religious implications my mom got me for Christmas
"Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed." --Blaise PascalDamn it, Google searches for "Romper Stomper" are dominated by some dumbass skinhead Russell Crowe movie. I miss the toy + show.
S'funny, kind of, how the old school bathroom white earbuds and synch cables clash with the new Apple look of glossy black with silver trim.
I love (read:hate) when an MS browser considers XML "active content" to be blocked -"DONT THEY KNOW HOW DANGEROUS INFORMATION CAN BE?"
http://projectionpoint.com/ - neat test; less about the accuracy of your T/F answers, more about how accurately confident you are - I got 81
I'm relieved but a bit weirded out that Boston doesn't seem slated to get the "Snowmageddon" the mid-Atlantic is bracing for.
http://slatest.com/ - this might be my new favorite way of keeping up with the news.
sam:http://www.sharenator.org/If_browsers_were_women/ amber: sad about Chrome, kinda :-(
I am switchin' to Safari! sam: IE is my favorite on this list, truly. :-) amber: shoulda had a Mosaic one! sam: How about a gopher one? amber: LOL!!!! I'd hate to see that! sam:
It would look.
amber: or like this?
--Email exchange (massaged into a convo) between Amber and her friend Sam. I kind of misread it and thought the stick figure was a good representation of the old text-based web browser "lynx"... I never used "gopher" much, but they functioned in similar ways, so the same joke works with both...
Note to self: if the page you googled up about recording video on PC is talking about "Windows Millennium Edition" it's probably too old.
Things I am sick of: usb gadgets lacking 64-bit windows drivers. Endless Microsoft updates. Shitty HP hardware.
"after the Superbowl Google Ad Hey, this Google thing looks pretty nifty! Ball's in your court, Altavista." --http://twitter.com/JustinFowler
--A very primitive braille2text translator. Unfortunately, it only does the most basic type of Braille, letter to letter translation (Grade One) As it turns out to do Braille properly, you need to translate hundreds of abbreviations and alternate characters. I was surprised I couldn't google someone doing this already... it's tricky, but you could probably get a good 90/10 solution in a day or two.
If there's any kind of interest I might try to enhance this so it can do a reasonable facisimile of Grade Two, but really I was kind of more interested in the UI of it.
Amazing football last night! Meanwhile, in NE, Belichick decides he can run EVERY damn aspect of the team. Has he done anything on his own?
http://harveyjames.livejournal.com/152287.html - Harveyjames' english lessons are the most amazing thing ever.
Remember "Pillow Book" where the she yells at him for having sloppy boring handwriting? Weirdly that makes me regret my bad penmanship.
Sigh. I suspected Microsoft was shoving yet another Update at my poor XP tablet when Firefox took minutes to load, and lo and behold...
Chamillionaire's "Ridin' Dirty" is sorta spoiled after the car crash by the guy who says "Damn! I done spilled my drink." Twice. In case you missed it. See, he was drinking!
I love the Dell laptop power bricks with built-in notched strap. Less pretty but more functional/packable than Apple's.
The Comic Curmudgeon:
I suppose that longtime readers of Blondie are supposed to know that spinning around on one’s head is an indicator of extreme, uncontrollable emotion of some kind, but to the casual viewer, it would just appear that Dagwood, Herb, and Daisy have chosen to express their football-related outrage with a stunning display of eerily synchronized breakdancing. Which I for one am totally in favor of.
It's kind of creepy if read it as a poltergeist kind of thing.
Dream vocabulary: Igknifify: to resolve a situation by plunging a knife into something or someone.
Escalators are mighty conveyor belts- that's a lot of cargo to haul up a flight!
http://quotableactionhero.blogspot.com/ - bad ass movie lines. The my favorite is my personal variant, "I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of ass."
A. i didn't know Taser was named after Tom Swift. B. I like how the "how Tasers work" section of Wikipedia is mess of [Citation Needed ]
Sawyer's scifi book "Mindscan" brings out the "philosophy of consciousness" idea of the zombie: a person who acts indistinguishably from a person but has no "inner consciousness". The book pushes an idea I hadn't heard, which is that we all have this kind of zombie, and it's the zombie acting when we're driving without thinking about it, or when we have to go back and reread a paragraph because we weren't paying attention. I don't buy the zombie/consciousness dualism though, nor do I think a person could convincing play a lively person 24/7 with "just" that kind of zombie - I don't think it would pass the Turing Test, for starters.
Thinking how little I like Gmail/Google's "Buzz". It's A. yet another thing to check if I want to find out what people are thinking, and B. it's convenient, but a distraction, because it pushes notification of public-ish announcements and musings into gmail, a space I generally have reserved and monitor for messages directed more specifically at me.
Valentine's Day is also Chinese New Year? And it's going to be Year of the Tiger? And I'm a Tiger? Oh, for awesome.
[Reading] "How much sex you do you think is had in the Olympic Village? My guess: A lot." "...I think I hear that every Olympics." "Hm, yeah. And maybe it's more, you know, after the events, they don't want to sex away their game." "Well I don't think you can sex away, like, 'Curling'" -Me and Amber this morninghttp://is.gd/8k2ct - no woman's ski jump in the Olympics, when the world record is held by a woman, sounds like total bullshit.
"Ooh they're BRAND-NAME Advil... wow...." --Amber
work (n.) 1. That which makes modern life simultaneously possible and impossible.
"It's a Lincoln fetish. For tall girls... REALLY tall. With beards and stovepipe hats. I... shoot them, and leap out a window yelling 'Sic semper tyrannis!'"
Maybe it's early sour grapes, but after a few weeks of "gee iPhone feels small", now it seems like iPhone beats iPad like Palm beat Newton.
So yesterday I gave Amber the second part of her Valentine's Day gift (after a small pile of roses in her favorite color...) it was a pair of Caffeine molecular earrings, but the thing was I had ordered them for Christmas but they didn't arrive nearly in time, so then I repurposed them for Valentine's Day. And then Valentine's Day went by without me having time to retrieve them from my secret hiding spot and so they were for President's Day... I'm not the easiest boyfriend to have, sometimes...
Anyway we were watching DVR'd "Lost" last night... Amber's pretty patient in explaining all the stuff I haven't seen because of missing previous seasons... and the SPOILER WARNING revelation at the end was that Claire was still around, and seems to be bouncing around two different time lines, which led to this exchange...
Her: "They're all Claire"
Me: "No wait, not the fat guy - his name begins with 'H', like 'Hugo' or something...
"...Hurley? Wait, what, no -- they're not ALL Named Claire. They each have their own names."
I'm not the easiest person to watch TV with, sometimes. But sometimes I'm funny... there was this Walmart add where this shlub guy is sheepishly standing around a Wal*Mart display, from seeing it before I know the set up is he's thinking about getting his girlfriend or wife something and then she shows up and points out what she wants, something like that. But since we're DVR'ing we zip past the commercial, and I suggested the replacement dialog
"Er, yeah, I was looking for the cheapest possible gift for my girlfriend..."
But then Amber topped it by following it up with
"...but then I remembered, wait! I still have that gift leftover from Christmas!"
Maybe you had to be there but I laughed and laughed. Touché... I dig having a funny girlfriend.
"I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy, love." --Gabriel García Márquez, "Memories of My Melancholy Whores"I am absolutely FLABBERGASTED to realize that Youtube is only five years old- the whole first half of the 00s were Youtubeless? 9/11 wasn't covered by it? Iraq? The end of the Curse of the Bambino? Wow. I would have put its origin at 1999, 2000, easy. (And I remember how impressive of an infrastructure feat it seemed at its origin.)
Supposedly the Oldest Known Recorded Joke is "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap".
Hmm. In trying to find the canonical top ten oldest jokes list, via the Dave Channel, I found out a page on my site is the top google match for dave tv oldest jokes net fart lap "in silence" And I don't think that has anything to do with the list I saw at http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1550900&cid=31151242 Take out the quotes and it goes to that list. Weird.
"Well, this should be relatively straightforward" is what I should have on my tombstone.
the snow at twilight has an apocalyptic feel, like maybe this is how the world ends after all
"Sorry-- I totally forgot what we were just talking about." "It's ok, it was more than 40 seconds ago" "Do you know what that is in goldfish years?" Just fired up DosBox and Windows 3.1. Man, I kind of forgot about the pre-task bar world.
It was a wet, heavy, sticky snow the other day... walking by Russell Field near Alewife I saw someone had made a really big snow fort/igloo thing... unfortunately they ducked inside before I could get a shot with them in the frame, for comparison...
Backyard the next morning.
After I took that shot, Amber txt'd and asked if I could get more shots with snow covered trees against blue skies - it was such a gorgeous clear day. Where I was in Brighton was a bit too urban to get shots of trees without powerlines and streetlights, but I did my best...
New England has its own mutant form of bowling, "candlepin". Imagine bocci as played by retarded pilgrims and you pretty much have it.
(That's with me as the special needs pilgrim of course. Shoulda gone for the bumpers!)
"Yo mama like a hardware store..." "Overpriced and always closed on Sunday?" --Me and EB"So what should we do tonight? Watch Lost? Read stuff?" "...watch you scratch yourself?" "...or watch me scratch myself! Ooh, baby, I got an itch I could scratch ALL night long" "Ooh...." "...Oh yeah... I think it may be some kind of rash, or maybe am infection..." "...ooh, stop. No really. Stop."
--Kjersten sent along this - pretty amazing, I've never seen such a good use of projected image and projected-upon surface...(you should probably go to the youtube page and see it at a larger size...)
Don't know much about New Zealand's web conference Webstock but somehow this reminds me of the old Mondo 2000 cyberpunk 'zine days of the early 90s, before the web really hit, but smart drugs and computers seemed to hold boundless potential...
I always liked this bit from Buckaroo Banzai: "The principles by which B. Banzai lives are known as the Five Stresses, the Four Beauties and the Three Loves. Things to be stresses are decorum, courtesy, public health, discipline and morals. The Four Beauties are the beauties of mind, language, behavior and environment. The Three Loves are love of others, love of justice and love of freedom." But I just realized it was cribbed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Jiang_4_Mei_3_ReaiI wonder why Apple doesn't just put in some kind of Adult Content rating/advisory system, rather than yanking apps. Given how much control they have, it should be pretty easy to "think of the children" - do they think boobies would hurt the brand more than the money they could get?
"If we water down the health care bill any more, it'll be homopathic." --http://twitter.com/ebertchicago"It's weird that people often confuse those two pursuits. People who are into very theoretical computer science are thought of in this same way as people who are shipping desktop applications. And they don't really have a lot to do with each other." --jwz, in "Coders at Work"What I learned today: unless you're at the equator, walking, say, due east is NOT walking in a straight line. (Walking east is staying at the same latitude, right? Now imagine doing that a few meters from the north pole. You'd obviously be walking in circles... at our latitude it's just a bigger circle.)
When and why did "wide mouth" become the standard for soda cans? Worry we weren't tossing the liquid into our gullets fast enough?
http://zenhabits.net/2010/02/ace-exams/ I'm fortunate in doing much of this kind of connection making intuitively - hides how smart I'm not.
"Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." --Benjamin Franklin"I definitely go into avoidance behaviors when starting things. Starting is the hardest part, whether it's a program or a book or anything else. On the other hand, sometimes you remind yourself, 'Come on Josh; you've been doing this for three decades now, you know how to do it as well as most other people, so just go for it.' And you just sort of have to remind yourself that, 'Look, pretty much every other time you've tried to do this the results have been good, so they're probably going to be good this time too." --Joshua Block, Google's Chief Java Architect and author of 'Effective Java'. Man, if HE can feel that way, maybe I shouldn't feel so bad when I do as well.3 Dollars, 384 Quarters, 257 Dimes, 138 Nickels, 423 Pennies = $135.83 of Amazon goodness, from a not very big change jar.
Reading "Coders at Work" reminds me of how much I don't know in programming land. Need to get on that.
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2010/02/the-nonprogramming-programmer.html - though if I start feeling too bad about myself, I kind of console myself my how many people I've interviewed who Just Can't Code. Or, at least not during an interview! That link has a link to a neat tool to have a virtual shared textarea so you can run a coding exercise during a phone screen...
DD's Triple Chocolate Donut (cake,frosting,chips) is unambitious- should get cream filling w/ chocolate wafers for slamdunk quintuple...
One of the loveliest things about the web is how easy it is to research random trivia from our pasts. Lately (maybe because of someone making the reference to how it's always "spider-man" never "spider man" or "spiderman", or maybe because of rumors of a "gritty" reboot of the movie franchise - I don't think it needs to be gritty but I kind of wished they had avoided the Villain Potpourri in the last film) I was thinking about old Spider-Man covers.
It turns out Coverbrowser.com is an awfully good site for quickly browsing huge swaths of comic covers, though Sam Ruby's site was useful for pointing out which of the series were a bigger deal...
Anyway, I remember seeing a cutting from this used on, like, curtains or something at my cousin's house. I always thought it was funny to include such a scene of defeat, but I guess it's part of the whole Peter Parker thing.
This cover they used as a promo in other comics I was reading at the time (probably Transformers?)
Finally, this one was my screen wallpaper for sometime in the late 90s. It just seemed kind of cool...
Heh, Handre's video game "fan art" http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89035 vs. original box art for Atari ST's "Alien Syndrome" http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/atari-st-games#i7One difference between iPhone and Android: does a PDA/game non-phone version of the latter (like the iPod touch) sound appealing to many? And like I said, Android is kinda fragmented, but iPhone is likely to offer me a clean upgrade path for a long, long time.
"Because the problem with object-oriented languages is they've got all this implicit environment that they carry with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.
If you have referentially transparent code, if you have pure functions-- all the date comes in its input arguments and everything goes out and leaves no state behind-- it's incredibly reusable." --Joe Armstrong, inventor of ErlangI heard about a computer science department where in the tutor's office they had a stuffed animal and the rule was you had to explain your problem to the stuffed animal before you could bother the tutor. "OK, Mr. Bear, here is the thing I'm working on and here's my approach--aha! There it is." --Peter Seibel, interviewing Joe Armstrong in "Coders at Work"http://unrelatedcaptions.com/ - strangely compelling
Guess this requires Microsoft's Silverlight plugin... this was made in Small Basic, a cute little IDE/language not entirely dissimilar form my beloved Processing - a less powerful language but a much slicker IDE. (Ha, nice to see them port the old QBASIC classic Gorillas.)
It was cool that they threw in a Logo-ish turtle... but it's funny how this compares unfavorably to Atari LOGO, with its 4 turtles and collision events and all.
this page seems to be a decent starting point for Small Basic.