Archive for July, 2004

my doings and goings

So I subscribed to netflix. I was sick of waiting for my classic science fiction movies to make it to the top of Nate’s queue. Plus, I just bought a DVD burner.

I’ve been up way too late these last couple of weeks on a regular basis playing City of Heroes. I’ve become one of those totally despicable people whose lives revolve around a massively multiplayer game. I think some subconscious part of me wants to burn out so I can be done with it. But I’ve got to wait till after just about everybody I know becomes addicted first, then I can play with them for awhile, have the coolest and most creative characters, then go down in a blaze of glory that would make Bon Jovi jealous if only he knew what a level 10 natural defender with Atomic skillsets does. (Of course I’ll be way above level 10 by that time.)

My character (for those of you who haven’t slumped off already or are still reading out of a morbid pity) is a four-foot bald guy in a puffy pink jumpsuit with gray spots named the Atomic Pig. He has a curly pink tail, and kicks ass. He’s also got teleportation powers, so if you befriend him, you can ride his porkchop express. (I know, I know, I thought of the “pigs flying” thing after I’d already chosen my level 6 powerset so I guess that joke will never… um, fly.)

In non-geeked-out-superhero news, I helped this guy Mark and his significant other move into their new apartment about 10 blocks from me, and boy are my arms tired! (Seriously, I haven’t been this sore from manual labor in a long time, and this was really only a couple of hours of work. I’m such a wuss.)

more rhyme and grime later… I’m off to work.

thoughtless acts of reason

Seems like, when I don’t try and think of things to say, I have more to say without thinking.

progress made on a custom blogging application thus far: zero.

I have, however, had a friend of a friend tell me he’s interested in working with me on the project. More as that progresses.

postponing the presidential election

I really can’t believe that this is even being talked about. The whole idea is so crazy it makes me wonder if it wasn’t some democratic scheme to take more votes from Bush. I guess time will tell. I really liked the Lincoln quote at the bottom of the article:

“The election is a necessity,” Lincoln said. “We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us.”

DrBombay pointed out today that we’ve never lived in a true democracy, “it’s supposed to be a representative republic” he says. I didn’t take so well to history or political science, (one of my least favorite contradictions in terms), so I really wouldn’t know. I’ve always been pissed that it isn’t just one-person one vote, I don’t care where they live or how disproportionate the representation gets.

Laura is out of town, and has been posting pictures to her moblog. Some of them are really good, so I recommend you check them out.

Yesterday I was over at Mike Fish’s place playing City of Heroes for like 8 or 10 hours. I can’t decide whether it’s worth the $50 and then $15/month after that. The fact that I’m even debating it is pretty indicative of how fun the game has been so far.

Tonight I’m heading off shortly for Tai-Chi (which I haven’t been to in over a week, and then briefly to juggling after. I can’t decide if I should call up Mike after that and see if he’s up for some more slaying of villians. Ooh… or maybe he’d want to play some Go… Now there’s a thought… what if, in one of these Massively Multiplayer games, you could play other games, like Chess and Go, and maybe it would even give you some kind of skill that you couldn’t get otherwise, or enhance other skills that you already posess… hmm. There’s got to be something in that idea. I saw another ad for Puzzle Pirates today. I should give it another try and see if it’s gotten any better. I do so love puzzle games.

look for changes soon!

I know I keep saying this, but soon, very soon, I’ll be moving away from MT. I’m thinking now, (yes, I know complete 180) that I’ll probably end up running some kind of custom app. I want it to be somewhat like blosxom, but I don’t like a lot of things about blosxom. Basically, they (the developers?) are sacrificing usability for the sake of customizability. I personally don’t feel that’s a necessary sacrifice.

The irony is, of course, that I will spend far more time setting up (customizing) my own personal application than I would setting up pyblosxom (or whatever blosxom flavor I chose to taste). But if I’m going to invest that large a chunk of time, I’d rather have an intimate knowledge of the inner workings.

The other reason for my turnabout is that I’ve had a small epiphany about comment spam. Basically, that it’s never going to go away, and that using any “out of the box” web application (CMS) is just asking for people to spam you. Maybe not in the short term, but definitely in the long term. User submitted data is inherently volatile.

As a result of this, one idea that I had is that I might still have comments on this site, but that they would be “unmarried” from entries. So anyone could still comment anonymously, but their comments would only show up from the front page, not in the archives, and only for a limited time. I haven’t decided yet whether there would be “archives” for this new comment system.

Another (probably better) option would be to just limit the ability to comment to the entries that show up on the homepage. (like the last 7 to 10 or so.) I have found that the moment a post slides off the homepage, the chances of it being spam exponentially increase.

Whatever the case, I want to switch from MT. OK, I really want Ben and the gang to suddenly make MT opensource, but that’s probably not very likely.

You know, there really aren’t that many differences between the scenario I envisioned just now in that last paragraph and reality. I mean, SixApart could still charge for installations and support. Hell, I’ll bet they have requests left and right for development contracts. But no, they want to play the licensing game. The arguments for free software are many, and I won’t repeat them here, but I’m a firm believer that they’ve gone the wrong way. Copyright is in for some major changes in the next 10 to 20 years. In the mean time, SixApart want to just sit back and let the money roll in. But I’m not buying it. Literally.