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September 9th, 2009
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[User Picture]09:21 pm - MFM Con Report, Sat/Sun
Saturday:

Oh gods, the chaos! After posting my first third of my con report while waiting for my cell-phone to recharge in the internet lounge, I started scurrying around the con. That covered my morning from breakfast until around 9am, a bit after that found out the fursuit parade would start at 11am so I headed up, got everything together and clomped down to the appropriate place.

To whoever it was that brought a couple fans in while we waited to get organized: Thank you! The more I suit again, the more I realize how much modern (as in, in the last five years or so) improvements have things orders of magnitude more comfortable/tolerable. Anyways, stomped along with that, ended up marching in front of NeoPanTyger for a good chunk of it so I had some music to jam to. Moshing along through live became a bit of a theme for Lumi most of the con, actually. =^.^=

After the parade, I stole the chance to be short and lay down during the photo's, and I managed to get a pretty good pose for as randomly as I dove to the carpet. So yeah, on most of the photo's of the fursuit-parade-pile at the end, I'm the one in the lower-left sprawled out. Ran into SoLion in the headless lounge afterwards, just sucked in some cold air before de-suiting for a bit, as I needed to hit up the dealer's den, and wanted to stop by the gaming room on Saturday. After my brief trip through the dealer's den buying art Hung out at the gaming room on Saturday. Had a relatively fixed budget for spending on commissions, stuck to it neatly.

Picked up some art from Unclean on FA, who made a really positive-idea/ideal picture a'while back that I love but I didn't recognize it was them when I saw the nifty fluffy-avian art I picked up. The pictures don't appear to be on their FA, so I can't link to them sadly, but they're nifty! Also bought a commission from them, of WolfWings of course. =^.^=

After that and relaxing in the gaming room for a few hours out of, and in suit throughout the day, including learning I can finger-spin a staff fairly well in my paws, I heard some very nice beats... and went to investigate, as they were not coming from the main ballroom venue.

I'll admit, I've learned lately I'm rather particular, SL-03 I appreciate on a more technical and performance basis, but it's almost never music I can just get down and jam to. It's not even that I need high speed, the original Caramelldansen is perfectly good for me. They were playing music with a beat, stuff I knew the words to and had burned into my skull over the years, dancing in my car and walking around at work just humming it. Stuff I can jam to.

*scurry*run*partial*run*DANCE*

Then I found out it was a request-only format. So I tromped my ass out to my car in fursuit, grabbed my mini-CD-R's, scurried to my laptop in the LAN room, and dumped things like DJ Hixxy's remix of Set You Free chopped roughly to where I linked there, and Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson. At that point, I just lost myself into the beat, and apparently gave my newly-repaired feet a world-class stress-test, keeping up with 170bpm music at full tempo, crosslegging it in some wierd mish-mash of cross-leg tapdancing, tribal, and old-fashioned 'move your feet!' type dancing I'm prone to.

Another song or two of that, yes, I was wasted, but I just kept moshing along as best I could, right up until they had to finally shut down. It was packed in there. They're not kidding, small conference room that can seat maybe 40-50 if you truly sardine them in, had easilly 30 suiters dancing in there.

Sunday:

This day I knew would be abbreviated for me, as I was heading over to tisket_wolf's place since she couldn't make it to MFM this year due to work scheduling. One thing of note was I chatted with the gals that make these sock-based feet and found out A) they're affordable as all snot, B) just socks, and C) everyone else has been all, "Can I paypal you after the con/after my next paycheck/etc?" so she hadn't actually had anyone pay her for a set yet. Well... there goes the last of my commission money! *FWUMP* Traded basic contact info, mostly just pointed the pair of them at WolfWings.us

Hopefully they'll track me down? I'm patient, either way they seemed jazzed planning out how to do the feet. WolfWings feet, just something to romp around in at cons and what-not in lieu of Lumi's uber-feet, since obviously these held up really well since she was running around all con in them.

So... Closing Ceremonies. Big spooky announcement, rah, yeah, that's that. Was literally waiting for that, started packing, and driving... short drive (for me) later, I was at Tisket's place around 2am her time. Me, her, and her roomie chatted a bit, then all fwumped out, me stealing couch and shovin' Tisket back at her own bed she'd generously offered to give up for me to sleep on. She needed the proper rest far more, after the day at work she'd had on her last shift.0 commentsLeave a comment

September 5th, 2009
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[User Picture]09:23 am - Mid-MFM Con Report... Thurs/Friday.
No pictures, sadly, just now found new AA batteries for my camera so I can take pictures today (Saturday) while I run around like a loon.

Thursday:

Got here around 9am after stopping at Cracker Barrel, took a nap until around 2pm, walked around for a'while. Ended up pulling on Lumi as a partial to run around for a couple hours, test-driving my new feet. They worked awfully well, I could scurry and scamper pretty easilly with how solidly they seemed to be locked in place. The angle-cut I put on the soles to let them 'skip' over obstacles made a world of difference from the 'planed wood block' style sole they had before, any little lip and they'd snag and catch before. Now I could scurry fast enough up or down the spiral staircase I have to lean into the turn, and feel safe doing so.

Desuited, hung out a'while in the gaming room that day since little else was open, spotted Jace briefly.

Friday:

Mmm... many people complain about the breakfast the in-hotel restraunt serves, I find it utterly delicious. It's heavy without being dripping in grease, which is exactly what I need in the mornings.

After that, brushed out the suit, clambered in around 11:30 to get my fursuit badge for Lumi. Nearly ended up de-heading in public because I got caught in the hallway right outside of Reg while on my way to get a fursuit badge.

The problem was that I got caught in the crowd of people when they did "Last Call" rights for Furp over the con radios, about 2 feet from one of said con radios; I barely made it to the headless lounge and ended up having to yank one of the napkins out from under one of the water coolers as a handkerchief until the tears stopped.

My scurrying at high tilt to the headless lounge started to tear one of the shoes free in my feet apparently, as while I was walking up the spiral staircase suddenly I nearly faceplanted. Felt like I tripped, and took a'while to figure out... oh, my shoe pulled free. Okay... 'Eff that. Ended up tromping down to the dealers den and poking any and all folks that had any clue who might be able to repair the feet.

Lionel ended up converting Lumi's feet from shoes inside to sandals since neither of us could figure out any adhesive which had a lumikelluke's chance in hell of sticking to the gum-arabic soles of the Vans shoes they were made around without taking days to cure, and I was lucky enough to have brought three pairs of sandals (Wal-MArt had a sale, $3/pair for their $7 sandals I find comfy anyways) so... wacky-conversion later, the feet are about 200-300 grams in weight now.

Compared to my original feet, these are light as a feather. So... a remembrance for Furp and bit of chaos for me turned into a side-ways upgrade for Lumi's feet. They survived musical-chairs in the fursuit games including being wrestled about when I ran in and stole the last chair like a loon, and dancing for a'while as well and just running around for a few hours.

After that, ran around and got into the fursuit games, bumped in Kaiya at some point during this and finally had a chance to actually say 'hello' and chat for five or ten minutes, apparently she spotted my car and recognized the name on the license plate. Yay for having a distinctive and easily identifiable car? =^.^=

After suiting back up, thinking I had another 45 minutes before Isfacat's show, I went to rejoin the fursuit games since it looked like they were setting up beach-ball volleyball. Happened to walk down the stairs and through the elevator lobby area to there, and heard Isfa's voice... turned... ack! Show was already going on. So... ended up sitting through a chunk of his show in fullsuit, which was honestly a fun show for the part I caught. But sadly, poor air circulation meant I'd need to switch to partial-mode, so I scurried out to go do that, dressing up in my business-coat over the partial since the Meet-the-GoH was soon by then.

Ended up going to the GoH-meet in partial, gray sports-coat with a gryphon over one chest side, white slacks, beige RCFM shirt, worked pretty well honestly. Wasn't hot at all, was able to snag some bits of cheese on skewers through the head and relax and enjoy the company before I headed back and de-suited to give the head and hands and feet a chance to air out as well, came back to the Meet-the-GoH party with the same outfit but no fursuit bits, enjoyed the non-alcoholic punch then and actually talking.

Meandered around the hotel for several more hours, spotting people, Duncan is officlally the marathon-suiter of this year, and at some point I expect Duncan to float away with all the balloons they have tied on and around their fursuit. Giving Duncan a hug is half hug, half squeezing through the forest of balloons to get close enough to do so. =^.^=

Anyways... need to go grab breakfast now, and enjoy Saturday. Seeya later, folks!8 commentsLeave a comment

August 31st, 2009
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[User Picture]01:04 pm - 100 Truths!
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August 30th, 2009
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[User Picture]05:04 pm - Attention Furry Artists and Dealers! Question as a con-staff for a growing outdoor con:

This is an official query to any and all dealers as a staff member of an outdoor convention, Wild Nights, akin to Camp Feral or Oklacon. Especially if you've been to any of the above listed events in the past.

We're considering having an official dealers den and/or artist's alley, and wanted to know your thoughts as a dealer; I'm asking since I know quite a few dealers on my friends list. :-) Several of these may sound stupid, but they were asked by other staffers so I'm forwarding the questions, even though that I'm quite sure will have 100% a specific type of answer. Bear in mind this is in mid-to-late April in Oklahoma near Tulsa, weather is very temperate and mild historically, edging on the cooler side still.

  1. Would any of you want a dealers den/artist's alley at all at a primarilly outdoor con?
  2. Would it be acceptable to do this in a semi-permanent open-side tent?
  3. Would it be acceptable to do this in a permanent but still open-sided structure?
  4. Would it be acceptable to do this in a fully enclosed, but not climate-controlled building?
  5. Would you rather it be dedicated event space for the entire weekend, or a one-shot event of 2-3 hours, with around an hour or setup before-hand and after-wards?
  6. If it's a dedicated one-shot event:

  7. Would you mind if we had other events going on during the dealers den event? I.E. Pred/Prey, or something like that?
  8. Would you mind if we had other events going on during the setup OR teardown time, but not both?
  9. Would you mind if we had other events going on during BOTH setup AND teardown?
  10. Would you rather setup, or teardown butt up against a meal period? (Wild Nights includes fresh-cooked food for all meals.)
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August 26th, 2009
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[User Picture]12:36 pm - XM/Sirius, your days are numbered.
Just got Pandora working in my car, via a $15 adapter-cable (hoo-ee 2.5mm to 3.5mm stuff is hard to find!) from Best Buy.

It's like satellite radio, except I can say 'Fuck that!' and just skip a song, instead of having to change the whole station. And no ads, ever. =^.^=4 commentsLeave a comment
[User Picture]08:33 am - Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange...

I've been working on building an SSH client, focussing on only supporting SSH 2.0, and ignoring all unneeded features and backwards-compatability options so this will fundamentally be a Java ME MIDP 2.0/CIDP 1.1 SSH 2.0-only client; no port forwarding, no X11 forwarding, no strange keyboard or terminal mappings just multiple shells on Linux servers running recent distro's.

Anyways, I've gotten to the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange part, and I hunted for hours to find a good implementation of the math that didn't gobble up scads of memory and run way too slow for use in Java on my BlackBerry. It was a deep-recursive function, that buried itself as many layers deep as the numbers it was working with were wide.

But... there was a saving grace here, I unwound the function-calls, and verified that it was actually a linear test. It just had to start at the MSB of one operand, and run down the line to the LSB performing a core loop with one optional branch. Huzzah, bit-wise operands can convert this to a loop!

Well... I built and tested the recursive function against this new version, woo, it worked. Then I realized this may be a bit of code that others would find useful. So... posting it here for now in case anyone else needs/wants it. It's fully C99-compliant, and I'll update this post when I make a Java version, since the built-in function for this isn't available in Java ME as far as I can find.

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August 20th, 2009
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[User Picture]01:52 pm - So THAT'S why my feet failed...
...note to self. When replacing feet-soles and one person strips while another re-glues, make sure to tell the first one how much and where the original adhesive was if you were happy with how everything held up, or even if not.

Switching from an entirely clown-shoe-long Vans shoe covered in something milky-clear and then stuck down onto exercise mat tends to result in a much more durable link than a big dollop near the ball and another big dollop near the heel. Especially with the feet themselves are big floofy ones with big hunks of foam underneath that stick way out over the clown-shoe in the first place so they have gobs of leverage. *laughs*

Anyways... let's see if the silicon-based Liquid Nails type 207 sticks between the shoe sole and exercise mat, Vans have remarkable chemical-resistant soles on them. Low and medium-temp and even high-temp hot glue just rolls off them like water on a duck's back, hoping this does the trick. If it doesn't, well... at least I have a nice pair of Vans. *snickers*

At least that's sorted now, once I let the stuff cure for the day and test tonight. On a different note... finally saw Terminator Salvation in theatres (yay, $2 theatres!) and I was honestly fairly pleased. It wasn't (and nothing will likely ever be) T1 or T2 quality, but it was a good popcorn muncher.4 commentsLeave a comment

August 15th, 2009
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[User Picture]01:53 pm - District 9... =O.o=
Seriously... I can't think of any better way to describe it.

Just... whoa. Star Trek and Dark Knight just got their asses handed to them in so many ways... I just... yowza. This was what Peter Jackson was working on, and it conclusively proves the Tolkien Trilogy was no fluke, and this wasn't even in the same genre as that. Yes, I'm gibbering a bit. Just... whoa.

Go. See it! If it can pack 30 butts into an 11am showing at a no-name local theatre I only found due to Google, that's in a dead strip mall and not doing well generally, seriously, go. Half a dozen of those butts were seniors for crisakes, though two of them left after the first action scene because it was rather graphic about gunfire injuries. Not in-your-face, but it didn't hold back. It earned it's rating, but nothing was gratuitous I felt.1 commentLeave a comment

August 11th, 2009
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[User Picture]03:00 pm - Well that'll teach me to implement the spec instead of building test-cases first...
Okay, I have a BlackBerry. 320x240 screen, works pretty good for SSH and all that with an LCD-aware bitmap 4x7 font. MidpSSH, works on any phone that can run Java, blah, blah. Problem with that? It's designed to work on any phone from my last 96x64 screen Nokia up to 640x480 smartphones. So it's universal, which means it doesn't take advantage of any newer abilities really.

So I'm stuck paging through menus, and can't use the trackball like arrow keys, or the volume buttons like page up/down like I'd immediately think I should. And whenever I connect somewhere, I have to actively go into a menu and pick 'type' before I can start actually typing commands, despite having a full QWERTY keyboard on my phone.

And... well, it's emulating a vt320 terminal, rather extensively in fact, so it's slow from all the useless cruft it's trying to emulate that... well, I can't even find anything to test the vt320 capabilities. I just want a cell-phone OpenSSH client, in effect. Thankfully, it's open source. Unfortunately, it's Java. I think I've gotten the BlackBerry SDK working, just trying to import the MidpSSH project from the source-files on the developer's website.

But... that ends up in a detour. The largest problem with the vt320 emulation is that it's this truly massive hodge-podge of vector and text abilities, and this poor Java applet is trying it's best to emulate all this crap. So... I start from scratch, making steps from the get-go to minimize memory read/writes, and pull up the ANSI escape code spec-sheet. Huh... this isn't too complicated, implement most of it... have to deal with various issues since I implemented the screen as a rotating ring-buffer of lines, nothing very complicated here.

Then I start testing it against the output of various Linux applications. Nano, lynx, links, they all work near as I can tell. As do various ANSI animations, aside from the color-system not being implemented yet. So then I start building test-cases for the color-codes, to vet them against my intended target: The Linux console. One typo later in a test-case, and I end up on a side-road finding out something: The Linux console doesn't implement most of the ANSI escape codes dealing with scrolling, only screen-clearing.

Suddenly the code that was the most complicated to even get working in my implementation just goes out the window. *laughs* But, scrolling the screen one line at a time now only takes one increment, one compare, one possible subtract, one multiple, and two writes. So... I'll live. Now to wire that test code up to the MidpSSH...2 commentsLeave a comment

August 6th, 2009
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[User Picture]07:37 pm - Snake Back The Web!


By Miles-DF. Just passing along the CafePress link since I think it's awesome and want to see folks with this on a shirt. =^.^=6 commentsLeave a comment

July 30th, 2009
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[User Picture]10:56 pm - Take Back The Beep!
This is something I can definitely get on board with. Stop with the stupid 'If you want to X... press... 1... If you want to Y... press... 2... Se Hable Espanol... press... numero LQDGFEWQRQE!@#!@' crap, cell-phone companies.

Play my recording, beep, record what's said. Nothing more, that's all I want you to do. Don't add preface noises, don't read extra crap off, your job is to say only what I tell you to, and beep, like any other good answering machine. And if I'm calling for my voicemail? Start playing it.

Though the last bit... may go away. Need to start pushing more folks to my Google Voice account number, the voice-mail there is so much more convenient. =-.-=2 commentsLeave a comment

July 29th, 2009
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[User Picture]09:07 pm - Don't know if I'll get this by MFM or not...

...but I'd love to if I can. If nothing else, posting this to back-reference later for running down the list of links.

Total price for the entire set of kit will be about $350 including shipping and all that jazz... would dearly love it for the drive down just to have my laptop right where I can use it, will have to see how my paycheck on the 7th of August looks. And yes, I have about $75 there of optional gee-haw's, though the majority I think anyone that's ridden with me on a mountain road will understand why I added them since there's a nice set of twisties on the way to/from MFM. =^.^=

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July 21st, 2009
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[User Picture]06:55 pm - Oh... and speaking of fursuit stuff...
...the first monthly Fursuiting gather at Zona Rosa went off excellently!

Picture Gallery

Still need to finish tagging up the sevreal hundred images in there... merf.5 commentsLeave a comment

July 20th, 2009
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[User Picture]10:16 am - Finally named the husky fursuit...
Lumikelluke. Don't know where the name popped into my head from, but it's Estonian for snowdrop, which is fitting and cute at least. =^.^=

And for those trying to pronounce it, Lu-mi-ke-lu-ke is how I break it down.10 commentsLeave a comment

July 16th, 2009
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[User Picture]05:59 pm - Holy fuck... someone's making a modern AMC Eagle SX/4!
Local Motor's is calling it the Rally Fighter!

Seriously, compare:





It even has approximately the specs I was aiming for with the AMC Eagle build I'd been working on... 3.0l Straight-6 diesel! *purrpurrpurr*5 commentsLeave a comment

July 13th, 2009
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[User Picture]02:38 pm - And my bank-account is officially going "OwOwOwOw!" now...
...so... productive day so far.

Stopped back by Zona Rosa, near-final re-confirm of everything, we're still golden. Asked due to the number of folks showing up (3 groups of 4 at least when you include handlers) if we could use a bathroom or something inside to change, they actually said (tentatively) yes, though I need to go back tommorow to get the final say-so just to be sure. (Need a day to confirm, etc, etc, blah, blah.)

But... got that taken care of.

rosequoll, DTD is en route via USPS International Priority Mail, should get there in about a week! E-mail later tonight with WU info.

batnwolf, your BlackBerry 8820 is en route, should be there in a day or two!

And... payed for something to help with the fursuiting stuff, four white mesh baseball caps with a super-bright-red panel on the front that I'm getting embroidered with "HANDLER" in black block print right now, so it'll be easy for security or paramedics or LEO or anyone else to immediately know who to approach if they have questions, to handle whatever suiters want to stay silent as much as possible.

Next... shopping run later tonight to go pick up a flat of bottled water, a crate of sacrificial giant-sized pixie sticks to use as straws, and a six-pack of bottled water with a bright-coloured lid to put the rehydration fluid (Pedialyte/Gatorade blend) in, since it's meant for emergency usage just in case. Yes, I'm hoping all of this money being spent in preperation goes to complete waste. If it does, then things went well. But I'm very much a belt-and-suspenders-and-sleeves kind of guy.

I'm figuring about 20-24oz (1x20oz or 2z12oz, whatever's more convenient to carry for each handler) of water per fursuiter, plus one extra set, plus one set of the emergency-stuff. So yeah, handlers have a bit to carry, but it shouldn't be too bad overall. =^.^=3 commentsLeave a comment

July 7th, 2009
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[User Picture]02:56 pm - Woot... Google Voice Get! *ding*
Heads up, if you signed up to request a number back when it was still Grand Central, check your e-mail box! I did, and just got my phone number offer.

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July 3rd, 2009
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[User Picture]03:55 am - Fursuiting at Zona Rosa in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on July 18th! Who's going?
So who's going? I'm planning the event as an all-day thing. Bottles of water and WHO-recipe rehydration fluid will be on hand and plentiful with straws, transportation to/from a staging area will be arranged. Space to change on-site is being looked into and discussed with Zona Rosa staff next week once I have a near-final headcount of suiters and handlers. Thus, this post to get that headcount! Pass the word around too!

pistolpup has offered to host a bit of a cookout/BBQ at their place that evening and help provide crash space for out-of-towners so folks can drive home on Sunday.

Rough schedule:

Here's to hoping this becomes a regular thing! =^.^=

EDIT: Staging area confirmed thanks to happy coincidence. And it's nearby! Map from staging area to parking garage at Zona Rosa.12 commentsLeave a comment

June 30th, 2009
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[User Picture]03:01 pm - This is officially the month of upgrades for me...
...upgrading from living in a crummy (albeit spacious now that I'm the last one here) apartment.
...upgrading my laptop to 8GB of RAM.
...upgrading my phone to a BlackBerry 8820.
...upgrading to owning two fursuits, one still in the 'finishing concept art' stage but both mostly payed for.
...upgraded the local furry community to have a very successful brunch event I hope to keep monthly or better.
...getting the local fursuiting community together for more regular events I also hope to keep monthly+

A lot of it was just really good timing, I'll admit, like some fursuiters about to move out of the area in a couple months and some that just moved IN this month will make the first 'semi-official' fursuiting event fairly large (9-12 suiters + 4-6 handlers confirmed so far), and the brunch was just dumb luck of me knowing about a restraunt that specialized in delivery, but that has a good amount of table-seating inside that sits mostly unused. NewEgg had a sale on the RAM. Upgrade cycle came up on the phone plans. Etc. Even the second fursuit was based on lucky timing heavilly, but I'm not complaining in the slightest.

I just hope the next three months are half as good as this month's been, leading up to MFM. =^.^=2 commentsLeave a comment

June 26th, 2009
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[User Picture]11:43 am - And wow... 8GB is an odd upgrade for memory on a laptop.
It's... less that software can run faster that I've seen, and more that suddenly... the hard drive just Stays Off even when I'm intensively gaming. Played TF2 for 2 hours, the hard drive never spun up until I exited the game and loaded Chrome which can easilly top a gig of RAM usage in very short order. That's... kinda freaky, but also shows an SSD isn't that needed just yet for laptops, at least for those that can just shove so much RAM at a problem as to make it go away. In this case... MONDO disk cache and keeping all your gaming settings stored on an on-line server instead of on the local machine, which the Steam Cloud allows for.

So... yeah, TF2 at 960x600 w/ 16:4x MSAA for more than 2 hours on battery without any power alerts or anything is kinda nice. Left 4 Dead I can cheat: Cat all the resource files before I load the game, level loads are FAST. =O.o= Like... CPU-limited fast on single-player mode.

Now to go tinker with VMWare more... can finally start working on building out a good set of front/back-end VM's w/ HA support from the load balancer back and including MemCacheD support across the board as well for a side-project I want to work on.0 commentsLeave a comment

June 21st, 2009
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[User Picture]07:38 am - Yay... amazing what two minutes with a butter knife and some packing tape can do...
Let me fix a little box-fan for one, the C-clip holding the fan-blade tight against the motor's drive-shaft had worn loose, letting the fan-blade mount polish the drive-shaft to a mirror shine. So... no grip, no fan-blade-spin, no air.

About 90 seconds ravaging that mirror finish with a butter knife, two inches of double-sided packing tape wrapped around it, and wedging the fan-blade assembly back on... I have a working fan again. Quietly drying out my fursuit head, I couldn't resist romping around my apartment for 5-10 minutes just because, one of those, "Pinch me so I believe it's real!" type of things... I really did buy a fursuit just to have something to suit in for the next couple of dozen months until my own gets made. =^.^=

And squee... makes me even more excited about adjusting it to really fit me well. Need to do a couple minute things, re-glue down the flaps of fabric holding the digitigrade padding in place, that's honestly about it. And shorter the legs up by hemming them internally, no major issue there either.

Anyways... gonna go zonk out soon. So... g'night, everyone!5 commentsLeave a comment

June 18th, 2009
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[User Picture]10:02 pm - If anyone out there can't connect to Yahoo Instant Messenger:
Yahoo is upgrading their login servers piecemeal to force use of a Captcha to log in on their web-interface, and changing their IM login protocol entirely at the same time. The new protocol is already understood, but nothing out there currently supports it except Yahoo's official client still.

This page explains the situation in a bit more detail, though the list of IP's seems out of date. Only the very last one at the end worked for me.

Oh... and on a side-note, I need name suggestions! The husky I was romping around RCFM as is officially becoming mine, but the poor fellow lacks a name! It can't be WolfWings, since that's being made already and is distinctly NOT a husky... so... name suggestions? I suck at naming things. =-.-=7 commentsLeave a comment

June 17th, 2009
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[User Picture]10:56 pm - Patch Together seems kinda awesome...
...and I want this toy design to get made so I can buy one!


Adorable blue bunny bunyip by
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June 14th, 2009
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[User Picture]09:22 pm - Man... so close, but the glue gun doesn't get hot enough. =-.-=
Had to re-sole the feet I was using after the last run, they got thrashed soles after Wild Nights, and at RCFM one nearly failed and I had to band-aid it with hot glue. Stomping around Zona Rosa blew the other one out, and both heels detached... yeah, time for new soles on those feet.

So, MUCH pulling and grumbling later, Pistol got the foam-rubber exercise-mat soles out, and I peeled all off the glue from the sole of the mind-condition Vans inside. Cut out new soles... stick the first one in, glueglueglue... wait, why is the shoe flopping around still?

Yup... low-temp glue and high-temp soles = no stick. So... off to pick up some high-temp glue and a high-temp glue gun tommorow, we'll sort things out then. =^.^=

But yeah, definately looking into getting a pair of Vans now after wearing the maround and marvelling at how comfy they are. =O.o=6 commentsLeave a comment
[User Picture]12:40 pm - Fursuiting at Zona Rosa on July 18th!

Set up a Google Calendar Event for the next fursuiting excursion. By default will send an e-mail reminder 1 day, and 8 hours prior to the event, feel free to add yourself or invite others to it:


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June 12th, 2009
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[User Picture]09:31 pm - Okay... found one place that's AWESOME for suiting!
As long as they're made aware you are NOT promoting anything, and are just there to show off your costumes and have fun, Zona Rosa open-air mall is perfectly alright with groups of suiters + handlers wandering around and taking pictures for a couple hours at a stretch.

I'm going to approach them and some stores that reacted positively about setting up a spot to change in/out and keep an ice-chest in over the next month, I think Abercrombie might say yes, of all things. =^.^=

Pictures to come later, just had to get up briefly to hit the can, then more sleep... then work. Zzz...1 commentLeave a comment

June 10th, 2009
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[User Picture]11:12 pm - So yeah... I'm heading over to Zona Rosa tommorow morning-ish.
Borrowed pistolpup's suit again, or at least parts of it. Going partial-suiting at Zona Rosa (outdoor mall), walk around a'while until I'm too hot/tired to keep going, then head home. Partialing first to feel out the place for fullsuiting later, see how some of the stores react, and also since I lack a proper spotter I'd rather have something I can don/doff inside my car or a bathroom instead of needing a full changing room, Just In Case.

Does anyone local out there want to tag along? I'd still only partial, but it'd be more fun as a group excursion and to have someone else to take photo's/video's. I even have the camera you can use! =^.^=

Anyways... laundry now, then bed before I head out.3 commentsLeave a comment

June 8th, 2009
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[User Picture]04:18 pm - Today, I actually had to rush to drive somewhere.
Those that know me, know what that means. I had to rush documents to the middle of BFE with physical signatures on them, because the asset-management company won't take electronic anything for offers for property.

So... yeah, they have a custom offer package for the exact amount we offered on the loan-approval certification, forms signed in triplicate, etc, etc. I even sealed and edge-matched the envelope off-canter and pinned it shut, and got a delivery-reciept dressed up more as a courier than myself... THEN revealed I was the actual one making the offer as I scurried out the door.

So, yeah. Poke a gryphon and try to say they didn't do things the way you want them? *applies letter of requirements like a blunt instrument to spirit of requirements*

I was nice, and polite, I just planned the delivery to leave their head spinning a little. =^.^=

Now... Zzz... *THUD*2 commentsLeave a comment

June 6th, 2009
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[User Picture]08:53 am - Okay... THIS is the type of news I like to wake up to in my e-mail box...
WolfWings, changes have occurred in your automated realty searches.Collapse )

Um... I'm a ninja? =^.^=



Now... off to furry breakfast!

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June 3rd, 2009
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[User Picture]03:36 pm - Well... Plants vs Zombies is certainly pretty.
But I've realized why I love Defense Grid so much more. You can experiment as you go, it's not "OMG, I made a mistake at 2 hours and 58 minutes in a 3-hour level, I have to slog through the whole thing AGAIN!" but much more like Prince of Persia: Sands of Time: No, wait, that's not how it goes. *back up, try again*

Still challenging, but lets you focus on the challenging parts, not the long slog TO the challenging parts.

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[User Picture]01:01 pm - Anyone have any plans this weekend?
This gryph is BORED.

I want an excuse to get out of the house. Anyone out there in the Kansas City area (or maybe 200 miles radius of there) want some company? Or want to meet up and just hang out or something?

I'm serious here. I just want to get out of the apartment if I can this weekend, and do instead of sit and think. Anyone need their brake pads replaced? Gutters cleaned? Some non-tedius physical task would be great. I'd say let's go suiting... but then I keep remembering, wait, no suit of my own yet. *laughs* Happy to be a handler if someone wants to go suiting out in public or something.

Hrm... there's always the Macy's mall, that place is so many leap-years beyond dead seems ideal for something to go on there... *ponderponder*

Yeah... lazy-bird had the lazy trimmed off of him, wants to be active-bird now between the experiences at RCFM and it turning into summer finally. =^.^=12 commentsLeave a comment

June 2nd, 2009
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[User Picture]04:41 pm - OMG... I may own a house soon.
First visit to the place was... well, kinda awesome. It's a 3-bedroom, 1-bath that was doubled in size by adding a very large 'front room' with another bedroom and bathroom using super-modern materials. Looks like they retrofit the whole place with new electrical, all the systems look very good.

Even has a 2-car garage with a big load of shelving inside, set up to still use for parking but store stuff too. It's... kinda awesome.

But, it's UGLY as sin on the outside to most folks. Commercial metal-structure on the new portion, old-school (we're talking 50+ year old-school) siding-over-wood-over-frame, with what looks like someone lopped a metal-panel diner from the 50's into pieces and turned it into walls for the other side. All the panels are new manufacture, but it's that type of 'rigid 3x3ft square panel' design with pre-fab limitations on sizes, windows and attic vents on that side are all that style... even the roof on that section is metal shingle. =O.o=

They even closed off the original 'entrance nook' into a closet on the old 'living room' which I might open back up. Would make it TRIVIAL to rent the other 3 bedrooms out, they'd have their own bathroom even. And the water heater and HVAC system is by that bathroom, very hard to describe but incredibly easy to perform maintenance on those components there.

Very much an 'unsellable because it's so kooky' type of place... I'm gonna drag some friends by later this week to look it over, pics to be posted later... I'll probably offer $68-70k, see if the asset-holding company nibbles. And the best part? It's outside of the 'metro' of Kansas City, so it qualifies for USDA loans which are INSANELY good, even compared to the fixed 5% loan w/ 5% down I qualify for in the first place. But it's still less than a 10-minute drive to/from the airport.

Hrm... pilot flop-house for the secondary bedrooms, maybe? *ponderponderponder*11 commentsLeave a comment

May 30th, 2009
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[User Picture]01:20 am - *fretfretfret*
Gotta head in to work soonish... finally coming down off the con-high I've been riding for the last... gah, damn near half a week now. It's hard to have PCD when you're still floating, but it was definately there.

And now trying to decide... $1k to get into suiting Right Now or not... mostly at a toss-up because I'm not sure if I want something on the cute-side like Beef Jerky or not.

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May 28th, 2009
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[User Picture]03:44 am - So... now for a proper RCFM con report.
Edit: Pictures!

I have to say this first. Before RCFM this year, much like Corsi Mouse, I've never had any form of Post-Con Depression. I go back from a con feeling good, purified from focused effort without having to concentrate on maintaining a societal mask of propriety.

I was, for the first time in my life truly able to understand the term tears of joy.Collapse )

And now... ...the actual con-report itself.Collapse )

So... yeah, depending on how FC goes this year at it's new hotel, I may be focusing on RCFM more myself now. *laughs* At the very least... suiting! Yay! OmNomNom! Must do that more, and soon! And thank you so much, pistolpup, it really made RCFM an utter blast instead of me likely just sitting in the LAN room all con if I hadn't had that suit along!

I can honestly say I haven't felt this energized in months. Yes, I'm exhausted, but I'm... full of strength I didn't have before this con. Even at work I've noticed it, I'm more assertive now, more comfortable in my own skin, after getting a chance to really unwind in another skin... the ritual of switching skins like that really let me unburden myself in a way I don't think I have since the last time I could fullsuit.25 commentsLeave a comment

May 25th, 2009
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[User Picture]07:23 pm - Back from RCFM...

...will fill in FAR more details later.

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[User Picture]08:49 pm - Okay... City of X? You're being a pain in the ass now.
Previously, I had all the visual bells and whistles working just fine under CoX. Suddenly... that broke. Looked into it... they appear to have re-worked their video-card abilities detection routine, and this time it's far more dependant on a lot of registry results instead of just OpenGL capabilities strings.

Side effect? It breaks under all forms of Linux WINE out there. So you're stuck using the low-quality graphics framework that disables most features, if not the 'emergency fallback' framework that disables ALL features in the game.

Still appears to work flawlessly under Cider, the commercial closes-source WINE-based suite though. It appears they added some secret sauce that's been pre-coded into Cider but specifically breaks all the documented work-arounds for Linux. In fact, ALL of those workarounds now force you to the 'emergency fallback' graphics framework, while resetting all video-card options in WINE at least returns you to the low-quality framework. So... yeah, malicious coding at it's finest, it appears.0 commentsLeave a comment

May 9th, 2009
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[User Picture]02:16 pm - Well said!
Star Trek. Go see it. The director has balls big as planets.
- drewkitty
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[User Picture]12:40 pm - Okay... the SixAxis/DS3 is a lot more sane now...
...but I need a little help, I just can't find any good way to pre-process the accelerometer/gyroscope data from the thing. qdot, you have any math in your back pocket somewhere? Specifics:

10-bit X/Y/Z accelerometer, data returned unsigned. 4G range, centered on 512. Lowest 2-3 bits flicker madly at rest on a table.

10-bit gyroscope, no idea if that's the right term but it's what everything calls it. Indicates how much rotational velocity the controller has around the axis that goes straight up through the face of the controller if it's set down on a table. Unknown exact velocity mapping, approximately 180 degrees rotation in 0.9-1.1 seconds just barely pegs the meter. Clockwise is lower, counterclockwise is higher.

I'd like to return full six axis results, if it's possible from these values? If a reduced set of values is the best we can do, that's fine too. Right now I have the HID Descriptor coded for -128 to +127, if someone thinks raising the range is useful, I can and will.

Since the Linux-USB list ignored my e-mail asking if it was the appropriate place for HID discussion and if there was anything I should know to make this patch more likely to get accepted (likely due to my name not looking real enough, I'd imagine) I'll just drop a patch on them, see what they say then. But I'd like the patch to be damn high quality, so I don't want to screw up the accelerometer handling if I can avoid it. :-)5 commentsLeave a comment

May 4th, 2009
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[User Picture]02:38 am - Friggin' Sony... okay, screw trying to play nice. *CHAINSAW*
I've officially had it with how wonky the SixAxis is. It's returning multi-byte values in big-endian format it looks like, no wonder they didn't reveal the accelerometer data over the USB interface... they can't, since USB specifies little-endian data order. (Basically, all numbers are byte-swapped. 1 becomes 256, 256 becomes 1, 257 stays the same, etc.)

Previously, I was trying to 'play nice' and just modify Sony's HID Report Descriptor and continue using the existing parsing infrastructure in the HID stack, as all the other devices in the kernel currently do. At this point, screw that, I'm re-writing the HID Report Descriptor to something ultra compact and very sane to read instead of the 148-byte monolith of standards-breakage it is now, and just use the HID Report pre-filter hook to re-write the raw bytestream.

Now... to decide on an axis-ordering... comments, anyone? I'm trying to decide if I should just shove things in like this or not since from what I've seen the R3 stick is the least-used outside of L3+R3 specific games, so this layout would make it easiest to use the PS3 controller as a 'generic gamepad' in most games:

+ pad becomes X/Y
L3 stick becomes Rx/Ry
R3 stick becomes Z/Rz

In effect I'm trying to match up the results to the stereotypical Gravis USB Gamepad layout as far as possible.

And oddly, while the Linux Input stack supports buttons that return analog values ...well, many games don't like those because they're highly unexpected. =^.^= Makes for 'sticky button' symptoms, as many games just check 'are you 0?' for is a button pressed or not, and a button can 'last report' a 1 or 2 instead of a 0. I'll crowbar the values to 0 when the 'button' sensor says 0, as it's a proper way to reveal the functionality and will work for all instances as far as I can tell.

And I have to say, all this HID-hacking really gives me a lot more respect for the robust control-binding interface the MAME developers built. I used to wonder why they supported such complexity, now I'm realizing it's actually very capable, since it can support far more advanced control interfaces easilly than the typical '16 switch' gamepads most of us grew up with.2 commentsLeave a comment

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[User Picture]02:25 pm - Well... the HID protocol is actually kinda nice.
Was able to make a small modification to the existing Sony-Quirks HID driver for Linux to replace the stock HID Report Descriptor (basically, the device describing it's own protocol format) with one that works a lot better for actual use. All the buttons that can, only report as analog now, the 5 digital-only buttons report in correctly as digital-only buttons, AND the accelerometer data is available though I have to tweak the HID Report Descriptor a bit more to make it work best still.

Next, tweak the cross-pad to show up as a single pair of axes instead of four, so it's more usable as a left/right and up/down input. Then just need to add some tunables to switch some inputs back to pure-digital, and look into some code to process the accelerometer and MEMS gyroscope into simpler translation/rotation inputs in the actual input driver itself.

Last will be getting rumble and LED-control working, but I'm already looking at having to actually retrofit the kernel HID drivers to support out-right replacement of the HID Report Descriptor instead of simple in-place modification. I'm not sure if that invasive of a change will fly or not...

Oh, and a quick link for anyone else curious about the actual HID protocol: The USB Implementers Forum's HID Development Page has a link to their HID Descriptor Tool, and above that links to all the various HID documents. HID's very easy to tinker with, I'm finding out.4 commentsLeave a comment

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[User Picture]11:22 am - Well it's not perfect... but it works at least.
Not of THAT much use except perhaps to illustrate a simple PThread system with rudimentary triple-buffering, since I'll be rolling this information into some work I'm doing modifying the existing 'Sony Quirks' HID Driver for the Linux kernel to use a similair reporting metric instead of the '28 axis and 19 buttons, many of which either duplicate information or are ALWAYS zero' morass the stock controller returns.

Mind you, many games don't like applying an analog button to a digital action, but I find that to be their problem, not mine. Now to figure out how to report these axes mappings using the HID spec...

Last note, this is also an attempt at trying to apply both Literate Programming and the Linux Kernel Specs (which are remarkably similair to my own, and I understand the reasons for the differences and think they're better so I'll adopt them) so if anyone wants to glance over the code, feel free. The 'test.c' file was quite a bit more slapdash than the rest that I actually tried to polish up as much as I could, and the Makefile is so short and simple as to be ignorable.

PThreaded SixAxis HIDRAW interface kit0 commentsLeave a comment

April 27th, 2009
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[User Picture]09:50 pm - Finally found a decent game-controller for laptop use.

Amusingly, it's one of the Dual Shock 3's for a PS3, running cabled over USB for now until I find time to sort out why the Bluez stack is so braindumb when it comes to HID devices since 3.x. I understand making something depreciated, but when it's the version people still prefer to use because it Just Works I don't frankly care how much nicer the newer codebase is, if it still doesn't work for many things the older codebase did.



Upside? Learning how to add a patch to an ebuild via overlays on Gentoo at least.



Tinkering with the actual device, I'm running into another oddity... the HID reports the device is sending back have all the information in them such as the accelerometer and gyroscope measurements, but ARGH the main input-device results are almost unusable they're so cluttered, having an axis AND a button-event for the majority of the inputs on the device. =-.-=



Is it wrong that I've written (in the last 60 minutes) a POSIX-threaded triple-buffered and fully asynchronous framework for dealing with the HIDRAW values for this device? I'm not sure if it's just a coding-toy for myself, or if I want to look into actually making this into an actual userspace joystick driver to better support the PS3 controllers akin to the XBoxDrv system. I'm leaning more towards the latter, and I'm wondering if I should expose the accelerometers in their naked XYZR, or pre-process into something like yaw, pitch, and roll.



Though I am happy that the core monitoring routine for the device is just a poll() call, minimal 'did we get a full report?' test, and a decode followed by a lock/update/unlock. The actual mutex-locked update is only 'copy two pointers' so it's vert fine-grained, and the client-side update routine is also the lock/update/unlock sequence. The naked decode routine can be used if needed, as well.

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March 27th, 2009
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[User Picture]11:35 pm - Thoughts on hex-grid movement...

...since I'm working on retrofitting a vector-based movement system to an old FASA game (Interceptor) I've realized a few traits I didn't realize before until I tested them via brute-force to verify things to myself.

When you sum things up in a vector-movement system as applied to a hex grid, there's two basic mergers that let you quickly simplify things down to a single pair of vectors that will always be on neighboring sides of the movement hex. I.E. A single fixed line on a 360-degree circle, common sense but neat on how things simplify down.

First, a hex grid to work with:

    __
 __/#W\__
/#A\__/#E\
\__/  \__/
/#Z\__/#D\
\__/#X\__/
   \__/

Yes, I'm being a bit lazy on the labelling, deal. Long story short:

Yes, it's minor, but I felt like sharing. Oh, and interceptor critical-hit sheets if you want good-quality scans, and the live WIP for the by-hand re-building I'm making of the sheets into pure PostScript to be made into PDF's eventually.

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[User Picture]07:38 am - The only funeral I've ever been to was one I had no business at...
...but all the funerals I belong to, I've been unable to reach.

My grandfather.
My best friend.
One of my guiding lights.

And yet, this time... as I sat at my house watching my world encased in undrivably-bad late-season snow that never got plowed, realizing I couldn't make it to yet another funeral that was truly important in my life... I was at peace. A band I'd never heard before trickled the only song I know of that could compete with Believe by Savatage for a song of pure, sorrowful redemption...

Thank you, VNV Nation. Beloved... Believe... I have so many ideas flowing in my heart and soul every time I listen to either of these songs.

And no, I don't know why I'm posting this... just... overly thoughtful tonight.0 commentsLeave a comment

February 28th, 2009
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[User Picture]06:29 am - Notes for my own benefit mostly...
...possible AMC Eagle w/ Jeep 4.0l build details. Since I can't make it to Furp's funeral, I'll tinker with this stuff instead.Collapse )0 commentsLeave a comment

February 19th, 2009
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[User Picture]08:57 pm - I... still have a hard time believing he's gone.
Farewell, Furp. I've known you almost as long as I've been in the fandom, off-and-on as is my way in life... you always were there when others needed you, including me. And you were, in many ways, why I tried so hard to find those that didn't like me, to try to find out why so I could hopefully change myself for the better.

0:00 - Victory, Not Vengeance Nation - Beloved (6.8MB MP3)
1:09	It's colder than before...
1:13	The seasons took all they had come for...
1:18	Now Winter dances here.
1:21	It seems so fitting, don't you think?
1:24	To dress the ground in white... and gray.
1:30
1:35	It's so quiet, I can hear...
1:40	My thoughts touching every second, that I spent...
1:45	Waiting for you...
1:50	Circumstances afford me, no second chance to tell you...
1:55	How much I've missed you.
1:57
2:02	My Beloved, do you know?
2:05	When the warm wind comes again,
2:09	Another year will start to pass.
2:12
2:16	And please don't ask me why I'm here...
2:20	Something deeper brought me, than a need to remember.
2:25
2:29	We were once young and blessed with wings.
2:34	No heights could keep us from their reach.
2:37	No sacred place we did not soar...
2:40
2:43	Still great things burned within us!
2:47	I don't regret the choices that I made.
2:50	I know you feel the same...
2:53
2:57	My Beloved, do you know?
3:00	How many times I stared at clouds;
3:04	Thinking that I saw you there...
3:07
3:10	These are feelings that do not pass so easilly.
3:16	I can't forget, what we claimed as ours...
3:20
3:54	Moments lost and time remains!
3:57	I am still proud of what we were!
4:01	No pain remains, no feeling...
4:05	Eternity awaits!
4:07	Grant me wings that I might fly,
4:11	My restless soul is longing...
4:15	No pain remains, no feeling...
4:18	Eternity awaits!


I'm sorry, I just couldn't transcribe any more of the lyrics at this point... Enjoy the song though, I hope.10 commentsLeave a comment

February 18th, 2009
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[User Picture]05:20 pm - Also... VPNs are officially a pain in the ass under 64-bit.
After trying in vain for a couple months to get the VPN to work's Cisco 5500 working under Gentoo, I had a reason to nuke-and-pave my install. So I decided to try Ubuntu since I'd heard it 'just works' there. That part was, mercifully at least, true. And yes, installing packages in seconds instead of minutes was nice to be able to just dump thirty packages.

But I've had to manually tweak and repair more files under Ubuntu 8.10 to correct fuck-ups by Ubuntu's updater, and even had it corrupt my filesystem just using the reboot menu option, that I officially don't trust it any further than I can throw it. Get back here, Gentoo! Time to just knuckle down and set up a proper CHRooted 32-bit and no-multilib 64-bit install this time... *starts backing up all the Steam games to avoid re-downloading them for once*5 commentsLeave a comment
[User Picture]04:41 pm - Widescreen... so much promise. Unfulfilled, that is.
Anyone else out there with a widescreen display wish there was better two-page-layout support out there, both for webcomics and PDF readers outside of Windows?

And that's just one gripe. As a game-developer, how do you handle both widescreen, and tallscreen? Do you always lock their FOV to the vertical and short-change tall-screen (1280x1024) users? Or the horizontal and short-change wide-screen users? Or do you automatically give them the FOV that'll guarantee that non-4:3 users get an advantage over 4:3 users? And how do you include support for Triple-Head gaming, something a lot more gamers are playing with again? Now... combine Triple-Head with wide-screen or tall-screen gaming! Feel your head exploding yet? =^.^=

So, beyond the griping so there's something to discuss, how would you think it best to handle three-screen gaming? We'll assume all three screens match at least, but this re-inforces the whole 'field of view' problem.

Do you slice off the top and bottom so the middle screen can keep a 90-degree field-of-view if they're using widescreen monitors?

Do you end up providing a 318-degree or 330-degree instead of a 270-degree view?

If you supported >90 degree field-of-view before (TF2 supports up to 110 IIRC), do you cap it for triple-head view or allow them to see 363 degrees around themselves? Yes, more than a full circle.

The 'industry standard' right now appears to be 'calculate the vertical FOV from the given horizontal FOV as if the screen was a 4:3 monitor, then use that across the rendering area' which is relatively simple, but runs into the above issues when you hit triple-head-land, and admitedly short-changes the 1280x1024 users. There's just no 'good' answer, sadly, I'm afraid. :-/2 commentsLeave a comment

February 10th, 2009
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[User Picture]08:34 pm - Stimulus? Well I've got $1500 of it right here...
...going right over there... and circling around for a year or two. It might turn into a fursuit in time for FC in 2011, at worst I'm hoping 2012. More once I get the concept art back, that'll be a month or so, since like usual in my life I'm taking my bloody sweet time with things.

So far patience in my life has pretty much always been rewarded though. So yay! Fullsuit, ahoy!14 commentsLeave a comment

February 2nd, 2009
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February 2nd, 2009

[User Picture]12:11 am - Ooh... okay, 2009 is already shaping up to be AWESOME!
Turns out there's now a local Capoeira group in Kansas City! They meet three days a week on the Missouri side, and on Saturdays on the Kansas Side, at a time schedule that's actually quite compatable with my work schedule. =O.o=2 commentsLeave a comment
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