Sunday, November 04, 2007

I picked up
Eye of Judgment for the PS3 yesterday as a bit of a present to myself. So far I have to say it's pretty great. I've only played a few games against the computer (and lost every one) but the dynamics of the game really appeal to me. It doesn't feel like any other CCG I've played and I dont think any of my old "skills" in the genre will help me at all. The game feels much more methodical and conservative. Being aggressive wont necessarily get you anywhere. I look forward to playing online and having my ass handed to me by 10 year olds.

Now to find some cards in this city... I am not optimistic.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dashcode is REALLY nice. I am so impressed - Apple has made writing Dashboard widgets so incredibly painless and intuitive for anyone with even remedial Javascript experience. I just threw together a widget to reset my DNS cache (using /usr/bin/dscacheutil -flushcache) with the click of a button should I notice that it's gone stale. From beginning to end it took a total of about 15 minutes. Amazing.

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User grief aside the developer candy that comes with Leopard is fantastic. I've been plowing through the Quartz examples for about an hour now and I feel I could do it for another 11 without getting bored. Custom plugin APIs, iTunes visualizers, Dashboard integration. Very cool.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Add to the list: bizarre DNS caching. I can currently telnet to pookzilla.net but I can't reach it in either Firefox or Safari - "cannot find server" my ass.

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First blush impression of Leopard: it's a bit disappointing.

The upgrade from Panther to Tiger was a clear winner for me. Lots of new value, relatively few complications (at least for me), and the end result was a clear winner. The value of Leopard isn't so clear to me. The changes to the UI are lateral at best and a serious regression at worst - the transparency and homogeneous folder icons aren't going to help anyone. Flyouts from the Dock are kind of nice but nothing revelatory. Spaces is useless to me without the ability to have different windows from the same app in different desktops. TimeMachine may prove useful if I ever get it to work with an AFS share as I understand it should - so far it wont see any of my shares.

In addition to the features of dubious value, there are the incompatibilities. To list them briefly: some fonts in Firefox show with a black background; Quicksilver freezes constantly (though this may be a version issue); my tablet driver was rejected on the Powerbook; the CiscoVPN driver on the Powerbook may be causing the wifi to drop off at random intervals. Unfortunately the Leopard install deleted the Cisco uninstaller.

For a positive, I've noticed that things feel much snappier. Apps seem to load faster, and the boot sequence feels almost instantaneous.

That's it for the first few hours. Hopefully my opinion improves although once I try and use Eclipse for anything serious I fear it'll only get worse.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

In a moment of weakness (and exuberance at my new-found storage capacity) I decided to download Eve Online and start up a 14 day trial. Getting it to run under Parallels has it's quirks - unless it's fullscreen you cannot reliably use the mouse. Entering the window results in random mouse locations and you have to very carefully click and move until you get the options you want. Once you're fullscreen things tend to get better, but not always. Sometimes the game starts just fine but others you're greeted to sound but no video. Starting the game tends to fix the issue, however.

As for the game itself I am pretty impressed. The depth of the world seems to be fantastic and compelling. I've gone through the tutorial and I feel like I have a remedial understanding of what I can do in the game but absolutely no sense of the amount of effort it would take to get there. I cant imagine 14 days will be enough to truly grasp this game. Truth be told I'd be better off not liking it - I really dont have the time for it. :)

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

The lack of available space on the lappy harddrive has become critical - I find myself juggling space and purging every few weeks. I broke down yesterday (late in the day I might add) and ordered a 120 GB Firewire Iomega drive from
CompuSmart. Thinking it'd be here next week I thought nothing of it again until the receptionist at work told me she had a package for me. Sure enough, the drive was in my possession barely 17 hours after ordering it. That's some seriously awesome service! I used to buy stuff at CompuSmart all the time when there was a store in the Rideau Center and I was upset when that location closed down. Based on my experience with their online store I will definitely bring my computer business to them from here on out.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

To the guy who added me on MSN just to let me know that my name was coming up as a high hit in google images: THANK YOU. You've helped restore a bit of faith in the until-now mythical "internet man" (not to be confused with "internet boy" or "internet shitface").

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Monday, October 01, 2007

With the exception of
OK Computer (a bloody masterpiece if there ever was one) I can't rightly call myself a Radiohead fan but I fully intend to buy their new album In Rainbows. What they're doing (letting customers set their own price) is very VERY interesting and I want to support it.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Good god. I just had the scariest moment ever playing a video game. I downloaded the Jericho demo for PS3 and I was about 5 minutes into it. Things had gone rather silent except for the music which had taken a turn for the "holy shit be prepared to die." From above drops... something. It was very Clive Barker-ie at any rate. And I almost crapped my pants.

This shouldn't have been THAT scary but it was. Do you want to know why? At my feet, at the exact same moment, Cthulhu and Jack broke into a cat brawl.

It happened almost 15 minutes ago now and I still feel like I could die from a heart attack at any moment. Good lord.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A very happy sight indeed:


I haven't played too much (I'm doing the patch fight at the moment) but it would appear I can run this thing with all details set at high. I wasn't expecting that at all.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

I've been struggling to replicate my mothers shortbread recipe for about 5 years now. Only recently have I seen any measure of success, however. Despite the fact that I think I've reproduced the tastiness of her cookies I simply don't enjoy them as much. I think I really enjoy getting cookies from my mother because it's something she can still do for me. I don't have a lot of contact with my parents and part of me still wants to feel like a kid in some way. What's more kidlike than enjoying your moms cookies?

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

With the help of a co-workers Powerbook I was able to determine that the problem of my non-charging battery really can be traced back to the battery itself rather than the Powerbook it's been living in. I was really hoping that it was the Powerbook at fault - at least then the problem could be fixed under warranty. Now it looks like I need to dish out $160 for another one of these infernal batteries. It burns me to do it - my luck with batteries has been absolutely terrible. I'm afraid six months from now I'll be posting about how my new battery is garbage and how it's no longer covered by a warranty.

I know it doesn't help anything but every time I receive poor service from Apple (and it happens more often than not - I have no idea where their
customer service ratings are coming from) I write up a terse email to Steve Jobs and send it off to sjobs@mac.com. It brings me some small sliver of satisfaction to fantasize about him reading my mail and frowning.

I don't know how readily I'd frown if I slept on a pile of money.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Walkthrough of the new pad done this weekend just before we had some guests over for some gaming (and pie! although we forgot to offer the pie to anyone - more pie for us!)



I was a bit pressed for time so I was a few shades off of elegant... but still, the gist remains.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

I picked up
Oblivion for the PS3 yesterday. I'm about 4 hours into it and I'm enjoying it quite a bit so far although I don't think it's the darling critics have make it out to be. The framerate stutters worse than any game I've played in years and the core gameplay is somewhat one dimensional. It's other strength (the absurd depth of the experience) is also somewhat of a mixed blessing. I have so many options that I honestly don't have the foggiest clue what I'm capable of doing. Still, it'll be good to have - there is so much content that I should be able to keep myself amused until something else worthwhile comes out for the 'ole waffle iron.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Woah. I just hooked the Macbook Pro up to our 1080p Aquos using the new DVI->HDMI cable I ordered. Developing
Quartz compositions for that thing is going to be hella fun.

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