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So given the fact that work sucks..I took some time at lunch to read through some RSS feeds and I got some great articles and links that I’d like to share with you.

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Current Mood: (indifferent) indifferent

GRRRRrrRRRrrRR


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It’s Friday. Work sucks. I’ve been programming all morning, and I keep uncovering more errors in the code. It’s my own damn fault. We rewrote a shared library over a year ago, but hadn’t updated the OTHER app which used the shared library in almost two years. So while App A works great, App B has all kinds of syntax errors. That’s not a real problem, unless you decide you want to add functionality to App B, but before you do you have to go back and stamp out all the errors you created by cleaning up the shared library. All the more reason not to rename functions and simply add intermediate handler functions.. Oh well.. live and learn…

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Current Mood: (frustrated) frustrated

It’s stupid day at the office


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Compliments of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Stupidity but Were Too Smart to Ask. That was a desk calendar I had a few years ago. I pulled off some selected days, and found them in my desk. I’m throwing them out this morning, but wanted to share them first.

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Current Mood: (lethargic) lethargic

Updated Blog Settings


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Well I spent alot of time over the past two weeks redoing my blog design. It’s really a cleanup of the previous style, but I added a few snazzier graphics and altered the CSS code to be cleaner (and designed for a 1024x minimum screeen giving me more room to write). I also updated my plugins for some new functionality. Most notable is the random photo on the left of the blog that will use the Highslide JS to show you a preview, but also allows you to directly link to the picture album. That was actually the start of the inspiration for the rest of the updates. I also finally got around to fixing the issue with the navigation on single post reading to include the previous/next links, and proper headers on the archive pages. Figured alot of folks came here from my LJ crosspost, so they were seeing it in single post view anyway.

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Current Mood: (accomplished) accomplished
Current Music: Brobdingnagian Bards – If I Had a Million Ducats (Live)

Animated Version of the Bayeux Tapestry


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From Kottke.org

An animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Wikipedia has more info on the tapestry and VSL has more on the video.

This is really cool. Check out the video first and then the supporting information.

Current Music: Danu – Paddy Rainey’s Jig/Johnny Leary’s/Winnie Hayes’ – Think Before You Think

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Current Mood: enthralled

With a Yum Yum Here.


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^^^— The sound a chicken nugget makes on Old MacDonald’s Farm.

Residents of Old MacDonald’s Farm as Inventoried by My Three Year-Old Son, Who, as the Song Wore On, Found it Increasingly Difficult to Avoid Repetition

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Current Mood: (sick) sick

World Without Oil


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LogoYou may have noticed that I’ve had two ‘gas related’ posts in the last week. The issue of gas is definately on my mind. However, it just so happens that it coincides with a new ARG(ish) project called World Without Oil. I say it’s ‘ish’ because while it involves a story and interaction, at this point there aren’t the classic puzzles.

What makes WWO unique is that it’s using a game to make people aware of the possibility of an actual event. Rather than waiting until it actually happens, it allows people to reflect and play a ‘what if’. What if there WAS a gas crisis and how would we react to it. Could we be just around the corner from roving gas-stealing mobs in the street, ethanol producing co-ops and economic instability? It’s a very real possibility. WWO is also sponsered by the Coporation for Public Broadcasting, and unlike alot of other ARGs who try to hide the fact that they are a game, this one has had alot of press because of it’s socially conscious nature.

Here’s a few links about it, including an interview with a designer:
Provocative politics in virtual games
* Provocative Politics

Interviews with Jane McGonigal:
* Interview 1 (Information Week)Interview 2 (Gamasutra) –  Interview 3 (SFWeekly)

WWO takes place over the next two months, and explores (in accelerated time) a world that is coming to grips with such a crisis. Rather than develop all the story themselves, the project allows indivduals to post how the gas crisis is affecting them. They can post blog entries, voicemails, videos, pictures, you name it. This gives you the ‘world wide’ impact. The line becomes blurred, because intermixed within the real events and how gas prices are affecting you today, are the fictional accounts of what’s happening in the fictional future. You can usually tell from people’s entries whether it’s fictional or not. There are some core characters who are running the website and posting development entries to keep the timeline on track though. So while it’s very possible to get lost within all the ‘player’ information, you can follow the ‘character’ information a little more closely, and just bridge out when you want to.

Bottom line is that it makes you think ‘what if’. It’s a scary proposition. There are some great ideas and responses out there, and I encourage you to read/listen to them.

When I post with a ‘WorldWithoutOil’ tag, I actually submit the post to the website and it gets reviewed and then added to the overall story. You can follow stories by region and see if your area is in trouble. My posts get accumulated in the Philadelphia Region. As of this post, our region is ranked Chaos (Very Low), Misery (Very Low) and Economy (Good). As the story progresses we may not fare so well. I’ve got 3 entries so far that have been approved and a few more coming.

I’m not taking the fictional approach though, my entries are really thoughts on what if. What if I have to protect my family? What if I lose my job? What if I can’t put food on my dinner table?

Current Music: Danu’- The Beauty Spot/The Maid Behind the Barrel

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Current Mood: (contemplative) contemplative

Local Gas Station


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There is only one gas station in National Park, NJ I mean, we’re a tiny little place, so it’s understandable. It’s not of those 24 hour mega-stations with a market or a restaurant attached. You have to plan to get gas during normal business hours, or you wind up heading out of your way to hit the Lukoil over by 295 which caters to the highway drivers.
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So for the past few months, they’ve had this sign in front of the station. The owner is letting all the patrons know that the increasing gas prices aren’t just him trying to screw us. He’s having just as difficult a time trying to run a business. No one seems to buy anything other than Regular grade anymore, so he doesn’t even waste the time putting the prices up. That sign could just as easily have the first and third lines rewritten and cover alot of the folks throughout the entire petroleum industry that are having their way with us. How’s this one sound “To all citizens, we are being raped by our government and big oil”?

Current Music: Cordelia’s Dad – The Frozen Girl – Comet

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Current Mood: (thoughtful) thoughtful