Good morning, I’m finally getting around to pushing our a new site for Spleck! I’m going to try out WordPress and see how it has evolved over the years, and see how diligent and putting my stuff here, instead of spamming everyone on twitter.
>First let me say this is a great game that I’ve had fun playing, despite the occasional server communication issues losing my upgrades temporarily.
Unfortunately Zynga agrees with me and bought omgpop, the company who created Draw Something. This will expand the Evil With Friends empire.
Sadly today will probably be my last day playing the game. Sorry peeps, can’t support a company like Zynga.
>Implementing a log parser. Exciting stuff, I know.. but we need to get to the data in a useable form, so just parsing events out of logs and tossing them into a database that is going to be used to build nice reports (or crappy ones, time will tell). All I know is File::Tail::Dir is yummy and saving me quite a bit of annoyance. A simple callback that passes the data along to my parser and creates some nice puffy database objects to deflate.. oh yeah.
>Is the pool open yet? The short answer, no.
At the start of the pool season I was on top of things. I got an early start, got the cleaning supplies I would need, started working. The waterways blue and looking good. There was just one problem. After a few days water started leaking out of the pool pump. *sigh*
Unfortunately I was afraid this might happen. The first big freeze last fall caught me by surprise and I had to do a rush job on closing the pool. I figured something would go wrong.
Back to the spring opening, water leaking out everywhere. I called around to the local pool shops. They either only deal with in-ground pools or they were currently booked solid with openings and were not accepting new customers. Damn.
I finally found a guy using google local search. Excellent! I gave him a call, explained the situation, and later that day he came out to take a look. After taking a look the pool guy said he thought he could fix the motor, he would pick up the part he needed and come back the next day. I tried working with the guy, he seemed nice and genuine enough. At this point he has basically disappeared with the money I gave him for a new pump (after the repair did not resolve the issue), and the phone number he was using has been disconnected.
I contacted a couple other local shops again and there’s not much help to be found. *sigh* I give up. I’ll figure it out. It’s not rocket science or a complex software development issue. It’s PVC pipe, some fittings, some wrapping, and a motor. Ordered a replacement pump online (1/2 the cost of what I was taken for locally) and I’ll install the darn thing myself.
The pool WILL open.
>Ok the blog is here. Posting my perl shit here. Should be fun.
What’s that? It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted? Yeah, it happens. Deal with it. /hug Ok, now for some rambling! Yay!
I’ve recently swapped jobs, a full time salaried employee after six years as an independent contractor. I tell you, I don’t mind at all having benefits and knowing exactly when and how much my next check in the bank is for. Sure, there are tradeoffs but so far I’ve definitely made the right choice.
Currently exploring my first real world usage of Moose. I can’t say enough good things about how easy it has been to work with. There is a learning curve away from the freedoms of tossing around refs of this and refs of that, with no type checking and total freedom. Yeah, that chaos usually ends up badly so I’m ok with the learning curve. I still need to look more it roles and traits and get to using them properly.
After a couple weeks of refactoring and rewriting, yesterday had my first hands on experience testing my code changes against the hardware I’m interacting with. The code ran into a couple issues, but those were pretty quick and easy to resolve. I do have some type checking constraints I disabled during testing until I can rework those sections of code to try to work through the variations in data cleanly. It’s all part of the learning process. Overall the first day of testing (about an hour total) went pretty well and some good results came out of it. I fixed and diagnosed what I could while we were testing, and the rest I made notes on things to address when we were done.
I’ve resolved most all of the issues that came up during testing, minus some of the type constraint rework that is needed that I mentioned previously. I’ll find some time to look more into those areas of the code today or tomorrow, but ready for some more testing on Monday.
Spent the weekend in Las Vegas for DefCon 18, and had a great time with some friends from work. We spent a good deal of the time at the con at various talks and events, and evenings dining out and doing a small amount of gambling.
My favorite talks of the conference were 1) the “make your own uav 2.0″ talk that covered what’s involved in making your own aerial reconnaissance planes and how they could be used, complete with a demo flight on the vegas strip from the night before and 2) charlie miller’s talk about forming a cyber army to attack a large nation.
In addition to the talks one of the events we participated was a fund raiser for the EFF called Mohawk-Con. So far I’m enjoying it, we’ll see how long I keep it.
What ya think?
For about four weeks now things have been pretty bleak. Work has kind of overwhelmed me, while at the same time other aspects of my life have been down as well. Why does it all seem to pile on at once?
The sad part is it’s not just me. Almost everyone I know is going through a similar rough patch, one thing after another causing them issues.
What is behind this seemingly endless onslaught? Who knows, maybe it’s just the spiraling of the water as it goes down the drain headed for the 2012 apocalypse. Time will tell.
Back around 1993 or so I used to play a game called Trade Wars 2002 when dialing into the local BBS. I knew a few people that were playing, and I was pretty terrible at the game, but it was a lot of fun.
Basically you start out with a ship, in a sector you call home that comes complete with your own starting planet. Your ship has a few cargo holds on it and a small number of fighters to keep you safe.
Each day you were allotted a number of turns that you could use. Actions in the game would consume these turns, each action taking a variable number of turns based on the speed of your ship. This was how different people calling into the BBS at different times could compete with one another. Staying on all day did not give you any advantage, since you would just run out of turns.
Your ship and planet were within your home sector when you started, one of many sectors in the galaxy that made up the game world. The galaxy size depended on how the operator set it up, anywhere from 1,000 to 20,000 sectors. This was pretty much dictated by the number of players you expected to be in the game. Too little and everyone runs into each other, too large and the place is desolate.
For whatever reason I have an itch to play again, so I have setup a Trade Wars 2002 server for my friends and I to play on. The ANSI graphics are as terrible as they ever were, and the game is still fun.
Let the fun begin!
>Well i found a deal that I couldn’t pass on, so I am now the proud owner of Kegerator. I’m picking up the CO2 and my first keg today, so should be pouring my first pint tomorrow after it’s been in there chilling for 24 hours. I’m really looking forward to it.
I’m still not sure where exactly to put the Kegerator in my house, right now it’s just against the unused wall in my kitchen area. In all likelihood it might just remain there, but I don’t know for sure yet. We’ll see how it goes. I supposed it would be a better fit in the entertainment/bonus room upstairs, but honestly I rarely go up there. I should put some work into that room and get a TV and surround sound setup in there and everything, since I did go in and pre-wire the sound as the house was being built. You would think that would have been the plan all along, huh?
What kind of TV should I put up there with it I wonder? One of my existing TVs? Get a new one? I don’t really have the money (nor the need?) for yet another TV, but perhaps I could move something up there. I would have to rewire the Satellite but that isn’t a big deal, and I already have the network drops up there so support the Netflix box and/or Xbox to put up there.
Then comes the question of seating of course.. I don’t really have any seating up there right now, and I would want some seating to accommodate Titans games and UFC events. Hmmm… Anyone got a couple spare couches?