I’m still trying to find the right way to publish my formatted Kenpo technique writeups online. I keep flirting with various AJAX applications that are coming out. In the word processor realm, there’s AjaxWrite (review), ThinkFree Office (review) (which looks to be more Java-based), and Zoho Writer. Also cool is AjaxSketch, which I really need to play with. Free Draw? Bonus! ThinkFree’s iCdocs might also come in handy. Update: Writely, from Google is out now as well.
Month: July 2006
Gaming Fun and Loathing
In the course of my process of RPG gaming research (I still have such a minimal idea of how to play a ROLE playing game…but I’m working on it) I found a great online game. You’ll hate that it’s free. Go to Kingdom of Loathing and get your meat paste!
Spoo is/are (the plural of spoo is spoo) small, white, pasty, mealy critters, rather worm-like, and generally regarded as the ugliest animals in the known galaxy by just about every sentient species capable of starflight, with the possible exception of the pak’ma’ra, who would simply recommend a more rigorous program of exercise. They are also generally considered the most delicious food in all of known space, regardless of the individual’s biology, almost regardless of species, except for the pak’ma’ra, who like the flavor but generally won’t say so simply to be contrary. Spoo are raised on ranches on worlds with a damp, moist, somewhat chilly climate so that their skin can acquire just the right shade of paleness. Spoo travel in herds, if moving a total of six inches in any given direction in the course of a given year can actually be considered moving. They stay in herds ostensibly for mutual protection, but the reality is that if they weren’t propped up against one another, most of them would simply fall down. They do not howl, bark, moo, purr, yap, squeak or speak. Mainly, they sigh. Herds of sighing spoo can reportedly induce unparalleled bouts of depression, which is why most spoo ranchers wear earmuffs even when it’s only mildly cold, damp, wet and dreary outside. If there is any life-or-death struggle for dominance within the spoo herd, it has not yet been detected by modern science.Spoo ranching is one of the least regarded professions known. Little or no skill is required, once you’ve got a planet with the right climate. You bring in two hundred spoo, plop them down in the middle of your ranch, and go back to the nearby house. Soon you’ve got more. When it comes time to cull out the ones ready for market (the softest, mealiest, palest, most forlorn-looking spoo of the pack), little physical effort is required since they’re incapable of rapid movement without falling over (see above). They do not resist, fight, or whine; they only sigh more loudly. When spoo harvest time comes, the air is full of the sound of whacking and sighing, whacking and sighing. Even an experienced spoo rancher can only harvest for brief periods of a time, due to the increased volume of sighing, which even the sound of whacking cannot altogether erase. (also see above) Some have simply gone mad. Spoo are the only creatures of which the Interstellar Animal Rights Protection League says, simply, “Kill ’em.” Fresh spoo (served at an optimum temperature of 62-degrees) is served in cubed sections, so that they bear as little resemblence as possible to the animal from which they have just been sliced. Spoo is usually served alongside a chablis, or a white zinfandel. Further information on the care, feeding, eating and whacking of spoo can be found in the second edition of the Interstellar Guide to Fine Dining.
Open Source Rendered Movie
Element’s Dream is a completely open-sourced short movie. Very cool. Still trying to figure out the story.
Boot Camp on the Macbook
Bootcamp is, of course, awesome….but it has it’s challenges. Control-alt-delete, and the right click being the big ones. There’s a good post on Pogue’s site that has discussion of fixes for this problem. The attractive ones appear to be Input Remapper and iMouse, drivers for XP that fix one or the other of these problems.