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A great Joker pic...

This pic needs no comment....

 

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Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 2:15 PM

A very cool Joker figurine...

A buddy of mine pointed out this figurine of the Joker from the most recent Batman...was thinking I'd like it.

 

Very, very cool....wonder if it comes with a pencil for the magic trick.....

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 8:45 AM

SyndiNeuroBladeCiv! The next cool game...I hope.
I've begun work on a web-based game involving mostly a text interface (so far) involving some resource management, researching technology, unit design and combat...etc. All the things that support a pretty strenuous game engine yet is light on the interface. Should make for something fun, if a little tired. Leastways, that's my hope. It is going to be Rogue-like in one way: lots of serious stuff going on under the hood with little in the way of interface. I intend it to be an ongoing game played ......

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2008 3:00 PM

The Tower of Babel, Theo-style
I have been switching between VBScript, C#, and VB.Net all day today. Normally, I do this ok, but today has been unusually rough.... Basically, I have come to detest the "Set" statement in VBScript. I cannot count the number of times I have forgotten this little keyword. Mostly, it's an issue with me changing code to use a reference type instead of a value type. Going back to change all the code to have a Set in front of it is making blood shoot out of my ears..... Oy ......

Posted On Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:30 PM

Windows Powershell: Flattens arrays?
Been poking about in Windows Powershell. It's pretty sharp. I like it, and it's powerful as heck, but I am having to learn how to add to my toolset. Seems like I don't need it every day, but when I do, it's just the thing. Anyway, I'd read about arrays in PS for sometime without really thinking about something: PS flattens arrays. No multidimensional arrays at all. Which, of course, confused me, given the power of MD arrays. So, why would they do that? Only thing I can think of is that PS creates ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 1:20 PM

There's no planning like no planning like no planning I know
We began our environment synchronization carefully. We carefully examined the differences between the environments, and documented them. We met with all the stakeholders/owner of the environments and everyone had input into how the synch would affect them and their work. We made adjustments to schedule and timeline to accommodate the disparate needs of the people with interests. Everyone nodded their heads in the same places, and rather than face it with fear, everyone seemed to have a calm confidence ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:05 AM

Warhammer Online: the great bait and switch
I am bored with WoW. OMFG, how wonderful it is to type that phrase. Let me do it again: I am seriously bored with WoW. I even added another descriptor to indicate the depth to which I am bored. How empowering, how liberating.... I like WoW a lot, but I confess I am tired of it. No, I am not tired of the "Go out and kill me 10 of <insert critter> and return with <insert insipid item>" type quests. I am not tired of the reputation reward approach (although I am a little tired of grinding ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:26 AM

Warhammer Online: Download from Hell
I finally got in to start my download of the Warhammer client for the open beta....

It is 10 GB and should take only 16 hours....oy.....

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 8:38 PM

MSDN: Sometimes, you can get good help these days
So there I was, trying out a multithreading example and stepping through the process. It was much like a lot of the same code I'd written to practice the methodology. Unfortunately, it wedged when I attempted to update a control from my new thread that was created in the main UI thread. I would expect this to be a problem, of course, but wasn't sure how to handle it (I think previous versions of .Net would have allowed me to update the control cross-thread). I look at the error and this is how it ......

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2008 10:40 AM

A heroic geek needs your help

I know he posted this on his blog, but since my blog is hooked to my facebook page via RSS (and others), I wanted to publish a post to send it out to my web peeps. I can't explain it any better than he can himself, so I'll just link you to the article.

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:48 AM

MultiThreading: A brave new world...sort of
I am trying for the first time to get a good grip on multithreading, and I am having trouble finding practical examples. Oh, I can find explanations (some great ones) that have helped me understand what happens, but so far nothing too "real world" in an example. I hear you saying "Gosh, he's not really worked with multithreading before??", and the embarassing answer is no. I've always had the luxury of having the ability to write single threaded apps only. Been lucky, I guess. So, the example I am ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:15 AM

Dr. Horrible and what it makes me think of Firefly
That title seems a little odd, doesn't it? I know Whedon wrote both things, but why would one make me think of the other so much? I just finished watching Dr. Horrible, and I thought it was great. Very funny in that tongue in cheek way, with many layers of depth to appreciate...a villain and a hero who aren't, deep thoughts about getting what you want not always being the best thing for you, etc. Captain Hammer specifically explaining about what the hammer is...well, it was funny. I've done some ......

Posted On Saturday, August 9, 2008 10:25 AM

Linux: Any recommendations?
Now that I have a new main machine, I am left with an extra desktop with which I do whatever I want. It currently is running Vista, but I was thinking it might be kinda fun to install Linux on it and try to make it talk to my existing home network, or set it up as it's own server and use my other laptop as a client...just for the experience of doing so. I realize there's no real practical purpose to it other than for fun. I have another machine that is living as my SQL Server (mostly for SourceGear ......

Posted On Friday, August 8, 2008 9:40 AM

The Big 50 today!
No, I am not 50 years old (not even close). I have at this point, assuming my scale is not lying to me, lost 50 pounds. That's 10 - 5 pound bags of sugar or one bucket of lard (most appropriate imagery there). I work out several times a week, I do tai chi, I am often outside working in my vegetable garden, I mountain bike, and I am preparing to start playing hockey again (stupid, but hey I never claimed to be smart...just need a few more skating sessions to make sure I really remember how to skate). ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 9:40 AM

Quality Center API: Adding Requirements
I've been building a handy little requirement importer for Quality Center. It will read a Word doc, and let you specify the paragraph you want to start, and boom! Pumps them in. The API is, of course, is COM-based. I decided to write my app in .Net, and for grins, chose C# as my language. For the most part, it's not been too tough to get it done, and the pain involved using Interop has been worth it given the power .Net puts in your hands. I gutted an old VB6 app I'd written in a hurry during a manual ......

Posted On Monday, August 4, 2008 8:25 PM

DragonCon update: We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty
From the Firefly episode, The Train Job: Lund: Your coat's kind of brownish colour... Mal: It was on sale. My costume for DragonCon is coming together. I even paid for the real leather holster that should look like Mal's. My coat is on order, all I have to do is: 1) win the Ebay auction for the replica pistol (which I should handily...or will end up paying too much for one from Amazon) 2 find a shirt. I wasn't going to go in costume since it's my first con, and I also thought it was too expensive. ......

Posted On Sunday, August 3, 2008 5:38 PM

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