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|Wednesday, June 16th, 2010|
|Thursday, February 11th, 2010|
|D&D on MS Surface
Of particular interest to psychohist
, I suspect, is an attempt to do tabletop gaming on a smart tabletop
The figurines--optional in regular D&D but great tools here--are "tagged" with dot codes on the bottom. The Surface is able to use its tiny cameras to view these unique codes and determine which character is where on the game grid. This means the game can automatically determine line-of-fire angles and keep track of enemy health.
This really speeds things up. A combat round in traditional D&D can take awhile. Initiative, roll-to-hit, damage, movement, and everything else has to be calculated. The program on the Surface automates all of this. Instead of several minutes, the combat round we tried (in which we killed a couple of weak orcs) took only a minute or two. And it was more fun.
The Dungeon Master (yes, you still need one) uses a PC networked with the Surface to control the game and the environment. All of the functions a DM fills in the traditional game, from generating monsters to mapping caverns, are available here. As a DM, I've always wanted to draw the game map dynamically.
|Monday, December 7th, 2009|
|Dana Rohrabacher is wrong!
"If we do nothing, I can guarantee you that within a decade, a communist Chinese regime that hates democracy and sees America as its primary enemy will dominate the tiny country of Panama, and thus dominate the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important strategic points," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) told a House subcommittee on Dec. 7, 1999, as it debated the handover.
From Lawyers, Guns, and Money
|Sunday, October 11th, 2009|
|Too much simchat torah?
After loading the meat dishwasher after Yom Tov, before starting to load the dairy one I found myself singing :Ad Kan, DIshwasher Alef, Alef, ad kan, dishwasher Aaaaleph."
|Tuesday, August 4th, 2009|
|I really think this way
Last night I went to sleep promising myself that when I woke up I'd try to catch an earlier train rather than surfing the internet. This morning the following dialog occurred between myself and my conscience:
C: You woke up and started surfing, and now you're not only not early, you're in danger of being late! Sometimes I think you don't know the meaning of self-discipline.
M: That gives me an image of wearing leather and a whip. Yuck.
C: [appalled] You really don't know what self-discipline is!
P.S. I did make my usual train, so it wasn't that bad.
|Tuesday, July 28th, 2009|
|Monday, July 20th, 2009|
|40 years ago today
New York and the whole world was filled with rejoicing 40 years ago today. I am referring, of course, to "Broadway Joe" Namath's announcement that he was returning to play professional football for the New York Jets, a couple of months after his retirement under a cloud of suspicion for hanging out with professional gamblers.
What's that? Something else happened that day?
|Friday, July 17th, 2009|
|Monday, July 13th, 2009|
|Things I did not know
Last Thursday my Muslim co-worker and project lead was willing to allow me to work from home because I didn't want to deal with commuting while fasting. (I wound up not doing so.) Today I discovered he holds by a Muslim custom which has him do a dawn to dusk fast every single Monday and Thursday.
|Sunday, July 5th, 2009|
|Getting what I want the hard way.
For my birthday present to myself, I purchased the Ipod Touch 2.2OS upgrade. Naturally about a month later Apple came out with 3.0, and I've been whining about it ever since. The ipod developed problems recently. Today I took it to the local Apple store, where they gave me a free replacement, thanks to the Applecare warranty extension that chaiya
The new replacement had the 1.5 version of the OS on it. I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out how to get the 2.x version of the OS back, before finally stumbling across a chat link in the Apple store. After discovering the chat doesn't work in Firefox (but does in Safari) I talked to an Apple tech. He told me that in this sort of situation he normally puts the OS back in the purchase queue to let me download it, but that he couldn't do that in this case. So he is refunding me the money for the purchase, which co-incidentally happens to be the same amount as the upgrade from 1.5 to 3.0 will cost me. So I get my free upgrade to 3.0 after all. Yay! Current Mood: chipper
|Friday, June 12th, 2009|
|Thursday, May 28th, 2009|
|Wednesday, May 27th, 2009|
|Friday, May 22nd, 2009|
|My way or the highway?
What a great hack
the state of Missouri just did!
However, the legislators did pass a bill meant to tweak the Springfield chapter of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement. According to a report in Sunday's Springfield News-Leader, Rep. Sara Lampe (D-Springfield) got an amendment added to a transportation bill designating a portion of West Bypass from Farm Road 142 to West Sunshine as the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway."
That was the portion of roadway the NSM'ers "adopted" last fall by pledging to regularly pick up litter there. Signs marking such "adoptions" are then erected by the state Department of Transportation. The DOT didn't think it could turn down the NSM request without infringing on the group's First Amendment rights.
|Wednesday, May 20th, 2009|
|Sunday, May 17th, 2009|
|Saturday, May 2nd, 2009|
|Thursday, April 30th, 2009|
|Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009|
|Life and Death are in the power of the tongue
The girl was not just standing there. Obviously she was considering whether or not to do it. She rose to her toes and then went flat footed again several times. Finally I couldn't take the suspense. "Jump!" I yelled, and she did. She rose a tiny distance, not even enough to begin a flying fantasy, and then the drop began. I don't have any guilty feelings - she had free will, she didn't have to do what I said. But really, should I have gotten involved at all?( Context belowCollapse )
|Thursday, March 26th, 2009|