June 30, 2003

Ooh, Mac stuff I missed ()

by fluffy at 9:17 PM
It was mentioned on various weblogs but I never paid it any mind, but XCode looks awesome. It might be the impetus for me to finally write the windowing abstraction layer in Solace, which will finally give it Ultra Super Portability (and not just "pretty good portability to systems which can run an X11 layer).
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Namespace collision ()

by fluffy at 8:27 PM
Not really a "code" entry, but it's about Solace, so...

Basically, bt let me know about a slight namespace collision between Solace (my ongoing renderer project) and Solace (an online boardgame). Fwee.

Update: The situation has been resolved in a way agreeable to both. If only all trademark issues were so easily dealt with. :)

June 28, 2003

Sneak peak: "sunny day" ()

by fluffy at 4:00 AM
Upcoming songfight entry. (Might not be final. My ears are too fatigued to give it the final okay just yet.)

Not only does it consist of 18 tracks, but on disk it takes a total of 680MB. I have made a single 2-minute song which fills an entire CD-ROM. Disturbing.

June 24, 2003

Backwards ()

by fluffy at 5:48 PM
Some pages have the exact opposite imagery for pre- vs. post-op than what I'm used to seeing.

Another rejection-without-interview ()

by fluffy at 1:08 PM
From Alien Skin software:

Thank you for applying for the Graphics Programmer position. After careful consideration, we have decided that we need to keep looking for someone who is a better fit. We will keep your resume on file in case other positions become available.
I wonder how careful the consideration was, considering they never even, say,called me on the phone to talk. What, am I supposed to put every single graphical effect I've ever coded on my resume? It's not like they even requested a portfolio...

June 23, 2003

Why am I not surprised? ()

by fluffy at 1:09 PM
No interview for me at Pixar. Job opening is already being closed, because they already have "an offer out to an excellent candidate," as the boss of that division put it. Kind of annoying, since it implies that I'm not an excellent candidate (which he'd have no way of knowing since he's never actually talked to me), but that's probably just unfortunate phrasing on his part, combined with me reading too much into things what with feeling like every little failure to have something good happen is getting a critique on my life as a whole.

Though the really upsetting thing about this is knowing that I would have gotten an interview if I'd known about the job posting just a few weeks ago. Bad timing strikes yet again.

Wrists suck ()

by fluffy at 8:51 AM
As impossible as it would be, taking a month-long break from the computer seems really appealing right now.

June 19, 2003

My favorite workout beverage ()

by fluffy at 12:01 PM
Take one pint water. Add a large squirt of lemon juice. Enjoy.

June 18, 2003

Finally have a working copy of Ico ()

by fluffy at 10:59 PM
Yesterday at the mall when I was buying aforementioned dress shoes, I stopped in on EBWorld to see if they had anything nifty, and in the used games bin was something nifty: a copy of Ico, like I'd been trying to locate for quite some time. (I mean, a working one, not a formal rental which had been scratched to hell being sold on eBay as "like new" by a seller who likes to rip people off by claiming that they never got the return back.)

Job interviewy presentation thing ()

by fluffy at 3:36 PM
The only worse thing on my feet than wearing dress shoes is wearing dress shoes which haven't been broken in. Nyurgh.

Anyway. The presentation I gave on my research and such today at WSMR went well, but of course they're not hiring right now. They were pretty interested anyway, though, and very impressed with my work. No prospect for a job through them at this time, but at least it gives me networking contacts.

June 14, 2003

June 13, 2003

Hardcore lighting stresstest ()

by fluffy at 5:45 PM
Haven't posted about my graphics engine in a while, so here's some pictures of my dynamic shadow stresstest running at 20fps.

June 11, 2003

DDR ()

by fluffy at 12:47 AM
My favorite bit on DDR: the one which has the two graphs, one showing my stamina going up and up, and the other one showing my weight going down and down.

I can pass some 7* songs now!

June 8, 2003

All is now good in the world ()

by fluffy at 3:30 AM
That was a fucking pain in the ass. But the forum is recovered to its former glory.

phpBB needs a better upgrade mechanism. One which doesn't require the admin to take a crash-course in SQL to learn how to fix the horribly-broken tables.

(If you already had an account, it should still work just fine, though you may need to clear your cookies to get in. Also, all avatar images got deleted.)

Update: Except for that little problem of not being able to post anything. God damnit.

Forums should be fixed (, )

by fluffy at 12:34 AM
You know, it's hard to know there's a problem with something when people don't report that the problem exists. (Apparently something got botched when I last upgraded phpBB, causing registrations to fail. Which is why nobody has registered in months. Joy.)

Update: FUCK SHIT ASS TITS CUNT MOTHERFUCKER COCK MEKROB Golly, something still seems to be amiss. Anyone know how to get postgres to list and possibly drop all tables matching a certain pattern? I think a total from-scratch reinstall is in order. (Don't worry, I backed up all the comments first.)

Update: Fuck it. Just fucking fuck it. All prior comments are lost, and there's nothing I can do about it, thanks to phpBB's fragile database schema and totally opaque configuration, relying on SQL to configure things which really shouldn't be configured in SQL.

I think I'll try Ikonboard. Tomorrow.

June 5, 2003

So much for the pad platforms ()

by fluffy at 2:29 AM
Apparently I'm so hard on the pads that even with the overengineering I did to keep the pad to stay in one place, the pad inside my 1P platform has shifted around a whole bunch (making the registration bumps no longer useful), and the cover's gotten stretched out.

Maybe I'll try replacing the cover with the hardwood floor cover that recommends so highly. In the meantime I think I'll switch to using the 2P pad for a while.

June 4, 2003


by fluffy at 3:14 PM
It's summer, I got my master's degree, and I've managed to successfully complete another revolution around the sun within the same relativistic frame as everyone else (more or less). So, you are cordially invited to attend a party at my house on Sunday, June 14, starting around 5:30 PM. There will be a variety of food and drinks, and the usual musical jamming, so bring an instrument (and any necessary amplification/cables/etc.) if you're so inclined. (This time the jam will probably happen in the greenhouse or the living room, and may be broadcast LIVE ON THE INTERNET, just because.)

When: Saturday, June 14, 5:30-ish

Where: Email for address, map and directions (if you'd actually be able to get to Las Cruces on that day and are actually interested in coming)