Archive for March, 2005

TypeKey

So been spending the last few days trying to upgrade my software to support typekey. Today it dawned on me I had no idea how it ACTUALLY worked, just sorta trusted that It did. Well that and trying to figure out how to uniquely identify a user.

And now finding out that each typekey user has a unique username, and earlier finding out that typekey uses a private / public key system, I’ve been that much more impressed by it.

I think for KodePost (a clean non hacked version), I’m going to allow Registered Users, Typekey, and Typein/Anonymous users. This makes it much easier for people to comment, and for me to integrate with KodeKomics at a later date.

In other news, I almost got MTLJPost back up and running again for MT3.0. I just have to fix one more bug and get my tester happy with it. Then I can release a new cleaner version.

Anyways, back to job hunting, gotta pay bills and stuff like that.

experience with #okcupid on efnet

Okay, noticed that there was an #okcupid IRC channel on efnet from one of the pages okcupid.com has on thier site.

I went in today looking for something else todo between the job hunting and project working that I’ve been doing lately. I was shocked to see they were nothing like the #livejournal (irc.chatjunkies.org) people, who talked about various different things.

From what I saw, the only thing in #okcupid was people posting links to various tests/quizes, and doing irc comment style compares of eachother (!compre [nick1] [nick2]). I made a comment to that effect, when they pretty much agreed with me (sarcasticly?), I responded with an “Awesome” and was going to wait things out to see if anything else was going to happen.

Next came up the moderation (+m) mode which means nobody but the higher ups can actually speak, and they sorta were taunty about it.. so as usual when I get around stupid people who like the whole +m power, I started to change my nick (the only thing you can do in an +m other than leave), and got kicked right afterwards. Came back, was like “oru”, and got banned.

Now that pissed me off, mostly due to the general annoyed state I’ve been in lately, so I went about trying to see what the hell was going on. Went and logged into halkeye.net and tried to irc from there in. Got banned immediatly when I went “ban happy eh?”.

18:44 <galimon> i said 2 lines, i don’t rhink either were offensive
18:45 <noxic> no one’s offended
18:45 <noxic> don’t give yourself that much credit
18:45 <galimon> i wasn’t taking credit, just curious as to the ban happyness
18:46 <noxic> you are unfunny and you changed your nick during +m
18:46 <noxic> and because i do not know who you are, i don’t feel like putting up with it
18:46 <noxic> eof

Pretty much next started to think of any shells I had access to. darkwarriors and sfu.com are no irc so they were out.
I don’t want to get jordan’s connection banned if he had any interest in poping in there. So just gave up on those avenues.

Did learn tonight that its much harder to use proxies than it used to be, I was hoping to cause a problem (bad me) and get more ip ranged banned, that would have just been cool. But found out that TOR was banned already from efnet and none of the other proxy lists i could get my hands on worked for irc anyways. So sorta just gave up.

The starting of Final Cut

The starting of Final Cut reminds me ALOT of the book Speaker For the Dead.

The movie itself is a very interesting, deals with trying to make videos of people’s memories for a “rememory”, just like a “speaker” did in the book.

I’m not a very big fan of thriller type movies, infact i’ve left (okay, well i’ve never left a theater, but i have left rooms) / turned off a few. But this one seems really interesting. I guess I really do like just about everything Robin Williams.

Yea, so far so good.. lets hope it turns out good.

Okay, it turned out really good, the ended was so left open-ended, not in a to be continue way, but more that you can’t tell what would happen right after the final scene, its left up to your imagination. Actually, the entire thing is that way, things are implied, but not explicitly shown.

I don’t know how I’d feel if my life was entirely recorded and I had no say in it. I guess it would be different if everyone did it, but in this movie, you had to be well off to afford an implant that recorded your life, so, as they said, it was about 1 in 20, and its not only thier life being recorded, but it was everyone else’s around them.

Yea, as much as I don’t care about my own personal secrets, I wouldn’t want things I’m keeping secret for other people getting out.

Thunderbird Vs Evolution

Been actually running linux at home now that I finally have a tv and no longer need the incoming tv signal (aka TV Tuner) that the ATI Radieon 9600 AIW provided me to play xbox. (Yes, I was actually playing xbox on the computer that way)
Anyways, being on linux now, I decided to go back to trying to use evolution (like I used back at the office), only to find out that It barely worked in the version of Ubuntu Linux that I had downloaded.
Then again, its very likely the setup I have on my own mail server, but it worked on the version of evolution that I had at work without problems, although now I get an ssl warning and its very slow to connect (I have poor bandwidth at home).
Okay, it seems pretty much to be the way this linux distro is working. Thunderbird is crashing when I try to use the SSL connection (forgot I hadn’t enabled it when I started writing this).
Even with that slight flaw, if you are just doing email, it seems Mozilla Thunderbird actually works cleaner for email than evolution.

Kode Kode Coding

HAHA, this site is now RSS validated again.
I didn’t know what format I actually had, something I used from the old MT installation, but now its working again.

http://halkeye.net/rss.cgi

[Valid RSS]

I think all that is left is some validation in the xmlrpc interface, and then I’ll start a cleaner version… KodePost or something. It’ll go along nicely with my awesome comic system (KodeKomic)

Robin Williams

In a recent interview with USA Today, Robin Williams informed them that he collects a lot of anime and is looking forward to seing Steamboy. He comments, “The Japanese are very aware that animation isn’t just for kids to the point of making pornography. They make deeply dark movies, science-fiction movies.” – Source Anime News Network

Wow, I see alot of really weird articles froming from the ANN, but this one really stands out.

I’m a big fan of robin williams, even his more serious work like Patch Adams, but after reading this, I have to say, my respect has reached a new high for him. I’ve been saying for a while now how the japanese animations can be both dark and light and fluffy, while the stuff that is created here, its always very .. kiddy. Now I am not saying I do not enjoy the american animations, such as Shrek, The Incredibles, Lilo And Stich, or even the saturday morning cartoons (Batman, x-men, justice league, etc).. but there are alot of good deep/dark animations from japan that just don’t match anything here.

LEGO starwars

Tried LEGO Starwars this morning. Man, it was very cute, everything is done in LEGO, and you can destroy most things with your lightsaber / blaster.

Okay, overall it was kinda enjoyable once I got into it, but the default controls were atrocious at best, there were at least 4 main keys, one for firing/attacking, one for jumping, one for “special” and one for talking. And they aren’t the normal layout one expects for games, they are layed out so one player is on the keypad, one is on the keyboard. Which is really annoying when you are used to having it spread out.

Though I have to admit, it brings back a bit of memories from the old arcade style double dragon games, where you could grab a friend and play 2 players. It even has puzzles that you would need to cooperate on.

The first time through the game, I was really, unimpressed, but for some reason, I went back and tried it again, I think because at one point they suggest you go around collecting all these “extras” to gain some secret demo code or something. And I have to admit, trying it again, it was alot more interesting than I though.

The only truely downside was that they tried to be funny a few times, when something blew up and a person was in the object (such as a ship), they’d do the old looney toons cliff drop style .. thing. Where they suddenly realize there is nothing underneithe them, and suddenly fall down into peices of lego… I found that really didn’t belong in a starwars game.

Overall, I’d say it was a fun demo, but I wouldn’t buy the full game, its just not that interesting.

Lego Starwars

Tried LEGO Starwars this morning. Man, it was very cute, everything is done in LEGO, and you can destroy most things with your lightsaber / blaster.

Okay, overall it was kinda enjoyable once I got into it, but the default controls were atrocious at best, there were at least 4 main keys, one for firing/attacking, one for jumping, one for “special” and one for talking. And they aren’t the normal layout one expects for games, they are layed out so one player is on the keypad, one is on the keyboard. Which is really annoying when you are used to having it spread out.

Though I have to admit, it brings back a bit of memories from the old arcade style double dragon games, where you could grab a friend and play 2 players. It even has puzzles that you would need to cooperate on.

The first time through the game, I was really, unimpressed, but for some reason, I went back and tried it again, I think because at one point they suggest you go around collecting all these “extras” to gain some secret demo code or something. And I have to admit, trying it again, it was alot more interesting than I though.

The only truely downside was that they tried to be funny a few times, when something blew up and a person was in the object (such as a ship), they’d do the old looney toons cliff drop style .. thing. Where they suddenly realize there is nothing underneithe them, and suddenly fall down into peices of lego… I found that really didn’t belong in a starwars game.

Overall, I’d say it was a fun demo, but I wouldn’t buy the full game, its just not that interesting.

Macross Plus

Macross Plus has to be one of the few animes that I like better dubbed than subbed. Sonic X would be another, but it was pretty crappy to start with.

Maybe its just because I used to watch Macross Plus back on teletoon so many years ago when it was dubbed only, but i find now listening to the japanese audio track very hard, the characters don’t seem to have the same emotion, and I always prefer watching things without subs.

The only real issue I have with the dub, is the songs, they really should have left them the originals, as really, the timing of the words do not match up at all. A song and its notes tend to end on the end of the line right? Well at least it sorta does. With this, the words might be the same, but they would end on weird points in the line, or rush to fit it in with the music.

Yes, and thats my awesome first post in a while, reviewing an anime and barely an review at all.

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