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What have I been up to this week? I stuffed more gratuitous features into kMoria.. you can beam your high score to another player, or you can beam an object from your inventory. Also added support for multiple users (PalmOS device as time-shared machine: discuss) so you can lend the game to a friend without fearing for your own character. Someone started a thread on r.g.r.moria so I posted in it (kibozagoogle!). I should release again soon but it would be nice to actually fix some bugs first too.

ldunbar's perl script output made me laugh.

Sadly, my big ol' angelfish croaked sometime last night. He was a good fish (she? it? I'll never know)

man, I am behind on email again. Don't really feel like answering it either.

toys - When the VisorPhone price [with subscription] dropped I of course had to contemplate getting one. I concluded that, at the moment, cell phones and I don't really need each other no matter how funky they are. That was last week's toy contemplation. This week's toy contemplation is "minidisc recorder" (for recording live music). It seems like the older models are not that expensive unless of course I consider how many used paperbacks I could get for that. And do I need one? no, I have enough random electronic toys already, but today it amuses me to virtually window-shop. instead of... answering email

The magic 8 ball says Phoon is INTP ("Architect"). Your mileage may vary.

Feature-creeping - yesterday I frobbed kMoria, which can now beam itself (subject to recipient's approval). Also posted a pointless ramble to rec.games.roguelike.development (if it ever shows up) about character interactions in non-multiplayer games, or, "hm, I wonder what else I could beam to someone".

dyork and panix are having fun-with-personality-types. I always come up INTJ, to the surprise of no one who knows me. (Not sure how I feel about the one-word titles though. Mastermind! I'll just sit here in a chair petting this white cat...)
Last time some friends were talking about it, we made up a four-question sorter:
1. Does having other people around tire you out?
2. Have you ever walked into an obvious stationary object? (e.g. a wall)
3. Have you ever wanted to be a Vulcan?
4. Are you able to decide where to eat dinner?

Someone sent a patch for kMoria (wow!) so I am tinkering with kMoria this week.

Recovering from yesterday (got up early and went to the wedding of two friends.. very nice wedding.. meanwhile missed most of the local annual science fiction convention which was also this weekend (skipped the Friday evening stuff so as to be in decent shape to play guitar the next morning; but instead stayed up as late just being a worrywart, though I suppose that was somewhat less tiring than convention-going) but did go to the filking last night which was a fine thing.. then spent most of today (Sunday) asleep thus neatly missing the rest of the convention, and also missing helping friends move furniture (oops)).

Yet another thing going on this weekend (one that I was glad to mostly miss yesterday) was the annual "vintage grand prix" in which people with wacky old cars take and drive them around in circles in the park a couple blocks down the street from me (sadly, it is audible from here), all weekend.

Have not been doing much geek stuff lately, due to trying to get calluses back in time for wedding after having neglected guitar all summer; and "mundane" things like that. Also reflected (last night) that I have not produced much filk (if it can be dignified with the name) in the past year or so, maybe partly due to spending brain cells on other things, such as "working on thesis research" or newer ways to procrastinate same, and partly due to being lately gripped with a preference to write something with an original tune that is unrelated to graduate school or computers, the feasibility of which remains unproven (and thus nothing gets written at all).

We trimmed the hedges, of which there are 3+i kinds. (I would secretly like to just get rid of the kind that has long thin thorns. Like maybe bulldoze them. well, a girl can dream.) It started to rain before we finished picking up the third and thorny set of trimmings so we just sort of kicked them off the driveway to finish up tomorrow.

Open-source-wise, am having one of those "what was I smoking?" evenings: why, exactly, did I want to let other people download software that I had modified really just for my own fun? Someone remind me, while I go off and evade non-leafy responsibility for the rest of the weekend.

Released iRogue 1.1.0 (development branch) the only interesting feature of which is HandEra support. Currently releasing color kMoria. clickety clik. personal status:



later - Someone please shoot me for improper use of &=
Palm foo - The "iRogue for HandEra 330" branch has (I think) only two nontrivial new bugs at the moment, does not have support for rotating the display, but I think I will vote that a project for another month. Whether the bugs will be magically fixed by July 2 is anyone's guess.

Color for kMoria is practically done (and there is a kludgey separate utility to help set up colors so that, yeah, every monster type can have its own color without wasting space for us monochrome folks), but before I turn it loose, I want to rethink which database should get the record with the color information - choosing either of the existing two has some possible drawbacks but on the third hand proliferation of databases is also potentially irritating to the user. Meanwhile, I revised the stats bar so that it only updates the fields that have changed (cut down on the flickering when you are regaining hit points) but it's a bit broken just at the moment and sometimes doesn't update anything.

Other foo - Rereading _Downbelow Station_.

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