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Mathematical Impossibility

I have today put up not one, but two parts for Red Ice: First Craft, and Polonium Black. These collectively complete Chapter 1 of the story. 

Having more German vocabulary in the story now, as the secret rites of the Order of the Red Ice, I've pretty much decided that that is the language the Order operates in, while the main common language is English. This doesn't take place on Earth, however, the twin moons being the most obvious fact about that, but it would be taking place on a similar world.

If it were part of the Spiral Island lore, I would probably take the opportunity to develop more the artificial language I've been slowly writing over the years for that series. But it does not, and so I wanted to use something more down to the level of our world.

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:00:00 -0500

Flurry of Blows

An interesting end to the weekend. One one hand, I find myself without any money in my bank account, because the automatic loan payment somehow mistriggered and significantly overpaid off the rest of my loan. On the next hand, I find all of my websites hacked, just as we're heading back out. 

A big kudos to the JaguarPC staff, who promptly started investigation, discovered it was a security vulnerability and everything on my server was hit, and quickly restored all the data from backups and patched the flaws. The bank I called up and they looked into it to figure out what happened, and reversed the transfer to restore my funds. 

So for a couple rounds I was rather stunned, but everything was clear and we had a nice trip back home. Great to have people you can count on. I'll go into other stuff about the weekend later.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:00:00 -0500

On The Road Again

I will be leaving shortly, heading to San Diego for the next week. We will be driving there this time around, so it will be a long road trip to southern Utah and then through Vegas. Through the night, of course, since none of us are really much for the daytime.

Since I've been in the mood for replaying DOOM 3 lately, I found there was a DOOM 3 novelization project in the works. I picked up the first novel, Worlds on Fire, from the library to read on the way there and back, but I sat down to read the first chapter after getting home and ended up reading a third of the way into the book, so I'm going to have to bring something else as well. I got this neat reading magnifier with a light, too, to be able to read in the dark.

I'm rather liking this book so far. It's paced differently than the original novel series by Dafydd ab Hugh, but then again that covered the four episodes of DOOM, as well as DOOM 2 and whatever tangent he ended up going on, whereas this guy is just covering DOOM 3 over three novels. I never finished that first series, I only read the first two because my library didn't have the other ones. I did particularly like how he decided to approach the non-described location problem of DOOM 2 on Earth, plus the author's - although not quite accurate - positive portrayal of Mormons and the LDS church by a non-Mormon author. And yes, we would totally be able to stronghold ourselves against a demon-alien invasion here in SLC where the rest of everywhere else would fall.

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:00:00 -0500

The Ad Is A Spy

Unlike most people on the internet, I understand the importance of advertising revenue for a website, and I don't use AdBlock. I don't mind seeing an ad, and sometimes they are quite humorous.

While I really don't get hardly anything out of it, I do run ads here and on the AnacondaSoftware DevBlog. My goal with that decision is to ultimately just get enough to pay for the hosting, since I don't do any advertising on any of my other main sites and it all comes out of my pocket. I haven't achieved that level yet, unfortunately, but nonetheless they'll remain. 

So for now, they ultimately serve my humor directly. And the funniest thing for me about them is watching a page to see exactly what sort of ad links a page ultimately ends up to when it's crawled by Google's system. Instead of generic entries about spelling and whatnot, interesting things pop up. 

Since the Spiral Island introduction has been there long enough for indexing now, I thought I would take a look and see what it got on the selection of four when I loaded the page. Not surprisingly, two of them just run directly with the spy theme and talk about CIA training. A third one combines that with the talk of Amy's hyperopia, giving us an ad for "spy glasses".

The last ad, though, came out of left field. The entry's titled "How to make electricity", and links to information about solar panels for the home. Yet there's certainly nothing in the entry about electricity, and barely anything electronic. Even deriving it from solar directly is a stretch, because the only variation on that in the entry is the word "sunlight", which exists only once. 

So I have absolutely no idea how that ad got there, so, to finish off the overall theme of the page, the last ad itself must be a spy.

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 09:00:00 -0500

Holder Of... Cookies?

I seem to find myself with a box of neverending cookies. The more I take out, the more I have in the box. At one point I had just 12 left, and, several cookies eaten later, I find 13 left in the box. Madness as it is, that is what I have.

In other news, the air conditioning is still not fixed, and I broke one of the blades on my fan so it now cannot spin properly and I must replace it.

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500