Friday, November 28, 2008

Disasters on Thanksgiving day

Thanksgiving day was chaotic for me. We have a big party planned and I know I can't do much for the day. So I wanted to zolo the entire day but I can't start the bot. Turned out the ISP my offset server and forums server is on had a heart attack and the whole thing is down.

Went on to mmowned and several people are reporting the same. It took my ISP about 2 hours to finish fdisking (the partition went read only for some reason).

But I don't have time to wait for them to finish the scan. I have to go buy stuff for the party. Right in the middle of that wife told me she forget to order pizza!!! Now I am facing a total meltdown, because it will be mutiny if there is no food (the people we invite are mostly grown ups but there are young kids involved).

I have to drop in a nearby Pizza house and the line was not bad. Of course once I come back home my car is blocked out of garage. And one of my guest's hand was burned by hot water while she tried to prepare something. So there were frantic search for medical supplies, while a bunch of kids skip out of the door and started playing in our backyard.

Finally we start to eat and the conversation was good. Suddenly I heard loud cries. Several of the kids got wood stick in their hands while playing at the structure in our backyard (from the previous owner). Now more needles and etc. I almost fainted for that.

Out of time, more later if I could.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New release soon

I am in process of implementing a bunch of features, including auxiliary waypoints (a waypoint holder where you can put any waypoints in there without checking of distance etc. Good for muck up waypoints so the toon can run smoothly on loot), one way and two way sequential waypoints (Where bot will follow the waypoint excatly to the end).

The one way and two way sequential waypoints will be good in places where it have tight corners, inside caves or near cliffs, where you want the bot to go exactly as you recorded, or go one way only. some of them are needed in order to go to tight quest areas.

However time is tight and I don't have much time to test it out...

Monday, November 17, 2008

New hope for man kind

Turkey in radical revision of Islamic texts

This is amazing. This is a tiny news that not many people are aware of, but this might have HUGE implications that not many of us could truly understand. We might be able to compare what is happening in Turkey to the revolution of Martin Luther. From the surface the two are different, but I think it is just as ground breaking. I think Martin Luther's revolution has much to do with the development of Europe and US, and might be the key to the industrial revolution. This is all because Martin Luther give the spirit foundation to the revolution against the catholic church.

The new interpretation of Islam could help Turkey make a new leap, and hopefully the other Islamic countries could follow suit. It is my observation that if a country is too conservative, it will not move (countries in Dark Age). But if a country is too liberal, it would rot.

With the declining of the western culture, Turkey might be the next shining beacon after US.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Caught a chipmunk

Noticed something cute near our house. And it is a chipmunk! It dig several holes around our house, and my friend told me and my wife that it could damage the foundation.

So we decide to lay a trap. We bought a $20 trap from lowe's to make sure we won't hurt it. After 2 days, wife was excited fund the trap door closed and a chipmunk inside :-)

I went out and took pictures (will post later), the chipmunk does not appear to be afraid of me, but jumped around the cage left and right trying to escape. From time to time it sit and watched me.

We put it in our garage for the night. My wife's boss warned here not to name the chipmunk, "Don't get too attached" she said, "God knows what they carry".

The next day, I drive to a lake side hill. The moment I open the trap door, the chipmunk jumped out and disappeared into the bushes, didn't even look back.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Found Beethoven

I was with my wife at a store, and found some classical CDs on sale. One of them is Beethoven's 5th and 9th combined (imagine that!).

When I was very young I loved classical musics. Initially I heard a shortened piano piece of Beethoven's 5th, and that leads me to others. I like the 5th, 6th and 9th. I could recite most of the 5th and 6th, but some how can't remember the rhythm of the 9th.

While driving home, I tried to impress my wife with the CD. Naturally I picked the 9th because I remember it was the easiest to get on. But I failed badly. The 9th has some sudden changes that wife didn't like, she liked 5th more, but the 5th has too much strong elements. Later on we turned to FM stations.

I am very happy about the discovery, because it has been so long since I heard classical music. Next step would be to find the violin piece by Mendelssohn, I am sure wife will love it :-)