edg: (<3)
Spring has rolled around again, and with it the sight of happy couples poking their heads out of their burrows, not being scared off by their shadows, and coming out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Forget Valentine's Day - Spring is the lord of love, and now that the depredations of March have fallen by the wayside, you can see affection blooming all over. Why, the season is enough to make even the most chronically dateless out there wish that they had someone's hand to hold, someone's cheek to caress, someone's ear into which to whisper sweet nothings.

Those who are perennial bachelors, watching and wishing and remaining dateless year after year, might pray for guidance - "how can I, too, get a date?". In the past, even the best options for finding a partner have been scattershot, using unscientific methods to generate poor matches, and these solitary men and women have sunk farther and farther into despair. Is there no hope? Can no one help these brave, lonely, unlucky men and women?

Google™ can help.

Introducing the new Google Romance™. With Google Romance, you can:

  • Upload your profile – tell the world who you are, or, more to the point, who you’d like to think you are, or, even more to the point, who you want others to think you are.

  • Search for love in all (or at least a statistically significant majority of) the right places with Soulmate Search, our eerily effective psychographic matchmaking software.

  • Endure, via our Contextual Dating option, thematically appropriate multimedia advertising throughout the entirety of your free date.

Google Romance™. Because, when you think about it, love is just another search problem.

(Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] archangelbeth. Some text from http://www.google.com/romance/.)
edg: (In Motion)
Today, the Toronto Star's website (I don't get the Star, so I don't know if it's in the print edition) ran an article on flattery, toadies, and sycophants in the workplace. Now, naturally, you'd want a good pull-quote for an article like this, something that captures the essence of what you're writing about neatly and concisely.

So, of course, you go to fan-created material for a role-playing game with relatively little market presence:

"A Sycophant's resonance is for flattery. They have the ability to know what a given person wants to hear and what the person doesn't want to hear. Given enough time, the demon may stroke a human's ego, play to his fears and slowly but inexorably isolate him from anything that might possibly contradict his increasingly incorrect view of the universe. Once a Sycophant has his hooks in a mortal, it's only a matter of time before the victim is effectively useless."

— from the fantasy game
In Nomine

(Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] cythraul.)


Jan. 17th, 2006 06:51 pm
edg: (Silly)
I encourage you all to read today's Irregular Webcomic!, if you haven't already.

Not only is the ur-lightbulb joke probably the funniest thing I've seen all week (YES I AM A GEEK WHY DO YOU ASK), but David Morgan-Mar is, I think, the undisputed grand-master of the beat panel, and this is an excellent example of his supremacy.
edg: (Think before you act)
Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] followyourfish.

Remember, kids, use Paste responsibly. (Make sure you read the entire clipping to get the full effect.)
edg: (Silly)
In the dark future of Hollywood parodies, there is only Shatner.

Warning: video file.
edg: (<3)
The sheer volume of search engines hits on combinations of gabe/piro/tycho/largo and various hentai acts of man on man sex have lead me to the inescapable conclusion that no power in the 'verse can stop a teenage girl once she's got her mind set on the task of masturbating.

-- Ghastly, in a Websnark discussion
edg: (I can't stop talking!)
I am informed via the forums that the latest release of Safari (2.0.2, included with the OS X 10.4.3 update) is now compatible with Writely.

Writely uses browser detection to block off the browsers they know to not work, which still includes older versions of Safari; if you want to use Safari 2.0.2 to check out Writely, you can use this link to bypass the browser detection. (Omniweb and older versions of Safari still do not work with Writely, due to certain strange bugs in their handling of iFrames, CSS, and text selection.)
edg: (Dyna)
All In Nomine people, take note: they are among us, yea, even unto the still lives.

(By [livejournal.com profile] ursulav.)

Oh well

Nov. 6th, 2005 09:55 am
edg: (...right.)
I guess it was too good to last...


Nov. 6th, 2005 12:21 am
edg: (Robot)
I'm posting an awful lot for someone who's spending time away from LiveJournal. But that's not the point of this post.

I'm looking for an RSS aggregator that will compile a list of recent titles into a plain-text file, newest to oldest. What I'd like to do is use GeekTool to use curl to grab that file from the server it lives on and display it on my desktop, so I can see with a press of F11 whether any of the RSS feeds I'm subscribed to have updated (rather than having to load LiveJournal or Bloglines). Any thoughts?

(Hm. Generating one of those on my own would be harder than I think it is.)

Also, I see that Weblog Licentiae Moeticae is having some trouble. Everything okay over there? (Not that Moe reads this journal, or that Jamie will see this post for a week or two, but...) EDIT: Not anymore. Apparently it was just a temporary glitch, but for a few minutes it was giving me a "this journal has been suspended" notice when I tried to load the page.

Also also, [livejournal.com profile] gehn, you should post to Nil Retain more often.

That is all.
edg: (Dice)
On November 4, the Superior writeup for Lilith will be released as a PDF on e23. Sometime in November (the post is not specific), the In Nomine Core Rules will be released as a PDF on e23.

The news post is here.
edg: (I can't stop talking!)
[livejournal.com profile] followyourfish (and other super sekrit photo aficionados reading my journal), have you seen Riya? It looks like the alpha phase just started (like, yesterday), and so according to the CEO's weblog they may be limiting the number of users who can sign up at once just so that they don't kill the servers; nevertheless, I think it's worthwhile to look around the site, at least.
edg: (Silly)
"Change it up, fuzzball."

Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] curiousangel.
edg: (Dice)
It's even better knowing that D&D Online is in development.

New toy!

Sep. 30th, 2005 10:23 am
edg: (Writing)
Hat tip:[livejournal.com profile] copperbird.

I've been thinking about starting to look for a good text editor for OS X. I'd like something like EditPlus, which in my mind comes close to being the perfect Windows text editor - of course, everybody's tastes are different - but my primary criterion is autosave. The bane of my existence is accidentally closing a document window and losing everything, and I have been known to entirely abandon things (like Aleae posts) because that happened.

And today, Writely shows up on my Friends list.

Writely is a web-based word processor. It's not as fully functional as, say, MS Word is - in fact, it feels a lot like Wordpad, in terms of features - but it has a lot of quirky features that most word-processors don't have, like View HTML Source (which appears, unlike Word, to conform to standards), Save As Word File, and Save As Zip File. It also autosaves - about every 45 seconds, from what I can tell - and it also (again, as far as I can tell) checks to see if you've changed the document since the last save. If you haven't, it doesn't save the document. (I don't know what happens if you change the document and then change it back before the next save point.)

Another feature of Writely is that you can tag and publish ("provide view-only access to") what you've written - and, much like LJ Friends filters, you can define who you want to be able to see a given document. This turns the website into kind of a Flickr for documents. An even neater feature is that it supports collaboration; you can give another Writely user write access to a document, so that you can both work on it. (I don't know how that works if you both want to work at the same time. Maybe I'll test that this weekend.)

(An aside: [livejournal.com profile] fadethecat points out that this is really useful for online gaming, especially for character sheets; the GM just needs to keep track of the URLs for the various character sheets, and the players can update and republish the sheets - with XP changes and the like - without having to keep emailing attached sheets to the GM.)

There are limits on document sizes, but they're generous: 500k for each document, 2MB for each embedded image, and you can collaborate with up to 50 other people on a single document. This may change once Writely leaves beta; what will change, almost certainly, when Writely leaves beta is the cost. The website is free right now, but once it goes to a full release, there will be, according to the FAQ, a range of free and paid membership options.

There are two features that I'm dearly missing, too: find-and-replace and word count. (And these may, in fact, be present; I just can't find them.)

The bottom line, though, is that I think Writely is going to be my new general text editor for the time being. (This post was written in it!) I'm bad at conclusions, so I'll just say this: it's really neat.
edg: (Silly)
(who provided the link, not what's behind it), the best. cake. ever.
edg: (Space Pirate!)
Rather than quote Firefly, since that meme seems silly to me, I'll quote Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman instead:

TIME: Are you nervous? You've got 11 days before it opens.

JW: Something like that. I don't count. I'm not aware of the opening day. I'm not going to be hiding in the bathtub.

TIME: What do you do?

JW: I stockpile canned goods and hide in the basement.

NG: Lucky bastard. I'm going to be signing books out in public.

JW: That gives you great legitimacy. You can say, 'well, I write books. I'm above all this.'

TIME: You could write a book, Joss.

JW: Yes, but not in the next eleven days. I could write a blog.

Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] oyving.
edg: (You are here)
July 29, 2005: "It's definitely bigger than Pluto." So says Dr. Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology who announced today the discovery of a new planet in the outer solar system.

The planet, which hasn't been officially named yet, was found by Brown and colleagues using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego. It is currently about 97 times farther from the sun than Earth, or 97 Astronomical Units (AU). For comparison, Pluto is 40 AU from the sun.

This places the new planet more or less in the Kuiper Belt, a dark realm beyond Neptune where thousands of small icy bodies orbit the sun. The planet appears to be typical of Kuiper Belt objects--only much bigger. Its sheer size in relation to the nine known planets means that it can only be classified as a planet itself, Brown says.

(NASA - 10th Planet Discovered)


Jul. 29th, 2005 12:57 pm
edg: (Dark angel)
[livejournal.com profile] laureate05 asked:

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edg: (Productive!)
Law School In A Nutshell

To understand why legalese is so incomprehensible, think about it as the programming language Legal. It may have been clean and simple once, but that was before it suffered from a thousand years of feature creep and cut-and-paste coding. Sure, Legal is filled with bizzare keywords, strange syntax, and hideous redundancy, but what large piece of software isn't? Underneath the layers of cruft, serious work is taking place.

As always, one of the secrets of being a good coder is to be able to read someone else's code and recognize which parts were copied out of the Camel Book and which parts have been carefully tweaked for this particular project. It's okay to skim legal documents the same way you'd skim a long source file; you just have to know when to switch over to careful reading. One of the major goals of this walkthrough is to give you a better sense of when to skim and when to focus.

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