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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. May 2007 Entries
Operation Geek Storm needs your help...
Previously, I mentioned Ziggurat Con and how we're accepting donations for a big box of gamer goodness to send to the troops in IRAQ. Well, it's gone totally bonzo. We currently have 6 large FULL boxes and at least that much more coming in over the weekend. Numerous companies and individuals, both local and remote have pitched in and also spread the word. We've gotten mentioned in the local papers, the radio and a number of blogs. But... (there's always a but) the shipping bill is climbing. QUICKLY. ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 1:37 PM

xbox 360 laptop
This is the most insanely awesomest badass-ist thing I've seen in, well... a long damn time.

I want one!! OMFG I want one.

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Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 11:11 PM

Ziggurat Con
If you're a gamer, ex-military, active military, or just feel like supporting the troops, or gamers, or whatever... you should read this: Reality Check Games is accepting donations of gaming supplies to send to Ziggurat Con. What is Ziggurat Con? It's the first gamer convention ever held in a war zone (Iraq.) The convention is being put on by and for OUR troops and they need our help getting stuff together to be used. We (RCG) have put out a large box for people to donate any gaming supplies they ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 9:46 AM

30 days of hell: day 7-12
I guess the title is misleading at this point. The first few days weren't that easy, but since then it's been pretty effortless. The blood sugars are still in check, the fried foods haven't creeped back into my diet. I've been eating special K (fruit & yogurt) for breakfast most days, or a banana and cup of yogurt. Some days when I wake up really hungry, I have all three. Considering how I used to eat, I'm still doing ok. Lunch and dinner typically consists of tuna salad (with apples and pickles ......

Posted On Friday, May 18, 2007 11:29 AM

30 days of hell: day 4 - 6
Amazingly, I've been adhering to my plan. I've eaten a hell of a lot of tuna and grilled food. I've probably also had a little too much soda along the way, but that's ok for now. For the most part, it's been pretty easy. The hardest part is actually making myself think about what I'm fixing or ordering. I'm so used to ordering junk that I instinctively look at that stuff first and then have to remind myself that I'm not eating deep fried cheese or breaded popcorn shrimp, etc... *sigh* I do love that ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 7:20 PM

Game Development w/ ADD
One of the fun things about working on HA! is all the neat ideas I come up with while coding. Annnnd, one of the downsides of having ADD (not AD&D) is all the neat ideas I come up with while coding. Today was a good example of both. I was working on the overland encounters code for HA! and was getting pretty deep into the factors that determine whether you... {Edit: ADD in action, I just stepped away to grab a drink of water and then I watched about half a game of "Ticket to Ride, sold a guy ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 7:05 PM

30 days of hell: day 2 and a half
So day two of my 30 days of hell started a little rocky. I went to Sonic for breakfast and started to order without even thinking about it and then realized "holy crap... I can't eat most of this junk." After studying the menu for a minute or two, I found something that fit within my requirements. A ham & cheese breakfast burrito and a cranberry juice. Sadly, no tots for me. Lunch was easier, opting for a microwaveable turkey pot pie. I ate dinner at home after the user group: a loaded tuna salad ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 11:18 AM

Columbia UG Relaunch
The user group in Columbia has seen some trying times over the last few years, effectively going on hiatus for several months at a time. Eventually, it just kind of imploded due to a leadership crisis. For a while it seemed as though there would never be a consistent community presence there, despite the efforts of numerous community influencers. That no longer seems to be the case. Last night was the relaunch and rechristening of the Columbia .NET UG. They will be moving to a new recurring date ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 10:49 AM

30 days of hell - day 1
As part of my efforts to get my lazy ass back into shape, the first thing I did was get my blood sugars under control. That took a little over a week to get them back to where they should be. The good news, I'm through that. The problem with dropping 300+ points of blood sugar is that even though you're actually much closer to where you should be, you feel like complete hell while you're body readjusts to the new level. Basically it feels like you've been hit by a slow moving truck that takes a week ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 4:05 PM

apparently I'm...

Posted On Saturday, May 5, 2007 10:09 AM

so what do YOU think of the Zune subscription model?
Interesting opinion piece on the Zune Subscription model. Some of the points make sense, but ultimately they fail to mention that the subscription model isn't the ONLY option for Zuners. I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it frustrating that if I want to burn a track I downloaded from the Zune store, I have to pay *again* for burn rights. I say again because I already paid once for my subscription. I realize Zune isn't the only device/service to use this model, but that doesn't make it any less ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 4:49 PM

From the "why am I the only one asking these questions" department...
Is there a way (in to dynamically create an enum at runtime? The enum would always have the same items in it, just in a different order (thereby having different values assigned to each item.) This enum would then be used at runtime by code that already exists. Crazy huh? One way I thought off accomplishing this would be to create a file dynamically and then read it back in somehow populating the enum, but the existing code already references the enum(s) in more than one place, so anything ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 4:33 PM

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