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Happy Birthday To Me, Happy Birthday To Me…

Today I’m turning 30 years old! Three decades. 30% of a century. That is old!

This is an automated message, so don’t think I’m taking time off from our brilliant BARCELONA adventure to write this, I got modern technology up in this biatch, posting me memes, keepin’ it cool.

And in 10 years, I’ll be forty……..! So; Happy Birthday To Me! Have a beer.

Bollicks to this, we’re off to Barcelona!

Yes. We’re leaving snow-fogged rain for sunny BCN, brilliant architecture, art and Spanish cuisine!

You say Winter is coming? We say: Bring it on, let us just pack our bags first!

We dropped off the dog at C’s mum’s an hour ago, now we’re going to have a pizza, watch some TV, finish packing and get ready for our red-eyed flight tomorrow morning. Have a good one!

Absolutely No Joke this year!?

Today I usually have a planned or improvised April Fools joke on Sigg3.net, but not this year.

Friday I handed in the first 20% of my MA thesis and also accidentally discovered that we were scheduled for having our windows replaced today. They decided this was the time to do it because of some change in insulation regs next year, which could make it even more expensive.

All weekend was pretty much in preparation for the job. Yesterday I spent six-seven hours rolling out paper on the floor and putting everything in plastic.

Today, I got up at 5:30 a.m. which is around 4-5 hours earlier than usual, and the construction team entered at 7. Half an hour after that we put the dog in the car and drove him to C’s mother. Had a cup of coffee, and agreed that C would stay behind with Elvis trying to get some sleep. While I, on the other hand, was going to drive back home and keep an eye out for problems, documenting the steps and make coffee. Spending 1,5 year on a flat makes it your baby. I sometimes feel like I know more about the flat than I do about myself. So when someone from the outside world come to change it, it better be good.

I was quickly realizing that the company we’d hired weren’t amateurs looking for a quick buck and hiding behind foreclosure strategies. They were organized and well trained to do their particular parts, which rendered me being there a lot less necessary.
I went to a café in my neighborhood and bought a double latte, and brought it back to the garden. The flat looked like a bombed out ruin by now, huge holes where the windows would be. So the wind was blowing right through it, making it colder than just sitting outside. Also, my AP is so powerful I easily get Wifi in the garden.

After the coffee, I had some more photos to shoot, but then nothing to do. So I went for a walk, without the dog, looking like an unemployed construction worker aimlessly wandering around, at the park, along the roads, at the Botanical Garden of Oslo.. Lady C and Elvis joined me in the garden around noon, well rested, bringing lunch and good company, and the sun was finally starting to work as advertised. Since the nut across the hall refused to let anyone in, ours was the flat in focus today, thus they finished earlier, around 2pm. C left for work and Elvis was happy for all the attention.

Around 7 pm I finished taking out the dusty paper and plastic covers to the bins, vacuuming and cleaning all the rooms and finally putting my computer room back in order. Then I had to take the dog outside again, play with him some, play Left 4 Dead 2 some and a little no More Room in Hell, until it was now.

Now I am hungry and exhausted, stretching on the mini couch in the computer room with a snoring Boston Terrier squeezing me further to the edge. And I have no energy left for April Fools day shenanigans, hence the present message. I am not convinced that the windows needed changing, but I’m glad it’s partially completed. Now remains the finishing touches which, happily, Lady C is much better at than me. I hope you had a great day, however, and many fine jokes to chuckle at. Have a cheese burger! That is at least what I intend to do once C returns from work and order is restored in the galaxy.

Edit: Pics or it didn’t happen!
Changing the kitchen window
This is the kitchen window, having been almost taken out completely..

Back in a minute 1.2 released!

The first public release of my BASH game Back in a minute has finally been released on my coding blog: Back In a Minute First Public Release, Version 1.2!

Back in a minute running in gnome-terminal

Back in a minute a.k.a biamin

You can download a tarball or clone my git repository. Please enjoy!

It feels great to finally give something back to the Free and Open Source software community! The ~2200 lines of code reflects a need for optimization, but I am not planning to do any major overhauls on the current game. (It runs fine and is stable.)

If you ever wanted a random, Warhammer-like BASH terminal adventure game, you’re in for a treat! The world of Back in a minute has 4 playable races, 6 enemies, 8 items and 6 scenarios in 270 sections of the world map. And if you tire of the default map, you can create your own using the map template generator that is built in!

Have fun and a great weekend! It is time to make dinner and mix myself a drink:)

Introducing Back in a minute blog!

Last year, having finished my CD-to-FLAC automation script called FLACRIPPER, I jumped head first into my next project: Create a fun game that is completely written in BASH. I started out with these ideas:

  • It must be quick
  • …but also vast, if you want it to be
  • It must be a full world (have a navigational map)
  • It must have monsters you can fight
  • It must be random

This was the start of forest.sh which later became Back in a minute.

I started coding while reading a lot of political philosophy, simply because I needed a break from books. Creating something that’s in your head on paper is pretty much my everyday life, but there is usually little feedback except when you receive a grade on a paper. Which is pretty arbitrary and not very constructive.

Coding, on the other hand, provides instant feedback! In addition, it does train the same ontological skills that I need in philosophy, so it isn’t a complete waste of time. One big difference is that an article can have spelling mistakes without affecting the content, whereas code simply breaks down in a pile of error messages..

Having coded on and off for half a year, I understood that while being a favourite pastime I couldn’t force my readers (what readers?) to read about it, so I played with the idea of creating a separate blog for the project. When I came to the point of having a working game, I was pretty much planning a sequel. This prompted me to create a separate blog:

I present to you the official Back in a minute homepage!

Please note, there is currently no code in the repositories, because there are 2 bugs I want to iron out first so the game is 100% playable from day one. Last night I watched a Kickstarter update from Tim Schafer‘s development of Broken Age, of which Act 1 was released to backers just yesterday. Anyway, he said that as a game developer at the end of creating a game, there are a hundred things you’d like to do; but there are only 10 things you _can do_, and those are the things you _have to do_.

Without any comparison to the inspiring genius of Tim Schafer, who gave us Monkey Island and Grim Fandango among others, it gave me a push in the right direction. ‘Cause I’ve been struggling with a «social media» feature of my game, which posts a row from the highscore list on Twitter etc. But it has created more problems than it solves, and yesterday I realized that it has nothing to do with the game. So I’m re-doing it in a more basic manner, by simply creating a copy-pastable message in the terminal using echo the player can post him or herself.

That leaves 2 (known) bugs for me to fix, commenting the code a bit more verbosely, and making it more readable (casing). I began writing it in gedit, which is okay for smaller projects, but as soon as I got more than 1500 lines of code it became too slow. I am now using geany, and considering learning emacs instead. That’s what Jesus would do. Anyway, you can follow the development on Back in a minute blog, which was created so those who don’t care don’t have to be bothered! :D

Happy Birthday Elvis!

It’s the little guy’s birthday today! Typing on a cell so this will be short and sweet; Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Why are you bothering me?

It’s hard to understand that we have had our Boston Terrier for two years. When I think of earlier days, it’s like he’s there with us.

He’s an annoying, little bastard; but just the same, full of love and joy. I’m visiting family in the west, and I miss his snoring already.