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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 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.

Latest Internet Relay Chat-logs (IRC)

Dr-Mambo: so yeah
Dr-Mambo: how about that <recent current event>
Dr-Mambo: did you catch that <local sporting event> last weekend?
Willuknight: no i missed <local sporting event> but i did manage to get to <recent current event> and it was pretty damm cool
Willuknight: i met <person we both know> there as well, they were with some friends
Dr-Mambo: oh thats just <emotive statement>
Willuknight: <unecessary agreement>
Dr-Mambo: well im going to go <masterbate furiously> to <lesbian pornogrophy>
Dr-Mambo: <parting statement>
Willuknight: <salutations>

[testic] Average number of times a man will ejaculate in his lifetime: 7,200
[sg1138_] 7200 seems pretty high
[testic] I think that includes wanking and wet dreams
[sg1138_] 7200 seems pretty low

<etoilet> i went into the D&D store cuz they had old capcom arcade booths for sale, and my girlfriend followed me in. All the guys were sitting at a table playing D&D, and this one long haired dude got up out of his seat, strode up to my gf, bowed and said "May I help you my lady?"
<crunchyfish> I don’t know, man. That’s pretty smooth. What was his charisma? 17? 18?

<Dreaded_Fist[using_AOL]> I’ve had the internet since I was 9
<Dreaded_Fist[using_AOL]> course back then, when I looked for porn, I’d type "pictures of men and woman having sex"
<rpliving> now u just type in "pictures of men"

<cassius_clay13> so I was with my friend bryan the other night in a bar
<cassius_clay13> well he got really drunk and said he was gonna puke
<cassius_clay13> so i helped him walk to the toilet
<cassius_clay13> all the stalls were occupied
<emoti_conartist> lol
<cassius_clay13> bryan is a rugby player… so a big guy
<cassius_clay13> so he fucking KICKS one of the stall doors open
<cassius_clay13> and there’s this guy in there taking a shit
<emoti_conartist> hahahahahaha
<cassius_clay13> and bryan throws up ALL OVER HIM
<cassius_clay13> then (this is genius) bryan thinks ‘oh shit… if i were taking a shit and someone came in and was sick all over me, i’d want to fuck him up… so i’d better hit him first’
<cassius_clay13> so he fucking SMACKS this guy in the face
<cassius_clay13> and runs away
<cassius_clay13> imagine being that guy… WORST NIGHT OUT EVER

<xxxGirlygirlxxx> Thank you for listening to me.
<xxxGirlygirlxxx> You know your a really good listener.
<xxxGirlygirlxxx> Sweety please say something.
<Sandaedar> Ok I’m back.

<dura> I really think I’m a moron.
<dura> I just now realised that Neo spelled backwards is one.

<lemonlimeskull> Keith dodged a serious bullet thanks to his massive stupidity.
<Opium> Hmm?
<lemonlimeskull> Well, as you may know he lost his license months ago
<lemonlimeskull> So he’s been biking everywhere, which has lead to him losing a bunch of weight
<lemonlimeskull> He bikes to Walmart today and as soon as he gets to the electronics department, realizes his wallet’s fallen out, probably somewhere along the highway.
<lemonlimeskull> So he takes the memory card he wanted, puts it up in his baggy sleeve, and goes to leave.
<killjay> Uh oh
<lemonlimeskull> Yeah.
<lemonlimeskull> Naturally, security stops him as he gets within 5 feet of the front doors. This huge obese woman who is obviously having a really bad day – or just hates her job.
<killjay> o shit
<lemonlimeskull> She stops him, GRABS his arm, RIPS up his sleeve, and WRENCHES the card out of his hand.
<lemonlimeskull> He knows he’s screwed so he starts crying in the middle of the fucking store. He cries all the way back to the security office, and everyone’s staring at him the whole way.
<Opium> So he’s sitting in jail right now
<lemonlimeskull> That’s the awesome part. The manager takes a look at him, notices the bike helmet, poorly fitting clothes, lack of any ID whatsoever, and the fact that he’s crying like a three year old.
<killjay> …. -_-
<lemonlimeskull> Yes. He was let go and the security woman got chewed out for hurting a "retarded kid".

<Chrisodeo> veni, veni, veni.
<CrazySteve> Pervert.

<sexor> I went shopping last night at like 1am. the place was empty, and this old woman, just making polite convertation, said to me: "where is everyone??".
<sexor> I replied: "In bed, same place you and I should be!"
<sexor> Took me ten minutes to figure out why she gave me a dirty look


If you’ve ever stood in line at your local news stand waiting for a greasy bacon hotdog, you’ve seen the Linux Format magazine under the Technology header, you know, down to the left from the dirty adult mags. Linux Format is, like every other societal institution, defined by the people running it. Now, the people have gone. They quit. Introducing Linux Voice Magazine!

We were the first to cover the Raspberry Pi from the newsstand. We beat the C.I.A. before it was cool. We sent a comfort package to Edward Snowden, and taught the world how easy servers were to hack (er, sorry, crack). Our fortnightly TuxRadar podcast entertained thousands of insightful and generous listeners, and we loved every minute of it.
Last month we quit, and we quit because we wanted to do something different. We want to create an even better magazine; a bigger, more entertaining and more accountable magazine for the community we love to serve. The magazine we want to make is called Linux Voice.

In the first 24 hours, they’ve raised more than £10,000 of their £90,000 goal. Please support the indie go-go campaign @ Linux Voice campaign by clicking that link. You can also check out their website here.

From my empty pockets I’ve still managed to shell out £80 for a year’s subscription. If I can do it, so can you. And if you like Linux, you’re gonna love these guys!

Petition: Stand with Tibet! has launched a campaign to get 1,000,000 signatures in support of Tibetans living under harsh Chinese rule. I don’t normally share the campaigns that I do sign, but delivering a million signatures to the UN is sure to draw some media attention to the dire situation and to China’s UN delegates. Here’s what Avaaz writes:

Tibetans who refuse to fly the Chinese flag above their homes risk being beaten or shot in the latest attempt to break their spirits. But now is the best moment in ages to bring hope to Tibet’s proud, but desperate people.

China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet — squashing an ancient religion, banning journalists, dawn arrests –we can get China to back away from its hard-line policy to be sure of getting the 97 votes it needs.

Please sign the petition and share it with your friends! Thank you!

A late morning walk with Elvis
Nice autumn walk today
It’s terrible to realize that such a great display of nature, _still_ makes me think of Windows XP..

Hint, hint
Are you still watching TV?
So dude, are you still trying to watch TV?

PACMAN Sausages!
PACMAN Sausages!
PACMAN Sausages for my spaghetti n’ ketchup dish!

Razor gaming mouse
Razor Gaming Mouse
The mouse on my gaming rig is getting too laggy by wear, so I got this puppy on sale!
Now I just need some actual free time to game in…

Love those trees
Love those trees
‘Twas a beautiful day in autumn

Back to the hieroglyphs!

Some Australian restaurant owner has been trying to replace ‘the’ with the Ћ symbol, the same way ampersand & replaced ‘and’ and the at @ replaced ‘at’, in order to save space in tweets and SMS text messages. What a great idea!

As you know, I’m an educated philosopher, and for a very long time I’ve been working to replace the word ‘balls’ with ∞. That way, you save a lot of characters in your texts. E.g.

Ћ new Superman flick is Ћ dog’s ∞!

Or the simpler, more to the point:


But why stop there? There are a lot of other words worthy of replacement. For instance, you could replace ‘if’, ‘of’ and ‘fuck’ with a simple ‘f’, and distinguish the semantics based on the context.

I’ll f u ↑

f u said fu I’d b sry cat:(

I’ll cu@ Ћ McD ↓ @ Main st. 2get Ћ $$ 4my dawg!

But some abbreviations just doesn’t work. Take “the N-Word” for instance. It’s actually longer than just saying ‘nigger’. But you wouldn’t really want to say ‘nigger’ because it is racist with undertones of social darwinism (which is scientifically false).

Saying ‘the N-word’, however, is both racist AND hypocritical. It’s not like there are people out there mystified by what ‘the N-word’ signifies.. Night? Neverland? Nachos? Nippy-weather? Not-’nigger’? Just stop trying to denote someone by the colour of their skin. We all know for a fact that colour doesn’t decide as much as economy, education and outlook. So if you need to use ‘the N-word’ in your parlance, just state without equivocation that you are a racist and a bigot.

And stop trying to hieroglyphize the language. People aren’t educated enough to use the language they already have! Now get off my lawn!

Lady C becoming a "prepper"?

I dunno if you’ve been watching the National Geographic Channel lately, but a couple of years back they decided they would turn around their public image, and as of now are among the top producers of contentless shit-tv. One of these so-called series or shows, is about preppers, viz. social expressions of despairing the human condition and the US political constitution in general. They come across as nutcases in their failure to provide any actual non-accidental facts for their despair, but in any case; they ARE PREPARED when [insert societal failure here] comes to pass.

The girlfriend, Lady C, recently blogged about her realization that she quite inadvertantly is something of a prepper herself in her blog post; One Apocalypse coming up…

We should add to her list that she’s currently growing potatoes in our bedroom.

Anyway. If she comes across as a little pervert, it’s because she insists that “Doing the jungle mambo” is not a sexual euphemism. Please don’t berate her for her lacking skill in English idioms, now. All that pleasure are belong to me.