Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Settler v0.1

Guns, Germs and Steel put some ideas into my head. I got bored with my screen saver, and so decided to try and write my own. Here's the result: Settler v0.1

Be warned: this is still very much an alpha. If it formats your harddrive or steals your credit card numbers or something, I'm very sorry. But it you tell me about it, hopefully I can stop the next version from doing it!

(Oh, it's probably a Windows only thing. I know it works on 2k3 and XP, but I have no idea about anything else. You'll need the .NET 2.0 Framework. Just stick it inside your system32 directory, open up your Display control panel and go!)

EDIT: I've added a fix which should stop the crashing most people were telling me about. Re-download!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


26 Sun-Laps

Gordon's post about traveling around the sun reminded me that:
  1. I've been a bit slack with my blogging lately
  2. I meant to do a post in honour of my birthday
After my birthday last year, I sat down and had a long think about myself. I decided that despite being on the planet for a quarter-century, I hadn't really done that much. You know, despite surviving, finishing school, getting a degree, buying a house, getting married, holding down a full time job, etc. I think I hadn't had enough sugar that day or something.

The end result was that I made a list of things that I wanted to achieve before my next birthday. Since I didn't have any paper with me at the time, I made the list in my head. And so predictably I've forgotten most of it. Here's what I remember:
So I managed to do nearly everything on my list! I could probably cross the first one off too, since I've got a few of half-offers. Yay me!


Just Read: September

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Discovered: Sydney airport, coming back from TechEd
About It: The follow up to American Gods, this is the story of two of Anansi's children, Fat Charlie and Spider. It's a lighter book then American Gods, but still just as interesting. It was nice to have focus on just a few gods after the pantheon in American Gods. Plus, how could I not like a book that was dedicated to me?
My Rating: 4/5

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick
Discovered: At the back of my Philip K Dick Omnibus
About It: I wanted to read the story before I saw the movie. Like most of Philip K Dick's stories, A Scanner Darkly is about drugs. Unlike most of his stories, it focuses pretty heavily on the dangers of drug abuse. There's an author's note at the end of my copy that explains just how personal the story was. Pretty heavy, but also pretty good.
My Rating: 3.5/5

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