Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh, shut up and go to bed already

There's something strangely and subtly poignant about being the only one awake; by yourself, the contact list empty, the conversation windows closed. I don't know why, but it seems like it is. Maybe because it doesn't happen very often.

By definition, it's a moment you can't really share, not while it happens anyways. And yet, I'm here, blogging, indulging, broadcasting on my legal pirate radio, wondering if anyone else will ever tune in and hear about it. I imagine that someday, someone might, perhaps while they themselves are alone late at night.

Boy, this just got a bit creepy, didn't it?

Never mind. I'm going to bed. Good night.

Monday, December 7, 2009

robotfindskitten finds Zune

So I don't know why this didn't occur to me sooner: I got my first piece of code published (or "published", anyways), and I have a blog; why not blog about it?

It actually started as a little project to amuse myself, but I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the results. Considering the original source code was essentially useless to me and I was basing the entire thing off of my memory of the Rockbox port. And I had no idea how to use XNA or C# when I started.

Anyways. If you haven't heard of robotfindskitten, I'll forgive you this time. It's a silly little game whose silly little homepage can be found at; I happened to port (or rather, "port") it to Zune using C# and XNA. My port's homepage can be found at (or possibly at, if I haven't decided to put that domain name to better use.)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

222 updates later

This is what happens when you don't use your server for a year, and then decide that an update is a good idea. Especially when running Gentoo. And don't think it was a fast one, like 'oh I'll just get this update rolling and grab a cup of coffee with a friend. By the time I'm back from Timmie's it'll be done.' Oh no. This is a 'oh I'll go to sleep, and hopefully it'll be done by morning' update. Except it's even worse, because since it's a Gentoo system, it's a 'maybe I'll move to a cabin up north for the summer, and write a book, and by the time it's published maybe it'll be done' update. 222 updates, all compiled on 6-year-old hardware.

If you need me, I'll be in Kapuskasing, writing.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What the hell? It's the night before a math test, and (of all nights to do so) I find a fantastic fanfiction (only deserving of the label because the characters and locations aren't original) which, of course, is in progress. (I'm convinced that no fanfiction has ever been finished, because authors never give up on their work and call it done unless they have to, and the entire fanfiction system and culture enables authors to never have to give up on their work and call it done.)

So I find this fanfiction, and it really inspires me, and I'm feeling great... except now I have no idea what to do with my inspiration, I have no time to do anything with it since that test isn't getting any further away, and I'm left in total suspense because I'm halfway through a great story that I can't finish.

If only you could bottle this stuff and save it for later.

Friday, February 6, 2009