Archive for March, 2003

What AD&D Character Are You?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2003

Found this over on Small Values of Cool. Apparently you can take a quiz and find out what AD&D character best fits you. Here are the results of my quiz:

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Fighter Paladin

Alignment: Lawful Good characters are the epitome of all that is just and good. They believe in order and governments that work for the benefit of all, and generally do not mind doing direct work to further their beliefs.

Race: Humans are the ‘average’ race. They have the shortest life spans, and because of this, they tend to avoid the racial prejudices that other races are known for. They are also very curious and tend to live ‘for the moment’.

Primary Class: Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn’t to say that they aren’t intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.

Secondary Class: Paladins are the Holy Warriors. They have been chosen by a God/dess to be their representative on Earth, and must follow the code of that deity, or risk severe penalties. They tend towards being righteous, but not generally to excess.

Deity: Tyr is the Lawful Good god of justice. He is also known as Tyr Grimjaws, Wounded Tyr, the Maimed God, and Blind Tyr. He appears as a warrior, missing his hand. Followers of Tyr are concerned first and foremost with justice – discovering the truth and punishing the guilty for their crimes. They wear blue and purple robes with a white sash, a white gauntlet on the left hand, and a black gauntlet on the right, to symbolize Tyr’s lost hand. Their preferred weapon is the warhammer. Tyr’s symbol is a set of scales resting on a warhammer.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy of NeppyMan (e-mail)

Pingbacks Enabled

Tuesday, March 11th, 2003

Well, my features continue to increase. I’ve got a pingback system to work (I continue to cross my fingers). This entry shall serve as a test to see if I can send pings. I already know I can receive them, so go on, link away.

I must give credit to Simon Willison for his work on an XML-RPC library. It made writing the pingback server very easy and I thank him for his work.

When Laptop Users Go Bad

Sunday, March 9th, 2003

Have you ever hated your computer so much you just wanted to break it, thus sparing you further frustration? One man in Lafayette, Co. did last week. In fact he became so ticked off at his laptop that he shot it while still at work! He ended up doing some time in jail but I gather nothing to serious. My only guess is that he was running Windows ME. Even I would want to shot something after working with an OS like that.

What is wrong with movie critics?

Saturday, March 8th, 2003

Seriously. I generally goto Yahoo! Movies to get showtimes and read the brief descriptions. Then right below that is the “Critics Report Card”. Nearly everytime I read this thing (especially after I’ve seen the movie in question) the critics reviews are so far removed from what I thought about the movie. This goes for every movie I’ve seen, the good (The Matrix), the bad (Jason X) and the ugly (Ali). I thought these people were getting paid to reflect the general populations view on the movie. Now, this could mean one of two things: 1. I don’t fall within the “general population” or 2. Our movie critics just plain suck.

Take for example the review for The Life of David Gale. I thought this movie was fantastic. But what do the critics say?

“…corrupt, intellectually bankrupt and morally dishonest…”

Granted the movie handled a huge moral issue (namely Capital Punishment) but I didn’t think it was presented dishonestly. I guess I’m just gonna have to stop reading these reviews until they start actually relating to real people.

The Ring

Wednesday, March 5th, 2003

If you want a movie that will twist your mind, The Ring is the one to do it. Everyone I went to see it with (in theaters) was freaked out of their minds. I loved it and wanted to see it again. No one else did so I waited for it to come out on DVD. Well yesterday I picked it up and watched it again. Still just as mind gripping as it was a few months ago. Seriously, it literally grips your cranium and doesn’t let go until long after the ending credits have rolled.

I never much cared for chain mail but after seeing this movie I will never even open a chain letter/email ever again. For those who have seen it just think about for a second. In order to escape death you must make a copy of the tape and then show it to someone else. Then that person must in turn repeat the process. Its the same idea as chain mail. In order to avert some bad luck or other “negative” consequences you are asked to forward the email to X amount of people. The movie has other underlying themes but this one really stuck out to me.

Anyway, I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a gore scare and/or if you enjoy a good thinking movie.

Comments Now Active

Tuesday, March 4th, 2003

As promised I have enabled comments on my blog entries. The core of it rests on Simon Willison’s SafeHtmlChecker class. It allows a good amount of XHTML to be used in comments while still requiring:

  • all markup remains well formed
  • no dangerous javascript or other ‘site breaking’ code is allowed
  • comments with invalid markup generate friendly errors.

As a friendly reminder, please keep comments “on-topic”. If you have something to say to me that does not realate to any specific post then feel free to leave some feedback.

AOL Time Warner Suffering

Sunday, March 2nd, 2003

When AOL bought Time Warner I was a bit skeptical as to what exactly was going to come out of it.

When America Online bought Time Warner for $103.5 billion in January 2001, the plan was to meld new-economy Internet prowess with old-economy content and cutting-edge broadband delivery. The scheme’s designers boasted they would create the world’s largest corporation. Two years later, AOL Time Warner is a shambles. Was this just bad luck? Was the merger ill-conceived? Or is this disastrous performance—the stock has fallen nearly 90 percent—an object lesson in the perils that confront any mega-merger?

I have never been a fan of AOL so I look at this as good thing for the Internet as a whole, one less dumb web browser interface. About the only thing I’ll miss if AOL Time Warner goes down is the AIM Service. I use it daily and getting the rest of the Internet to agree on a new defacto IM service could take a while. Sine ICQ will most likely got out with AOL Time Wanner I’m willing to bet that MSN Messenger will be come the next popular messenger service. Out of the frying pan and into the fire I say. Maybe we’ll get lucky and some company will adopt the AIM service allowing the current users to continue using it with little hiccup.