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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
2:14 am
So I found this thing in my office.
I'm told it's called a "floor".
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

New features:

  • Much smoother and more correct timer bar. (except on IE; it actually got worse there!)

  • The drill doesn't start until you're ready.

  • A brand-new setup page! Now you can make the drill go to higher numbers, work faster or slower, give you more or fewer problems, and all that. The setup is stored in getvars, so you can hang onto a link with your favorite setup.
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
6:09 am
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
8:52 pm
A sense of scale.
Let's make a scale model of some nearby celestial objects. For this, I'll be using the scale 1:1.25E10, or 1 inch to 200,000 miles.

At this scale, the Sun is about the size of a grapefruit (11 cm).
The Earth is about the size of a poppy seed (1 mm), and is about the length of a city bus (13 m) - from the Sun.
The Moon is about the size of a grain of sand (0.25 mm), and is a peanut's length (3 cm) from the Earth.

Jupiter is about the size of a blueberry (1 cm), and is half a city block (61 m) from the Sun.
Saturn is about the size of a cranberry (8 mm), and is a whole city block (113 m) from the Sun. Saturn's rings are the size of a quarter (2.2 cm), except that they're thinner than a strand of DNA (1.57 nm).

Proxima Centauri is the size of a small strawberry (1.5 cm), and is 3,135 km from the Sun - about the distance between New York City and Salt Lake City, or London and Cyprus, or Hong Kong and Jakarta.

The Milky Way Galaxy extends halfway from the Earth to the Sun (74 million km).
The Andromeda Galaxy is about the same size as the Milky Way, and sits somewhere between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus (1.9 billion km, or 12.6 AU).
Friday, May 28th, 2010
12:37 am
Friday, January 1st, 2010
12:48 am
Today I discovered that I know all the words to Genesis - That's All.

I'm kinda frightened by this.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
11:59 pm
Game mission archetypes, version 0.1
Here are some archetypical missions found in video games, along with brief examples.
  • Kill
    • Assassinate "Kill the ARM Commander."
    • Annihilate "Clear out the Den of Evil."
  • Find
    • Collect
      • Farm "Mine 10,000 minerals."
    • Explore "Scout the base."
    • Discover "Find the missing gear."
      • Solve (usually) "Figure out how to start the elevator"
      • Trek "Get to the flag!"
  • Defend "Don't let it die"
    • Escort "Follow the bomb truck and keep it from exploding"
    • Guard "Keep the convoy from using the pass"
    • Hold Off "Defend Black Sun until it fires"
  • Escape
    • Flee "Run for your life!"
    • Ghost "Get out without being seen"
  • Build "Build a barracks"
I'm sure you guys can come up with more. Tell me more!
Saturday, November 28th, 2009
12:36 am
One of the nice things about Thanksgiving is that I end up having Thanksgiving dinner again several times over the following weekend.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
11:42 pm
Things that would be stupid, that I must share anyway: If the flag of Naples were brown, white, and pink.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
7:23 pm
They need to make stickers that say "I voted yesterday!"

By the time anyone can see my sticker, it will be tomorrow, and the sticker will no longer be accurate.
Friday, August 21st, 2009
11:52 am
Vorn's Paella-oid
I made this last night! It was the tasty!

1 pound bulk sausage
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
10 cloves garlic
1 15-oz can of red beans
1 tbsp paprika
1 quart chicken broth
1 "family size" (14 oz) box yellow rice (I used Goya; it may not be available in the same sense from other companies)
1 lemon

Crumble the sausage into a wok or paella pan, and cook on medium high it until some of the oils are released.
Cube the chicken and put it in with the sausage, and cook both until brown.
Slice the pepper and onion into squares, put those into the pan. Cook for a few minutes.
Mince the garlic, drain and rinse the beans, and put those and the paprika into the pot. Cook for a few more minutes.
Add the chicken broth, and bring it to a boil.
Add the rice, and stir well. TUrn it down and cover it.
Stir it occasionally until the liquid is almost all gone.
Remove from heat. Slice the lemon, peel and all, into rounds, and place them on top all decorative-like.
Put the pot on the table.
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
6:43 am
Good way to meet your neighbors: shopvaccing the basement.
Friday, May 1st, 2009
9:47 pm
I'm not dead
Moving house means that I've got no internet briefly. Installer is coming in tomorrow.

Meanwhile I think I've have figured out Euler 88. Wow that was pretty. the minimal sum-product number of length 12000 is 12096: 84, 9, 4, 2, 2 and 11995 1's.

Other things I wrote recently (this one for Euler 60): a reference counting garbage collector. For integers.

I also got a new computer. It eats your computer for lunch. Possibly literally; this thing is huge.

Friday, April 24th, 2009
7:30 pm
I'm kind of a nerd.
Today I did math on a blackboard for the first time in years.

It was exhilerating.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
5:38 pm
In my PHP class, the professor is asserting that the overhead for dropping out of PHP and back into HTML starts to stack up over many iterations of a loop. I said that I didn't find that likely, that it was sensible for the interpreter to break it down into essentially equivalent operations as it parses the file the first time. Unfortunately I can't find any actual data on this, likely due to a lack of decent search terms. So I turn to the Experts, that is to say, you guys. What do you think?
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
12:09 pm
<Champ> "Oh, you're so strong! I know you ate my mate, but I love you!"

I don't even want to know.
Friday, March 6th, 2009
2:34 am
I can't think of any decent names, so I ask you! It should not be a name that's taken, and it should not mention Orion: aside from the trademark issue, my game's precursor world is Earth.

Poll #1360600 Because "VornMoO" isn't going to cut it!

What should I call my Master of Orion clone?

Monday, February 9th, 2009
9:00 pm
Presidential moments for Syn.
"We were pleasantly SUPPLIESed..."
Friday, January 30th, 2009
1:24 am
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
9:33 am
Oh I was going to provide this wasn't I.
Wii code: 6158 0281 5688 2706

If you want to give me your wii code, this post screens comments.
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