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  xFriday, August 23, 2002


final fantsy viii

final fantsy viii

final fantsy viii
I finally finished Final Fantasy VIII!

I had saved the game just before the final battle, but had never prevailed--and since I'd usually played at night, I got only one chance per session. This afternoon, though, I tweaked my characters' abilities and played it through. The battle took almost two hours, and I was rewarded with nearly 20 minutes of video, including the closing credits (which are well worth staying through).

Unfortunately, the game simply stopped after offered no save point or way of accessing the in-game video again short of playing through once more. Which, of course, I will do--I learned a lot in the ten months I spent playing the game (in brief installments) and would like to begin the game again with the understanding of its mechanisms I have now.


good news

British Telecom has had its patent infringement suit--which contended that it owned the concept of hyperlinks--summarily dismissed. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon said that no jury would agree that internet service providers infringe upon BT's patent.

The ruling frees ISPs from having to pay a license fee to BT for hosting pages that use hyperlinks--the building blocks of the Web. If BT had won, license fees would likely have been passed on to ISP customers.

  xThursday, August 22, 2002


Today's a special day.


new permalink

lucky bear
I just noticed in my referer logs that I'm permalinked somewhere else...UnaBlogger. This blog (not entirely safe for work) has me on a list of warbloggers, which I don't know is entirely accurate, but I'm grateful for the link.


talk to me

AT&T Labs presents a cool text to speech demo...input text and downloads a WAV file of your choice of voice styles rendering the text as speech.

Update: Oops, I forgot to credit where I got the link.


ten-thousand-year warning signs

BoingBoing links to a fascinating essay on the challenges of marking a radioactive waste dump so the warnings will last--and be unmistakable--for ten millenia.


new review at dam

record of lodoss war
Destroy All Monsters has posted a review of the anime series Record of Lodoss War by yours truly. There are also several news items today I sent in. In one of them, editor-in-chief Musashi adds a link to this fascinating Wired article on Singapore by cyberpunk author William Gibson.


a weak week

Once again, my apologies for the lack of updates. We're moving offices around here and today has been most hectic as I've packed things up. Soon I'll have to shut down the computer, and I won't be able to post then, obviously. I'll do what I can in the meantime...

  xWednesday, August 21, 2002

it seems...

Now this comes as no surprise...


brought to you by Quizilla

..and if you want to know what this is all about, see this and this.
(via Bill's Content, who also knows the difference.)


rocket, man!

A new generation of Atlas rocket, which uses Russian-build boosters on its first two stages, was scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral this evening, toting a European communications satellite.


it seems...

henna gaijin

You Are a Henna Gaijin!

You're not Japanese, but you wish you were!

You can use chopsticks with your eyes closed, and you've memorized hundreds of Kanji.

You even answer your phone "moshi moshi."

While the number of anime videos you've seen is way higher than the number of dates you've been on, there's hope.

What's *Your* Japanese Subculture?


wheaton watch

Wil Weaton's Weblog receives accolades in this online article.

(via FARK)


psychology of terrorism

Cut on the Bias has a lengthy analysis on the sociopathy of terrorists. It's definitely worth a read.

Update: There are some comments by me in the discussion thread.


lost wednesday

It's looking like nothing's going to happen today, post-wise. Sorry this week has been so sparse; I'm going to focus on startign fresh tomorrow and next week.

If I do manage anything, you'll be the first to know.

  xTuesday, August 20, 2002

i am in geek heaven

matrix anime
Great googly moogly again! Visiting the Matrix home page, I found this keen preview for upcoming anime short subjects set in the world of The Matrix. Details are scant, but I love the concept...


bullet time

bullet time
Great googly moogly! Movies may no longer need to rely on computers for groovy, Matrix-style "bullet time" effects. A special high-tech camera that uses a spinning drum can film at up to 12,000 frames per second, allowing action to be captured down to the millisecond. The camera would allow the slow-motion filming of an actual bullet's trajectory. Hopefully, they'll remember to get the stuntperson out of the way....

(via FARK)

  xMonday, August 19, 2002

Code warrior

Well, enetation is apparently being upgraded, as I presently see a "[ enetation being upgraded ]" message in place of the usual comments link. The fact has, however, enlightened me as to why this blog loads so slowly...with the enetation code inactive, it appears much more quickly. Hmmm.

In other coding woes, I had a fairly lengthy post earlier today but Blogger ate it, so I'll try again tomorrow.


monday lite

Posting is obviously light today, although I hope to toss in a few things a bit later, but I had to mention that Dodd of Ipse Dixit plugged my Lord of the Rings review at Destroy All Monsters, calling it "pretty solid." Thanx, Dodd!

Update: Susanna gives my review a nod as well, and since this blog is nothing if not a shrine to my ego, I can't resist quoting her kind words:
"Excellent" in this instance means not only the movie, but the quality of Greg's review; I learned several things I didn't know.

You have my gratitude.


back from the weekend

Saturday was a very full day, between a combined birthday celebration in Louisvilly for my little sister, my dad's mother-in-law, and myself. We then drive back to Indy (fortunately both girls napped on the way) for Andrea and Mark's wedding, which was a beautfiul, simple backyard ceremony. After getting home and putting the girls to bed, I went out alone to Andrea and Mark's favorite bar, where an impromptu second reception was in progress. I was tired already and expected just to make an appearance, but I had fun and recharged by being around people, so I stayed; I even, Ford help me, sang karaoke. I was out late, in fact, and drove Andrea and Mark back to their house when they were done with their revels.

Since Saturday was so hectic (and because I stayed up so late; I don't have the ability to just shake that off that I used to) Sunday proved to be a lazy day. My wonderful wife let me sleep until 9:30, so I got a halfway decent amount of sleep. Obviously, I didn't post or work on the layout yesterday. As a result, the SiteMeter counter has been down all weekend, but it should be working soon now.