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September 20th, 2010
10:39 pm
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Dear universe,

Okay, I admit it, you got me.

I know you were saving this one up, waiting for a day when you knew my brain would explode because I'm running on less than two hours of sleep. Last night's frantic editing on the bastard love child of Sorceror, Universalis, and Wraith* must have been the perfect opportunity.

(And pulling me into your joke by driving me crazy with an esoteric ligature kerning bug, whose fix was posted less than two weeks ago? That's some epic planning, dude. My hat's off.)

Still, I feel that I have to comment on your practical joke technique.

It was already enough of a shock for me to discover that Opera is running on my machine. I don't remember ever installing it; in fact, I was under the impression it was still paid software, which dates my last Opera exposure to approximately the Stone Age.

But to have Opera open because it is my default BitTorrent client, and to watch it cheerfully hum along on my NeoOffice upgrade? Too much, man! Just ... too much.

In totally unrelated news, I don't suppose you'd mind bringing back summer? For a bit? Maybe just a few days? Or, y'know, until December?**



* I'm a little floored to discover, via conversation with playtesters and some post-Game Chef forum browsing, that several aspects of my game have uncanny similarities to the latter two - including the terminology. This is purely convergent evolution at work. I've never read either of them.

On the other hand, this does give me the ability to call my game a "bastard love child," so I guess there's that.

** EDITED TO ADD: Bonus comic in comments!

Current Location: ~/Brainstorm
Current Music: abg, "Recollection (Dynamis Mix)," vgmix.com

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Date:September 21st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
In totally unrelated news, I don't suppose you'd mind bringing back summer? For a bit? Maybe just a few days? Or, y'know, until December?

This. Ohhhhhhh this.
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Date:September 21st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :( When Not Summer first started, I kept up my productivity, and I felt grown-up and responsible.


This was a mistake.

single raindrop

At some point in this endlessly spiraling disaster, I am forced to throw all my energy into dealing with profound crises like putting on a sweater.

single raindrop

(... And then I snap.)

Edited at 2010-09-21 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Date:September 21st, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)

Speaking of the Universe playing with you...

Someone working in the Compaq group thought "they adjust quickly" was a compliment during physical UI testing. They need more self-aware testers, and less "clever" but more competent design jockeys.

Here I am, wondering how I can remap the mostly-useless buttons on the end of my new laptop's keyboard. Like, turning them off, or putting a URL instead of a filename in the action box. I don't need the calculator coming up every time I miss my aim at the ctrl key, just because the whole damn keyboard is shifted one button to the right, and I'm tired of this huge "movie somethingorother" garbage app that takes a minute to load and then takes over the screen when I accidentally don't hit the tab key. At least Esc is in its proper place at the top left corner. I want to shove these "quick keys" or whatever they're called back to the top of the cover plate, out of my way, and NOT make the meta-functions on the Function keys be default-on. I like using Alt-F4 instead of monitor-swap, and F5=refresh, dammit, not rewind/previous page!

Plus the caps lock is too close to the A because I'm sitting centered to the screen on the keyboard which does not have its letters centered, and someone made insert a Fn-Ins meta-key combo on top of PRINT SCREEN, while right next to it there is a button which literally does nothing but initiate the screen lock. It makes me want to beat the designer with his own crummy keyboard, but perhaps too many people are already standing in line.

Windows 7, on the other hand, aside from hiding useful technical crap in stupid places that take far too long to dig out (and lacking a small handful of useful but edge-case [meaning geek-focused] options for some of its helper apps), has a moderately more useful UI, and I'm provisionally happy with it.
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Date:September 22nd, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of the Universe playing with you...

The world's first Good Operating System will have built-in, totally transparent, systemwide support for macros. You map your shortcuts to various commands on a global or application basis, and applications hook their menus into that system with various tags for the actions they take. The OS ports its best (probably AI-driven) mapping into new apps automatically, so that (say) every text editor you ever download will start out using Alt-Shift-8 to insert a bullet and Control-Shift-T for Small Caps, whereas Jim down the block downloads the exact same programs and his respective shortcuts are alt+064 and Meta-X sc.

Then (this is the important part) make preferences read-accessible across the Planetary Hypernet, so that when you sit at Jim's computer and DNA-authenticate, you use your own shortcuts.
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Date:September 22nd, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of the Universe playing with you...

Indeed, but will his keyboard reshape itself to your preference, and allow you to position it relative to the screen?
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