This Month
December 12, 2003 06:14 PM

So, my right wrist is pretty fucked. I've been keeping a brace on it, and trying to keep the typing to a minimum (which is driving me nuts), but I think it's getting worse. I can bend it back more than halfway, but I can only flex it forward about fifteen degrees before the pain kicks in. I'm icing two or three times a day, and not moving it too much, but it's sort of putting a cramp in this whole "work on the computer" thing I've got going on. So, doctor appointment on tuesday morning to see if we have to just hack that hand off or what.

Plus, the new networking stuff in Java is a pain in the ass.

December 09, 2003 11:50 PM
big bird

So, I was cleaning up yesterday, and discovered one of my CD holder book thingers, which I thought had actual stuff in it, was just full of blank, unburned CD-Rs. I'm not sure what was going on there, but it confused the hell out of me.

Today was a little work in the yard, and a fair amount of writing, introduction-type stuff for the game. I woke up pretty early today, around 6am, and couldn't really get back to sleep, so I've been pretty grouchy and unhappy about that. Feel busy, but not really getting anything done.

We went to our first "advanced" tai chi class today, after being two of the three people who showed up for the basics class. Slackers! Anyway, we started in on Buddha Fist, which looks like it's going to be a lot more challenging than the basic Yang 24. Lots of deep squats and kicks and such. Should be fun.

And the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries on sci-fi? Really good. Someone finally figured out that spaceships should behave like spaceships in space, not fighter jets. Can't wait to download, er, watch the second part on my, uh, friend's fully paid cable.


Dinner over at Dave and Mel's last night, with Jerm and Janelle. Mel made an awesome beef stew, and it was all fun and stuff.

Now I have to stop typing. Ow.

December 07, 2003 07:07 PM

Had me some nasty food poisoning this morning. Woke up feeling like I got stabbed in the bladder, eventually figured out how to get out of bed without dying, and made it into the bathroom for a little spew from both ends. I was really dizzy, and had my tunnel vision thing going on, in addition to feeling ice cold, and sweating enough to completely soak a large towel. I hadn't really eaten anything out of the ordinary, so we weren't sure what it was - Bernie was getting ready to take me to the emergency room, but after I got everything out of my system, I was back to being pretty fine in short order.

Nick came by to pick up our old desks and chair, and hung out for a bit and jawed some in the yard. I was feeling better by then, so I did a little yardwork, and then with the resting.

December 06, 2003 04:14 PM

Sinus holiday show last night with Bernie, Emily, Dave and Mel. This is the second time we've seen it, and it's still goddamned hilarious. We had dinner at Green Mesquite BBQ beforehand, so we went easy on the Alamo food, but they did serve everyone cookies and milk. At one point in the improv christmas songs, something went terribly wrong, and John and Owen decided that the only way out was to remove all their clothes. It got a little ugly when the sombrero came out.

Bernie and I tested for our yellow sash in Tai Chi this afternoon, and made it with no problem. It sort of feels like they just pass everyone, but hey. Our little group worked pretty hard, and we got special props from Master Joe afterwards, so I feel pretty good about the whole thing.

And now, to finish up Manhunt. Damn Piggsy.

December 05, 2003 11:20 AM

Mel had her old piano shipped down here from Pennsylvania recently, and I inherited their yamaha clarinova; just picked it up and set it up in the office here, and it's pretty ruling. I dug out my old piano books from the last lessons I had, when I was seven or something, and started doing the exercises again. Man, do I suck. But, practice.

Emily showed up tonight - she's in town again for an interview at Dell, which is cool, because that might mean more folks moving to Austin! Woo! We took her out to dinner at Katz's deli, and we're gonna hit the Mr. Sinus holiday show. Fun, fun.

Got myself a wrist brace, to make the hurting less. With the sucking. On the plus side, we got some tasty beef and lamb schwarmas from Phonecia, and I found some brown sugar rock candy, which is super tasty, and really good for me, I'm sure.

PS. I patched the spam hole in my MovableType setup, so suck on it, you degenerate spammer fucks. Hate you all, die die die.

December 04, 2003 11:18 AM

My right wrist has been hurting a lot lately, so I'm trying to cut down on the typing some. Which sucks a lot, considering all the writing I have to do in the next couple of weeks. Ow, ow, ow.

The replacement screw for the lathe finally showed up from JET, after a month and a half or so of sitting around. All fixed up now.

I picked up Freelancer today, to continue the game research. It's pretty fun, and has some interesting gameplay elements in it - as much as we hate the Microsoft, they do tend to put out some pretty damn decent games. The gamefly subscription is working out really well, too. For twenty bucks a month, I get to swap out two games at a time, pretty much as fast as I can play them. And if a game really sucks ass, like XIII did, I don't feel bad about not finishing it and sending it back. And then they send me a new, potentially non-sucky game! That's what I call a deal.

Lots more landscaping work. Hauling around bags of topsoil and potting soil and mulch and dillo dirt and all sorts of crap, digging in the limestone-riddled yard, and the howdy. Got the dead bushes on the side of the yard replaced, so the people across the street don't have to look at my pasty ass if we forget to pull down the shades in the morning. Next, gravel shopping.

Okay, that's enough. Wrist brace time.

December 01, 2003 01:40 PM

It's been a quiet while or so here, so what all's going on? Well, it looks like it's December. This month, I'm going to try to kick out the full design document for the game I'm working on. This means that I could potentially hand this off to someone else, and they should be able to produce something reasonably close to what I've got in mind from that document. Sounds easy, but it's starting to look like a hell of a lot of work. My deal is this: I figure that if I can get myself nailed down enough to kick this out, I've got the motivation to start to try and make some money at this game thing again. If not, then maybe I should head off and try to find something else to do. But, really, this is why I got into computers in the first place, learning to program on an Apple ][, so I could make my own games, so, time to get cracking.

In the outside world, we got our rotten old tree out front taken down, and the nasty fungus-ridden stump ground out. Digging holes, putting in new bushes, cleaning stuff up. Bernie is working really hard out there, and making me feel like a big slacker, but the yard is slowly shaping up again. Next step is to get a couple more things sorted out, then start to lay out a new gravel path, and do some work on the fence, tearing down and putting back up. This ain't gonna be a small job.

Still, still waiting for the replacement part for the lathe. I haven't been in the wood shop for a while, partly because it's been busy and cold and messy, and partly because I'm a lazy lump.

Okay, back to the research.