December 18th, 2006

running, bomb tech

Life is good.

I explained the slashdot effect to Mama last night. I was rather disjointed but trying to explain something or other. I explained it effectively, or something, though.

Today I'm on ibuprofen, not vicodin. This makes me happy. Not as happy as being on the vicodin makes me, but that's sort of the point. The wound is healing nicely; I'll have to remember that being at work and sucking down as much ice as my mouth can stand will make any former wisdom teeth of mine happy.

Darkside is not entirely coherent right now, and is watching stuff with family. (This is as of 2 in the afternoon or thereabouts.)

hcolleen came home, and we hit the Temple of Electronics, where we ran into myrrhianna and the dude as we were emerging with hcolleen's new motherboard, processor, and DVD burner.

OMG diabetes breakthrough in turning off pain receptors in the pancreas of mice.

Binary scarf.

I went off and did things. I succeeded in my saving roll against completely blowing my budget by getting a shiny new smartphone (with or without service, but especially with). The matter of the prepaid camera phone that was seriously on sale, on the other hand, was less resistible. I have service with Qwest on the current cellphone, AzureGhost, until May or thereabouts. Prepaid camera phone means that there will *not* be another bill to be paying regularly; I can safely let myself run out of minutes/service. Since AzureGhost already strikes me as more reliable, and I do not have too many minutes for Ruby (Motorola C261, deep lovely red) I'm planning on using Ruby as a mobile multimedia LJ client, essentially. Serious pictures would be on the little black camera with the rainbow sticker; serious communication or text messaging would be on AzureGhost, and one of these days my little palmtop AzureBlue will be functional again and would be for lengthier notes from the field to be synchronized up when back at home base.

Did laundry: yay.

Called Shawn. He called back. He has had a girlfriend for three months! She is awesome, evidently: a serious feminist, a total hippy, and all-around great. He's coming to NM for a visit shortly. His youngest half-brother is 16 and acting like a complete idiot and also out of control. I told Shawn that I really hated to say it, but it looked like his little brother was taking after him. Shawn claimed that he had been smarter. He gave an example of how his brother is dumber: there is such a thing as pattern recognition. See if you can find the pattern in this scenario! Every day, this guy skips school and hangs out in the same abandoned building with his buddies. And each day, the cops drop by and pick them up and return them to their parents. The cops are getting pretty damn tired of this. The parents are getting pretty damn tired of this. Dude has not clued in that "Same thing we do every night, Pinky..." does not work if people are onto it. He was doing this a couple months back the last time I talked to Shawn. He's still doing it now.

Teenage girls of Albuquerque, NM: dating Kai Weixelman is a bit of a bad risk. If you know him, you should know that from all appearances he is a teenage idiot. If he's acting less smart than his big brother, that's a whole lot of stupid in one guy. Collapse )
phone, cordless phone

Solving social problems with clever application of engineering?

As of 9 this morning, the thread about LJ features in that entry revealed that rahaeli and ataniell93 are thinking of LJ use very differently. rahaeli is thinking of the average user, over near-unthinkably vast numbers of very, very average users, and thinking about usability for a new adopter who hasn't learned LJ and doesn't have someone mentoring them through the learning curve. ataniell93 is thinking about the usability of the site for a power user managing barely-thinkable numbers of journals at once, and paying for a goodly chunk of them, because at the moment LJ is the best tool for the purpose, and it works very well except for having to reset umpteen billion settings every time there is a change.

My thought process follows.

Just thinking about the main issue of journal-based MMORPGs, I think the actual answer might be something along the lines of creating a new server running the LJ code, with some tweaks to make it work correctly. LJ wasn't strictly designed for RP, and the vast majority of users are in fact single users.

Either that, or a client that supports both a) managing multiple logins/fast switching, and b) will work to make changes to LJ settings (navbar/ads/etc.)

Actually, a client sounds like the best idea. I have my head half-in design space right now, because of dealing with bloody spreadsheets at work, and that sounds like it would be the ideal sort of tool to deal
with the problem of managing vast multiple journals where you'd really like to have a list of all your RP journals, the features that can be managed laid out in columns, and a "select all" tickybox to apply the same change to all the journals at once.

It would of course require updating the client to keep up with the new features added to LJ, but the main problem seems to be "do the same change to umpteen billion journals after I have looked at it and decided I do not care for this thanks", the problems involved in the vast scope of the management of all the journals.

(Now, if only someone with the LJ code background to back this up could tell me if that sounds like it would work...)
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And also...

I want a pair of *side scroll* buttons on my keyboard.
Page Left and Page Right.