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January 6th, 2003
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So, the latest edition of The Perl Review came out yesterday. I found out because I got an email from someone in Germany telling me about a possible security hole in one of the the programs (I fixed it in my version, and it will be fixed in the versio online). But, the person did say that he enjoyed the game. I've had one other person contact me about it, and that was because of a posting on use.perl.org, which I hadn't known about. That person offered to contribute tot he Jotto module, since he'd done some jotto stuff as well. He posted his scoring algorithm, which is much shorter than mine. I'm curious to know what the differences in speed are since, if I ever go back to Jotto AI programming, small differences in the speed of the scoring algorithm will make a big difference.

I don't feel like I can do any programming, however, until I do some cleaning. My room is a pit, and I have many dirty dishes to take care of. Dishes are top priority, but I just don't know when I'm going to have time to do them. I suppose I should probably just stay home Tuesday instead of going out and having fun. Blah. I wish I could do it tonight, but Monday night role playing is something that involves other people, not just me. I suppose I could go home before role playing tonight. I had been planning on just going straight there. However, I can go home whenever I want, since hrafn has her office holiday party today and is going straight from there to role playing. I suppose I could just leave here at 3:00, which would give me a decent amount of time at home. Alone time at home, at that. I should be able to get the kitchen all taken care of and a good start on my room. Hmm, that sounds like a plan.

I'm still pretty sore from sledding. Yes, theora, my "butt bone" is still a bit sore. And my neck is sore. And the whole left side of my body is a bit sore. i took some Aleve this morning. I'm going to redeem my present from surrealestate on Wednesday: an hour of massage. I'm really looking forward to that. Hmm, if I go home early enough today, I could have time for a bit of a bath after cleaning and before role playing.

Started on the second Blackadder series yesterday. Very fun. Rowan Atkinson looks very different with curly hair and a beard.

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From:hrafn
Date:January 6th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)

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Nice article - interesting even for a non-programmer to read.
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From:queue
Date:January 6th, 2003 06:56 am (UTC)

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Thanks. Although, seeing it layed out like that, I'm really struck by how short it is. And, of course, I'm embarrassed about my awful code. I probably really should read through the aritcle at least once, but I find it hard to read my own writing. I guess I'll do it when I need a break from work. I figure that people might be asking me questions about it or somthing, so I should at least be familiar with it. And seeing what I did with this one, I hope to be able to improve on it for the next one. I have one idea for a next article for The Perl Review, but, talking about it yesterday, I'm not sure it's appropriate to publish stuff about my userpic script, since Brad might not be too happy about somthing like that getting used a lot. It seems they are fine with things that, by their nature, are limited to paid users, but things that hit the database hard are frowned upon. So, I may have to dig around for something else to write an article about. I might implement one of the games I want to implement and document my progress with that. Maybe the perl version of Zendobun, since that will be heavily based on regular expressions, and I can use lessons learned in the book I'm reading for that.

The other idea I have is for an article on teaching games. I should probably spend some time thinking about that, so that I can have things organized enough in my mind to intelligently observe how different people teach games at Looney Night next week and at Arisia. prog gave me a lead on a Web site to submit that article to, so we'll see what happens. I have yet to check out the Web site, though.
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From:hrafn
Date:January 6th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC)

"layed" out?

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Having never seen it before, I was surprised at how long it was ;) Not unpleasantly long - it was certainly interesting enough throughout that I never thought "God, isn't he done yet?" - just longer than I'd been expecting. Though it did take fewer pages than the code itself (I think).
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From:queue
Date:January 6th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)

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"laid out" just seemed too weird. But I guess that's what it's supposed to be.

Did you try looking at the code at all?
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From:hrafn
Date:January 6th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)

Re: "layed" out?

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I just had the thought that "layed out" could be sorta like that "chai-ed out" thing - you know: "Man, I've had so much sex that I'm all layed out." Ok. Anyway. No, I kind of scrolled past the code, to see how many pages it was, occasionally looking at the texty bits that a player would see, or the comments put in the code to let you know what's going on. But I didn't look at it to see if I could understand it.
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