February 26th, 2003

moon

Game

There's a post in gamedesigners talking about a big game where each person is a nation, and each nation can make decision about how to trade, etc. Someone commented on it bringing up technology levels and such, military and whatnot.

This got me thinking that, if you were to play with real countries, whoever got to be the U.S. would be able to stomp anyone else if they wanted to. So, then I got to thinking, what about a game where everyone playing is a "little country", and the U.S. (and, now that I'm thinking about it, other world powers) are all controlled by the computer. So, basically, it would be a struggle to make your own little country try to have some kind of voice in the world.

Might be interesting.
hulk

Fast

The day is really flying. Is it really already 1:30? When I think about it, it makes sense that that much time has passed. I guess I've just been too busy with my work to pay a whole lot of attention to the time. 2.5 hours left before I could leave. I think I'm going to stay 2 hours later, though, since I have to be somewhere by 7, and I don't feel like going home first. So 2 extra hours today means I'll likely leave 2 extra hours early tomorrow, which should give me some time to get some shopping done. I'm going to see how it works to T to Malden, walk to Stop & Shop, then catch the bus from Stop & Shop home. I just need to remember to bring my shopping list and shopping bag to work tomorrow.
pink vader

From PerlMonks (http://www.perlmonks.com)

Okay, I thought this was pretty funny. Probably could have been done slightly better, but, still, the idea is really good.

For those that don't know, the s/// thing is basically saying replace the first bit with the second bit.

#!/usr/bin/perl
while (<>){
s/Imperial Senate/Security Council/;
s/Emperor/White House/;
s/this battle station/the pentagon/;
s/regional governors/the generals/;
s/Old Republic/United Nations/;
s/local systems/regional competitors/;
s/TARKIN/WOLFOWITZ;
s/TAGGE/POWELL;
print;
}

to be used with this text:

TARKIN: The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I've just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.
TAGGE: That's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
TARKIN: The regional governors now have direct control over territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.