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Fun With Slashdot's New CSS

You may have read about how Slashdot has upgraded their site to use CSS, which allows some degree of custom styling. Well, I've mucked around with their CSS, and came up with the following userContent.css addition:

We Love Katamari!

"We ♥ Katamari" was released last week. (That's "We Love Katamari", with a heart for love, in case your browser didn't render the heart.) I've had a chance to play through it (complete to the end, in two days...) and can give my brief review.

In We ♥ Katamari, the King of All Cosmos and his son the Prince are helping out their many fans from the first game. You play as the Prince or one of his many cousins (who you unlock during the game), and travel the world, attempting to gather up as many objects into the Katamari (Japanese for "clump"). The Katamari is essentially a magical sticky ball that can absorb any other object into itself, including thumb tacks, chocolates, apples, chairs, desks, people, houses, skyscrapers, islands, and mountains - as well as hopes and dreams.

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Holy. Shit.

So my commute into work takes me down Route 3 (although there is an alternate route I can take). Well - there was quite an accident on Route 3 this morning - fortunately for me, in the other direction. But they had to completely close off Route 3 northbound.

From the Boston Globe's traffic report:

Rte. 3 North (Rte. 128/I-95 to I-495)
Accident Fire department activity before Exit 29: Rte. 129. Affecting left lane and center lane and right lane. Road closed. Traffic being detoured off at Concord Road, exit 27. Avoid area.

At least three cars were involved from what I saw. Some people who I think were in it were standing by the side of the road while three ambulances, a firetruck, and countless local and state police were taking care of the accident.

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D'oh.

First off, the DVD-ROM drive in my main work desktop is dead. Second off, the DVD-ROM drive in my laptop is dead. (I'm noticing a pattern here... I'm blaming the power in the building. >_>)

Anyway, so I pop the DVD into another machine and copy 1.7 GB of installers onto my main machine over the network. I then start to install it and realize it's the wrong version!

So then I get to copy 3.25 GB of data over for the CORRECT version. Ow.

The fun thing is I think the bottleneck was still the DVD-ROM drive, not network speeds. Gigabit Ethernet is fun! (Although both machines are only using 100MBit cards, but it means that I wasn't bogging the network down.)

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RSS Feed Added

I've created an RSS feed for my blog, so if you have an RSS reader, you can now keep up-to-date with my blog through RSS. Exciting, I know.

The RSS feed URL is: http://www.xenoveritas.org/blog.rss

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How Far We've Come

So I'm looking over the desktop icons on my work computer, and notice up in one corner a little icon I haven't used in AGES.

Netscape Communicator icon

Hello, what's that? Hmm...

So, I just had to go and see how well it handled my webpage.

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Thoughts on Firefox

Bruce Perens gave a talk where I work today on the topic of Open Source in the business place. One of the topics that came up was Firefox, where he mentioned that the next version of Internet Explorer and that they took that from Firefox. (Some might disagree about where they stole it from...)

Anyway, I got to thinking. As hinted above, tabbed browsing really wasn't an open source innovation. But what really is has to be Firefox's extension mechanism.

I have a love-hate relationship with XUL. There are some things I'd do differently, but ultimately, the ability to add cross-platform features to the browser UI via XUL overlays is an extremely powerful ability.

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UBRS ... Deadmines?!

I'm going on an UBRS raid to get Rend's head. Nothing too unusual about that. So we head out to UBRS, enter the instance, and get told "You are not in this instance's group." Try and zone back out - no go. So we decide to log out and back in again in hopes that we'll wind up in the proper UBRS instance so we won't burn our Hearthstones when the game forcibly teleports us back to our bind point.

Log back in... and we're in - the Deadmines (?!).

Well...... almost.

Faking WoW Screenshots

You've probably heard about the duping thing. Well, it's been fairly well proven that the screenshot is fake. But I thought I'd explain how to fake it properly.

WoW, Warlocks, Soul Shards, and Balance

Soul Shards are - somehow - supposed to balance a warlock's abilities. The concept is inherently flawed. It can never work.

The basic problem comes down to input and output. Soul Shards can only be gained one at a time through a fight. Therefore, warlocks should - conceivably - be balanced around the concept of using one Soul Shard a fight. This currently doesn't happen as there are many abilities that are only usable outside of combat (and used to prep for combat) that require Soul Shards. However, even if only in-combat abilities used Soul Shards, they still would fail to allow balance.

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