Tue Mar 14 21:43:05 MST 2017
So, years later: after eating a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet + nightly walks + weight training 3 times a week, and I'm stable at 185~190 lbs.
I feel much healthier now. I still binge drink at least once a week, which doesn't help with fatigue or cognition. I experimented living without caffeine. That lasted nearly a year. It was good. I'm back on caffeine, and I really feel like it's generally harmful to my well-being. Too bad. I liked coffee.
Tue Nov 08 16:03:07 MST 2016
What if Chuck Tingle is actually a highly functioning AI? Like, relatively speaking.
[Edit] Like, not a very good AI, but relatively autonomous. Can handle a Twitter account and self-publish books but is basically insane.
Fri Feb 05 21:52:57 MST 2016
If you are using Unreal Engine 4.10, and you get the following error:
An error occurred while trying to generate project files.
"C:/Program Files/Unreal Engine/4.10/Engine/Binaries/DotNET/UnrealBuildTool.exe" -projectfiles -project="C:/Users/Andrew/Documents/Unreal Projects/ZA/ZA.uproject" -game -rocket -progress -2015
UnrealBuildTool Exception: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: path1
at System.IO.Path.Combine(String path1, String path2)
at UnrealBuildTool.VCProjectFileGenerator.ConfigureProjectFileGeneration(String Arguments, Boolean& IncludeAllPlatforms)
at UnrealBuildTool.ProjectFileGenerator.GenerateProjectFiles(String Arguments, Boolean& bSuccess)
at UnrealBuildTool.UnrealBuildTool.GenerateProjectFiles(ProjectFileGenerator Generator, String Arguments)
at UnrealBuildTool.UnrealBuildTool.DoPostStartupStuffThatCanAccessConfigs(String Arguments)
What that actually means is that you do not have Visual Studio 2015 installed.
Sat Sep 26 19:57:05 MST 2015
Total Fucking Burnout.
After 10 years at the same programming job, I was completely burnt out. I was drinking between 6 and 10 cups of coffee a day. To counteract that, I was drinking between 2 and 6 beers a day. I did absolutely no exercise. I was angry most of the time, and I feel like I was becoming a worse person in every way.
And then I was laid off. It wasn't a surprise, but I still resented it. In fact, it was probably the best thing that could have happened. The first week was spent day-drinking at home. After that, I attempted desperately to create a new career. Nothing happened, nothing happened. Finally, I just gave up.
I now have a new job. It is almost completely boring. But, my sleep patterns are regular. I exercise almost every day. I drink alcohol at most 3 times a week. I even quit drinking coffee.
Am I "back"? No, and I wonder sometimes if the years of abuse have permanently damaged me. However, I am dedicated to spending 2 years trying to rebuild myself before I can make any judgement.
Down from 200 lbs to 193 lbs. My goal is 170.
Thu Oct 30 23:26:26 MST 2014
When a movie hints at a particular object so many times that its usage not only becomes an eventuality, but is completely obvious when that happens.
Tue Aug 12 19:32:51 MST 2014
Well, the first Mayfly session didn't go super-awesome. I did hammer out my standard decoupled movement routine and get the player ship flying around in an empty level, but 15 minutes was my limit before I succumbed to distraction.
Sun Aug 10 09:49:11 MST 2014
So, a new idea: Project Mayfly. I'm going to do a project where I restrict myself to working no more than 30 minutes each day. I want to see if by not giving myself unlimited time, if I can stay focused on working instead of surfing the internet.
Sat Nov 02 00:18:50 MST 2013
Fri Nov 01 22:18:34 MST 2013
How young can a child learn to program?
While I'm not ready to indoctrinate my four-year-old into the monkhood of true geekery while he's getting in his prime running around time, I was curious to see how logically he could think. My layman's knowledge was that children began properly interpreting and creating rules around the age of six, while four was still wild imagination territory.
For my experiment, I created an extremely minimal programming game, like a very stripped-down version of RoboRally:
The image depicted is doctored. We had already completed four playthroughs the night before with a similar setup, however. He was able to figure out how to program the robot to collect all of its pieces (three Duplo blocks comprised the robot; successful completion of the robot wins the game). I demonstrated the rules once, and then let him try to play by himself with minimal guidance. One interesting strategy he discovered was placing the "instructions" (the cards with arrows) on the game board in order to create a path.
Apparently he liked the game well enough, because he independently recreated it at school:
The true geekery is probably inevitable.
Mon Oct 07 07:45:39 MST 2013
also RGBVS in the browser
Stephen Lavelle has made a very interesting puzzle engine project with an in-browser editor. It is Turing complete. How do I know? I implemented a 2D Turing machine in it.
Hold down X.