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September (01 Sep 2003 at 15:41)
Now it's time for the traditional monthly status update!

Later this month (on the 27th) I turn 24, which will begin the longest drought of prime ages that I have ever endured. Potential expensive birthday gift ideas: Car GPS unit, Canon macro lenses, ...

As mentioned before, I recently did a demo for my Hemlock Grid ML compiler. So I've shifted work from that now to 100% paper-and-pen theory stuff. I'm working on a symmetric modal lambda calculus for distributed computing. Once I figure out exactly what that means, well, I'll let you know.

Mike and I bought a bunch of video games. We have been playing NHL 2003, shooting for a perfect season with our ridiculously souped-up Pittsburgh Pirates team. This is the first videogame I've ever played that will actually pronounce your custom characters' names, as in, "Lemieux... passes the puck ... Tom shoots--SCORES!!!". If I had a really rare name like "Nefertiti" or "Skeletor" I might have slightly worse luck, at least until they figure out how to make a hockey commentator voice synthesis robot. I also got the ridiculously fast F-Zero GX. It's a good game, but the music is nowhere near what it was on the SNES, which is really sad. Nintendo has some kind of technology, I guess, which can take a perfect melody from any old game and then turn it into barely recognizable mush.

Since I haven't been programming for work, homebrew programming projects are flourishing. I have been hacking on my radar software a lot recently. This weekend I did some work on writing MIDI files so that I can build a digraph-based chord progression generator.

Uh, bye.
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Adam Goode (204.60.218.54) – 09.02.03 08:19:38
Your creative output is inspiring!

My output comes in bursts, and is usually triggered by specific things. Do you get dry spots of creativity, or do you just move to another medium when that happens?
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 09.02.03 16:52:50
I usually have so many projects on the to-do list that in those "dry spots" I can just pull something off the list. More adverse is my tendency to slip into "just play videogames" mode, where I hardly work on any projects at all. The saddest of all, though, is the zillions of unfinished projects that I will probably never pick up again...!
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Karthik (216-54-219-234.gen.twtelecom.net) – 09.02.03 17:30:51
NHL 2003 sux, man.
Sega's NHL 2K3 is much meaner.
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-47-37.phlapafg.covad.net) – 09.02.03 19:32:27
Yeah? Man, I don't know, this one was like twelve dollars. I still think "Ice Hockey" for the NES is my favorite!
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Jason Scheirer (hsa080.pool038.at101.earthlink.net) – 09.02.03 23:01:58
The Pirates in NHL? That must be neat!

In the NES hockey game, who did you play as? I like two fat guys and two skinny guys, I thought the medium build guys were a waste of time.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 09.03.03 12:51:43
Arr!!

Yeah, I agree, I don't use the medium guys at all.

My 150-pound 5'6" "Tom Seven" player, the shortest and lightest in the league, is also the league leader in hits and penalty minutes.
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keith (adsl-64-166-196-249.dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net) – 09.03.03 14:56:05
2 fat, 2 skinny. Sometimes 3 fat, 1 skinny.
And I agree, NES is the best ice hockey game of all time.
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Anonymous (1cust254.tnt3.jacksonville.fl.da.uu.net) – 09.06.03 03:30:54
Saw an article about your work on a font site, so I decided to jet on over to see what was up. I haven't looked at your work yet, but I have seen a few paragraphs on your personals! You're funny! That mushroom "thing" was interesting!...:-) But what compelled me to comment, was the end of this paragraph! (I laughed!) "uh,bye" I have a friend that I send e-mail to, & I'm a "detail" person. We've been friends for 25 yrs. More like family. I send a 3 page e-mail, (I love this!) and I get... "Well, alrighty then!" I roar with laughter everytime I get that! But then I see the face that goes with it, along with the playful attitude, behind it! And I KNOW that on and off all day, this person will think of that reply, and giggle about it! So then I send a [LA=GRAM!]:-) Your "uh,bye" made me think about that! Thanks for the smile! JustBevi
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-9-120.phlapafg.covad.net) – 09.06.03 19:44:21
Ok Bevi!
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Neal (qwest165-dsl5.cybermesa.com) – 09.07.03 12:00:22
Listen up you bunch of ill-breed extremists: Look, you guys just don't fucking get it. When medium guy is on the attack he has an innate advantate over all other attackers (just like fat guy or skinny guy). And I ask you this: Whom amongst fat guy, skinny guy and medium guy can fend off all these attacks. There is but one: medium guy. Medium guy is fast enough to constrict the movement of skinny guy by positioning himself on the inner radius. He can then deal damage to skinny guy in a way that a fellow skinny guy cannot. A similar argument shows that medium guy is also superior to fat guy. Furthermore, medium guy is the only guy with the versatility to effectively combat another medium guy.

The proper mix: fat guy, fat guy, medium guy, skinny guy.
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max (ce-web1.wesleyan.edu) – 09.11.03 14:12:54
I wish there were a way to play with 3 fat guys and a skinny guy, lining up the 3 fat guys in front of your goal and using the skinny guy as your agile offense. Oh well.
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 09.11.03 14:22:19
Yeah, I want a superfat goalie, too.
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