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your thread for fun stuff

Mar 03, 2009 by libjpn

I'm having too much fun teasing OCSteve at the moment. Today was the first day that I woke up and actually wanted to get stuff done. I'm fooling around with imovie and greenscreen. While it looks more like a cheap 70's TV action series, I hope to have enough fun with it that my students will enjoy it. Also, I got paid for a translation job I did and the money is burning a hole in my pocket. I'm really tempted by this. I probably won't, but it is the first time in a long time I've actually had a computer project I wanted to do rather than one that I had to do.


Anyway, this is a thread for fun stuff. Have at it.


Mar 03, 2009, 13:19:31 russell wrote:

At this particular moment, I'm listening to Professor Longhair (fun) and trying to sort out how to spawn a process that will run under an impersonated user account using the Win32 API (less fun).

Really, really fun would be a couple of days free to get some cuban stuff together on the drumkit and play some marimba.

Ain't gonna happen this side of product release.

Mar 03, 2009, 20:52:11 marbel wrote:

Fun: the things some people can do with paper:
[url=http://www.yukenteruyastudi...]Yuken Teruya[/url]
[url=]Peter Callesen[/url]

Less fun:
[url=]Annie Leibovitz[/url] in trouble because she couldn't marry her partner.

Mar 04, 2009, 22:58:29 dkilmer wrote:

libjpn - did you end up getting the mini 9? I have no money at all, and *I* was having trouble resisting.

I've been learning iPhone programming, which has been fun - especially the OpenGL part. I always felt vaguely guilty about my OpenGL ignorance. I wrote a free app as a warm-up: an implementation of "boids". Now I'm working on a social lubricant type of program that purports to calculate one's romantic compatibility with someone else using some sort of skin capacitance method (I haven't developed the back story yet). In reality, the iPhone owner controls what the machine will say. Dumb, but fun.

I've also finished all preparations for porting ObWi to WordPress. Dr. Science is working on the theme. When she's done, ObWi will get a new home.

Which reminds me - how do people feel about nested/threaded comments?

Mar 04, 2009, 23:07:01 Turbulence wrote:

[i]I've also finished all preparations for porting ObWi to WordPress. Dr. Science is working on the theme. When she's done, ObWi will get a new home.[/i]

Whoohoo! Thanks a million to both of you!

[i]Which reminds me - how do people feel about nested/threaded comments?[/i]

I personally love nested comments, but I think it does change the community dynamic so this is a call that the front pagers post. On the one hand, it makes it possible to shunt off side discussions so that people can follow a thread without having to follow side conversations that don't interest them. That's a big plus. On the other hand, it fragments the discussion somewhat and it makes life harder for people with small displays. The biggest downside is that it allows you to continue the conversation for longer. Right now, I avoid making some comments because I don't want to post snotty insulting crap into the main stream of comments; if I knew that my comment was going into a little nested area where Gary and I were insulting each other, I might not refrain.

Bottom line: the decision is complicated but I think nested comments are a win.

Mar 05, 2009, 07:22:04 libjpn wrote:

I have to admit, I am not a fan of nested comments, though the good point of sidelining food fights is hard to ignore.

ObWi has a much more asynchronous audience, so fragmenting the conversation carries a bigger danger, I think. Now, perhaps the number of people who are outside of the normal hours that conversations get going is so small that it is worth it, but I've always thought that the willingness of the commentariat to explain and slow down was based partially on the wider time range of the comments.

I also think that nested comments usually have a like/troll rating function so you actually get more information about the commenter's history, which is fine except the buy-in of time becomes much higher.

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