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My Inform 7 Projects

It's no secret that I'm heavy into Inform 7. I think it's a work of genius, albeit with all the quirks therein implied. I have a bunch of Inform 7 projects right now. If somebody wanted to pick up and help with one or more of them, that would be pretty cool. Otherwise, I'll knock them all off before I am called home—Lord willing. Here's the projects I can think of offhand, and their status… There are two basic kinds of Inform 7 that I write: infrastructure including libraries and the like, and outright games.

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I think the gym may be one thing too many

One of the points of keeping a daily checklist, a to-do list and a calendar was to track my progress in meeting the various milestones of the month. Most of them I've kept up pretty well with. The one that is failing is "daily exercise". While the weather was nice out, I was happy to be out in it walking: I walked 3.5 hours on Saturday and 2.5 hours on Sunday. However, with the rain setting in for the long haul (looks like through next Monday at least) the obvious place to get exercise is at the gym, which I went to a lot of trouble to sign up for in December.

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I hate the term "self-plagiarism"

I recently ran across another reference to the newly-discovered sin of "self-plagiarism". I get the idea, I really do. But to equate reusing your own work with plagiarism is stupid and harmful.

I am ambivalent about Moodle

Moodle is the premiere—AFAIK, the only interesting—open source "Learning Management System" (is that the current buzzword?). I've been running a Moodle instance at Portland State for many years now: counting the current one, I've taught 14 courses with it. It has, overall worked OK.

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My desktop drive adventure

As mentioned earlier, one of the projects I've been tackling the last few days is massive cleanups of the filesystems of my home desktop machine, bartfan, and my home server/gateway machine, bartserv. This was particularly inspired by the discovery that, for the past couple of months, I hadn't been backing up various partitions. On bartfan, my old 500GB drive was experiencing unrecoverable read errors during Dirvish rsync that caused the rsync to fail.

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More about my Resolution

I realized I didn't say enough about what my New Year's Resolution currently entails. "Self-discipline" is a nice motto, but it has to be actualized somehow. Sure, I've made checklists, but what's on 'em, besides blogging? Here's my current list:

  • Aforementioned daily blogging

  • At least 20 minutes daily exercise

  • 12:30 bedtime

  • 5-minute shower (no more 20-minute-plus camping trips)

  • Strict adherence to my Atkins-like low-carbohydrate diet

  • January is "drug free month": no

Computer Maintenance

Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment,
and despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer maintenance.

— National Lampoon, Deteriorata

So I've spent the last two or three days on maintaining my home computer setup. I'm not done yet, but I've made significant improvements… My three big projects were:

Some more ground rules for the new blogging

In my last entry I mentioned that I'm going to try to blog every day. I also mentioned a couple of exceptions: might do a podcast instead, might work on art or music instead. Here's a couple more exceptions:

  • Comments of over 200 words posted on a public site like Facebook count as my day's blogging. I'll repost here, post here instead and/or post a link if the comment makes sense out of context. Otherwise you'll just have to dig it out if you want it.

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Project Resolution: Regular blogging begins again

So I've got a New Year's Resolution. A Resolution started (and titled) this blog, lo so many years ago, but over the years I've abandoned regular blogging. I'm hoping that my new New Year's Resolution will cause me to pick it up—and keep it up—again…

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Notes on HTC One / Google Voice / T-Mobile configuration

Every time I need to set up Google Voice on my HTC One with T-Mobile service, I get it a little wrong. I think I finally have it, though. The process turns out to be very fragile.

  • When I install Google Voice, I get a failure message trying to set up T-Mobile call forwarding. This is normal and expected.

  • I first need to turn off the wireless on my phone. (Thanks ebaychuck!) This really does seem to matter.

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