â¦and no, Iâm not talking about the âniced-upâ version of the 300 trailer. (Watch it if you havenât, if only because youâll learn something about how the Internet community feels about censorship. i.e. Itâs funny and stupid.) In any case, I figured, since I havenât been posting anything but school related journals for a while (and, FYI, Iâve gotten back the first evaluation on them â 25/25, so..if you donât like them my professors do. One even commented.) Iâd go through some del.icio.us links that are posted on the sidebar and explain them, and why theyâre interesting. However, do realize those links are merely those Iâve found that I wanted to save since I started using del.icio.usâ¦I have many other random bookmarks that I should put into del.icio.us, and many that I probably shouldnâtâ¦so I might continue this post-idea (perhaps even make it a series) by posting some of those links and explaining about them simultaneously. Iâve certainly got some history on a bunch of them. Iâm pretty sure I have bookmarks from before I bought my own computer. Anywayâ¦ Iâll start with the most recent del.icio.us links I have posted, as I remember slightly better why I saved them, and theyâre (I think) more likely for you to have noticed.
- Inventgeek.com - The Ultimate DDR Deck 2.0 - Overview: This is just cool. Iâm a big fan of DIY hardware (itâs a theme youâll notice in the links Iâve posted. I think I found this on HackADay but Iâm not sure. This struck my eye as Iâve often pondered building DDR devices, as itâs one of the few video games that I can stand to play for more than a few minutes, and have gone back to and actually wanted to play again. Recently I even got StepMania working again (from CVS/SVN even) and got a PS2 Controller to USB adaptor so I could play with a controller instead of a keyboard. In any case, Iâve never built a dance pad, and only ever used one a few times, so I suck at DDR on one, but Iâd be really fun, I think. Plus, I need to do more physical activity, and this would be a pretty decent way to do it. (Horribly horribly desparately freakishly geeky, but Iâm OK with that.)
- Real Men, Real Roleplayers, Loonies, and Munchkins: This is straight up Pencil and Paper (Tabletop) Roleplaying Humour. I used to play Dungeons and Dragons, and would play something now (preferably something with a more modern setting, but Iâm still down with rescuing princesses and killing evil dragons) if I wasnât so lame as to have no friends. I have to have read this at least six or seven years ago, which seems like a long time to me. I have the sad feeling that itâs only really funny if youâve played a few games and actually know something about the âold guardâ gamer culture, so to speak. Iâm sure there are jokes that Iâve never gotten in there, but I understand most of it, and it is true, like all humour is true. Just funny, even if youâve never played anything like a paper and pencil RPG, check it out, the worst that will happen is you wonât understand it; however, it could be a riot.
- The Tale of Eric and the Dread Gazebo [rec.humor.funny]: Same sort of thing as the link above. This is so classic that anyone should understand it though. Itâs really funny, even if youâve never played a game in your life. And if you quote this around any gamer thatâs heard of this, theyâll love you forever. Itâs another piece of classic gamer humour. There are a few others in my list of links on del.icio.us, so filter through on some appropriate tags and youâll come across mine. And, of course, thereâs a ton more on del.icio.us proper by everone else.
- Just you try and stop watching thisâ¦: Yeah, itâs a goofy flash thing, and itâs rather scarily hypnotic. This marks the segue into strange, odd, or wonderfully different things Iâm going to showcase. I have no idea what this is or where it came from, exactly, but itâs in the list of links because âI Found it on the Web.â (And, if you happen to know a neat place that has a forum called that, yes, I found it thereâ¦.)
- Creating Passionate Users: This is an interesting post, and a blog that I should read if I had time and/or inclination. Explains a lot of stuff about design that you donât get in a computer science course. Very good, and if you run a blog, seems to make a lot of sense. Iâm writing this from memory, so I have no idea whatâs going on with the blog right now.
And thatâs that for now. Just though I should have a real post that wasnât school related so you readers donât get too board and just disappear. Having readers like my professors is pretty fun and all, but thatâs not the point, so much. Iâd like to have actual readers, who read because Iâm interesting, or they know me and want to keep up to date with my oddities, or whatever. Professors are cool and all, but a couple professors do not a personal blog readership make. (To absolutely destroy the idiom.) Have fun reading this, and checking out a few things, hopefully Iâll have a few posts on my other classes and things that have struck me as needing a rant recently. Classwork on the blog seems weird, but it keeps me thinking about it, which is good for you all readers and whatnot. Hopefully Iâll put to use my little book of blog ideas, or start a list of my own, save up drafts of things so when I need a post I can just pull one out and throw it up. (Which sounds like vomiting things onto my blog, but thatâs more like what happens when I realize I havenât posted anything in a few weeks and should, or my two readers will just remove my feed from their readers.) Gah. Iâm done. Iâve gone on and on and on in a most boring way. Go find some cool stuff and tell me about it. If itâs cool enough, I might even blog it.
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