• Symbiosis

    September 30, 2004

    SleepingKatai is my wrist warmer, and I am his pillow. The only problem is when he starts dreaming and kicks his hind legs, which throws off my mousing. Oh, and his breath kind of smells fishy.

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  • Two Decades of Green

    September 30, 2004

    I’ve been spending the past several days finding and reviewing my old digital work from the past 20 years, so I can finally get my “portfolio” online. This is turning out to be more of a personal anthropology project, so I may have to rename that section.

    Some of the oldest work is still on Apple II 5.25″ disks from High School. They’re completely inaccessible unless I can somehow cobble together a serial port connection between an Apple IIGS or Macintosh LC II w/ Apple II card to my PC. That is, if they even will still read. Then there’s the matter of actually being able to get the software to run the serial port connection onto the machines in the first place. It’s all so complicated. Even the 3.5″ disks are problematic, because they’re in a format that Apple dropped years ago, and no current drive technology is capable of reading them.

    "froggy" It’s been interesting to see the trends in the work. I clearly like green, have a penchant for stippled metal, and seem to enjoy boxy layout. I seem to like making graphical interfaces that look like things, and boy, I sure do like them spaceships! This supports the conclusion of my previous blog entry rather well.

    My target date for having at least a usable collection of images ready for integration this Friday, so come Monday, I can call phase 1 of the website complete!

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  • 8-bit Memories

    September 29, 2004

    Apple//eI uncovered this picture while going through a pile of old 5.25″ disks. It’s my old Apple //e clone, circa 1984-5 on a mountaintop in Taiwan. Check out the bitchin’ boom box!

    I do see a couple interesting things on the right hand side: a map of either Bard’s Tale or Wizardry, and my “hacking notebook”, which contains entries like Adjusting Disk Drive Arm Seek Delay Table, Sector Edit for Sundog: Frozen Legacy More Cash, and Castle Wolfenstein Subroutine List. Yes, I was a huge nerd, but living on top of a mountain will do that to you.

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  • Caught Looking: JPEG Virus

    September 28, 2004

    Was just reading on Slashdot that the first real JPEG virus with a real payload was found in the wild, posted to USENET. It installs remote control software on your computer, allowing ne’er do wells to control it as if they were actually sitting at it.


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  • Lazy Image Layout 0.36

    September 26, 2004

    Please go to for the most recent LZIL download! You may also leave comments there…this page is now locked.

    Grendizer Lazy Image Layout (LZIL) is my WordPress 1.2 plugin for formating images in my posts, using a terse syntax and automatic thumbnail sizing. It was developed to co-exist with PHP-Markdown 1.0. If you don’t have Markdown installed, you’ll need to make sure that the LZIL commands don’t have carriage returns after them.

    Gundam The way I generally access my blog is through either the WP admin interface or using Dreamweaver. I upload files using Dreamweaver, and use its code editor for managing the PHP associated with the site when that is needed. Because of this, I tend not to use the upload form of WordPress. You still need to set the upload path in your WordPress options, however…LZIL uses it to determine the base location of your images.

    Anyway, here are the important features:

    • terse syntax:
      • short: LZIL: file not found:
      • long: LZIL: file not found:
      • dest_url and “alt-title” are optional, and either can appear singly.
    • popup image support.
    • automatic thumbnail generation and caching on-the-fly.
    • can align left, right, with “no margin” option available for full-width images.
    • doesn’t use <div> tags, so will work inside of other blocks like <p>.
    • attempts to provide useful error messages back to the user

    To-Do List:

    • Add :X (no resize) option
    • Add SWF support
    • Add no border support
    • Rewriting using inline tables, so we can have captions (I think this is a proper use of tables in CSS, but tell me if I’m wrong)

    Grendizer The images below are a mixture of JPEG and GIF files.

    Agent IntrigueKorves BaseMEK's Interface

    Crixa XO ShipCrixa TitleDueltris Screen

    » Installing LZIL

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