archive for August, 2004

Real World Gaming

Real World Gaming looks like an alternate reality game (ARG) production company. They’re offering up to $5000 if you have an idea for an ARG that you to produce. I’m not sure how they’re going to make a profit, but I’m sure it’s possible.


Ok, so I’ve been working on this riddle for a couple days, and I’ve finally solved it. I might have been able to do it on my own if my life depended on not giving up, but it was a serious pain. Instead, I had a little help from the forums, and a lot of help from owler. My first mistake was working on a monitor that seems to be a little color blind. It’s probably time for an upgrade. My second mistake was not pressing forward even when there wasn’t any reason to think I was on the right path. Oh well, live and learn.

Newman's Own Vodka Sauce

We made a quick mid-week stop by the grocery store to pick up some foods that Jesse can eat after having her braces tightened. We opted for Newman’s Own Vodka Sauce and cheese raviolis. What can I say, we were being adventurous. The Vodka Sauce tastes like a very cheesy marinara with orange juice. It’s very sweet, and fairly acidic. I can’t say that I hate it, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again. It might work better with another dish. Who knows, you might like it. Keep it in mind next time you have a dish that needs to taste like tomato and orange juice.

Crypto Lessons

Here are LANAKI’s Crypto Course Lessons.

+Ma's Reversing is another puzzle site. Good luck.


Last week when we went to Albertsons to buy our weekly groceries, we noticed that self-checkout stands had been installed, but weren’t activated yet. Well, this week they are. We went ahead and passed up the professional checkers to try hand at checking. The system worked pretty well. The only problem we had was that it was complaining that we had put something in our bag without scanning it — we hadn’t. I’d guess that it took about twice as long as a normal checkout, but hey, there wasn’t any line and it was our first time. I’d say that it was even fun. When was the last time you had fun in a grocery store? I’m almost looking forward to shopping next week.

.NET Regular Expressions

I’m always asking Matt for the link to this regular expressions syntax page, so I might as well post it here.

Another They Might Be Giants Concert

We just got home from another They Might Be Giants concert. Last time we saw them was just last April. They are still touring with Corn Mo, but now he joins them on stage for one song (Particle Man this time). They played a lot of their new stuff, and generally rocked. I don’t have the set list, but it should be available soon on their website along with an mp3 recording of tonights show.
There’s this blond guy that we’ve seen at most of the shows we’ve been to (including in San Francisco) that we found out actually lives in Tucson. We also saw a Saturn Vue in the parking lot with the license plate “TMBGFAN” – now that’s a fan. Overall, it was a very good show. John F. said that they’ll probably not be in town for a while. I hope it’s not too long.

Company Names Are Singular

Lately I’ve been noticing a lot of people treating company names as if they referred to a plural object. For example, today I saw this posted in a form “Mozilla is now so well known Netscape are using it in their marketing.” Are there now multiple Netspaces? Maybe the poster meant to say “the people at Netscape.” The word “people” is plural after all. Thinking that I might be going crazy, I did a little searching and found this page on plural noun forms that seems to agree with me. I know this is really nit-picky of me, but I’m just confused. Someone, please clue me in on this weird behavior.

Close Other Tabs

I was just working on a blog post, and I accidentally clicked “Close Other Tabs” on the tab context menu. Oops. There went that post. I really wish they would use the same warning dialog that pops up when you’re closing the browser while viewing multiple tabs. Does anyone know of a way to fix this?

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