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December 31st, 2003 Comments off

It seems there was a bug in the Dreamcast network driver. I’ve uploaded a new build of DreamZZT for the Dreamcast to the DreamZZT download page. Enjoy!

Alas poor Zaurey, I knew him well..

December 31st, 2003 Comments off

Well, my Zaurus is gone. Someone bid on him yesterday, and I shipped him out today.

I had to go down to East Windsor today to clean spyware off someone’s computer. At least I finally got the picture of the Twin Rivers shopping center I wanted:

I should have gotten a haircut too, but I was lazy and broke, so I didn’t. Hair Lords, the place I get my hair done, is a few doors down from Getronics Wang.

December 29th, 2003 2 comments

After almost two years of hibernation, I’m proud to announce the first new release of DreamZZT! Head on over to the DreamZZT homepage and check out DreamZZT 3.0.31226 for the Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft(R) Windows(TM), and Linux!

Please be aware that DreamZZT 3.0.31226 is a beta release and may still have some bugs. It has been tested with and will only play the Town of ZZT and any other tested games available from the DZZT.NET homepage. It does not currently support game saves, and may not be suitable for new users at this time.

Happy holidays!
-Sam

Christmas Pics

December 28th, 2003 Comments off

Yay picture time omgomgomg!!

Ok, so I get up all early to go have “brunch” with my family at home. There was like noone on the turnpike, which made getting there easy. Anyway, my parents got one of those new fiber-optic trees. It looks kinda pretty, but I still don’t like the laziness factor. Anyway, here’s a pic of my cat in front of the tree:

So we do the whole brunch thing, I had a bagel. They had cream cheese with lox already in it, again with the lazy… anyway, it was good, some people I didn’t know came over, as did my mom’s boyfriend and his kids.

We opened our presents, I got money from my mom and my grandma, so now I can pay rent! Yay! My sister got me an Iron Chef calendar, which r0x0rz times ten. I also got a new toothbrush, and a little FM radio w/ builtin flashlight. My sister got a Brak sing-along radio, which was pretty cool.

Afterwards, I had to go to cranbury to help a lady with her computer. It was just little things like “why does this happen?” “because it’s microsoft” kinds of things, and plugging in her scanner and stuff.

Next, I was off to Brian’s. He got the same phone I did (he’s such a drone…) and we played around with our phones for a while (we’re such geeks). Anyway, here’s a pic of Brian trying to get a picture of his dog:

Aren’t they cute? Afterwards, I came back to newark exhausted (getting up at 9am! crazyness I tell you!) and collapse on my bed.

I wake up the next morning to someone hammering. I was dreaming about looking for a job in Newark, but the scenery was all pretty, unlike the real newark. We were riding in a maglev (or some other kind of raised-track) train around the city, and I spotted a place I hadn’t applied to yet, so I got off at the next station. I was apparently supposed to show the security guard my ticket but I forgot, so he chased me down, and took me to his supervisor’s office. because the whole train thing was raised, the building was up high, and the view from the supervisor’s office was so pretty. I could see my apartment building, and lots of other tall towers, and the ground was a red cobblestone kind of thing with gardens in it. Perhaps I’ll break out Bryce3D sometime and do a mockup, it was very nice. It was at this point that I was rudely awaken at 9:30AM. So I drag myself to my computer and check my IMs and notice that sohail has been desperatly trying to contact me, ’cause his server got hacked and he’s stuck.

So I drag myself back down to East Windsor again, on the condition that he give me money for gas. Now, most of you haven’t seen what I’m like when I don’t get enough sleep, but Jay has, and he can verify that I’m a little “weird” to say the least. So, while we’re trying to reinstall the OS on his server, I’m looking through everything on all his bookshelves. One of the things I found was a book (duh!):

Now, this isn’t just an ordinary book. From the cover, which has farsi on it, you’d think that the whole book was written in Farsi, right? Wrong!

It’s completly in english! I thought this was the funniest thing ever, probably because of the lack of sleep.

I also found a disk for MS-DOS, and a picture of the AOL running man:

After that, I found a cd that was labeled in yellow highlighter on white paper:

I asked sohail, “Why would someone use yellow highlighter on white paper?” and his reply was “Because she’s pregnant”. That was funnier than the book.

After failing miserably with his server (the disk head crashed or melted or something else equally unhealthy for a harddrive) we went to Scotto’s Risteronte Italiano, which is my uber-favorite pizza place in east windsor. On the way in, I noticed that Wang Labs, which has a building at the intersection of 571 and old trenton rd., has moved into the twin rivers shopping center, and has a huge sign up that says “WANG”. Sadly it was a back-lit sign and the contrast was too much for my phone, so I couldn’t get a good shot. Sohail promised to get a picture with his digital camera at some point for me, but I felt I had to share this important piece of information now, because it says “wang”.

Ok, so I finally finish up with sohail, and Brian invites me to spend the night at his place ’cause I’m really tired and probably wouldn’t make it back to Newark in once piece. So Brian, Caroline, Stephi (sorry if I misspelled it, she’s foreign), and I watched Pirates of the Carribean and went to sleep. Yet again, I’m rudely awaken by Brian’s mom kicking me! She thought I was brian, and she wanted him to be awake and spend time with his family that decided to visit that morning.

After several more rude awakenings by members of Brian’s family (no more kicks, thankfully), Brian and I got up so we could go ride his family’s ATVs. Many of you are not familiar with the ruralness of East Windsor, but we have plenty of forest, and apparently straight people have fun by riding around in them really fast. It was fun, but it was also very wet and muddy. Since my pants were all muddy and eww, Brian gave me a pair of his jeans to wear. I guess Jay’s right, it really is easy to get into Brian’s pants 😛 Anyway, I’m surprised the fit since he’s much skinnier than me, but they did and all was well again. By then, Caroline and Stephi had woken up and cleaned Brian’s room for him (so that’s what female friends are for! We should get some for our apartment, too!), we all talked for a while, got food, and went to the mall. It was boring, so I wont go into it. We got back and raided brian’s fridge. I ate almost all of their ham, and Caroline made me chicken parmesan with these frozen chicken patty things + american cheese (again, we need a chixx0r friend). It was good. We talked more, played with the dog, and I came home. Yay, Christmas is over!! gg no re, Santa!

DreamZZT 3.0.31226

December 28th, 2003 Comments off

After almost two years of hibernation, I’m proud to announce the first new release of DreamZZT! Head on over to the DreamZZT section and check out DreamZZT 3.0.31226!

Happy Holidays

December 24th, 2003 2 comments

Well, I missed out on decorating the family christmas tree this year, so I decorated my website instead. Drawing a candy cane pixel-by-pixel is almost as fun as untangling lights! Happy holidays!

December 24th, 2003 Comments off

I hate being broke

December 22nd, 2003 1 comment

Well, I’ve been putting it off all month but… my Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 Linux PDA is now on eBay so I can pay this month’s rent. I bought it a few years ago from Staples. The guy that sold it to me was really cute, and he was all like “You know it runs linux, right?” and I’m all like “yeah.”. Of course, Staples no longer sells PDAs, so I wonder what happened to the cute guy that used to be behind the counter. Perhaps he’s unemployed like me.

Anyway, it’s been really fun. Because it runs Linux, there are so many things it could do. Something about knowing I could have a wifi webserver in my pocket was just really cool.

Anyway, I hope someone buys it. eBay charged me $3.50 to list it, which they’ll take from my credit card at an undisclosed time. With my luck, this will be after interest has accrued for the month, pushing me over my limit, and giving me a nice $30 over limit fee. yay. <sarcasm>I bet my credit report is in amazing shape now</sarcasm>

-Sam

Go penguin, it’s your birthday

December 20th, 2003 2 comments

I finally got around to doing a Linux port of DreamZZT:

Because it’s built with libSDL, it should also build on Mac OSX, BSD, and other platforms supported by SDL that Jay doesn’t believe exist. I don’t have access to a Mac, so anyone out there with OSX and the compiler that would be willing to compile and test dreamzzt for me, please let me know.

-Sam

Allez Cuisine!

December 19th, 2003 Comments off

Fuki-san: With one last final to go, this looks like it should be an exciting event! Now entering GITC-1400 stadium, it’s the Iron Coder: Sam Steele! Sam is 19 years old and comes from the city of Newark. Now lets have a look at our challenger: an IT201 Final exam! Not much is known about this exam yet, it has been top secret until now! One man! One Exam! The HEAT will be ON!!

Fuki-san: Now entering GITC-1400 stadium, it’s the Chairman Marc Sequeria!

Chariman: [japanese text, not subtitled]

Fuki-san: With us today, we have Japanese pop-star AnnoyingGirl, food export Dr. KnowItAll, and japanese fortune teller I.C.Future.

KnowItAll: Greetings. It’s a pleasure to be here today. You know, back in some time period noone’s heard of, the ancient japanese used to take exams, too.

AnnoyingGirl: That’s so interesting! I’ve never been so interested! Tee Hee!

Chairman: ALLEZ CUISINE!!!!!

Fuki-san: The chairman is now handing out the exams, and … what’s this? Ohta, can we get a close up on what he’s handing out?

Ohta: Yes Fuki-san! He appears to be handing out a traditional NJIT essay booklet.

AnnoyingGirl: Ah…

KnowItAll: That’s right, no multiple choice here! ha ha ha. I’ve seen this type of booklet before, he’s probably going to have to write an essay, or maaaaybe… short answer?

AnnoyingGIrl: Short answer?

KnowItAll: Right. Fill-in-the-blank.

AnnoyingGirl: Oh! I get it now. Tee Hee.

Fuki-san: Ohta, can you get a comment from Sam before the exam starts?

Ohta: Sure. Sam, how do you think you’ll do on this exam?

Sam: Who are you, and what are you saying? I dont understand japanese! Where’s the translater lady? Aren’t these exams supposed to be quiet and closed?

Fuki-san: Alright, Sequeira-san is now handing out the exam sheets. Yes! It looks to be both short answer and fill in the blank.

Fortune: You were right!

KnowItAll: Yes. No essay though. ha ha ha.

Fuki-san: What’s this the Iron Coder is pulling out of his pocket?

Fortune: It looks like a wooden stick?

KnowItAll: That’s a writing implement, known as a pencil. These are commonly used to take ScanTron tests, as well as essays and other sorts of exams.

Ohta: You’re right, the Iron Coder has just taken out a Number Two Pencil.

AnnoyingGIrl: Ahh.. number two! So exciting!

Fuki-san: He appears to be.. yes! He’s filling in the answers!

Fortune: He sure knows his stuff.

AnnoyingGirl: Is he hesitating?

KnowItAll: No, I think he’s just concentrating hard.

Fuki-san: He appears to have turned the pencil upside down, and is rubbing it vigerously across the page! I’ve never seen such a technique!

Ohta: Yes, he appears to have misspelled a word, and is erasing the mistake from the page

AnnoyingGirl: Ahh

KnowItAll: You know, erasers are made of rubber.

AnnoyingGirl: That’s so interesting! Tee Hee!

*Female announcer* 5 minutes to go!

Fuki-san: With five minutes left, how do you think he’ll do? Will he finish on time? Let’s find out!

AnnoyingGirl: I hope he’s doing ok, I’m so excitited! Tee Hee!

KnowItAll: Yes, he appears to be on the final problem.

*Female announcer* 5 seconds! 3! 2! 1! *gong*

Fuki-san: That’s it! The time is up! The IT201 final exam is OVER!!!!

Ohta: Sam, how do you think you did?

Sam: Well, I think I did ok.

Ohta: So, you did your best?

Sam: I did my best.