Top of the Muffin

Someone at 7-11 must watch Seinfeld. I stopped in there today to pick up some milk, and I noticed they’re selling muffin tops! I wonder if they have to pay Kramer to dispose of all the stumps 😛


I’m now the proud owner of an ’06 Ford Fusion SE! Here’s some pictures:

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion Inside

On an unrelated note, why does LiveJournal only give you 3 days notice before your paid account expires? I guess I should use the automatic renewal option thing or something.

Goodbye, car.

I took my car in for an oil change yesterday, and the mechanic comes running in with a very upset look on his face: “Your water pump is loose, there’s a big puddle of antifreeze under your car.. you should get that checked!”  I shrugged it off, since I already knew antifreeze leaks from the gasket and figured it was just normal leakage..

So I drive to Subway, have a sandwich, and as I’m turning onto 130 to head back to work, I feel my steering wheel jerk a bit, and suddenly the steering just didn’t feel right.  I didn’t think much of it, since 130 is pretty straight and I don’t need to turn.. I pull into the parking lot at work, the wheel is really stiff, like the power steering isn’t working?  I turn off the engine… STEAM!  I pop the hood open to investigate.. HOLY CRAP! LOTS OF STEAM!  AND ANTIFREEZE ALL OVER THE ENGINE AND UNDER MY CAR!  There’s a giant pool of it just flowing out from under my car, and steam is just going everywhere.

I’m a bit panicked at this point, my engine is continuing to make noise even though I shut it off (cooling fan, perhaps?), so I grab my backpack from the back seat and pack up everything important in the car (I had planned to visit the DMV / MVC / whatever after work to get my new digital license, since my current one expires in 2 weeks, so I had my social security card and a few other important documents in there), ran inside and called a tow truck.  “He’ll be there in 45 minutes” the dispatcher says.. 3 hours later, he’s stuck in traffic.  He finally shows up around 5:30PM, so I almost got a full day of work in anyway (I normally leave at 6:00).  I attempt to pull the car out of the parking space so he can load it on the truck, steering wheel still seems unusually stiff.  Finally get the car to Ford, they’ve closed for the day, so they’ll look at it tomorrow.

So today I drove my grandma’s 1995ish Saturn to work, power nothing! No power locks, no power windows, it’s a very uncomfortable car.  And she’s got this stupid wool knitted steering wheel cover thing that slides all around while you’re trying to steer, you can’t get a good grip on the wheel.  I dunno how she drives it.  Anyway, stop at Ford during my lunch break for the verdict:

  • Water pump
  • Belt (that’s why the power steering died)
  • Brakes
  • Headlight out

Cost to repair: over $2000.  Needless to say, I wont be getting the car repaired, and will have to go car shopping this weekend.  I’ll also have to get used to an analog dashboard now.  My car had a full digital dashboard, so I could just glance down quickly and know exactly how fast I was going.  Now I kind of have to estimate how close the movey arm thingy is between the 50 and the 55 mark instead of just reading “53” in gigantic numbers.

I’ll probably be getting a Ford Fusion, since my caris already (and perminantly) at a Ford dealer, and the Fusion has most of the features my old car had, sans digital dashboard, so I wont be too lost driving it.  I’m going to test drive one on saturday.

I actually had a revelation last week about how spoiled I was with the Sable while talking to Brian.  I commented on how his car’s interior lights didn’t go on when he lifted the handle, to illuminate the keyhole.  It’s a no-brainer to me.. lift handle, key hole glows (and interior lights come on) so you can see where to put the key to open the door.  His reply was “Most car’s don’t do that.  Only yours.”  So we went around the parking lot lifting everyone’s handles to see if the lights would come on, only mine did 🙁  I’m kind of suprised nobody else thought of that.

The 2006 Ford Fusion does it.  At least, I think it does.  The feature list says “Illuminated entry system” so I assume that’s what it is.  I’ll jiggle the handle of the Fusion when I test drive it 🙂  And Ford said they can install a keyless entry keypad on the door for me, which has also saved me tons of times on the Sable.  I constantly leave my keys in the car (not on purpose, I’m just absent-minded) but it’s not a big deal, I just punch in the code and the door unlocks.  I can even pop the trunk, unlock all 4 doors, or lock all the doors from the keypad.

The Fusion has an analog clock, though, which will be kind of interesting I guess.  Not only are they making me adjust to an analog cluster, but an analog clock too!! damn you, gears!  At least I have my digital watch if I really need it 🙂

Edit: After futher investigation, “illuminated entry system” just refers to the interior lights staying on for 20 seconds after the doors open or until the ignition is turned. I guess it’s not such a big deal with the wireless keyfob things they have now, though.

You have failed your mission.

Gregory Janson is way too good with ZZT-OOP. I spent the day trying to get Mission: Enigma running on DreamZZT, and it’s uncovered a LOT of bugs and interesting ZZT quirks. The hardest part, though, has been trying to solve the puzzles. Mission: Enigma is pretty challenging, and very well done!

In the process of picking apart Mission: Enigma, I’ve added two more debug commands:

watch – Lets you select an object to watch the ZZT-OOP of. Now the debug console will only display the ZZT-OOP of objects that you’re currenctly watching, instead of every object on the board. Makes it much easier to follow what’s going on!

inspect – Lets you view an object’s entire ZZT-OOP program in a text window.

flags – displays a list of the currently set flags.

Also, since Mission: Enigma’s title screen is so amuzing, I finally got around to letting you actually watch the title screen and press enter to start the game when you’re ready. You can also actually return the main menu again by pressing ESC.

Finally, after putting them off for six years, I had an epiphany last week on how to implement Centipedes! Got them in this weekend and they seem to work pretty well. The only objects still not implemented in DreamZZT are slime, ricochets, and ninja stars.

Death Cloud

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for NJ tonight. The last paragraph of the warning is:


Wow. That’s not scary at all. When did the NWS get so dramatic?

Use the source, luke!

DreamZZT’s source code is now available under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2. The source can be browsed or checked out of my public Subversion repository, and is also available from the DreamZZT homepage. In order to build DreamZZT, you’ll first need to build tiki.

To celebrate, I’ve put together the first binary release of DreamZZT in close to 3 years: 3.0.4-beta1. Downloads are available for Windows, Mac OS X (10.4 universal), and Linux. Due to technical issues, builds for the Dreamcast are not available at this time. So head on over to the DreamZZT homepage and grab a copy!

Known issues with this beta:

  • There is no menu when you push ESC, just press S to save or close the window to quit.
  • There is no file browser, so saved games will always be ‘saved.sav’ and New Game will always load ‘town.zzt’
  • The game doesn’t pause when debug command ‘warp’ is executed, allowing debug messages to overwrite the board selection dialog box.

Please report any other bugs either in the comments here or over at the forums.

Buzz Buzz Buzz

Woah, I went to feed my fish this morning, and there was a dead bee floating in the tank! I have no idea how it even got in there, but I guess my fish kicked its ass.


And in other news, I hate pollen.


That is all.