Wednesday, January 28, 2009

crackle pop

Just found this gem on a tastespotting contributor's blog:

"Pre-fab Rice Krispy treats piss me off. If you can’t make them; you don’t deserve them. Liquifying Campfire marshmallows into breakfast cereal is fun but buying them already factory fabricated is like paying for a sticky, puffed-rice hooker."

I didn't even know I was pissed off about manufactured rice krispy treats but he's definitely right.

my love affair with the interwebs*.

let's see now, where am i on the web?


this blog
and this blog
this store on etsy
and this store on etsy

so, you know, it was obviously time for me to get with the program and join plinky. i mean, thank goodness my name was still available! it's been up for nearly a week and i would hate to have to sign up at abbergail26 or something lame like that.

*maybe i should do #15 on my list of 100 things to do before i do this summer.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Growing up without t.v. and protective parents meant that I watched a whole lot of the few movies we had. Which was pretty much Anne of Green Gables and Star Wars. If you are a girl and you didn't grow up with Star Wars, you'll probably never care about it. Something about seeing it before you could make any sense of it made it pretty magical. Either way, you could probably still find this video pretty entertaining. And if you're like me and even grew up with a trademark Star Wars quote, then you'll probably watch it 5 times in a row.

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

two and a half stars

Last Sunday my mom, dad, brother and I went to casual country club for brunch. We were seated at the patio, filled with the noise of happy diners and clinking silverware. Soon after arriving, our waittress informed us that we missed the brunch hours and could only order from the lunch menu. We placed our orders and snacked on some bread that was brought to our table while we chatted and waited. The table behind us finished their meal and the patio quieted down a bit. Three waittresses returned to our table to refill our water glasses but none of them mentioned the status of our food. We talked for a bit longer and grumbled to each other about the slow service. Finally the last table of diners finished their food and left us alone in the dining room. The waittresses stopped coming at all and when I asked my brother for the time, we realized we had been waiting for 4 hours! I was apalled and angry and demanded to speak to the manager. I marched into the manager's office to find a demure woman with a gray haired bob reclining in her chair. I told her (as politely as possible) about our awful dining experience, and the four hour wait for food that never came. She barely reacted. I told her how I'd worked in food service for years and would never have let something like this happen to anyone. I told her I reviewed restaurants for a living (which was a lie, I was only referring to yelp) and she rolled her eyes. I was indignant. My voice became hard and with one last reproach I offered, "This day has been a nightmare!" Which is when I realized I was having a nightmare.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Optimizing the code of a SDL game

Maybe you have tried it already: Tennix has been available for Maemo for quite some time now. The current version still has room for improvement (performance-wise), and the gameplay part runs a bit slow. That's why our team uses it as an optimization target for a course at the uni until the end of January.

Two benefits: You get a playable, fast tennis game for your tablets, and we get a bit more proficient in writing more efficient code and making better use of the current hardware. This will obviously also benefit the Desktop version of Tennix, as both use the same codebase.

I hope to be able to draw some conclusions and give you an overview of what we were able to do in a few weeks. Until now, try out Tennix and get used to its (relatively slow) speed, so that you feel the improvements when the optimized release is out :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

j is for jackson

this seemingly rabbit related post is really about the teeny embroidery i just finished for this micro monogram contest.
It feels so good to start and finish something in one night. (Although, it's not actually finished, now I have to make this little "j" into a tiny pillow!).

What is this blog turning into!? Baby animals! Little french girls! Tiny embroidery! aaah it's like there's cute vomit all over the place in here.

oh hai.

listen, i'm sorry.

i know no one else will care about my tiny rodent as much as i do.

i just felt that the world needed to know! about his ears

and i felt that jackson... he needed to learn about photobooth.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

ladies who lunch

My friend Michelle moved into a house about 100 feet from my office. What does that mean? Lots of lunch dates.

The only obstacle, besides the frivolous spending (I have GOT to read that book), is that there is almost always someone from work dining out too. So we keep the gossip hushed.