We wrote a story

Me, Rob, Jen and Gayle.

It is called "37th birthday"

So, I was at work and we were having cake.
When all of a sudden, I felt a clammy hand on my breast, and I said “That’s my cake. You can’t have any.”
And he replied, “On the contrary; I already have my cake.” As he squeezed firmly, I felt my childhood slipping away.
I thought back to that time in the park, when my teddy bear “Maurice” decided that he would like to “experiment”. That was a most unusual day. In fact, very similar to today. I looked down at the hand on my breast, and thought a little more about what I should say next.

My cake was beginning to squish into my fingers, I don’t really like that gooey way it goes. What should I do? Should I eat the cake? Perhaps I should say something about the hand on my breast. I don’t know, this sort of situation always makes me uncomfortable. I think I’ll just gaze out the window for a few moments and see what happens.

Hmm, the hand is still there, and my cake situation is getting worse.

This was almost as bad as last year’s birthday.

I miss Maurice.

DDR Universe

Or, as they call it in Europe, "Dancing Stage Universe".

As I totally failed to enjoy Mass Effect in any way, I took it to Gamestation today and traded it in to part pay for this. It worked out pretty well as they gave me £28 against the game for it, and it only cost me £30 to begin with, so £2 for having a game for a few weeks seems reasonable. It's also worth noting Mass Effect is the first game I've ever felt the need to actively get rid of, normally I like to keep things I bought.

I like the new DDR and the mat it comes with seems excellent, sticks to the floor on it's base and doesn't constantly think the left pad is down like the Logic3 one I have. Also DDR Universe includes "Quest Mode", which is some sort of punishment provided by the Japanese. I've made $1200 in game or something, I don't think there's any point in the money, as to unlock songs I need to successfully beat the entire of America and Canada or something. One video I saw on YouTube appeared to be a scantily clad anime woman dancing provocatively over a song that Google tells me is to do with an Irish children's story, excellent.

Finally, and most importantly, I checked if the dancemat (being a 360 controller) would work with my driver on OSX - it does, so you can now use it to Dance Dance Karnov your way through StepMania on OSX to your heart's content. I've released the new version 0.07 which adds support for the official Konami dance mat, and fixes the bug where the driver wouldn't work on OSX 10.4 anymore because Apple attempted to confuse me with SDKs. In addition to this, the driver now should support the Rock Band guitar and drum kit. I've never heard of or seen anything about this game or these controllers, but people keep e-mailling me to get me to add them to the supported devices list (confirmed that they do work with my driver), so whatever they are people can use them on OSX now.

Apple TechTalk

So I was at the Apple TechTalk for Leopard on Tuesday. For some reason they held it in Edinburgh this year, which made it pretty convenient to go to ;)

Basically, they talked about a few things, some Leopard-specific, like new features in Objective C 2.0 and Core Animation, and more general stuff like Core Image, Image I/O and Image Kit.

So basically, they managed to make me want to write a paint program with unnecessarily flashy animation :P

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To whoever left the multiple cans of Tennant's Lager in our fridge, please come and remove it. In future after a party I would prefer you leave things I actually drink, such as Coca Cola or Irn Bru. I have to pour all this worthless stuff down the sink to clear space up :P

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I bought a new black MacBook from PC World with 6 months interest free credit, it's very nice. I particularly like how the battery actually lasts more than 2 minutes and it has built in Wifi and Bluetooth.

We're also going to see Prince in August, and Bill Bailey in November ;)

PS I'm writing this from my bed :P

So the GA is doomed

So, I hear that Nick and Sharp want to upgrade the GA with some sort of new name, some sort of new forum and some sort of new venue.

(Note that this post is just an observation, and isn't meant to upset anybody :P)

Sadly, I've seen this sort of thing happen several times on other places - not to say it'll happen here, but it could - and usually it means the death of the group, in both it's old and new form. Generally, people don't like change, so when everything changes, some people cling to the old way - including old forums, friends who stayed in the old forum, etc. with only some people moving to the new place. It ends up that both the old and the new are inferior to what the old was before.

Also, I overheard Chiyo saying that they were going to move hosting to Bry's hosting as it was free. I'm offended, what's not free about hosting where you don't need to pay anything, there's no adverts and I pay for your domain name yearly? :P