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Image Generation on Granny Squares

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything significant on my Granny Square Pattern Generator (GSC), and since I’ve already contributed to a game release this week, I figured I hadn’t quite checked enough “public-facing actions” boxes this week until I did some work on GSC.

Biggest missing feature (and biggest complaint!) is that blankets weren’t printable. Now they are!

Log in with something like Facebook or Twitter, generate a blanket, and save the blanket. When you look at the details of the blanket, you can now get it as a printable image, and toggle between the two styles of seeing the blanket.

My next task is to make authentication more seamless.

Techie Bits

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Deploying “The Whispering Thing”

After the shenanigans of getting that site pushing, building, testing, and deploying from git to Jenkins to DreamHost, I was able to get deployment for “The Whispering Thing” in place while I slept.

Seriously, Jira says I clocked 90 minutes, and that’s with versioning (details below) and using a new service–DreamObjects.

Twine (what “The Whispering Thing” is written in) produces a single HTML file with all CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and JS right in the file. A dream for deployment–just put it somewhere.

DreamObjects is–from my perspective–like S3, but doesn’t require me to start the clock ticking on Future Proof Games’ free tier status with Amazon Web Services. DreamObjects is API-compliant with S3, so I can use boto and just change the host name to point to Dreamhost.

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AudibleManager Limitations

My internet searches came up fuzzy or empty for these two questions, so here they are, answered:

Does the Windows desktop application (AudibleManager) have the same password limitations as the iTunes authorization does, where a password cannot have special symbols in it?
Yes, yes it does. You have to change your Amazon password to be just alphanumeric for the desktop client to activate.
Does AudibleManager have WhisperSync? I don’t want to have to find where I left off in an audiobook.
No, no it does not.

These are true as of version 5.5.0.5.

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Tons of Videos!

Actually, like 3 videos. But they’re good ones! Plus a few miscellaneous links.

First, a video:

My question: Why can’t he pull out a chair? Turns out, home skillet has a bad back.

To offset that, a bit of cuteness: Maximumble – comic #594 – Ship. Mew.

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Weekly Linkage: With a Bit of Politics

This week’s internet cruising:

  • EJ Flavors – Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Lost And Found: The Lost – An excellent Valentine's Day mix by EJ Flavors. Yeah, I know it's barely even February anymore, but Angela Bofill's "I Try" puts chills up my spine whenever I hear it.
  • Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End – NYTimes.com – I'm totally going to want to be an early adopter of these. If they seem promising, it'd be worth switching to contact lenses for.
  • World population statistics – I always like these types of infographics. ^_^
  • Slavery By Another Name – I heard this on my local NPR station the other night, and was glad to hear the injustices of the prison system be spoken for all to hear, but in a calm and reasonable voice.
  • What’s Wrong with the IGF « The Rotting Cartridge – "Eight (8) judges were assigned to Kale In Dinoland. Of those judges, 1 didn’t install the game or respond to any of our invitations (which we had to send multiple times before judges joined). 3 judges didn’t play the game. Of the remaining 5 judges that played the game, 3 played it very close to the IGF deadline, which was December 5th. […] Excluding the outlier, on average each judge – including the 3 that didn’t play it – played the game for almost 5 minutes’ time. […] So we’re talking almost 4 minutes for each judge of actual game time."

And now for a vibeo:

A little dated at this point, but wonderfully funny. I like Jay Smooth on politics.

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