# 2010-04-05 How Not To Support Your Musical Enemies

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Sounds! – a local radio show available as a podcast featuring new and indie music. It makes me want to buy CDs after not having bought much in years. I don’t want to give money to the idiots that will send lawyers after their own customers!

So what should I do if I want to get an album I like? The easiest solution is to get it from a friend. Here in Switzerland we have an exception to copyright law that says that copyright does not apply amongst the people you are close with such as family and friends. (“Verwendung zum Eigengebrauch”)

But other than that, I guess I should write an email to the band or publisher whenever I want to buy an album and ask whether they support the efforts of collecting societies, industry associations, and publishers to go after file sharers. If they are, I shouldn’t be buying from them. That’d be supporting the hand that hits you!

What I would prefer is going to the band’s homepage, download the album, and donate a few bucks via Paypal. Remember Radiohead and In Rainbows? That was cool.

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# 2010-04-05 Xfce

My old iBook is still being used! I installed Ubuntu on it a while ago. Today I thought that it was kind-of sluggish and I decided to switch from the default window manager and desktop environment to something leaner. I remember a long time ago I had been using SlackWare and had switched from KDE to Xfce. Time to try it again!

Right now I sort-of miss the Exposé functionality. I think I just need to find a different solution or I might go back to Gnome because of the resources this will need.

My menu-bar background is black. Yuck, that’s ugly. Must find a better theme. I think I’m running into two things conflicting, here. By using Xfce 4 Settings Manager → Appearance I was able to switch from Albatross to Clearlooks, I fixed the menu-bar. Previously, I had only used the Window Manager setting to switch from Default style to Agua style. Solved, I think.

I find that my dead keys are only working partially. The obvious stuff like the circumflex (^ + e = ê) and the umlaut (¨ + o = ö) work, but I’ve grown used to Alt+2 resulting in “ and Alt+Shift+2 resulting in ” – something about my keymap is broken! It turns out that I want my Option key to be used as Alt, with Emacs treating Alt as Meta. The Alt key, however, should be used as whatever it’s called to access the extra stuff on a key (again, I’ll have to look up the names). Gah! Keyboard Layouts Settings is not helping.

Half the problem is solved by the following – now the Option key acts as alt/meta.

    ! Option key is alt/meta
remove mod4 = Super_L
add mod1 = Super_L

Using “keycode 64 = Mode_switch” doesn’t change the Alt key to give me access to the third and fourth keysym. What’s wrong? Time to reread my old blog posts… 2009-11-30 Keyboard Remapping. Truly, I feel like I’m giving advice to my future self. Ah, there it is!

    ! Alt key switches levels
remove mod1 = Alt_L
keycode 64 = ISO_Level3_Shift

And it works! Now to make this permanent… save the lines in a file called /.Xmodmap and they’ll get run when you log in. Problem solved!

(Also remember the changes I made to my system: 2009-12-19 Waiting For Processes…)

Update: I’m currently using the following:

    keycode 133 = Meta_L
keycode 64 = ISO_Level3_Shift
remove mod1 = ISO_Level3_Shift
keycode 65 = space space

I ended up typing a lot of Shift+Space = non-breaking space.

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Gah, I hate this. The Alt key correctly allows me to type []|{}“”‘’ and many other important characters – but the Option key still acts as Super modifier for Emacs. Damn. I want Meta!

The following gives me Meta on the option key in Emacs, but Alt is also Meta instead of level shifting! And in the terminal, the Alt key appears to be always on: Hitting E or T gets me the Edit or Terminal menu!

    ! Option key is alt/meta
clear mod1
clear mod2
clear mod3
clear mod4
clear mod5
keycode 133 = Meta_L
add mod1 = Meta_L
! Alt key switches levels
keycode 64 = ISO_Level3_Shift

Every now and then I totally understand why I preferred the proprietary Apple + Mac OS solution. I must have wasted six hours on this topic alreay. Think about it. The amount of money I could have earned in six hours. What I could have bought with that.

All wasted in order to get the fucking keyboard to do what I fucking want. A useless waste of time. And it still doesn’t work. This makes me very, very angry.

And when I test it with xev, everything seems to work! XLookupString returns the correct strings.

What the hell is going on?

When I just use the following, neither Alt nor Option key have an effect.

    ! Option key is alt/meta
clear mod1
clear mod2
clear mod3
clear mod4
clear mod5
keycode 133 = Meta_L

When I then add the following line, both Alt key and Option key start acting as Meta in Emacs!

    add mod1 = Meta_L

Apparently the Alt_L binding for the Alt key is enough for Emacs to recognize it, even though it’s not bound to mod1.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-12 08:25 UTC

# 2010-04-06 Rolpunk

(PDF)
Rolpunk is old news. I still like it, even though “it’s about having fun” is practically content free. What does that mean? Doesn’t everybody say that they want to have fun? All except James Edward Raggi IV who says I Hate Fun, of course. In the same series, he said that “using the word ‘fun’ in any meaningful way requires quite an explanation of what is meant by fun.” Right on!

I like the series. He thinks that people use the word “fun” because they want “quick-fix, feel good entertainment exactly as they like it with as little effort as possible.” And he argues against it. Also old news, but – dare I say it? – a fun read! :-P

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# 2010-04-07 NPC Relations

Inspired by a Fear the Boot episode on PC and NPC relationships I decided to make a small change to my Alder King campaign. We’re using new level 1 characters or low-level henchmen from the PCs respective entourages (Entourage Approach for the win!) to explore the Caves of Thracia. I decided that the careful archeologist who has sent them to the site also sponsored a camp team: A guard, a cook, an assistant, a scout, and a priest.

These guys will stay topside, their camp will need defending, they will bake fresh bread, they will offer the possibility for relationships, and if the players aren’t interested, they’ll have relations amongst themselves. If PCs interact with the NPCs, there will be more information to be learnt. It won’t necessarily be useful info, but it’ll be entertaining and help to provide emotional attachment and immersion.

I’m also trying to provide a little point of light, since almost all other NPCs in the campaign have been selfish and untrustworthy.

Already one PC who decided to help the cook discovered that the cook was mediocre but knew how to cast Prestidigitation to improve the taste of his cooking.

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Comments on 2010-04-07 NPC Relations

One of the joys of low-level gaming is the addition of colorful helper NPCs like these. In the last PBP game I ran, the favorite was the loud-mouth cook who ended up being a Nazi spy.

mthomas768 2010-04-07 13:26 UTC

# 2010-04-08 Spring

Spring is here. I was lucky. Weeks passed after the last hayfever attack. Today a bit of that came back. Luckily it seems to disappear when I’m busy at work or when I’m loosing myself in Aikido training.

The bumblebee queens are out and looking for a nest. I’m still hoping they’ll finally nest in my awesome bumblebee home on the balcony. Patience! Or bumblebee-napping.

I’m really looking forward to my summer break. Should I play more, orspend more time hiking on the Alps? There are at least two weekly organized boardgame nights in Zürich. And I’m still dreaming of a weekly B/X D&D or Labyrinth Lord night. It seems that all my campaigns are now biweekly or monthly events.

Looking at MyCampaigns, what would I trade in for something else? Hmmm…

I think Traveller is not quite working out. Recently one of my players started running sessions and that improved things a lot. Perhaps it was some sort of GM burnout I hadn’t noticed? Perhaps I need to sit down and digest all the advice floating around on the web and write a GM guide for myself. To help me focus.

I’m also not too happy with A Song of Ice and Fire. We’ve only played three times, so I’m willing to give it more time. When I ran one of the sessions I basically split the party to the max since since all characters are so diverse. There is no D&D like party and that also requires me to rethink my adventure design.

And finally the Legends of Middle Earth game is ok because I like the new, light rules better than Rolemaster. But now I feel we’re too safe. I like danger and excitement. Perhaps the rules don’t afford that kind of play. Or I need to rethink how danger and excitement are generated at the table.

More rethinking!! Perhaps these games aren’t less good than the others. Maybe I’m just a bloody conservative player.

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Hiking in the Alps! I was making a list of the top 10 hikes I want to do before I leave, and it is going to be tough to fit all of them in. Plus the list is already at 11, and growing.

When does your summer break start?

– Adrian 2010-04-09 08:14 UTC

It starts June 1.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-09 09:11 UTC

I think we’ll try hiking from Thun to Spiez along the lake, looking at some old ruins – Thun and/or Spiez on the way there, Wimmis on the way back. We’ll see.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-10 00:04 UTC

Hi Alex, I’m new to Switzerland (from Vancouver, Canada), and I stumbled upon your blog through the OD&D blogosphere (check me out: http://chainmail-bikini.blogspot.com). I’m up in Basel, but would be interested in some hikes and/or bike trips… just not sure where to go.

Alternatively, you could make a weekly trip to Basel to join my new OD&D campaign! Open invitation!

Tim 2010-04-20 11:15 UTC

Heh, Switzerland is very nice for hiking. If you need a long-term goal, how about a traversal of the Alps on foot? → AlpenPassRoute.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-20 15:19 UTC

Nice… that looks like my kind of trek.

I just say your MyCampaigns page… busy busy. Perhaps I’ll have to drop by Zurich one Monday night for the one-off session.

Tim 2010-04-21 05:14 UTC

# 2010-04-09 Looking for Old School Blogs

A while ago Rob Conley assembled a collection of Old School Renaissance Sites. He mentioned the Old School RPG Planet I’m running.

When I look at the list of blogs on that Planet’s sidebar, I can’t help myself but think “OMG, it’s full of blogs!” – 112 of them to be exact, at the moment.

The list of blogs has a very cool feature: At the end of the list you’ll find a link to the OPML file. You can use this file to mass-subscribe to all blogs at once if you “import” it into your feed reader (Google Reader, Bloglines, or any other site or application).

112 blogs and counting is a bit much for one person. It’s a cool place to start, but eventually readers will have to tune out of some of these blogs. It’s a lot to read. But it’s still a nice page to click every now and then and look for inspiration.

The RPG Bloggers is a similar site. They have a Legacy D&D category, but authors have to apply in order to be accepted. Maybe we’ll have rules later, if required. I’d prefer not to. ;)

In the very beginning, as I was looking for blogs to read, I carefully studied all the blogrolls in our little corner of the blogosphere. I can’t keep up anymore. Help me by adding them to the list of feeds. At the bottom of that page you’ll find a link saying Edit this page. Click it and follow the examples.

The format is really simple – the feed URL in square brackets, and the blog name on the next line:

[http://grognardia.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default]
name = Grognardia

Make sure you don’t supply the blog address!

http://grognardia.blogspot.com/ → blog address for humans → bad! >{
http://grognardia.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default → feed address for computers → good! :D

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Nice list. I see that I was already on it, so I don’t have to do anything.

BeRKA 2010-04-10 09:03 UTC

Thanks.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-10 15:29 UTC

# 2010-04-15 One Page Dungeon Contest End In Sight

Our last days have been quiet. Judges had read all the entries, nominated their favorites, picked the ones they really wanted to win, reviewed the categories, approved their short bios, I wrote a paragraph or two for the introduction, asked three people known for their wilderness and megadungeon adventures for a little essay, asked the sponsors for logos, and sent it all over to geek of the week Harald Wagner.

I think I’m done.

It’s a bit weird. We’re ahead of schedule.

The PDF might not be done by the end of the week because Harald is going to the biggest roleplaying convention (RPC) and might need a few days more. RPC had 40’000 visitors in 2009, Gencon had 28’000 visitors in 2009, Ropecon had 4’000 visitors – all according to the respective websites I just looked at. Whoa, I didn’t know that! Too bad pen and paper gaming is but a small part of the convention, if I understand it correctly.

Oh, and there was one last thing: prizes!

I’ll contact all winners after the official announcement on Sunday and ask them for preferences. If possible, and taking the number of votes received in the process I’ll try and distribute the loot fairly.

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I didn’t make it to the RPC due to Volcanic Ash. The PDF is done and awaiting Alex’ final blessing.

Harald Wagener 2010-04-18 19:03 UTC

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-18 21:26 UTC

# 2010-04-18 One Page Dungeon Contest Winners

The results are in! Get the PDF collecting the winners and take a look.

Entry Winning Category
Adam Thornton – Central New Jersey After the “Big Whoops” Best Post Apocalyptic Goodness
Antti Hulkkonen – Den of Villainy Best Pirates
Chris Gonzales – The Tunnels of Turrack the Terrible Best Sound Effects
Clarabelle Chong – Time for Tea Best Victorian Sci-Fi
Corwin Riddle – City of Traitors Best Lost City
Craig Brasco – The Vault of Zerduzan Best Evil Cultist Hangout
Heron Prior – Trolls will be Trolls Best Lair
Herwin Wielink – The Crypt of Luân Phiên Best Architectural Design
Jimm Johnson and Jeff Lynk – The Contemptible Cube of Quazar Craziest Map Award
Lord Kilgore – Heart of Darkness Best Mini Campaign
Paul Siegel – Four Corners Best Fitness Center
Peter A. Mullen – Laboratory of the Asmodean Techno-Mage Snazziest Way to Push the Envelope
Rob Antonishen – Mine! Not Yours?Best Mine Crawl
Shane Mangus – Raid on Black Goat Wood Best Cthulhu
Simon Bull – The Ruination Of Tenamen Best Monsters
Stuart Robertson – Dungeon From A Distant Star Best Mixing of Genres
Tim Shorts – Where is Margesh Blackblood Most Hideouts for the Head Bad Guy
Tom Holmes – The Bone Harvest Horror Best Cartography

The process we used to determine the winners is described on the One Page Dungeon Contest 2010 page.

I’ll be contacting the winners in the days to come.

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# 2010-04-19 Most Popular Contest Entries

Yesterday I announced the One Page Dungeon Contest 2010 winners. We didn’t list “best overall” because we find that hard to measure. But when we look at nominations, we immediately had a clear favorite: There was exactly one submission that was nominated by every single judge!

Most popularAntti Hulkkonen – Den of Villainy with seven votes!

There were three entries with six votes:

Second place in the popularity contest amongst the judges:

1. Corwin Riddle – City of Traitors
2. Heron Prior – Trolls will be Trolls
3. Shane Mangus – Raid on Black Goat Wood

Thus, if you absolutely must know what the best of t h e BEST entries are, these four come with a lot of votes.

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# 2010-04-21 Slumbering Tsar Awakens

Coming May 15th to Frog God Games: Slumbering Tsar: The Desolation, Part 1 —The Edge of Oblivion in pdf format for the introductory price of $2.00. Each month following, the next chapter of The Slumbering Tsar Saga™ will be released for the low price of$9.99. A subscription option is available to ensure that you don’t miss a single installment. Upon the release of the final chapter, the whole will be available as a hardcover print adventure and is included as part of the purchase price for those how purchase all 14 installments of the series or for a one-time purchase price of $120.00 (includes hardcover). Non subscription hardcover books will be available for$150.00 (when we are all done).

Hurray!

Via TheBax [1]

Update: Tales of the Frog God is where you will be able to sign up.

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# 2010-04-22 Xubuntu for Power PC

Apparently Xubuntu is not available for the macppc architecture. And I don’t dare using the Synaptic package manager to deinstall all Gnome dependencies. And how much would I gain?

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# 2010-04-23 Blog, Wiki, Bliki

At the moment Wikipedia says that Oddmuse can be used as a Bliki. That’s what this site is: A wiki, used like a blog. If you look at my SiteMap, you’ll see a lot of pages that are of no use anymore. Slowly, this site has lost the wiki nature and turned into a blog.

• I feel free to make lots of minor edits to existing blog pages.
• I have access to the history of a page (and to the text of old revisions if changed within the last two weeks).
• Internal linking is easy using wiki syntax.
• Wiki markup is easier than writing HTML.
• I guess that by now I wouldn’t feel bad about using a WYSIWYG editor on the wiki as long as it still allows me to use wiki links. Except that most of them take a long time to load. That sucks.
• I still find Oddmuse to be very easy to hack.
• Comment pages still don’t work like they do on other blogs.
• But on the plus side, everybody can edit their comments and remove old stuff.
• But I have a module that does email notification. Let me know if you’ve tried it and hated it!

I think I’m still happy with things as they are.

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Given the choice, I’d rather use Oddmuse than a pure blogging engine like Wordpress. Using wiki markup is second nature and much easier than messing with a GUI text box or CTRL key combinations, and I really miss a wiki’s proper version control. Add in the easy interlinking of pages, and….. well, I’m preaching to the converted, I know.

On the downside, Wordpress meets a blog reader’s expectations, whereas a wiki is more intimidating to the casual user. People know what to expect from a Wordpress blog and that translates to more comments and more pageviews. Add in Akismet’s rock-solid antispam mechanism, and it’s hard to fault.

And that’s why I use Wordpress to blog, and Oddmuse for my private projects. I have the best of both worlds

greywulf 2010-04-23 11:51 UTC

I really should do some usability testing to discover what the actual expectations are.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-23 15:33 UTC

# 2010-04-23 Dropbox Temporarily Suspended

Well, now we know. One Page Dungeon Contest is popular enough for Dropbox to temporarily suspend my public files “on account of generating excessive traffic.”

I have moved my stuff over to Wuala. They claim “no limitations in bandwidth or traffic.” [1] Sounds excellent!

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That’s a hassle, bug I m ow the feeling. When I launched the podcast, we hosted the mp3 files on .Mac and quickly ran into bandwidth restrictions.

Brian Isikoff 2010-04-24 19:35 UTC

That’s “but I know” of course - still mastering the iPad keyboard.

Brian Isikoff 2010-04-24 19:37 UTC

# 2010-04-25 Popular Prizes

I asked the winners of the One Page Dungeon Contest 2010 which of the prizes they preferred: “I feared that just sending out loot at random would lead to duplicates and a lot of eBay commissions. I therefore propose you send me three items you'd like to get, and three things you wouldn’t like to get.”

Some preliminary results are in…

• We had 18 winners.
• Half of them (9) would have liked a perfect bound copy of Swords & Wizardry: WhiteBox by Brave Halfling Publishing – I find that astonishing since I thought everybody and their dog had already gotten a White Box Boxed Set. I think I must have filled that form three or four times, only to resist at the last possible moment and tell myself that I don’t really need it. There’s just something really cool about boxed sets!
• There was a close second with many winners (8) asking for either a physical copy of Labyrinth Lord or the Advanced Edition Companion by Goblinoid Games (mostly the AEC, if I remember correctly). That product sure catapulted Lab Lord back into the limelight!
• A copy of The Dungeon Alphabet by Goodman Games was also quite popular with a third of the winners naming it as one of the things that they’d like to get. Since this particular item is already sold-out, I’m amazed at it’s popularity.
•  The vouchers for Otherworld Miniatures were similarly popular with a third (6) of the winners. Since I recently decided to take up miniature paintings again and bought a big box of these, I understand the sentiment.

And that doesn’t count the people who already own some of the products, don’t use miniatures, etc.

Anyway, if you’re one of the winners and wished for one of the above, now you know what your chances are. I’ll have to take number of nominations by judges into account and all that. Sorry!

Too bad I didn’t enter myself. There are enough other prizes I’d love to get!

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Lots of cool stuff to choose from. Looking forward to getting my “care package”.

Shane Mangus 2010-04-27 14:03 UTC

Heh. I’ve got everything assigned! One last check and it’ll go out.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-27 17:57 UTC

# 2010-04-28 How Many Authors Can A Blog Have

No, really. This one goes out to Stargazer who argued this point with me on the #rpmn channel (irc.sorcery.net server).

• If one person has a website where new pages are added in a chronological context, it’s a blog.
• If two or more do it, it’s a multi-user or group blog.
• If a site aggregates many blogs, it looks like a multi-user blog but they no longer call it a blog. Why?

That leads me to the question: Is RPG Bloggers or the Old School RPG Planet a blog or a blog aggregator?

What do you think?

As for myself, I think the only thing that’s obvious is that one person can write a blog. The difference between multi-user blogs and aggregators is just a question of implementation details.

Usually, multi-user blogs and aggregators offer subsets of their pages grouped by author. Those are, if I take my own definition, real blogs.

In other words, if a multi-user blog allows me to see the contributions of a single author, then that page is a blog of said author. And if there’s a contest for “best blog”, then only that subset should be allowed to enter. Or each author gets to enter on an individual basis.

I guess one could argue that editors make all the difference. But really, how much traditional editing happens on a group blog like Boing Boing? Author write as they please. The really important decision for this group blog was the mix of authors to feature.

The same is true for an aggregator. The really important decision is the mix of blogs to aggregate.

One could say “original content” is the difference between an aggregator and a blog. Does Boing Boing have original content? I could look at it as an aggregation of Xeni Jardin's posts and comments, Cory Doctorow's posts and comments, etc.

Perhaps I need to consider that a blog usually corresponds to a website. All the Boing Boing authors are writing their posts on the same Boing Boing site, right? But how do I know? Perhaps they might just as well be writing their posts in another system (private or public) that gets aggregated.

I guess I’m just refusing the definition of “site” based on all the relevant pages (front page, article pages, comments, user profiles, user interface for authors) residing on the same machine. What about cloud computing? I don’t think that the details of the Internet’s architecture should define the difference between a group blog and an aggregator.

In fact, I think there’s no property to distinguish a group blog from an aggregator that doesn use words like “hostname” or “software”. Maybe that’s the reason why my brain just locks down. I think the line between group blogs and aggregators is blurred enough to be useless.

Only a blog written by a single author is a well defined blog.

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I think you’re worrying too much about the technology behind the medium rather than the content and authors themselves. A group blog is one in which the authors share the same mission, objectives, and purpose. This is true regardless of whether on author uses Google Docs to write an article, Live Writer, or the platform’s built-in post editor.

Multi-author blogs also focus on brand in some form or another. That brand could be for publishing game content, advice, or just simple recognition of the source.

A multi-author blog’s focus is usually more narrow than that of an aggregator, too. It is certainly possible for an aggregator to pull together feeds from multiple blogs that share similar topics, but the initiatives of those blogs are independently driven. There is not necessarily a shared cohesive mission, objective, purpose or brand. While the RPGBN might be for RPGs in general, a blog might have a focus on GMing advice for a specific game system, or feature only reviews of a particular product type. The blog could also serve a hybrid purpose of blogging, vlogging and podcasting.

Kristian 2010-04-28 14:59 UTC

This discussion reminds me how 10 years ago most people would have never allowed their content to be copied like this on the Web. Their minds had been colonized by the ideas of reactionary and tradiational paper copyright law. Now, people independently collaborate (contradiction in terms?) to make these blog compilations, aggregations, “multi-person blogs”. The technology has made sharing possible, desirable and second-nature. The passing of time and technology has changed people’s mores. For the better I think!

Of course, blog aggregators are not a permanent compilation and are more ephemeral than the traditional daily newspaper.

AaronHawley 2010-04-28 16:19 UTC

What is blog?

RadomirDopieralski 2010-04-28 17:00 UTC

@Radomir: Hahaha! Well said.

@Aaron: Yeah, it’s true, and amazing.

@Kristian: I think you’re on to something. I guess it’s a question of self-definition. If all the contributing authors feel that all their articles contribute to the site’s mission – and if the mission is sufficiently narrow – it’s a multi-author blog about a certain topic because the members want it to be. Good point, thanks.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-28 17:11 UTC

# 2010-04-28 Prizes Are Going Out – Slowly

The One Page Dungeon Contest 2010 sponsors and winners are (slowly) being notified of their prizes. Yesterday I managed to send 14 emails. If you’re a winner, you should hear from me in the next two or three days.

It’s a very nice warm fuzzy feeling to read people’s replies:

“Exciting! Thanks…”
“Fantastic and thank you.”
“Awesome!”
“Thanks …!!!”
“That’s awesome! Thanks again for organizing this - it was a lot of fun.”

And so on. I must confess when I started it, I wasn’t too keen on having prizes. It involved contacting all the sponsors, writing up yet another list of people and things, logos to keep track of, and looking at the One Page Dungeon Contest 2009 I felt that it wasn’t easy to pick just a very small number of prize winning entries. In the end I decided to try and organize some prizes because I felt like the thing to do, but my heart was not in it.

How wrong I was! All sponsors were extremely nice people, writing back friendly emails, generous in their offerings. And those who won seemed genuinely excited as well, enthusiastically answering my questions regarding their preferences. Seeing how happy people are when they got notice of their prize somehow makes it all worth my while.

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# 2010-04-29 Offline

Wanted to try installing new Ubuntu, was wary because I need macppc (Power PC), got error message, changed sources list manually, ran the upgrader, things seemed to work with more than a thousand packages changed, but some time into the download I lost connectivity. My ISP is making me type this into my phone as the computers are all dead. Unconnected computers are so incredibly useless it keeps surprising me that we actually had those way back when I was tiny.

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Well that sucks Sorry to hear about the problems. Is it your connection that’s down, or the computer not connecting properly? Hope you get back online soon!

greywulf 2010-04-30 09:24 UTC

It was the ISP that was not serving me them Internetlolcats properly. Even my phone was dead. In the middle of an upgrade!

I restartet it this morning before leaving for work. I’ll report back later.

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-30 09:53 UTC

fingers crossed

greywulf 2010-04-30 10:03 UTC

I think it worked!

AlexSchroeder 2010-04-30 18:47 UTC

# 2010-04-29 One Page Dungeon Contest 2010 Mirror

My hosting provider seems to have load issues. For the moment the One Page Dungeon Contest 2010 has been mirrored on this site:

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# 2010-04-30 Ubuntu 10

Ok, so yesterday my ISP’s downtime caused some extra trouble.

Here’s what I did:

1. Tried the recommended way using the update manager in the Ubuntu Upgrade Notes and got an error.
2. Ran sudo apt-get dist-upgrade which installed a new linux and asked for a reboot. But then nothing else happened. Yeah, wrong idea!
3. Ran sudo do-release-upgrade which aborted with the same error.
4. Checked out the Apple user Ubuntu forum and found a thread that recommended manually fiddling with the sources list. [1]
5. So I did. I edited /etc/apt/sources.list and replaced all occurrences of karmic with lucid and commented out the two lines from partners.
6. I ran sudo do-release-upgrade again. “Do you want to start the upgrade?” Yes!! “24 packages are going to be removed. 175 new packages are going to be installed. 1390 packages are going to be upgraded.“ Sounds about right! “You have to download a total of 790M. This download will take about 1 hour 40 minutes with a 1Mbit DSL connection and about 1 day 6 hours with a 56k modem.“ Just do it!
7. As the thread noted my keyboard and the mouse clicks stopped working after a while and when I was asked whether I wanted to remove some obsolete packages, I couldn’t answer. I had to shut down the laptop manually.
8. Rebooted, and was running the new Ubuntu!
9. Running sudo apt-get autoremove and removed 25 packages.

I think I’m done?

alex@orientalibombus:~$lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Release: 10.04 Codename: lucid And I can already report a definite improvement. When the iBook awakens from sleep, I can reconnect to my wireless network. I uncommented the partner lines again, ran apt-get update and apt-get upgrade – there was nothing to install, and no error messages. Good! Tags: Comments on 2010-04-30 Ubuntu 10 Well what do you know. We match!  robin@oscar:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Release:	10.04
Codename:	lucid

Glad you got it all up and running in the end. I look forward to hearing what you think of it in a few days’ time :D

greywulf 2010-04-30 19:24 UTC

# 2010-04 Book Club

When: April 21

Where: Bistro Lochergut

Wikipedia: The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga.

Tags: BookClub