Today we played our second session of Apocalypse World. I think I like it. There were many things about the game I suspected I would not like:
I liked the barter system and the way successes are described. Essentially you can have partial successes and full successes for every “move”—and many of the move descriptions also have a list of four or more items with a partial success meaning “pick one” and a full success meaning “pick three” from the list. That’s awesome.
I think our Indie game night will play Apocalypse World for another one or two sessions before switching to something new. I’m not sure I’d want to play it again, but I’m interested in playing Dungeon World, now.
I’ve been working on a submission form for the Old School RPG Planet. Today I added another little feature. This is how I like to develop code. No time pressure. One little step at a time. Keep polishing it.
The planet uses Planet Venus to collect the RSS and Atom feeds of many of the Old School RPG blogs out there. Planet Venus allows you to get the list of feeds via an URL. I’m hosting the list of feeds on Campaign Wiki itself (raw format). As you can see, it the format doesn’t look nice.
The thing I did, therefore, was to write a script that makes it easy for people who are not into the technical details to submit new blogs. It also makes it easier for me to submit new blogs!
The things it handles:
http://and try again.
text/xml(just making sure) and allow the user to pick one of them.
I think it’s pretty cool.
If you look at the interface, you’ll note that it has a link to its own source code. I love this little Perl trick:
__DATA__at the end of the source file. Usually you would add actual data at the end. The script could read it using the DATA file handle.
seek DATA, 0, 0; print "Content-type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8\r\n\r\n", <DATA>;This resets the current position of the DATA file handle to the beginning of the source file. Tadaa!
I connected my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 to the newly booted Mac, started iPhoto, and got the spinning rainbow ball. Killed iPhoto and tried it again. Three times. Force Quit Applications → iPhoto (not responding)
Then I restarted iPhoto while pressing the alt and command key and told it to “repair” the library database. It did that, finished, and gave me the spinning rainbow ball. I am reminded of Comments on 2011-07-12 Mac OS X Problmems. This sucks.
I restarted iPhoto while pressing the alt and command key and told it to “examine and repair” the permissions. It did that, finished, and gave me the spinning rainbow ball. Truly, what a thing to come home to after a long weekend. Thanks, Apple.
Tried fixing ownership and permissions myself:
chown -R alex:alex /Volumes/Extern/Pictures/Alex\ iPhoto\ Library chmod -R ugo+rw /Volumes/Extern/Pictures/Alex\ iPhoto\ Library
That didn’t help.
~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto and logged out and back in. That helped! I had to start iPhoto while pressing the alt key to pick my photo library, and got to click around. Encouraged, I connected the USB cable and switched on my camera. And I got the spinning rainbow ball again.
What the hell? Switching off the camera and restarting iPhoto gets me the spinning rainbow ball. Apparently the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 can destroy iPhoto.
Ok, just deleting the cache and restarting iPhoto without logout and login:
rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto
That didn’t help.
Try removing both without logout and login:
rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPhoto.plist
That still doesn’t do it. I will try removing both and logout and login again.
That helped. I identified some faces, quit iPhoto, restarted it. No more problems. Except for one: How will I get new images from the camera into iPhoto?
I file copied them all to my desktop and removed most of the files on the camera:
rm -rf /Volumes/CYBER-SHOT/* rm -rf /Volumes/CYBER-SHOT/.Trashes/
(This left a few things on the memory card.)
Now switching the camera on. Interesting: iPhoto no longer starts. The camera has no pictures on it and thus no longer registers as a camera? Let’s give it a try… Taking a picture or two… Connecting it again… iPhoto starts… and asks if I want to import the pictures!
Apparently I broke the cycle.
So, what was different? What did I delete? I can think of only one thing: I rarely record video with the camera, but today there was a video file on it. Perhaps that caused iPhoto to die?
Bin SmartVote nochmal durchgegangen für die Nationalratswahlen (als Ausländer darf ich trotzdem nicht abstimmen). Vielleicht stimmt ja eine Schweizerin oder ein Schweizer für mich?
|1.||Linke Alternative, AL - Alternative Liste||79.2%|
|2.||Grüne, Junge Grüne und Alte Füchse||75.8%|
|3.||Sozialdemokratische Partei (SP)||74.0%|
|4.||Sozialdemokratische Partei (SP), JUSO||74.0%|
|5.||Linke Alternative, Partei der Arbeit (!PdA)||73.5%|
|7.||Sozialdemokratische Partei (SP), SP International||72.2%|
|10.||Christlich-soziale Partei, CSP||67.9%|
|11.||Konfessionslose.ch – Liste für die Trennung von Staat und Kirche||66.8%|
|12.||Tierpartei Schweiz (TPS)||61.8%|
|13.||Evangelische Volkspartei (EVP), Junge Evangelische Volkspartei (*jevp)||59.9%|
|14.||Grünliberale (glp) , Junge Grünliberale||56.9%|
|16.||Evangelische Volkspartei (EVP)||55.7%|
|17.||Schweizerische Narrenpartei - Die wenigstens Ehrlichen||52.6%|
|18.||Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei (CVP)||50.0%|
|19.||Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei (BDP)||48.4%|
|20.||Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei (CVP), Junge CVP/CVP 60+||46.5%|
|21.||Schweizer Demokraten (SD)||43.5%|
|22.||Eidgenössisch-Demokratische Union (EDU), Junge Eidgenössisch-Demokratische Union (JEDU)||41.8%|
|24.||Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP), SVP International||38.7%|
|26.||Eidgenössisch-Demokratische Union (EDU)||36.9%|
|28.||Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP), Junge SVP (JSVP)||25.0%|
|29.||Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP)||20.9%|
Mal schauen was die Kandidatenliste sagt…
|1.||Manuel Sahli||1988, AL||78.2%|
|2.||Marco (GB) Geissbühler||1982, JUSO||77.5%|
|3.||Bela Gisin||1981, Grüne||76.5%|
|4.||Katharina Gander||1976, AL||76.5%|
|5.||Mattia Battaglia||1991, !PdA||76.2%|
|6.||Lucia Thaler||1988, JUSO||76.0%|
|7.||Christoph Hug||1956, Grüne||75.7%|
|8.||Isabel Maiorano||1975, AL||75.7%|
|9.||David Gallusser||1984, JUSO||75.3%|
|10.||Kaspar Bütikofer||1965, AL||74.5%|
|11.||Rahel Nüssli||1984, AL||74.5%|
|12.||Margrith Gysel||1940, Grüne||74.3%|
|13.||Niklaus Scherr||1944, AL||74.3%|
|14.||Lea Fritsche||1986, JUSO||74.2%|
|15.||Christian Gross||1991, JUSO||74.0%|
|16.||Rosmarie Joss||1982, SP||74.0%|
|17.||Simon Kälin||1964, Grüne||74.0%|
|18.||Stefan Pfister||1985, Grüne||73.5%|
|19.||Stefan Wyss||1980, AL||73.5%|
|20.||Andrea Leitner||1964, AL||73.2%|
|21.||Anna Klieber||1984, AL||73.2%|
|22.||Christina (Chrigi) Hug||1983, Grüne||73.2%|
|23.||Ezgi Akyol||1986, AL||73.1%|
|24.||Jonas Landolt||1990, Grüne||73.1%|
|25.||Jacqueline Badran||1961, SP||72.9%|
|26.||Res Marti||1982, Grüne||72.9%|
|27.||Karin Maeder-Zuberbühler||1965, SP||72.3%|
|28.||Maria Rohweder-Lischer||1966, Grüne||72.3%|
|29.||Ursina Egli||1987, SP||72.3%|
|30.||Alecs Recher||1975, AL||72.2%|
|31.||Catherine Rutherfoord||1961, AL||72.2%|
|32.||Ernst Joss||1946, AL||72.2%|
|33.||Mattea Meyer||1987, JUSO||72.2%|
|34.||Alois (Wisi) Iten||1952, Grüne||72.0%|
Witzigerweise ist Balthasar Glättli erst auf Platz 129 zu finden, obwohl die Übereinstimmung so gross zu sein scheint:
Naja, das scheint ja zumindest darauf hin zu deuten, dass ich andere Leute wählen sollte. Für den Ständerat ist er aber die Nummer zwei auf meiner Liste. Auch gut.
Jetzt muss ich nur noch wissen, wie ich das mit der Liste machen soll… Und was ich auch noch lernen muss: Mit diesen Jahrgängen umgehen! Meine Güte, das sind ja Leute aus den achtziger Jahren!
Update: Ich werde einfach die Liste der AL einwerfen (lassen). Listenverbindung mit Konfessionslosen und Piraten – find’ ich gut. Die Liste fängt auch mit ein paar älteren Personen an. Das passt mir auch.
Hello! I’d like to cancel my Planet Stories and my Pathfinder Modules subscription. The unread books are piling up and even though I wish I’d have more time, I end up doing other stuff instead of reading the books. Sorry! As for the modules – I’ve recently switched all my campaigns over to old school D&D and find that doing stuff myself works just as well. I’ll also be canceling my Pathfinder Adventure Path subscription once the current Adventure Path ends – there’s a little bit of a completist left in me – but I’ll send you another email once that happens. Cheers Alex
Why is that? I no longer play the system, and I no longer need the wordy style.
|ASE1: Anomalous Subsurface Environment (Standard Paper)||$20.18|
|Realms of Crawling Chaos||$17.95|
|Fight On! #12 - Spring/Summer 2011||$9.99|
|Knockspell #6 softcover||$12.00|
|Shipping and Handling||$31.24|
|Shipping Discount (OCTGROUND305)||$-31.24|
Upgrading my iBook G4 to Ubuntu 11.10 went without a hitch. But as the system rebooted, I ran into a problem:
WARNING boot device may be renamed. Try root=/dev/sda3 Gave up waiting for root device. […]
Now what? The Ubuntu forum got me the answer I was looking for:
lbecause you want to boot Linux
sudo yabootconfig -r /dev/sda3from the command line
Thanks, Internet! <3 :D
There is one strange, tiny problem I do have, however: The trackpad will not work if the laptop boots with an external mouse connected. When I run
sudo trackpad show I get back no trackpad ! Weird, but not really a problem.
Update: For those of you coming here via Google search—if you are wondering how I got Unity to work—I did not. I switched to Xubuntu! Back when I was using Ubuntu 10, I made my switch: From the command line, I ran
sudo tasksel install xubuntu-desktop. then, in order to save disk space, I ran
sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop and
sudo apt-get autoremove. I haven’t tried it in a long time, but upgrading my Ubuntu system still works. Yay!
Well, it happened again. The blog post A database of old-school monsters caught my attention. There, Gavin says he wants an “online old-school monster database, with tags.”
It just so happened that I had some code lying around that would provide Campaign Wiki with tags. I gave it a try, and it worked.
Then I looked around for monsters to add to the wiki. I didn’t want to start with the The Hypertext d20 SRD or the Pathfinder SRD – I wanted old school. I remembered that Dan Proctor kindly doesn’t just host PDF files, he also provides text files for his stuff—the Open Game Content Library. So I went there, got the Labyrinth Lord monsters and the Advanced Edition Companion monsters, saved the Word document as text files and started using a lot of regular-expression based search and replace and keyboard macros to semi-automatically go through it all, split it into files and upload the stuff using some shell scripting. Yay for Perl, Emacs and the shell.
The result: Campaign:Monsters! A wiki for all of us. Add monsters that allow free distribution – Open Gaming Content, Creative Commons, your own stuff (if you’re willing to make it free), add tags, and make it grow. Use it to browse, find some inspiration, prepare your adventures and populate your wandering monster tables.
When: 26 October, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional )
Set in London in the year 2007, this book follows its characters over the course of, well, you guessed it …
“Sebastian Faulks’s new novel, set in one week in December 2007, is very ambitious. It aspires to be a state-of-the-nation book, a satirical comedy of metropolitan literary life, a sweeping, Dickensian look at contemporary London, a serious examination of Islam and the reasons for radicalism among young Muslims, a thriller, a satire on the Notting Hill Cameroonians and a detailed look at the sharp financial practices that led to the collapse. There’s London football, reality TV, cyber porn, a love story or two. As if all that weren’t enough, it is a roman a clef, which has already provided fun for metropolitan journalists as they speculate about the identity of the various characters.” (The Guardian; full review here)