Bernie says hello. He'd like to know if you have any wet cat food for him.
Welcome to ology.org! This is the personal vanity site of Eric Tilton and Carrie Jones. It mainly exists so that we can laugh heartily at our clever e-mail addresses (like firstname.lastname@example.org). Ho ho ho!
Please wander around, and feel free to enjoy my fine Corinthian web log.
[Posted 6/24/2001 04:22:58 PM by tilt]
Heavy Metal FAKK2 (the game, not the movie) is surprisingly good, especially in the story telling department. This is a pleasant surprise, since Heavy Metal FAKK2 (the movie, not the game) kind of sucked.
[Posted 6/24/2001 04:21:59 PM by tilt]
[Posted 6/19/2001 10:54:42 AM by tilt]
Here's a little computer nostalgia trip. While we were back at my mom's house, I found my old, college-era (and still functional) Mac Classic. So, I took a couple of snaps to compare (inevitably) how my computing platforms have evolved over time.
In this first shot, you can see my original Classic (with its massive 40MB hard drive [and sitting atop and additional 170MB external drive], and its epic 4MB of RAM), side by side with my new TiBook. I was blown away by how small the Classic's screen is (about 9" diagonal); the TiBook at 15.2" diagonal has nearly four times the screen space, and yet is infinitely more portable and powerful. Dude.
I was also struck by how much OS X still evokes the feel of the original Mac, while totally cleaning up the act. Have I mentioned yet how easy I found it to return to the platform after a several year hiatus?
For kicks, here's another comparison -- my Pocket PC has a display that's almost as tall as the Mac Classic display. (And more combined memory capacity than the Mac Classic.) Bizarre. If I'd been feeling really goofy, I would've taken a shot with the Pocket PC running the Apple ][ emulator I've got installed on it. (And the TiBook running the Apple //gs emulator.)
[Posted 6/18/2001 06:42:54 PM by tilt]
As threatened, the photo albums are now locally hosted. I don't get enough traffic that this will blow my bandwidth quotas :).
The album "solution" involved:
Update: I do have to comment on how cool it was to do this under OS X. If I sound like an evangelist, it's because I'm totally taken with the system. The photo album work was a very Unix-centric process; I did it all with Perl and by finding and compiling some Unix packages (that provide a set of command line tools). I had the TiBook in dual-head mode, and had the whole panoply of "real" applications (mail, web, audio, the cool Aqua interface, etc) running while having a couple of terminal windows floating over on the other monitor, where I was running Emacs and Tcsh, debugging my little script. Light years more fun than doing the same thing under Linux or NetBSD with ctwm :).
[Posted 6/18/2001 10:56:51 AM by tilt] It's not a big shock that they've failed; after all, Zing was hosting 60MB of my images, and never charged me a cent. They wanted to make money off of people ordering crap with pictures printed on it, but I'm not surprised that this didn't pan out. Ofoto's got a more aggressive "we want you to order prints of your pictures" model that turns me off. I'll probably end up writing an app that batch resizes my pictures, so that I can host them relatively painlessly on ology.org without butting up against my quota... (this is why I never link main page images to full-size versions -- I can't afford it :).
It's not a big shock that they've failed; after all, Zing was hosting 60MB of my images, and never charged me a cent. They wanted to make money off of people ordering crap with pictures printed on it, but I'm not surprised that this didn't pan out. Ofoto's got a more aggressive "we want you to order prints of your pictures" model that turns me off.
I'll probably end up writing an app that batch resizes my pictures, so that I can host them relatively painlessly on ology.org without butting up against my quota... (this is why I never link main page images to full-size versions -- I can't afford it :).
[Posted 6/16/2001 05:06:05 PM by tilt]
Update: Doug sent me a picture of his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin.
Big family news: in the last week, Carrie has added a book to her list of publications, my brother Doug aced his exams and was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer (and also passed his Surface Warfare qualification), and my brother Chris graduated from high school.
First, the book: Carrie has an essay in Young Wives' Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership. We were able to find it in the local Borders, which suggests it's got good national distribution.
Here's the graduation shots:
Two of the three amigos (I'll leave which one is me and which one is Chris as an exercise for the reader).
[Posted 6/13/2001 12:39:39 PM by tilt]
This is an interesting article on how much people overestimate the influence of PARC on the Macintosh UI.
[Posted 6/3/2001 12:22:27 AM by tilt]
I finally finished off Mechwarrior 4. It turns out I wasn't mechwarrior enough to finish the last few missions (the urban missions) -- at least, I didn't have the masochism neccessary to replay them over and over again, after continually failing 60% to 90% through. So, I took advantage of the "Invulnerability" option, and powered through that way.
I was generally happy with the title. The play was responsive, the graphics excellent, and many of the missions were fun to play. Still, I hate games that don't allow in-mission save. I also found the cutscenes and voice-overs to be decidedly sub-par. The acting was cheesy, and the main character was flat. His dialogue was also about 25% quieter than anyone elses, which was irritating. Finally, the briefing UI was kind of unimpressive. Still -- I came to pilot mechs, and pilot mechs I did. I'm glad I picked it up, and that I finally finished it off. I give it a B- as an overall game, but an A+ for giving that giant robot thrill.