nullstream weblog - April 2006

T.O. Jam


April 30, 2006 09:02 PM PST


The Toronto Game Jam is next weekend (brief write up here). Make sure you play the Space Invaders game that makes up their home page.

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26 April 1986

April 27, 2006 11:48 PM PST


20 years ago: Chernobyl.

Gorbachev on the accident (other stories here).

This is pretty hard to watch if you're the squeamish type.

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Given a choice...

Cool Tech

April 27, 2006 12:31 PM PST



AMD or Intel?

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Project Offset


April 25, 2006 01:46 AM PST


A new video (23 MB) from Project Offset. You can get the incredible older video here (75 MB). This game, and BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age, are about the only reasons for me to not get rid of my desktop PC and move entirely to a laptop + console set up.

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April 22, 2006 11:27 PM PST

I went to REI today to buy an umbrella, and ended up in front of the Leatherman display. Oh dear. I bought this one:


Key tools:

Anyone have other recommendations?

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Visual Studio 2005 Distributed on a stack of Punch Cards


April 21, 2006 12:27 AM PST

Ok, not really, but close. I just picked up a copy of VS 2005 Pro from the MS company store. I went to install it and what do I find? A pile of CDs! Seriously this is 2006. All I want is for massive programs like VS to be distributed on a DVD. Is that too much to ask? I should not have to sit there and feed it 5 CDs. All the computers I own have DVD drives. How can you be a serious developer and not have a DVD drive? I mean they are less than $20. Have you seen what they charge for VS 2005 Pro? It lists for 499.99. Can you possibly afford that and not already have a DVD drive? Oh man.

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April 14, 2006 12:38 AM PST



Get Firefox.

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April 14, 2006 12:05 AM PST


How long until a full body screen on the iPod?

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Nullstream Photoblog

Nullstream Site

April 9, 2006 09:51 PM PST


Announcing Nullstream Photoblog. I've put together a dedicated photoblog for my photos under The old photoblog posts are still available under the Photoblog category archive. This new format is much more typical photoblog style and will help allay grave concerns that this site should ever turn away from brilliant technical commentary. :-)

The new photoblog has its own RSS Feed. So you can subscribe to new photos independantly of weblog posts. You can also use this feed URL in Google Sidebar to pull photos from.

One of the "funnest" things for me in creating the new photoblog layout is the inclusion of Google Map APIs. The location each photo is taken is represented as a pushpin on the world map that you can click on for more information, zoom in, satellite view, etc. I've got a few more ideas as well...

I hope you enjoy the photoblog, I'll try to keep it updated quite often - so please subscribe to the RSS feed. I've a huge archive of photos over the last 6 months that should keep the pipeline full. I'm interested in feedback on what types of shots people like to help improve my photography, so make use of the comments area on each photo. You can also contact me if you're interested full size images for desktop backgrounds.

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Write a game in 40 hours


April 9, 2006 09:44 PM PST


A cool article on making a game from scratch in 40 hours, using python (source code here).

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Xerenity NOW!

Cool Tech

April 4, 2006 09:18 PM PST

Xen is a virtualization environment, something like VMWare. Read a neat analysis of it here.

Even better than booting Windows on an Intel Mac, just buy some stonkin' powerful hardware and run a bunch of OSes at the same time!

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Crazy Date


April 4, 2006 11:59 AM PST

Steve writes:

On Wednesday at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.
Happy Birthday tomorrow, Steve!

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Galactic Core


April 3, 2006 02:34 AM PST


There is no way we are alone out here. Post your favourite SpaceScape.

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8 bits per byte


April 2, 2006 12:04 AM PST


Having grown up in the Star Wars / Atari 2600 / Commodore 64 era, I have some affection and nostalgia for old school computing and culture. Here are some links to various cool 8-bit things:

Trash80, the semi-affectionate name for the RadioShack (a.k.a. RadioSchlock) TRS-80 computer. Here, Trash80 is a musician that uses gameboys, and other oldness to write music, most notibly for the game:

Darwinia: Winners of the Independent Games Festival main award. You can download it from Steam. It reminds me of an RTS set in the world of Tron.

Tree Wave: Another band, this time creating and perfoming all music on Atari 2600s and 286s . You can download MP3s, or buy his Homestar Runner RPG (for the Atari 2600 here)

Of course, there are C-64 emulators here and here, more music, and art exhibits.

O'Reilly has a great homebrew article with loads more links.

(John's old post)

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Simpsons movie


April 1, 2006 01:33 PM PST


Homer: "BRAIN! Explain!"
Homer's Brain: "$20 can buy many peanuts."

From the BBC.

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