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We played an L Word drinking game last night.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

And, thanks to Twitter, you can share our pain!

(Well, not all our pain. Unless you drink along. I am still hung over.)

I don’t think Ann mentions it in her post, but this is episode 6×04, “Leaving Los Angeles,” in which nobody leaves Los Angeles.

Stack puzzles.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

I have a mini-game in the works, but for now, a brief observation:

Sudoku sucks.

It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just that I’m really super-aware of the recursive algorithm I’m using to complete the puzzles. There are probably optimizations, yeah, but fundamentally you solve Sudoku by performing a whole bunch of loop/compare operations backed by a stack. I could write the algorithm in about five minutes, and that makes the whole thing pretty dull.

Try 3. Push. Compare row/col/block. Try 4. Push. Compare. Match error, pop. Try 5. Push. Compare.

Am I missing something? Something that makes this fun? Or are there some tasks that people who know how to program will just never really grok as valuable things to do?

In less banal news, Persepolis is fucking awesome and you should read it and see it as soon as possible. You can do it in either order—the book is very different from the movie, and awesome in different ways. I think I actually need to write a review of how the movie uses pictoral iconography to support narrative iconography.

The narrator returns

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Back from Comic con, with a bunch of stuff, including five comics, three t-shirts (Slusho-what?), and a cold, the last of which I am attempting to return, with some success.

The con was brilliant, and also strange in a way that I’ll likely write about when I’ve had a chance to process it a bit more. We saw Stardust (the film), which is lovely in a rather different way than Stardust (the book). I went to the Alison Bechtel spotlight, where she read from Fun Home, which it turns out that I must read, if only I can find a copy of it. Sugar Shock is a lot of fun, Beowulf looks pretty, and I actually have hope that I might see a Death film in my lifetime. Also, many more tidbits, which I’ll probably mention as I remember them.

We now return to your regularly scheduled programming. Or will, as soon as a fresh post precipitates out of the ether.

Geek Culture

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

I understand how close we remain to elements of our childhood. Places, toys, television programs—things that would never make us blink as adults become treasured memories because we saw them as kids.

But Transformers? Really?

Why is that a feature of geek culture and not, say, Captain Planet? Are giant robots in some way intrinsically less goofy than elemental magic or blue flying dudes (and if so, how the hell did X-Men get made?)

These are important questions!

…Okay, that might be an overstatement. This post isn’t really about giant robots or flying eco-warriors, anyway.

A few months ago, I wrote what we might squintingly term a “review” of the movie 300. I shortly thereafter learned that apparently, I had thread-explodey.

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