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November 15th, 2008


09:41 am - movin' on
I am setting up shop at
http://www.benzado.com/blog/
and probably won't post here any more.

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July 16th, 2008


03:27 pm - FatWatch Reviews #1 and #2
I react to the first two reviews of FatWatch:

mangaphreak complains, in a condescending way, that it should include metric units. This is frustrating to read, because it does. In fact, I worked pretty hard so that a user can switch between pounds, kilograms, and stones instantly.

Brent Wood says nice things about it, but that it is overpriced and only worth at most $3.99. I think if you're not willing to spend $9.99 on a weight tracker, FatWatch is not for you. It takes a certain level of commitment to manage your weight; this isn't an impulse purchase kind of thing.

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03:23 am - FatWatch is on the iTunes App Store
FatWatch is now available for sale on iTunes!

jillmorris makes a cameo in the primary screenshot.

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July 15th, 2008


05:00 pm - Ruboku!
Ruboku Reviews are in! Well, one review, but it's 5 stars!

The reviewer's complaint about the orange and red is actually fixed in an update that is stuck in the App Store Review Pipeline.

FatWatch is still In Review. It looks like $9.99 was a good price, since the other health tracker programs are either free or $14.99.

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01:13 am - Blah blah blah
In retrospect that last post was a little bit stupid, since I was pretty much already certain I was going to use the name FatWatch anyway. It's an app for iPhone or iPod touch which helps you monitor your body weight. I submitted it to iTunes this morning and set up a hastily designed website for it. No idea when it will show up on the App Store. I decided to charge $9.99 for it, even after discovering that somebody else published a body weight tracker for free, because I think FatWatch is worth it, and I plan to update it, and the UI is not crap.

Ruboku has appeared on the store, though due to some miscommunication with the person who actually posted it, the version that is up is missing a sound effect and the ability to rotate pieces using a twirling gesture. The update is apparently in the pipeline, though. I paid $4.99 today to play a game that I wrote.

Fat Penguin is hosting our own show this Saturday night. Hosting means we are renting the theatre and so we are on the hook financially. We need about 40 people to attend to break even. Less than that if, I'm allowed to amortize the cost of the cards I made to promote both that show and our next show. I made business-card-sized cards to hand out using PsPrint.com and they look really great. It's a good thing I learned about the difference between Black and Rich Black before submitting the artwork. I should put it on a T-shirt.

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June 17th, 2008


05:01 pm - Simple Questionnaire
What do you think of the name "FatWatch"?

Please respond with a statement, not a question.

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June 9th, 2008


01:06 am - Weekend in Review
This weekend I learned how to eat boiled crawfish and play poker. I also installed a set of full spectrum compact fluorescent light bulbs in my bedroom which seem to have generally improved my mood. It is uncomfortably hot to be here.

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June 3rd, 2008


04:25 am - Note for Next NaNoWriMo
Watching RAGNARÖCK's debut at Harold Night last week, I realized that The Invocation would be the perfect opening to use for an improvised novel. If I'm lucky enough to keep my freelancing lifestyle through November, maybe I'll get a chance to find out for sure.

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May 30th, 2008


02:30 am - Pittsburgh June 23 to June 29
Plans:

Finally see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with my father (I am not interested in your opinion of the film)

Marvel at the low prices of things

Lunch at Cupka's Cafe with my beloved former co-workers

Drink at the Tiki Lounge

Thursday at 8pm: see Hustlebot perform at ModernFormations

Complain about how pizzas and bagels are not good enough somehow

Eat a Smiley Cookie®

Am I missing anything?

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May 27th, 2008


01:36 pm - Going to Chomskytown
Noam Chomsky used the following two sentences to illustrate the idea that some form of grammar is built into the human brain:
  1. "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."
  2. "Furiously sleep ideas green colorless."
Both are completely meaningless, but Sentence 1 feels more correct than Sentence 2. Chomsky observed that all human languages have some features in common even among societies that arose independently. We may put our subjects before or after our verbs, but we all have subjects and verbs.

I think this idea relates to the idea of "going to crazy town" in comedy and improvisation specifically. Some crazy scenes are painful to watch, and some crazy scenes make your gut hurt from laughing so hard. What's the difference? I think that the crazy stuff is only funny when it adheres to a structure, so that the madness makes sense within its own world.

A bunch of random talking objects shouting at each other is not funny --- unless they are guests at the wedding of the dish and the spoon and a fight has broken out.

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