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Oh, I so need to put this on the contact page of my website. Not that I get that many vague e-mails about a bug from my users but reducing the number of them would be nice.

15th-Aug-2008 03:13 pm - Cone Kitty is sad :(

Originally uploaded by MalarkeyVT.

Aw... poor Darwin. He got another bladder infection and a rash near his "little man", hence the cone.

Also, our other cat was being really mean to Darwin so we decided to give her a taste of what wearing the cone was like:


15th-Aug-2008 02:26 pm - My brain is full
Okay, so training in a martial arts sword school that's over 400 years old[1] is pretty cool. The disadvantage? There's just so much to learn @_@ This week was our annual "let's bring the headmaster of the school out and have him teach us for a week" seminar. So in addition to doing the usual critiques of our techniques and how to make ourselves better, he also dumped a bunch of new stuff on us. And when I say it was a lot of stuff, I really mean it. It was spread out over three morning sessions. Fortunately, we hit upon the great idea of recording him on video this time around. Thank goodness too because I already forgot almost everything he showed us yesterday ^^;;;

So yeah, in case you were wondering were all the software updates for my stuff is, that's why. It's been a busy week.

[1] http://www.suioryu-usa.org/ in case you're interested.
2nd-Aug-2008 02:50 pm - Comic-Con!

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Originally uploaded by MalarkeyVT.

Well, I'm finally catching my breath after a busy week for my kyudo seminar which was followed by a busy week for Comic-Con @_@ Anyway, Comic-Con was a lot of fun. I got to see a lot of people that I wanted to see (Penny Arcade, Red vs. Blue, the Flight artists, Dan Piraro, xkcd, Wondermark, and more!) and we somehow made it into the Battlestar Galactica panel (we camped out in the room for 6 hours). More sketches for our Comic-Con sketch book were collected too. I should post some pictures from that thing some day.

The next big thing for me is my Suio-ryu iaido seminar coming up in... *checks calendar* Sweet Georgia Brown! It's in a week! Okay... well ,time to see how much work I can get done before that hits.

21st-Jul-2008 11:47 am - I'm making a note here: huge success!
Well, the 2008 USA Kyudo seminar has come and gone and it was a blast! I took down a lot of good notes that will take me a couple weeks to clean up and distill down. There are already some pictures up and as I find more, I'll post them here. I also took a few pictures as well and those should make its way into my own photostream as well.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I finally passed my sho-dan test. Yeay!
Yesterday (Sunday) began what I'm going to affectionately call my week of kyudo Hell. Here's the schedule so far:

Sunday: Attend extra 3 hour class, teach 2 hour class.
Monday: Teach 3 hour class because the instructor is busy with seminar duties.
Tuesday: Transportation! Picking people up from the airport and driving them to the seminar site.
Wedesday, Thursday, Friday: Seminar all day, including setting up and tear down each day along with special guest lectures at night.
Saturday: Testing!
Sunday: More transportation duties plus teaching 2 hour class.
Monday: Teach 3 hour class again because the instructor is busy with seminar duties.

4th-Jul-2008 01:53 pm - Coming soon to a school near you...

My latest project at work. The activity with the submarine floating through the water was the one that I worked on.
29th-Jun-2008 10:12 pm - SpoutCore
Ooooo... I so want an excuse to play with this: http://www.sproutcore.com/

Must... resist... website redesign...
New version of Photo Grabbr is almost ready to go out the door. Yay! Things added and/or fixed are:
  • Added a menu option for downloading the favorites of a user. Hm, which reminds me, I should probably go and make sure it's for users only and not groups. That would be a fine bug to leave in. Sheesh!
  • Extra whitespace before and after the search values are removed. I had a couple users have problems with not finding the users they were looking for because they were accidentally adding an extra space to the beginning of their search text (copy and paste errors, usually).
  • Search for groups with a space in the name is FIXED! Yes! That one user that e-mail me, yes, you can now search for "Vintage Computers" and Photo Grabbr will find the group. You can even search for "League of the Empty Chair" and it will be found. I don't think anyone is really interested in the gory details (I guess e-mail me if you are) but suffice to say, the bug was not in my code
I'm going to do a couple sanity checks, send off a copy to my lone beta-tester, and then hopefully release it on Monday or Tuesday sometime.
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