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Welcome to the first of an ongoing series for people interested in game development.

Tonight, I’m trying to figure out why an outlawis just standing there instead of either a) running away, attacking, or c) just doing something.

So here is this outlaw. He’s not doing anything. Why?

First step was to rename him into something easy to identify in the debugger -- “Dumb Outlaw”.

Now in the debugger I wait…

He’s trying to go to tile 57, 51.

May 15, 2010 by lakoliwic on lakoliwic
Everybody here lies.

But with the arrival of Hamid Karzai, the mendacity blossomed into absurdity.

The question for the Obama White House is not whether it can grow to appreciate the caped capo who runs Afghanistan. (President Obama can’t stand him.) The question is whether Karzai will fall for all the guff they’re throwing at him.

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal were paraded into the White House press room to pretend as though their dispute ...
July 27, 2009 by MinionMonitor on minionmonitor
Money:  minimum wage just went up $0.70 to $7.25/hour.  So that’s about $28 bucks a week before taxes, or a couple of large pizzas, hold the extra cheese.

When the lowest paid Minion gets about $7/hour and the average CEO gets north of $2,500/hour, our pay scale is whacked.  But heck, that’s America.  Right or wrong?

(p.s.  the minimum wage increase doesn’t affect tip servers and in most states they’re getting paid just $2.13/hour. ...
Just posted this at the objectivist site in response to an article by noted economist and philosopher Tibor Machan regarding the recent executive bonus outrage:

Tibor had ended his piece with "... I realized, to my dismay, that even in the West, even in America, too many people are green with envy and would rather work on bringing down their fellows than getting up there themselves. Shame on them all! "  Note that the article was more substantial and nuanced than ...
So what do you do during your evenings? Me, I hunt around the various Stardock websites looking for problems. Yea, I have no life.  Our sites and servers are growing and evolving so fast that we often miss things.

Here's what I found tonight...

#1 CSS on Demigod journal messed up. Blog post the cause or something else?


#2 The Demigod pre-order page

Well first, we need to standardize on our description of Demigod. 

Demigod is an action RTS. ...
This month we're going to put some extra effort to improve our forum experience.  One of the big things is the move to a clustered server back end which should dramatically improve the performance of our sites.

Below is a bug report on some of the things I've run across on our forums recently.


#1 Number of users on the forums

The forum statistics don't make any sense to me.  I know there's a lot more people on these forums than that because of the shee...
August 3, 2007 by Jythier on Trust me, I'm an accountant!
I love my job. Every once in a while, while going through a file, I will come across something that I think is extremely important, that might make our case. Then, I show it to a superior and say, "Look what I found!"

I think my instincts are pretty good with this stuff, but sometimes I'm just way off. It's very rewarding, though, to bring to their attention something that really throws the case off, like a pre-existing injury in a accident case, or rounds of golf on a GHIN card while some...
Well, this was certainly a big deal to me. I've never been out of the office, or really dealt with any insureds in a meaningful way. But this time, I went out on a document gathering mission. To their credit, this insured was very cooperative and had everything basically laid out for us. We're shipping a box home and have left orders for them of what to copy for us.

I've gotten a lot of time with the boss this week, which is a good thing. He's a great guy, very smart, knows about stuff. ...
So, I was looking through a bunch of financial statements today. The statements appeared to not be in any order. It would have 2003, then 2004, then 2005, but within it the months were all scattered. Finally, it hit me - they were ordered alphabetically.

April, August, December, February, January, July, June, March, May, November, October, September. It makes no sense, yet that's the way it is. Since I'm crosschecking it vs. something else, I'm working backword - November, October, then ...

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January 8, 2007 by anydigitizing on embroidery digitizing
JINAN, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- More than 759,230 suspects were convicted in China in the January-November period last year, while a relatively small number -- 1,464 people -- were found innocent, according to supreme court statistics released on Saturday.

The convicted number rose 4.3 percent from the same period in 2005, and crime cases handled in courts also grew to 593,020, 1.6percent higher than a year before, the official statistics shows.

Among the convicts, 276,479 people committ...
November 28, 2006 by anydigitizing on embroidery digitizing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The White House denied on Monday the saying by NBC, a major television network in the United States, that Iraq has fallen into a civil war.

The situation in Iraq is serious, but neither U.S. President George W. Bush nor Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki believe Iraq conflict is a civil war, National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

In its news program on Monday, NBC, sharing a popular viewpoint, branded the Iraq conflict a civil war...
Untitled Page Magazine November 2006   
What's in this issueGUI Championships Wraps Up WindowBlinds Beta For Vista ObjectDock 1.5 Released Skinner of the Month Beta Test WinCustomize 2007 November Skinning Highlights More Premium Content Available Articles of Note WinCustomize Sponsored Podcasts GUI Championships Wraps UpThe end of November brings us the end of the 2006 GUI Championships.  This year, we've seen entries from all over the globe, with ar...
It's been an insane week this week at Stardock. Insane. Cats and dogs living together and everything. For this reason, I'm sending this to you to let you know what's been going on.

MondayOn Monday, Stardock announced a new graphics design team called Stardock Design. It pulls together skinners from SkinPlant and Pixtudio and combines them together.  The idea is to start making skinning much more mainstream and the first thing that was released with it was a branded desktop for Florida S...
November 16, 2006 by anydigitizing on embroidery digitizing

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¡¡¡¡Hu Jintao (C), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of China, visits a toy factory in Danang, Vietnam, Nov. 15, 2006. (Xinhua Photo)
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