Went to Tinkle last night.
Stood in front of Julia Stiles and her boyfriend while waiting in line for tickets.
Had Leon (you may remember him as THE BLACK JESUS in the Like A Prayer video) ask Colin what the line was for.
When Katie was going to the bar, she saw David Cross, went over, told him such a big fan she was – and then Janeane Garofalo claimed that she told Katie to say that to him. She promptly forgot anything about getting drinks at the bar.
As for the show itself? Jesus christ, the hilarity. David/Todd/Jon riffed like there was no tomorrow. The pantomime renditions of the NJ Guido stuff was drop-dead funny, even when David Cross forced us all to view some pubic hair. The Aislers Set were shockingly good. The other comedians ranged from crowd-killing (the writing email bit) to kill-them-with-laughter (the last guy – I am so going to prank call some bees).
Tinkle is, without a doubt, the best $6 you can spend in NYC.

NYC Preflight

Things to do:

  • Do laundry and pack said laundry
  • Instruct Amanda on how to care for Buttons
  • Find day bag, pack with entertainment
  • Finish Gamer’s Den interview
  • Charge electronic devices (both phones, iPod is not here!!!, GBASP)
  • Pay car insurance
  • Pack toiletries
  • Change cat litter

Modern Day BBS Doors

Before I ever got on the Internet, I was an avid BBSer. For two years of my life, I spent time dialing up onto one-user systems running anywhere from 2400-28800 baud.

It was bliss.

Part of that bliss was thanks largely to BBS doors. A variety of strange games, all text based, drew me in and kept me addicted for months. Legend Of The Red Dragon, Usurper, Tradewars, Barney Splat, The Pit, Planets: The Exploration Of Space…even the more obscure ones like Cannons & Castles, Food Fight, and n-space were fantastic. (I’ve been meaning to devote an entire entry to n-space, but god knows when that’ll happen.)

Unfortunately, text-based BBSing is nearly entirely dead – which is doubly sad for me because that’s where I started online and stayed for nearly three years. Sure, there are some small systems here and there – but of course, there’s a minor hitch. With a dial-up BBS, you had guarantees that everyone was most likely in the same geographic area. With a telnet BBS, there’s no immediate personal connection, outside the fact that you all telnet to the same address.

On the other hand, I do have a number of small communities I’m in now, with some common threads. One in particular is very passionate about retrogaming and emulation and geeky things such as these. Luckily, a number of us have fond BBS Door memories, and there’s some good open source work-alikes for the web. So we’ve made some installations of two of them and I’d be more than happy if some of you wanted to join us.

Legend Of The Green Dragon – similar to Legend Of The Red Dragon, a somewhat rudimentary RPG. Still fun, although this particular installation has a lot of very inside jokes for the particular community I’m in.

Black Nova – similar to Tradewars, without the inside jokes. A lot of fun, a lot of depth, and certainly able to eat up a ton of your time. A little poorly documented, though.
Hope to see some of you joining in on the fun.

The Winer Watcher

I just can’t compete with Mark Pilgrim. Not two weeks after I mention the “diff” feature on nntprss and use the example of Dave Winer’s often changing page, we get the Winer Watcher.

This is gorgeous, Mark. Any way you could release the source for it? (And does it have n-Echo support?)

Update (7/11/03): From Mark: “Also, to further fuel rumors of a global conspiracy, WW is now password-protected” – oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Backwards Logic

I’ve been on the Internet for eight and a half years. Not long compared to some people, but long enough to have seen a lot of really, really confusing things. Things in every category about every topic imaginable.

Today, I have had to re-adjust my logic meter, because obviously there is a new zero point.

Adam Curry – yes, the ex-MTV VJ Adam Curry – is taking a stand in the RSS/n-echo war. To quote Homer Simpson, a freaky stand. Let’s dissect this.

Continue reading Backwards Logic

Updated n-Echo Prototype (0.1.1)

I have taken a few minutes to clean up my n-Echo template due to the release of Kevin Shay‘s new UTCDate plugin. This removes the dependency on MTPerlScript (of course, adding one for UTCDate), and certainly makes the template look a lot cleaner without all the perl script inserted into it three times.
View /necho/nechoMTTemplateJuly8th
Huge thanks to Kevin Shay for the help.
Edit: Thanks again to Kevin for the comment – I removed the context for MTEntryDate. I also realized that using MTEntryDate for the main modified element of the feed is technically wrong considering that MTLastModified is available. So that’s changed as well. People who have grabbed the template earlier today are recommended to grab it again.

The NYC Dance Begins

The hotel is booked.
The booth is reserved.
The comedy event is…well, not updated yet.
Yes, folks, we’re heading back to New York City for MacWorld New York CreativePro Conference And Expo. This will likely be complete overkill, but hey. We’ll be at booth #360, showing off our latest and greatest and selling games at what may or may not be described as “insane prices”.
Katie and I will be staying in the city for an entire week, Sunday through Saturday starting the 13th. This is also serving as sort of a second-chance honeymoon, since our plan was always to make a longer trip this year after the 4 day honeymoon last time.
Anyone who’s in the NYC area and is interested in getting an exhibits-only badge to the conference, let me know. $25 is a ripoff.