Doctor in Distress

Author: Nathan | Date: January 19, 2015 | Category: TV

In 1985 when production of Doctor Who was suspended for a year and it looked like it might be cancelled, they produced a charity music video called Doctor in Distress.  Ironically, the video was a flop and embarrassed everyone who worked on it.  It probably ranks up there with the Star Wars Holiday Special in terms of Sci-Fi embarrassment.

.NET 3.5 was anti-Irish?

Author: Nathan | Date: January 17, 2015 | Category: programming

Html.Encode in .NET 3.5 (used to encode special characters to help stop SQL injection attacks) worked on all the special characters except a single quote.  So if you called Html.Encode (“O’Connor”), it would not encode the single quote.  They fixed this in .NET 4.0 when it started properly encoding to '

Holiday board games 2014

Author: Nathan | Date: January 16, 2015 | Category: games

Over the recent holidays, we got a nice chance to play some board games with Uncle BoardGame.  :)  We played Castle Panic…a cooperative game in which you have to fend off orcs, trolls, etc. that are trying to destroy your castle.  We played Bombay…a trading game in which you trade silk on cute little elephants.  We played Cities…a simple little tile-building game that he was able to expand from 4 to 8 players just by buying 2 sets.  My son really liked Say Anything in which you have several opinion-based questions on a card.  We played a game where you balance bent-up metal rods, called Suspend.  Reminded me of Jenga.  Someone gave Sean Millionaire Monopoly.  It’s close to normal Monopoly, except that the first person to $1M wins, so you don’t get into that depressing situation where one person takes a couple of hours to beat the other players.  But this has an odd loophole where all the other players could suddenly buy one of their losing co-players’ properties and suddenly propel that person to a win…but this would be pretty spiteful!

dream within a dream

Author: Nathan | Date: January 8, 2015 | Category: dreams

I had an Inception-style dream within a dream last night.  The external dream was just me telling someone about the internal dream I’d had the night before.  In the internal dream, I was in Italy and they had some weird law that if anyone came into a restaurant and asked for some of your food, you had to give it to them.  People kept coming up to my plate in a restaurant and taking bites of food from it and eventually I got annoyed and refused.  The guy called a security guard over and I was thrown out of the restaurant.  I don’t know if the internal dream occurred at a faster speed than the external one.  :)

Remove yourself from many invasive people search sites

Author: Nathan | Date: November 20, 2014 | Category: the web

Here’s a helpful article on how to remove yourself from many invasive people search sites.

California or wake up

Author: Nathan | Date: November 19, 2014 | Category: dreams, humor

I had gotten a job at Microsoft in California.  I moved out there and was surprised to learn that I was moving next door to Scott Hanselman (a famous programmer at Microsoft).  As I headed up in the elevator with Scott for the first day of work (’cause he’s apparently friendly like that), I began to think, “but how could I afford California real estate?”  “And isn’t Microsoft headquarters in Washington?  As the logic of it all began to unravel, I woke up.

Free Visual Studio

Author: Nathan | Date: November 12, 2014 | Category: programming

Today Microsoft announced Visual Studio Community edition.  It’s basically Visual Studio Professional free for teams of 5 or less.  Good opportunity to learn the Microsoft stack if you were ever interested…but it’s also a great javascript/html editor.

Saw Hero

Author: Nathan | Date: November 10, 2014 | Category: humor

I had no idea sawing could be so awesome.

Primus and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Nathan | Date: October 15, 2014 | Category: music

Primus covered the songs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Definitely on the weird side.  You can hear it here.

Stop Java update from pestering you about ask.com taskbar

Author: Nathan | Date: October 15, 2014 | Category: technology

In Control Panel, go to Configure Java.  Go to the Advanced tab and scroll down to this:

SuppressJavaSponsor

 

Check Suppress sponsor offers.