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August 31, 2010 20:07

Yes, I realize I've written more news in the last few days than I have all year. I'm making some effort to change that. I've kinda neglected the site the last few years as other things have taken precedence. It's not that I haven't been working on it. I've almost completely rewritten the entire back-end of the site, several hundred thousand lines of code I cranked out in support of it, so it's not like I've been idle. The problem is, almost all of it was completely invisible to the site visitor. I'm finally going to make some more visible changes.

First off, the orientation of the cam and lamps in the office is going to get a bit of a makeover, and I'm going to set up lamps in the living room as well, just to give it some interaction. I've been meaning to set up a few more cams around the house as well, but where and what position is yet to be determined. We're going to finally get the front hallway drywalled so as to at least hide that construction nightmare. I'd been waiting until I knew for sure that I was doing making modifications to the house, but this meny years later, I might as well just wall it up and in the unlikely event I have to break into it later to mess with something, so be it.

I've got the critter out of commission at the moment to solve the wheel base problem, and that will likely require a rebuild of the drive system, and in fact the entire construction of the bot. I will probably at least reassemble it in its former configuration so there is SOMETHING to play with while I work on the new version. I do have a spare TS-7200 available to use in the other one, and there are new embedded computers available now, so I might just pick one of those up too.

The main page is going to get a bit of a facelift as well. The current layout works well for people with a normal 4:3 aspect ratio monitor, but for those with widescreen displays, it looks a bit ugly and there is a LOT of empty space. I've got a couple ideas of what to fill that space up with IF someone is using a widescreen display. For those with a regular display, it will remain as-is, although there will still be an option for the extra material. I also need to create a mobile friendly version of the page for those with smartphones.

As many of you know, the last few weeks I've been playing Starcraft 2. I played the first game extensively when it first came out, and I've been a fan of some RPG games since, although I tended not to play them online much. With SC2, I've played quite a bit (but not as often as I'd like). In any event, I've been saving my replays (all except the first few) and I plan to post some of the more interesting ones, and use them as a training guide for newer players. I'm not even remotely a pro yet, but I AM getting better, so some pages with commentary on the replays could be of interest to some.

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