Gaming

Hmmmmmmmm… Thinking about getting back into gaming. Will need to talk to my friends and gauge their interest of course. Don’t really know anyone who is currently gaming. Haven’t hardly cracked open my 3rd edition D&D books yet. Maybe I should go work on some of the stuff I was developing, such as those rules for contacts and patrons. I’ve also gotten those urges out of my system by writing.

Got a good amount of my picture archive online yesterday. Only to discover that there is not a ftp program here on which to download the pictures. Too many to simply save 1 at a time… will have to rethink this line of action.


Wonder what Lacey was thinking when she took this?


Okay, now I am impressed… this is a tool that could be extremely useful! Ever use one of the online web storage sites? Well, I-Drive has a feature called a Dropbox where someone can leave you a file. Say you are collaborating with someone on a topic and you want them to leave you a file. They can upload it to your Dropbox rather than sending you an attachment by email.

Pros:

  • web-based form upload (not too easy to spam)
  • simple interface
  • Login required

Cons:

  • only 50mb space (unless spam friends to join)
  • visitors have to enter name of account to access files… could be confusing

Presidential Search

Word for the day:

delusionaries

Maybe I like it so much because I know a few?


Didja notice that I changed the look of the scroll bar? No? Well, get off your butt and get Internet Explorer, use no substitutes!

Delving into the mechanics of the web server. Tempted to ask Joe if we can take it down this weekend and rebuild it from scratch. Things don’t work right!


Wow… This whole Presidential Search thing is going down the tubes. Looks like the faculty are trying to flaunt their collective voice and force the Chancellor to make any of the final candidates come to campus for a visit. Very against how the Chancellor would like for this to be pulled off. Here is the article at VSU’s The Spectator.

Sesshu

Got some pretty good Sesshu Toyo pictures to craft into a better web page. Especially happy I found a couple of his long scrolls. Google Rulz!

Breath must stink… people don’t want to chat today.


Yeah… I’ve been absent for a bit. Been taking care of stuff (and people), but that is what we are here for, ya know? Even though I am back into the daily grind, I am almost overwhelmed by the caring and comforting wishes everyone around me has so wonderfully provided.

 

Online Communities

Something I guess I intuitively knew, but never really considered is that online communities are exactly that… communities.

Consider that these places have areas for interacting with other members. People do the usual thing like talk to each other. I think the key is the results of the conversation… they argue, aid other, seek info, organize, dupe each other, and even fall in love. These are the same results the interaction of individuals we expect in our physical communities.

As we are individuals and each have our own expectations and point-of-view we need rules. Not so much to restrict our will as to provide guidance on expectations of behavior. People tend to move is disparate directions without a societal focus and rules help streamline processes and provide one or a few ways of doing things.

No human created body of rules are perfect. So there is always room for improvement. Thus some rules may be changed from time to time to facilitate improving processes. For online communities this means that Terms of Service agreements become ammended. As any change scares people, the changes are interpolated and some members become nervous. This adding meaning to TOSs I think is a little irrational and sometimes appears… vindictive? It almost seems like some people attempt to use changes to the TOS as rationale to distance others from the community.

Once people realize that we are all members of communities and need each other and the rules which guide us I think that our communities will once again thrive. As long as members of communities forget that they need each other the health of the community will wane until it dies.

[Friday, March 2, 2001] [08:30 a.m.]


Think this will be my new way of looking at things…

 

O_o

[Friday, March 2, 2001] [10:31 a.m.]


Maybe this is karmic, but the this Fast and the last events have conspired to have social events (means people talking over food) the first day. Odd, huh?

 

Privacy & Transparency Balance

Before I get sucked into the rant… check out the Women’s Studies Conference at VSU being web cast.


How does one separate the conflict between privacy and open information acts? People have a higher expectations of openness for government than for corporations. Someone applying to become president of just about any corporation could expect their identity to not be revealed until they are a finalist for the position. Someone applying for any government job whether president of university or directory of an agency could easily be exposed by these requirements that the identities of applicants be accessible to the public. With government we want every character of data to be accessible to the public because? Because we do not trust government. We feel that for them to do an adequate job that every decision must be available to the public to make them accountable. Corporations enjoy the luxury of a smaller base of people to which they usually feel accountable… their stockholders.

Why don’t we trust government? I’d suggest that much of the distrust is contrived. The media and special interest groups must make us distrust government to push their agendas.

This “us” against “them” mentality is the disease that will ultimately bring this nation to its knees. We have seen this so many times before… and yet when confronted with situations we fall into the trap over and over again. When will we learn? Some like to yell “Never!” Others like to bring complex reasons for why it has happened. Think that we will learn that cooperation does work better than confrontation when we have no where else to go.

Hit 500 Visitors

Just need 11 more visitors to give my home page 500 visitors.

I really like Site Meter’s site tracker as it even predicts how much traffic I am likely to get based upon the last hour, week, or month results.


Just 5 more visitors to The Fountain of Knowledge to hit 500. Seems the more active I am on email lists the more visitors to my web site. [Editors note: I knew that posting email to mailing lists generates traffic, just did not realize that I could get on average 2-3 visitors per email per day.]

Men are like fine wine

Should I or should I not up up the web cam? Comments welcome in the guestbook or email to me… 🙂


A quote I picked up this weekend…

Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it’s up to women to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you’d like to have dinner with

Wish I knew the source… lots of jokes sites have it. Too many without the source to find the few that might.