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So long, and thanks for all the fish

I never imagined I'd be writing this, and yet here we are. It's been a fun few years, but the time has come for me to go. Not just here though, Celtore is leaving that large series of tubes that we call the Internet. The forums, youtube, IRC, everything. Let me take a few steps back, actually. Since I was young, I was always in love with computers. The first computer program I ever ran was a little game called Great Adventures: Pirate Ship, a Fisher Price game. To this day, it's my inspiration for software development. Look how fantastic those graphics are, listen to that audio; it's a work of art and you can tell a lot of heart went into it. Anyway, I'm diving off topic... When I was around 11-12, I discovered social media on the internet and community powered content. All sorts of games, forums, chatrooms, the usual stuff, but only in the mid 2000's instead of today. I loved it because it let me chat and interact with my school friends when I was at home without having to physically be next to them. I really enjoyed interacting with my friends, whether it was at recess, at one of our homes, at some kind of place like a swim complex or on the internet in a chatroom or in some game. The web also let me talk with people on the other side of the world, which was pretty amazing to think about back then. In the later years of high school, the internet became ever more important because of its convenience. Why meet in person at a mcdonald's when you can talk over IRC or World of Warcraft? We would still meet at recess and play our silly games; oh wait, that wasn't a thing any more. Recess in grades 7-12 became "breaks", 5 minute intervals which were barely enough to get you from one class to another. Then high school came where I was basically a hermit for 4 years. Very few reached out to me, but I'll be honest, I would have hesitated to reach out to me too back then. Ever since those high school days, there's a part of me that feels empty and unfulfilled. I have a great family, plenty of money in the bank, a well paying job I mostly enjoy that I spent 6 years of my life fighting for, no debt... I should be happy, but something holds me back. I think that I've finally realized what that problem is: my over-dependence, perhaps even addiction, with the internet. I call it an addiction because it's pretty bleeding obvious when you look at me from a third-person perspective. I never go to work events or even personal interest clubs because I'd rather be in my study derping around the internet. I'd rather be browsing reddit than going out to the library, working on my art skills or even taking my Telescope outside on some lovely nights. Old me would have jumped at the opportunity to drive over to a friends place or a local event instead of being alone online, but now that I have wheels, I can't be bothered! And social media like these very forums are instigators where I can say to myself, "You're being social, Bob! You're socializing with people!", when in reality, I'm just in denial and digging myself into an even deeper hole. So thank you all very much for dealing with me over the years. I was considering just fading into obscurity, but I felt that I owed an explanation to some certain individuals and it wouldn't be the right thing to do. I'm sorry for being so selfish, but I feel like I need to address this directly after ignoring this problem for all these years. I think this emptiness of mine can only be solved if I get out of my chair and fill it with something. So again, thank you all for being such excellent human beings. I cant say our bonds quite reached the levels of my old college and school friends, but you are all amazing people none the less. Don't let anyone, even yourselves, say differently. Farewell.   Yours sincerely, Celtore

Celtore

Celtore

 

I will implement this code one day

using System;class Derp{ static int Main(string[] args) { try { if(true) { Exception ex = new Exception("DERP"); /* Look at this .NET, that I just found! When I say go, be ready to throw! Go! */ throw ex; } ... } catch (Exception) { //Ugh, lets try something else... return -1; } return 0; }}
Pointless, but kind of a fun idea. I like it more than "Let it throw."

Celtore

Celtore

 

Dream Entry: Jormungandr

So I've decided to turn this blog into a place to record my dreams. This might be useful for inspiration somewhere down the line, plus after a particularly frightening, enjoyable or downright crazy dream, I like sharing them. It might be a while before something crazy like the segway version of mario kart comes around, but here we go anyway with entry 1.   I was the captain on a modestly-sized ship. It was one of those fancy ships rich people own where people could relax on couches on the interior or go on the deck to watch the ocean. Other than myself, Velma, Shaggy, Fred and Daphne from Scooby Doo were on board (Scooby himself noticably abscent.) We were out in the middle of the ocean, clear waters and sunny skies.   Everything was going swell until the sky suddenly turned a deep shade of gray. The sea became restless and lightning flashed violently all around. I looked about and noticed the ship was surrounded by piercing glowing eyes from the ocean's depths. A massive sea serpent / dragon leapt out of the water from starboard into the sky. It must have been football fields in diameter and describing its length is impossible; it must have taken over 15 seconds to fully surface. After breaking out of my fear-induced trance, I leapt to the helm of the ship as it writhed above us and dream-warped to the shore.   There, we tried to hide from the dragon by finding refuge in a small shack on the coast. I can't remember precisely what happened, but I remember Shaggy making a joke about only hating bee's more than dragons and promptly getting stung. It was around this point where I woke up or I've forgotten the rest.

Celtore

Celtore

 

test.c

#include <stdio.h> #include <string.h>   int main(int argc, char* argv[]) { .... if(argc == 2) .... { ........ if(strcmp(argv[1], "test") == 0) ........ { ............ printf("<msg> I wanted to join in the \"test\" bandwagon too! \n"); ........ } ........ else ........ { ............ printf("<msg> Some other content\n"); ........ } .... } .... else .... { ........ printf("<ERROR> You must input one entry title\n"); .... }   .... return 0; }     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8To-6VIJZRE

Celtore

Celtore

 

No, windows. I don't want to update at 1 AM.

Does this "feature" bother anyone else? I'm programming away late last night and decide to stop and get some sleep. I hover over the shutdown button and apparently Windows needs to update before shutting down.   I never leave my updates run unattended because that's just generally not a great idea. I don't do that for Linux and I certainly wouldn't for Windows. So what now? I can't tell Windows "do that stuff the next time I turn the machine on", it has to be done now. At 1 AM. Do I concede and install the update like Microsoft wants? No, I hold the power button for around 5 seconds and go to sleep at the risk of corrupting my file system. The update installs fine the next morning anyway when I turned the computer on.   Why is there so little control over Windows Update? On the Linux side of my PC, it's a sudo pacman -Syu and you're up to date with the latest in security fixes. It doesn't say "Your kernel has updated! You will restart in 15 minutes!" or "A new kernel is available! It will automatically install the next time you shut down!", the user is responsible for keeping their machine up to date and in exchange, the system doesn't get in their way. That is good unobtrusive design that encourages users to stay up to date rather than disabling updates all together.   Sorry, I just really needed to say this. I'm sure there's a policy somewhere that I can modify to change that behaviour, but I'm on Windows so infrequently that it isn't that big of a deal. It's just really annoying when it does...   (Hah... first post ever on this thing and it's a rant about something regarding Windows. Fitting.)

Celtore

Celtore