Archive for October, 2012

Random Miscellany, pt 979786123

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

1) I have some random casual work doing junk mail. The pay varies depending on the number of catalogues per box in any given week (i.e. OMG 7 catalogues! Megabucks FTW!!! You get the picture) so it’ll vary from keeping my balance sheet in the black to just in the red. I’m hoping for side effects of pumped up shoulders and legs by the time this is over.

2) The blog was out of action due to ISP issues that should never have come up. Then again, most of their staff are in Sri Lanka, so I guess you get what you pay for …

3) Playing cricket, back with the Tungstens. Haven’t bowled, not a great contribution with bat, fielding superb however. Just like old times. We’ve won 3 from 4, so it’s a good start to the season. Especially considering how bad we were in the first game that we lost.

4) I see few plus sides to Star Wars being cranked out AGAIN. I also foresee hardcore Star Wars nerds ripping their brains out due to the expanded universe continuity being shred to pieces. Most people would just ‘reboot the series’ at this point. Unfortunately, Lucas has kept Star Wars in the loop too often, and there is too much fan-investment in the expanded universe.

NaGaDeMon: Prelude

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I’ve decided to participate in this. Potted summary: It’s like NaNoWriMo, only for games. Don’t know about either? Think of it as a “heightened game/novel-making season”. I’m also aware that it will be Movember as well. And while I’m at it, it’ll be my birthday in a few weeks. November sure is busy!

Anyway, I have a far simpler idea for a game than my previous ones that should also be easier to implement. That’s because it’s a party game in the sense of Balderdash, and the scoring mechanic I think is essentially the same as Say Anything. The game is inspired by the US presidential election debates. It is inspired by the seeming inability of the candidates to actually answer the question properly. Or rather, their “skill” at being able to turn any question into a means of spouting catchwords/phrases and highlighting certain policy positions again and again and again. Who’d've thought a debate on foreign policy would feature so many references to the domestic economy?

As far as I am able, I intend to post almost daily on my progress. As far as help goes, I need a party (where by party, I mean, small dinner party size) at which to play this game.

City Navigation 101: My favourite back-routes, part 3

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Bypassing the bypass



Campsie is a pain to drive through. That’s why, depending on which way you’re going, you use one of two well trodden bypass routes. Thing is, Campsie is such a pain to drive through that one section of the bypass sucks.

Normally, if one is going to/from Croydon Park from/to Canterbury Rd westbound, you’ll take the route shown in red. However, Ninth Ave has two particularly annoying speed bumps and a traffic light. If you just looked at the map, you’d think that Eighth may be viable, but the map doesn’t show the median strip cutting off straight through at Fifth. In addition, Ninth leads to Belmore, making it well used and producing a bit of traffic at Ninth and Loch.

Solutions?

Option 1: The gamble

Go down Campsie St instead of Ninth.

Pro: no speed bumps, light. Lights before and after can open a turning window.

Con:
- the entry of Campsie at Beamish is a zebra crossing that sees a fair amount of use. Definitely really bad during peak shopping times.
- for some reason (i.e., I think it’s stupid) , a fair number of people decide to turn right here. Combo with the above and you can be stuck waiting behind someone for quite some time.

Option 2: completely avoid the middle of Campsie

Instead of coming down/going up to Croydon Park via Brighton, you can work your way up via either Burwood Rd (which leads down to Fifth) or Second Ave. Don’t use Burwood Rd if you need to turn right onto Georges River Rd, because it’s a no right turn. In that case, you use Second. Despite the speed bumps on Second, these ones aren’t annoying, and it’s usually fairly free of traffic.