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DONE! [Sep. 15th, 2009|06:10 pm]
Did I mention I don't LiveJournal anymore? Well, no, I didn't.

I don't.

Why? Well, various reasons. One being it's SO TOTALLY EASIER to post to Blogger, as I can do it via e-mail, on my PDA, via SMS, or through carrier pigeon.

Also, I'm trimming the fat (I hate, hate, hate double posting).

So, if you follow me here, you may want a new entry in your address book:

http://jacobsilvia.blogspot.com/ (What I lovingly call: The Gangster of L'Oeuf)

And, if you're a feed freak, like me, and just want to cut to the chase, follow EVERY PUBLIC FEED I GENERATE THAT I KNOW ABOUT:


That way, if I get a new account somewhere that outputs RSS, I'll add it there so you don't have to! w00t!

If you post your LJ friends only, I'll still try to check in every once in a while, but I must say: I do MOST (99.9999%) of my keeping-up-ery through Google Reader.

Did I mention I'm a Google Poster Boy (Anybody else can't wait for the public release of http://wave.google.com/ ?).

So, uh, yeah. That's it, then. I'll still respond to comments and whatnot here (but you are more than encouraged to use your OpenID provided by LJ to comment on my Blogger), and I'll leave it up for posterity sake. Just, no more updates here.

That is all.
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Book Reviews [Apr. 28th, 2009|09:36 pm]

I decided to try to enter the business of book reviews, or at least flesh it out already.

Here's the deal: if you are an author who wants someone to read your book and then review it, and make said review available for the public to read, particularly on Amazon.com and LibraryThing, and quite possibly my blog, I'm your guy.

If you're interested in honest reviews (and I will tear you a new one if your book sucks), please contact me by e-mailing me. Currently, I will only do print books.

Well, I'll do eBooks, but under very, very limited circumstances. If you can convince me that I owe you a favor, I will read and review your eBook. If you print out your eBook and mail it to me, I will read and review your eBook. If you, or someone else, procures me a portable eBook reading device, I will read your eBook.

Also, please, please, please don't send me multiple copies of your book. Since I have no friends, there is nobody for me to share the book with.

I like books that are of a speculative nature that don't involve teenage vampire romances.

If you'd like to read a sampling of my reviews, check out the following link:


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On Save States [Mar. 30th, 2009|10:26 pm]
Knowing absolutely nothing about how video game save states work, I came up with a rudimentary theory.

Basically, with respect to save states, there are a variety of data points, such as level, score, inventory, etc. When it comes to accomplishments, though, these cannot as easily be represented as a score (or can it!?).

So that got me thinking: there are effectively three levels of accomplishments in games: linear, tiered, and free.

Representing linear accomplishments is easy. You assign a number to each accomplishment such that each successive accomplishment follows its predecessor numerically. Hence, if you record "3" as the accomplishment value, it assumes that 2 and 1 have thus been completed. Boring.

Tiered are a little like linear, except that there are more. Now, I'm not suggesting my methodology as being the best (it's more for a conveyance of ideas than anything else), but you would have a set of accomplishment series, A, B, C, etc., and then each series would have a set of linear accomplishments. Thus, B-4 assumes B-3, but does not assume A-anything. So forth.

Free, though, are a bit trickier. They are totally unrelated. 2 does not presuppose 1, and so forth. Well, in my methodology, there is no one, or it doesn't mean anything. For free, you keep an accomplishment number, and for no accomplishments, you have a value of 1. Each accomplishment has some prime number associated with it, and with each accomplishment, the accomplishment number becomes itself multiplied by the new accomplishment. Thus, to figure out the accomplishments, one merely needs to do a prime factorization. Or in instances that ask "Is accomplishment x fulfilled?" it's simply a modulus operation.

I'd be interested in other save state insight, if anybody would care to provide their own. Also, please feel free to give critique to my ideas.
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Zombies in Austin (And Zombies in Austen?) [Jan. 29th, 2009|07:41 pm]
But first...

In case you didn't know, Amber's sister, who was once living with us, is now back in Ohio. This caused some hurt to Amber, but we're making the best of the situation and spending a whole lot more time together.

Ah, the joys of having only one job.

Amber's really excited about the Coraline movie. We went out and got the book (the PS edition), which Amber will promptly read after we see the film. It comes out a week from tomorrow, and to be honest, we're both kinda excited about seeing it. Amber got excited about it after seeing the making-of videos in the internets. She showed me some of them, and let me say: they were pretty cool.

I'm very glad that Amber's found something to be happy about, as she's had a rough start of the year, and it makes me happy when she's happy.


As part of my sworn duty to keep our southern borders safe from zombies (I hope there's someone up north sharing my job desc. The stocking caps of the Canadian zombies give them special protection from headshots), I have the following news to report w.r.t. our undead adversaries.

Apparently, there was a brief zombie scare in Austin, TX. DOT signs warned motorists of "Zombies Ahead". Some motorists failed to pay heed to these signs. Their cars are now currently available at the Austin police auction, slightly torn, scratched, and stained, but otherwise in perfect working condition. (Full Story)

Additionally, Jane Austen scholars have unearthed missing works from the author. Turns out Pride and Prejudice had several passages dealing with zombies that T. Edgerton, publisher, did not consider appropriate for the end reader. Some 200 years later, we may read it in it's unabridged form, entitled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. (Full Story)

Last on the zombie front is the documentary based on the nonfiction chronicle of the Zombie Wars. The footage from the wars has been edited together by director Marc Forster, whose previous work includes more fictional accounts of British spies and the like. Once a few sequences are professional reenacted (with dialogue touchups by comic/space soap author J. Michael Staczynski), the film should be gracing our movie theaters some time next year. Keep a lookout! (Full Story)

Well, that's it on the zombie front. Keep those downstairs doors locked and those shotguns loaded!

Oh, and on a more serious note, I'll probably be focusing my attention more on my Blogger account (http://jacobsilvia.blogspot.com) than my LJ. If you have an LJ or any other OpenID provider, you may leave comments there.

I'll still crosspost to my LJ (http://aethercowboy.livejournal.com) for the time being, but may eventually phase it out. This has been your deprecation notice!
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Stuff, stuff-stuff, stuff! [Jan. 17th, 2009|05:49 pm]
Wow, another round of updates?

Let's see... I no longer work for Apple (and apparently, neither does Mr. Jobs, te-hee). Did anybody see that hilarious XKCD (http://www.xkcd.com/527/)? Of course it cost me a pound of flesh, or at least, a pretty nasty scar, as the Micromanaging Hobbit had me get something down from a top shelf while I was suffering from a head cold, and I lost my balance and met a nice, sharp, metal corner. Yeah! Unfortunately, it didn't scar in the form of the Apple logo, so I can't have that as a conversation piece. Oh well.

It's a new year, and I work for a new NASA contractor under a new contract. We're waiting on all the connections to be fully established, and until then, we have to find ways to be busy. Yay.

I've been roped into doing early reviews of books for LibraryThing.com (Check me out, I'm aethercowboy!). If you would like me to do an early review (or even a review) of your book, contact me, and I'll tell you where to send it. I'll even post it to my blog!

I recently read Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry. It's like Tom Clancy and Max Brooks wrote a book together, or something. Here's my review: http://www.librarything.com/review/39779688.

Coming up next is Rich Like Them by Ryan D'Agostino.

And next? Who knows!

Also, I decided that now I have loads of free time, I'm starting a local writing group that will be infinite times better than BAWL (Bay Area Writers League) or The Word Factory, because (A) it pertains to writers critiquing each other's writings distributed to them the previous week, (B) it's free, and (C) there will be talks, readings, and activities to help writers. Woot woot.

The official blog is http://clearlakeareawriters.blogspot.com. It's called "Clear Lake Area Writers" (CLAW). Sweet.

Hopefully the other writers will not be just Romance/Memoir writers as was BAWL, which was the main reason I gave that up (also, four hours of boring non-writing activity). I needed a group that was more specific to me, and since I can't find one, I'll go out and make one. I just hope our local art center will let me meet there. Otherwise, I suppose the library's the next best thing. And if all else fails, maybe Borders will host me. But I'm going Indie first, yo. I'll find out next week. In the meantime, if you're in the Clear Lake area, feel free to subscribe to the blog, or leave a comment (once I post something). There's also a public calendar, but it has nothing on it. Watch the CLAW blog for updates!

Well, that's really all I had in my buffer.

Until next time.
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Updates! Yes! [Oct. 18th, 2008|07:42 pm]
Too lazy to crosspost: http://jacobsilvia.blogspot.com/2008/10/updates-yes.html

EDIT: Due to popular request, here's the crosspost,

Contrary to popular belief, I am not dead, nor am I undead. I am quite alive, I do believe.

What have I been up to? Well, let's see, I ran from Ike, got published, moved, and got a new second job.

How could I of all people give up a job at Camelia Heaven? How, oh, how?

Oh, yeah, to get a job at Malus Electronica. To answer your next question: I don't know.

Other things that managed to catch my interest: LibraryThing.com. Google Books is SLOWLY approaching the coolness level of this product, but I think that Google Books has a different goal as LibraryThing.

LibraryThing is teh awesome.

I have a lot on the backburner right now, hence the 400 years of silence, and I hope to get some more projects started after the cards settle.

Ooh, was that a subtle hint?


Okay, talk to you later.
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Hurricane Madness! [Sep. 15th, 2008|01:46 pm]
For those of you who ignored Amber's post:

Ike hit Houston, and now most of Galveston is a water park. Amber and I were in a mandatory evac zone (for both places... what are we? The McCains all of a sudden?), so we high-tailed it up to good old Plano, TX, where my mother's brother lives with his wife, mother-in-law and four cats.

We brought our two cats and our friend's/neighbor's cats (since they were on vacation in Cali), contributing four more cats to the local cat population. Yay, eight cats.

The cats handled it well in the following order:

Tucker: "Oh yay! Another home!"
Pequod: "I'm uncomfortable but curious... but the toys are great!"
Jessica: "I'm scared. Tremble tremble."

We were expecting Ike to follow us here, but he didn't. Instead he visited my parents. It was funny, my parents were grilling my uncle: "are you prepared for a blackout, etc.?" And he's all like, "yeah." And then they're the ones with the blackout. Irony. Or maybe irony as defined by Alanis Morisette.

One thing to note, though: my uncle seems to have an awful lot of "adult entertainment." Kinda weird...

Anyway, we're all all right, and we're planning on heading back very, very soon. Neither place was wanged, and at least one has power, so we're cool.


That is all.
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What I'd Like To See [Aug. 22nd, 2008|07:09 pm]
There are some things in this world I'd like to see...

We have all manner of video games out there, and some of them let you personalize your character. Second Life, for example, lets you make someone who looks like you (or nothing like you, if you so desire). Spore lets you create your own species from the cellular phase onwards. Other games with multiple players will even let you create a custom avatar.

But do these avatars tranfer?

What I'd like to see is what I call the OpenAvatar. You generate a 3D model using some open standard, and then plug it into your games, and now, instead of Solid Snake, it's You. For games supporting it, you just point it to your OpenAvatar storage site, and it takes care of converting the character to the in-game style. Additionally, a tool should be generated with plugins capable of translating your OpenAvatar to be playable in those games (maybe even a 2D renderer!).

Who's with me?

Additionally, since I gotta make this blog post count, could we please stop finding mutilated dead dogs and calling them cryptids? It's gross. Please?

Crossposted in The Eventide Knave and The Gangster of L'Oeuf.
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Happy Birthday! [Jul. 24th, 2008|08:14 pm]
I just want to take this time right now and wish my sweet wife the happiest of birthdays. I wish I could just shower her with all the nice things, but I can only afford to drizzle them on her. :P

Nevertheless, every year we spend together is yet another wonderful chapter in the book of my life.

Amber means everything to me, so I'd do everything in my power to ensure that today is a wonderful day for her, especially. I try to make every day a wonderful day, but this, her birthday, means I have to make it an EVEN MORE SPECIAL day.

Amber, I love you, and I hope that you have had a very happy birthday.

All my love.


Crossposted in The Eventide Knave and The Gangster of L'Oeuf.
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Feed Me [Jul. 14th, 2008|10:07 pm]
Disregarding the fact that today marks one score six years for me on this the planet Earth, I thought I'd share a little bit of my syndicated life with you.

In case you didn't realize, this recent issue of 2600 does in fact contain an article written by me. Of course, you all read my writings blog, so of course you know that (http://jacobswritings.blogspot.com/).

As far as reading goes, there's what I read in my reader. If you want to follow along with things I deem interesting, check it out (http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/user/00394582249215392869/state/com.google/broadcast).

If you want to see what I'm READING, reading, there's always this: http://books.google.com/books?q=label:%22reading%22&uid=1391704558296914713&output=rss, and to see when I've finished reading something, there's this: http://spreadsheets.google.com/feeds/list/o16083507027721366979.163798611332227612/od5/public/basic.

There are other feeds, if you're interested in following along. Check out my website and click the autofeed discovery icon for the others. When I discover that I actually have more feeds, I'll add them there.

Also: Amber and I saw V for Vendetta last night at Shawn/Jen's. It should be required watching for any public official.

Because it's half-past late, and I'm not feeling so hot, It's time for me to go to bed. Jared, Amber told me you called. I'll e-mail you guys tomorrow.

Crossposted in The Eventide Knave and The Gangster of L'Oeuf.
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