Astral Supremacy

I feel like I should post something since I haven't in ages. Yes, I'm still alive.

I've been surprisingly busy for the past few weeks (especially considering it's summer), so I've made essentially no progress on anything.

But I do hope to post a demo or screenshots or something for Astral Supremacy since the countdown clock ran out.

Pointless Countdown Thingy

I've got a countdown timer running.

I wonder what it could mean?...

Simpsons "Rock Bottom" Corrections in "Homer Badman"

I'm sure someone's already done this, but since I've got a TiVo and can do it too, here's the list of corrections that display in the Simpson's episode "Homer Badman" during the "Rock Bottom" corrections bit.

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The Correct Way to Clone Javascript Arrays

I couldn't remember how to clone arrays in JavaScript, so I did a quick search for the answer.

I found some, uh, not-so-great answers, mainly involving writing custom copy functions that iterated over every item in the array to copy it.

Turns out there already exists a method in JavaScript 1.2+ (in other words, in all major browsers) to clone arrays. It's called, helpfully enough, slice(begin[,end]).

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Review: Chrono Trigger DS

System: Nintendo DS
Score: 5/5 5 (Excellent)

Unlike some of the more recent remakes coming from Square Enix, Chrono Trigger DS has, at its core, the original Chrono Trigger. This is a very good thing, as the original Chrono Trigger was very good. There are a few new features, but they're all just extras, so if you want an almost entirely original experience, you can get it.

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Why I hate the Eclipse WTP JavaScript validator

So I've got the following code:

var e = document.createElement("div");
e.appendChild(document.createTextNode("Some text"));

This generates a warning and one error, which are underlined above with a yellow and red line, respectively.

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XMLHttpRequest Same Domain Stupidity

When using XMLHttpRequest, there's an annoying restriction saying that you may only request data from the original domain the page came from.

This causes problems when you need to, for whatever reason, access data from another domain. With web mashups becoming more and more common, this is becoming a large problem.

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Disabling Progressive Scan on your Wii

This doesn't come up all that often, but - say you had your Wii plugged into a TV that supports progressive scan and had that enabled. Then you switch TVs to one that doesn't. Think something like bringing the Wii over to a friend's house. This only applies when using the Component cables (red, green, and blue video plugs) - the Composite cable (single yellow plug) doesn't support 480p and the Wii won't try it. Which is why the following works.

The PS3 is nice enough to provide a feature where holding down the power button resets it to 480i. The Wii does not.

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Google Earth, and the NCIS episode "Blowback"

I'm watching an episode of NCIS off my TiVo HD - which means nice resolution, and I can pause and rewind it. The episode involves the NCIS agents investigating a weapons deal. They discover an email detailing where the deal will take place - at 45 26' 29"N 71 41' 29"W, which is, in fact, the actual coordinates for the airport mentioned in the story.

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Election Day 2008

It is with great sadness that I must remove the Christopher Walken 2008 box, as Election Day has come and it's clear that Christopher Walken will not be elected president.

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