今日の思う事: 2004年 8月 7日

Good news
PGSM Act.43 came out.
Bad news
Slept in, and missed my personal Iaido/Jodo time. And next week if I make it, I have to share the dojo with a Kendo team full of enthusiasm after today’s competition.
Something new
Sometimes, if you ignore a bug, it _does_ go away by itself.

Another Saturday morning, so another episode of PGSM. Even though we’re all terrified of what will happen after Act. 50, it’s taken nothing from the atmosphere of anticipation and jubliation on Saturday mornings on IRC.

And since I missed the dojo booking this morning, and haven’t had my gi pants repaired and couldn’t train in Jujutsu this afternoon, I spent the entire day on IRC having fun.

It was supposed to be my first Iaido and Jodo training in more than twelve months. And my first self-directed one in two years. Instead, I read Damia (by Anne McCaffery) until some stupid hour of the morning. >_< On the plus side, it’s a good book. ^_^

The other thing I played with today was my work on pulling apart the source code for WinNY that I found on the Internet once. It looks like it’s been decompiled from an unpacked executable, and large chunks are missing. The missing stuff is largely the interface support code, but half the software (including much of the network protocol) is done using Winsock callbacks, so I can only decode the first few messages (up to the first rekeying) of a conversation.

On the other hand, the file formats are quickly revealing their secrets to me now. I can now decode a nodelist into the node addresses, and pullall the metadata from a cache file. I actually had most of that already working, but the data I had was giving bad results. So I fired up the English-localised WinNY on my housemate’s laptop, which is based on the same version as the source code I had, and found that its cache files would decode fine. So I used them to complete the meta-data extracting code, and apart from the MD5 verification failing, it was good. Then I pointed it at the earlier data from a later version of WinNY, and instead of getting the ‘bad key’ I was getting before, I got output. O_O!! Anyway, I don’t know what was wrong with the old code. It’s gone now.

Oh, and in perl, $value & 0xffff doesn’t seem to do what a C programmer like myself expects. Happily, $value % 0x10000 does the job. ^_^

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NASA no longer takes my calls…

(Slight PGSM spoiler)

NASA: “Hello, NASA”;
Me: “Hi! I understand you’re sending a Messenger to Mercury
NASA: “Uh huh…”
Me: “Hey! I just noticed the irony, given that Mercury was the messenger of the gods…”
NASA: “Yes, very good sir. Can I help you with something?”
Me: “Yes. Can you give an extra message to the Messenger? Tell her Nephrite’s no good for her, she can do better.”
NASA: click. beep beep beep.

今日の思う事: 2004年 8月 6日

Good News
Watched two PGSM episodes (Act 41 and Act 42) at long last
Bad News
Dropped two uni courses (Structure of English and Second Language Acquisition) to allow me to focus on Phonetics, Syntactic Structures, and my all-too-big TODO list
Something New
The use of まさか in a non-question sentence. (Also from PGSM ^_^)

Man, it’s good to catch up on PGSM. Especially over greasy Oporto’s chicken.

I would definately like to have children like Usagi… Or to be more specific, I’d like to have lots of wild monkey-sex with Ikuko-mama. Whether children like Usagi come of it, I’m happy either way.

Act.41 and Act.42 possible spoilers inside the spoiler thingy:

Geez, we finally get the Makoto/Motoki plot half-going… Things start to get good, she transforms in front of him, and he drops the ball. Motoki, you アホ! Perfect moment to reassure her, tell her it’s a wonderful thing, and you just stand there with your mouth open. Admittedly, I can understand, I’d prolly stand there with my mouth open if I saw Makoto turn into Sailor Jupiter. But I’d stand there even if she wasn’t tranforming so much as just being in such proximity. I’d dopey like that but, Motoki, I expected so much better from you. o_o;

Still, at least I know which part I’d want to play if I was in PGSM. Motoki, obviously. Especially the kissing scenes. (What kissing scenes? Lemme just say, if I got that close to Motoko, I’d… adlip.)

And then there’s the issue of The Lunar Looney (AKA Princess Sailor Moon). She’s as evil on the inside as Mio looks on the outside. I mean, at least Berryl’s doing it for a man (and maybe incredible power, but we all have our vices). The Lunar Looney just likes to make things explode.

I realise that paragraph’s not at all fair, but it’s my weblog. Naah!

Oh, and Motoki attacking the Nazghuul, that had me in fits of giggles, almost as badly as “Nephkichi”. Shame Motoki dropped the ball later on. >_<

It’s a shame I had to drop those courses. They both looked very interesting, and I may try and take them during my honours year or something. However, between my ACTEWAgl work, my TransACT work (mentioned earlier) and general laziness, I’m better off concentrating on less. No Centrelink since I’m now a part-time student again, but I should be able to turn over enough to make ends meet.