Another one of my rambling jotting type entries I fear. For any of you mad enough to find these interesting, my "Tumblr" thing, Ordinal's Cabinet of Ephemera, contains these in even more abbreviated form, though it is not quite so trivial as my Twitter stream of consciousness, which contain such fascinating details as when I have to take the washing inside because it has started raining. There is really a strict hierarchy here which I suppose one might graph, with axes of Triviality and Connection-With-The-Grid; this Journal is moderate on the former and highish on the latter, the Cabinet is higher and lower respectively and Twitter at the upper and lower extremes of both.
Alas, I have been looking upon some of the products of the East (or West, or perhaps North or even South depending on your exact location) this evening, deriving from the place known as Samurai Island, and they are extremely impressive in appearance; all particles aside, I felt rather ashamed of the relatively static and staid motions connected to my own products. But then we cannot all work in the same styles - acrobatics and such would really be a little too demonstrative for me in general I feel - and whilst I am improving in my skill with animations I am not by any means a mistress of them as yet.
Still, I plan at some point to pay a visit to said Island, and look utterly ridiculous no doubt bearing blades as tall as I am, as part of my research into weapons of Close Combat upon the Grid. Herein I post a few pictures taken in the bowels of New Babbage of the latest product upon which I have been working, very close to release; a Knife-Pistol, slightly more advanced than the usual flintlocks in that it is a five-shot automatic, but still I am pleased with the design.
In other brief news, I have also been working on a system whereby customers might automatically receive the latest updates to products that they have bought - this is both useful for them, clearly, and also may mean that I am not quite so hampered by the idea of only releasing things when I am utterly sure of their perfection or more likely when I cannot stand the sight of them any longer, which slows one down and is also always doomed to failure in any case.
Given my stated convictions relating to the privacy of one's data, the thing is entirely "opt-in", and sends not a peep out to my server without you first activating it; you are also quite able to remove it entirely. It is not, as yet, an entirely generic system for use by anyone, but I think that I will throw the code up here once I have tested it a little more for the perusal of interested parties.
As a further note, as I mentioned I have been doing research into Combat Systems recently, and there are a few simple tips for the designers of weapons for use in "roleplay" sims that use either the "DCS" or "CCS" that I would also like to write up. My notes on this are in a parlous state at the moment and I have been promising to do this forever it seems, but really, truly, I will. Very soon.
Finally, I was recently informed by Mr Deanfred Brandeis that the latest design of the Reuters HUD has been released - one may visit the Reuters Island to obtain one. I have used it myself and I must say, it is a fine piece of work - those readers who have been looking for a device which provides easy access to feeds in the RSS format will be pleased, as one may configure it to read from a number or even ones entirely of one's own choosing. I spy a slight omission in the list of available bl*gs though.