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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. October 2006 Entries
Happy Halloween
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy (and safe) Halloween this year. It's my favorite holiday of the year, and I'm in ^%$#ing Texas. Not that there's anything wrong with Texas, mind you... it's just not where I wanna be. I'd rather be sitting in Reality Check with a big bowl of candy and all kinds of creepy decorations, waiting for the kiddies to come by. I even had this year's costume all decided on. (Although I ended up not making/buying anything for it since I knew I would be here.) Here's some ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 4:44 PM

sharing too much, again...
I hate spiders. Big ones, small ones. It doesn't matter. I abso-F'n-lutely hate them. It's mutual. They hate me too. Seriously... between us, I'd pretty much cross the street to avoid the nasty things. So of course, anytime I get surprised by one (a REAL one thank you. The fake ones don't bother me) I tend to ummm... freak the hell out. This is going somewhere, I promise... So anyway. I may have mentioned before that I live on a mountain (near the top) and drive up & down a seriously twisty-ass road ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 4:05 PM

Week 3 Ends, Week 4 Begins... Back in TX
My Thursday night flight went so well, I was too stunned to blog. No delays, no sloppy landing... just a quiet, timely flight. Amazing. So far, that makes 1 out of 7. Tonight's flight was late, of course, but only by about 20 minutes. Anyway, I'm back in TX for another week. Good times.

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 12:31 AM

56 shopping days left...
I want one of these for Christmas... only $3000

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 12:27 AM

National Games Week, next month...
We're looking forward to this... Got any plans that week?

National Games Week

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 12:55 PM

Will VB.NET ever compile itself?
Interesting discussion going on over at Panopticon Central about whether VB.NET will ever be compiled by (you guessed it...) VB.NET. Also, other interesting nuggets can be found in the comments... such as the fact that Mono VB currently compiles itself.

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 4:00 PM

frustration poetry

Here I sit
simply waitin
in this airport
I am hatin

theres no pilot
theres no plane
i guess my flight
is late again.

will I ever
board my flight?
will they ever
get it right?


Posted On Sunday, October 22, 2006 4:06 PM

Reality Check Photos
for real this time... see them ALL here: Reality Check Photos Below are just a few pics: I still think Flickr is a pain in the ass, but at least now I have pics ......

Posted On Sunday, October 22, 2006 3:46 PM

Week 2 comes to a close, and why American Airlines really sucks.
consider this a continuation of this... I barely made it home tonight. Not "I barely made it home" in the sense that I had to pee so bad I barely made it home (which has certainly happened on occasion.) No no, I mean I literally, barely made it home. As in barely survived the flight. As in barely got on the plane. It seems as though fate and the universe were conspiring against me this evening. On the way to the airport, we encountered heavier than usual traffic. Once at the airport, after dropping ......

Posted On Friday, October 20, 2006 12:52 AM

Alright Dammit... I want my +1 Longsword NOW!!
Scientists Create Cloak of InvisibilityWASHINGTON - A team of American and British researchers has made a Cloak of Invisibility. Well, OK, it's not perfect. Yet. But it's a start, and it did a pretty good job of hiding a copper cylinder.In this experiment the scientists used microwaves to try and detect the cylinder. Like light and radar waves, microwaves bounce off objects making them visible and creating a shadow, though it has to be detected with instruments.If you can hide something from microwaves, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 3:05 PM

Nerf makes a SNIPER RIFLE now?

See the commercial

On the one hand, I'm disturbed. On the other hand, I find myself really wanting one.

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 2:42 PM

Finally D'Arcy can get his wish
D'Arcy's getting all tingly in his girlie parts about NeverWinter Nights 2. I'm looking forward to it as well, but... can someone please explain to me the fascination with playing Drow? Don't misunderstand, I love the novels and short stories with all their political intrigue and machinations and the various games where the Drow are the bad guys. I've just never had a desire to play one. Even less so, as a guy, since they are a matriarchal society, not to mention evil. Is it just a Drizzt thing? ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 10:39 PM

I make no apologies.
hmm yeah, I love it when people at work read my blog and then try to justify themselves to me in person. Good times. At least I don't post about clients at thedailywtf... yet (although that day may come...)

I don't lie and I don't apologize (though I may occasionally edit or amend.) If you don't like what I write... don't read my blog.

Posted On Tuesday, October 17, 2006 8:52 AM

Yet another example of blogvomit... here What is blogvomit? noun : 1. The mindless consumption and regurgitation of other people's content without adding any value. 2. Any posts referring primarily to the number of posts made, the duration between posts, most "hello world" posts and posting garbage solely to hit some arbitrary number, such as 1000 posts. If all you're going to do is steal someone else's work (written or images) why not just post a link to the original? If you aren't going to take ......

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 12:42 PM

clowns are creepy enough to begin with.
I was surfing for McDonald's MP3 players ship with trojan horse and found this:

Found at courtesy of

I can not begin to describe how creepy this is.

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 12:29 PM

Week 2 of the long commute
Last week I spent 2 1/2 days in Texas. I babbled a little about the job and the place I'm staying. The flight home (Friday night) was late, and almost full, but tolerable. It was nice to be home. Less than 48 hours later, I hopped back on a plane to TX. This time, it sucked. The flight was 90 minutes late. It was hella crowded and I think the pilot may have almost killed us on the landing. He's either awful and almost killed us, or he's awesome and saved us I dunno which. Either way, here I am. My ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 11:05 PM

is this it?
We recently had a fistful of candidates swing through the interview process. None of them were hired. All were plenty smart, so why didn't they get hired? One guy worked for a client of ours. We never should have interviewed this guy, but we didn't realize it was an issue until it was too late. Unfortunately we couldn't hire him. It's a shame because I gave him a thumbs up. The next guy was also plenty smart, but communication skills were an issue. We had to pass on this one too. The third guy was ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 2:07 PM

Cunningly Clever or Stunningly Stupid, you be the judge...
Not too long ago, I was at the regional office in Atlanta. This lady comes around to all the various companies in the building and gives out these little ribbons for "yet another kind of cancer*" awareness day and asks (implores) us to wear them to show our support. (*not the real title) A couple hours later, the fire alarm goes off and we all have to gather in the parking lot. Not surprisingly, cancer lady is out in the parking lot with her camera asking everyone to stand a little closer so she ......

Posted On Sunday, October 15, 2006 1:55 PM

Adult Swim looking for casual game developers
I got this the other day. Looks interesting... Hello Casual Game makers, Sorry if this is an inappropriate place to do this, but I just wanted to let some casual game developers know that is now taking original game pitches. More information can be found here: Adult Swim will be a home for independent games. We know that there are talented artists and programmers looking for someone to pay them to do what they do best: make fun games. ......

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 11:32 AM

Where in the world is Chris Williams?
For the next couple months (except on most weekends) I'll be putting my boots up in Irving, TX. That's near Dallas (also Texas) in case you were wondering. (I don't actually own any boots, mind you, except for some old steeltoe boots and you wouldn't want me putting those up anywhere, trust me.) What, you ask, could I possibly be doing in TX? Well, as I mentioned, I'm here for a 2 month (actually 9 week) engagement at a client. I can't really go into much detail other than to say its a CSLA 2.0 gig ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:14 AM

ok this is the coolest thing ever (for now)
First, if you don't know what line rider is, you have to check it out. This is the kind of fun little game that just breaks my wannabe game dev heart. So simple in appearance and execution. There's a fair amount going on under the hood of course, but it's incredibly easy to learn and play with. It's also hideously addictive. Now, if you had never seen that before, and managed to make it back to this page in less than 20 minutes... I'm impressed. At this ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 8:32 AM

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