Journal Entry 1:

It is time to start writing a journal.

There are lots of items that weigh on my mind, so I need to start writing them down.

Just to start:

  1. Dr. Solomon Dr. Solomon continues to discuss how 90% of all antivirus solutions are not doing there job, when it comes time to flag an inappropriate weblink in a random spam e-mail. Some might say that phishing, tricking, or otherwise doing something other than halting a bit of bad code from 1985 is beyond the scope of antivirus solutions, the fact remains that most people, companies, and governments rely on antivirus solutions as their one-stop computer security answer to all problems introduced by bad actors on the computer. Oh, and Geocaching and bikes and personal business servers. Ahem.
  2. I have decided that 1-m blocks in block building programs such as minecraft do not offer the level of detail that hobby designers need. My current favorite hobby design software, a game called Starmade offers excellent building tools inside the game, such as being able to lay down an entire 10m x 10m wall at once in any orientation, but it uses 1-m block sizes. Some players simply build over-sized constructs, where 10m = 1m or so. Sadly, some of the game rules insist on using size and mass to determine effects. So building bigger affects  the in-game performance of the construct. You can either build a model that performs awfully, or build an ugly construct that performs admirably. Robocraft isn’t much better, but it definitely looks better if you have skill.
  3. The English language. Specifically, “affect” is normally a verb. “effect” is normally a noun.
  4. Lego blocks: I only consider them a deal if they are less than $0.09 per block. Per useful block. So before you can just do the calculation, you need to multiply the overall set block count by 0.9 to get the number of potentially useful blocks. Then add taxes to the price. Then you can make the final calculation to see if you are getting a decent Lego deal. Buyer beware.
  5. Retail tricks. Beware the $X.99 deal. You are NOT buying for X. You are buying for X+1. The retailers eat that penny because more people buy the product with incorrect logic.

I need to clean this place up. It’s too bright. Too many migraines.