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Dum di dum...

Oliver Brown
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It’s now been a week (well in 5 hours it will be) since I saw Julia. After we spent 4 weeks and a day almost never apart (not including my occasional trip to Pizza Hut). The worst part isΒ being unable to contact her.

Someone once said I didn’t mention Julia enough on here…

Well I’m really not sure what else to say :oP

Galaxia Reborn is coming along well. It displays the same in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The reason I keep posting updates about Galaxia here by the way is so at some point I can tell Galaxia players that this exists and then they’ll read it to stay updated.

Anyone want any space?

Oliver Brown
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🎡 All The Things She Said

I have far more space and bandwidth on my server than I need… if anyone is interested in it in exchange for some nice linkage (or something else; I’d rather you not pay since I definitely won’t guarantee service in any way) let me know at

I have PHP and MySQL.. is there anything more people really want these days?

Galaxia Reborn screenshots

Oliver Brown
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Mood: πŸ™‚ cheerful
🎡 Nas Ne Dogonyat

Galaxia Reborn will be plain HTML through a browser. A step back technologically but it is for the best I assure you.

I’ve been working on keeping the game as graphical as possible still though:

gr_space.gif gr_earth.gif gr_colony.gif

Things to notice:

  • Multiple planets (and any other objects for that matter) scale nicely when in the same sector.
  • The coords on the planet wrap.
  • The grid is a different scale when inside structures (this can be set to anything in theory; players may be able to alter is as a zoom feature.
  • No scrolling arrows inside a structure; they are limited size and son’t wrap.

Galaxia Reborn

Oliver Brown
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Mood: πŸ˜‰
🎡 Angy White Boy Polka

The crazy smilie is a wink.

And in a change to tonights advertised post of ‘Galaxia’ I’ll post a link to a picture of me dancing.

The picture was taken at the Inter Varsity Dancesport Championships by Laurie Young (his blog), the Imperial College team photographer. The girl was my dance partner for the year who it just occurred to me it might not be polite to name. Hmm… I’ve just realised I’ve already named her in another post.

Google and WWE employees have this problem with what they can and can’t post in blogs. They lose jobs though. Although I have no desire to annoy my dance partner any more than I might have previously…


Things done:

  • Map display, including:
    • Resizable/rescalable grid
    • Planetary terrain
    • Planet surfaces wrap
    • Inside colonies (and other structures)
  • Basic object info
  • Ship movement, in realtime

I’ll post some screenshots in my next entry.

I'm not dead...

Oliver Brown
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I just haven’t had much time while Julia’s been here. Which is a shame considering everything that has happened that I could have talked about.

Whether I’ll talk about them later or not I don’t know, but notable events since my last entry include IVDC 2005, dinner at Zero Degrees, a weekend in Blackpool with two-day passes to the Pleasure Beach, a weekend at home and progress of sorts on Galaxia of sorts.

I hate oversleeping...

Oliver Brown
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I was supposed to talk to Julia this morning. Unfortunately I overslept. And not just a little. I was supposed to be up at 7:00am (I had my alarm set for 6:45am) and I eventually woke at 10:42am. I went online on the off chance that she was still on to discover I was apparently supposed to be at another IVDC meeting today. So I got a shower and went straight there.

I was there all day until I left arriving just in time for the advanced ballroom class. Then…

The fire alarm has just gone off

…I practiced with Hanna for a while, had a break, and then had a lesson. Our Foxtrot is quite good actually. Bloody amazing considering Hanna started dancing Foxtrot last Saturday and has not danced any since.

And I’m too tired to continue…

Earnings from Google

Oliver Brown
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This post is more to see if I appear on the front page of BlogWise than anything else. But it is nice to point out that for the past week my earnings from Google Adsense have been amazingly consistent. i.e. with $0.50 of each each day.

Team practice could have gone better...

Oliver Brown
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Firstly, now links to me. Which is cool.

Hanna and myself had out first falling out of sorts yesterday. Which is good since that is less than most couples. Bad since it is exactly a week before IVDC. At first she was annoyed that we kept colliding with people, which is sensible enough. Except she strongly opposes any possible changes the routine I suggest that I could use to get out of other couples’ ways. She also thinks I should have more stamina in Quickstep. Sensible again but by this stage I thought being pragmatic would be best and me developing more stamina is at least as unlikely her being able follow changes I make to the routine to avoid people.

Not a happy note to start with really but since I’m very unlikely to tell her this (pointing out why things won’t change seems less than constructive) at least I get to vent my frustrations somehow.

I will see Julia in 4 nights and I will talk to her today. Much more cheerful thought :oD Unfortunately articulating unpleasant feeling is always easy and therefore ends up taking more space in any sort of diary… Well at least with me.

What they want me to do...

Oliver Brown
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I finally have to actually write some software for the IVDA technical committee. And get it done for Tuesday.

They need a nice web based app that will go through all the photos in a folder, let the user crop the photo to a specific aspect ratio and then move the photo into another folder depending on whether it is portrait or landscape.

Then they need another app that goes through all the photos and lets you assign a number (the couple number) to them. And for ones that don’t have a number it needs to read an XML file to get the list of all couples on the floor at the time and then display picutres of those that we have pictures for, so you can guess who it is.

The practical upshot of which is that everyone will be able to see the results at the IVDC.

On the subject the IVDC, they want me to get in as soon as I get there to helplay their network cables. And then arrive the following morning to help set up. And after all that I have to dance too!!

I should have gone to bed...

Oliver Brown
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I decided to stay awake for various reasons. But it’s meant I’ve started worrying about Julia. Which is silly since that could just upset her when she finds out. On the other hand their could be something serious (although she at least said she was still happy; amongst other things). The point is of course is that I don’t know and the only reason I don’t know is because I wasn’t online.

I’m going to keep thinking myself round in circles. I do that well and I doubt it qualifies as a skill.

Well assuming if it was otherwise she would have told me somehow, I’ll get to see her in person in a week. So I’ll try and think about that and be happy :o)