net comments edit

Sandcastle, the documentation generator for XML doc comments in .NET, has released its source code on CodePlex starting with the May 2008 release. It had gotten booted from CodePlex for not releasing the source, so they released it.

Somehow I don’t think releasing the source is going to help anything. It’s still crap that you have to run like 10 different commands and have a specially-tailored configuration file to get docs to render and that they leave it up to the community to fill such a huge gap with projects like Sandcastle Help File Builder. I’ve had to set up Sandcastle in several builds now and I always dread it because it’s such a nightmare even with helper programs like that. Sigh.

In my travels through Walla Walla this weekend, I found a store with possibly the most awesome name ever: Hot Poop.


I think it’s a music store of some nature. Here’s the whole store front:

The full Hot Poop store

I can only imagine people talking about the store. “Hey, man, you wanna check out Hot Poop?” “No, I poked my head into Hot Poop yesterday and didn’t see anything I needed.” Oh, hellz yeah.

personal, cats comments edit

Welcome Kai and Stanley

We were out running errands today and decided to stop in at the Petco because today was the day the local shelter brings kitties in to show (and hopefully find homes for) and Jenn wanted to see what sorts of kitties were out there.

The result of that trip is that we now have two new 10-week-old kitten brothers we’ve named Kai and Stanley. They’re gray tabbies and very playful. Xev, our six-year-old brown tabby, is still taking some time to get used to them, but otherwise they’re really making themselves at home. (Xev doesn’t like to play nearly as much as these wild stallions do, so they’ll keep each other busy and she’ll still be able to participate and have friends so she won’t be lonely.)

Tomorrow will be their first full day at home, so this should be interesting.

(Oh, and bonus points if you know why our cats are named Xev, Kai, and Stanley without Googling it.)

Walla Walla Fireworks 2008

The fireworks shoot this year was once again in sunny Walla Walla, Washington.

We left Hillsboro a little after noon on Thursday, July 3 and got up to Walla Walla around 5:00p. We checked in to the Super 8, which was way better than the Travelodge from last year, and had dinner with the rest of the crew at the local Applebee’s.

Friday the fourth found us hauling gear off the truck and setting things up around 7:30a. We had another good crew this year, a total of ten of us. The setup went pretty quickly and we checked, double-checked, and re-checked everything as the day went on, just to be sure everything was hooked up safe and ready for action.

At 10:00p the show started. It was electrically fired and Greg was at the helm. I stood by in case any of the shells failed to go off. It’s a good thing I did, because we had a couple that the electronic firing didn’t catch, so I ran out there with a high-tech solution - a road flare (fusee) attached to a stick - and hand-lit the couple that didn’t go off. The show went off great and we had a good crowd cheering us on.

After the show, we loaded the equipment up on the truck and did a first run at cleanup, making sure nothing dangerous was left behind, and headed back to the hotel.

Saturday the fifth we checked out and were back at the field for final cleanup by 9:00a. Cleanup was a couple of hard hours raking and picking up shell casing fragments, then took on the four-hour drive home. (We actually went straight to Jenn’s sister’s birthday party without stopping at home, so it made for a bit of a long day.)

The weather was about 20 degrees cooler this year and it was way better that way. Thank goodness, too, because I don’t think I could have stood it much hotter.

I think next year we’re going to see if we can get a show a little closer to home. Walla Walla’s a good show, but it being a three-day-affair is a little much for us. It’d be nice to get something local, like the Oak Hills (Beaverton) show. We’ll see what happens.

I posted some pictures of the setup, but I didn’t get any photos during the show. Actually, I got video of the shoot, and I’m going to see if Greg can cobble it together with his video and produce something really nice. I’ll link to it when it’s up.

gaming, xbox comments edit

For the last, oh, two or three weeks, my Xbox 360 has been sluggish when signing me in to Xbox Live. I’d start the console, the logo screen would go by, the dashboard would come up, and I’d have to wait 20-30 seconds before my account would auto sign-in. The real crazy bit was that if I did anything - move to a different blade in the dashboard, manually try to sign in, or whatever - it would mess up the networking so that I’d have to shut the whole console down and reboot in order for it to connect. This weirdness wasn’t happening before - I was used to it signing me in within five or six seconds of the dashboard coming up.

I tried all sorts of things - static IP addressing, clearing my settings cache, resetting the network to factory defaults and re-entering everything in manually - and nothing worked. Looking at my network settings, nothing was fighting for the same address, and every other device in the house connected to the network just fine.

My last ditch effort last night: reboot the wireless router and the devices connected to it. Shut down all the stuff connected to the network (laptop, PS3, etc.), reboot the router, and turn everything back on. That fixed it. No more sluggish login. Whatever was gummed up in the works has been flushed out.