Saturday was an errand day (running around to various stores, picking things up as needed, general taking-care-of-business) followed by a bit of evening gaming with Stu, but Sunday… Sunday almost all day was dedicated to Tomb Raider: Legend. I think I must have played for six hours. They really did an awesome job with it and I’m having a great time.

In other news… I should shortly have a new version of CR_Documentor out that will not only let you preview the XML doc but will also preview the member syntax box inline with the doc, just like the NDoc output. I’ve got some folks doing some testing for me to make sure it doesn’t break anything, but that should be done soon. I’ll keep you posted.

I ordered a copy of Tomb Raider: Legend a while ago and it came in the mail last night. It also came with a lithograph (reads: picture printed on cardstock) of the image from the cover of the box, which is pretty cool.

While Jenn and I were out last night I picked up the “el cheapo” frame at Jo-Ann for $2 so I could put it up in my cube and have something to hang it by (I’m not a big fan of poking holes in my pictures, so the frame basically serves as a picture hanging device).

I got it all the way to work and started getting out of the car with it this morning when I realized my hands were pretty full - coffee, computer bag, name badge, picture… Should I put something down or make a couple of trips? Nah…

…at which point my coffee decided to spill out the travel mug and all over the picture.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had coffee inside a picture frame (like between the picture and the glass), but that’s a bitch to clean up. Sticky, greasy… ugh. Nightmare.

Everything came out fine in the end (no big deal if it hadn’t, but it’s nice when there’s no loss). Maybe next time I’ll put stuff down or make two trips.

Or maybe I’ll just keep on doin’ what I’m doin’ and screw it up again. Which is more likely?

I hadn’t seen the first season of 24, so this past Saturday my dad brought it over, Stu showed up, and we had another 24 marathon.

Once again, well worth the time spent. I can see totally why the show took off. Great cast, great writing… it doesn’t get much better.

It also showed me how they reward long-time viewers: if you watch carefully, you can see peripheral characters from previous seasons show up in later seasons with larger parts, tying things in together nicely.

My dad ended up loaning Stu the second season so he can catch up, which is cool. That’s where I started. Stu also apparently had the weird 24 surreal after-effect I had after my first marathon where he just had to call Jack and tell him about the bomb on the plane at 3:00a. Funny, but understandable. Heh.

Dad says the fifth season is the best yet, so I’m excited for this fall when it comes out on DVD.

windows, aspnet comments edit

Scott Guthrie has a great article about some of the IIS 7 features coming in Windows Vista and Longhorn. Included:

  • HttpHandlers and HttpModules can participate in any server request, not just for .NET apps.
  • ASP.NET configuration system integrated into IIS (web.config for all apps!).
  • Admin GUI that combines administration of IIS and ASP.NET settings.
  • Better error auditing/debugging through a new system called “Failed Request Event Buffering.”
  • Vastly improved APIs (check out the example of the simplest program ever that can enumerate the worker processes and current requests). Check this out for more on the API updates. Bye bye, WMI!

I’m stoked. Seriously. All of this stuff is going to make the ASP.NET world so much easier to work in. I’ve already started shooting emails off to folks around work about ways we can leverage these things.

gaming, xbox comments edit

ZumaMade my first purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace last night. Bought the game Zuma, which is sort of an addictive little puzzle game.

I’d only played it a couple of times before - once on the computer, once on the demo version for Xbox 360 - but I fired it up after buying it for 800 “Microsoft Points” ($10) and ran at it for a little over an hour. Thought I was seriously kicking ass until I saw that I ranked like 20,000th or something. Hmmm.

Jenn played after me. Jenn is a Zuma whore. Her Zuma addiction is not unlike that of a heroin junkie. She did pretty well, better than I did (ranking like 13,000th or something).

So glad I paid $600 for a Zuma 360 - a very expensive, high-definition, Zuma-playing device. I anticipate she’ll be on that when I get home, her very soul lost to the chanting demons of the game, eyes blurry, hands aching, just needing one more game.