I got my San Andreas shirt delivered yesterday, and I’m proudly sporting it today. Didn’t hurt at all that it came with two six-inch-square San Andreas logo stickers and an 18-inch-square San Andreas kerchief. It is, for lack of a better word, the bomb. Had I known all the extra stuff came with it, I’d have ordered sooner.
A note to people designing web sites: Users can see the URL line.
I entered a sweepstakes and, after entering (and losing) I get a form that asks me if I want to notify my friends of the ability to enter. The URL looked like this:
Viral form?!?! You’d think the site designers would have thought of some less aggressive name for the thing.
I got a catalog in the mail this weekend for “The Noble Collection.” Normally I’m not too into the whole “collector’s reproductions of movie crap” thing, but this stuff rocks. They have a great section on Harry Potter as well as a really cool section on Lord of the Rings.
I didn’t even like Lord of the Rings, but I have to admit, I must have the 18K One Ring. Like, to the point that… well, I don’t wear jewelry of any nature, but I’m considering getting the sterling silver version of the thing, just to see how I like it (and to see the quality of the stuff these folks sell).
I also think the revolving elvish script ring is pretty cool.
Due to the incompatibility with peoples’ schedules, their desires, their qualms, and so on, my family has put a moratorium on Thanksgiving.
Which is to say: nobody’s getting together, so I have a vacation day all to myself. Sounds like some Chinese food is in my future. Mmmm…
This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever. I’m sure I’ll be making my way back to San Andreas for a bit, which will be nice since I’ve only really had time to return on weekends.
Speaking of San Andreas, my shirt should be here today. I ordered it last week and I’m anxious for it. After spending so much time there, it’ll be nice to have something that openly declares it so. I told Jenn I ordered this and she shook her head like I’d broken some unspoken rule that says I can’t be a gamer geek like the rest of the English speaking world out there. Too bad, baby! I’m a citizen of San Andreas now!
I also got to play (San Andreas) for a while this weekend, which was nice. I finished a few more missions that opened up the ability for me to fly, so I’ve been cruising around in airplanes and helicopters, going back to other places to pick up money and guns that I normally wouldn’t pick up because it’s too far away… but now that I can fly, it’s a lot faster. Just take a helicopter, land in the middle of the street, get what you need, and fly away. (My favorite flying vehicle is the jetpack - don’t leave home without it!)
While normally I alternate between fiction and non-fiction/educational books (I can only really read one book at a time because I forget what’s going on in the various books if I don’t stick to one), I’ve decided to break that and read another fiction. Next up is Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman. Admittedly short, but I loved the His Dark Materials trilogy with the same characters, so it’ll be nice to see a little more from that universe.
Saw National Treasure this weekend and had a good time with it. Sure, it was totally implausible, but it was fun, so I have to give it high marks. I don’t know if I’ll be picking it up on DVD, but it was definitely worth the watch.
I’ve used SharpReader for quite a while, but while it’s configurable in some ways that other readers aren’t, I found the control you have over feeds in RSS Bandit is pretty cool, particularly with the ability to apply your own XSLT to the feed, not to mention there’s actually a product roadmap and some pretty decent support.
So today I downloaded RSS Bandit and started messing with it, liked it, and decided to move my settings over to it.
SharpReader exports in OPML format. RSS Bandit exports in some other format. Time to write a conversion…
…and here it is. An XSLT document that, when run against the exported SharpReader settings, renders an XML document that you can import into RSS Bandit.