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    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Cool to be square

      2 days ago

      Today I turn 36. I normally don't make birthday posts here, because I find them self-serving, but this one is actually interesting. My age is now the product of two different square numbers > 1, being 4 x 9 (2^2 x 3^2). This won't happen again until I'm 64 (4 x 16) and 100 (4 x 25).


      Additionally, turning 36 today means I was born in 1980, which is a mathematically interesting year to be born in. In 2025, people born in 1980 will turn 45 years old. 45 is the square root of 2025. So people born in 1980 will in 2025 turn the square root of the then current year. Nobody else currently alive did or will experience this, but people born in 2184 will do it twice.


      Here are some other mathematically interesting ages to be (sums of squares are too plentiful to be interesting):


      25 = 5^2, and is the sum of 3^2 + 4^2 (Pythagoras wins again)

      35 = 2^3 + 3^3, and is the product of two primes, being 5 x 7

      72 = 2^3 + 4^3, and is the product of 8 x 9, being 2^3 x 3^2

      91 = 3^3 + 4^3, and is the difference of 100 - 9, being 10^2 - 3^2


      Who said math isn't fun?

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      My Problem With This Week's Game Of Thrones Episode

      4 days ago

      SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER WARNING! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MAY 22 EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES!


      *ahem*


      So I want to discuss how this week's episode of Game of Thrones ended, and why it's bad writing. In fact, why everything about Bran's arc in the episode was bad writing. For those who haven't yet seen the episode, seriously, don't read this journal until you've seen it. I won't be using spoiler text, because I'll be using the episode to draw real-world equivalencies to demonstrate good and bad writing. You have been warned.


      So the first thing we see in Bran's storyline this week is the creation of the Night King, and an explanation as to why they were created. In his next scene, we see Bran crawl towards the tree while the Three Eyed Raven is either asleep or engaging in a vision, and he grabs the tree and has a vision of the White Walker army, wherein they all see him and the Night King grabs his arm. When he returns from the vision, the Three Eyed Raven tells Bran that the Walkers now know where they are, and it's time for Bran to become him, even though Bran isn't ready yet.


      In the final part of his storyline for the episode, he's in a vision back in Winterfell as the Walkers arrive. Flames are set up, but the Night King and a couple of his soldiers walk through them, and the rest of them climb up the side of the mountain to drop in from above. Meera yells at him to Warg into Hodor, who's having his usual Hodor troubles with noise and violence, and the words come through in the vision. Modern Hodor stands up and drags Bran out, while Bran stays in the vision. When they get through the door, Meera yells at Hodor to hold the door, which echoes into the vision, and vision Hodor (Wylis) collapses and starts repeating "hold the door" until it becomes hodor.


      The Problems

      So. A few things wrong with how this was written. First of all, Bran doesn't have any reason to grab onto the root of the tree to have the second Night King vision. As far as we can tell, his reasoning doesn't extend beyond "I wonder what this will do?" Considering he invested time in making sure the Three Eyed Raven was not awake, we need to have some kind of build-up to this. Have the Three Eyed Raven forbid it at some point, so that Bran can be motivated by defiance. Have it be a freak accident when he wakes up from a nightmare, flailing his arms, and his hand happens to land on the root. The Three Eyed Raven has spent the entire season up until now showing Bran how to harness his power - there is no reason for Bran to think that he'll be denied access to whatever it is the roots themselves have to offer. He has no motivation for doing this. He only does it because the plot requires it to happen. Actions taken without motivation are actions that shouldn't be taken.


      The next problem is how quickly the Walkers arrive. Everyone knew that Jon Snow's possible resurrection was going to be a thing, and they spent three weeks building up to it. They built suspense for us. Would it work? Would it fail? Would Melisandre even have it in her to try at all? That's something we already knew was going to happen, and they gave us a nice long build to it. Meanwhile, the Three Eyed Raven tells Bran that the Walkers are coming for them, now that they know where they are, and instead of letting us have any suspense, they arrive less than ten minutes later. That's terrible pacing. We know that they're coming, so let us see how the Three Eyed Raven plans to turn Bran into him. Let us sweat for a couple episodes over whether they'll arrive this week. There was no suspense in this, no build-up. The "noble" death of Hodor (as controlled by Bran) should have been an episode 8 event, after the Three Eyed Raven and Bran scramble to prepare for the inevitable. Instead we got "Hey, they're coming. Hey, they're here. Shit, I'm dead now." What went through my head when the Walkers arrived wasn't "Oh shit, they're here already!" - it was "Why the fuck are they here already?"


      And then there's the final scene. Small things first: the Walkers can scale the mountain, but they can't go up ten feet, move slightly to the left, and drop down inside the fire, to enter through the front door? What was with that shot that looked like the Night King getting shattered, and then he's standing there again? And since when is Summer white? Those aren't things I thought of after the fact, that's what I was thinking as I watched the episode. Too much of that scene didn't make any sense. Now that those items are out of the way, here's how the rest of the scene didn't make any sense:


      What we learn from that scene is that a) being completely restrained within the roots of a tree make it difficult to defend yourself; and b) Hodor can only say hodor because Bran was having a vision of Winterfell with him in it, and while he was Warged into Hodor, Meera kept yelling to hold the door, which Wylis somehow heard because Bran was both Warged into Hodor and in the vision. Now, answer me this: why was Bran back there in the first place? Watching the people of Winterfell go about their daily lives, being as boring as can be, while Bran just silently observed? What possible reason would the Three Eyed Raven have had to have taken him back to that exact moment, when they both know that the Walkers are coming for them? Hell, why would they be having a vision anywhere at that time? Was it part of the preparation for the Walkers? Was it part of the emergency training to make Bran able to replace the Three Eyed Raven? We're given no rationale for it, no context, and thus no reason for it to be happening. We're also given no reason why after hearing Meera call to him, he would stay in the vision, instead of leaving it to be in the present. The way it's being presented to us, again, Bran went to that specific point in time in his vision only because the plot required it to happen, and he stayed there for the same reason.


      Why Is This So Bad?

      The characters in any story need to behave consistently. If someone has done Action A every time it's an option, it's reasonable to expect that all other things being equal, he'll take Action A the next time it comes up too. One way suspense is created in a story is when the reader knows that Action A is the wrong thing to do, but the character doesn't know that, and the plot is leading them towards another Action A choice. (This is a severe oversimplification, but for the purposes of this journal, it will suffice.)


      For example, you have a pilot who's escaping from pursuers, and she sees a plane she can use, but the reader knows that the plane has been trapped so that as soon as the engine starts, it will blow up. Using the plane is the consistent choice for the character, but the reader has information that the character doesn't have, which identifies the plane as certain death. Will she get in the plane and start it? Will the pursuers catch her first? Will the plane explode prematurely somehow? Will someone run out and save her at the last minute? Will someone warn her over the plane's radio in the nick of time? The reader doesn't know - but they know how the character is going to try to behave. However, if she decides to avoid the plane and head for the parking lot instead, that is inconsistent, and that inconsistency pulls the reader out of the story. Again, this is an oversimplification to get the point across.


      If a character is going to change their behaviour, then they need to have a reason for doing so. They need to have a motive. If a character does something without having a reason to do it, then rather than being engaged in the story, the reader is going to be questioning why the character did that thing. If they do something solely because the plot can't move forward if they don't, the reader is going to notice, and it will make your story worse.


      The Difference

      Suppose you have a man you've established as a racist, and then you have him approach a black woman in a bar and buy her a drink. Why? That's not something he'd do. Without further information, he's only doing it to advance the plot, and that's bad writing. Now, suppose he's learned that that particular black woman is a thief who recently robbed a jewellery store, and if he's able to acquire what she stole, someone will pay him handsomely for it. Now he has a motivation to approach her. Not only that, but he has to deal with the internal conflict of his racism vs his greed - can he keep the charade up for long enough to take her for her jewellery? Will his experiences with her soften his racist views? Now that he's not approaching her just to advance the plot, not only does his approach make sense, but it draws the reader in.


      The difference here is context. Going back to the Game of Thrones episode, suppose this had happened: The Three Eyed Raven tells Bran that since he's not ready, he's going to have to accelerate his training, and spend every waking hour in the visions. He needs to become more accustomed to moving from vision to vision, rather than having to return to the present each time. Meanwhile, the Children, Hodor, and Meera are feverishly making preparations to defend against the impending White Walker attack. When the Walkers do appear, 2 or 3 episodes later, the Three Eyed Raven moves Bran to a seemingly benign point in time, with people going about their business in Winterfell. Bran asks why this place, why now? The Three Eyed Raven says that this is exactly where Bran needs to be, and exactly when, if he's going to survive what's coming. He tells Bran that if he leaves this vision, he will surely die.


      The rest of the episode happens pretty much exactly as it did, except the fire extends around the top of the entrance as well, and the scene with the not-Night-King shattering doesn't happen. Additionally, within the vision, Bran is struggling to maintain focus. Now, when Wylis falls to the ground and starts chanting "hold the door," not only does Bran get to blame himself for not being able to keep the vision and the present separate, but Bran and the audience get to share the realizations that the things Bran does in the past affect the present and have already happened, and that the reason Hodor is how he is is because he was destined to be that way, to save the life of the person who unwittingly made him that way in the future. He gives his life in the present to unknowingly save the boy who ruined his life in the past, having no control over either action. Hodor's entire story is summed up tragically in that moment, and the audience is left feeling immensely sad and filled with wonder.


      But none of that happened. Instead, Bran was back there for no clear reason at all, and Hodor's life was nothing more than a colossal fluke. They're exactly the same events as we saw in the show, but without the added context they're completely meaningless. And that is why everything to do with Bran in this week's episode was terrible writing.

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      My Favourite Dream

      6 days ago

      Last night, I figured out I was dreaming. Normally, when I figure out I'm dreaming, I immediately wake up. I don't know why that is, but it's what happens. Last night, I talked myself into staying asleep. And it was fantastic.


      I figured out I was dreaming by using the "look at words, look away, look back, and see if they're the same words" technique. I was holding a book, and not only did the letters change when I looked away and looked back, they changed while I was looking straight at them. I figured out it was a dream, and I confirmed it by tracing over someone's name on the front of a book they'd published, while someone watched, and there were no consequences. Then I had a moment where my vision went to black static, and I had to convince myself to stay asleep. And I did. And then it was game on.


      I spent the rest of the dream trying to convince people that they were in my dream, and so nothing they did would have any consequences. I literally told them that. At one point I grabbed a woman who looked like a non-cartoon female version of the guy with the mice from Coraline and kissed her without introduction. When I stopped kissing her, she said in her accent "I have a name, you know. And you picked me!" And then I kissed her again and dipped her.


      At one point, I thought to myself "people always say that when they realize they're dreaming, they immediately start to fly. I should try that." And then I jumped, and decided not to come back down, and I ended up on the ceiling. Then out of nowhere my mom said "Chris, get down from there," so I did.


      Later, I flew again, in a movie theatre. When I did that, the image on the screen went static, and my vision did the pulsing in and out thing like it was a Butterfly Effect flashback entrance. I flew into the screen, and saw flying alien blobs preparing to go the other way, to attack Earth. I thought to myself "I should take note of all the details here, so I can describe them when I wake up." And I became an observer/record-keeper for part of my dream. They were 2-dimensional and white, had 3 thick short tentacle appendages on the bottom and 2 on top, and their middles had human faces, as if they were planning to use that to fit in. They flew past me (there were 3 of them), and then the dream moved on to more normal stuff.


      The rest of the dream was fairly standard dream stuff, with plots that only make sense in a dream, and me calling them out as such and continuing to try to convince people that they're in a dream and should do random stuff because of it. Eventually I woke up, in the middle of the night, because my legs were cold and I needed to pull the blankets back on. I said out loud to nobody "that was so cool." When I got back to sleep, the first thing I said to anyone was "I legitimately don't know whether I'm awake or asleep right now."


      That second dream involved finding a novelty-sized cheque and a map, and trying to get to the place on the map to return the lost cheque to them. I think a helicopter was involved. Sadly, I no longer knew that I was dreaming, but I did figure out despite that that there were four things I'd dreamed about that night, and they were interconnected in such a way that they could be charted on an X/Y axis, with the map and cheque in the top-right quadrant, and that acting in one quadrant would affect the others. But somehow I didn't realize that I was asleep any more, so how I figured that out is a mystery.


      And that's why my dream last night is my favourite dream, even though I don't remember most of the specific details of the plot. How was last night different from all other nights? On all other nights, I've eaten at least 4 meals throughout the day. Last night, I only had an enormous breakfast at 11:30, and a handful of peanuts and almonds after midnight. On all other nights, I don't have a sunburn on my face from an epic weekend of barbecue, campfire, and sitting around doing nothing. Last night, I had such a sunburn, mildly, and I'd applied a generous amount of moisturizer to my face to try to keep it from getting worse. Were those things factors? No idea. Odds are nothing similar to those situations will happen again until this time next year, if even then, so I probably won't find out any time soon.


      Still though. That was so cool.

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      On Shane's Open Letter

      2 weeks ago

      Before you read this, keep in mind that I am not an RT employee, and what I'm saying here should not be taken as any kind of official statement on their part. I'm just a fan who happens to volunteer for the website. This is a crosspost with the thread in the RWBY forum currently discussing the open letter.


      Brief Thoughts

      So, my thoughts. First of all, Shane just made himself unhireable. He wrote a 36 page manifesto that was meant to expose the inner workings of his former employer, because he didn't like how things went. And it's entirely possible he violated an NDA to do so. No company who does research on its potential employees before hiring them is ever going to go near him now. GG Shane.


      As for his marriage, he made a choice to spend all of his time working (more on that later) and with Sheena, rather than with his family. Something I've said countless times in various contexts is that sometimes it doesn't matter what your intentions are, only your actions matter. Shane made choices that turned him into an absentee husband and parent, and his wife left him for it. That's not on RT, that's on him.


      As for Sheena, as others have said, she was never an RT employee. It's impossible to be cut out of something you were never part of. It's great that she helped Monty off the books, but that doesn't make her part of the show. We don't know any specifics about how RT interacted with her after Monty's death, all we have for certain are 2 out of context quotes that may or may not be misremembered. If they were malicious to her, that's shitty. If they weren't, then whatever. We don't know, so we can't judge.


      Monty's Workflow

      Monty did things his own way, which worked when he was the only animator on RvB in Season 8. Shane adopted Monty's workflow as his own. But when you do everything yourself in your own way, and that way is unique, it becomes very difficult to work as part of a team, because those people aren't doing things the same way, and are relying on the rest of the team to be on the same page. As the animation team grew, Monty was only able to get away with continuing to do things his way because he was Monty.


      Shane isn't Monty.


      When you have ten people doing something one way, and one person doing it a different way that doesn't gel with the other ten, the one person is a problem, by definition. Shane himself said that he had to do things his own way, and then spend a whole lot of time adapting what he'd done to the way everyone else was doing it, and he frequently got it wrong and had to redo it. He wasn't doing what was being asked of him, in the way in which he was being asked to do it. That's a problem. He made more work for himself by holding onto Monty's workflow for its own sake (more on that later). Had he chosen to conform to how the rest of the team was doing things, he would not have had that problem.


      What he should have done was tell his higher-ups that the only reason he and Monty were able to produce the volume of work they were churning out was because of their process, and by changing the process, either deadlines would have to be adjusted, or less work would have to be required. It's possible he did this, but he didn't specifically mention it in his document, so we don't know. I suspect he didn't.


      On RWBY's Story

      Throughout his letter, Shane speaks as though he is the only one who understands Monty's vision for the show. That is provably not true. It's been said countless times that Monty, Miles, and Kerry spent a lot of time discussing RWBY alone before anyone else got involved in it. Shane has tried to make it out as if he and Sheena are the only ones who know what Monty's vision for the show was, but that's simply incorrect. Miles has said Monty discussed storylines with him that extend 7 or 8 seasons into the show. One thing we can be certain of is that Miles and Kerry know more about Monty's vision for this show anyone else does, save perhaps Gray.


      He also says the fights are the most important part of the show. I seriously doubt that's true. Fighting in a show like RWBY is a storytelling element, not the main factor behind the show. The fights are nice, but I don't think they're why people are watching the show. If it was just the fights people cared about, then that's all they'd be watching.


      Shane complains that some things got cut from season 3. So what? As others have said already, story elements change all the time. Hell, in a story outline I'm working on right now, I had to rewrite an entire section because the way I'd originally envisioned it happening wouldn't have made sense in the larger context. We lost Raven fighting team CFVY in a cafe. That fight would have made no sense, and would have slowed the season down significantly.


      We lost Yang fighting Adam. After all the fighting Yang had already done, it makes sense that she'd fail against Adam, plus this way it establishes Adam as a highly credible threat, and Yang undergoes character growth. This way is better. Ruby fights Torchwick and Neo on top of a plane now. So what? The fight still happens. The animations previously done for it don't work any more. So what? The previously completed animations obviously weren't part of the episode's production flow, so just ignore them and animate the scene as directed.


      Pyrrha's death scene got changed so that Jaune didn't cause her death any more, and instead Ruby was there for it. One of the prevailing opinions in the RWBY forum is that people don't like how much of Pyrrha's story was just to benefit Jaune's character growth. Can you imagine how much louder the backlash against that scene would have been if even her death was perceived as only happening to advance Jaune's growth?


      So yes, some of the things Monty originally envisioned for the show got left on the cutting room floor, or in some cases not shot at all. That on its own does not mean that it happening was a bad thing.


      What vs. Why

      One thing that should stand out to anyone reading what Shane wrote is that while he spends an awful lot of time telling us what happened, he doesn't tell us why it happened. That's because he doesn't know. He can't know. As importantly as he viewed himself in the RWBY production universe, the simple fact is that he was just an animator. He was an employee being told what to do. He tells us that things got cut from the show, but he doesn't tell us how much discussion there was before those things were cut. He doesn't tell us whether Miles and Kerry and Gray argued for hours about whether something would fit. He just tells us the end result, because that's all he knows about it.


      It's fine that he's telling us what he knows, but it's important to keep in mind that he doesn't know everything. A great example is, if that snapchat picture really did come from JJ, that Shane thought JJ got fired and replaced, when in fact JJ merely left voluntarily. Shane doesn't have all the facts, which makes it impossible for him to present them unbiasedly.


      You can liken this to what happens on Mythbusters. On the show, Adam or Jaime will explain that they're running a test a certain way, and leave it at that. What they don't tell us, which we can know because they once put out a behind the scenes video that explains it, is that before they choose how to test something, Adam and Jaime spend hours debating what the most fair and reliable way is to test the myth. They consider lots of options, evaluate them all, and once they arrive at one they're happy with, they tell us what it is.


      Undoubtedly, the same thing happens behind the scenes of every major decision about RWBY. So while Shane might be told "We're letting this person animate Pyrrha's death, because we think he's earned it," what he's not told is whatever discussions might have taken place to lead to that decision. For instance, how did he earn it? Was it by doing a fantastic job on everything else and showing marked improvement? Was it by animating a proof of concept piece that demonstrated he could do that specific scene very well? Was it blowjobs? We'll never know, because Shane doesn't know, because it wasn't any of his business to know.


      It All Boils Down To...

      The real issue here is that while it's possible that every word Shane wrote is true, he's necessarily viewing it through a biased lens. His bias is that he was closer to Monty than anyone else except Sheena, and thus he believes he knows better than anyone else what's best for RWBY. But that's something he can't prove is correct, because he doesn't know what Miles, Kerry, or Gray know about the show's lore and future.


      Carrying Monty's torch for this show doesn't mean adhering to every single thing Monty ever said about it as if it's gospel from on high. It means carrying forward the spirit of Monty's vision, and understanding that some things aren't going to work, and will need to be changed. Some things Monty didn't think of will have to be added, because they enhance the world and its stories. Not everything Monty comes up with is a good idea, and putting in something that doesn't work just because Monty's the one who came up with it is a bad idea.


      RWBY has grown into Rooster Teeth's biggest project, and in order to keep that many people working productively, things need to be standardized. Miles and Kerry are storytellers, and understand that in order to tell a good story, sometimes you have to murder your darlings. RWBY volume 3 was bigger in every way than volumes 1 and 2 were, and in order to bring it together, RT had to adapt. Shane wasn't willing to do that.


      That is not moving forward; it's clinging to the past.


      The simple fact is that Rooster Teeth will do what's best for Rooster Teeth. What's best for Rooster Teeth is to keep the fans happy, so that they buy things. You don't keep the fans happy by sabotaging your flagship program. Whatever Rooster Teeth is doing behind the scenes of RWBY, you can be confident it's what they believe is best for the show, because doing what's best for the show is how you get a superior product.


      It's evident that Shane disagreed with the direction Rooster Teeth were taking the show. He was resistant to change, to the point of self-sabotage. He made bad decisions in both his professional and personal life, and became enough of a problem that RT weren't comfortable keeping him on the team any more. Sometimes, that's how business works. It's unfortunate, but it happens every day, all over the world. It doesn't mean that either of them is necessarily right or wrong, it just means they aren't compatible any more. And that's life.

    • user-57349a0c133fd asked DiMono a question

      Hi Dimono, I was wondering I there was a app for me to play your videos on a windows phone??

      Answered: May 12, 2016

      Don't know. I'm a volunteer, not an employee. Ask @Adam

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Funny how things happen

      2 weeks ago

      If you've been following my journal for a while, you may remember some time ago I wrote about the apartment 3 floors directly below mine exploding while preparing it after the previous tenant had moved out. It was on the news, someone died, and there was lots of tragedy all around.


      Tonight, as with another time recently, I heard the faint pattern of music late at night. By "late at night" I mean 2 in the morning. Last time I was too tired to do anything about it, and since it wasn't louder than being just in the background I decided to ignore it. This time I decided to go on an adventure, to figure out which apartment it was coming from.


      I knew it wasn't coming from either of my immediate neighbours, because when I put my ear to the wall it didn't seem louder. So since I'm on the top floor, it had to be someone on a floor below mine. I took the stairs down a floor, and couldn't hear it any more. If they've stopped playing their music, then I can't locate it. I still walked the hallways for a couple minutes, to see if it had just gotten fainter, and while I did find a couple people watching TV, I couldn't find the music. So I came back home.


      A few minutes later, I heard the faint music again, so I went back downstairs. I couldn't locate it on that floor, but I could still hear it faintly. Could it be more than one floor down? I went down to the next floor, and it was definitely louder. But it still seemed muffled. So I went down another floor. The music was definitely coming from that apartment. The same apartment that blew up last winter. I had to knock on the door a bunch of times before they stopped the music, and someone came to the door.


      I was faced with someone who clearly wasn't doing anything maliciously. So I said calmly that his music was so loud I could hear it faintly three floors up. He apologized for that. I mentioned that there's a noise bylaw that says you can't play loud music after either 10 or 11, I don't remember which. He said that he and his friends are practising, and trying to find their groove.


      And then I stood at his door talking with him and his friends, who are forming a band. They weren't playing a recording, they were playing live. We talked about late night inspiration, and I mentioned that I'm a songwriter as well so I fully understand. And then they invited me to jam with them if I ever felt the mood.


      So in the most roundabout way possible, I just made friends with the new tenants of the apartment that blew up a year and a half ago. And I'm a songwriter, and they're looking for their groove. It's funny how things happen.

    • Nixorbo asked DiMono a question

      Is it a known thing where I can't leave mods in the forums unless I remove "#paginated-results" from the url?

      Answered: May 10, 2016

      It is now...


      It's actually to do with something else - #paginated-results being in the url is coincidental

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      A Classic Case of Overkill

      2 weeks ago

      I just released a piece of new software to an old client. For the last 2 years, they've wanted a backend for their website, and I've wanted to give them one, but the money hasn't been there. Two weeks ago they finally agreed to what they didn't realize at the time was a first step towards building that backend, for a fixed cost no matter how long I spend on it.


      Now, there were two ways I could go with this. The first is to do just what's required, put in the shortest time possible to get the job done, to maximize my immediate earnings. This would give them something adequate to their needs, and get their money into my pockets the quickest.


      The second option is to pour in every piece of technology I can, to make the backend area really blow them away and hopefully convince them that their current website really is as far behind the times as I've been telling them it is for the last 3 years.


      I went with the second option. What they requested was a way to view information that's already in the database. It's simple, and can be done with basically no technology. What I gave them is using (for the web coders out there) jQuery, underscore, backbone, require, datatables, select2, a RESTful server architecture I made myself, bootstrap, handlebars, Font Awesome, and toastr. None of those things even existed when I made their website 8 years ago.


      Is it severe overkill for such a simple project? Damn right it is. The first thing that happens when they log in is the screen gets wider, the login form fades out to be replaced by the menu, and a datatable populates in front of them without refreshing the page - a datatable that they can sort, page through, change the length of, and filter, all on a single pageload. Every other page is more of the same. I didn't need to do all of that, but I did it anyway.


      Why all the extra effort?

      That first impression is going to blow them away, because I know for a fact that they're not expecting it. I expect at least one of them to actually say "wow" when it happens. What I've done is create a stark contrast between the site they have, and the site they now know I can build for them. They're going to use this backend, see how smooth it runs, and then go back to their public site and ask me to make that site do what this one does.


      And I'll say no. I can't do that, because the new site is built on technology that the public site can't handle. I literally can't insert this new technology into that old site, because it doesn't work like that. I can make the public site behave like the new one does, but I'll have to rebuild it from the ground up to use that technology.


      They might ask about adding features to the backend, to allow them to update their website themselves rather than needing me to do it for them. And I'm more than happy to do that - I even quoted them on that project, and suggested doing it piecemeal as specific needs arose, to help manage costs. I'll add almost anything they want to that backend. And every time I add a feature to it, it's going to make the public site look that much more out of date.


      Basically, I spent a little extra time now in order to entice them to contract me to spend a lot of time later. This is how business works when you have small business clients: you demonstrate what they could have but don't have, and that makes them want it. It's the same reason we mock up entire websites before pitching them to new clients: so they can see what they're being offered, and decide they want it before you even ask.


      You don't get ahead by doing what's been done before, and you don't get ahead by putting in minimal effort. You get ahead by busting your ass until 4 in the morning to make sure what you've done is going to impress your clients, and then promising exactly what you're able to deliver. And then you deliver more than that, to impress them again. And when you don't have any active work, you go out and find some, by doing more of the same, because it works.


      And that's why I went extreme overkill on a very small project.

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I feel like writing something here

      3 weeks ago

      but I can't think of anything. So here's two versions of the song Spaceman, by Babylon Zoo:


      Version 1: the original mix


      Version 2: the one that got famous


      It's nice to see how things develop over time.

    • DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Why I'll Next Live In A House - Part 3

      1 month ago

      I decided a while ago that the next place I live after my current apartment will be a house. I like my apartment. It has its flaws, but they're mostly manageable. My problem is with everything else in the building. This is the third journal in a series of at least two and a half where I'm going to lay out some of the reasons why I'll never live in an apartment again after I leave this one.


      Elevators

      One key difference between living in a house and living in an apartment building is the presence of at least one elevator. When you live in an apartment, if you want to go out, you ride the elevator down to the lobby, and when you get home, you ride it back up to your floor. Seems fairly straightforward, right?


      If it were just a matter of leaving your apartment and getting in the elevator, then that would be basically fine. But unless you have your own private elevator that nobody else uses (protip: nobody has this), it's much more likely that you'll have to wait for the elevator. Sometimes for several minutes. Then, when the elevator doors finally do open on your floor, it's entirely possible that the elevator is already full of other people - so even when it's there, it might not be usable.


      There is something known as an elevator commute, which is a less irritating way of saying the extra time you have to allot for getting from your door to the building's door before going to work. If it's a 20 minute drive, you'll probably want to leave your apartment 35 minutes before you need to get there, because 15 minutes is apparently the average length of an elevator commute. That's 15 minutes you don't get to spend sleeping, or with your loved ones. And if you live in a very tall building, like the one in my link there, then it doesn't matter how high up you are, because there are only so many elevators in the building, and if they're all fifty floors above you, then you still need to wait for them to come down. And open up full of people. And wait again.


      I can't tell you how many times I've been ready to go to the gym, gotten all stretched out, and then had my momentum killed by waiting three minutes for the elevator. When you're looking to do physical activity, and your adrenaline is going, three minutes of standing there bored and waiting is a really long time. And then, if your building's elevators don't have directional arrows that tell you which way they're going when the doors open, you could get in an elevator on the ninth floor only to find out that that elevator is going up to the sixtieth, wasting even more of your time.


      And then there are the times when one of the elevators is out of service. If you live in a building with old elevators, this can happen a lot. Suddenly you have three elevators doing work that was meant for four - or if you're very unlucky, one elevator doing work meant for two. That 15 minute commute of yours just turned into a 30 minute commute, and you had no way of knowing about it beforehand because that information is only ever posted on the ground floor. And if they're both out of service, or if there's a fire and you're not supposed to use them, then you have to go down umpteen flights of stairs instead, getting yourself covered in sweat and with sore legs, because that device that was supposed to be a convenience, and the way you get to your apartment, is no longer available to you.


      The simple fact is that if you have to take an elevator to get outside, then your time is not yours. You can have a one hour window in which to go out and do something, and then lose ten minutes of it to a mechanical device beyond your control. Do you know what the process is for getting outside if you live in a house? Walk through door, enter outside world. One step, no waiting. Having to wait up to 15 minutes for an elevator, just to go for a walk, is fucking bullshit. And that's why I'll never live in an apartment building again.

  • Comments (3997)

    • TomtheIronMan

      2 months ago

      Hey man this time g1 Tom the Iron Man over on ScrewAttack and just wanted to touch base with you about someone we've been seeing posts with on Twitter and Facebook, a fellow g1 named Dylan Toomey. Dylan's been around since 2008 and simply put, he's a wily and silly guy with a penchant of making memes that no one understands but himself, and that's the joke. He means no harm and he's just continuing his shtick now and introducing himself in his own special way that the migration of ScrewAttack to the Rooster Teeth family is complete. I know Dylan personally and have met up with him at every SGC he's been in attendance to, and he's actually a quiet and fairly reserved person IRL. Clearly he's been rubbing the mods the wrong way and it has led to you having to intervene personally, if it is a breach of conduct I can assure you he has no idea it is. Hit me back if you have any questions (I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here), and have an awesome night.

    • Toptoast Keeper of the Breakfast

      4 months ago

      Hello, good sir! You're awesome!

    • Nat

      5 months ago

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    • Cove Dancing Shark

      9 months ago

      Just wanted to toss you a quick "thanks" for all the workout pointers and Tough Mudder tips you gave me a while ago. You were one of the few people who gave me actual usable advice that has made a difference. I've been working out for just about 4 months now and I've seen great progress and plan to keep pushing forward.

      So, thanks :)

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        8 months ago

        No problem :)

        Are you doing things next Saturday?

      • Cove Dancing Shark

        8 months ago

        Next Saturday? Yeah, I'm going on an end-of-summer camping trip with some friends that weekend.

        Why do you ask?

    • Freelancer Large Chief

      9 months ago

      bruh

    • Freelancer Large Chief

      9 months ago

      pls respond

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        8 months ago

        Personal Comment notifications have been broken since day 1. I didn't see your comments until now, after scanning through Adam's journal's comments and seeing that someone had discovered that fact. I don't remember whether we banned anyone for being knucklesdawson, but seeing as the thread you were commenting about is locked now, it seems irrelevant. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't ignoring you, I literally had no idea you'd said anything because of a site failure.

    • Freelancer Large Chief

      9 months ago

      To clarify, knucklesdawson is not me.

    • Freelancer Large Chief

      9 months ago

      Have I been banned from the v2 thread or something? I can't post in there, says I lack sufficient permissions.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      10 months ago

      Are you tagging me in posts? Or is it the site transferring data over. Because I'm not able to access the tags to see.


      Also, 4000th comment.

      • Radius55 Site Admin

        10 months ago

        Just saw Jackie having the same issue. Bug, I guess.

    • jackiebot me irl

      10 months ago

      I have no idea what's happening right now, but I'm getting like.. half a dozen notifications that you're mentioning me in a post.. and when I click on it, I get sent to a completely jumbled version of your profile.

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        10 months ago

        I got no notification that you'd left me this comment. I was trying to put up a private journal entry and tag site admins in it. It didn't work properly. I eventually got it up and running, so check out my journal.

    • Nat

      11 months ago

      Check this out, this is incredible: Atmoph window

    • MaryFairy Barely here...

      1 year ago

      Happy birthday! (Sorry it's late)

    • Resolis Insidious Crow

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono!

    • Mattbab4

      1 year ago

      Happy birthday

    • THEDODGER Wookiee

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure you enjoy yourself! Keep up the amazing work! smiley0.gif

    • Freelancer Large Chief

      1 year ago

      Is there a time limit on my timeout from the Ask Anything thread?

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Doesn't matter whether it's entertaining; it's inappropriate.

      • Freelancer Large Chief

        1 year ago

        Come on, don't tell me it isn't at least slightly entertaining when someone is like "can u teech me how 2 make cgi" and I chime in claiming to be Monty?

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        I mean giving troll answers. People ask questions there looking for information, and they are trusting of the answers they receive. You posting random garbage in there is inappropriate.

      • Freelancer Large Chief

        1 year ago

        Nah. But that's entirely dependent on how you define how I've been posting. Do you mean in the past few days or overall?

        Post edited 5/18/15 9:08PM

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        If you're unbanned from it, are you going to keep posting like you've been posting?

    • JJ

      1 year ago

      HOLY SHIT is that fuckin DiMONO!!!!!

    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      1 year ago

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      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

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    • Cove Dancing Shark

      1 year ago

      I'm considering signing up for Tough Mudder this summer, any training tips or things I should know before I fully commit?

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        It's about 11 miles, so 17km is pretty close to accurate.

      • Cove Dancing Shark

        1 year ago

        Awesome thanks! I have a team I just need to get my ass in gear for strength training. I'm already running frequently so I just plan on increasing my mileage (I heard there's about 17km of hills).

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Good luck!

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Ignore the time estimate on the site; expect to spend 5 hours out there. Plan your day accordingly. Wear clothes you don't care about, or else clean them immediately. Don't have pockets. Your shoes will probably be a lost cause; bring spares and donate the dead ones to the pile (you'll see what I mean when you get there).

        You'll be driving to an off-site parking lot and taking a bus to Mt St Louis. Bring I think it's $15 for parking, and include about half an hour on either end for bus transit. You'll be leaving your wallet behind while on the course; keep it appropriately empty, just in case.

        They will offer you food on the course; eat it, you'll need the energy. And the potassium. Completing the course is easier with a team, for many reasons; if you go there alone, try to find people to join up with. Tough Mudder is hard, but remember that you're going there to enjoy yourself; so have fun with it. Lots of people dress up in costumes.

        Most of the obstacles I encountered weren't that difficult; a moderate amount of fitness should be plenty to get you through them. Focus on cardio. Lots and lots of cardio. And don't skip leg day - in fact, add another one. They're going to be taking you up and down hills an awful lot. Compound exercises are better than isolation exercises. You will have to climb over a 7-8' wall in order to get to the course; make sure you can do that, as it's the one obstacle you really can't skip. But don't skip obstacles unless you absolutely have to, because otherwise what's the point?

        That's everything that comes to mind right now.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      Waaaarrrmmmm and ffuuuuzzzzyyyyyy
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      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

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    • SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

      1 year ago

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      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

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    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      1 year ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Bot Destroyer!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

    • Enforcer2005

      1 year ago

      You are cool and I like you. Hope you are doing well dude.

    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      1 year ago

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    • Tommex

      1 year ago

      Merry christmas dimono smiley0.gif

    • nouveaujour

      1 year ago

      Catching up now on the harassment discussion from the other night (that really doesn't sounds so great when typed out, but I'm going to go with it...) via You Tube.
      Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and putting the thought into a meaningful discussion.
      -nj

    • UB3R_FRY

      1 year ago

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      Guess who???

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        1 year ago

        Oh fuck.

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Don't fuck it up

    • Zack W^_^W

      1 year ago

      I'm being trolled or I'm sleep-defriending you. WHAT IS GOING ON.

    • film_geek

      1 year ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoCixFA8OI

      Here`s that song I was telling you about. one of my favourite's of theirs.

    • Snaaaake

      1 year ago

      I saw you at RTX and wanted to come up to you and give you a high five, problem was the convention center was being evacuated... smiley4.gif

    • Shastamac

      1 year ago

      As of right now, you have one friend for each day of the year! Congrats! :)

      • Shastamac

        1 year ago

        That's true, but you have some time to find one.

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        I need a midget for Feb 29th still though

    • Julia elDiablo

      1 year ago

      Give me TOUncon tickets! I want them now! smiley2.gif

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        We're very good.

      • Julia elDiablo

        1 year ago

        It wasn't working but you guys fixed it and I am now officially attending TOUncon smiley12.gif

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Are you really unable to purchase tickets from the website? If you do it from a desktop or laptop it should go through.

      • Julia elDiablo

        1 year ago

        HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT! GIVE IN! I NEED TO GO TO TOUNCON

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        1 year ago

        DON'T GIVE IN TO PEER PRESSURE

    • TheFatalFall

      1 year ago

      How do you rate achievements?

      • Laurenz

        1 year ago

        Click on the "Achievement Hunter" tab at the top, and then go onto "games". You can type games in and rate them there. smiley0.gif

    • br0wnbr0th4 The Greed

      1 year ago

      Sorry to bother you again good sir, but would you be able to change my Site birthday to June 3/90?

    • NealMcNeal The Real Deal

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic day! smiley13.gif

    • Juular

      2 years ago

      So, been banned from the Red vs Blue forum. Know what's up with that?

      • Juular

        2 years ago

        good bye recon :'(

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I was scuba diving at the time. No idea.

      • Juular

        2 years ago

        I mean, I did say the US government did 9-11. But I hardly think that's enough to get me banned from an entire forum.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      2 years ago

      So, managed to get the new set of Cookie Clicker Achievements yet?

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        You mean 1.0453? I have all of them except 400 cursors, which is currently impossible. I haven't played in over a week, just sitting on my bank of 200 sextillion and waiting for the next update.

    • Tommex

      2 years ago

      Hey man! I'm a coder too! html, css, php, python, javascript, java, objective C

    • Myshu chupariffic

      2 years ago

      Special delivery! (World domination not included)
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    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      2 years ago

      Did you change my title on here?

      • Dopp ROLL TIDE

        2 years ago

        k thanks

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Nope

    • um4dbro210

      2 years ago

      hey i have a error 422 and i have no idea how to fix it……plz halp

      Post edited 1/26/14 2:00PM

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

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      • Psycho

        2 years ago

        I had a error once. I never survived.

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

        Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    • Zack W^_^W

      2 years ago

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      Hahahaha. At work.

    • Thorenir

      2 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

        #lolcanada

    • VoidFox gay robot

      2 years ago

      oh hey, I see you're from ontario, somewhere just north of toronto. well it just so happens that I'm from somewhere just south of toronto.

    • khurram_89 Nerf herder

      2 years ago

      What's with all the spambots lately? Janet8251 needs to be squashed.

    • DanielZhu1

      2 years ago

      I will be taking your advice on writing a little side story though, may give me some creativity practice. Maybe you can read it sometime and tell me if it is any good.

    • DanielZhu1

      2 years ago

      You have read the idea I posted, and I see the logic in your words. But I'm fine if they don't use my ideas until 3 years later, I just want to give them something, and be just a small part of this. Because RWBY is something that truly resonates with me.

      • DanielZhu1

        2 years ago

        I think I will also try writing the RWBY side story. May improve my creativity, and open up more possibilities.

      • DanielZhu1

        2 years ago

        With my current college possibilities it's very likely I'll be able to get some great credentials. After all and SAT score of 2280 isn't all that common.

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I wish you the best of luck, but I wouldn't count on getting an internship with them; it sounds like you've already decided it's going to happen, and you need to realize that a) they need to have such an intern position open, and b) they literally get dozens of resumes and applications a day. Hopefully it will work out the way you want, but assume it won't, and write it yourself.

      • DanielZhu1

        2 years ago

        Yes, they probably won't in the next few years, but in 3 years time I will have the qualifications to intern at rooster teeth for 1 summer, maybe it may be possible then

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        They're not going to use your idea. Ever. It's not going to happen. If you're passionate about it, write it yourself.

    • Cheshire_Cat

      2 years ago

      Spambot alert.. brunomarcos

    • Reaper86

      2 years ago

      Hey man, just wanted to say it was awesome meeting you and playing my first round of D&D with such a badass mage in the group. Thanks for helping make it such a fun experience and nice pipes up on stage, dude!

      Lookin' forward to next year!

    • Zack W^_^W

      2 years ago

      The Handheld Gaming section doesn't have a forum mod and now there's a good amount of duplicate threads since Pokemon X and Y came out. FYI.

      • Zack W^_^W

        2 years ago

        Yeah, was unsure of who to go to since there's no mod. Cool cool.

      • DiMono It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Thanks, I'll let people who can do things about things know about it.

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