Tim Sogard

Excitable, nerd, tinkerer

I spied…

This guy just shows up in a crowd shot in Hackers.

Venture Villian Variety

I love this show.

Just today I picked up on Mal (Nathan Fillion) playing an anatomically correct spider man in one of the episodes.

Trey Parker on Matt Stone

It’s just like any time that you get a band, you can sit there and be like, ok well it’s all Eddie Van Halen, but as soon as David Lee Roth leaves your like “Fuck that band.”

Trey Parker The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air


A citation from the first circuit ruling that video taping police doing their job is constitutionally protected (speech).

“[t]he freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state.” - City of Houston vs Hill, 1987

This ruling gave me a warm and fuzzy I haven’t felt in a long time.

Ruling (brief+link): http://www.universalhub.com/2011/court-says-state-law-banning-recording-police-offi


Bender and Fry

Finally got my desk setup right, wacom hooked up.

Making internet images is one of my favorite ways to pass time while unemployed

player history data for wswq

It had simply been too long since I had mucked around with some raw RRD files, so I decided to add the ability to track server statistics using RRDTool to wswq. I added another class Warsow::Poller that can track any vital server statistics (so far the only one I care to see is number of clients), store the data, and generate wonderfully generic rrdtool graphs.

Strangely enough I had yet to do anything with perl involving RRDTool, and got my first taste of RRD::Simple. It’s very nice that CPAN continues it’s legacy of being extremely useful for mature (read: old) software.

Of course now that I actually have the data, I’ve proven to myself that this small spike in Warsow activity since the .5 release is fast fading.. and wswq is going to be software without an audience before long.

Alas, entropy wins again.

wswq is useable!

wswq(uery) is ready for sane human consumption.

I decided towards the end of my extended riding vacation that I needed to get back behind the keyboard and keep my brain from completely melting before my next serious bit of work. I knew the only way I would be motivated would be to work on something that would be awesome, that I could give to other folks, and would be something I would actually use on a regular basis.

After the disappointment of finding out that Warsow doesn’t produce logs complete enough to do player stats, I decided to shift focus and create something that allows me to track at least my own server, and could be useful to others.

So far I have a basic server querying widget. Pertinent server info, levelshots (once you supply the image files), client lists and some readable (with a grid!) information architecture. Setup with a basic web template and the flexibility to easily add more, I next plan to add start playing with XML and seeing how small of a bandwidth footprint I can give the app.

For now the query script is up and running, check it here for the Smooth Operators NA CA Warsow server, here