Uru Complete Chronicles Fly Mode

Okay, so I was looking Myst Uru pictures on Google, and saw that it was possible to get into the big volcano in New Mexico. Plus a bunch of other places that I had never been. Well, I started looking and discovered that it was due to a developer tool called Flymode!

Now with the demise of Uru Live (which I never got to experience), I found that this tool is pretty rare out there and most websites have been taking them down. However, I found that someone on the UruObsession website found it and posted it on SendSpace. The flymode tool can be found here, thanks to highwaykind.

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Back from MS and Other News About New Website

Okay, so we’re back from Mississippi (actually almost a month now). We got back on August 7, and I haven’t gotten back to this thing until now. It was REALLY FUN!!

On another note, I’ve started two websites. Google Webmaster Tools says that linking between sites increases publicity and ranking, so here we go: http://ppsstudios.brinkster.net and http://www33.websamba.com/ppsstudios/. Brinkster will be the main one for now, although I just discovered that they’re sticking invisible ad tags on the bottom of all my pages, so I can’t use sitemap and things like that. Oh well. Anyway, the most in-depth thing on there is probably going to be the Elephant Joke Fan Club. Only members can see the real pages, and it isn’t too in-depth yet. The idea is that if you like elephant jokes in the right way, we’ll consider letting you in, but if you just plain don’t get them at all (they don’t make sense), you can’t belong. Whatever.

Up2Date

Heading down to Mississippi in a day (actually, more like 18 hours) to visit friends. Everyone thinks we’re crazy, going at a time like this, when it’s all hot and stuff, but we felt we needed to get it in before school started. Actually, it’s so close to that deadline that they were planning to start school right in the middle of our trip, before we had planned it of course. Well, they’ve probably rethought, so we’ll have a great time seeing them anyway.

On another note, ever heard of Pivot Stickfigure Animator? Me neither, until last week when I saw a couple Youtube videos showing stickmen running around. Apparently, it’s a program entirely dedicated to animating stick-men!! Pretty neat-o. I sure like it. It’s a bit tough to get good at though. I’ve gotten a couple decent videos out of it, as they show silouettes of the previous frame. Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.geocities.com/peter_bone_uk/pivot.html. Personally, I’d go for the 1.3 Beta version, as samples you find on the web are not always compatible with the regular one. However, the beta has a stupid warning every time you open the program which is a text file warning you of how this program might not work because it’s a beta. Well, I think that right there is a beta bug that can use some fixing. Put a “Don’t show this again” checkbox or something.

Connected

How freaking connected can you be in the web? I’ve got a Google account with a ton of subscriptions there, and a DeviantArt account (which I haven’t touched in a year, but am now). So I just uploaded a ton of my difference backgrounds. I’ll add the “pastie” at the bottom of this window. Basically like the youtube video carousel.

How connected can you be? How many subscriptions…how many things to say? Who knows? ACK!!

Programming

So I got a JFrame app the other day for a plugin on a program. I found out how to change variable values in a text file without a recompile of the java class. Here it is (I did not include the preliminary java declarations/import classes, but they must also be included as usual).

The var declare portion of app.java file

The config.txt file

After compiling the java file (cmd “javac app.java”), you will be able to change the initial value of varName by changing the value of WindowWidth in the text file. It works great!!

Online Picture Storage

Well I’ve been storing a few of my online pictures in MSN Groups. But that wasn’t very good. It wastes a whole group, and I don’t like MSN that much. So I’ve moved almost all of my web pictures to PicasaWeb. Since Blogger stores all uploaded folders there anyway, I figured I might as well try to consolidate. So, in short, I’ve created a new album called Webdev. It will contain pixel colors (I already have black and white there) and a few other pictures even you can use for web development.

To use them is a bit confusing. You need to go to My Webdev Album and click on the picture you want to view/link to. The pixel ones are a bit small, so you will have to have good eyesight to find them.

Next, on the right side, you will see a link called “Download photo.” Right-click this link and “Copy Shortcut.” Go to your source code and Ctrl-V into an <img> tag. Make sure you remove the “?imgdl=1” from the end of the pasted image source code. This will make sure the image shows up on your page rather than prompting the end user to download it. Hit refresh (F5) in your web browser and my image should show up on the web page. Cool, huh?