Episode 115 – SQL vs. Database 2.0, AVPR, Getting More Money for GameOnLeagues!

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SQL and Next Generation Databases

As Charles starts telling us about how he’s been flummoxed by some recent SQL, we talk about new, non-relational database models out there like Amazon’s SimpleDB. I point out that none of them seem to care about SQL, to which Charles says, “yeah, well, SQL sucks” and then goes on to tell us a handful of use cases where SQL doesn’t work so well for him.

In talking about non-relational database models, Charles raises the interesting point that whatever they use, he needs to be able to do some “business intelligence” with the data: reporting, stats, and other data harvesting.

ACPR, CD-ROMs, and XML

We then jump into a discussion of Alien vs. Predator Requiem and sci-fi movies. Charles mentions the Bladerunner Game FAQ (see here, thanks to the Internet Archive). After reminiscing about games on CD-ROMs, we bog down into some FundsXpress memories, namely, “XML on CD-ROM” which was apparently some FundsXpress hoopla.

GameOnLeagues Update

Charles and I then do some out-louding thinking about getting more partners and overall “biz-dev” for GameOnLeagues!. He’s interested in getting people to sponsor tournaments, which seems like a god idea. And, as Charles says, some investment cash would help them out: got some? ;>

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The Gaming Industry

I get Charles to list the sort of “hangers ons” in the gaming industry, going through people GameOnLeagues.com might find some sponsors among. The lists includes the gaming trade press, game stores, other people who run tournaments, and merchandising.

JavaOne and Scala

In my yearly attempt to get Charles to go to JavaOne (still no word on our “Live recording of DrunkAndRetired.com” BoF submission), I mention that I’ll probably be going to an upcoming Scala conference (which I completely got the dates wrong for, it’s in May, not Feb.!) and mention the recent Scala coverage in the Java Posse.

Miller and Barking

After discussing Silva’s mother and Charles’ like for Miller High Life, I ask Charles if he knows about dog barking: namely, if it means they’re stressed out, or if they’re having fun.

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Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem, Review

Overall, this movie wasn’t terrible. It was just boring.

Sure, there was some fun action – the usual type from alien action movies. But, there was one predator and it didn’t even make nice with humans. I keep waiting for these predator things (“yautjas”) to somehow use humans to help do their hunting bit. OK, there was one thing in this movie: the predator uses one human as bait to catch an alien.

And was that supposed to be some sort of Alien/Predator cross-bread thing? Who knows. It doesn’t really matter.

The only remotely interesting scenes – as usually happens with me in science fiction films – are the last minute feeling back-stories. We see the predator home planet (or maybe a colony?) ever so briefly when the predator – we’ll call him Jerry – figures out there’s some aliens to hunt.

But then I’m thinking – ever searching for the back-story – “is Jerry going to hunt the aliens, or clean-up the crashed space-ship? Is Jerry someone important, or is he like, ‘oh, here’s a fun way for me to get some glory hunting the Alien-thing.” And then, it’s sort of like, “why is Jerry the only one there? Why didn’t Jerry’s friends come?”

And then there’s this guy called “Colonel Stevens” who flies around in a AWAC and at the end delivers the Jerry’s left-behind gun to some skinny Asian lady in a washed out city-scape. What the hell was that two minutes at the end?

With a little research, you can figure out that the Asian lady is Yutani of “Weyland-Yutani”, the corporation in the Alien backstory. So, you know, it’s like, “hey, that’s how they started things” or something.

Maybe we can get an Umbrella Corp. tie-in. That’d be great.

Let’s recap some good stuff in the film though. These are mostly “novel” things:

  • We see a kid get attached by an alien face-hugger thing. Yay! Films seems to shy away from showing us kids eating it. On the other, they only imply that a room full of new borns get killed by aliens. Who wants to show a blood soaked nursery. Not “The Brothers Strause” apparently.
  • A room of pregnant ladies getting infected with aliens worms.
  • At least we get to see the predator home (?) planet. That part was kind of cool.
  • Dual, stoner head explosion at the hands of Jerry. Nice work.
  • Seeing the predator city and inside of predator ships. Nifty!

Yup. It’s not really bad like you’re expecting. It’s just not too interesting. Like a burger with just buns.

Episode 114 – jQuery and Debit Card Fraud and The Last Firewall of Financial Security

After a Christmas break hiatus, we’re back with a quick episode on jQuery and then tales of Charles getting his debit card account hacked.

I start asking Charles if jQuery is a, sort of, JDOM like way of manipulating web pages. Charles then explains the declarative (to me, XPath-like) syntax of jQuery’s selectors. Once you select the “bag of nodes” from your web page with jQuery, you can then execute code over each of those nodes. Sort of like the inverse of using a foreach loop over a collection of items. Instead, as Charles explains, there’s this big old jQuery JavaScript object that you graft new JavaScript methods (or “extensions”) onto.

As we joke about, this way of coding is sure to drive OO-purists crazy. Also, we clarify the origins of the Subzero/Sub-zero character from The Running Man to Mortal Combat.

Charles then tells us about his recent Christmas vacation and the bummer of having someone hijack his debit card. Thankfully, Silva and he have gotten new credit cards now to stave off the annoyance of getting your checking account directly hacked.

Sounds like fun, huh?

Dishes!

I usually don’t make any News Years resolutions. I don’t like to set myself up for failure.

But this year, I was thinking, what if I keep it simple?

To that end, I’ve resolved to put dishes directly into the dish-washer whenever possible instead of letting them sit there in the sink.

I’ve been big on the “batching” of dishes, but this results in a curdy looking sink full of dirty dishes.

So far, so good. I just put a bowl into the dishwasher.

Cup Stacking

Cup Stacking

Originally uploaded by cote.

What is this cup stacking crap I keep seeing? I first saw this “game” last year, also at Target.

Being a Texan, I have great respect for “games and stupid stuff you do when you’re drunk” – like washers and quarters – but the idea that kids, who are presumably not drunk, would find stacking cups fun is bizarre to me.

I guess we can expect to see this on The Ocho sometime soon: “If it’s almost a sport, we’ve got it!”