Chatter #3: August 7, 2000

12/14/2001 — I started the Chatter section on July 27, 2000 when I noticed that the rest of my site was sometimes getting cluttered with lots of text. I'm a talkative guy, after all! So now I talk about my life here, instead of all over the place. Originally this was one huge section, but in December of 2001 it simply became too large to remain as one page, and I broke it into dated sections, as you can see. —>PM

Status Report

As I think I mentioned, I recently moved. One of the many good things about that move was that I'm now on a cable modem hookup—the speed is great, although now I want a faster processor. :-) Anyway, the den is now set up with my whole computer system, and for the first time I've added my VCR into the mix. I need to experiment with it a bit, but I can already pipe a clear signal through to my monitor; it should be no problem to produce AVI files.

Which means that I should be able to convert some of the videos I've made into downloadable form. Ideally I'd like to convert them into MPEGs, which I understand gives the highest resolution for the least space; I have 50 megabytes of space on my host, and at the moment I'm using less than 2.5 megs, but there's no reason to be wasteful. I'm going to look around to see what's the best way to convert AVIs to MPEGs, but if anyone has any suggestions in the meantime please let me know!

By the way, the first video I put up will probably be the video version of The Gamemaster's Hall of Shame, which can be read in text form at the new Interregnum web site. It has what may be the goofiest hairstyle seen in the Greater Boston area for several years. Incidentally, I'm hoping to tighten it up a little (the video, that is, not my hair—my hair's long gone), if I can find a good freeware video editor.

To Format Or Not To Format

Ideas have been pouring into my head for the new Gloranthan scenario, and I've written a fairly long email to an old friend putting a lot of the details down (I've found that that's the best way to get the first rush of ideas out and down in solid form). But the last scenario still needs to be written up and posted. I've received one email telling me that the extended writeup format I used for "To Kill A Monster" was useful; it's just so damn much work to do it that way! More feedback, please? I guess I don't dare ask if anyone wants to work up the details from my admittedly sketchy notes—most of the material is in my head, I'm afraid.

I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and try to work it up in some detail soon.


As some may have noticed, my guestbook didn't survive the end of my stay with TIAC (The World's Worst ISP (tm)). I have a lame "Mailto:" link there now, but perhaps I should consider switching to something more complete. Would a full guest book be useful—some sort of bulletin-board-like page where viewers can post their RQ ideas? The only problem is that I'd probably have to use some commercial-based free guestbook service, probably the one that I use for my counter—and I'm fiercely opposed to commercialism on the web. Which is why you see no banners on my site—well, that and also because my hits are so low that any advertiser would laugh themselves into the grave at the thought of advertising here. :-)

Would it be worth it? Click on the lame mailto link and let me know!

Dinky Links

I'm thinking of breaking precedent and putting up a link page here. For this area, it would be a RuneQuest-only linkpage; that is, it would be for sites which expressly support RQ either in addition to or instead of Hero Wars. Hell, maybe there should be a Rune Ring. I suspect that the Glow Ring will soon be almost exclusively devoted to HW and Glorantha.

It would also be fun to put up links to some of the more fun and funny places I've found on the net, but that wouldn't fit in to a RQ page. And that sort of thing can get old real fast, come to think of it. Most of that stuff gets promoted a lot anyway, and what have they done for me?

This is getting a bit close to stream of consciousness; yep, it's pretty late. And yes, I really do think this way. Comes from reading too many books. :-)

Custom Sheets

Someone wrote to me recently to let me know that he was able to download and use the Acrobat form version of the RQIII character sheet, but that he couldn't save the data he'd put into it; he had to re-enter the data each time, and print it out. My bad, I suspect. I'd tested the sheet on my work and home systems, and had been able to save different versions of the sheet; but both machines have the full Adobe Acrobat software installed. In other words, I wasn't able to test the sheet with the free reader program only. I'd assumed that Adobe would let the reader program edit and save the form areas, but apparently they haven't done that yet—odd, it seems quite a natural and necessary feature.

Has anyone else tried saving that sheet?

Yahoo! Hits are going up again! And Yahoo has updated my URL. :-)

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