Thank you Jim Mathies

Jim Mathies has fixed the NTLM problems with Firefox in 3.6beta 5! He puts it best:
# patch posted for general purpose use of windows ntlm sspi vs. our internal implementation (blocker bug 520607).
# from ^^ testing, found a bug in our NTLM handling (5 years old!) that’s been causing authorization problems for users. fix integrated in with patch in bug 520607.
Yeah, 5 years of not so good ntlm that culminated in Firefox not working right with NTLM and IIS7 websites. But despair no more! For it seems fixed! Rejoice all who grew weary of re-entering credentials every time.
Now, if only we could figure out how to get people to look into NTLM issues (for which there were multiple bug cases opened) in the future without having to wait 5 years.
Either way, thanks Jim, you’ve made corporate Firefox users around the world very very happy.
UPDATE: The full version of Firefox 3.6 is out! Get it here http://getfirefox.com.

Extra Life for the Children

I’ll be taking part in Extra Life, a charity gaming marathon started by Sarcastic Gamer. I get to play video games on October 17th for 24 hours. I’m asking for your help to sponsor me starting at just 1$/hour. Donations go to Texas Children’s Hospital to fund research and treatment of pediatric cancer. You can find more information or join the effort yourself at http://extralife.sarcasticgamer.com. Or you can sponsor me at https://waystogive.texaschildrens.org/netcommunity/sabin1001 .
Now for the fun part, I’ll be streaming my entire day of playing as part of a special RPGCast event, hosted at http://rpgamer.com/live. So please check that sometime on October 17th starting at 8 AM Central Daylight Time and drop by our chatroom on the live streaming page or at #rpgamer on the esper.net IRC network. I can’t wait. 🙂

Bereavement

Just found out my grandpa died. He’d been suffering from lymphoma and pneumonia so it’s not out of nowhere.
It’s been a long time since I saw him last, and even longer since I saw him regularly. But he was an awesome grandpa. He embodied that independent “don’t tell your grandma” spirit that you see grandpa’s have on tv. I will miss him, and wish I had spent more time with him recently.
Hmm..I’m still processing this.
Just a note for those who follow this: my trip to Japan is still coming along, almost finalized the plans for it. (September 8th through the 28th, with a week in Seattle for pax before that).

Ahoy, my ship has arrived

I’ve finished my Monkey Island Adventure! I just finished the first episode of the Telltale Monkey Island series, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. This comes after working through the first four games in the series over the past couple weeks.
There were highs (Curse of Monkey Island) and lows (Escape from Monkey Island) but all in all, what a great series. And Telltale has done a great job on the new game. Making a balanced adventure game with puzzles that are solvable but not too easy is very hard…as I can attest to from the other games, none of which get it right. So I’m happy to report I didn’t have to cheat or use the hints on the latest game, something I had to do on all the others (and wanted to do on Escape so it would just end faster…).
Anyway, time to get some food and ponder what to play next, which will likely be an attempt to finish up Final Fantasy XII. It’s so nice to finish games for a change. Thank you World of Warcraft hiatus. 🙂

Japan Travel Planning

So what should I do when I go to Japan?
That’s the question I’m trying to answer this week. My company offers a 1 month sabbatical to all employees every 5 years they work there. And if you travel to a company you’ve never been to before, they cover most of the travel costs. So I’ll be taking mine to Japan, obviously. I booked my flights last week and now I have to sort out what all I’m doing while there.
I need to figure out places to visit, hotel types to stay at, how long to stay in each area, and of course, what sorts of awesome food I need to try.
So if anyone has suggestions on what I should make sure to do (I’m looking at current and former Japandemonium columnists especially…) or visit, I’d really appreciate some help.
I’ve been reading on wikitravel and the whole bathing and do’s and do not’s have me slightly intimidated. I guess I’m realizing how foreign of an experience it’s going to be. At this point, I’m hoping I don’t accidentally book lodging at some rural ryokan that doesn’t like foreign guests and accidentally blow my nose while I’m there and forget to not step on the tatami in my slippers and take a bath in the water before taking a bath on the stool…yeah.

EA Sports Active Continues

Another day another workout. I slacked off a bit there for E3 and the couple weeks afterwards, getting only a handful of workouts in. but I’m back in full force now.
I have a new enemy too, Squats with calf raises. They really take it out of my upper legs. But I trust that they too will get easier with time. And no, Jumping Lunges are not “easy” now, though I can get through one set of them at least.
Time for shower.

Birthday Blogging

It was my birthday today.
After a small gathering last night for some Carcasonne and Boom Blox Blast Party with really heavy Chocolate Cake from Costco, I brought in colossal Costco cupcakes to work for people to munch on.
Colossal Costco Cupcakes
“Woah” is the proper response, or at least the one I heard all day today. Have plenty left over for tomorrow too…
Glad I did my EA Sports Active this morning.
The presents:
1 Sonoma shirt outfit combo thing from sister, very snazzy, I like when others dress me since I suck at it.
1 100$ gift card to Younkers/Boston Store. Very nice, though since I’m bad at dressing me, I will have to take my Mom’s advice and buy “some sandals and shorts.”
and finally…
1 Phone call from my parents at The Cheesecake Factory in Omaha, NE to me at my house in Madison, WI telling me they were ordering Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake to celebrate my birthday.
Grrrr, so jealous.

Cooliris

Okay this is sweet. I just found out my picture gallery supports Cooliris (formerly Piclens). Go to http://www.cooliris.com/. Install the plugin and restart firefox/IE/Safari. Then go to one of my photo albums at http://gallery.figarocastle.org, like this one. Then either click “view slideshow” on the left of the page or hover over a thumbnail till you get the arrow icon to pop up and click that. Voila, pretty sweet.
Slow computers may not like it so much.

E3 2009 and EA Sports Active Day "19"

So it claims I’m on day 19, but that’s not entirely true since I just had a week away for E3 2009! Look at all that stuff we posted. I am especially proud of this video. Mikel will never forgive me for getting it.
Anyway, back to my workouts. it’s good to be back in the saddle again. And it doesn’t seem like I lost too much by missing a week. My weight hasn’t gone up any, and I was able to finish everything today. Though I must say, the game must have been upset I was gone, as it gave me more of those evil squat jumps today. I struggled through them, and the game thinks I completed them. I think it was one of the sloppiest attempts at squat jumps that has likely ever been attempted on this planet…but at least I didn’t skip the exercise this time.
Other than that, this weekend has been about publishing a glut of stuff on RPGamer that I got from E3. Videos, impressions, podcast wrap-up, all that. Please do check it out and let me know if it was any good. 🙂
I’m also completely off schedule and way overslept for church today, silly time zones. Oh well, time to get a healthy lunch and scan through a bunch of that E3 coverage I DVR’d off of G4 this past week.
Oh! I also need to watch some of the Conan O’Brien episodes from this past week. Was his debut good?

EA Sports Day 5

I tried a high intensity work out today. I believe I may have been pusing a bit too hard in it. I finally had to skip exercises. They had these jumping squats which were rather intense, but then they followed it up with something that seemed downright dangerous–the jumping lunge.
In the jumping lunge you put a foot in front of you and kneel forward, your front leg is making a nice right angle with the floor and your rear shin is nearly parallel to the floor. Your front foot is flat and the rear foot is on the ball of the foot. Fine, just a normal lunge, right? Then you are supposed to jump into air from this position, switch your legs and land with the other foot forward, completing a crouch back into the original lunge position. Only now your legs are opposite they way you started. Oh and do it slowly to help work the muscles.
Yeah, I don’t know how to land that slowly, or even safely. I tried like four of them and felt like my leg muscles were going to end up getting ripped off of my bones. Not to mention the game was complaining that I was doing it too fast, even when I waited for the little animated guy before doing it, apparently I needed to control my landing and do it slower. No idea how that’s supposed to work.
So I skipped the jumping lunges, and am going to go back down to a medium intensity workout next time.
Other than that, I’m still really enjoying doing the workouts. I really hope this continues. 🙂
Oh and I’m now wondering if anyone at EA actually tried wearing the strap and completing a workout. I cannot understand how it can stay on for anybody at this point, I have it fall off 3 or 4 times a session.