I wrote a new screensaver yesterday:

It's this eight term sinusoidal/exponential polar-coodinate function that shows some funky shapes that come out of the harmonics. Then I slapped some circular guides and zipping lines around it to make it, you know, all high tech and stuff. It works pretty well, except with some shapes, it's rendering back faces instead of front faces, because sometimes the function spits out faces that are inside out, and I can't figure out where I have to flip a sign to fix it... It works ok if I render both front and back faces (but that's half as fast) but even then, the twisted faces are too dark, because the normal is pointing the wrong way. This would be a lot easier if I didn't suck at math.

In crisis-narrowly-averted news, I was without DirecTV for most of the day today. After the tech support guy read me the FAQ from their website, and recommended against crawling around on the roof, I went up there to see if someone had sat on my dish or something. It looked fine, but I jiggled it, and now it works again. Percussive maintenance to the rescue again: when in doubt, whack it.

The Spider-Man movie was awesome, I totally loved it. I even approved of the changes they made, like the organic web shooters, and making everyone younger. I had an ancient memory come shooting back while watching it: when Peter was standing over Uncle Ben, I suddenly remembered the first comic book I'd ever owned! I must have been 4 or 5. My mom had been in a fire, and was in the hospital with a tube down her throat, and we were doing a lot of waiting around. My uncle took me to news-stand in the lobby and bought me a Spider-Man comic! I think Mysterio was the villian, but I don't really remember. But anyway, that scene in the movie was extra creepy as a result: Peter's standing there over his uncle's body, and I'm suddenly vividly remembering being a little kid and reading about Spider-Man for the first time on the same day that it dawns on me that people aren't indestructible.

I can't find the comic. How can this be? I never throw anything away! This is horrible.

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Current Music: Snake River Conspiracy - Oh Well

I decided to take a moment to pick on Netscape some more in my latest DNA Update. Yeah, I'm just a big meanie. What can I say, I was feeling ornery.

Half of the people I know who have LJ accounts have been writing about this show that happened last week, so I figured I'd give you my review of it too:

    I didn't go.

    The end.

So I ordered some CDs a while ago, and they've been trickling in, and one of the unfortunate things that most online-ordering places do is that even if you've specified USPS as your shipping method, half the time they decide to give you a "free upgrade" to UPS.

Fucking yay.

See, the UPS guy doesn't have the key to my building's mailboxes. And doesn't deliver on saturdays. And never comes by when I'm home. So the end result is, I get USPS in 3-5 days, and UPS in more like 5-9 days, depending on where in the week we are. It's a constant irritation, since not only is it slow and inconvenient, but it also costs someone more.

So the other day, I signed the little sticky thing and left it on my door like I always do, and the next day, there was a new sticky thing, and he had written on it, "unsafe to leave parcel outside!" By outside he meant, of course, in the interior hallway of my yuppie-infested apartment building.

So I signed the new one, and attached a note saying, "It's safe enough! Please leave it anyway, ok?"

He did, and the package was a single CD mailer. One disc! If our mailboxes had slots in them, it probably would have fit. It's not like he was leaving a TV or something.

This S.I.N.A. album is like, the best thing I've heard in years. Damn! More like this!

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