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(n)Curses magic part 2: magic!

by on Aug.08, 2009, under Boring, Fun, Software

So while messing around with some perl/curses stuff I got fancy with colors and soon found out about the limited support of colors in terminals and therefore also Curses.
Anyway, I made this little “fractal plasma” thingy with it, see if you can get it running 😉
It’s not really a fractal plasma, so don’t get technical on that, but it describes it best I think.

To get it running, open up your favorite terminal that supports 256 colors and allows palette changing – I found both xterm and urxvt to work.
Make sure your TERM variable is set to something that allows this, for instance in urxvt:

$ export TERM=rxvt-256color
$ ./

or this worked for me with xterm:

$ export TERM=xterm-256color
$ ./

Something like this is the result:

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by on Jul.31, 2009, under Boring, Fun, Morons, Software

Since I quit playing World of Warcraft again a while ago (seriously Blizzard, what are you doing to that game?) I find myself enjoyed playing tons of other things. Funny thing is, most of the games I play are ancient. Games from the DOS era (which means DOSBOX, I love that product) like Master of Orion (and it’s sequel), Master of Magic, Paratrooper, One Must Fall: 2097 (which is freeware these days! Download it here), X-Com, System Shock, and the list goes on and on. Yeah, come to think of it…. the games they made back then were pretty brilliant, and it’s not just nostalgia. (continue reading…)

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by on Jul.30, 2009, under Boring, Fun

So what do you do when you’re looking for something to do while eating your bread in front of your computer?
(or coffee in case of early days). You read the daily news (slashdot, local garbage,, happypenguin, you know the drill).
Anyway, I ran into another time wasting online game with properties that I like (RPG like, leveling, items, upgrades) called Billy Vs. SNAKEMAN.

Give it a shot if you’re bored 🙂

Oh, and they have a nice list of why to play, including “It’s free!” and “This list goes to eleven” 😉

Also, don’t blame me if you find yourself still clicking around while your coffee mug is empty again. I won’t refill it for you.



Oh yeah, here’s my char:

Be the Ultimate Ninja! Play Billy Vs. SNAKEMAN today!

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France/germany terrorized by car stealing Zelda Wallmasters!

by on Jul.27, 2009, under Fun, Signs

As a hobby I make pictures of ‘funny’ signs whenever I have the chance. Ran into this one when we were on a camping trip in france (near the german border though, guess that explains the language of the sign). Apparently they steal cars there… wonder if they bring them to the start of the “level”… (country? ;))


For comparison, here’s the original Wallmaster image from Zelda (stolen from a zelda wiki, thanks guys, feel free to steal this one back :-p):




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