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Latest Project: The Story

I thought I'd write a post about my latest project, because of various reasons. First, I want to make sure I get this idea out of my head and onto something referable, and so I can get some feedback on the concept to see if it is viable before I put it a lot of research (because this is going to take a lot of research).

So here it goes: *Ahem*

The whole idea is to make a spoof novel (or series) about novels. Basically, breaking the 4th wall of a story. If there is a way to go against the grain of a "book," I'm hoping to find a way.

The Story (yes, that's what I'm calling it)itself starts out with every evil villain's dream: he has finally taken over the world. How? It doesn't matter....oh wait, it does, but that will be covered in "The Sequel: A Prequel" (that's the title of the 2nd book). Maybe a 3rd one could be called "What Happened Afterwards"...?

Regardless, Tag, the main antagonist (or is he the protagonist?) rules the world. Everything is under his control. And for the first few weeks, it's pure bliss and chaos! But after realizing that the challenge is gone, he gets bored. There's nothing new to do; everything is under his ruling - his minions, the public, the economy, everything!

What else can he do? He searches for a hero to fight, but who would want to fight the evil powerful overlord of the world? Not many, but that's what he wants to do. He's the ruler of the world, and gosh dang it, he's gonna find one!


I have a few ideas on how to break the 4th wall, including having Tag address the reader, create a theme song for himself, acknowledging typos, and even referencing the already published book for a few ideas.

My research is going to consist of studying a lot of Mel Brooks films (would that be called "work"?) since he loves breaking the 4th wall (along with a few other things). Some people may think that this is a rewrite of Megamind, and you'd be right, but instead of the hero wanting to retire and disappearing, this takes another perspective from the villain and puts him into an idealistic scenario.

Sure the novel may not be able to be turned into an audiobook or even a broadcast, but I think it'll be a fun adventure.


Tags:#thestory #melbrooks #tag #lunarproductions

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Introduction of the <ruby> tag

As much as I've wanted to write Japanese on the web, I never really knew how hiragana characters were written above kanji (see example).
NHK News Easy Website

I always thought that it was manually inserted with each set of characters a special <div> that showed the pronunciation, or there was a special engine or library that automatically did it.
Well, whether there is or there isn't, I have found a way: the <ruby> tag.

I always saw the <ruby> tag and thought it was for inserting Ruby on Rails code into HTML. I knew about merging Ruby and HTML codings, but never like this.
<ruby>愛
 
	<rt>あい</rt>
 
</ruby>
Produces this
あい


That is it. In order to insert special Japanese (or Chinese/Thai/Korean/etc) characters, you don't need to look up each special character code for each character if you already have access to it (like a Japanese IME or keyboard). Just copy and paste (or write) and the <rt> tags will put the special pronunciation over the selected character. Although, you may need to insert multiple <ruby> tags in order to write out a paragraph or something, but the concept is there.

I find it interesting that this is possible, and I may be late to the game, but it is nice to be able to do something like this.


Tags:#html #demos #tags #ruby #japanese

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Busy Monday

Zits


Whoa, it's Monday already. What a busy day/week/month so far.

Here's the rundown:
Today:

  • I received 2 calls 15 minutes before my alarm this morning from 2 clients. Way for a Monday to start.

  • Stopped by Post Office to pick up package that wouldn't fit in the mailbox on Saturday

  • I got to the office and got ready to make some calls that I was supposed to make. Had the first client come in. Nice lady, but seemed like she just wanted to vent. No biggie - but did find out that her husband has some Pro Photography experience and could take pro photos of us on Wednesday for the Ad

  • Tom came in as I was finishing up with the 1st client. I finished things up and went to him. He and I started talking about some personal stuff.

  • 5 minutes into that meeting, client #2 walks in, talks for 5 minutes, leaves. I go back to Tom and discuss options for him

  • Spend an hour or so deciphering odd Paypal code. Tom makes packets.

  • I did some budget analyzing and found out that it costs us (figuratively) $13 to make an info packet. Whoa.

  • Tom left; I called/contacted most of the people on my list today

  • Responded to some emails, cleared up confusion in a contract, and graded an email

  • Ordered more ink for the business - $50 for each other, 2 standard blacks, and 1 XL black - not bad.

  • updated and re-printed a sign for the office (with hours and updated QR code)


All in all, it doesn't seem like a lot, but I've been going non-stop since I got here at 10:15.

And not to bore you with the finer details, here's the quick-and-dirty summary from last week:

  • My old phone was sick. I got a new one! YAY!

  • Kat, Keat and I played WhiteWolf on Saturday and Sunday

  • Had meeting with Shadow Dev staff on Monday, hired Kat on

  • Planned Developer Training for Shadow Dev

  • Working out the finer details of our Movie Night

  • Had to deal with the Copier missing the Scanning function - had a meeting with Allan and going to figure it out

  • Fixed a client's login/check issue - that took a while

  • Finally got ST:TNG Season 1 and 7 back on Netflix - now I can finish Season 1

  • My 2nd oldest sister and Dad stopped by on Friday - she is now in TN

  • Met wit 2 potential clients. Wish I was more professional

  • Finally got a response back from the Fox Carolina guys about the relationship. I was told to call another person. Here we go again

  • Had a major server outage on Friday for about an hour. I can honestly say IT WASN'T MY FAULT! Apparently, the server company had an issue with their main operations server and had to force a shutdown/restart. All details are at the Shadow Dev Blog

  • Fixed some issues with another client's site. Should be getting the final check soon

  • Watched the 4th Bleach Movie. It was really good.

  • Created a Site Reporter using Google's API. Now, I get daily reports telling me where Shadow Dev is in non-biased Google Rankings for our area

  • And of course, the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Still can't believe I was a freshmen in High School when that happened. My support goes to those in need.


That wraps up last week. And now for something completely different (but TOTALLY worth it):
Blade!



Tags:#blade #twilight #foxcarolina #server #outage #google #sttng #training #developer #shadowdev #phone #ink #sign #calls #postoffice #zits