Month: May 2009

Technorati, Eh?

I finally went and set up a Technorati profile for the first time and claimed the Basternae blog. I’m still not quite sure what you can really accomplish with Technorati. I guess I’ll find out. In the meantime, you can “favorite” this blog if you use Technorati:

If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Upgrade It

I hate software “upgrades” and updates. They invariably break something that I didn’t want to be broken. I’ve learned the hard way time and time again that switching to a newer version of something is a bad idea if the new version hasn’t added a feature I desperately need. So the rule here is: If

Website Grader

HubSpot has a website SEO grader at It tells how well a site is optimized for search engines. I ran half a dozen of my websites, including, through the grader. Basternae’s score was 69% (second lowest of the six). That’s only a D+, not so great. The nice thing is that it pointed

Not Working on Mono

I tried firing up the current Basternae 3 codebase using Mono on my Ubuntu server. It crashed. So, here are the errors I have to sort out before I can get to the next errors: 14:30:34 Trace: Loading spells. System.InvalidOperationException: Standard output has not been redirected or pro cess has not been started. at System.Diagnostics.Process.CancelErrorRead

Integrating Python?

One of the things I’ve been worrying over is how to write a new scripting and artificial intelligence engine that integrates all the buttery goodness and capabilities of MobProgs and the homebrew probability-based AI system I wrote for Basternae II along with the only-used-once movement scripts I put together. They were all pretty powerful, but

22 Hours Uptime

Mind you, only about 5 players have logged into the Magma 3.04 demo site, but it’s been up 22 hours so far. I remember back when Magma was first being developed. An hour of uptime was considered a good thing. Funny how things progress. I remember my first MUD in 1999, Illustrium Arcana, running on

Magma Codebase Online

It isn’t Basternae, but I have the freely-downloadable Magma 3.04 codebase running on the new Linode server. You can connect at port 4001. It’s all stock zones, but at least there’s a demo site running. I can’t guarantee that it’ll be online all the time, but it’s up now. With nobody online, it uses

Moved To A New Host has moved to a new host.  We are no longer on Hostmonster and are now on Linode. Why Move? Hostmonster is a great host and you get a *LOT* for the money considering that it’s less than $10 per month if you prepay. I’ve just simply outgrown it. I how have ~30 domains, ~30

Skip “The Night Parade”

I just finished “The Night Parade” by Scott Ciencin.  It’s book #4 in The Harpers series.  I liked the first three quite a bit, but this one just wasn’t all that great — characters were too one-dimensional, plot devices too ham-handed, and all in all it just wasn’t very good. It also had too much

Accepted Into Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft has this neat little program, BizSpark, that gives a company free access to pretty much all of their products for three years for a total of $100.  The idea is that if they can get startups hooked on Microsoft operating systems, databases, and development tools, then if the companies are still alive after three