Panflute 0.5.2 released

Panflute 0.5.2 has been released! As before, this release contains no new features but fixes several bugs, including one that prevented the applet from working properly in Fedora 11. A list of bugs fixed in this release can be found in the release notes. All users are encouraged to upgrade.

NaNoWriMo 2009

I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo this year in hopes of pulling off a repeat of last year’s effort. As you know, NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, is where a bunch of people try to write a 50,000-word novel(la) entirely in the month of November. In other words, an average of 1,667 words per day for 30 days.

And even though it’s not a requirement to “win”, I once again plan to post one 1,667+-word chapter a day every day during November. Why? Because I can. Plus, I clearly have no compunction about foisting hastily written unedited rough drafts upon you.

This year’s effort will be science fiction, which really isn’t that different from fantasy — as long as you replace magic with sufficiently advanced technology, most people can’t even tell the difference. I haven’t written an outline, but I’ve got a bunch of jumbled-up ideas about stuff that happens. Renee can confirm I do have a premise for the A plot, at least. And even though I think the better chapters from last year were the ones where I deviated from the outline and winged it, I still need one to make sure the story keeps moving in the right direction, if only to make sure it ends at Chapter 30.

Oh yeah, I need to figure out how it’ll end. I know for sure how it’ll begin, and the stuff in the middle needs to be sorted out some, but the ending is still up in the air. I haven’t even decided whether the main character will last that long.

Deciding on a title would also probably help. At least I know one of the characters is named Dave.

But I’ve got a good 10 days or so before I need to worry about any of that. So is anyone else giving it a go this year?

Watch this

With The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on hiatus this week, you may be running low on sequences of still images shown in rapid succession to give the illusion of motion, synchronized with low- to mid-frequency atmospheric vibrations. Allow me to help alleviate this problem.

The fourth season of The Venture Bros. (aka one of the greatest animated anythings ever) started on Sunday. Here’s the trailer, and here’s Season 4 Episode 1. Of course, you’ll probably need to watch the first three seasons to understand what’s going on, but that’s what DVDs are for. (Colbert junkie bonus: he voices Professor Impossible in the first two seasons!)

Keeping with the animation theme, Tripod recently introduced me to YuGiOh – The Abridged Series, which is much funnier than I was expecting. It’s a gag dub of an anime about a children’s card game and ended up launching loads of imitators. Luckily, you won’t need any familiarity with the source material… in America! Or anywhere else, for that matter.

Finally, there’s That Guy With The Glasses‘s stuff on the eponymous His Video Game Confessions series was what I first game across (learning the shocking truth behind Ms. Pac-Man, and more than I really needed to know about Link and Zelda’s “understanding”), but most of That Guy’s stuff is worth watching too. Be warned, however, that stuff from the other contributors is hit or miss.

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Panflute 0.5.1 released

Panflute 0.5.1 has been released! This release contains no new features but fixes several bugs. A list of bugs fixed in this release can be found in the release notes. All users, especially those who use Panflute with Quod Libet or VLC, are encouraged to upgrade.