Wednesday | May 31.2006

It is 3:28AM and I do hope what I will scribble here would still make some sense.

As you might have noticed May has become a month for TheLair. I've been sleeping around 4AM (and sometimes even around five in the morning (when the sun.daylight.init event happens)) working on that seven year old site.

Maiden Seven Artwork
Maiden Seven of Azure Realms / Download 1600x1200 illumination

We released V7 last May 19 and I was still tweaking the site up until hmmm... 30 minutes ago before I devoured what some might consider a midnight snack at three in the morning.

Good thing I introduced and trained qs how to code and develop database applications in VisualFoxpro (the samurai/jedi way) a couple of years ago.

Now she's coding for around 9 hours a day, answering client system-related queries and fixing some bugs while I'm sitting on my arse working on HTMLs/PSDs/JPEGs/css-es/javascripts and other graphics/website-related matters.

You can't disturb me when I'm working on something so qs is intimate these days with the chm file that came with Visual FoxPro 9, the site and of course...

Every now and then she discovers things in FoxPro which I haven't even encountered yet... which is good.

But when she starts to grumble and mumble random incoherent words and stuff, it starts to scare me though.

In random places, to make things worse. Random places!

Like there was this one time when we were in the mall... a crowded mall, and I with all my invisible hover drones were mapping and calculating the fastest route we could travel from Point A to Point B, and qs out of nowhere started blurting out normalization principles, dtos/alltrim approaches, cdx optimization and database initialization topics and techniques.

Did I mention we were in a crowded mall when she started doing that..?

Anyway... come June 2006 I will return to the usual programmer mode, and will work on graphics/web related stuff on weekends.

I am also planning on how to integrate VFP on my site.

Nope... no Active FoxPro pages for now or some other VFP on the 'net related tools but more on generating, parsing and converting data to an equivalent HTML format.

Upload, download and synchronization mechanisms included.

I still have to finalize the specs though. But I'll be tackling that in the near future and the links.database section of TheLair will be the first to be handled.

Also, I am heeding Craig Bailey's call to make Visual FoxPro cool. In line with that I am creating some icons, which I plan to release for free once I'm done with one set.

Visual FoxPro (and other developers as well) can download and use these icons in their applications.

Ok... 3:48AM... bed's calling.

It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief
Oh love...
- U2 (The Fly)

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Wednesday | May 24.2006

Nancy Folsom on BLOGGING.
WildFire on 05:44 PM CST [ link ]

No one weaves words, rants, angsts as eloquently and intricately with wit and, yes of course, nice and light things included, than MY qs.

Her views of... and philosophies in life are encapsulated in these lithesomeice archives which we are reuploading in TheLair, which she herself HTML-ized (css... javascripts and backend stuff included).

I find myself reading them again and again (especially now that she is learning how to use white spaces) and being woven into the complex mind of a... woman.

(But then again... qs is a woman from Mars.)

And yes, I always do enjoy reading them... : )

I know you would too.

LithesomeIce Archives + About
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Friday | May 19.2006

After a year of site idleness, 20++ days of sleeping around four in the morning and mouse whirring, here it is... Pixelcatalyst.Lair version 7.00.

Also this celebrates our seventh year online. Yes seven years... : ]

Thanks everyone for the support, love, spam and all.

Here's a longer scribble that holds thoughts about the launch and the history of the site, if you're interested. Here's a link too of qsez thoughts which were scribbled in the splash cover.
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Monday | May 15.2006

DEPTHCORE releases the 27th pack... FREESTYLE II. I have one artwork for that pack.

Great splash... GREAT PACK.
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Thursday | May 11.2006

Looks like Bruno's question was answered in this 28th episode of the FoxPro Show (Interview with Milind Lele.)

Also here's a link to Milind Lele's May 2006 - Letter from the Editor.
WildFire on 05:00 PM CST [ link ]

I may be occupied ('occupied' used instead of 'busy', for the latter seems so overused these days that if each of the letters are to be converted (even in its compressed format (parallel worlds not included)) to food, there would be no need for noble campaigns such as ONE and MakePovertyHistory)...

Let's do that sentence again.

I may be occupied with TheLair V7 creation these days in between client visits but that doesn't mean that I'm not aware of the news about YAG's departure from the VSData team.

And this comes at a time where FoxPro is soaring high in the TIOBE rankings (which leaves even some humans wondering), the proliferation of insightful FoxPro-related blogs and all those positive fox-vibes which we've seldom seen in the past fox years.

I'm looking at the FoxPro team picture which was featured inside that VFP9 CodeFocus issue and MIGHTYAG will be the Nth person leaving from that crew.

Mike... John Koziol... Randy Brown... Ken Levy and now YAG.

Honestly a part of me wants to be as optimistic as Andrew. Really it's a cool job and I'm pretty sure one way or another FoxPro will benefit strategically from it.

Craig Berntson's prophecies, though, haunt the northern hemisphere of my brain.

Plus I'm starting to hear darklings chanting 'Denial! Denial! Denial.' in the background.

Seven of Yoda's fleas armed with green light sabers are guarding my back so I'm safe from these creatures for now.

Cover Darkness Volume I Issue 07 Top Cow / Pencils: Marc Silvestri / Inks: Batt / Colors: Steve Firchow

The Angelus Top Cow / Pencils: Marc Silvestri / Inks: Batt / Colors: Steve Firchow

For those who are wondering, these are how darklings look like.

Currently I don't have a picture of Yoda's fleas but somehow they look a little similar to Top Cow's Angelus character. (Yes... envy my back.)


But despite of these negative forces, I still believe in FoxPro. I believe in its future.

I have faith in FoxPro's future.

Now I was in the process of balancing these thoughts when my pet tiger Bruno butted in.

'Now who's working on Visual Foxpro?', he asked.

I rushmored my brain, but still, it took me around 17 seconds before I could find a reply.

'The community, Bruno. The community.'

With that I dismissed him, since qs and I still had to prepare for yesterday's client demonstration.

cSTR01 = 'I believe in the community that supports Visual FoxPro, as well.'
cSTR02 = 'I have faith in FoxPro`s future.'
cEnter = InsertSTText(at(cSTR02, ThisBLOG), IRchar(13) + IRchar(13) + SetTF(cSTR01, 'B'))

... and I believe in a future with FoxPro and it's legacy in it.
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Wednesday | May 10.2006

PHONG Tutorials.
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Tuesday | May 09.2006

Europa (from Soa Lee).

No... this has nothing to do with FoxPro this time... : ]
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Friday | May 05.2006

Tuesday | May 02.2006

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