As a ceramics amateur I’ve spent dozens of hours carving intricate details into a basic rectangular box (which subsequently cracked) and I’ve also spent a lot of time building up less detailed sculptures (which generally cracked too). So, I have the patience to do something like this dragon, now I just need the knowledge, skill, and artistic vision.
I received a Logitech G13 Gameboard as a Christmas gift. I did a quick test on a handful of games and got mixed results. Games with pre-made profiles seemed to work fine while those I tried with the default or a custom profile often failed. In some cases the gameboard keys simply did nothing while in others the cursor/character would move continuously with nothing pressed as if a direction key were being held down.
I’m using the gameboard on a 2009 iMac with Mac OS X 10.8.5 and the games I was testing were all launched through Steam. While I found a number of hits on G13/Mac/Steam issues, they all turned out to be from the time of the initial launch of Steam on OS X and were no longer relevant. Eventually I determined that the source of the problem was the built-in joystick.
The default profile has keys mapped to the joystick axes. Even though the joystick was centered, these keys seemed to be constantly triggered, perhaps due to the games misinterpreting the joystick as a full game controller. I fixed the issue by switching the joystick mapping in the default profile from individual keys to simply “joystick” within the Logitech software.
Three things happened today that I’m choosing to take as omens for the new year:
- I picked up what I thought was a piece of yarn from the floor and it turned out to be a slug.
It will be a year of unpleasant surprises.
- When eating out, I calculate the tip then add a bit so that the total is a whole dollar value. Tonight’s tip turned out to be $6.66.
It will be a year of repetition. Or the apocalypse. Probably the former.
- On the way home we saw two police cars pulling into a Dunkin Donuts parking lot.
It will be a year of stereotypes.
Unclear from the omens is whether I’ll actually start publishing on this site more than once a year. Hopefully yes, starting with the sixteen drafts I’ve written but never quite completed.
Edit: One more thing happened just after writing this – our cat peed in a (luckily) empty box sitting next to my desk. For others that might be an omen, but for us it’s unfortunately just business as usual.
It will be another year of Nature’s Miracle.