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  It's work! 05:55 PM -- Mon April 10, 2006  

No longer vacation. Got 2 new Dumb puzzles ready to go today (not putting them up yet! A couple more will join them). One is actually new work, the other was just setting up a puzzle that someone sent in to me. I do enjoy that, feel free to send me some!

Also, Toonyland work. See the Sneak Peek page for the first sneak peek since the Carter administration. Not much of a shot, but of interest if you're the RPG type. It's looking more fun all the time!

That's the latest news. Taxes are finished and submitted, and fingers are crossed that we didn't trigger an IRS death squad (we did our own taxes for the first time). I believe it's mostly random where they send the death squads, but there are some specific triggers as well. The tax system is absolutely absurd. It really needs to go. Why was buying a $70 computer program (that is only valid for the current year) the cheap, do-it-yourself option? The government wants my money, why don't they tell me how much they want? Not that I'd trust them, but that's a separate issue. You know, there's all kinds of issues with a flat tax, issues with a federal sales tax, issues with every possible new kind of tax. But I'll tell you this, there is no tax system that could be as bad as what we have now. So just do something new!! NOW! If taxes were so simple that humans could do them, our economy would be 7853%* more efficient overnight, although the CPA homeless problem would be something to contend with, I suppose.

* precisely!
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  Sneak Peek: Loonyland 2: Winter Woods 05:40 PM -- Mon April 10, 2006  

I've redone the entire inventory system. It used to be really abstract and split up, like you'd choose which axe to equip on one page, and look at your other junk on another page. Now it's more like most games - a straightforward grid of all the stuff you've collected, and you can just hit the button to equip stuff and the usual. All quite logical. I like it way better now, although that "<- Equipped" notice is pretty lame looking.

You can't actually equip the log, despite what the help text says. It's one of many 'junk items'. Each different main class of monster drops a different kind of junk. You'll want to collect it because you can sell it, or combine it into wondrous new items. Provided you have the Crafting skill, that is! You can also use it for another purpose which shall remain secret. Oh, and some quests call for collecting some of it. Collecting logs is actually the very first quest you encounter, unless you are too antisocial to talk to the townsfolk.
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  It's a vacation! 11:01 AM -- Sat April 8, 2006  

Yeah, so I'm not very bloggy these days, but I'm not doing work either, so it works out. I'm on vacation! Vacation ends monday. I finished another book, Time Travelers Strictly Cash, by Spider Robinson. All you Pratchett people would probably really like it, since most of it is just all horrific puns. Yuck. But it's a short story collection, so the parts that weren't were sometimes pretty good. It was easy reading for the most part, quite harmless. It included some nonfiction bits, like a book review that was eerily reminiscent of my reviewing at the GameTunnel Monthly Roundup and some speeches. I really enjoyed some of those. One of the speeches was the worst part of the entire book on a level I've never read before... joking so incredibly intensely that every word was a multiple pun. It was unreadable garbage, and I skipped half of it. Very much lounge lizard, ladies-and-germs, is-this-thing-on, take-my-wife-please 'entertainment'. Gak! I don't find much offensive, but humor that bad can do it.

Now be quiet, I am vacationing!
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