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  The Wonders Of Vista 05:29 PM -- Sat September 29, 2007  

Not enough people singing the praises of Vista, so I'll drop a quick note here to do so. I was working on some code today, and I tried to save my work, as I so often do. It gave me an error saying I didn't have permission to write the file. I thought that was odd, and tried a bunch more times to no avail. I checked it out, tried copying the file, and changing the properties. Nothing would let me mess with the file. One thing I certainly did NOT try was deleting it. Because that would've been stupid, of course. I needed that file. Badly. I tried shutting down any programs that might be using the file, but nothing worked. Finally, I figured I should reboot and see if it is usable then, but I took one last look in the folder first. And what do you know? The file was GONE. Deleted, I guess. By Windows. That is definitely a first for me. I rebooted and looked again, and it is very very gone.

So for the past couple of hours I've been messing with undelete programs to absolutely no avail, and then I checked my backup drive (checked it last, since I knew it had been weeks at least since I had done that), and I've never backed this file up. So here I go, off to rewrite the file (not actually from scratch - this project is a modified version of one of my earlier games... but there were some major changes to that code!). Let's see what I can remember, and what strange bugs creep in from things I forgot I modified.

I really didn't need to have a big delay in this particular project, for reasons you can guess. But the lesson is what it always is. Back up, back up, back up. That lesson will stick for a week or two, I guess.
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  Bodging's Hard, Everybody 01:03 PM -- Wed September 26, 2007  

Progress on the website front... as of sometime last week, I am officially now the hold-up. I have my merchant account fully set up and working, I just don't have it implemented into the site yet. But as of today, I almost have that too! We will have NEWMUMU sometime in October, for sure! I've also gotten lots of CDs shipped direct to me, for future shipping out direct to you. So CD purchasing shall return with the new site, and it will be efficient and cheap, with no nasty surprises. I like being back to having an office full of CDs, it feels so much more Hamumuey.

And sorry about the Dumb: The Game thing... still waiting for a reply on that, but fingers are crossed. Worst case, I'll just have to empty it out and let you start from scratch. Not so bad with that game, you can just remember what the answers were and get back to your previous place. But hopefully I can get the backup restored.

And of course, work continues on my Best Halloween Ever surprise. You better be working on yours too! Mine will surprise you with surprisitude. And while you're at it, work on a Halloween Horror 8 world too. Don't neglect those duties. Feel free to neglect your non-Hamumu duties.
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  Apple Update 09:43 PM -- Sat September 22, 2007  

Relative success! Would you like to make Apple Fries? Since no one else on the internet actually has a recipe for these, I will provide one! Here's some keywords to help searchers end up on this page, so they don't suffer like I did: Legoland, apple fries, Granny, vanilla cream sauce

Legolandesque Apple Fries
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • Milk of indeterminate measure
  • Cinnamon-sugar to sprinkle
  • Lots of vegetable/canola/peanut oil (whatever you like to fry in)
Peel the apples and core them. Slice into small, fry-shaped pieces. This is easiest to do the way we did it - with one of those apple coring things that automatically cuts it into 8 or so slices and removes the core. But you will definitely need to cut those slices each into several smaller ones. You want small, McDonald's-fry-sized pieces. You can also do steak fries, but I found them best when smaller.
Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave, on low settings so that it doesn't actually get very hot, just melted. Then mix in the egg, flour, and sugar. Get it all mixed up nicely, and add milk until it's a nice thin pancake batter consistency.
Heat up some oil in a pot. In order to not have a huge mess to deal with, I used a really tiny pot, and didn't even fill it very deeply. It's quite possible to deep-fry in just a little oil as long as you do a small amount of food at a time, and use a small container so it actually stays deep! I've done a lot of frying, and if you haven't, don't be afraid. It really is a very easy way to cook, if very unhealthy. The only downside is the huge pile of dirty oil you end up having to throw away at the end (and usually dredge junk out of several times during the cooking). Now you just dip the apple slices in the goo (a few at a time), drop them in the oil and fry until they're a nice golden brown. Take the slices out and let them drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar on them while they drain, so it will stick. Delicious!
Now, for "vanilla cream sauce", I don't have a very precise recipe for you, but it sure was yummy: cream cheese (block, not spready), warmed up so it's mixable, mixed with a couple drops of vanilla and some powdered sugar. Not too much powdered sugar, or you've made cream cheese frosting! Stir it up good, and dip your apples in it, and enjoy immensely.

These fries don't seem to be as crisp or as thickly-coated as the Legoland ones, but I sure enjoyed them.

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  APPLE FRIES 05:26 PM -- Mon September 17, 2007  



Now, Apple Fries have nothing whatsoever to do with Hamumu Software, but we are still very pleased to announce them anyway, because yum. What are apple fries? Well, they're like fries, only they're APPLES! And they come with 'creamy vanilla sauce' (I think that means cool whip with vanilla mixed in), and are rolled in cinnamon sugar. You probably have never heard of apple fries, and you know why not? Because you'd have to pay $57 to get in to where you could bear witness to their wonderment! Yes, Apple Fries are available only at Legoland (as far as I know). Worth their inflated $5ish price? Absolutely. Worth paying $57 to get to? Well...

Anyway, we went to Legoland yesterday on a whim (the plan was to go to the beach, but Legoland was right there). As you may have surmised, we discovered the amazing world of Apple Fries while we were there. I also discovered how evil corporations can be as I paid $57 (each!) to get into a "park" which was nothing but an advertisement for a product. We had fun, though. Not $57 fun, but fun. We looked at lots of intriguing sculptures, and ate apple fries, and that's all. The only ride we did was a boat ride that takes you around to see intriguing sculptures. We got in line for a roller coaster which I was excited about, but we got out of line when we watched its entire run take place over the span of no more than 20 seconds, and I am so not exaggerating. I didn't even know you could make a coaster that small.

And yes, I bought legos at an exorbitant price. A remote-controlled dinosaur that I am hoping will frighten/amuse the cats when it is done. So the propaganda worked, and doubled the amount we paid overall. It's sad. Oh, besides sculptures, we did get to see lego factory thingies, which were interesting. Seeing how they make them, a bit. There's a lot of stuff there that would be fun if you were a small person, like rides for the wee, and a driving test, and the coolest was a room where you build a lego car, and then run it on a track (downhill - no power involved), and see how you stack up. But still, don't bring your kids there... save your $57 and buy them some legos!

Note: You are supposed to refer to legos only as "Lego bricks or toys" (probably with a little circled R at the end of Lego). I ain't doing it!!!

Note 2: I want more Apple Fries, RIGHT NOW.
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