Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Mushin – without mind

1. February 2012 08:49 by Rick Glos in

From wikipedia

Mushin is a mental state into which very highly trained martial artists are said to enter during combat. They also practice this mental state during everyday activities. The term is shortened from mushin no shin, a Zen expression meaning the mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of "no-mindness". That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything. It is somewhat analogous to flow experienced by artists deeply in a creative process.

Mushin is achieved when a person's mind is free from thoughts of anger, fear, or ego during combat or everyday life. There is an absence of discursive thought and judgment, so the person is totally free to act and react towards an opponent without hesitation and without disturbance from such thoughts. At this point, a person relies not on what they think should be the next move, but what is their trained natural reaction or what is felt intuitively. It is not a state of relaxed, near-sleepfulness, however. The mind could be said to be working at a very high speed, but with no intentions, plans or direction.

I found this video interesting and not because we should be awed at Ronaldo, but rather practicing at something so that it becomes part of your subconscious.  It goes by many names, '”being in the zone”, “having no-mind”, etc.  This “sharpening of your saw” can apply to your personal world (World of Tanks) or your professional (better coding techniques).

Picture dump

20. January 2012 07:15 by Rick Glos in

How can one baby get so messy eating Italian?

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Making faces at the camera too eh?  Future actor?  Or maybe just a hambone…

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Between XMas and New Years, I drove my car instead of rode the bicycle so I could take Max along.  He’s checking out the free book rack at the Meals on Wheels center while we wait for the coolers of food to be ready.

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On Sunday of this week, we got some snowfall outside but it melted in a couple of hours.

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Then we got additional snow on Tuesday and it stuck around all day but was melted by Wednesday.

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Max and I used the opportunity to go play in the snow his first time and then I helped him build his first snowman.

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He got bored of the snowman and walked over to the other side of the driveway where he could play with the lavender bush and get muddy.

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ACS50000: There was an error issuing a token.

19. January 2012 09:03 by Rick Glos in

This particularly annoying issue occurs if you are a co-administrator for a Windows Azure Portal and try to access the ACS Management Portal.  This is a typical setup for a company where the company owner creates the Windows Azure Account but probably doesn’t manage the technical details of the implementation, like adding identity providers to a service namespace.

I ran across this issue and customer service couldn’t seem to track down the issue.  Through trial and error I figured out it was because I was a co-administrator.  Then I ran across it as a known issue after much googling.

The error message when trying to access the ACS Management Portal will be as follows:

  • ACS50000: There was an error issuing a token.

The work-around the issue, do the following:

  1. Log into the ACS Management Portal using the user account of the primary service administrator.

  2. Under Administration, click Portal Administrators.

  3. Click Add to add a new portal administrator for the ACS namespace.

  4. For Identity Provider, select Windows Live ID.

  5. For Identity claim type, select http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/emailaddress.

  6. For Identity claim value, enter the Windows Live ID of the administrator you would like to add.

  7. Click Save.

This should fix the problem and you can now manage the ACS namespace using the Windows Live ID of the co-administrator.

Developing a Rich Interactive Application Experience by Brian Henderson

13. January 2012 11:44 by Rick Glos in

Notes from a class taken a few years back

Developing a Rich Interactive Application Experience

9 – 10:15

  • Brian Henderson
  • UX Design – not something added later
  • Music notes – blank space just as important
  • Figuring out right way to look at problem not solution
  • Context
    • user
    • user goals
      • words they use
      • methods they use
  • Users –> Collect Stories
    • immerse yourself into their domain / screenshots / demos
    • talk to the right user – end user versus their manager
    • sometimes users don’t know what they want
    • don’t just listen – they often tell you the solution and not the problem
  • Hide complexity
    • discovery becomes part of the reward of learning the application
  • Persona’s – define
  • Think in terms of scenario’s – not features
  • Guidance, Game, Simplicity
    • too many choices, context for UI
    • reward to learning, filling out profile, etc. – a game
    • incentives – badge or reward (e.g. Stackoverflow, Digg)
  • 6 Principles
    • Make it Direct (make it obvious)
    • Keep it lightweight
    • Stay on the page
    • Provide invitations (leaders – lead them along task)
    • Use transitions
    • React immediately

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Week One Impressions

22. December 2011 11:43 by Rick Glos in

I got into the Star Wars beta weekend Nov 25th.  Then was able to play the early access on Dec 14th, 1 week before the official release.

In some aspects its a step forward, like sending your 'pet' off to do crafting or sell items while you continue to play. In others it's a step backwards, no zone-wide invasions or events like Rift/Tabula Rasa and no role switching ala-Rift. It's also... very solo at times, it's just so quest heavy. It is not like going into a corner and pulling mobs in the EQ days. This is not a sandbox and not like SWG at all.  It’s missing some things you come to expect from an MMO – there’s no LFG tool – everyone shouts in zone, etc.

It'll probably come down to folks own personal opinion and play-style. Past MMO experience (pre-WoW days) may skew your love of it but to each his own.  The big complaint amongst our set of gamers is that’s very solo play with grouping up as an afterthought.  You spend so much time in cut-scene animations, which may make if fun for you, but if someone is waiting on you to show up somewhere to do something, they have to wait while you watch those cut-scenes.  I’m currently at level 20, playing a Sith Juggernaught (the Tank class) and I’ve done some fun solo things – get my first light-saber, get my ship (at level 18).  But I have yet to do a group quest with any of my friends.

At this point I’d say it’s a good distraction while waiting for Diablo 3.  And I’m still playing World of Tanks as well.

Birthdays 2011

5. December 2011 17:23 by Rick Glos in

Forty and One.  Both are milestones.  Feels the same as 38 or 39 to me.  I stopped counting years ago and at times found myself asking, “How old am I again?”  I still feel the same feelings and think the same childish thoughts, I’m just better at managing it and acting like an adult, as I’m sure most everyone else.

This is also a big one for Max.  Well, not for him so much as everyone else.  He’s not going to remember any of it.  So really, it’s for the adults. 

November 2011 PDXLAN

My father flew out from Illinois for a week to celebrate the birthdays.  He had asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  At this point in my life, I really don’t need any more ‘stuff’.  The ‘stuff’ I really want now, is expensive – I’ll buy that for myself.  Thinking back, I can’t recall what I ‘received’ for my 35th birthday or for Christmas in 1989.  What I can remember though is the 3 summers we went to GenCon, or the trip I took to Mexico, etc.  So really I guess what I really want is memories.  Just come out here and hang with me.  And that’s what he did.

It just happened to coincide with the November 2011 PDXLAN which was taking place the weekend right after he flew in.  So after his flight arrived late Thursday night (12 midnight sheesh!), we hung out Friday until PDXLAN started that evening.

Here we are gaming at the LAN next to each other.

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Three days of adventure.  I feel pretty lucky to be able to do this with my pops.  I hope I am able to pass along and share this bond with my son.

Max turns one

Max had a blast devouring his carrot cakelet. 

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He also got this cool trike from grandma and grandpa.  With the wagon and walker wagon, he’s quite the Radio Flyer groupie.

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I was also impressed with the hand knit stacking blocks his great-grandmother made him.  Very cool.

Soaking in WW2 stuff

I mentioned my passion for WW2 things before.  It was great fun going to the Evergreen Aviation museum with my pops.  We had three generations of Glos boys posing in front of the ME 262 they have on display.

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They have a nice selection of tanks sitting out behind the museum.  They are unmarked.  There’s 2 T34’s, a T55, and a PT76.  We’ve been playing T59’s in a game called World of Tanks so it was great to see some of these tanks up close.

One of the T34’s, with the old man for size reference.

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The T55.

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Not bad for armor for an air and space museum.

The ME 262 was a surprise.

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The had quite a collection of WW2 aircraft which we both drooled over.

The classic P51 Mustang.

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The Hellcat.

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The Corsair.

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The Spitfire.

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The BF 109.

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The P 38 Lightning.

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The P-40 Warhawk.

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They also had a B-17 which we were able to take a tour inside.

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Amazing little factoid.  The safest place in the plane?  The belly ball turret (~5% casualty rate).  The least safe?  The waist gunners (~25% casualty rate).

Lots of other aircraft there as well.  Looking forward to going back with my son so I can play… I mean, he can play in the waterpark.

It was sad to see my old man fly back home but it was a good memory I can look back on.  We need to do this more often.

Finished - Posleen War Series

1. December 2011 08:28 by Rick Glos in

I finished the next 3 books just this weekend after the 1st one I mentioned a couple months ago.  Apparently it was supposed to be a 3 book series but turned into 4 as the author explains at the end of the 4th book.

I like to buy books ahead so that when I finish book x in a series I’m not waiting to start book x-next.  I was confused looking on Amazon seeing book 5 and then 6 and 7 etc.  Turns out these are all spin offs and some not thought of as being very good.  Luckily wikipedia to the rescue to define the order and what books are what.  This is apparently called the Legacy of the Aldenata.

I’m going to stop here.  The books were pretty good but not awesome. I liked the fact that the 3rd and 4th were pretty much action and fighting throughout.  It was sometimes a little hard to get through the 1st and 2nd.  Also, the author sometimes spent and entire chapter defining how a bullet was engineered or how a vehicle had some type of armor which I thought was way too much information and a simple paragraph would’ve sufficed.

So here’s the 4 books I read in order:

Since I thought they were pretty good, I’m going to skip the Cally’s War spinoff series and read the Posleen War side-stories next as they seem to be getting pretty solid reviews on Amazon:

Halloween 2011

3. November 2011 15:58 by Rick Glos in

Max Halloween 2011

Max had his first Halloween.  We took him over to Multnomah Village for their Halloween street thing.  It was ok.  Really just an excuse for businesses to do marketing.  The sidewalks were so packed I felt like I was waiting in line for a roller coaster ride.  He’s not going to remember anything so this was really more for us than for him.  He did look really cute in his pumpkin outfit Heidi got him at the resale shop for $6.

We took some shots.

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Echoes Halloween Soundscape

I heard this song on the Echoes Halloween Soundscape and I couldn’t get it out of my head.  Heidi has mentioned I like melancholy music and I certainly do.  Another song to purchase off Amazon MP3, Anna Ternheim - Terrified.

I’m in  a video

I’ve been doing the Meals on Two Wheels for Loaves and Fishes now for 2 1/2 years.  They called me to do a small part in a video for the Willamette Week Give Guide for 2011.  So I got to ride my bike for another good cause.  The whole video is here and I have a small spot at 0:33.

Command Prompt Here

27. October 2011 07:33 by Rick Glos in

Another new PC had me searching for allowing the Windows Explorer right click context menu item Open Command Prompt Here script.

The context menu command will open up a windows command prompt and set the current directory to the one you right-clicked on.

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Here’s the registry script to make it happen.  Crack open notepad, copy and paste the stuff below, and save the file with a .reg extension and you can import it into your registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command_Prompt_Here]
@="Command &Prompt Here"
"edit"=hex:01,00,00,00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command_Prompt_Here\command]
@="C:\\Windows\\system32\\cmd.exe /k cd \"\"%1\"\""

PDXLAN November 2011

29. September 2011 07:17 by Rick Glos in

I’ve lost count if this is my 6,7 or 8th edition of the PDXLAN I’ve attended.  I do prefer the ones in November as there’s more room and less gimmicky contests.  Our small group has grown from 2 to 3 with the addition of Lute to our gathering.  Then to top it off, my old man is coming into town around that weekend.  Partly to celebrate Max’s 1st birthday and partly to celebrate mine where I hit the supposedly magical number of 40.  Honestly, I stopped counting awhile ago and could care less about what the number is.  I do make it point to celebrate the whole month.  It’s great for excuses like, “sure let me have that additional piece of coffee cake, it’s my birthday month.”

So I bought my Dad a seat at the LAN right behind where the 3 of us are sitting in a row.  Much easier to communicate by turning around to talk instead of trying to talk to someone sitting in your same row.  We have a nice block of seats now.

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I’ve got 10L, the corner seat and my Dad will be adjacent and behind me in 9W, with Matt and Lute right behind him and next to me.  Confused yet?  See the pic above.

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Should be fun and he’ll have to put up with another round of me telling him how great it is to live here and why he should move here.