Procrastination Central

Summer is Coming

The campaign table laid out ahead of her. Various symbols representing the demonic incursions her forces had summoned were in place across the map of the nation. Some pockets of resistance were marked, with a high concentration north of The Wall, but it was obvious they didn’t have the numbers. They would be crushed, as they had been so many times before, but it would be the last time it would be necessary. Once the Great Plan was complete, they wouldn’t have to consider opposition ever again.  Her Dark Mistress would soon walk among them again.

An evil smirk crossed her face, as it often did when she thought of the power they were able to wield against the masses.

“Primus Inter Pares?” The pair of dark-cloaked guards uncrossed their force halberds as a portly man in an expensive-looking suit looked on, a hopeful look sitting between his expansive jowls.

She took a deep breath. “What is it? Can’t you see I’m busy here?”

“It’s just… you said you wanted to know the minute we had the Holy relics.”

Her eyes widened. “You have them?”

The man’s jowls jiggled with happiness. “Oh, yes. It really wasn’t too difficult. Just a matter of a bribe in the right place, and hiring a work crew to repair some potholes nearby. They needed to wait for it to rain, so nobody would see them pop over the fence to the mausoleum , so they were back here within three days.”

“Nobody questioned the presence of the work crew? We haven’t sent one of those out for years.”

“I think the people were too happy at the idea of the road being fixed to think about it, My Lady.”

“Very good. Dismissed.” She turned back to the table, relocating the iron-clad female figure armed with, of all things, a handbag, from the model of the mausoleum to the parliament building.

Yes. Everything was coming into alignment for the return of her Dark Mistress, and darkness would soon envelop the nation.

PL2303 USB to TTL Serial Adapters

Seems everyone and their dog is getting burned by the fake PL2303’s out there.  After yet another “Code 10” message from a new adapter off Amazon (which according to Prolific means it’s a counterfeit chip), and finding the earlier drivers which fix the message for many people cause random BSODs under Windows 10, I decided to try something different for connecting to my Raspberry Pi’s serial console.

I bought a CP2102-based adapter this time, and it works perfectly 🙂  Note however that there are multiple products based on the CP2102 chip, some may use 5V signalling which isn’t suitable for 3.3v-based comms such as the Raspberry Pi uses.  The one listed here uses 3.3v and ought to work on both 3.3v and 5v equipment.

Buy USB 2.0 to TTL UART 6-Pin CP2102 Serial Converter from Amazon.co.uk

I can’t find the same model on Amazon.com (lots of similar ones, but I can’t tell if they use a 3.3v or 5v signal) – so Google “BTE13-007” to look for this model elsewhere 🙂

NetBeans, Ant, and Jenkins

Getting a NetBeans project with an Ant buildfile to build on Jenkins (or Hudson, and likely many other CI systems) is a pain.  I’m not going to waste time chatting here, lets get straight to the recipe

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Random Inspiration

Something inspired by a discussion on the Paizo boards.  I kinda want to turn this into an RPG setting… or maybe a story.

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Copyright, Trademarks, The Open Game License, and You

From a post I just made on the Paizo forums, which was long, complex, and potentially useful enough that I wanted to reproduce it here.

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Adventures in Speech Synthesis

Can they make audio output on Linux any more complicated?  It appears that even in the 21st century, they can…

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Robot Assembly, Part Two

Motors arrived today, so here’s the prototype chassis assembly in Lego.

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Robot Assembly, Part One

After receiving a few vital components, I was able to start plugging things together today.

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The Great Robot Project: Planning the Software

Initial high-level overview of the project from the software side.  What will be getting done, what choices were made, and why I made them.

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The Great Robot Project: Planning The Electronics

Sat down today to plan out how everything is going to be put together.

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