One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbour’s to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw. As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
The Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up! Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
- Free your heart from hatred.
- Free your mind from worries.
- Live simply.
- Give more.
- Expect less.
OK, that’s enough of that crap. The donkey later came back, caught the farmer out in the field and kicked the “bejeezus” out of him. Then he went over to each of his neighbours farms and kicked the “bejeezus” out of them too for helping.
The REAL Moral: When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back to get you.
Happy Valentines Day! I found a neat technology that I thought I would try out here. It’s an RSS news feed that already exists on this site but is exposed in your My Yahoo page (if you have one). Pretty slick so now you can have an RSS news feed section on your My Yahoo page showing all your favorite sites.
I put one on my personal homepage as well and works well. Makes me feel like SimsTools is part of something important (yeah, I know, it’s all just a facade but it’s the little things in life that make me happy). Anyways if you’re interested in using it (and have a My Yahoo page) just click on the “Add to My Yahoo” image above.
Okay, back to programming!
I hate to say but drinking is evil. Not because you spend hours and hours in a bar drinking with friends, like I did last night for 8 hours, but it’s the morning after when you wake up and the entire universe around you is banging on your eyelids trying to turn your brain into a pretzel.
Anyways, after a surprising amount of sleep (5 hours which is a lifetime for me over my usual 2-3) I stumbled to the beige beast and did a few updates on my project page. I keep digging up stuff on my hard drive or on the net that I did eons ago and I say, “Yeah, that was neat”. I’ve left droppings all over other peoples hardware across the world for the last few years and it’s a strange feeling (especially the morning after a bender like last night).
For those of you who can remember, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was just a hoot when I was a kid. This tribute site is probably the best damn site on the Internet (well for today anyways). Check it out and relive the Wolfman, Igor and Gronk again.
I’ve added a cool thing to the menu. It’s an RSS feed of this site that you can attach to your My Yahoo newsfeeds. Just click on the “Add to My Yahoo” button in the menu above and you’re all set. Gotta love technology.
I’m also just generally adding bits and pieces to the site this weekend and doing my programming love-fest to get some SimsTools code done.
It doesn’t matter how loud the keys are or which direction the room is spinning in when there’s stuff like this out there. God bless the Internet.
A good interview with Don Hopkins (yeah, I seem to be writing more about him lately than what I’m doing around here but hey, I like the guy so what can I say) over at the AlphaVille Herald.
“In this interview, Don Hopkins describes his early days on the Sims development team with Will Wright (back when the project was called Dollhouse) and the difficulties the team had fighting EA’s attempts to terminate the project, and then preventing EA from gutting it of interesting content (like architecture tools). Even now, he claims that EA fails to respect Will Wright and his vision by not developing custom content for TSO, and that it has shown no interest in a tool that he (Hopkins) created that would allow users to safely create custom objects that won’t crash the game.”
After a hectic week at work where I barely touched my home computer, have a lot of work on Sim code this weekend planned so I’ll be posting progress for those that care.