The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

On acceptance of alternate ideas..

| December 18, 2010

So, amazon has decided to stop carrying some books dealing with incest. Now, I don’t dispute their right to do so – it is, after all, their store. However, it makes me sad that we haven’t progressed perhaps as far as I’d like. Regardless of your feelings about the subject matter, I’d like to think that someone at amazon would have the huevos to stand up and say “we’re going to sell anything that’s legal and people will buy, and if you don’t like it, tough”. That said, their position likely makes proper business sense, since the concern over a boycott is likely worse than possible lost sales of the books in question.

That doesn’t stop it from making me a little sad, though.

In a similar vein (at least in my head), apparently a German father, upset that his 17 year old daughter was dating a 57 year old man, cut the man’s balls off. Now, the law seems to be handling this correctly (they told the Dad that it wasn’t illegal when the Dad reported it, and when Dad attacked the other fellow, he is now arrested and charged with attempted murder). What bothers me is the “good for him” and “just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right” type comments in the news article. I mean, is there really that big a deal with a 40 year old age difference? I mean, should someone have cut off J. Howard Marshall’s balls for marrying Anna Nicole Smith? Or is it somehow different because this girl was 17? Would it have made a difference in the public reaction if she was 18? If so, is there really that much of a difference between 17 and 18?

More on video games

| December 17, 2010

So, with winter here, I’ve been playing video games.. or, well, trying to play video games. Fallout 2 doesn’t work under wine anymore.. or, rather, doesn’t work in any version of wine running under Ubuntu 10.04, which kind of suggests that it is an X problem.

Now, one thing I happened upon is PlayOnLinux, which is a pretty clever idea. Basically, it sets up a separate wine environment and configuration for each app – so they don’t end up stepping on each other, and you can even run different versions of wine to run the best one for a given app.

That was how I found out that Fallout 2 doesn’t work, even under the old version under which it used to work.

So, I’m not going to play this game with wine anymore, at least, not for awhile. I’m on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and I’ll upgrade to the next LTS when it comes out, but until then, I’m not going to be buying any Windows games and trying to run them under wine. This is kind of a shame, because Gog.com is running a sale, but I’m going to pass on it this year.

I wish wine was as reliable as dosbox.

Anyway, I started looking for native ports and found the Wikipedia article, so I’m going to go poke about there and see what I can find. A pile of them are in the Ubuntu repositories.

I also find OilRush, which is promising simultaneous release for Linux, Mac and Windows.

Another interesting experiment/phenomenon/etc. is the Humble Indie Bundle. Again, games for Windows, Mac and Linux, and this bundle is a promo with some of the proceeds going to charity.

I’ll let folks know if I find anything to be tremendously interesting.

Oh, and World of Goo is quite a lot of fun. If you like puzzle games, it’s totally worth it. (I got it as part of the first Humble Bundle)