Oct. 27th, 2005
It's been that kind of a week  
Why, oh why do we pay taxes, hmmm?

I mean... just to have bloody parking restrictions, and buggery ugly traffic wardens, and... bollocky bloody pedestrian bloody crossings?!

...and those BASTARD railings outside shops so you can't even get in them?!

I mean, I know they're there to stop stupid people from running out into the street and killing themselves. But we're not all stupid!

We don't all need nurse maiding! I mean why not just have a Stupidity Tax?!?


I find it amazing that... it's 2005 and there are actually people debating whether or not evolution happens, and there are people who actually believe the planet is only 5000 years old.

I find it even more amazing that... they're actually changing policy in some jurisdictions! These are the people making us fall behind other countries by halting scientific progress in stem cell research, while we debate whether or not the Sun revolves around the Earth.

It's like, any day, I expect them to exhume Galileo's body and persecute him again.

It makes me want to go have gay butt sex, get gay married, have five gay abortions, sell the gay fetuses to a gay biotech company, and give the proceeds to a gay worker at Planned Parenthood, to fund putting put gay sperm into lesbians.

I'm with Edwina. I think we need a stupidity tax now!

In other news, I got my flu shot today at work, and it came with +10 bird flu immunity.
Mood: annoyed
Listening to: Taking Back Sunday - A Decade Under the Influence
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 12:25 am
What does the "+10" mean in "+10 bird flu immunity"?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 12:28 am
it's a power up!

i mean I made it up.
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 12:34 am
LOL. Damn you.

I guess I'm more gullible than I thought. <smirk>
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 12:35 am
P.S. you don't know anything about Flash, do you?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 12:44 am
I used to know my way around the basic stuff (as evidenced by the very basic flash movies I've made), but then they went to MX and changed everything around. I'm much more comfortable coding than designing (since I can't draw), so I've just never taken the time to learn it.
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 12:55 am
I'm more comfortable coding than designing, too. And I'm certain the coding aspect of Flash isn't hard.... I'm sure I could figure out everything I want to know in time just by dinking around with it. The thing is, there's something I want to get done now (see my most recent post in my journal). So ideally I'd like to get someone I can just harass with basic questions for a while, to save me the time of figuring things out on my own (or having to look them up online somewhere.. which usually takes about the same amount of time as just figuring it out by dinking around on my own... LOL).
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 01:53 am
well, the thing (I found) with Flash, at least the former Flash is that it's not particularly intuitive to poke around in. But once someone shows you a couple things, it starts to make perfect sense, and your programming skills can kick in. But if someone shows you (or you start at the basics in a book—which I will admit, is hard for me to do—you save a lot of time and pain.

I find I learn much more by example, so give me code, and I'll pick it apart and figure out how things work. Problem with Flash is most people don't leave their source lying around (unlike html, css, javascript where they have no choice).

I'm a much huger xhtml, dhtml, php, js fan though. I like the open sourcey-ness of it and the almost community aspect of it. You can't compile your shit, so you have to deal with the fact people can read your stuff (save for maybe php), which I think is awesome because you can learn and pick up things when you see something ("Oh that's neat! How'd they....?") blah blah

I'll stop waxing poetic about code now.
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 02:08 am
Well, I agree with you 1000%. That's part of the reason I've avoided Flash up to this point. I'm extremely fluent in xhtml, dhtml, xml/xsl, css, and javascript, and I'm fairly proficient in php.

But the project I'm working on now -- although I could do it in dhtml/javascript/etc, it would be extremely complex. From what I've seen in Flash things on the web, I got a sense it might be easier to do in Flash.

And I definitely work best by example. That's why, if you saw my most recent post, I just want someone I can field basic questions with and have them walk me through a couple of things. Unfortunately, no-one has bitten yet, even though I offered money even!

What's wrong with people these days?!? Since when does money not work as a motivator!? LOL
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 02:39 am
haha... yeah i saw it... maybe no one is fluent enough in it to teach :)
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 02:53 am

But there are sooooo many geeks that read my journal, one would think....

Err... I mean....

Anyway, you don't think you can help me out with even some of the basics? <sigh>

Well, I'll keep looking...
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 03:35 am
if it were the old version, I could. When I upgraded I tried to do things I knew how to do in the old version, and couldn't find the options.

Admittedly, I didn't try very hard, but now I wouldn't know where to begin anymore.
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 03:48 am
Well, I've already made a little progress.

I found a page, www.flashloaded.com that has a bunch of pre-made components, including pre-defined objects that do things like dragging-and-dropping that I want to do. The nice thing is, it includes the source code. So I can just buy a few of those and dissect them.

From what I've seen so far, "actionscript" is very similar to javascript... at least in the fact that it's prototype-based rather than class-based.

Oh yeah, and to associate event handlers (err.... "actions" in their language) with an object, you can convert any object or group to a "movieclip" symbol.

Woo hoo. We'll see what happens. LOL

P.S. will I be seeing you on halloween?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 03:50 am
Mostly likely. Unless we get inundated by ppl at our place, and I can't leave. We only live a few blocks from Seth, so it's very possible.
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 03:56 am
Fair enough. And I understand about the being inundated thing... when I lived in West Hollywood, I was "close to the action", too (Sweetzer & Santa Monica), so my little "pre-going-out get-togethers" always ended up getting bigger than expected, too. LOL
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 03:57 am
yeah, that's why I'm committing to the party with that caveat. No clue what's going to end up happening!
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on October 28th, 2005 - 12:46 am
...and by basic, I mean it was tween and alpha-palooza.
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allamericanjock on October 28th, 2005 - 01:02 am
Well, I'm at super-basic level. I'm using the thing to draw shapes, but when I go to "action" it keeps telling me that I can't assign actions to my shapes or groups.

I read in the help something that made me suspect I have to convert things into a "symbol" in order to do tweening with them... do I need to convert them into a "symbol" in order to assign actions to them, too?

What the hell is a "symbol" anyway?

..... that's the level of newbie-ness I'm at.
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Bobbyshouldvesmiled on October 28th, 2005 - 01:21 am
James Ussher must die!
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machmed on October 28th, 2005 - 01:53 am
Gurl, don't even get me started!
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