A Journal in Time

Myriad Writings from the Desk of Isyldar

Archives: August 2013

A Project

So many times, we just need that project to come along. You know the one. You’ve been ignoring something for years; some skill that you used to enjoy. Something that would absorb every last ounce of any free attention you had. Who knows why you stopped paying it attention, but you did. Now you have a new project again; and you’re enthralled.

That’s me right now. I’ve truly been out of web development for a couple of years now; but now I have a project again. Some friends of mine are looking into migrating their site services to a new provider and service, and I’ve been tasked with the project. Well, more to be true, I volunteered. 🙂 And wow does it ever feel good to be back in the seat again. I’ve got tons of work to do in order to make this project viable, and find the right solution; but I am looking forward to it.


On a flight to convention for work right now.  No wifi or Internet of any kind right now, and besides watching TV or reading a book I’m at a little bit of a loss as to what to do to entertain myself. There’s a number of things that I would ime to be doing right now,  but which would require an active Internet connection. I suppose that I will at some point just acquiesce and read my book or magazine.

Still,  when are the days coming where we wl be able to have access to Internet on all flights and not just those few with certain airlines?

Don’t get me wrong; as I have said before,  I greatly advocate disconnecting from the great communications network of ce in a while. But there really are a great many situations where having access to it would be so awesome.


Incumbent-owned EnStream inks deal with Desjardins for NFC-based mobile payments

Incumbent-owned EnStream inks deal with Desjardins for NFC-based mobile payments http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Mobilesyrup/~3/Ey-9Knqh-dA/

My comments later.



How often is it, that you look back on things? How often do you wonder at, wish for, or just desire that things were, as they once were? I think perhaps it is natural; though I know not as yet just what purpose it serves. I too, do it often; to my detriment, though also pleasure, every single day.

I reminisce. I consider. I ponder the possibilities both past and future. All this, and more cross my mind of a moment; of an hour, of a life.

What once was, though so often we would have it back, cannot so often be. What could be, as ever ought, we will not come to see.

Such is life. We must find a way to enjoy it. Relax, and amuse. Live.



The Plan by Jerimar & Isyldar

This I wrote with a friend of mine who worked with me on developing Chaos Reigns MOO a long time ago (nearly 10 years!) I found it whilst scrounging through that old content, and have to say, I rather like it.

The world is tinged with shades of grey,
What once was so is not today,
The solid hues of yesteryear,
Cannot be found in this world here.
It lies in us to forge our path,
Knowing not this from that,
To win the game is to which we strive,
To master the game, we know we’re alive.

–Jerimar & Isyldar Compilations


Apple Bans Brilliantly Idiotic Phone Throwing App


The link above is for this article with the same name as this post. And the title really says it all… Who would consider such an app? I agree with the “brilliantly Idiotic” part wholeheartedly.




New Content

I have added some new content to the site. It is still very much a work in progress, both sections of it.

The first section, is a portfolio of work that I have done over the years. This one has very little content as yet, due in large part to the amount of work it will require for me to gather all my articles that I wish posted here and format them accordingly.

The second, I have called “Worlds“. Its very concept is a work in progress, yet I have added some stuff related to a game I was a part of creating nearly 10 years ago now. Nothing spectacular, but due to its nature, I felt it needed a place here.



To each their own, of course; but I have always been a big proponent of light. Not just in having it of course, but in having the right light. You can’t just throw a light in the ceiling turn it on and call it good enough. A room needs the right amount of light, and in the right places.

My parents would always scold me for turning on all the lights in the house, in nearly every room when I was home by myself. They would often come home to this, and be angry with me for it; and I can truly appreciate their reasons. It does, after all, cost money to do these things. (Though I admit, back then, I either didn’t realize this, couldn’t comprehend it, or didn’t care. I won’t decide which. It was probably some part of all three.)

Nowadays, I often find myself sharing their opinions of needing to reduce the number of lights I leave on in the house; because, I pay the bills now, and I don’t like having a really big hydro bill.

However, I still greatly enjoy having a room lit appropriately. In the evening, or through the night, when I’m not up working on a project, a couple lamps in the corner to throw an ambient mood, relaxing; when I’m working on a project and want the energy that comes with a well lit, fully lit, all guns ablazing room, all the lights are on.

And then there’s the day. I absolutely love being able to throw open all of the windows in the house, every curtain, and let the sunshine in. Particularly if I’m in that room. If I’m not, I just like knowing that the house is open to the air, and that the room is lit, not dark stuffy and closed. I like open-air freedom. In my office, I like nothing more than to have no lights on, but the sun streaming in the window, lighting my way and giving off that sense of reality, rightness that only comes with a naturally lit space. This is how it should be; why must it be any way else?

I know, I’m eccentric, and fussy to boot. Hell, most days I don’t even understand myself, let alone do I expect anyone else to. Still, it’s fun to write about it.



So much writing to do

Writing is ever one of those things not far from my mind, and even more so while I have devices at hand that make it so easy to do so. I am sitting now out upon my deck, writing on my tablet as I would a notebook not so very long ago. It is certainly not as quick a process as would be typing ; however, typing just doesn’t do the creative process much justice .

So here I sit with modern day tech, using old Techniques To write a journal entry. It’s kind of amusing really. Still, I am enjoying myself . that is what matters.

So, of what should I write today? Besides of course the manner in which I chose to write the first two paragraphs of this entry? I jot down a hundred ideas and every one of them I think worthy of a post; yet I often, as now, don’t wish to spend the time fleshing them out when I do have a moment. No, that’s wrong. When I do have a moment I am often relaxing and a lot of my ideas will require time and effort put into them that shouldn’t be taken up when relaxing. That’s just stress inducing. Oh hey,  I can dictate this instead of typing it…

So I guess I’m not particularly concerned with posting about anything specific I just wanted to post something for the sake of posting something. But that in and of itself is relaxing,  much as it is dictating text to your tablet instead of having to type or write it and watching the text flow screen without you having to do anything at all. Save perhaps correct the odd word here and there and at a little bit of punctuation now and then.

So for those looking for a little bit of poetry or little ditty, much as I am want to post here and there, I apologize but I have none as yet today. But you never know the creativity may come yet to write one for your entertainment. Otherwise I bid you adieu for the time being.


P. S.  It really is awesome to see an entire entry done with most of it having been done by talking.



I have been increasingly intrigued by other languages over the past while. Years really. No idea why, it just seems to interest me. The thought of speaking to someone in a different way yet getting ideas across… Perhaps that is why. Or perhaps I just don’t like being unable to understand things that are in plain view or earshot.

I have said this elsewhere, that I work in retail; and infrequent though it is, I do get customers in who don’t, or cannot speak English, or just can’t very well. I have often wished at that point that I could be the one to bridge that gap and converse with them in their own language, even if poorly on my part.

To that end, I often pay attention to translations of this or that. French is so prevalent in Canadian culture and advertising that it is difficult not to learn some of the language even without trying. I have even picked up on some key phrases and words in Japanese from watching as much anime as I have these past months. I am very very far from being able to make use of that language in any meaningful form; however it feels good to know what little I do.

And all of that has led me to today, and yesterday really. I was reading Android magazine, and they featured this among many other apps: Duolingo. It’s a free app that offers to teach you a few different languages. Alas, no japanese; however french is there. And that one I feel is more important to my every day life at this point than being able to watch anime without subtitles.

So I started in on the app and it’s training last night while enjoying the night air and a fire on my deck; and thus far I have been fairly surprised by how much I do know of the French language. Don’t get me wrong. I couldnt hold a conversation with a stick at this point, but it has been easy for me to comprehend many of the phrases and words in the training thus far. I still struggle with so much of the grammar and genderization in that language, but I am slowly picking up on syntax. And every new word I learn brings me closer to making true use of the tongue.

I am going to keep at this. So far the lessons have been quick and poignant, and a lot of fun. I find myself trying to speak the phrases I am leaning, and often get a step wrong because I translate the phrase to English and key it as such instead of entering the French text. The amuses me.

So we will see where this goes. Hopefully it isn’t a passing fancy as so many other interests in my life. Only time will tell that. Until later,

Au revoir à plus tard!