11. January 2015 · Comments Off on Exporting a list of bought and borrowed Kindle books from Amazon · Categories: Programming · Tags: , , , ,

This is a very quick-and-dirty method to pull all the books that Amazon knows you have bought or borrowed for your Kindle. There are various ways to export the list of purchased books from Amazon but I read a lot of e-books from the library and couldn’t find a way to export those. (Oct 20th, 2016 Update: Fixed code after Amazon tweaked their layout – thanks for letting me know, Annie!

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This is a summary of how to create a PDF file that has internal links. Perfect if, say, you’re creating a solitaire adventure for Tunnels & Trolls (think “Choose Your Own Adventure” kind of thing).

UPDATE: I decided to really blow this thing out and add a whole lot more detail. It’s so long it now has its own web page: http://www.ardenstoneadventures.com/writing/how_to_write_a_solo_adventure. I recommend you go there to read while I debate removing the below instructions.

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24. January 2013 · Comments Off on Deluxe T&T Kickstarter Pledge Helper · Categories: General

One of my favorite pen and paper roleplaying games is Tunnels & Trolls (T&T). I’ve done things like create an online character generator and tracker over at Ardenstone Adventures and I end up playing through mostly solitaire adventures here and there. Anyhow, the author and publisher are issuing a new version of the rules and I encourage all you fellow nerds to support the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls KickStarter campaign. But you need to hustle; it ends February 5th.

In fact, I encourage it so much that I wrote a little web application to help you figure out what pledge levels allow what optional rewards and how much your dream bundle would cost. Please see the totally unofficial Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls Reward Calculator.

I’ve heard one too many motivational speeches lately and it finally occurred to me who most embodies the phrase, “Stay Hungry – Stay Foolish.” Thank you, Lucy.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

25. November 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: WordPress · Tags:

So apparently comments have been broken on this blog, possibly for some time. My apologies if you tried to leave a comment and it failed – that probably explains the ghost counting I’d been seeing (where it says there is one comment but there doesn’t appear to be one). Anyhow, this was due to the challenge plugin I was using, for now I’ve simply disabled it.

13. November 2011 · Comments Off on T&T Character Creator · Categories: General · Tags: , ,

I have, in all my long days of being an upstanding nerd, played various roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, etc. I don’t play much these days, but a few times a year I’ll still crack open my favorite rules and play a Tunnels & Trolls solo adventure.

What could make this post even more nerdy? I could take the opportunity to polish up my feeble AJAX skills and write a T&T Character Creator. Nerdtastic.

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02. July 2011 · Comments Off on Word Count · Categories: General · Tags: ,

This is a simple word counter (and character counter). Sometimes online forms ask you to limit yourself to some number of words or characters. To see how big your text is, just paste it here below. In addition, this will "clean" the text for sites that say things like "don’t paste MS Word text, copy to notepad first", etc. Text entered below will automatically have smart tags and other common characters transformed into their plain text equivalents. If you’re trying to paste into an online form and getting strange characters (like question marks with diamonds around them), paste it into the box below and then copy it.

Note that JavaScript must be enabled (that’s how it cleans and counts).

Words: 0        Characters: 0

Since last we met, my dear reader (and you, no doubt, a spam bot), I have ended up back in a climate somewhat colder than one might hope. This forced upon me the not unpleasant task of researching something that would warm my fingers as they grasp the glass and innards as they consume the contents. I’ve been referring to it as the Winter Warmer.
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