Winter Camp XXIII - 1999

This is the Hobby Log for Winter Camp XXIII. The logs for previous years are still available. Check the Hobby Center for details.

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On 1/21/2001, Steve continued writing scripts
The latest one is on the front page of the Lodge site - it allows the site to collect a start and stop date for any news that gets added, then shows only the "current" news. I'm working on a version 2 that will allow you to specify categories, datafiles, and whether or not you care about the dates (so you can get an archive).

On January 10, Steve continued writing perl scripts
The new script is on the front page of the wintercamp site. It displays total, weekly, and daily visitors and is, in part, a response to a very old suggestion from Mark Bollman-->.

On dec 14 00, David W Realized that he hasn't begun or rememberd what his hobby was.

During the first week of October, Ron Donohue began building shelves woodworking
I built three shelves that would work for books, but they have been
appropriated by my wife as Beanie Baby and Happy Meal toy shelves. When I
get pictures developed, I will share them. The shelves are what are known as
"invisible" or "pocket" shelves. They are made by cutting two identical pieces of plywood
and then placing 1X2' furring strips between the two layers on three sides, creating
a hollow box that is open on one side. The box is assembled using finish nails so that the sides
are clean of marks. Some kind of baseboard or molding is nailed on to the three side to
cover up the two pieces of plywood and the strip in the middle, with mitered corners.
The whole hollow box is then finished uysing paint or stain. In this case, I used white paint.
A 2X2' board is then attached to the wall, and the pocket is slipped over the board, and then the shelf is attached
using finishing nails from the top (where they will not show). The result is a shelf without any kind of brackets
or visible supports. I made three shelves, eight inches deep, with two seven feet in length and one eight feet in length.
The result is approximately 22 linear feet of potential bookshelves. Assuming a typical paperback is about 1.5 inches, (equating
to 8 books per foot) I have made shelves for 176 books. Given my original target of 2000 books, I have about 1824 books left to shelve.
I guess I better get back to work.
hollow box is slipped over the

On whatever date you wanna put, Steve Clark completed his hobby tutoring
Yeah not sure, but I have tutored a bunch of ppl. Anyway yeah.

On 10/15/00, Michael Quirouette continued Keybording
I finished learning my song the other day....now i'm gonna memorize it.....

On 9/11/00, John completed food preparation and house cleaning.
I made breakfast, forced the kids to clean up toys, did dishes, vacuumed. This is the best hobby ever, way cooler than say macremae or opera.

During August, Steve D continued writing scripts
I've got about 3/4 of the perl for the Empire game written. The ultimate game will incorporate both Perl and Javascript elements. I hope to complete the entire process by the end of September.

During August, Steve D. continued using his new script
You can check out that same script in action on a couple more pages I'm woring on. One is TurtleChick.Com and the other is Ample and Trite.

On August 8, 2000, Steve continued writing Perl CGI Scripts
It's the first actual script in use. I wrote my own counter for the Lodge Page. Concentric's counter couldn't distinguish between migisi and wintercamp so I wrote my own. Woohoo! Way better than "hello world".
This one includes several new things including passed arguments (each counter has a name) and file i/o. There's no stopping me now <G>

On July 31, 2000, Jeff Rand began Snorkeling
Observed about 50 species of tropcial fish and coral formations in the Kapalua Bay. Water was crystal clear and I dove to depth of about 20 feet, successfully exhaling the water through the snorkel. Snorkel World in Lahaina rents equipment for $1.50 per day.

On February 17, Geoff Booth continued collecting words
Geoff announced the word for the week, “Sophisticated”, which he defined as meaning “elegant”. He also spelled the word, although having it written in front of him may have made that easier.

On January 20, Geoff Booth announced his hobby.
Geoff explained his hobby at the chapter meeting, becoming, as far as I recall, the first person ever to do so. He also reported that he'd received several clippings from Reader's Digest from Mr. Draper and suggested that since he didn't have internet access, he'd try to call me (Steve Donohue) with a “Word of the Week”. Stay tuned for further developments.

On 1/11, Steve Clark continued tutoring
I helped this kid in my scout troop come up with ideas and write a sonnet. (By the way what sort of proof do I need for this hobby?)

On 1/9/2000, Steve completed his first script.
That's right baby, I'm on the road to Perl mastery. Check out my first cgi script and be prepared to stand in less than awe.

On 1/4/00, Steve Clark began tutoring his neighbor
It's in math.

On 1/4/00, Steve Clark decided that he'd do two hobbies.
I've decided to take on both tutoring (my assigned hobby) and getting our chapter to quality chapter level.

On Jan 4, John completed cleaning the house.
I uh like picked up my dirty underwear, put my used kleenex in the trash can and tried not to spit food on the floor

On January 3,1999, Dave began looking at crap on the internet relating to his hobby.
There is a buncha useless junk about using the Worldcraft System...it will take some time to determine the value of most of it.

On January 2, 2000, Steve ordered CGI 101
This just published book, written by Jackie Hamilton (webmaster at SJ Games), goes with the website at, strangely enough, www.cgi101.com. The first six chapters are offered there and are pretty good. As a bonus, Jackie is amazingly good about answering questions and stuff, so I'm really looking forward to working through this text, which also includes some chapters I'm keenly interested in: working with flatfile databases. Since Concentric doesn't offer a database engine, flatfiles are pretty much where we're at for now. If you're interested, you can order the book, which is self-published, on the CGI 101 web site

On January 1, 2000, Steve downloaded the most recent Perl interpreter
The interpreter will allow me to debug my Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language) scripts on my local machine before unleashing them on the Winter Camp Universe or the Mi-Gi-Si Home Page.

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