Saturday 17 October
Good morning Kate and Bill and Mary and Glenn and Eric and Chad and Amy and everybody, what a beautiful morning here in Lake Wales, Florida. We're pouring down some coffee and continuing with setup operations.
Regarding the webcam, I had some mixed results with it last night and I'm going to try a few more things today, but I'll be surprised if I can get it working right, we'll see.
Clean Leap and the Golden Knights:
Above is a hasty panoramic shot of the hangar, you can see there's a whole lot of people getting registered.
...just spent the last hour hanging out around registration, it is just so great to see all these faces...the nationals experience seems as much a reunion as a competition, no? Hey look, there's my ex-boss, bookended by skygoddesses Arianna De Benedetti and Lisa Aune:
chimes in -- pickin' and sippin']
T2 is busy hacking away at the team info pages, what you'll get when you klicken-Sie-hier-bitte on the team numbers on the results pages. I don't see how he can read some of those team member names. One's propensity to skydive seems to be directly proportional to the obscurity of one's family name. Sure, the Meat [sic] Direktor is Scott Smith, and the most experienced team from the Ranch is named Guy Mike Billy Joe Fred or something like that, but everyone else runs the gamut from Pilcher to Inabette to Oczkowski (hi Oscar!) to Brodsky-Chenfeld (hi Dan! Tell Kindsvater I said hello). This year's meet hosted by a Hill, but not The Larry, and she (the host, Betty) only recently a ring-them-Kabeller. Only in America!!!
Yours Truly spent most of the day hacking OmniCode, in particular upgrading the software that displays the team photos automatically when one of the scoring processors cues said team to be judged (like, uhm, you care). The Crisis of the Day yesterday was much more entertaining: after all the equipment was set up and turned on, we were distressed to discover that the main OmniSkore interface software (what the Event Judge operates to control the Scoring Processor) was completely, utterly b0rken. All the control buttons were missing! Panicked, I fired up the development environment on my Sony laptop. Worked great. Copied the program over to the event judges' laptops. Still b0rken. Wtf?! Three hours of hacking and grinding later, still no luck. The software no w0rkie on the IBM ThinkPad 240Z laptops. But works great on my Sony VAOI. Valium, please.
Then I got to thinking. This exact same software was working great in France barely a month ago. And boom, without changing a thing, it's completely autistic in Florida. What changed? The only thing I did was change the time zone from Paris to EST .... Naw, that couldn't be it. Still, I changed one of the laptop's times back to GMT+1 (Paris). Software worked great. Back to EST, b0rken again. Reboot all the laptops. Software works great again. Go figure. Any clues out there? (Please: hold the get-a-Mac digs. When Mac joins the universe of open architecture, we can go there. Until then, I invite those of ewe who disagree to build a real-time scoring system with nothing but apple slices. Or cores, whatever.)
T2 now reminds me I need to test NetPost. Darn responsibility. Okay...
(p.s. if you see bizarre data in the results pages today, relax, I'm training NetPost how to handle results that may or may not have a jump-off round ... World Meet aftermath ... the results tables will be reset before Round 1 begins ...)