Gregor Always Was A Mountain

I should have done this when I started my latest re-read of A Song Of Ice And Fire. But anyway ..

A Game Of Thrones, Sansa 2 (Chapter 30)

A Game of Thrones

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Gregor Clegane is such a massive character. From the moment he was introduced, I was intrigued. It’s the way GRRM paints him. So .. BIG.

It gets better as the story goes on. There’s a passage where GRRM talks about the tall men in the Seven Kingdoms, I think perhaps Catelyn’s pov. From my recollection, which may be wrong, it’s the Mountain who towers over all.

You know, it might be in ASOS, where Tyrion is watching the Red Viper and The Mountain go at it. Hmmm.

But in this chapter, the first time we are introduced to Clegane, it’s Sandor that gives us the best insight into his brother. I mean, the chapter’s got so much in it, this isn’t a major point, but it’s a point.

Gregor works a little off-center. Kiltered. He pushed his brother’s face into a brazier because he stole a toy. And throughout the series there isn’t any "redemption" of him. He’s not misunderstood. He’s not even like Jaime or Sandor, who have unapologetically done henious acts, but are on the road to some kind of change.

Ha ha, I guess that’s wrong though. Gregor has been changed. Anyway.

Order In Context (Part 2)


I’ve been doing more work on a system which needs to model Relationships (see the first post in this Series).

The Relationship table is set and cannot be changed by the User. I realise you could handcode the Relationships themselves, maybe as Equates, but I prefer to create a Table.

Values in the Relationship table would be, for example, "Parent/Child" or "Husband/Wife" or "Master/Slave".

The Person table is pretty straight forward for this example. All that matters is that it’s a listing of the people who are going to be a part of the Relationship records.

The RelationshipInstance table is as the name says, an Instance for each Relationship that is created in the system.

The RelationshipInstancePerson table is the end-game. In the context (which is the determined by the system, knowing what to do with the "Name" field in the Relationship record) of the Relationship, there is an "Order". So in the example of "Parent/Child", Order=1 would be the Parent, and Order=2 would be the Child.

How am I doing? Can you think of examples where this structure will break?

$10 Million To Make A Clarion .Net Ad

Let’s say you were tasked with the job of coming up with an advertising campaign for Clarion dot Net.

What would you do?

Here’s an idea to kick things off, although anyone who’s listened to the podcast will already know it.

The Focal point of the campaign is the word "Rad". It’s said by a bunch of different people, in different situations .. All pointing back to Clarion .Net.

If you had an big budget, what kind of Advertising Campaign would you do for Clarion .Net?

The Revamped Clarion Podcast, #1, Is Live!


WARNING: This is a large mp3 file, 70+ megs. Apologies, I’ll be trimming the structure for next time.


Bruce Johnson

Dave Harms

Kim Davies

Stu Andrews

Some Of The Things We Talk About:

  • Nettalk 5
  • Clarionmag rewrite
  • Marketing ideas for Clarion
  • Important "Support" lessons
  • And the upcoming release of the Appgen

Who Is ChattyDM And Why Should You Care?

I’m starting a series. It’s about people. The idea is to _point_ to people.


Who is ChattyDM?

About three weeks ago, exploring deep into an ancient Mayan temple as I do every September, I came across a scroll. It was old. Old and older. A prophesy of great power. It said .. That Phil and I were actually long lost brothers, bound by chords of nerdery and geekness far stronger than mere mortal friendship.


Chatty (Phil Menard) started his blog, Musings of a Chatty DM, back in July 2007. Here’s his first post, Blogging or bugging my friends? That’s just over a year ago, and he’s already amongst the premier Role-Playing Game blogs in the world.

What does Chatty do on his blog? I’ll tell you in his own words:

I like to talk about D&D, Tropes, Coolness in RPGs, my current campaign (Prep and journal), my geeky thoughts and my poking at the Crunch and Fluff of my favorite RPG.

Chatty is a guy who will further your imagination. He’s a compassionate Dad who’s passion for story-telling flows out into all facets of his online (and offline, given posts like this).

Why should you care?

Stories are universal, regardless of whether you play Role-Playing Games. Chatty understands the art of _telling_ stories. He’s open and friendly and has a great sense of humor.

That’s why you should care. Because stories are part of our fabric, both individually and collectively.

What I’ve Been Up To

I’ve just put the Clarion Folk podcast live. It’s over an hour, which is too long. Will be trimming the structure for next time.

Chris Brogan gave me the thumbs up to post on DadOMatic, which I just did now, here. It’s a fantastic site, something that struck a chord in me the first article/post I read. Awesome stuff!

The script for the 3rd episode of The Plastic Detectives is coming along. It’s putting aside singular time to do it that’s the problem.

Am working on the first flash game for the The Plastic Detectives site. "Working" means at the moment I’ve thought about it, installed FlashDevelop, and done a couple of tutorials.

I’m working on something new too. Not sure what will come of it. A couple of things I’ve tried to solve is modelling "Relationships" and some other customer relationship functionality.

Oh, and I’ve been successfully walking and running 5 kms each way to my salary work for the last two weeks. Walking TO work, and running FROM work. Heh heh.

Why I’m Not A "Mad Professor Genius" Programmer

Hi, my name is Stu, and I”m a .. ???

Two posts I”ve just read (thanks to Lindsay for posting them on FriendFeed) have sparked my mind into action.

1. Do you know any programmers that exhibit these personality traits?

2. How to get the most out of your Eccentric Programmer/"Genius"

Lispy, the author, seems like a cool dude. The blog is very minimalist.

To get a full understanding, read both of the articles in that order, and be sure to at least scan the comments.

But for those who don”t want to, let me sum up for you.

  • The first article listed a bunch of personality traits. I imagine for most programmers, at least half of these traits are easy to identify with. I did with most of them.
  • The comments in the first article are mostly people saying "Wow! Stop following me!" I”m in observational mode, not judgemental with this statement.
  • The second article goes further into ramifications of the personality traits. Real life examples, more stark warnings and subtle messages.
  • The comments in the second article take a turn. From the beginning there is opposition. One of them follows:
    • Bruce Says:   
      August 28, 2008 at 1:37 pm
      I call shenanigans. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re all misunderstood geniuses. Right.

      In 20+ years of working in this industry I’ve never met anyone like this who I’d describe as a genius. Generally, the real words that come to mind are “pain in the ass”, “loser”, “loose cannon”, “unreliable”, and “dangerous”. This guy kills teams, code, and projects stone dead. If you find someone like this on one of your teams, terminate with extreme prejudice.

The comments really add so much to these particular discussions. Especially the second one. The starkness of perception.

This kind of person is me.

This kind of person is a mad scientist (genius and misunderstood).

This kind of person is bad news.

I”m not a misunderstood genius programmer. Sure, I exhibit these traits. But there”s another side.

Looking through these articles, a lot of what is said strikes a chord. But then, a lot doesn”t.

Here”s the breakdown. It”s a little egotistical to write a post looking at myself, but my point was to highlight the the similarities and differences with the above articles contents. The other side.

YES! You Must Have Been Spying On Me!

  • I”m absolutely idea driven. And like was said in the posts above, my dreams are my reality. A project will consume almost every waking thought.
  • I have half a dozen big ideas floating around my head at the same time. In combination with Problem #1, this means my brain is fighting for time to give each of them
  • The idea, the initial creation, is exciting. The implementation, the building, is hard. A large trail of "awesome" projects is littered behind my feet, shelved in pursuit of the next one.
  • Sometimes my kids will have to ask me a question ten (and more) times before my mind will snap into gear and _listen_ to them. I will have been solving a problem or expanding a feature in my latest project.
  • In arguments, I will hone in and be merciless and ruthless in pointing out the logical imperfections. I will then turn around and be completely honest about my intentions. I will use logical imperfections in arguments, because I know what they are, and the power that they hold.
  • I love to create. I”ve written stories since I could write. I”m learning to branch out into other mediums of storytelling than just a pen and paper. I”ve also spent a few months drawing comics, learning how to use GIMP. Been writing songs since I learnt to play the guitar, over fifteen years ago. Have started a bunch of blogs throughout the last few years, and then let most of them go.

NO! That”s not me!

  • I”m in a wonderful, stable, exciting and committed relationship with my beautiful wife.
  • I”m father to four amazing kids, and we bind our family together every day we are together.
  • Presence, not just with the Family, but in the totality of my relationships, is very important to me. I”m far from good at it, but it is part of my life. (Read this post at Dadomatic about Presence, it sparked my  understanding a bit more)
  • Responsibility is a big part of my life. And was previous to me getting married and having kids. Responsibility to my friendships, to my family.
    • I got beaten up a lot  in year five, after we moved interstate. I was an annoying kid, a preacher”s kid, and I couldn”t understand why people just didn”t _like_ me.
    • My folks signed me up to boxing lessons at the Police Boys Club. After the first week I _hated_ (and if you know me, "hate" is too strong a word, "dislike" is more appropriate, heh) it. Absolutely did not want to go back. My Dad was immovable. I bent first, and became far stronger for the experience. It was a very important lesson for me. Commit. See it through to the end.
    • Although it sounds a little out of place, this lesson taught me a lot about being responsible in relationships. Let my yes be yes. If I say I”ll do something, then I should do it.
  • Discipline. Daily Disciplines. Experiential Disciplines. Random Disciplines.
    • Daily: Each day there are things I do the same. Quiet times. Reading feeds. Time with kids. Time with beautiful half. Exercising. Teaching the kids.
    • Experiential: Looking someone in the eyes when talking. Asking questions AND listening. Apologising when I”ve caused a problem, when I”ve said something stupid, when I”ve done a wrong thing.
    • Random: Helping people on the street, on the road, in the shops.
  • Grace.
    • None of the above would be possible without Grace. I”m a christian. Jesus Christ is my King. He has saved me from death and hell. From what I deserve for my sin. That”s Grace.
    • It works out in every aspect of my life. Every bit of ME wants to forget about taking time in prayer at the end of the night. I”m tired. I”ve just coded for hours straight, or played a game for hours straight, or read till three in the morning. Every bit of ME wants to put my headphones on and return to the project. To immerse myself, and not have to drag my brain into reality.
    • I know someone who is ME down to the model airplanes from early teenage years. Except he”s the opposite. He can”t commit to a relationship. He has no control over his emotions, especially his anger and lust. He”s out of relationship with his family.
    • I”m only able to do these things because of grace. Cause left to my own, I”d be on the same road. Please, even if you are opposed Christianity and the idea of Grace, understand what I”m saying:

On my own I would be a Mad Scientist (not genius) Programmer. But I”m not alone.

Thanks for reading this far. The post kind of veered, creating a new road. Hopefully it has sparked some thought in you. I hope some good conversation will come of it.

Do your personality traits rule you?