rich-c: everyone arrive at once?
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changed username to Daniel B. rich-c: in fact, are you there? Daniel B.: bonsoir! rich-c: salut, Daniel Daniel B.: Where is Frances? Daniel B.: It's birthday time! Daniel B.: party! rich-c: sleeping off the ice cream, in the living room Daniel B.: sleeping? ... too much sugar? rich-c: I'm afraid us old folks are a little more conservative about such things rich-c: just generally full stomachs
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changed username to Luc Miron Luc Miron: Hi guys! rich-c: in fact I dozed off myself, she had to wake me for the chat Daniel B.: bonsoir Luc Daniel B.: PARTY! Luc Miron: PARTY? rich-c: ah, Luc - bonsoir Luc Miron: Bonsoir Rich. :) rich-c: this was just my bad day Daniel B.: I'm down this week, but today it's Frances' birthday!
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changed username to <undefined> rich-c: first my plastic coffee measuring spoon broke Daniel B.: Who's entering and not entering at the same time? rich-c: then the little plastic tag holding the bread closed snapped <undefined>: Argh, what kind of name is undefined?
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changed username to Guy B Guy B: Greetings!!! Daniel B.: good evening GuyB rich-c: oh, it's GuyB, finally made it in - hi, Guy rich-c: we have three undefineds who may or may not be here Luc Miron: So has anyone heard from GuyF recently? Luc Miron: Hi GuyB. :) Guy B: Brb rich-c: nope, he's been quiet, but maybe the Facebookers know something Luc Miron: Sorry to hear about your bad day, Rich. Today was a good day for me: The floor is finally done in my bedroom. :) rich-c: oh dear - it needed a new floor? how come? <undefined>: resurfacing, most likely. rich-c: ah, well at least one of our undefineds is alive! Daniel B.: saturday, GuyF did contact me by facebook because I did ask him a question Daniel B.: Who's playing "guess who"? Pam? rich-c: well, you young folk do a lot of Facebooking - us oldsters tend not to have the time rich-c: no, Pam knows how to change undefined to her name <undefined>: should be the other way around, oldsters don't work or have children to tend to, therefore, more time on hand. Daniel B.: Identify yourself, please. rich-c: should be, but first thing you retire, you wonder how you ever found time to go to work <undefined>: I am undefined Daniel, not declared, therefore residing in your mind's eye. rich-c: that sounds like one of our Montreal people Daniel B.: And I'm about to request to kick out undefined people in this chat room. Luc Miron: Yeah, we removed the carpet in my bedroom a few months ago, and my mom replainted the walls before we (finally) found a guy to install the wood floor panels. <undefined>: could be, Rich. ;)
<undefined> changed username to Guy F. Guy F.: Hiya Luc Miron: Hey! GuyF is in the house! rich-c: ah so, I ws guessing well tonight Guy F.: Yeah, it's rare, but tonight I decided to stay up and party with you guys! Guy B: Hi Guy F. Long time. no see Guy F.: Hi everyone!!! Luc Miron: Hey dude! Guy F.: Hello my fellow Quebecers, Luc, Dan, fellow Canadians, Rich and other fellow North Americans, Guy B! Luc Miron: Happy New Year, while it's crossing my mind. ;) rich-c: yes, you missed the last chat Guy F.: Thanks, happy new year to everyone, lots of health prosperty and coleco items off of ebay for cheap. Luc Miron: Okay, GuyF, we've got plenty to talk about! Where do we start... rich-c: the Slopsemas will be missing this one - they are somewhere at sea Guy F.: Luc: Is Gulkave ready? :D rich-c: on a ship that charges $4.25 to connect you to the net then $1.25 a minute for online time! Luc Miron: @GuyF: Funny you should ask, because I'm working on the manual while I'm chatting here. :) Guy F.: Nice, is the game ready though? Luc Miron: You want to see the finalized box and cart label? Guy F.: Did Opcode get to finish it? Luc Miron: Yeah, it's just about ready. I'm testing the final release candidate these days. Guy F.: Awesome!!! Guy F.: I knew he could do it, if anybody could... he's dedicated to the colecovision... Luc Miron: He's also working on Track & Field, just in case you're interested. ;) Guy F.: hmmm Track and Field. Luc Miron: These days, he's actually dedicated to the ColecoVision 2... :P Guy F.: The SEM? rich-c: so Guy, you going to help Daniel with the haggling for the Adamcon hotel? Luc Miron: He just got a licensing agreement with River West Brand (owner of the Colecovision trademark) to use it for the ColecoVision 2. Guy F.: If haggling needs to be done, I'll do it, but at the Hilton, not sure they haggle! Daniel B.: GuyF, you should take a look at AtariAge forum to see how many things are going on, specially about ColecoVision. Luc Miron: He's just about ready to dump the SEM in favor of a standalone ColecoVision clone, but this clone will contain the SEM's features and other stuff too. rich-c: on conventions, everyone haggles, at least a little - Daniel isn't good at it though Guy F.: Wow, excellent!!! I've been totally out of the Colecovision homebrew loop in years. Guy F.: Well, if there's a hotel that retains your attention Daniel, let me know, and I can always go there in person. Luc Miron: @GuyF: check this out: http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/155232-team-pixelboy-news-bulletin-december-20th-2009/ rich-c: things always go better with someone on the scene, and Daniel is in Ste. Foy Daniel B.: Guy's hotel seems to be the best choice... but I can't conclude any deal now. First because I didn't contact many hotels and second because the saler is not available at the moment, in vacation for two weeks. Guy F.: I realize that, but I am very limited in time, usually running after work to go pick up the kids, etc... Guy F.: The other hotels might be cheaper, but you get what you pay for. rich-c: how wide a choice of hotels do you have? Guy F.: The one I gave Daniel is really a nice one, top notch hotel.... something equivalent, if not better to the one in Whitby Guy F.: It's really unlimited, actually 7 in Laval, but we can extend to Montreal if rates are better, but I doubt it. rich-c: Frances and I are most worried about getting what we pay for, not what we have to pay rich-c: but others are on tighter budgets. Guy F.: I understand, I'll have to let Daniel do the official price requests, and if something interests us, we can go in for the kill and ask for a better deal. Luc Miron: . o o (Okay, so I guess GuyF is not interested in Gulkave's box and manual...) ;) Luc Miron: manua=cart label, sorry. rich-c: my priorities are meeding my medical needs - handicap aids in the bathroom, twin beds, extra electrical outlets Guy F.: Sorry Luc, I am unable to copy the link off of Spaniel Chat... Daniel B.: The price of the meeting room is the main problem. If we can get at least a rebate because of the number of rooms*nights, it will be fine. But to negociate , I've to talk with the saler. Luc Miron: Really? I can do it just fine... rich-c: Guy, highlight it, hit control-c, that puts it on the clipboard Luc Miron: Yeah, what rich said. :) rich-c: then get it off with control-v to notepad or something Guy F.: Right click doesn't give any kind of menu. Guy F.: Perhaps negotiate a smaller meeting room? rich-c: I have Ditto and Clipboard Recorder, so anything I copy is accessible till I take it out of them Guy F.: worked! thanks Rich. :) Guy F.: Girl's Garden is pretty. :) rich-c: more important is internet for everyone in the meeting room (Wifi OK), screen, enough tables and chairs Luc Miron: @GuyF: Thanks. I just took the box art from the SG-1000 box. Daniel B.: So, it's too soon to give details about the cost or the hotel, but we did decided the dates last year after hours of negociations between us. Luc Miron: Okay, so what date is it? Guy F.: Never heard of the game before though, Gulkave looks nice too... reserve me a copy of Gulkave when it comes out! Daniel B.: AdamCon 22, June 17-20 2010. Luc Miron: GuyF: I told you before, Guy, not only is your copy reserved, but it will be free as well. :) Luc Miron: Your copy of Gulkave, that is. Guy F.: Hey cool Luc, thanks! Yeah, you did say it before, I remember now. :) Luc Miron: If you want a copy of Girl's Garden, you'll have to pay for it though... rich-c: too busy with teh kids for game thinking? Daniel B.: Well, June 17 is the first night. meetings star June 18 morning. Guy F.: I'd probably buy another opcode game before girl's garden Daniel B.: So, I should say it's june 18-20... anyway rich-c: Frances and I will likely arrive a day or two early and maybe stay a bit after Luc Miron: If you want to see a video of Girl's Garden (the SG-1000 version), just do a search on YouTube. It's a pretty cool little game. Guy F.: yeah, my curiosity is piqued. Guy F.: hey cool, I'm taking all of may and june as my vacation, so I'll still be on vacation for the adamcon. rich-c: good, we'll draft you to do all the setup! ; - ) Guy F.: I'm on vacation, but still responsible for 3 children under 3. :) Luc Miron: @GuyF: Oh, I just remembered something important! Guy F.: well, the eldest is olrder than 3 now, so it doesn't work out exactly to 3 under 3. Guy F.: Luc: Go ahead, tell me! :) Luc Miron: Did you ever get around to asking your "Coco guru " about the manual for the Coco2 game "Module Man"? rich-c: but close enough we aren't going to fuss it Guy F.: Nope, but I can, onFacebook, I'll do it now, so I don't forget... Luc Miron: Thanks. I still can't find much info on Module Man on the net. Luc Miron: It's still on my to-do list though, along with so many others... All listed on my Team Pixelboy web site. rich-c: did I tell you I have my own domain and am building a website? Guy F.: OK, message sent. Guy F.: Rich, great, what kind of website are you building? rich-c: it's www.carnuts.ca, parallel but different from www.carnuts,us Guy F.: I hope that Pixelboy games will have a nice one or two hour segment to show all the creations during the adamcon. Guy F.: excellent Rich... I will drop by when it is available to the general public. rich-c: there's a great deal of backstory that doesn't matter, but once on has a domain, life is flexible rich-c: first I have to get it converted from php.bb2 to php.bb3 Luc Miron: Well, I'll only have three or four "creations" ready in time for Adam: Peek-a-boo, Gulkave and Girl's Garden. Perhaps Track & Field too. Luc Miron: But hey, CollectorVision will probably be there with Burn Rubber, playable with TWO steering wheels! Luc Miron: (Thanks for contacting the guy on Facebook, BTW) Daniel B.: I don't know what to do for the Adamcon. Last year I did talk about composing Coleco music based on the sound format to be used with the Coleco bios sound routines... but this year, I don't know. Hope to find a subject to talk about. Luc Miron: Just don't go on a rant about the 4K mini-game compo, please... ;P Guy F.: Going to use PHPBB like carnuts.us? Guy F.: hmmm, wonder if the chat crashed? rich-c: a review of all this new third-party hardware would cover areas few of us know about rich-c: yes, they are on version 3.0.6 and proSilver interface, which is what I want rich-c: I'm working with my ISP to get teh upgrade made - it takes root permissions of the server Daniel B.: well, minigames was my subject at Niagara Falls. Homebrew creations was my subject at Whiteby and Ottawa. Before that, when I wasn't even there, I did a presentation about programming Coleco games in C. And I did a pretty nice preentation specifically about minigames during the meeting we did release the minigames cartridge. rich-c: I've told him to blow away the existing and put on the new version if that's easier Daniel B.: So, I can't tlak really about minigames again rich-c: well, you have never talked about the hardware, just about the emulator, if I recall correctly Daniel B.: I prefer to talk about software, mostly because I don't really know the hardware. I can deal with it, but talking about it is another subject rich-c: what is this Collector Vision or SEM or whatever? I think we'd be interested
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changed username to Pamela rich-c: hi daughter Pamela: good evening Luc Miron: Hi Pam. :) Guy B: Hi Pam rich-c: I'm great at volunteering other people to do things Daniel B.: SEM is 3 letters refering to "super expansion module" which is using new hardware capacities to plug into the console... making it essentially another console with a lot of memory, sounds and graphics. Luc Miron: CollectorVision is a ColecoVision games publisher, like me. rich-c: maybe an overview of that whole scene, then, might be a good idea? Luc Miron: The guy behind CollectorVision is Jean-François Dupuis, a guy who lives about 30 minutes away from my house, by car. He has already released several CV games, and his current release is a rather excellent version of Mario Bros. Daniel B.: I'm not aware of everything, specially about new hardware. Daniel B.: I've forgot... do not use accents in this chat. Luc Miron: @Daniel: Yeah, I noticed. :) Pamela: that's okay we get the gist : ) Luc Miron: The SEM is the Super Expansion Module, previously known as the Opgrade Module, a cartridge module that plugs into the CV's frontal expansion port, and increases the capabilities of the machine: 24K of RAM, a secondary MSX sound chip, etc. Daniel B.: I think the name can confuse people who do know about games in tapes called super games. rich-c: maybe Jean-Fran,cois belongs at an Adamcon, too? Luc Miron: Yeah, I know. But the a moot point since Eduardo will be devoting his efforts to the CV2 now.\ Luc Miron: You can be absolutely certain that J-F will show up. Just decide on the date and the location and he'll be there, I assure you. :) Daniel B.: All I have for now it's dates... we can't really change them Pamela: its a start Daniel Luc Miron: There should be a general announcement made on the AtariAge forums as soon as the hotel issue is resolved. Daniel B.: I think it will be possible only at the end of the month Luc Miron: Okay. rich-c: Pam, how critical an issue is cost - remembering Daniel and Luc and Guy aren't exactly rolling in wealth - or Rich and Erin rich-c: and have you any idea how much of a discount they should look for off the rack rates? Pamela: cost is critical because it determines who can attend and who can't Pamela: but it also gives you the opportunity to see how much bang you can get for your buck rich-c: exactly my point - how much can our folks afford? rich-c: I assume the Drushels, and likely the Slopsemas, will be driving Pamela: the more you can roll into what you're charging, the less extraneous costs you'll have rich-c: and they can use an American route and save on gas Daniel B.: The airport is somehow close to the hilton hote Daniel B.: *wanted to fix my text before sending it... too late rich-c: yes, but who except GuyB and Ron (if possible) is likely to be flying in? Pamela: honestly Daniel, being close to the airport is a small factor in the scheme of things. Most hotels have airport shuttles. rich-c: if a better hotel comes cheaper 30 minutes from the airport, go for it Daniel B.: ok then... next argument, GuyF's family is close to the hotel too. rich-c: we have been known to go fetch people from airports ; - ) Pamela: the best asset you can possibly have in all of this is a cooperative catering manager rich-c: we appear to have lost GuyF Daniel B.: We'ce lost everyone Daniel B.: oh no... I'm here Pamela: I'm here rich-c: me too, and Luc Daniel B.: the screen was frozen for me during a minute Guy B: Ok Back Daniel B.: welcome back rich-c: yes, it sometimes happens on this server Pamela: Far better for the hotel to be reasonably priced, have the space we need and be willing to accomodate our needs Daniel B.: my computer is slow now, I wonder why rich-c: one leaves and he drags others with him Daniel B.: probably the antivirus thing rich-c: Guy, how will you likely travel to Adamcon thius year? Pamela: and for the hotel to have some key basics such as disability friendly and handicapped accessible rooms, and lots of handicapped parking Guy B: Won't be driving that's for sure Pamela: how's the car, Guy? Daniel B.: I know that bathrooms is not a problem... for the rest, from what we have seen with GuyF while driving by the hotel, it looks like Daniel B.: *it looks fine rich-c: lots of other things too, Pam - enough lighting, internet connection in rooms, decent chairs and table/desk Pamela: driving by is not good enough Daniel - he needs to go in and have a good look around from a convention perspective rich-c: for instance, Daniel, we need double beds because I use my pressurized air machine to breathe all night Guy B: Ok, so far. The light went on Sunday. Then the car was running fine then the light went off. Pamela: the check engine light? Guy B: Dealership told me, should the Trac Off come on again. Bring it in Pamela: oy Guy B: We got above freezing today. So, we finally broke the ice, so to speak Daniel B.: I'll not remember everything from the chat. Pamela: I know Daniel Pamela: I'm still working on getting that outline done for you rich-c: yes, we were above freezing a while today, with the same forecast for tomorrow Pamela: must sit down with that in the next few days Daniel B.: here, tonight is not only cold, it's incredibly cold Daniel B.: maybe it's the wind or something, but it's very very cold Pamela: sounds like you still have yesterday's weather : ) rich-c: it's what we had teh last few days, Daniel - cold with a biting wind - it will pass Daniel B.: almost time for me to leave. goodnight and if Luc is still here : "bonsoir et on se reparlera cerainement" Daniel B.: bye Pamela: goodnight Daniel rich-c: bonsoir, Daniel - a la prochaine Guy B: Night Daniel Luc Miron: Bye Dan! Luc Miron: I have to leave too. I'm glad I dropped by tonight. :) Pamela: bonsoir, Luc - good to see you rich-c: Guy, Porter Airlines now serves both Montreal and Chicago Midway, don't know if they are straight through Luc Miron: Ciao! (*poof*)
Luc Miron left chat session Pamela: I wish I could the rest of my life organized as easily as convention planning seems to come to me Guy B: I know, they been advertising in the paper. rich-c: they fly out of Toronto Island (Downtown) airport with Bombardier Q400 aircraft Pamela: Hey Dad, did Mom have a good day? rich-c: don't know how their prices stack up - Westjet might also be an option rich-c: no, she was very down all day, no reason, just felt off colour Guy B: Daniel still has to find a hotel or has he narrowed a couple down? Pamela: he's still working on the hotel but I believe he has some options Pamela: that's no good Dad rich-c: well, he has his eye on one, but maybe he shouldn't fizate on it rich-c: the room rate is high - $124/ night, and so is the meeting room, I suspect Guy B: Whoa Guy B: My company's is going to have the convention in Montreal in June and they are already taking registrations and more are coming in everyday. I believe it's in the middle of June rich-c: we're trying to offer a little coaching, maybe get GuyF and Luc into the act Guy B: Would help rich-c: yes, especially if they will pay your air fare - but what if it overlaps the Adamcon? Pamela: you don't have a conflict, do you? Guy B: No, I won't be at the company's convention. rich-c: but if there is schedule overlap, maube you can get a break on air fares? how's your HR department? Pamela: its one of the reasons we want to get the hotel nailed down as soon as possible Pamela: mid June is high convention and wedding season Guy B: The company holds them either in May or June. Pamela: it's also why the bigger hotels are not such a good idea rich-c: I suspect Guy's outfit has had it set up since 2008 or earlier rich-c: if they are there over the weekend of the 13th they might be sorry, with the race on Pamela: sorry I'm a bit distracted here Guy B: Oh yeah. He should work around that rich-c: wondering where you had got to Pamela: the race is the week before the convention? Then a smaller hotel might be very happy to see us. rich-c: well we're already set for teh 17th - 20th so the race will be gone and Quebec National Day still to come rich-c: not sure but I think Daniel is looking at a Hilton Pamela: I really must go and write that down Pamela: It seems to me that what he said he was looking at was a Hampton Inn by Hilton Pamela: still, somewhat expensive Guy B: My company's convention is from June 20 through the 23rd Pamela: and I think one of the reasons it's favoured is because it's fairly close to Guy Foster's place rich-c: could well be, Pam - they are nice but pricey Pamela: any place with Hilton in the name is going to be pricey Guy B: Yes, indeed Pamela: I really need to get going on that outline rich-c: made the point with him that distance to the airport was a secondary consideration rich-c: after all, from St. Cathariness we picked him up from Hamilton Pamela: well it really isn't already that far from St. C to Ham, and it's all highway Pamela: that wouldn't necessarily be the case in Montreal rich-c: make sure your clue sheet picks up teh need for lots of electrical outlets in the rooms Pamela: I have no idea where the airport is in relation to Laval for instance rich-c: not to mention decent lighting and chairs Pamela: well hotel rooms are pretty standard Dad rich-c: relatively close in - get up Mapquest or Google Maps Pamela: I know nothing about how Montreal is laid out Pamela: must get a map and study it rich-c: not they are not Pam, some are as bad on outlets as your apartment rich-c: you want Dorval up to the northwest - I think it's been renamed for Trudeau now that he's safely dead Pamela: outlets are not our issue here Dad - circuits are our issue : ) rich-c: I will likely bring an extension cord and power bar or two Pamela: never a bad thing to have : ) rich-c: but of course those have three-prong plugs and bet on the outlets being two prong Pamela: well we're nitpicking now Papa Pamela: that's for a later conversation Pamela: we need to look at the bigger picture right now rich-c: when I have to plug in a CPAP machine within reach of the bed, it can be a big niot to pick Pamela: well first let's find the hotel, then we can nitpick Guy B: Exactly rich-c: yes, that is definitely the order of priority, just don't spend too much time on a hopelessly useless place Guy B: Anyway, we are the only three left rich-c: yes, it's a thin night tonight, be better next week Pamela: with the Slopsemas out of town and Ron still nursing Sue, we're a bit thin on the ground rich-c: yes, that cuts us down, doesn't it? Pamela: it does indeed Guy B: And I got through burning 15 albums to about 20 CD's last weekend Pamela: that's good news Guy rich-c: that's quite an accomplishment, Guy - I still haven't even opened my USB turntable Guy B: That's the most I've done Pamela: you need to get going on that Dad Guy B: I'm recording my 45 records at the moment rich-c: I have a list, Pam, but it's a long one rich-c: the rear door seal pulled off on the van today Pamela: well that's a pain Pamela: I'm assuming you're talking about the back cargo doors Pamela: and not the sliding door rich-c: I was telling teh gang earlier - everything plastic I touched, broke Pamela: well then stop touching! rich-c: lost my coffee measuring spoon, tag off the breadbag, handle off our shopping bag... rich-c: yes, the side door is OK, but those damn things are expensive Pamela: geez Dad, sounds like you've been channeling me! rich-c: not like Guy's light, but expensive Guy B: Well folks, I'm going to call it the night. Will see you all next week Pamela: g'nite Guy rich-c: OK Guy, see you then Pamela: good luck with the car Guy B: Will keep posted on that rich-c: good Guy B: Poof
Guy B left chat session rich-c: anyway, have our old farts luncheon tomoprrow - your mother is coming Pamela: that's nice - where? rich-c: Royal Canadian Military Institute - that place a couple of blocks up from your office with the cannons in front Pamela: is there parking? rich-c: no, we will be taking a taxi Pamela: okay good solution Pamela: where is it, address wise? rich-c: given the circumstances, likely our best - I've already got it ordered. rich-c: don't know but it's just up from the US Consulate, south of Dundas Pamela: okay not too far from me Pamela: what about celebrating Mom's birthday? rich-c: about four blocks, I think - nothing at all in summer Pamela: well a little farther than that - I'm at Wellington, don't forget rich-c: we had ice cream as her indulgence tonight - that's what she wanted so that's what we got Pamela: any plans for this weekend? rich-c: so King - Adelaide - Richmond - Queen, and a partial block more rich-c: hibernation? Pamela: LOL, it supposed to be quite pleasant weather wise Pamela: so maybe a good time not to hibernate rich-c: what constitutes pleasant depends on your age rich-c: try "not so bad" 8-) Pamela: between minus 10 and just above freezing, I'll take just above freezing any time rich-c: depends on sun and wind - bright sun and no breeze -10 can be livable Pamela: true rich-c: besides, I got me a balaclava and real mitts now Pamela: anyway I'll call you to make plans to come by Pamela: nice to meet you, Sasquatch : ) rich-c: far as I know we will not be going out at all rich-c: so we shall await your call Pamela: hopefully tomorrow evening - must consult with the hubby rich-c: we should be home in lots of time Pamela: well have fun rich-c: right Pamela: if you get the urge, drop by my office for a tour rich-c: long trip without my walker Pamela: : ( Pamela: okay, I'm outta here Papa rich-c: OK, nitey-night, daughter Pamela: kiss Mama for me rich-c: will do Pamela: night - kerpoof!
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