Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Supporting Fellow Creative Geeks

Fate Core

My current favorite RPG Fate has a patronage system setup to allow fans to support their ongoing efforts to bring great gaming content to the public.  I highly recommend checking it out and subscribing to support a great effort.

Zombie Orpheus

They brought us the Gamers series of movies, JourneyQuest, and Rude Mechanical, as well as a bevy of other great entertainment.  They are fan supported distributors of fantastic and fun entertainment and should be supported.  They now have a subscription program that allows you to give them a little cash monthly so that they can release more great content sooner.  I recommend that everyone who enjoys fun, original shows to throw some money their way.  You can check out much of their entertainment at their YouTube channel.

Geek and Sundry

The electronic child of Felicia Day, Geek and Sundry has brought us awesome shows like The Guild, TableTop, and Caper, plus much, much more.  That's hours of delicious geek culture entertainment on their YouTube channel.  You can watch for free but, wouldn't you feel better about yourself if you supported them directly, and helped keep these great shows coming, so why not buy something from their store?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Using MinGW instead of Visual Studio with Python

I was trying to install certain Python packages on a new system I was getting the following error:
error: Unable to find vcvarsall.bat
I don't use visual studio, instead I use MinGW, so the following steps were needed:

  1. Install MinGW
  2. Add the path to the MinGW bin folder to the system path
  3. Edit or create the distutils.cfg located in your PYTHON\Lib\distutils folder
  4. Add the following to the cfg file


I also got the following error
gcc: error: unrecognized command line option '-mno-cygwin'
error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1
There is probably a better solution but until I can find one I edited the '-mno-cygwin' switch out of the file.  It shows up on 4 lines around line 322.

Edit 4/27/15: It looks like the -mno-cygwin issue has been resolved in more recent releases of distutils.



’twas times greatest deceit
and, thus fallen, lays love.
Was slain, in defeat
though seemed fated from above.

In pleasure the pursuit,
pleasure gained for years.
Then left destitute,
with pains wicked tears.

My soul pushed to break,
my heart bears such hurt.
This distress will not slake,
till a rest, deep in dirt.

My sleep torments me,
with dreams of nevermore.
My joy I ne’er more see,
only anguish is in store.

By times greatest lie,
my spirit was laid low.
But hope does still try,
I plead this not be so.