a2 – the first humble steps

My wannabe ac’tivAid replacement script framework a2 is finally getting some momentum!:

Still heavily wip! But at least now it actually does something!!
I also made an animated diagram to show how the a2 cycle rolls:
a2_layoutBut well, that’s probably not too obvious, is it? So first things first. Since I never posted about this:
What is this about!? ac’tivAid was already some kind of framework to put together Autohotkey scripts.

AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Windows that allows users to automate repetitive tasks. It is driven by a scripting language that was initially aimed at providing keyboard shortcuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, that over time evolved into a full-fledged scripting language.

ac’tivAid bundled a whole bunch of those in one Autohotkey runtime and you could enable/disable them, make settings and all that. Why am I talking in past tense? You can still download latest ac’tivAid dev version from Michael Telgkamps homepage. It’s still kinda nice but things start to break and really nobody is maintaining it.

But fear not: I’m about to present you the future! :] on the github wiki I put together some of the goals:

  1. decoupled ui and runtime
  2. use of latest Autohotkey_L
  3. active open source development
  4. easier contributing, setup, better flexibility

And actually I tackled all of those points already to some extent. The ones that recently make me jump in circles out of coding excitement are the following:

  • new script creation (with meta data) and editing
  • support for global and context sensitive hotkeys
  • instant change of hotkeys

Next up: some improvements to the scope and hotkey setup, making sure there’s only one ui and one ahk-runtime at a time, implement setting variables (fields, checkboxes) and a looooot of security checks. Currently it’s super easy to blow yourself up. So it will take a wile until this can go puplic.

I’m really looking forward to making some videos on how to use and how to develop for it.

company lunch scribble round 1

Pretty humble update. But an update nonetheless! :]

As I hardly find time to take part in a digital speed painting round that a couple friends of mine are doing almost every week at a late evening I found it very accommodating that some co-workers were organising a lunch time analog scetching group now! That doesn’t exclude anything from each other but it’s a good alternative.

For starters we did a classic: The skull! And some random shapes. I think I have to improve on proportions! … and taking pictures apparently.

company lunch scribble round 1

faces in more places

By now I see those things all around!! But find ick jut :]

TramFace is baffled:
You can see this one at a box in the front right of a Berliner Niederflurstraßenbahn.

SpoonFace smiles at you:
Found at a drum break (yea!) at a practice last weekend. Must be some kind of rust.

SnowSkull looks directly into your soul:

Isn’t that a pretty clear 3/4 of a skull? Found at Oberbaumbrücke when I came back from Jimpster at the Watergate club. And right beside it: (really just recognised it) you can spot a horse with wings!! Or isn’t it a Unicorn? Ok, the horn is just greased backwards.

faces in more places

Mittlerweile seh ich die Dinger überall! Aber ick findet jut :]

TramFace is baff:
Das Ding sieht man an dem Kasten vorne rechts in einer Berliner Niederflurstraßenbahn.

LoeffelFace lacht dich an:
Letztens beim Trommeln entdeckt. Muss irgendwie nen Rostfleck oder so gewesen sein.

SchneeSchädel sieht dir in die Seele:
Das ist schon deutlich nen guter 3/4 Schädel oder? Klebte letztens als ich von Jimpster ausm Watergate kam an der Oberbaumbrücke. Und rechts daneben (das ist mir glatt eben erst aufgefallen) kann man sogar nen Pferd mit Flügeln erkennen!! Oder nen Einhorn sogar? Ok, das Horn ist gerade nach hinten gegelt.

faces in places

Ich hab ja tatsächlich schon mal nen passendes Foto gepostet! Das Dönerface am Kotti.

Zu meiner Begeisterung gibts da schon ne ganze Weile nen internet meme was bei knowYourMeme.com als Things With Faces eingetragen ist (emo wall, happy chair.. :D).

Bei KnowYourMeme macht sich allerdings keiner die Mühe alle Vorkomnisse einzutragen. Der Blog facesInPlaces macht das schon mit mer Engagement und hat auch ein paar sehr schöne Beiträge wie ich finde.

Zur Sache:

Darf ich vorstellen: FroschFace:
Das ist eigentlich nen kleiner Frosch der auf einem großen sitzt. Aus Granit is das Teil. Was hässlich!! Aber mit Augen, Nase, Mund wenn man genau hinsieht!

Und hier: KinderSitzFace:
Zu allem Übel ist bei meiner Kamera die Displaybeleuchtung ausgefallen. Mit geziehlten Schlägen kann man sie manchmal reaktivieren. In dem Fall isses mir leider nicht gelungen und ich hab das Foto mangels Analogsucher komplett aus der Hüfte geschossen. Aber nach ner kleinen Session in Photoshop (remove noise, levels) kann mans erkennen.

Übrigens: KnowYourMeme ist auch sonst ne echt coole Seite. Da findet man auch die ollen Kracher wie serious cat, long cat, do not want guy, sneezing panda, dramatic chipmunk, this is spartaaaaa, pedobear, technoviking, domo, rageguy, little fatty und natürlich goatse uvam…