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Gary Teter

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Senior Software Developer. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,002 posts (7,008 including aliases). No reviews. 8 lists. 2 wishlists. 1 alias.


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Cort: Is that thing a soul, or a juicy infant?

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When do you delete the dead from your address book?

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My theory is we should shove every new PDF you get into your Dropbox account as they're granted. Or something like that.

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Cort: Yeah, makes sense once I think it through, I just try not to get into the habit of doing that.

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Your selections for each day affect only your schedule for that day.

For details on how the lottery works, here it is straight from the javadoc:

How the Lottery Works

The source of randomness will be a java.security.SecureRandom using the SHA1PRNG algorithm, seeded by rolling 3d8, eight times. (Yes, physical dice.)*

The lottery will be in multiple rounds, at least one for each day of the convention. For each round,

1. Select a dictator. The list of attendees is shuffled, then the first person in the shuffled list is selected as dictator and removed from the list. If the dictator has a buddy, that person is noted and also removed from the list. (That is, if your buddy gets selected, you and the dictator are both considered to have had your chance in this round.)

2. Let the dictator dictate. We'll collect the list of events for the specified day that the dictator (and buddy) has marked as ranked highest, and shuffle that list.

The first event in the list will be examined: if there's space available for the person selected (and buddy), then that person (and buddy) is assigned to the event. If there isn't space available, then another event is selected, repeating until all highest-ranked events have been exhausted.

Once we've tried the dictator's highest ranked events, we move on to the next-highest ranked list, and so on, until we've assigned the dictator to an event, or the dictator's list of desired events is exhausted.

The shuffle listselect dictatorshuffle eventsselect event process repeats until we've exhausted either the entire list of attendees, or all the events for the day.

If we've exhausted the list of attendees but not the available events, we start another round for all attendees for the remaining events for that day. If no assignment gets made in a round, we stop doing rounds for that day and move on to the next day.

*Overheard this morning:

cs erik: Gary at some point today can you run the lottery on paizo.test?
pmg: no
pmg: i lack the equipment
pmg: MY KINGDOM FOR 3D8!
20 seconds later, Cort places dice on my desk
cort: Ask and you shall receive.

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Hmm.

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At least this time we got pizza. Also, I'm still going to blame a backhoe. Even though it's really us.

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I am testing something stupid!

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Here I am testing something stupid!

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Well, it looks like the something stupid is working just fine. And that makes me happy!

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7,172 unread posts, and here I am, testing something stupid!

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sara: Could you email him that he forgot his minis, I'm holding them at the booth?

sharaya: looking

sara: That might work if he looks

sharaya: haha. yes
sharaya: you are sara, right?

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Oh look a parody thread. I haven't locked one of these in ages.

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We had some near-downtime earlier this morning, where the site was overloaded enough that it was serving pages too slowly to do any good. I don't think that was triggered by too much traffic but it might have been.

We also just had a few minutes of downtime just now, and that was upstream of our servers. We're investigating but at least we're back on the air now.

Overall yes we do have more traffic than normal right now, but our servers at least seem to be doing OK. The personalizer server is probably taking the biggest hit right now.

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If your backyard is 200 square paces, and has 25 small pine cones per square pace embedded in the lawn and under the turf, which take 10 to 20 minutes per square pace to locate and remove, do you clear the pine cones before mowing? Clearing just the pine cones which might catch in the mower blades takes five minutes per square pace.

Because reasons, the following are apparently Not Open for Further Discussion as possible solutions: Establishing a tiger preserve; the use of fire, poison, heavy construction equipment including backhoes and excavator-diggers, any sort of laser or other coherent collimating radiation, radiation in basically any useful or glowing form, any lawnmower bot based on internal combustion powered chainsaws; any solution based on technologies provided by the people who come through the forest on the other side of the fence; any solution that involves strapping anything good (technically "dangerous") to the boy; the importation or use of livestock which require any food except pine cones; the creation of livestock which find pine cones irresistible; establishing a leopard preserve.

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Not the Breadmaster. I just loaf around.

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URL be sorry you made fun of that pun!

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Matt Thomason wrote:
When did Gary start *answering* questions?

May 5, around 2:29 p.m.

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Now I am picturing a new sport, where toddlers decorate cats with stickers and then we race them like furry NASCAR blurs going down the hallway.

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Right now stickers are the best. toy. evar. We got the boy a book that's built like a calendar full of peel-and-stick trucks and boats and planes and everything else. ("Colorforms" for those of us of a certain age.)

If he sees the sticker book anywhere in the room, he's on it like Pooh on a honey tree. Wonder what it'll be next week….

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We're in the process of fixing a handful of pernicious bugs that are causing both exceptions and performance problems. We're nearly done with testing the fixes so ideally this stuff will go away soon.

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I have a new motto: Everything's different. Let's have fun!

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TWELVE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND ONE POSTS???

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SnowJade wrote:
You thought you'd dreamed it, maybe?

Oh! I have a handy hint for this. If you can't tell if you're dreaming, just

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Why must the cat always sit on the clean laundry? Seriously there's the whole rest of the bed right there.

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!!

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It turns out, if something bugs me personally (like, say, finding a download on a giant list, because I have every single Paizo PDF ever produced), it may in fact prompt more attention than it might otherwise warrant. (May all the things that bug you match mine!)

More improvements for downloads are in the works.

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Wow thank you. Sometime the right words come at the right time.

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Also giving PDFs as gifts has been reworked and is now back in the order checkout process. I believe that with this item crossed off we are now caught back up to where we were before the rollout in terms of features.

Now we can start working on NEW stuff.

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We just rolled out a new feature. If you have a download for a product on your My Downloads page, you can now download it directly from the product page.

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I fixed this earlier today. It'll take effect next time we roll out the site.

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Found an index we weren't using properly. Site performance should be improving shortly.

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As part of this rollout we dumped the caches. ALL the caches. Things will be a bit sludgy until they all get refilled. And then I have high hopes for site performance.

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Wow that is a serious condition. I'm afraid the only treatment is to go all the way through order checkout and receive a shipment of products from Paizo.

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I guess I should point out that we haven't rolled it yet, we found two last minute bugs that have now been fixed, so it should be soonish.

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Mostly they're clicking lots of buttons right now getting the new site into position. At this point all I can do is watch. (Well, I could do more, but this is what minions are for, right?)

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Today we're rolling out a new version of the website. If everything is going right, you're using it right now. If not, we hope to have the new version up very soon. What's new? Lots of stuff, and not much, and very much faster.

What's new: Lots of stuff

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Order Checkout Wizardry
Way back in the long ago, the paizo.com website was blue, it sold only two or three products, and it had a step-by-step wizard guiding you through checkout. Along the way we've complicated up our order checkout process real good what with the twenty thousand products and preorders and backorders and special orders and things that ship in a tube and things that can roll with other things in a tube and things that can ship in their own packaging and all the possible shipping methods and customs categories and restrictions and the bound printed matter and the per-service dimensional weight and dynamically repacking orders into multiple packages shipping via potentially upgraded delivery services and redeeming promo codes and gift certificates and selecting gift recipients and products that are both electronic and physical and shipping orders to multiple addresses and ongoing subscriptions and the ability to combine what's in your cart with a pending order or with an upcoming subscription shipment -- the sidecart! we probably should've patented that -- and holding subscription shipments to ship with various things and picking up at PaizoCon or Gen Con and, well, there's actually too much to list.

My point is, the checkout wizard was a really good idea and we've brought it back. I'm especially pleased with the final confirmation step -- read on for why.

Order Confirmation Emails
Paizo's order confirmation emails have always been plain text. Now they're going to be formatted. They'll match what we show you on the final step of order checkout, as well as the display in your order history. This may not sound like a big deal but if you've placed a complex order with us you know what I mean. The new display includes a lot of information previously only available to Paizo customer service like expected package weights, customs categories and shipping timeframes. Items on paizo.com orders can come from lots of places -- your shopping cart, subscriptions, Kickstarter pledges, and even other pending orders (and then there's the magic only customer service can do, like replacement shipments) -- so we're including more detailed information about where items originate. Products can also do lots of things to your account, like grant PaizoCon badges or add PDFs when the print portion of a print/PDF bundle ships, so we're including more details about that sort of thing as well. Basically we took the most common queries received by customer service and put that information at your fingertips so they can focus on the really "interesting" problems.

What's new: Not much

Well, not much visible beyond what I've described above. But this is the most significant revamp in Paizo's history, and we've done a LOT of revamps. Over the years our order processing system has grown in complexity as we've added features. Along the way the codebase has grown brittle and increasingly resistant to change without putting up a really effective and quite vicious fight. To get an idea, check out Auntie Lisa's Story Hour; each pivot Paizo takes requires new code, and those pivots come quickly. So there's about a decade of changes, some hasty and poorly conceived, some from the excellent-idea-at-the-time-if-we-were-in-that-business-anymore department, and a healthy mix of "we just messed up a few thousand orders, what do we have to do to fix this before anybody notices" in there.

Well, good fracking riddance, that's what I say. This codebase is cleaner, way easier to understand, and now comprises a foundation on which we can start building new things rapidly, instead of continually bailing water and trying to figure out why the thing we built a year ago just broke today. No promises. But I think things are about to get interesting around here.

What's new: Very much faster

Oh yeah, the site should be faster now. And we've made some big changes to our customer service tools that should help us fulfill your orders faster, too.

What's currently broken
There are going to be bumps along the way. I'll update this thread as we find things that need fixing. By the way, none of the changes in this rollout are intended to fix any known bugs in play-by-post campaigns or add new features to the messageboards or anything like that, so if you've been waiting for a fix, I'm sorry and we'll try to get to it soon.

Right now, gift options are unavailable during order checkout, as is redeeming promotional codes or gift certificates. (You can still redeem gift certificates from the gift certificates page.) Some displays may be a bit wonky, we've switched stylesheets and are in the process of revamping that a bit more.

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What is it with toddlers and repetition?

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Can I use my subwoofer and a calibrated microphone as a ground-penetrating sonar so I can see if the apartment below is really a giant aquarium?

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Would a toaster that uses flames be better than one that uses electrical elements?

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That's pretty much what cs erik sounds like. Except the voice is coming from Valeros. Very strange.

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Can you smoke coffee?

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I'll be going through the tech team resumes tomorrow or Monday (the week slipped away from me). Until I do they're still piling up in the inbox.

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We're still figuring out exactly what's happened and what we're going to do to make this not happen again. The power went out. The UPS that's supposed to bridge the few seconds until the generator kicks in decided to take a nap. The database cluster had to be restarted from cold, which is a tricky time for a cluster. (They generally prefer partial failures or rolling restarts.) When the cluster finally did come back up, something got misconfigured. A scheduled backup fires off and takes down one mode which apparently the others dislike and they all start squabbling about who has the most recent copy of this table or that, and so damage control, cleanup and restarting the site gets more complicated.

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Curmudgeonly wrote:
Gary Teter wrote:
Digital products assistant is basically production, no design work really. If you've been responsible for shepherding a lot of projects through a graphics production pipeline, you'll know if you're suited for it.

Digital products assistant is production?

What an odd title to give a production position.

Yeah sorry, that's probably a usage that's idiomatic to my own background more than Paizo. Way back in the long ago, I worked for newspapers, and there was "editorial" (reporters, copyeditors etc) and "production" (design, typesetting, layout/pasteup etc). So when I say production I mean "taking materials and turning into finished product" (in this case bits rather than camera-ready art).

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We are part of the way through a long-needed revamp of our HTML and CSS code. When we roll that out the website should look better on mobile devices. It won't be a mobile version per se but it's a step in the right direction.

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Digital products assistant is basically production, no design work really. If you've been responsible for shepherding a lot of projects through a graphics production pipeline, you'll know if you're suited for it.

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That's not actually what "duckface" means.

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sara marie: so epic you won't be able to contain the holiday glee and may just explode with glitter

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Why am I ensuring my toddler is wearing matching socks?

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