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Comments on Sunday 27 October 2002:
Hooray, a blog entry in double-time. Appropriate, since it's a blog entry about time, in a way. Mysql is bad. All databases are bad. Data files are the best. For a large database, a hash-indexed pile of data files is the best thing in the world (except, if it's a constant database, a Bernsteinian CDB file is rather good). With a thing like Vampires, there's not even any file-locking required, since everything either adds or overwrites (never deletes), and the form lends itself well to a fixed-record-size database. With binary data, no less. Hooray! [09:05]

Altyre
hey....I lost nearly thirty pints of blood....what's up with that....now I gotta start from 0 again. Damn.
anyone who feels bored, let me bite you:
http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl?2675648543

James
I lost over 660 pints of blood!

Damn. I can't at 0 again. *sob*

Steve
That sucks. Oh well, i didnt have that many pints anyway....
http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl?3519262383

Altyre
HOLY CRAP!!
660?!?!
woah....my thirty seems so insignificant now.....
still wanna bite people though:
http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl?2675648543

Tom
Seems to be some weirdness with regards to cookies and which vampire you are. I have never become a vampire, being silver breathed and garlic spiked. Maintaining a crucifixial posture at all times, I find it is safe to allow the lesserly alive to devour whatever they want. (Excepting of course, were-elephants and rabid aardvarks. Those are evil buggers that will only be stopped by a swift Newcastle Brown bottle between the ears.) However, on allowing the evility to drain my veins, I find myself referred to as the Vampire S(something I can't remember)n. Well, I was until I deleted all cookies in my weekly purge. Some sort of cookie leakage? Or something more sinister with bats?

Kyle
I hate MySql To ITS PURE EVIL!!!! ITS LIKE GATOR!! And you know you cant uninstall gator. You have to Purdge Evil From the computer to get rid of it. And to do that you must burn it all!!!

Digi
Why is it people think that about Gator? I've been Gator'd a couple of times, and both were resolved by simply uninstalling Gator. Others never seem to be so lucky.

Danielle*
hey... i just wanted to compliment the creator of Vampires. i think it's great!! if anyone wants to let me bite them, feel free to click here: http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl?414850446

telle
so.. I read the first three chapters of your book, and I enjoyed it, and I'd have bought it, only.. really.. I can't justify 8+5$ US which ends up being close to $20 canadian. If you get an e-book up and running, Revelations is short short enough that I'd be willling to forgo the comfy paper feel to get to read it for the price of a normal paperback (6-12$CN). I'll keep you bookmarked to see if it happens.. or until I have $ that isn't earmarked for tuition. keep writing. =)

Cory
What the fuck man I love this site! You got a hook up on this bad ass mother Fucker I am telling everyone about it!!! Peace

Tom
Why is vampires IP linked rather than just set a unique cookie based on user name? Was there any particular benefit in doing it this way?

RavenBlack
To prevent people flooding the server with a script to falsely boost their own score. Connecting without cookies is easy, connecting with a variety of IP addresses not so easy.

Tom
Aha. Thanks for that insight, I appreciate it.

Da Twink Daddy
Well, it's not that hard, if you own a block of IPs, to just cycle through them all. Plus, linking to IPs makes Vamipres! break when you have a multiple-user single-IP machine, like many university lab machines. Cookies wouldn't break because they are saved per-user. Plus, with the ?notme URL, it's wasy to write a Java/Perl script to pump your score up as high as you want.

RavenBlack
Cycling through IPs would work, but that hits a limit (the number of IPs you own - few people have more than 256), and wouldn't destroy my server. Yes, linking by IPs makes it break - I'm working on that. Cookies break because users click "that's not me!" all the time like dimwits, and you can't use a cookie as an index. The ?notme URL does not, in fact, allow a script to pump your score as high as you want, since the source-of-blood part is tied to your hard IP.

K Mij
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Steve
reading that made my head hurt....

wyndenai
...you bothered to finish reading it?

James
I actually signed up again as DustPuppy, even though I lost over 660 pints. I figured I wouldn't bother trying to get any pints, but someone was asking about using that name.

The weird thing was that when I signed up DustPuppy, it told me I was a new vampire, had 0 pints of blood, but was a sire to 7 other vampires already.

It's boinked already. Of course, this was Monday or Tuesday.

Boo
Is it possible to become a master vampire? And if so then how do you become one?

Kanada Ten
It is possible to become a master vampire. You had to find the game without someone tricking you into the site. Try:

http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl

And if you read the FAQ, you'd know it didn't matter.

Boo
Thanks Kanada Ten

But after i click the link it says that i have an oppurtunity to become an original vampire but no master for you.

But i have been bitten the other day. If i try the same link you gave me on a different computer will i then be able to be a master vampire?

Steve
click the link that says you have the oprotunity to become an origional vampire. You not haveing a sire is what makes you a master vampire.

Boo
Whats a sire?

You want me to click the link that Kanada Ten gave? But i have been bitten. If i still click that link and create a name will i be a master vampire even though i was bitten before?

When it says no master for you does it mean i have no master or that i can't become a master vampire?

Sorry for all these questions. I'm very new at this...

Kanada Ten
Everyone is new at this, but this is a blog, not a Vampire forum. It means: you have no sire and no master. You are your own master. Create a new name, and see what happens. I don't know if you can escape the IP issue (ie: using a different computer), however, it doesn't matter. You don't gain anything from being a master vampire other than the title.

Boo
So if i create a new name i will get a the master vampire title for sure?

Kanada Ten
Is anything in life for sure?

Oh what treasures wait for the brave of heart!

Go for it!

Tom
Hoorah! I have discovered the people I always hoped existed but dreaded to discover. Those whose lives were such that they hunted down meaningless titles such as master in an obscure weblog game. Now my un-life is complete, and the stake would be a blessing. BTW I am currently a Master UberLord Black Tooth vampire pigeon with Vapor Lock and a Flying Sofa, 42,000 pints in the bank. Beat that. I bet you can't even find any information about that ranking, neophytes. <Evil laughter echoes about your toes>

Nathan
Can you blood bind people? HOw?

valentina
hy,I don't speak english very well,but I try it.Im from CROATIA.Send to me mail
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