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August 1, 2006 — 102 words

The Crow Who Could Fly

By MCM

Much like the Pig book, this is for kids. Well, and the occasional tech company CEO (you might have to read it extra slow for them, tho).

The Crow Who Could Fly is about a crow who, much to his surprise, learns to fly while trying to steal some cheese. After that, his whole life becomes centred around exacting payment from all the other flying creatures of the world... because, well, he invented flying, so they should pay him something for it, shouldn't they? Things don't go quite the way he expects, but that's what it's like being an innovator, I guess...

July 18, 2006 — 398 words

Disregard this Post

By MCM

HP transparently supports HTTP cookies. Cookies are a mechanism for storing data in the remote browser and thus tracking or identifying return users. You can set cookies using the setcookie() or setrawcookie() function. Cookies are part of the HTTP header, so setcookie() must be called before any output is sent to the browser. This is the same limitation that header() has. You can use the output buffering functions to delay the script output until you have decided whether or not to set any cookies or send any headers.

Any cookies sent to you from the client will automatically be included into a $_COOKIE auto-global array if variables_order contains "C". If you wish to assign multiple values to a single cookie, just add [] to the cookie name.

Depending on register_globals, regular PHP variables can be created from cookies. However it's not recommended to rely on them as this feature is often turned off for the sake of security. $HTTP_COOKIE_VARS is also set in earlier versions of PHP when the track_vars configuration variable is set. (This setting is always on since PHP 4.0.3.)

For more details, including notes on browser bugs, see the setcookie() and setrawcookie() function.

July 11, 2006 — 535 words

The Pig and the Box

By MCM

The pig makes a discovery..."The apples go in here,” Pig said, “This is a magic bucket.  If anyone but YOU tries to take an apple out of this bucket, all the apples will EXPLODE!"

One day, Pig finds a magic box that can replicate anything you put into it. Pig becomes so protective of his box, and so suspicious of anyone that wants to use it, that he takes drastic measures to keep it safe. He forces everyone to take their copied items home in special buckets... buckets designed to protect his rights... but they might not be so good for anyone else...

Just then, Duck came bounding up the road.  She was covered from head to toe in sticky, gooey apple sauce.

"Yoooooou stinky Pig!" yelled Duck.

"What happened to YOU?" gasped Pig.

"My baby duckling tried to eat an apple for snack time, and ALL THE APPLES EXPLODED!  Why can’t I share the apples with my family, Pig?”

The Pig and the Box is a modern fable that teaches kids and adults alike that sometimes, yes, it's a good idea to trust and to share.

I made the book after hearing how the entertainment industry in Canada is keen on teaching young kids about how to "respect" copyright. That was a bit heavy-handed, I thought, and otherwise despicable. Preying on small kids, brainwashing them so they believe what you're doing is honourable and good... Feh. So I wrote this book partly as a response to that venture, to counter-act the confused ideals that young'ns are being exposed to these days. Also, I wanted to write potty humour.

Buy a print copy or get a free download in one of the following languages: English, Colouring Book, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

September 1, 2001 — 132 words

Dustrunners

By MCM

My most notable endeavour was the series Dustrunners, an online project that spawned an Alternate Reality Game and wonderfully loyal fanbase. My compadre Gups and I made a kick-ass trailer in a weekend (when things went wrong with our animators), which you can view below. Note the release date. Didn't really work out that way.

Dustrunners is now an open source property, released under a Creative Commons license, free for anyone to enhance, extend or adapt.

For a time, there was a spin-off series called Dark Matter in development as a vidcast, but I'm not sure what the status of that is anymore.