I'm happy to see the Sox advance. Even if some of their fans are irrational hatemongers.
Poway's football team rallied back from a 15-0 halftime deficit to win 21-15. Rancho Buena Vista ran out of gas in the 4th quarter, losing yardage on their last drive before turning the ball over on downs. Even their coach acknowledged we won on heart. It was a great week for us in general... our head coach won the $200 prize in the raffle they held at the girls' volleyball game this week, and covered the staff's Elephant Bar tab after the game. I got GD and Pixen installed on the new iBook, and slapped together some scoreboard graphics for the homecoming presentation at halftime. One of the queen candidates was one of our student trainers, and the freshman prince was one of my baseball players, Nate's brother Jake. The coaches spotted one of the bitmaps I did and really dug that I had the 'P' logo we use for football on it.
I confirmed yesterday that I can drive the new scoreboard message board from my iBook, using the software I wrote for my BetaBrite signs. That'll get me to finally finish it, expand its functions (multi-page displays, bitmap graphics) and put a prettier face on it. I'll also write stuff to handle the sign's internal memory better. Even at 38.4kbaud, some images take a long time to load. The touchdown animation I found takes 45 seconds to transfer, which is way too slow to use as a celebratory display. If I understand Adaptive's documentation, I can write a message that calls up a memory file by reference, which will transfer in a blink. Preloading big graphics and calling them by reference seems the right way to go. I just have to be sure the sign doesn't start running those files in order at powerup.