First of all, I want to thank you all for reading my blog. It honestly means a lot to me and gives me the courage to never give up, never surrender. I want to let you all know that I now have a Twitter. If you want to follow me go for it. I’ll just post updates and musings. Nothing special, but it’s a start. Here’s the link https://twitter.com/ai_jesse and don’t forget to checkout JesseAI version 1.88 on Github for your viewing pleasure https://github.com/JesseAI-JAI/JesseAI-1.88 and with that being said let’s get to the blog.
Alright, so I want to just say that everything happening with Richard Stallman has been a long time coming. Now, before all this stuff came out and he spoke like an idiot, let me be the first to say that this isn’t the first time he’s said something completely stupid. I’m not a fan and honestly, I believe he did more harm than good by means of “Free Software”. I never fell for his tired whining and moaning and generally just spazzing out. Now, I recall seeing the documentary Revolution Os and being quite a big fan of Open Source. I did it all even reading and buying issues of a Linux Magazine. I legit love Open Source and think it’s something that should be in the everyday aspect of our lives. All software should be Open Source. Well, back in my tender days I thought he was a tool and I’m not just saying that cause everyone else is saying it now. The very idea of his never evolved to be fully put in place. He was a spokesman and had some good ideas that worked great back in the day but never moved forward and slowly died. Now, I’m a huge believer of think before you speak and RMS obviously doesn’t understand this custom of the civilized world. He also acted like that kid who threatened to take his ball home with him if he lost in a game of Basketball. He always annoyed me and I never knew just why people liked him. I’ve shared this view for years by the way and I just gotta say this, not for views, or to appear as edgy. Cause, in all honesty, I could care less what people think of me. I’m working on my own GOFAI. So yeah, I’m a pretty big deal…I’m not really. I’m just a guy in the trades trying to follow his dreams.
I for one am glad he stepped down from the Free Software Foundation, I honestly hope they find someone who isn’t such a fool who drinks their own Kool-Aid. This world is always changing and you may or may not agree with someone’s opinion. But for me when someone sorta believes in a sickening relation with someone underage, that’s where I drop the line. I honestly got sickened by it, now I’m a Father, and if someone said that to my face I’d probably knock them out. But then again someone else may agree with them. Sometimes this world sickens me. Am I glad Richard Stallman’s reputation is forever ruined? Yes, the reason why is that he was always a fool spouting out complete rubbish and using the Free Software Foundation as a speaker to draw in like-minded people into his lair. Using one’s position like that is honestly sickening. I’m one who believes programming is an art and that if you’re a programmer, you should never share your opinion on anything and stick to the art. Art is for the people and is honestly for the greater good. Once an artist starts spouting off complete and utter bull poop, it destroys the mystery and magic of what they create. So now, not only does the artist tarnish their reputation but those associated with that person are now going to be looked at like they either agreed with that person or that they were too afraid to speak out. So it’s a lose/lose situation for them. That’s why I’m annoyed with this whole situation. There’s always harassment and abuse in the workplace. I work in the trades and experienced racial prejudice on a daily basis a while ago. So it does exist. I honestly hope Richard Stallman learns from this and will once and for all stop referring to Linux as GNU/Linux. Cause honestly, that has always annoyed me.
So everyone like what the title says I have broken the ten thousand line mark for the dialogue of JesseAI. She’s honestly coming along quite nicely and I’m honestly excited. She’s really taking shape and I feel as if she’s sounding more human. But maybe that’s just me since I’m creating here and all. Like a proud parent or someone who made a plane from scratch. I feel like someone who has crossed the threshold into greatness. Now, in version 1.88 there’s something like 1,500+ lines of dialogue and by the end of the year, I’m aiming for 25,000 lines. Since the best part of C++ compared to something like a BASIC or anything primitive is that I can add 1,000,000 lines of code and she’ll still run like a sports car.
It’s honestly an exciting thrill of sorts. I’m also counting down the days until I’m off full time spending it with my kids and working on JesseAI full time. I’m currently working on an idea besides adding more two colour display’s trying to just expand her dialogue bank as much as possible. But I’m focusing mostly on dialogue. That’s the main drive I have for the time being. Perhaps during the Christmas holidays, I’ll add something new and fancy, but we shall see. I’m legit happy to know that I have seven followers on this blog and it’s honestly something I love knowing. I love knowing that I’m drawing in a crowd that are programmers or perhaps have never coded a line in their lives. If that’s the case then please, take a look at JesseAI and learn what you can. The only thing stopping you is your drive.
I love programming and as I continue to live my life one step at a time. I decided to put aside those thoughts of up and leaving behind me. For the time being, I won’t go anywhere. Now, you’re probably asking yourself why is that? Well, in Western Canada when winter hits, it hits hard, and well I don’t want to freeze to death. Though, I do hear of people camping in the winter. Those types are crazier than me. Now, the idea of why JesseAI is going to be the way she is is because TUI or Text User Interface is something we lost and we need to get it back. Something that’s basic, easy to learn, and to navigate should I say. It takes far less processing power to function and you don’t need all the bells and whistles to run it. With JesseAI even if you are running her on a much old system, she can run on even Windows 95. Now, I haven’t tried her on 3.1 or even DOS 7.1 but I’d assume they’d run her more or less. Because you don’t even need a graphics card, it was written from someone who wants to build a DOS machine or even something completely bare-bones like what you use to find back in the day of microcomputers. Meaning this is something that you can have solely running on a toaster if you so care wish.
We need to return to those times. If I may go back to the discussion of microcomputers. I bought one off Amazon for around $75 bucks. Nothing fancy, no fan, barely a graphics card. Now, let me describe it as such. I’m a huge fan of “Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddlers Green”. It’s one of the best games in my opinion. Since I love Zombie movies, the Dead Trilogy is pretty good in my opinion. The remakes suck, minus the 1991 Night of the Living Dead film with Tony Todd. If you haven’t seen it do yourself a favour and go watch it. It’s honestly very loyal to the original. Well, the game is basic shovelware and runs on the Unreal 2 engine. It was released as a sorta prequel to the move “Land of the Dead”. So anyway, it runs Windows 7.1, something very outdated when I bought it. Well, I downloaded it onto a flash drive and gave it a go, it installed but wouldn’t run since the microcomputer had I can only imagine such a basic graphics card that it couldn’t handle it. Though, it ran emulators from Atari 2600, Colecovision, and even Nintendo. Though, a generally panned game on the Unreal 2 engine couldn’t run for the life of me.
So that planted the seed in my mind. I’ve always been a fan of DOS and Text Adventure type games. I remember running old programs that had no mouse support. You saw this with shareware disk compilations back in the day. Boy, do I miss those days. Well, I digress and with that, I wanted to rekindle that era. The no mouse support, having to memorize every directory and whatnot. Those days were what programming was all about and I’m trying to bring it back. Though I know I’m in a small minority here. But once you get used to it all you’ll be able to navigate through even the oldest systems. That’s what JesseAI is all about. But like I said this project is something to learn from and to build off.