We interrupt this pause to bring you a blog post

OK, it’s been over a month. I know, I’m terrible. It’s been a while.

I’ve been busy with reality, by and large. Lots of stuff has been happening in the real world, mostly relating to my current studies, which has removed my spare time and distracted me from things like blog posts. This is going to be a bit of a summary post before I go back to my usual programme of ranting, rambling, mad ideas and neat snippets of code.

Recently I’ve been going to some gigs; first off was Mitch Benn, who is fantastic live and whom I can strongly recommend you go and see if you like comedy, rock/metal and cleverness. And on the cleverness note, I also went to see Jonathan Coulton with Paul & Storm. You probably have heard JoCo’s work before- he wrote Still Alive (don’t watch if you haven’t played Portal yet!), the ending song of Portal. He writes other songs, too, about evil geniuses in love, office romances, geeks, programmers and giant squids. Oh, and robots. Don’t forget robots. The live gig was a great experience- here, have some pictures to go with that…

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OK, so that’s about all on the live gigs side of things. Back to EVE and code. I’ve rejoined my old corporation, Vanguard Frontiers, after a brief leave of absence to have a bit of a highsec break. Mostly doing trading in the interim, which has been useful for getting another perspective for EVE Metrics. And hey, neat segway there, yeah?

EVE Metrics has been going well; we’re still mostly rewriting things for performance at the moment. But we have been adding features and improving the site in other ways- we’ve improved the My Metrics functionality no end, and added wallet ledgers, both corporate and personal. We’ve got a lot planned for EVE Metrics but we really need your help to let us do what we want to do- we’re now asking for donations for our new server, and we’d also appreciate it if people used the GTC link on the bottom of all EVE Metrics pages if they need to buy GTCs; you’ll be supporting us with your purchase. Get your friends to help out too with donations and GTC purchases, and we’ll be closer to getting our own hardware sorted out. Myself and Makurid are basically a pair of very poor students, so we really can’t do this without your help. If you want to see EVE Metrics progress faster and perform better, this is the way to make that vision a reality.

Other than that, I’ve been quite slow on the code side of life- mostly, I’ve been fixing bugs, tweaking server software and working on maintainence scripts to keep everything running smoothly. Hopefully in the next few months we’ll have some new toys out for you to play with. Until then, keep giving us feedback on EM and we’ll keep fixing bugs and improving things- we’ve done a lot in the past few weeks, including new history dumps, data freshness display, realtime data feed, and more, including a whole host of performance improvements. Keep the comments coming!