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Melodious Games

The blog of a proud and noble software developer.


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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Never missing an excuse to go to the movies I jumped on the opportunity to see how Peter Jackson would finish up his Hobbit trilogy. These books were an incredibly important part of my life growing up; from first reading them in elementary school, to the anima…

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About

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Software developer currently entrenched in Seattle. I specialize in the server stack but am not afraid to play around in client-side land. When not sifting data at DoubleDown Interactive I build games/utilities, spend way more hours than I should admit killing…

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Contact

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Need to contact me? None of the social media links this site is splattered with do it for you? Then why not try email, it's what all the kinds are into these days. alice (at) valkrysa (dot) com…

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[Amazon Redshift] Converting unix epoch time into timestamps

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Normally in PostgreSQL you could convert to_timestamp(myunixtime) however according to the Redshift documentation this particular function is not available for Amazon Redshift. As an alternative if you would like to convert a unix timestamp (seconds from epoch…

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[Windows 8] Fuzzy Text Issue

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After having switched to Windows 8.1 recently I discovered that certain programs would appear to have fuzzy text. Searching Google for the answer led to many fixes which were on a program by program basis involving DPI scaling, however I found one fix that wor…

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[Tools] Javascript Multi-line String Builder (and other things too!)

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One thing that I find myself doing often as a server dev is taking SQL queries and turning them into strings for use in a server side script. In PHP or any other language that supports multi-line strings out of the box you can simply add a " at the top and bot…

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[ubuntu] Screen and cursor tearing when using external monitor.

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Just a quick tip to any readers that have encountered issues with screen tearing and mouse trails in Ubuntu when using multiple monitors the following seems to help somewhat. First things first you'll need to be able to gain some control over compiz (your open…