2017 February Miles

Mar 1, 2017

  • cycle: 114 miles
  • run: 65 miles



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Programming Problem: Pangram

Feb 15, 2017

Goal: write a method to determine if a string is a pangram.


A pangram is a phrase using all the letters of the alphabet.

  • The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
  • The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
  • Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack.


For this problem let the alphabet consist of only letters ignoring case, and let’s assume our input may include punctuation, digits, or spaces.


Give it a try in your programming language of choice, and try to be brief. Test negative case by removing words from the pangram. Below I share my solutions in Swift and C#.

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How to Update Meshes for Skyrim SE

Feb 8, 2017

Goal: scan mesh files (nif) to ensure compatibility with Skyrim Special Edition and update unsupported meshes.

This tutorial is aimed at the beginner using “Blades Hakama” by atomec as an example, and assumes familiarity working with folders and files. I do not cover HDT outfits here.


There are alternative tools available including automated batching.

What’s a mesh? It’s shape data that may be a piece of armor, a wall, a backpack, or a weapon. The files have the extension .nif.

Note: you do not need to scan or update FaceGen nif-files. Let Creation Kit generate new FaceGen data. See “Convert Old Skyrim Mods to SE” for more about FaceGen files.

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Convert Black Sacrament Armor to SE Step-by-Step

Feb 7, 2017

This tutorial example converts “Arise - Chapter 1 - Black Sacrament Armor” by AmethystDeceiver for use with Skyrim Special Edition. The same steps apply to basic mods that only require converting ESP and BSA files. Loose files may be included, and this example contains several. This article assumes understanding of file manipulation and manual mod installation.

Remember: For personal use only. Please do not repost or redistribute converted mods without the author’s consent.

Keep in mind that modding your game comes with risks, so backup your saves and the files you’re working on. This tutorial shows a complete step-by-step conversion of “Black Sacrament Armor” for use with Skyrim SE. Mods like this that include new meshes should be scanned to ensure 64-bit compatibility. If a mod includes custom NPCs then Creation Kit will generate the new FaceGenData for you, but be aware customized faces may require extra handling.



It’s assumed you have experience working with mods including managing load order, checking for conflicts, and working with files.

For installation of Creation Kit 64-bit, see “Convert Old Skyrim Mods to SE” (article #2).

important notes

  • BSA-file must be spelled exactly like the ESP-file (you may have extra BSA files for textures).
  • BSA archive follows the same folder structure beneath the “Data” folder (meshes, textures, scripts, etc).


Goal: create ESP-file(s) and BSA-file(s) compatible with Skyrim SE then install for play.

These steps will work in general for a mod archive containing ESP and BSA files without new animations or NPCs. Review “Convert Old Skyrim Mods to SE” (article #2) to see what to watch out for when converting a mod in general.

  1. Unpack the zipped archive to an empty folder for inspection.
  2. Use BSAOpt to Unpack the BSA-file to an empty data-folder, I refer to as the out-folder.
  3. Check files that may need extra tools to update.
  4. Load the ESP-file in Creation Kit and save.
  5. Pack new BSA-file using Archive (included with CK) from your out-folder.
  6. Place all necessary files in your Skyrim Special Edition Data folder including any loose files in appropriate sub-folders.
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2017 January Miles

Feb 1, 2017

  • cycle: 34 miles
  • run: 64 miles



For more bike and hike photos, see my Instagram.

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