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|Saturday, December 25th, 2010|
|Merry Christmas Livejournal!
Merry Christmas, World! I have a present for you.
It is called Homestuck.
It is probably the best thing I found this year. Now it is yours.
It is about video games, adventuring, RPGs, the Internet, and epic heroism. With sweet music.
You’re welcome, world. Now, do you have something for me?
|Wednesday, May 26th, 2010|
|stuff n nonsense
today is no caps day.
i am glad google wave is going public, but i am kind of worried that it will still be slow on low-end computers. because that means it might be slow on phones too, and that would be bad.
or am i wrong?
|Tuesday, March 9th, 2010|
I got paid today. Not much, nor is everything fully settled, but money is money.
It's like I'm really doing this "freelance" stuff now. Crazy.
|There are three types of crack in this word:
Crack, really addicting crack, and Hetalia.
I shall endeavor to break the addiction with the new Ace Attorney game and laundry.
...Okay I admit it this whole post was just a way to get me to do laundry.
|Sunday, February 28th, 2010|
Holy shit, reality DOES work like shounen anime!
mind = blown.
|Sunday, February 21st, 2010|
USA won the preliminary hockey game. They get a bye to the quarterfinals. The announcers are gloating.
You know what that means. Canada, now the underdog for the gold (which matters more than anything else let's not forget) is now going to definitely win in the finals. Crap!
...What do you mean reality doesn't work like shounen anime?
|Thursday, December 31st, 2009|
|Answering Questions Five
1) How's the job hunt going?
Not great... nowadays I'm entirely domestic. I've given up on chasing anything that requires me to move away because of Mom (or for full-time work for the same reason) . Having applied to JET (again) I'm thinking of getting a local part-time job.
2) How's the Philly dating scene?
Having not been outside the apartment outside of food shopping and other errands, I would not know.
3) Recommend me a game to play that you're reasonably sure I haven't played that would be my kind of thing.
Pheonix Wright, or if you don't have a DS, Okami.
4) If you could resurrect someone who died in the past year, who would it be?
Hard to say. No one I knew well died last year. And despite the swath of celebrity deaths, most of them had very little influence on my life. Aside from the ones I regret because their obituaries seemed interesting... I guess I'll say Michael Jackson since if Mom knew I used a res on someone else famous who I didn't even really know much about instead of him, I'd have some 'splaining to do. =P (also there's an overdone Thriller joke in there someway)
5) What's the most interesting thing that's happened in your life I don't yet know about?
Uh... that would require interesting things to happen in my life. I guess that I'm running an online Exalted campaign (with the old group) that hasn't imploded yet...
I guess meme etiquette demand that I give questions to people who ask.
|Wednesday, May 20th, 2009|
I've finished my work at least. Now there's nothing left to do except wait on the results of my theory exam. (boo! Hiss!)
I was technically finished last night, but it really hasn't hit me until now that I'm finally free.... to do all the things I've pushed off in favor of work and worry. Like clean my room! And take pictures of flowers! And post resumes!
My path is set. For the next week and a half. Even if I don't see it quite yet.
|Wednesday, February 25th, 2009|
|Note-Takers and Brain Extensions: Part 3
It's been a while since the last one, so let me give the short version of what I talked about last time.
1) Interface bloat = bad, customization = good. (caveat: feature bloat is REALLY bad)
2) Any computer program augments your memory, rather than replace it. Attempting to consolidate your scatterbrained userbase means you have to implement multiple ways of finding and filing.
And let me add one more:3) Accessibility is sexy.
There are two basic functions of all note-taking programs: to save knowledge you've seen and to create, sort, and modify information you have. Both should be equally accessible.
The first task is easy but requires instantaneous response, from wherever a user finds data they want to save. Browser extensions are sweet here, but nowadays fairly common. Apps for mobile devices are good too.
The second task is the real problem, because it requires a lot of planning and integration of stuff I've talked about before. In addition to adding new notes, users need to modify old notes, and move notes from filing to filing (assume for the moment we've solved the search problem). This should be just as easy as creating new notes. The dedicated portion of your userbase will probably use these features more often then the ability to just create new notes. The vocal portion of your userbase (the writers) definately will, although in this day and age that doesn't mean much.
Google Notebook was king here, and it remains unsurpassed in this field. Equaled, with programs like OneNote and services such as UberNote, but unsurpassed.
Next post on the topic will be short and serve to highlight conventions that programs often use. After that will probably come the rundown, although I'm not looking forward to it (one reason why I haven't posted on this much is that I haven't made a decision on what to use)
|Monday, December 15th, 2008|
Why is there so much self-existential angst about what makes a game, among developers and critics? "It's not a game; it's a toy." "It's not a game; it's interactive poetry."
Of course now that I know that video games were originally created by nerds for nerds, everything falls into place.
Did movie guys ever have these problems?
|Wednesday, October 8th, 2008|
|Sunday, September 21st, 2008|
|So That's It! (RPG blather ahead)
Finally figured out what bothers me about WoD: How so much of the fiction jeers hackneyed cliches then turns right around, trips, and falls into a deeper pit of cliched hackneyness that is somehow more "authentic" than the old one.
This is also what bothers me about the ''Exalted'' tagline "Don't listen to those old men who say the world used to be a dull and boring place, full of dirty peasants; it was actually REALLY COOL." (the added irony of course is that ''Exalted'' used to be a setting that was so profoundly fucked up in so many creative ways, the best case scenario was its eventual transformation into the WoD. There's a Sour Grapes trope in there somewhere, but I'm too tired to care)
|Thursday, August 14th, 2008|
|A Closed Letter, Diverted
Dear shounen anime,
STOP WRITING FEMALE CHARACTERS.
Seriously. You embarrass yourself every time. It's not funny anymore. Technically, it never was. Just get rid of all the female characters and continue with the male ones. See, I get to see Ho Yay and straight dudes get to see action and stuff. It's win-win. Really.
If you're worried that sex doesn't sell, put in a scantily-dressed spirit with DD-breasts and a sexy voice. In the opening credits and first episode. And then never show her again.
Then maybe I won't have the impulse to sic flaming monkeys on your stupid island.
|Tuesday, August 5th, 2008|
|Indie-ness and suchlike
To pass the time, I'm playing various indie RPGs. Or RPG-likes, at least.
It is interesting that according to 365 Days of Free games Cave Story
is not an RPG (despite having experience determine damage, hit point intervals of 5, and fetch-quests) and Eternal Daughter
is (despite resembling a platformer in most respects).
There are other differences too, naturally. Cave Story
is a delightful gem of the game that highlights the appeal of simple, clean old-school games. Eternal Daughter
, on the other hand, shows exactly why Nintendo Hard games went out of fashion. It replaces content with difficulty and it's not particularly well designed. The protagonist has the durability of Mario and her enemies have the durability of Castlevania bosses.
Any recommendations for indie PCRPGs?
|Sunday, May 18th, 2008|
So. After reading the first two books of Otherland, Snow Crash,
and the setting of Shadowrun,
I'm just about ready to give up on cyberpunk. Too soon? Should I actually bother reading Neuromancer,
or will I laugh just as loudly as I did at Shadowrun?
((granted, there are at least no elves in Neuromancer
|Friday, November 23rd, 2007|
have a new mood theme now. It's hard to tell.
Imnotanerdreally Current Mood: innocent (really)
|Friday, July 13th, 2007|
...First the dead squirrel that stayed on the route to ML for like 3 days, then the dead rat in the bushes. It's like dead rodent week or something. Current Mood: unproductive
|Sunday, May 13th, 2007|
|Sunday, April 15th, 2007|
|Friday, October 13th, 2006|
Japanese midterm: check.
Graphics midterm: urg--check.
NLP midterm: check.
Sort of. Damn you, handin.