Hey, I’ve finally found a bit of time to put my #novembeat tracks on Bandcamp. I did a bit of mastering, and came up with quick and dirty aesthetics I still rather like. I also had fun naming the tracks using a blend of bad translations, bad search engine suggestions and heavy text glitching.
I’m glad I did it, it was a great experiment and a motivating starting point for more musical exploration in the future.
Hey Fediverse, I’d like to start a slow-paced micro fiction experiment with input from the community. I’d play Stellaris (a grand strategy space empire sim) and post regular updates about how everything goes horribly wrong in my galaxy, with polls to help me take important decisions.
What kind of civilization would you like to see boldly go where no man has gone before? (suggestions welcome.)
Hi, I’m a French game designer/writer working mainly in the serious game/edutainment industry.
On my free time, I develop my own video games and tools, compose electronic music, make pixel/voxel art, build keyboards, grow hops and brew beer.
Computers ate my soul.
Ever heard of the curse of the #mechanicalkeyboard? It's real.
1. Look for a broken microcontroller USB-C replacement.
2. Find a shop on the same continent you're living in.
3. Notice the shop also sells a jaw-dropping low-profile 40% split keyboard kit with rotary encoders and OLED displays.
4. End up with a cart totalizing ten times the value of the microcontroller.
5. Realize you now need three microcontrollers: one for the repair, and two for the kit.
6. Despair, close tab.
7. Go to step 1.
OMFG the main micro USB port of my Levinson just literally fell off! I simply moved the keyboard a bit further to the left on my desk.
I'm discovering that Pro Micro controllers are famous for their shit port. You'd expect something you've built yourself to break, sure... but not the parts you've never tampered with. I'm really pissed off, I love this keyboard and I use it every day...
Fixing the port seems doable but hard, I'm not sure what to do.
2264.01.10 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
Our scientists hesitate between two research domains. While not mutually exclusive, they might change our whole society.
Gene tailoring would allow us to make our own bodies more adaptive and efficient, and able to grow and learn as fast as carbon-based life forms.
Robotic engineering would let us build synthetic citizens to perfectly suit our needs, but with potentiality even more ethical and societal issues to deal with.
What should we focus on?
Release Notes for v0.5.8: https://zeromatrix.itch.io/rpginabox/devlog/119720/release-notes-for-v058 #gamedev #indiedev
2263.02.05 - Zot Cluster, Strategic Command
Our allies from Djomar want our help for a pincer attack on the Prikkiki-Ti. These xenocidal reptiles are a major threat to the galaxy and must be dealt with quickly. But we have a logistical problem.
We can’t access Prikkiki-Ti territory. The ruthless Eruxo megacorp controls the former Prime Animus hyperlanes that would lead us there. Worse: if the Animus gets involved, we won’t be able to defend their systems without attacking Eruxo first.
2262.05.24 - 2259.11.28 - Zot Cluster, Inegore
Admiral Nock-Sheen has jokingly confirmed that the Ghost Flotilla is now made of actual ghosts. To prevent future piracy threats, we've started to build defense platforms in all high-risk systems.
Meanwhile, we've been contacted by the Hydari Confederation, a theocratic republic. Surprisingly, while spiritual, they're not fanatic, and even value equality. We could get along... Too bad they're located on the other side of the galaxy.
Just finished reading Don’t sleep, there are snakes by Daniel L. Everett, thanks to @neauoire. It’s a thought-provoking book about the Pirahã Indians of Brazil, which offers a unique view on what it means to be "civilized".
Survival, linguistics, culture, perception, faith, modernity, globalization... It deals with many interesting topics, and in the end, it manages to make you feel more alien than the so-called primitive people it describes. Highly recommended.
2261.01.13 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
We've sent massive amounts of organic food to the Xanyr Planetary Administration and signed a non-aggression pact with them. Being lenient to slavers isn't our style, but we've decided to try a peaceful solution to end to their reign.
Their territory has shrunk dramatically and they're on the verge of collapse. If we could gain the trust of their more open-minded citizens, annexing and absorbing them could be done without bloodshed.
2260.08.02 - Eruxo Enterprises, Eruxo Prime
The ideologies of our old rivals have shifted. Under the pressure of an internal faction called the Committee of Scientific Ascendancy, Eruxo Enterprises have become slightly less xenophobic and more outwardly materialist.
We probably won’t avoid war in the future, but this might ease diplomatic frictions, since our Communal Parity also value materialism, though only in moderate proportions.
Updated my notes on various topics concerning ethics: green anarchism, animal rights, adaptation, dark mountaineers & solarpunks.
2259.11.28 - Zot Cluster, Inegore
A large group of criminals, presumably former slavers and Xana crime lords, are attacking trade routes in the systems we've liberated from Xanyr influence.
They call themselves the Ghost Flotilla and have gained control of the Inegore outpost. We're sending the Scarred Stratum fleet to deal with them. Space pirates won't be tolerated under Zotialith rule.
Holy shit. Someone named Isabel Fall took "I sexually identify as an attack helicopter" as a writing prompt and produced one of the most fabulous cyberpunk, post-human, trans-human mindfucks I've read in a long time. This is extremely my shit
2258.08.16 - Zot Cluster, Xana
After ten years, order has finally been restored on the former Xanyr slavers capital. The Xana crime syndicates have been dismantled, substance abuse has dramatically decreased, planetary production deficit has been corrected, and martial law has been lifted.
It is a new era of harmony for our Arthropoid citizens, who have abandoned their obsolete and harmful power structures to fully embrace the Zotialith egalitarian values.
2258.02.02 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
The People of Maz have decided to focus on a truly united society. Various diplomatic operations have been initiated.
We've accepted a bilateral defensive pact with the Prime Animus. Yssravannar and Djomar did the same, meaning the dreadful Prikkiki-Ti are now stuck between our two alliances. We've also signed non-aggression, commercial and research pacts with Djomar.
Is our corner of the galaxy finally entering a new age of peace and prosperity?
So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.
Funny how useful time tracking becomes once you realize that statistics are a tool and not a goal. I was focused on gathering and visualizing data, but the most important is to discover what you value by deciding to track it, and to strengthen your self-discipline by making it an habit.
At least, it's what seems to be finally working for me. Quick and rough estimates are more useful (and fun!) than over-detailed analytics that take ages to log.
Stumbled upon this interesting website while doing research on sea level rise, its name is self-explanatory: https://atlas-for-the-end-of-the-world.com
2255.03.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
After decades of struggle to survive and free the oppressed, we're at a crossroads. Our society is ascending to a new level, but what will be the next step?
Keep expanding and crush the puppets of the capital, strive for knowledge and technological excellence, deepen our democratic and egalitarian values, or enhance our increasingly complex bureaucracy?
Computers ate my soul.
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