Look what I’ve found in my inbox: Age of Civilization, a tiny board game I’ve kickstarted ages ago. It can be played solo, up to four players, for about half an hour. I didn’t try it yet but it looks cute, simple and fun, with a lot of replayability.

I love how these keyboards look, not to mention they are made with through hole components only. No case, no plate, no Pro Micro, everything is soldered on the board.

So 40% low profile keyboards with PCB artwork and a magnetic cover are a thing. I love how aesthetics go beyond the usual here, and how a cover makes sense with the thin form factor and the split layout.

Got myself a new — what do you mean, it’s not a keyboard? It has a numpad layout, mechanical switches, layer functions, fancy blank keycaps (okay, maybe it’s arcade buttons), loads of blinking stuff, arcane firmware, and it costs an arm.

I’ve only used it for half an hour but it was more than enough to convince me it’s the best possible choice for finger drumming. And before you ask, yes, I’ll probably hack something to use it as an actual numpad.

Hey music makers, I'm torn between two very different MIDI controllers (mainly to use for finger drumming.)

The MIDI Fighter has a no-bullshit 4x4 arcade mechanical buttons layout with real tactile feedback and great accuracy, plus some gyro/compass features. It looks indestructible.

The QuNeo has bazillions of pressure-sensitive tactile surfaces allowing complex gestures, and 4x4 pads that can be divided into 64 mini pads. Perfect for endless experiments.

Which one would you choose?

A couple of screenshots from the latest iteration of the post-cyberpunk game I'm working on since way too many years.

2286.05.03 - Star Charts

The war between the Grand Alliance and Eruxo Enterprises has ended, and borders have shifted. Djomar United Colonies have expanded a lot, including through a couple of wormholes, allowing them to spread into distant systems.

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So since I've added LEDs I now own a highly distracting keyboard that can't stop begging for attention unless turned off. I guess I now have to learn how to code more subtle lighting patterns.

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And here’s the result. Turns out it was pretty easy, except for a few LEDs that needed to be better aligned with their switch once soldered.

Now I have to figure out how to calm down the mesmerizing animated breathing lights patterns, because it defaults to some real blinding fireworks, even if it’s only white LEDs. I’d be happy with just a subtle backlight to brighten the dark winter days.

I’ll try to post a small video of the blinking stuff later.

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I wanted to get in the mood before attempting that probably excruciating Pro Micro USB repair. Then I remembered the bag of LEDs I had chosen long ago for my WhiteFox, waiting for my confidence to reach sufficient level. So I spent the evening installing them.

First, I did a bit of cleaning, then I started to work one row at a time, using tape to keep the LEDs in place, and testing each row before and after soldering.

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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.

2255.02.05 - Star charts

The Prime Animus is caught between two brutal warmongers. We will probably need to intervene soon.

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2227.05.08 - Star charts

Here is an overview of the current galactic situation.

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2209.02.05 - Unsurveyed system, Hoshfir

Our attempt to reach the center of the galaxy is more meaningful than ever. We've encountered alien spaceships! Until we manage to learn more, we'll call them "Delta Aliens". Our scientists are doing their best to decode their transmissions and understand their language.

Some of our more vocal comrades are also pressing the Agglomerate to expand faster, and to secure the borders. What if these aliens were hostile?

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is the end. That's it, I did it. Yay. Hooray. This was exhausting and delightful. And I learned a lot, ending the month (a bit late, I know) with something close to what I aimed for when I started. Walls of noise with a hint of harmony. And it's time to sleep, indeed, even if I still have to decide what to do with all these tracks.

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has so much delay and reverb that it's basically one big drone. I think "Depth" is a fitting title. It was nice drowning into this while recording it.

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is mostly ambient, made with a bit of vibrato and tons of delay. Not much trouble, in fact.

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