Today I had such a terrible experience trying to set up -- and failing -- what should be a very simple Microsoft product that I'm seriously considering a Linux dual boot on my main work station, and switch to Windows only when absolutely necessary. I mean, their Office suite is not only massively bloated with useless crap, but also incredibly confusing, thanks to their Kafkaesque online ecosystem. I've been using their bad software for decades, but I'm fed up.
Here's my #hyperjam entry that does not use HyperCard, but still includes 1-bit gradients and Apple II cursors and fonts.
It's a kind of voxellated emotion-based isometric fortune cookie simulator. Or maybe a roguelike without combat where nothing happens but randomly suggested feelings. I don't know, but I like it, and I really learned a lot while making it. I might even make an actual game out of this.
This person made a complete Godzilla movie playing all the parts himself. Including Godzilla. Do I win the internets? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NQX6bSp4A
2339.06.08 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
Our scientists have been arguing over a couple of research fields that look increasingly promising, but equally dangerous.
Sapient AIs could drastically enhance our tactical and strategic prowess, but at the price of their possible independence.
Jump drives would allow us to bypass hyperlanes and move instantly from one system to another, but they could damage the very fabric of reality itself.
Should we let them experiment?
I’ve finished reading The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks and while I liked most of the short stories, I’m not sure what to think about the longest one. The Culture observing contemporary Earth feels oddly out of place, and its criticism lacks nuance and subtlety.
On the other hand, it’s an interesting satire, with meaningful points, but it was too much, or not enough. Too serious despite the silly characters. I’m not sure what I didn’t like, but it kind of bored me.
Today I am releasing the first version of my livecoding system, alive!
This is a release-candidate, since it has only run on two different PCs so far, and I need more data to trust that it works at all. There is now a Windows build that should make running it there a breeze.
Let me know if you tried it and whether it did or didn't run! ;)
Info, installation instructions, and tutorial in the docs:
2236.03.07 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
We've received strange reports of ancient deep-space drones roaming a few of our systems. They were apparently built eons ago for mining operations, but we have no idea who created them.
Their actual purpose is unknown. We've decided to establish a listening post on Mazov Central to keep them under close watch. We can’t entirely dismiss the possibility of a machine empire older than our civilization suddenly invading the Cluster.
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.
Finger drumming in a nutshell:
1. Struggle for months trying to make your brain understand that not only your hands but also your fingers can move independently.
2. Avoid retrying old exercises you failed miserably for weeks, struggle with new exercises instead.
3. Feel utter joy and astonishment when you try old exercises again and watch your fingers moving on their own exactly where they should.
4. Return to step 1, add more fingers to the equation.
Here's a recipe I've been using for a while to work on a computer in a noisy environment.
1. Put some headphones on.
2. Launch this white noise generator and set the sliders to cancel whatever distracts you: https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
3. Go to http://somafm.com and add an ambient station like Deep Space One or Drone Zone to the mix.
4. Close all your other tabs, relax and focus.
I’m thinking about recording or streaming some kind of long form steel tongue drum ambient, a soothing soundtrack for waiting, something I could share to help people relax a bit, but I don’t really have time for this at the moment... Not sure how I could make this fit in my schedule, but I’ll try to find a way.
Computers ate my soul.
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