taking joy in human unreason


Tech phobia?

So I have this thing. I keep social bookmarks on I use Google Reader for RSS feeds. I’ve started using LibraryThing for my books.

But I’m finding myself feeling possessive of my books. I want a [free, of course] local solution that I can greedily keep at hand, that isn’t dependent on some random service being available. Hell, I’d even take a PHP solution here on irrsinn dot net. Strangely, I want a solution that’s more dependent on my availability than some other entities’.

I suspect this reflects on my perfectionist, over-achieving, over-controlling personality.

That said, the feature set I want is most cheaply and easily (and nicely) available on LibraryThing, including the all-important “Download information for me!” Otherwise, my ass would be hooking up a cute little set of MS Access tables and a form.

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Thorn makes me say “oi”.

The Thorn (newspaper) server hard drive crashed beautifully on Friday morning, just post-production. The damned thing sounded like a metronome. It was ugly.

So I’ve spent part of my afternoon and evening trying to get the damn thing running again with the new hard drive I unhappily purchased today. Oh, and the new DVD-R/RW drive, since the last one put gummy shit all over every disc I put in there and stopped ejecting.

Yeah, DVD drives that don’t let me put in, take out, or read discs aren’t very useful. Neither are hard drives that don’t read. Thank god drives are cheaper now, all around.

I anticipate a rough week in newspaper-land, since I don’t have the ability to add the machine to the campus domain anymore. This could make machine access tricky.

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Last Straw

The last straw occurred when untested, uncommitted code was taken from my machine, made to work, and put into production with an email detailing the things I’d done wrong. …In code I’d said wasn’t ready or tested…

Don’t get me wrong: there were plenty of other straws over the last few months. I wanted to be free at the end of last quarter (Thanksgiving), but felt it would economically unwise for me to do so. I’m feeling stronger now, and so I’ll be free at the end of 2006, barring any contractual problems.

Down to two jobs, very soon now, which is fine by me.

Except… what am I going to do with my 7 hours of new free time every week?

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Lastest obsession

Ze Frank and his show “the show“. This man is too funny. I’ve started watching “the show” from the beginning.

Did I mention the man is hot? It’s probably mostly the humor, but his facial expressions are charmingly cute. As is his dancing. Although he reminds me creepily of a mix between Dr. FooFoo McKnuckleberry and one of my former news editors.

Allow me to also point you to his talk at TED. No, not like the much-hated TED of United Airlines. Some other TED. Maybe associated with Beemers.

(Edited to add additional detail.)

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Exploit: Zero Day “Headless Swarm” Landing December 1

So we’ve been working on Exploit: Zero Day for a couple of years now, but I haven’t talked nearly enough about it here. It’s a web-based cyberthriller puzzle game where you play as a hacktivist, uncovering and battling against oppression and exploitation.

*innocent whistle* Totally not the sort of game I’d want to make or play, no…

It’s been in closed alpha for a while, but we’re ready to offer a prelude season of paid story: “Headless Swarm”. For details on the plotline and how it relates to the continued free alpha access, check out the announcement blog post over at FPG.

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Attending a Charlottean Protest

I visited uptown Charlotte tonight, amidst the current protests and unrest after Keith Scott’s death. My friend and I had a few tidbits of info on where people were meeting, but nothing concrete, so we wandered along several streets.

In areas where people weren’t protesting, businesses were closed, and the streets were unusually silent for 20:30 on a Friday night. Troops stood in clumps of three on corners, waving or saying hello when you passed them. The occasional humvee or police SUV drove by.

Things were more lively at the Omni Hotel, where folks had covered the sidewalk in chalk. There were lots of media there: it was clearly an “allowed”, acceptable, media-consumable gathering. I’d maybe characterize it as a space for quieter expression of grief, although it was criticized by another gathering as essentially being for the white people. The writings were names of people killed and sayings that many of us are familiar with: “hands up don’t shoot”, “when will we have justice?”, etc. Religious figures were around, praying with people.

Further down Trade St., past the bus station, a group had gathered in front of some government building. My friend and I stayed there for a while. They were chanting “I am my brother’s’ keeper!” and folks were stepping up to share their perspectives. Four National Guards and a cop stood between the crowd and the building (with the aid of crowd control barriers), utterly stoic when the crowd shouted questions at them.

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Remastering “The Majesty of Colors”

Folks probably know that I make video games as part of Future Proof Games, but maybe not what we’re doing at the moment. Many, many (many) years ago, Gregory made “(I Fell in Love With) The Majesty of Colors”, a very sweet Flash game about balloons and drowning.

As the site stats geek for FPG, I can tell you “Majesty” remains pretty damned popular. (Hell, it just got linked by Buzzfeed a few days ago.) It’s an evocative game that continues to appeal to folks wanting to explore the soft feelings of a big, weird, sessile alien. Problem is, Flash is finally actually dying — no phone/tablet can run it, and some browser configurations require user action before it’ll run Flash.

So we’re bringing “Majesty” to modern devices: Android, iOS, and Windows/OSX/Linux. And holy crap, this game feels great on a phone; moving the tentacle with your finger just feels real in a way that the tiny, mouse-controlled Flash version doesn’t. I’m excited to test it on tablets.

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July 3rd 2016
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First Hair Highlights

The first time I dyed my locs.

One of the first pictures taken of my newly-dyed locs.

I did it! I’ve had locs twice now, for a total of almost five years, and each time I’ve gone, “I should be bold and dye my hair!”

But it’s very permanent, especially since my natural hair color likely needs to be lightened for color to show much. Plus, lightening hair can be damaging. Last thing I want is to have my locs falling out. I’ve literally spent years growing these things; I’m not ashamed to say I’m a little attached to them, even if I don’t name them or count them.

But finally, with the aid of recommendations from friends and family on a beautician, I got my hair did.

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Ossuary 25% Off on Steam!

Steam Summer Sale 2016 Offer

Ossuary—Future Proof’s first commercial game release—is part of the Steam Summer Sale and will be 25% off until July 4. If you haven’t had a chance to play yet, it’s only $7.50 (USD). If you’re on the fence, the demo, “The Hodge-Podge Transformer,” is also on Steam.

It’s been on Steam for a year and a month now, and it’s been a fascinating experience. After watching a few Let’s Plays of Ossuary and “Hodge-Podge,” we released an update in December to improve the tutorial experience and solve some colorblindness issues.

EZD Logo Color Our current work in progress is Exploit: Zero Day, a cyberthriller where you roleplay a hacktivist by making and solving puzzles. It’s pretty cool, and our alpha players are making really friggin’ awesome puzzles and stories. If you want in, hop on the monthly mailing list and you’ll get a key in the next newsletter.

When a Nasal Polyp Isn’t a Nasal Polyp

I had a pretty gross thing happen to me today.

It started with a long, thin scope being poked into my nose — deep into my nose. They need to see where this mass in my nose was attached before they removed it.
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Questionable Decisions: Hot Yoga

I made a questionable decision this afternoon.

After coffee with a yogi friend, I was inspired to start climbing back on the yoga horse. Most yoga studios in my area only have Saturday morning classes, so I had very few options for something in the afternoon.

Whatever. I was feeling brave. I signed up for an all-levels Vinyasa hot class at a studio I’d never been to. Ninety minutes.

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