Septembreber 2021

September 1st, 2021 by harold

It is the ninth month of 2021. What

Psychonauts 2

September 1st, 2021 by harold

The game finally came out and looks like it’s really good? I really enjoyed the first one, even through its flaws.

I love that character design.

Anyway, Tim Schafer and his team are always on point with universes. He’s a beast at curating them. I was reading on Full Throttle recently, remembering how much I wanted so much more from that weird and interesting setting.

Grim Fandango still sits right up there in terms of originality that just immediately works. That’s hard to pull off and Grim is so unique. Absolutely needs a sequel as well.

Congrats to DoubleFine, the entire team (we love you QA), the contractors and everyone involved. Thank you!

Hire may

August 31st, 2021 by harold

The irony of soft skills being indispensable is that we never get to show them when looking for work.

They don’t show up on a resume, a cover letter, nor a sound design or programming test.

They may show up in a chat or quick phone call  but because time is limited and anxiety happens, this might not be the best display of said skills.

Personally it looks like I have great soft skills, able to glue with any team, in a very wide range of situations. But with the way companies hire I can’t never “sell” that, yet it’s a very important, sought after aspect of a candidate applying to a position.

Hiring and working seem so disconnected.

Spaghetti shortage

August 31st, 2021 by harold

It looks like my Barilla Spaghetti n.5 are stuck on one of the 44 cargo ships stuck in Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

So 10 pounds of spaghetti on Amazon is now $50 instead of $20. I hate it here.

California is burning pretty badly, I know.

Those were the days

August 29th, 2021 by harold

I try not to forget how right before summer last year a lot of conversations were going around UBI and the absolute necessity to set one up, the call for a new kind of society less based on profit and more “mature”, caring, etc. We can afford it (2016 article, the urgency is even greater now).

Then sports came back and that was a complete wrap.

I blame us, dudes. A few balls thrown in the air with different rules and we don’t know how to act.

Tragicomic

August 28th, 2021 by harold

I wheezed for five minutes because I can very accurately reproduce Zach de la Rocha’s voice cadence and tone in my head and this meme is simply glorious. I cannot.

Having said that, the situation is tense. Everything about the pandemic is probably under reported. Most actual numbers are probably either delayed or hidden. I’m sick to think about a coworker who had to do contact tracing all year long last year. For absolutely nothing. Of course people are tired, there’s a lot of meaningless work out there.

It’s also basically Halloween/Thanksgiving and the end of the year already.

NetGlix

August 25th, 2021 by harold

Games are so potent because the underlying content is a platform for multiplayer storytelling, rather than a linear narrative.

Nah, the multiplayer storytelling is attractive and fun, not potent. Games are so potent these days because they optimize every psychological tricks known and discovered through social media and web games (Farmville) in the early 2010s.

Publishers, developers have leveraged that knowledge and it is lucrative as hell with generations who don’t know anything else.

GaaS is just Pachinko business. Buy tokens, get into the slot machine vibe, boom. All the spectacular numbers we hear about gaming today are thanks to whales that we exploit nurture as much as possible.

Games haven’t changed much if at all in twenty years. But gaming has, dramatically.

Pour out

August 25th, 2021 by harold

Shout out to the people who died of COVID-19 when we didn’t know what it was, before tests, before vaccines. 18 months ago.

People born between generations

August 24th, 2021 by harold

I swear we’re the only ones making sense on this floating rock.

Really Simple Sweetie

August 23rd, 2021 by harold

Imagine an open version of Twitter or Facebook News Feed, with no psy-op ads, owned by no oligopoly, manipulated by no algorithm, and all under your full control.

Imagine a version of the newsletter where you don’t have to worry about them selling your email to scammers, labyrinth-like unsubscribe pages, or stuffing your inbox with ever more crap.

Now imagine this existed and was extremely popular 15 years ago. Then we got suckered by the shiny walled gardens.

Well, it’s time to make like a tree and go back to the future, baby!

This is the best RSS tutorial I’ve ever seen.

I urge you to get on this and quit social media. Get good reading on your terms, slowly curate your own content, and keep going.

My tip is don’t subscribe to news, ever. There’s just too much of it and you will feel overwhelmed, rightfully so.

Subscribe to topics and interesting websites and folks. Focus on subscribing to things making you feel good, think, relate, dream, etc. This will make you want to use your RSS app instead of dreading it. Don’t set your app everywhere, be chill about it. Open it every now and then, on one device only. It’s not a race. Take your time.

Control the narratives and energy flowing around you. Use RSS.