Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.

23 February

I figured AC:Origins’ exploration mode would be a nice replacement for Euro Truck Simulator as a podcast-listening game, but it insists on playing voiceover reminders while I walk around.

@41Strange:

Stuffed Animals With Dentures at Pediatric Dental Offices

Le podcast que j’écoute était en train de me convaincre d’aller voir Annihilation en salle :(

@stevenf:

Literally hundreds of Amazon orders placed over nearly 2 decades, but I ordered some batteries 2 days ago, so…

I’ve refrained from posting illustrations from Assassin’s Creed Origins’ guided tours because, well, that’s not photography - but I can’t get over this one. It looks like a felt-tip illustration for a webcomic. From three thousand years ago.

Ancient Egypt is so beautifully peaceful without enemy behaviors. Every open-world game should provide a similar mode, regardless of educational value.

And yes I’m obsessed with that animation.

Looks like Aya doesn’t have Bayek’s sweet little animation putting out his hand and caressing the tall grass while walking slowly. She never knew how to stop and smell the roses, did she.

@dsenneff:

Made an SVG animated login avatar, with the help of some trigonometry & GSAP. #animation #UX #gsap

[codepen.io]

22 February

Alexandria is so pretty in the light chosen for the interactive tours that I’m beginning to wonder if the realism of progressive day-night cycles is worth the loss in eye candy.

It’s pretty nice to walk around Alexandria without hearing the soldiers’ angry barks every thirty seconds.

21 February

@mtrc:

games media: i mean yeah he’s racist but do creative directors really influence games that much?

also games media: kojima personally kisses every pixel before adding it to death stranding. miyazaki invented the game over screen. phil fish willed fez into being by staring at a pc.

Je suis sorti sans mes écouteurs pour aller à l’épicerie, en cours de route j’ai décidé que ça me ferait du bien de marcher, maintenant je suis seul avec mes pensées à des centaines de mètres de chez moi, sned help

Non mais c’est bon, on a eu les trois jours de neige, c’était marrant mais c’est fini, à quoi ça sert qu’il continue de faire froid ?!

@franceinfo:

“Une chasse aux homosexuels” est organisée par l’État tunisien “pour cacher le naufrage économique du pays”, dénonce une association [francetvinfo.fr]

20 February

@AntonHand:

I love that the subtext of the game Clue is that if you gather a bunch of white people for a dinner party, one them is statistically certain to be a psychopath murderer, but everyone’s enough of a psychopath that this person doesn’t automatically stand out.

@Carnage4Life:

Twitter blames their poor handling of abuse on Ruby on Rails? What’s next blaming verifying Nazis on MySQL? Way to insult our intelligence.

[vanityfair.com]

La version livre d’Altered Carbon commençait assez bien pour que j’achète l’e-book, mais maintenant j’en suis à la description de seins qui rebondissent sous une combinaison, suivi peu après la superbe incise “she said freezingly.”

19 February

@phirephoenix:

One of the most insightful things I’ve read about privilege was someone on Tumblr who pointed out that when we talk about “respect”, people in power think it means “respect my authority”, and marginalized people think it means “respect my humanity”.

@TheOnion:

Man Still Trying To Find Right Work-Anxiety–Life-Anxiety Balance [trib.al]

@Neo_url:

If you’ve ever tried to put your finger up a straight guy’s ass during sex, you’ll know that they actually understand ongoing consent, withdrawal of consent and sexual boundaries very well. They act confused when it’s our bodies.

@atlasobscura:

Polychromy, painting sculpture or architecture with color, was widespread in antiquity—a very different vision from the white marble statues we’re used to seeing at classical museum galleries [trib.al]

18 February

@41Strange:

Mechanical Ostrich Sculpture constructed from three mechanical arms by British artist Tim Lewis

@MizDanaClaire:

Hearing Republicans say that, look, massacres of kids are very sad but we just can’t limit people’s basic freedoms…

…is weird if you’re a trans person who’s been listening to a years-long debate about whether you need to be banned from public bathrooms TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE.

@ow:

Windows 10 is a genuinely fantastic operating system, but shit like this undermines the great work people are doing at Microsoft turning it around [howtogeek.com]

17 February

@yoyoha:

Sticks and stones may break my bones

Words will also hurt me

Compliments make me uncomfortable

I have social anxiety

I’m a wreck

Just go

Every time I update my portfolio it reminds me that some of the most interesting designs I made were for my blog, and blogs are dead 😔

And also everything is flat now 🙄

Three days ago I followed a tip to switch my Mac and iPhone to grayscale in order to improve productivity by removing the shiny colors distracting my silly monkey brain.

It totally works! Twitter and Reddit feel less exciting — so instead I spent the day driving trucks on my PC.

@jamesthomson:

So, how long until Twitter cut off API access to 3rd party apps? They’re cutting it off for their 1st party app…

16 February

I bounced off of Spintires: MudRunner at release because too many annoyances hadn’t been fixed, but got back to it last night, finished two areas and all challenges and had to force myself to stop playing today — so I guess I’m not sorry I preordered it after all.

15 February

“What the Grayscale Challenge Taught Us About Phone Addiction”

As far as I’m concerned grayscale mode would be perfect if I could just automatically exclude a couple of apps (Darkroom and Instagram on iOS; Xcode and BBEdit on Mac).

@mrgan:

Photoshop tip: if you’ve never customized the appearance of the Layers panel, you’re in for a treat. Hit the pancake-stack button to the right of the word Layers, go to Panel Options… Enjoy!

Wow, ordering Steam wishlists was already a pain in the ass, they had to go and make each entry five times as tall as it was.

It’s already been speculated that the Apple Watch was made to keep Jony Ive happy — but in that case he wanted to make a fucking solid gold watch so he was not about to object to any price.

HomePod profit margin estimates are surprisingly low

I have a theory that Apple launched the HomePod as a thank-you to the audio engineers who do great, unnoticed work on iDevices and Macs. Maybe they lobbied to keep the price somewhat affordable?

@Caitlin_McGarry:

Guess what? Sonos One speakers also damage wood. [tomsguide.com]

I want a multiplayer version of Six Match to exist — two players or more on the same screen, having to choose between cooperating or messing with each other — but the game’s mechanics are a little too specific to be copied.

14 February

The funny thing is that, until the PS3 remaster came out, anytime someone said SotC’s controls were terrible I thought they were insane. The only thing I remembered was how clever it was to have a dedicated “grab” button.

I bought Shadow of the Colossus on PS3 and gave up before the first fight because I didn’t have the patience to deal with the controls. The PS4 graphics are nice enough that I pushed through two colossi but I’m not sure I’ll ever care to start the game again 😞

I wonder what’s the acoustic advantage of pointing the tweeters down when it means the sound quality is gonna be so dependent on what kind of surface you place the speaker on.

@SashaLaundy:

Honestly, why don’t we reverse the fields? Write your message, THEN sum it up with a terse and helpful subject line, THEN add the right people to the message.

Do any mail clients do this? [twitter.com]

You can’t mute visual memes, but thankfully this one is still text-based

@TiagoSansH:

Qu’on soit bien clair : le #Servicenationaluniversel c’est une mesure populiste de droite pour plaire à ton oncle pour qui les jeunes ne sont bons à rien et devraient “faire un tour à l’armée pour respecter l’autorité”. C’est coûteux, inutile, et une régression absolue.

I’ve gotten somewhat used to “countdown” instead of “count down,” and you could argue it’s just a sentence fragment — but “when will the sunset,” seriously?!

@PaulMMCooper:

How ruins would look if they were built under Martian gravity.

Chesley Bonestell, 1956.

@michelmcbride:

This is a map from Marathon called 5-D Space. All of those overlapping corridors exist on the same plane, and there are no scripting tricks to toggle the intersections—the renderer just makes it work. This is the only thing that makes me want to write a 3D engine from scratch

@OHnoTypeCo:

EVERYBODY FALL IN LINE!

@Gabriel__Lewis:

So I signed up for 2 factor auth on Facebook and they used it as an opportunity to spam me notifications. Then they posted my replies on my wall. 🤦‍♂️

@AmeliasBrain:

I want to live in the world where this is the real reason for web browser’s convoluted user-agent strings.

“Dearest server, I am Chrome, the 64th of that name, child of WebKit, grandchild of KHTML, a disciple of Gecko, follower of the great Mozilla/5.0, running on Windows NT 10” [twitter.com]

@atlasobscura:

No matter the weather, the default temperature for drinking water in China is lukewarm to hot. But it may not stay this way [trib.al]

@AntonHand:

Weird thought: Is there any way to know if any given online game has a crypto miner embedded in it?

13 February

@hugwins:

You cannot pretend a bag of chips and a bag of apples being the same price in a store—even if they are, and often they aren’t—means people are just making bad choices.

A bag of apples doesn’t have enough calories. That’s the baseline.

@hugwins:

You know what one of the cheapest things you can get if you are trying to maximize calories is? In the US, that is. Because of how our subsidies work.

Cake mix. In a cruel sort of twist, we really can let them eat cake.

@NathanJLiu:

33 million people have installed Facebook run spyware on their phones under the guise of ‘securing personal information’.

And Zuckerberg wants to run for President?

[9to5mac.com]

I’m now looking at every spot of color in my field of vision — the box of tissues, the chewing gum packs — and thinking they MUST go. I guess there was a subconscious reason all along for my tendency to decorate everything in shades of gray.

Toggling High Sierra’s “Use Grayscale” accessibility setting with AppleScript

Corrected from apetronix.com for High Sierra:

tell application “System Preferences” activate reveal (pane id “com.apple.preference.universalaccess”) end tell

tell application "System Events"
    tell process "System Preferences"
        tell window "Accessibility"
            delay 1
            tell scroll area 2 to tell table 1 to tell row 6 to select
            click checkbox "Use grayscale"
        end tell
    end tell
end tell
tell application "System Preferences" to quit

@stevenf:

Please don’t allow Google to subsume (even more of) the open web in exchange for “more interactive and engaging” emails. [theverge.com]

@LamHua:

Alerte porn auditif et #asmr : patiner sur de la “glace noire” produit de sons incroyables, entre craquements et… tirs lasers. À savourer avec un casque audio [youtu.be]

@matthew_d_green:

Google: “We think there are lots of consumer applications for this technology, like household assistants and—“

Boston Dynamics: “YES BUT OUR CREATIONS WILL STILL DRIVE FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF CHILDREN, YES?”

@mims:

what if Boston Dynamics’ and Magic Leap’s business model is just to make viral videos

12 February

@braddybb:

we are all going to die

@thedextriarchy:

Altered Carbon’s prefab cyberpunk style isn’t just cliche, it actually undercuts the stuff that made cyberpunk an interesting genre in the first place [theverge.com]

@seanmcarroll:

This seems like magic, but it’s just Fourier transforms (expressing a function as a sum of periodic functions). Which are a kind of magic, I admit. [twitter.com]

@GameAnim:

Haha - they actually did it! They used mocap for the monsters in World.

Took me a while to figure out how the tweeters work — looks like they send the sound down (not what you’d expect from the x-ray view), meaning the HomePod has to compensate for wildly different surfaces on which the sound will reflect, from wood to metal to glass 😲

iFixit’s HomePod teardown is gruesome

“No wonder Apple’s repair price is 80-85% of the device itself.”

11 February

@michelmcbride:

The thing that makes the most sense about Battlestar Galactica is modern humanity is descended from people suffering from massive PTSD

Goddamn puns. I hate puns. Why do I put myself through this.

@videocats:

cat.exe booting up

10 February

Quand on était jeunes, la neige de la veille sur les trottoirs parisiens était dégueulasse de pollution, non ?

@planetepics:

Lithops, South African plants that have evolved to look like stones…

@CodeWisdom:

“A heuristic we follow is that whenever we feel the need to comment something, we write a method instead.” - Martin Fowler

9 February

A chaque fois que j’entends parler des twists de Star Trek Discovery j’ai envie de m’y remettre. Mais non, scène après scène, je déteste cette série.

@ShedworksGreg:

Slices of a Vikings Holiday by Marko Stanojevic

@fullbright:

christ alive if ’80s Japanese electronics in maroon lacquer finish ain’t an aesthetic [floppy-diskette.tumblr.com]

Had to shuffle peripherals around to get my USB clone disk to boot up. Judging from the internets, it appears to be a thing in High Sierra (probably to do with power negotiation). How awesome is that.

@m_clem:

A world map that offers a new vision of every other world map.

All international borders on earth, classified by their age: [moverdb.com] via @heindehaas

@khoi:

US Copyright Office rejects the American Airlines logo, but do they know design? [subtraction.com]

8 February

@gorosart:

#Quill released the animation feature update today! It’s hard to put in worlds how excited I am about this update. Quill created numerous memorable breakthrough moments for me as an artist since I started working in VR. Animation is the most exciting one to date.

@davidperrons:

Harry Potter and the Representation I Didn’t Actually Bother to Write But Still Want Credit For

@beyoncellulite:

Les leaders de #BlackLivesMatter meurent un•e par un•e dans des circonstances “”mystérieuses”” [twitter.com]

@twostraws:

This C# compiles in 0.2 seconds, but the Swift equivalent won’t compile because the expression is too complex. Compilers are hard! 🤯

@JimMcCauley:

What if Elon Musk’s just committed the perfect murder?

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