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1 janvier 2015

Killed my first dragon. O. M. G.

(Wasted half my potions before realizing that the companion AI was no help at all, and taking control.)

2 janvier

First I saw this photo in my RSS reader and I thought — see, that’s the way to do it, just hide an activity tracker inside a leather strap and get stupid bloggers to quote your press release which inappropriately calls it a smartwatch. Then I opened the article, saw the flip side and oh god the humanity why.

Damnit, Once Upon a Time has Kristin Bauer Van Straten and Victoria Smurfit now? I’m afraid I’m gonna have no choice but to watch again.

3 janvier

Tiens, Mikado n’est pas un clone de Pocky, mais sous licence en Europe #pointwikipedia

@History_Pics:

1956: A 5MB hard drive being loaded onto a PanAm plane. [pic.twitter.com]

I want to believe I’d have found Gone Girl just as gross if I hadn’t read the arguments against it beforehand. I hate that I can’t be sure. (Good, short article on why this movie’s awful.)

@rgriff:

Via @macdrifter, fun audiophile stupidity! “More organic,” “musical intent,” “hint of glaze,” “infrasonic.”

[enjoythemusic.com]

I’d really like for a future version of iOS to implement a level of push notifications that don’t disappear from the lock screen until they’ve been acted on — reappearing after you unlock and lock again. I wouldn’t mind if they’re reserved for Apple’s own apps, such as Reminders, to prevent abuse. Remind me until I’ve actually done it.

4 janvier

A chaques soldes Steam je me fais avoir et j’achète des jeux Unity qui ne sont pas foutus de gérer correctement le pad sur Mac.

Une fois tous les six mois j’oublie qu’en fait je n’aime pas les pommes dauphines.

Start typing a tweet in Safari. Want to check something on Google before posting. Nope. (Short of installing another browser.)

@patrickklepek:

Too many Dragon Age quests begin with a great premise but devolve into collecting objects and reading. MMO design without social elements.

@Sci_Phile:

Can an animal’s name help protect it? [scientificamerican.com] by @WhySharksMatter [pic.twitter.com]

@Sci_Phile:

Your scientifically accurate horoscope for 2015 [media.boingboing.net] [pic.twitter.com]

Elon Musk on Mars colonization

‘The absence of any noticeable life [in the universe] may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation,’ he told me. […] Musk flipped through a few more possibilities, each packing a deeper existential chill than the last, until finally he came around to the import of it all. ‘If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way,’ he said. ‘And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.’

Judging from other recent quotes from Musk, he must be thinking that an easy explanation for the disappearance of all those other civilizations is that they invented artificial intelligence and it wiped them out. But then you still have to find a reason why those AIs wouldn’t be visible in the sky (and why they haven’t wiped us out yet). What if, instead, what happens to all intelligent civilizations is that they invent virtual reality, and become shut-ins just as they were about to start colonizing space?

5 janvier

Avegant’s VR goggles

What’s the catch? If retinal projection is so great, why aren’t Oculus et al. using it?

@milend:

“But the [Apple] software quality has taken such a nosedive … that I’m deeply concerned for its future.” [marco.org]

@stevenf:

Apparently all is not sunshine and roses on the Google Play Store either [phandroid.com]

@nannerb:

Disney make use of table layouts in their emails, shows a representation of a character with images disabled. [pic.twitter.com]

@ustwogames:

Interesting fact: Only 5% of Monument Valley installs on Android are paid for. 40% on iOS. There’s a sneak peak of data!

@logancollins:

It regularly goes against my entire brain to order them Previous, Next when clearly they are the opposite both alphabetically and in length.

6 janvier

@roy_upasana:

Common cold ‘prefers cold noses’, where low temp impairs parts of the immune response [bbc.com]

@danielpunkass:

Nobody summarizes the Apple developer community blogging zeitgeist like @mjtsai [mjtsai.com]

7 janvier

@SusanArendt:

I know it’s era-appropriate, but the sexism of #AgentCarter is bumming me out.

8 janvier

Killing that wyvern was like killing a magnificent giant cat. It felt as bad as winning a fight in Shadow of the Colossus.

I’m quite pissed off that I had to abandon two companion sidequests in Dragon Age: Inquisition because they involved waiting a few hours for Farmville-like timers to expire. (As if that game weren’t too long already.)

J’ai rêvé que je retournais en école d’ingé pour avoir finalement mon diplôme. Et mon premier cours était un cours de gym #multipletrauma

@verge:

Watch 24 episodes of Friends superimposed on each other and played simultaneously [theverge.com] [pic.twitter.com]

Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)

Great characters. Great dialogue. Serviceable story. All the things you expect from a good Bioware game are there; sadly, it’s all drowned under a huge heap of (gorgeous) open world that turns the game into a complete slog. It’s hard to blame Bioware for overcompensating after the public reaction to Dragon Age II, but the end result is a sad, sad waste of talent and time that mostly left me feeling drained.

Skyrim works as a huge open world because it’s designed, from top to bottom, as a solitary experience. It’s you against the world, traveling across the continent with melancholy music as your sole companion — or maybe you get a single partner, but then you are two lone wolves traveling together; you don’t expect much in the way of conversation from her, and in the end you’re just using her as a pack mule. (Side note: I’m so tired of limited inventory.)

Inquisition, on the other hand, pits you as the leader of a huge organization, offers long conversations with each of your followers, and then launches you into large open worlds… alone except for the company of three automatons programmed to spout a couple of lines every twenty minutes.

That model works fine for the linear mission structure traditionally used by Bioware’s games (and still seen in Inquisition’s most successful sequences): your party is focused on the mission, ready for combat at all times, so it makes sense for everyone to be mostly silent. That doesn’t work in an open world, where you can be walking around for hours, harvesting herbs and looking for collectibles, with three mindless drones shadowing your every move, their lack of actual interaction with you making it only more evident that you are, paradoxically, alone. (To the point that they disappear the moment you climb onto a horse. Hello, JRPGs of the 1990s.)

That’s only made worse by the fact that ranged combat is very MMO-y — which is to say, boring. I always play ranged classes, and only realized ater playing two-thirds of the game that all of those open-world random encounters would have been a lot more enjoyable if I’d played as a warrior (thankfully I was then able to specialize as a Knight-Enchanter and wield a magical sword).

As a result, every time I unlocked a new location and it turned out to be an open world, I was cursing the gods instead of thanking them. And that’s a shame, because the visuals were gorgeous, and the environments wonderfully designed. But I almost ended up not finishing the game at all.

So, in summary: you can’t make a game that’s both Skyrim and Mass Effect, so just pick one.

And another tip: if you’re going to make a 90-hour game, maybe it doesn’t need to have the same villain from beginning to end? Because it’s really hard to make a single menace work over such a long runtime. (As a reference, 90 hours is exactly five seasons of Buffy, which switched the main antagonist almost every half-season.)

Actually, you know what? Just don’t make a 90-hour game at all, because that’s insane.

I’ve given up and disabled the wifi on my MacBook Pro. Now I’m happier, my hair is thicker, and it’s not raining anymore.

9 janvier

@NateLanxon:

Our guide to why the UK’s iTunes App Store suddenly raised its prices today. In short: because tax law. [po.st]

10 janvier

The Invisibilia podcast is quite interesting, but I’m not sure I can deal with one of the hosts having the same vocal tics as Sarah Koenig.

12 janvier

Résolution pour 2017 : avoir une photo sur Grindr où je ne fais pas la gueule.

Ou alors je choisis la solution de facilité et je fais suffisamment de sport pour pouvoir mettre une photo de mon torse à la place

If Apple now approves games with “not compatible with iPhone 4” in the description, maybe it’s time already to implement that as metadata.

When’s the last time Firefox was the first to implement a good new idea? I love how Javascript dialog boxes are now shown within the page.

“Why Women Stay Quiet at Work”

Look at how Apple’s only non-white-dude VP is an external hire.

It only took two rejections for me to finally understand the sentence “Keyboard extensions must provide Number and Decimal keyboard types.”

A week ago I spent hours getting the provisioning profiles right. Today I’ve changed twenty lines of code and provisioning is fucked again.

If they announce at next WWDC that you can upload apps from Xcode without provisioning, I’ll stop bitching about Apple for… like, a week.

13 janvier

The Giver retroactively turns every one of those other young-adult movies into a masterpiece.

@tone_def:

A raccoon trying to eat cotton candy [i.imgur.com]

La jolie blonde qui se retourne et me fait face pile au moment où le hipster moustachu que je dévisageais n’est plus entre nous deux. Malaise à l’idée qu’on me prenne pour un pervers *hétéro.*

14 janvier

Une rame de ligne 1 sur la 14. Tout déboussolé par les couleurs claires et la luminosité, obligé de googler pour voir si je deviens fou.

Rhaaa ça fait des mois que je suis en clavier anglais sur mon iPhone et j’avais oublié que c’était pour ça qu’il n’y avait pas l’apostrophe.

@b_magnanti:

Correlation is not… oh wait, yes. Yes it is. [pic.twitter.com]

15 janvier

“Disneyland Measles Outbreak: It Is Indeed a Small World After All”

While I have, of course, zero hesitation about the utility and safety of vaccination, I could never quite understand why everyone made such a big deal of anti-vaxers — surely they were just putting their own health in jeopardy, so it’s their own business? (Well, and that of their kids, but, you know, kids, who cares, not I.) But:

Two of the Disneyland cases were too young to be vaccinated – the first dose is recommended at 12 months – so those parents never had the choice to protect their children from measles.

Okay, that’s a given, but, more importantly, here’s the part I was unaware of, even though it’s obvious as soon as you think about it:

No vaccine is 100% effective, however, and even the measles vaccine, with effectiveness approaching 100%, cannot prevent every person who receives it from catching the disease if they’re exposed. In a population where nearly everyone has been vaccinated except those who have medical reasons not to be, though, the disease can’t travel as far, so cases are contained before they turn into outbreak.

Deuxième fois que ces incapables de Grindr refusent de prendre en compte mon réabonnement apres paiement. Je ne peux pas être le seul ?!

“Google’s Secret Study To Find Out Our Needs”

Sometimes Google’s tradition of being driven by research is awesome.

16 janvier

@olivia_solon:

It takes 3 hours to convince an innocent adult they committed a violent crime as a teenager: [mirr.im] [pic.twitter.com]

“Je vais mettre un jean moins moche pour changer. Ah, non, tiens, je ne rentre plus dans aucun de mes autres jeans.”

17 janvier

18 janvier

“Ouf, c’est bon, il y a des gogos sur le podium, on n’a plus besoin de danser !” #lafeteaparis

19 janvier

20 janvier

Why on earth didn’t Amazon design the Echo as a cute robot dog that follows you around and charges itself on a station like a Roomba?

21 janvier

The rumors of an iPad stylus are intensifying right as I was resolving not to give Apple money for a watch #justwhenithoughtiwasout

@britishgaming:

I will never be truly happy until we are living in this hilarious dystopia [pic.twitter.com]

@piercedavid:

The Surface Hub, the gigantic 4K touchscreen, is a crazy future dream of a device [theverge.com] [pic.twitter.com]

@jasonschreier:

So wait, they name everything after Halo except the one that’s got ACTUAL HOLOGRAMS?

It’s easy to imagine how the ideal Oculus headset works, and that I want it. But this description of HoloLens sounds too good to be true.

@marcedwards:

“These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light” — [vimeo.com]

22 janvier

Uniconsole’s keyboard extension “in review” for over a week. Can’t help but feel like they’re really searching for a reason to reject it.

23 janvier

Yeah right, Apple, I’m gonna spend all of this month’s App Store earnings on a call to California so I can find out what bogus reason you have to reject my app that you can’t commit to in writing.

@jemalexander:

Russell T Davies talks about his writing “process”. Sound familiar to anyone else? [pic.twitter.com]

@waxpancake:

YouTube’s offer to @zoecello—put your whole catalog on our free streaming service with ads, or we block your channel. [zoekeating.tumblr.com]

For the record, I had been wondering for a while why Oculus doesn’t embed cameras in the headset to track your movements. Everyone says HoloLens’ motion is incredibly smooth, so evidently it does work.

24 janvier

“Cette saison dans Looking, on n’a plus à faire les présentations donc on peut avancer à pleine vitesse,” que j’avais lu dans une interview.

25 janvier

Il n’y a pas assez de drogues sur Terre pour me permettre de supporter tous les chieurs qui se posent au milieu de la piste juste pour être là au cas où on ferait l’appel.

I used to work in Photoshop while listening to podcasts. I hardly ever use Photoshop anymore (mostly due to flat design), so I just don’t know what to do to keep myself busy, and productive, during that time. Can’t be programming, because that’s verbal, and my language center is occupied.

“Research reveals humans really can smell fear”

(via awfully produced but sometimes informative podcast Invisibilia)

26 janvier

Mélanie Thierry is kind of amazing in The Zero Theorem, but the Terry Gilliamness really gets in the way of an intriguing script.

@cormacflynn:

An interesting Quora - What’s the difference between a dev working in Paris vs. the Bay Area? via @roxannevarza [quora.com]

Premier billet acheté sur Capitaine Train. L’interface est trop simple et fluide, je ne peux pas m’empêcher de penser par réflexe que ça va forcément foirer quelque part. Ils envoient même un .ics par mail pour ajouter automatiquement le trajet dans son calendrier ! Ce qui me permet de réaliser que je me suis trompé de mois dans la date du retour. Heureusement que j’ai pris un billet non échangeable, c’est moins cher.

Mais sérieusement, c’est moi qui suis impatient cette année, ou Looking saison 2 est une parodie de la saison 1 ?

27 janvier

Il y a une scène au Showcase dans As Above So Below <3

Et aussi Ben Feldman <3

I hadn’t watched a ‘scary’ movie in years. It’s a little bit like giving CPR to my atrophied, petrified heart.

28 janvier

@viticci:

To put Apple in context: more than 1% of the world population bought an iPhone in the last quarter [pic.twitter.com]

As a movie, The Theory of Everything is kind of terrible, right?

The Guest is absolute shit, but seeing Matthew Crawley as a (hot!) U.S. war veteran is priceless. And he’s not the reason it’s shit.

@eric_sink:

If the iPad was produced by any other company, it would be considered a huge success. More revenue in calendar 2014 than McDonalds.

@traceylien:

This thing, but for humans. I would buy the one made for humans. [pic.twitter.com]

29 janvier

Jack Dorsey tweetstorming his profound satisfaction that Twitter’s users have had to constantly work around its obsolete character limit. Please tell me he was being passive-aggressive?

Je crois que je suis sur Grindr pour ne pas bosser, au lieu de ne pas bosser pour être sur Grindr.

@Sci_Phile:

The scorpion that can detach its anus and no longer poop [phenomena.nationalgeographic.com] @edyong209 reports.

30 janvier

I definitely see how much As Above So Below borrows from it, but The Descent is quite stupid and not all that well made.

31 janvier

I know it’s my fault for still watching The Vampire Diaries, but that cancer storyline has been incredibly gross from the start.

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