30 juillet

Every time I close my eyes I see a different visual indicator from Hades; I guess my brain is compiling the ML model so I’m more efficient next time. (I’m soooo close to the exit 😫 Or not, depending on how many health bars that dickhead has.)

Wow, between the performance update and my new GPU I can fly over New York in 4K with a decent framerate and it looks amazi–i–i–i–Ctrl-Alt-Del, the game’s crashed.

I haven’t played much of it (and doubt I’ll play more), but The Ascent feels a lot like “we’ve got great environment artists, how hard can it be to make a game” to me. It sure is pretty.


Most useful paragraph I’ve come across so far to explain how Delta variant is infecting vacc’d people and why masking for everyone is important. [nytimes.com]


Whenever the idea of worker co-ops comes up, I just think about how weird it is that Western society simultaneously believes that democracy is a necessary precondition to an equitable nation, and that the only possible way to run a company is a strict monarchy/oligarchy.

I don’t know that I have the courage to play an Outer Wilds DLC. What if it’s bad? But… what if it’s good? Seriously though, what if it’s bad. Or just not particularly good 😔

29 juillet


“As a material that usually lurks below the earth’s surface, popping into view only while it’s being installed or unearthed,” Geofoam is “Minecraft made physical, an architectural model in the flesh.” [theprepared.org]

J’ai regardé The Nevers d’une traite il y a dix jours et je repense encore à la performance de Claudia Black dans le final 😭💜


I’m genuinely surprised nobody’s asked the FTC to ban five-star rating systems where Stars 1-4 are a secret failing grade for the person being rated. It’s non-intuitive and sets both sides up for failure, and a thumbs-up/thumbs-down offers the same feedback more transparently.

I can still be so naive sometimes. When I saw my new TV had AirPlay, I disabled it on the Apple TV because I’d never need it again. Of course the first time I actually want to send something to the TV, it doesn’t work.

I figured I’d just check out what Outer Wilds looks like in 4K.

Of course I did a whole cycle.

And now I’m sad again.

28 juillet

27 juillet

Every game I play is so much prettier with my new hardware. But not any more or less fun, though. But so pretty! But I pay attention for a minute then I’m just back to playing. But for that minute it’s so pretty! But

I wish more developers would simply just check the box that republishes their entire game with RTX and DLSS.

I wanted to revisit a bunch of my games now that I’ve got a 3070 Ti on a 4K 55-inch TV but I started with Watch Dogs: Legion and now I never want to play again a game that doesn’t have raytracing.

Did Microsoft “forget” to include Minecraft in the PC Game Pass? What am I supposed to do to check out RTX worlds, buy the game?! ☹️

Pretty nice of Watch Dogs: Legion to spawn me in a rainy night as I check out RTX visuals for the very first time. I still can’t conceive that live raytracing is something that’s available now.

26 juillet


SCOOP: Police all over America are regularly asking Shotspotter, the AI-powered microphones that “detect gunshots” to fabricate gunshots from thin air for court proceedings, according to court records we obtained. This is horrifying and nuts



The left image is Renaissance Florence; on the right is an Atlanta interchange, shown at the same scale. This was my first image to go viral, thanks to a repost by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger. For weeks, I had to keep proving that the scale was the same; I still have proof. 1/


‘Cellulose nitrate was used to make dice from the late 1860s until the middle of the C20th, and the material remains stable for decades. Then, in a flash, they can dramatically decompose’

From Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck by Ricky Jay and Rosamond Purcell, 2002.

My GPU wasn’t working right so I got a new power supply instead of first getting a friend to test it on their PC.

Now I have a new GPU and a new power supply I need to get a friend to try on their PC.



A shimmering rock found in the ruins of an ancient city has been identified as part of a human brain that exploded due to the heat of a catastrophic volcanic eruption. [trib.al]


Beat Saber community age distribution at this moment. This makes me feel old wtf.

Between that and half-assed Continuity implementation, I’m beginning to feel like Firefox hates the Mac. Which seems somewhat ill-advised in this day and age.

A couple months ago, the Share button disappeared from the address bar in @Firefox on Mac. It took a bunch of googling to find it in the tab’s right-click menu. Now it’s gone from there too? WHY?!

25 juillet

Mother! (2017) — 3/10

Yeah okay sure. We get it, being an artist is bad for relationships.

Tales from the Loop S1 5–8 — 6/10

What do you know, the story was actually going somewhere. It was just all a lot more boring that it needed to be.

Avachi sur le fauteuil, j’ai l’impression que mon reflet dans la télé se prélasse dans une baignoire, et je préfère ne pas vous dire les idées saugrenues d’aménagement que ça m’inspire.


Woke up to this perfect @RubenBolling comic from 2014 posted by @bruces who doesn’t allow retweets


Solos — 6/10

As an acting exercise, most were pretty successful, but that’s very much in spite of the boring scripts. I take Helen Mirren’s story as a personal attack, though.

24 juillet


anyways this is why i like being friends with other adhd/autistic/neurodivergent people bc we see each other and it’s “AYYYY” every time alkgnsfd friendship degradation mechanic broke for both of us


like my friendship degradation mechanics are just straight up broken, i can go YEARS without hearing from someone at all and still feeling exactly the same level of familiarity about them. but they don’t because friendship degrades if you don’t take care of it

Are you fucking kidding me that there’s no keyboard shortcut at boot to start Windows 10 in safe mode after you’ve borked the GPU drivers?

I feel guilty every time I tap “Reject All” on a cookie popup because when another site is less scrupulous and only offers “Customize” I’ll just take the lazy path and press “Accept All.”


This really great/depressing stream of thought on climate. My brain circles a similar path most days. We know what needs to be done, but we won’t do it. That’s about the entirety of the problem.


It’s too hot right now to play PC games, and I’m hoping to be away for August, so I could have waited for prices to possibly go down a bit more, but… I panicked.

Oops. I knew getting a 4K TV meant I’d soon want to upgrade my GPU, but I thought I’d hold out longer.

Okay, no. I was 100% counting on the shortages, and the shortages let me down. There were a bunch of 3070 Tis all over the French online stores, so…


‘People who had recovered from COVID exhibited significant cognitive deficits’

Allowing this virus to spread unimpeded, particularly among the young, is barbaric. We urgently need a rethink and change of strategy before more harm is done.

23 juillet

Death Watch (1980) — 8/10

Isn’t it incredible that it dates back to 1980? It doesn’t even look like it’s from 1980, except for CRT screens.

Over the Moon (2020)

I don’t think I was the intended audience for that one. There were interesting visual choices but, you know, Soul came out the same year.

Spirited Away (2001) — ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’d always filed this movie under “seen it, didn’t like it” but I recognized so little of it that I must have either slept through it or stopped watching after the first half hour. I still don’t like it, though. Or, more accurately, I don’t get it.


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Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) — 6/10

Beautiful visuals (though they clash a bit with the Disneyfied facial expressions) that deserved a better script and much better dialogue.