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Developer. Designer. Writer.

Currently writing something called Rosa.


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Thank you. Now, if I could only eat a turkey in Turkey, and then to bring Turkey to a turkey, so I could say I ate a Turkey turkey and I brought a turkey Turkey.

    Do you think that this may change in time?

I'm certain it will change in time. Our desire to reaffirm our ideas may forever stay with us — nature is a powerful forms — but we may change our attitude to it and, with some work upon ourselves, allow it to affect us less. This would require a lot of introspection and the desire to change for a lot of people, and that would require a strong impulse.

In fiction, it often comes when our view of the world crashes into something much different from our own: say, from an alien contact. I don't think it would take such an extreme measure in real life, but the human mind is very much a physical object, in the meaning that it complies with the laws of physics. It takes either a high application of force over a short period of time or low application over a long period to achieve the same result when changing minds.

The human mind is also a pendulum by nature. A high force momentary will make a shift, but the pendulum will soon return to its resting point, with only a small deviation. The only way to ensure a long-term solution is to keep applying the pressure, however small, until the resting point is a satisfactory one.

We know how bad echo-chambering is, and if you're unsure, there are plenty of examples to base research on currently. I think people are learning about it more and more nowadays. The more we do, the more pressure we can apply against it, even if it's contrary to our nature to do so.

mk, did you edit the text for the quote? The first paragraph of the article now has a sentence that links to WIRED's piece of the Estonian e-citizenship.

Do you think the US, in particular, is behind the curve? Tesla alone is pushing the boundries of current public technology by making electric cars much more available to the consumer. Microsoft's OS is being used all around the world. And Google... don't even start: they're owning their game, as much as one stereolythic entity could own a game at such a scale.

I see your point. The US may host some of the most powerful software engineers at Microsoft and Google etc., but an average citizen isn't doing that good with tech. Even the White House is pitching in on the problem.

It may have something to do with the fact that people are getting "on defensive" — which is what nationalism is all about: "My tribe is good, the rest can go kiss a wall": less connectivity could lead to less exposure to the opposing opinions. That being said, some of the most popular online information and entertainment options — Facebook, YouTube — limit the user to the opinions which they have already expressed. You saw an Alex Jones video? Here's another one! — and a different one, saying what some other person thought of that, too! That way, you rarely get to see the other side speak — if there even is "the other side" to speak — unless you go out of your way to go looking for it.

I get a feeling that the size of a country is inversely proportional to its capability and desire to embrace new technology.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 22, 2017

Spoke some Chinese yesterday. Have never spoken Chinese in my goddamn life. Impressed some people with it. Had a realization that it's hot when a girl speaks Chinese.

Managed to work myself into a headache. Preparing for speaking Chinese had something to do with it.

Going to my favourite city to celebrate soon. Turns out there's a lot of things I haven't seen since the last visit a year or so ago. Going to spend a few days there, walk a whole lot, eat some of the less-healthy stuff and finally get my teeth on sweets.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

The link was about more being facetious than anything. I have nothing again Foddy and QWOP personally.

I know myself: if I start playing it to win, a game with unreliable controls — which, I think, describes Getting Over It in a similar way it did QWOP — would drive me all kinds of mad.

Thank you for making a suggestion, though. I appreciate you showing me new stuff I might enjoy.

The air transport companies are in it, as well, so there's no point trying that. I mean, they say you're flying over a globe, but how can you tell? You can't! So they must be lying.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

    <...> developed by QWOP creator Bennett Foddy

...no.

I sense there's a story behind it, and I sense you know it.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

    Have you tried Transistor, the second game from the Bastion team?

I've tried both Transistor and Pyre. Both are wondeful games in their own rights, and I have a special place for Transistor because of its use of programming as a game/world mechanic. They're not explaining it, either: it's just the way of things!

Neither compares to Bastion, in my eyes, however. Can't tell you what it is, exactly. Everything's good, but those two have no... it, you know. The it that made Bastion special.

    If you're looking to play, there's probably a hobby shop near you that makes groups.

Thanks for the advice! I'll check those out.

FirebrandRoaring  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

I've been enjoying smaller games in the last few months. Not much time to play, and my laptop is no heavyweight, so size matters.

Bastion was one of the things I've finished recently. Thoroughly enjoyable game with a casual, simple gameplay. It wins my heart by having wholesome atmosphere. Ground itself keeps collapsing around you, and it's the end of times for your land — yet the Kid and Rucks both keep going, keeping their chins up. "You can do it, Kid. I believe in you". God damn you, old man. Your heart is in the right place.

There's also been a bundle of Choice of Games interactive stories. Never thought CYOA could be so exciting. Admittedly, they keep the bar high for approving games. I'm going to try to nail Metahuman, Inc.'s story again. Last time was good, but I've noticed I could do better because by the end of it I wasn't a demigod. Time to change that.

I've also been slowly returning to Dota 2. The last update shook things up in terms of balance, and old solutions only seldom work as well. League of Legends, Smite and other MOBAs feel different to make me return to Dota 2.

EDIT: Also been looking to get into tabletop RPGs, inspired by TableTop (the Wil Wheaton show on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel) and its take on FATE. I'm a fan of RPGs, and I like to (watch someone) tell stories by actually telling them. Anyone know where I can start?

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