This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan.
19 April 2018
trn at Lobsters recently
the existence of ban.ai public access Multics. Yes,
thatMultics. I wish this had been around a couple
of years ago when I was writing my novel Silent Clarion
in 2015. I had put my protagonist in the position of trying to crack a Multics
installation. While Unix was ubiquitous in her setting, she had no experience with Multics.
While I had used http://multicians.org/ for research, reading
a website is no substitute for firsthand experience.
30 January 2018
Tofugu on Japanese Web Design
Tofugu has an interesting article about Japanese Web Design and why it’s so different from US and European design. If you’ve ever been to a .co.jp site, you’ll recognize these elements of the Japanese web aesthetic.
Lots and lots of tightly packed text
Three-column layouts (making this not look like utter shit was the “holy grail” of web design before smartphones ruined the web)
poor or minimal use of whitespace and padding
links are usually blue
it’s a fucking mess
You’ll want to read the article to understand why. There are legitimate reasons.
28 February 2016
I Played *The Legend of Legacy*. Avoid My Mistake.
I recently played the demo for a 3DSJRPG with a charmingly generic title, The Legend of Legacy. I won’t be buying it, and I don’t recommend that you buy it either unless you can get it for at least a 50% discount off its usual forty-dollar retail …