This 19 minute video talks about Phil Fish, who those in the indie gaming world hate because he is talented with strong opinions. But people don’t hate Phil Fish as much as they hate the concept of Phil Fish.
Chrono Trigger really was more or less destined for greatness. It was produced by an RPG dream team, and one of the real dream teams. Not like Nintendo’s so-called Ultra 64 “dream team,” which gave us classics like Wheel of Fortune and… hmm. They canceled Robotech: Crystal Dreams, right? Oh well.
But with Chrono Trigger, you had the core staff behind Final Fantasy, led by series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. On the other had, you also had Dragon Quest lead Yuji Horii. These two very different men brought together their very different visions of what RPGs can and should be, and… somehow, managed to reconcile these ideas beautifully.
Though the Polar Vortex reared its ugly head across Chicago this past winter, it brought with it something incredibly beautiful if not apocalyptic–lots of fog. Fog can always make for great images, and that’s what photographer Michael Salisbury was able to do. According to a Chicago Tribune article, the fog that was over Chicago back in…
Stop caring and worrying about breaking things and start hacking at them — just make sure you have a good backup in place first. Remember that for many of us it is more about learning than anything else.
Cut to Carl, bleary-eyed, on the 6th (top) floor of the Department of Labor.
Walking to the café there, I glanced out the window to see the Washington Monument in the distance. With a plane flying across the horizon line. The sun was hidden by clouds but desperately trying to come out.
I noticed of the half-dozen flags flying atop nearby building. They were all at half mast. And I was confused.
"What I miss most," he eventually continued, "is somewhere between quiet and solitude. What I miss most is stillness." He said he’d watched for years as a shelf mushroom grew on the trunk of a Douglas fir in his camp. I’d noticed the mushroom when I visited—it was enormous—and he asked me with evident concern if anyone had knocked it down. I assured him it was still there. In the height of summer, he said, he’d sometimes sneak down to the lake at night. "I’d stretch out in the water, float on my back, and look at the stars."
I’m interested in the tiny house movement. I think the idea of casting away most of the junk that fills our homes and storage units is admirable and pleasant. This may be taking it to an extreme but I thought this would be a good intro and look into the world.
I enjoyed hearing about the motivations and desires of the tiny house dwellers…
New Rule For the Internet: Let’s not get overly worked up over things that won’t matter in 24 hours.
It’s a rule I’m trying to live by more. It is very easy to get pulled into the Internet Outrage Machine™. Everyday there is something absurd to get all worked up over. Then, the next day, it won’t matter to anyone. This is also why I do not cover tech newson this site. There is no point in…
Why would less email mean better productivity? Because, as Ms. Deal found in her research, endless email is an enabler. It often masks terrible management practices.
When employees shoot out a fusillade of miniature questions via email, or “cc” every team member about each niggling little decision, it’s because they don’t feel confident to make a decision on their…
We concede that there is some value to Twitter, but the social musing we did early on no longer fits. My feed (full of people I admire) is mostly just a loud, stupid, sad place. Basically: a mirror to the world we made that I don’t want to look into. The common way to refute my complaint is to say that I’m following the wrong people. I think I’m following the right people, I’m just seeing the worst side of them while they’re stuck in an inhospitable environment. It’s exasperating to be stuck in a stream.
Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app is a lot of fun. It will allow you to shoot time-lapse videos. It will also smooth out the video with stabilization built into the app itself. I tried it out while walking and riding the Metro. Walking was too jarring for it to capture smooth video. But the Metro ride worked just fine. I’ve posted them to my Instagram account.
A tragedy is always a tragedy first. And what happened in northern Arizona Monday was a horrible tragedy.
A nine-year-old girl was at a shooting range with her parents. She was receiving instruction in how to use an automatic Uzi. According to investigators when the little girl pulled the trigger the recoil caused the gun to fly over her head. A bullet struck her 39-year-old instructor, Charles Vacca, in the head. He was killed.
Clearly she should have had the uzi at a younger age. Then she would have been properly trained and ready to handle it at age 9.
Interviewer:So, it’s exciting that your Comedy Central Show, “Broad City,” got picked up for a second season. How did you get looped into working on that show?
Hannibal Buress:Me and (show co-star and creator) Ilana (Glazer) used to be in an underground gambling rings in Queens, and it kind of got out of hand. I was crushing her, and she was down a lot of money. I won’t get into details, but she was really down. She’s a gambling addict. I was like, “Whaddya got, ‘cause I got cash, are you still trying to bet?” In retrospect I wish that I kind of told her to chill out, you’re not really thinking with your right mind when you’re down gambling, you’re just trying to get back. She said, “I have a TV show, I could give you a role if I lose, and you have to pay me money if you lose.” And so she lost and I got my role.
And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.