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I just finished reading The Smartphone vs The Camera Industry by Nasim Mansurov, on Photography Life. He argues that the camera industry is done for, and that photography is moving to smartphones. It’s a good read and it matches my experience.

A post by @jalcine had me think about programming for money. This topic is dear to me because I program for money. After highschool I did not do the mandatory military service in Switzerland because back then I was a foreigner and I had managed to avoid the French military service by telling them that I was planning to do the Austrian military service but then I never went to Austria so I had a few months off. My friends at the time were also foreigners or otherwise…

Did you play in a MUD or MUSH, when you were younger? I did! I did spend some time in the Lochness MUD and on the Elendor MUSH. These were multi-user environments that felt a bit like a text adventure: you typed things like “look” and “north” to look around and move about; on a MUD you’d also fight monsters, on a MUSH it was all about the roleplaying. I loved it.
* Lochness MUD
* Elendor MUSH

Summer break is here. Four months of not doing much. Certainly nothing “productive” or “efficient”. It’s all going to be chill, it’s going to be done leisurely, and there won’t be any “point” to it. I bought myself a musical instrument and I want to get better at music stuff.
And then… who knows. Is the pandemic over in September? I just read Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home, by Anders Melin and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, for Bloomberg Wealth.

I think I need to make a list of the sound-making software available via my package manager. Free software, for music making wannabes like me. A page to return to and improve as I start to understand this all a bit better.

This is me thinking about buying something. Perhaps writing things down helps me make a decision. Feel free to comment.

I’m working on getting sitelen mute on CPAN. It’s my fork of _fgallery_ , a static image gallery generator. What’s this, you ask? “Static” means that it generates a directory for you to upload to your web server, and your web server only serves files. You don’t need PHP or Perl on the server. You do, however, need Perl and a bunch of command line tools in order to generate the directory you’ll upload.
For some examples, check out my own galleries.

The End of the Privacy of Digital Correspondence, by Patrick Breyer: “This is to allow the providers of Facebook Messenger, Gmail, et al, to scan every message for suspicious text and images. This takes place in a fully automated process and using error-prone “artificial intelligence”. If an algorithm considers a message suspicious, its content and meta-data are disclosed automatically and without human verification to a private US-based organization and from there to…

I was talking to @pkotrcka who said that git is hard to understand, and I agree. But there is hope: if you just start with simple requirements, then git can be simple to use.
What are simple requirements? “I want to keep this directory under version control so that I can recover old revisions of what I wrote.”

It’s weird. Right now I don’t feel much like programming in my free time. None of my projects feel too exciting, nothing seems to need my immediate attention. I don’t feel like working on C code because it’s hard. I don’t feel like working on Perl code for my wikis (Oddmuse and Phoebe) because there are no feature I feel I need right now. I don’t feel like writing random tables for my Hex Decribe random generator, and I don’t feel like tinkering with the map generation…

I wrote the software that runs Trunk, a kind of directory for the fediverse. There are lists (topics), suggested by people, then people volunteer to be on the lists because they say they’ll write about the topic, and fediverse newcomers interested in the various topics can look at the lists and they’ll find some people to follow. It’s good to get started, even if it isn’t ideal. There are other options, of course: Mastodon instances also recommend users to newcomers,…

Uxn is a portable 8-bit virtual computer inspired by forth-machines, capable of running simple tools and games programmable in its own esoteric assembly language. The distribution of Uxn projects is not unlike downloading a ROM for a console, as Uxn has its own emulator.
It comes with a few programs out of the box, a simple drawing program, a simple tracker, a simple editor.
It’s absolutely fascinating!

Yet another list of links to blog posts I liked, inspired by the read through of @jmettraux’s End of Week Links 16. Like John, I get my links from the RPG Planet. Please join us, if you haven’t already.

I was listening to @Judd’s podcast, Daydreaming about Dragons the other day. In episode 74 he was talking about avoiding mono-cultures in our world-building.

Gridmapper hasn’t gotten a lot of new features lately, but today somebody calling themselves the Flying Neko (neko being a cat, if I remember correctly) (which reminds me of El Gato Volador by Gian Varela & El Chombo) (anyway, Gridmapper!!) submitted some small changes:
* $ toggles the visibility of secrets
* ! makes all the lines a bit thinner

If you are a RPG podcaster, would you like your podcast added to the RPG Podcast Planet? It works much like the RPG Planet except for Podcast episodes instead of blog posts.
I started it with my own podcast so that you can get a feel for it.
Et si vous avez un podcast français, la même offre s’applique à la planète podcast rôliste francophone, et à la planète de blog rôliste francophone. 😀

Is there a good RPG podcast directory?
To be honest, I’m thinking of something like the RPG Planet, but for podcasts. You’d have the directory itself in the sidebar, and recent episode summary excerpts (if any) for the most recent episodes.
Is it worth it? Does somebody already maintain such a thing?!

> “Every Wednesday morning I wake up with a sense of dread, remembering that on top of everything else I have to do that day I somehow have to run a game in the evening. Every Wednesday afternoon I seriously consider calling the session off. But every Wednesday night I sit down and log in and everything actually goes fine.” – Failing better: a GMing retrospective, by Joseph Manola

Talking about giant beetles and how I used them: pack animals for the underworld, war elephants for goblins and the like, or car sized monsters in dungeon corridors.

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