Game Review: Fugue in Void

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Pipes in a moodily lit room.

I’m playing through the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. I have mixed feelings about this. It isn’t really a game – and admits as much – more of a low-stakes exploration simulator. It is gorgeous. I couldn’t believe my laptop was capable of rendering…

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Every Date is Significant

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A graphic of a calendar showing the date "February 25 Sunday"

Many years ago, when I was very young and you were even younger… I was working for a Big Corporate on a Big Product. We were negotiating launch dates. It was the sort of thing where you have to book TV advertising months ahead. We were all set to go, when someone on our team…

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Moneyed – a personal OpenBanking API

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API Token generation screen.

After writing about how to use MoneyDashboard’s unofficial API, the good folk at Moneyed told me about their officially supported API! So here’s a quick review & howto guide. Moneyed is a slightly strange service. I think it is designed for companies to give as a benefit to their employees. But you can sign up…

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Introducing Slowww.ml – the slow web server

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A digital watch.

One thing most websites try to do is try to serve you the page as fast as possible. So I’ve decided to do the opposite. I’ve made a (toy) web server which goes as slow as humanly possible. You can visit it at https://slowww.ml/ – but you’ll need to be patient. This delivers a page…

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Movie Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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The character of Borat wears a mask over his genitals.

There are two contradictory ways to view this movie. It’s a dumb screwball comedy, sure, but it also tries to expose the depressing underbelly of the modern world. Part of the problem is that it rarely challenges the views that it exposes. It is content to let people make fools of themselves, but never asks…

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Movie Review: Games Night

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Movie poster with a cute dog on it.

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters. This is “Smug Marrieds – The Movie”. But it is so funny. Like most modern comedy movies, it is little more than a series…

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Game Review: Islands Non-Places

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Weird chairs on top of a tangle of roots.

I’m playing through the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. This is… awful? It is visually interesting without actually being fun. It is intriguing for five minutes before becoming hollow. It is surreal and delightfully weird. But it isn’t a game. You have to hunt…

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Localisation is too hard for Gmail

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Google email interface.

/ləʊk(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ The ability to adjust a user-interface to the user’s local language or dialect Because I live in the UK, I speak en_GB (English, Great Britain) rather than en_US (English, Simplified United States). Mostly, all dialects of English are mutually intelligible. Sure, the Brits love the letter U and the Americans stick a Z in…

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Game Review: WitchWay (and getting it running on Linux)

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A witch pushing some blocks.

I’m playing through the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. This starts as a fun little logic puzzle, but quickly descends into frustration. Like Portal, you have limited array of actions and have to manipulate your environment in order to get move on to the…

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Movie Review: Identity Thief

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Movie poster with the subtitle "She's having the time of *his* life!"

Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) gets a nice call confirming his name and other identifying information. The next thing he knows, a spa in Florida is reminding him of his appointment and his credit cards are maxed out. With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to literally bring the thief to justice…

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