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Gbuzz. Love it!

by on Feb.14, 2010, under geek culture, meta



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Sometimes, I want to blast out content easily. Actually, let me qualify that. Using the word content for what I post in Twitter or (now) Google’s Buzz is very much using the word loosely. 🙂
At any rate, I just want to blast out ‘stuff’ easily. Thoughts. Ideas. Sightings. Photos. Links. Rants. I think you get what I’m saying. I hope you get what I’m saying. When I joined Twitter in 2007, I thought that would be “the place” to do it. After a few years, I have found Twitter to be mind-numbingly AWFUL to use. 140-character limit? Photos in a separate place? Links shortened? Shitty clients as a gadget in the corner of my Gmail?

Now that Twitter has done the impossible and carved out a niche among even the most non-nerd of nerds out there, you’d think there’d be some improvements over what it was (in 2007). And as more and more tweets are beamed out, I have found the volume, the searchability, and the readership make it almost unusable. With the character-limit, many of the tweets I follow are abbreviated into something akin to a smear of text and letters from a ritalin-injected highschooler on their iphone. Do you understand this pain?

Google buzz. It’s clean. It’s easy. It’s integrated. And I could post this in Gbuzz if I wanted to. Twitter would look like… “#Googlebuzz i luv gbz bc it iz clean n coo oh n #twitter sucks 4 me”

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Forgive the mess

by on Sep.18, 2009, under meta

Experimentalizing…

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The Silence is Broken!

by on Sep.24, 2008, under meta

So long without a peep in this blog, so I intend that will be rectified soon. Very soon, in fact!

As real life intervenes in one form or another, the blogging world seems to shrink in relative importance. I suppose that’s a common ailment.

But having left my limited readership bereft of any content of any significance in a very long time, I’ll just say, “if you’re reading this sorry about that!”. I’m going to start updating with some amount of regularity again.

Yours in blogging (again)
Craig

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Whoops!

by on Jun.24, 2007, under meta

Woot we’re back!

I intended on posting a warning and then leave the site for a month, but Yahoo acted a little quicker than I imagined (a lot, actually!). They took it down within the hour. Conversely, they were very slow bringin’ it back.

And I didn’t even have the common decency to give you a 404. Sorries =/

Anyhow, lets get back to the gamin’!

Cheers…

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My adventures in ASCII

by on Feb.05, 2007, under geek culture, meta, new media

 

A big thank-you

Two years, 56 posts, and my adventure in ascii gaming continues.

On this very happy anniversary, I get to pause, poke my head out of the sand, and begin the flagellation.

First off, I’d like to extend a welcome to many new readers, and thank some old ones. For your great patience as you’ve slogged through lengthy articles over these two years… a sincere thank-you!! I really appreciate it.

(continue reading…)

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Yearly Meta-Post

by on Jul.10, 2006, under meta

Craigs End
I hate blogs that spout personal drivel, cats, dating and/or general ranting. But one meta-post per year is an acceptable indulgence for a generally well-disciplined effort on my part. I prefer talking about games than talking about myself.

So here goes…sorry for the extended absence (and sorry for this meta-post), as Real Life ™ intervened and dragged me forcibly from things bloggish. Since I’ve recently moved to Sydney, Australia, I’ve had to experience all sorts of unpleasantness just to get here (and more unpleasantness once I arrived). I hope its worth it… what a hassle!

What I’ve learned in Australia, so far :

1. If you hear someone use a colloquial phrase, that does not mean that you should immediately start using it. In my case, it was a nasty ethnic term. Yeah, that could have been bad, and I had no idea!

2. Setting up mobile phones and internet is the biggest hassle on the planet. What a bunch of scheming idiots. We settled on “Wild Internet”, since it actually allows P2P and has uncapped bandwidth. Gawd I think Vancouver spoiled me for this.

3. Do not painfully scoff at stupid dialogue in a movie theatre. I hate to generalize, but Australian audiences seem to be way more forgiving than us towards cheese.

4. Internet cafes suck. Like, really suck. I mean, I enjoy Counterstrike, some people might say that I really enjoy Counterstrike. But being stuck in a room with a dozen 15 yearolds screaming epithets and taunts makes me yearn for the magic pleasure of my mute button. Then, there are the WoW players…LOL!

5. Buses suck. We were stuck in Chatswood, which is pretty much like “Metrotown” in Vancouver. Lets just say we paid too much for a used car to get one as quick as possible. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you don’t need a car in Sydney. You do.

Anyhow, those are my thoughts as of this moment.

For those of you that are more interested in my non-game related ramblings, here is my old and rarely updated Security Blog.

We now return to game and media related pleasures.

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Happy Holidays

by on Dec.24, 2005, under geek culture, meta

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

My wishlist this year included, Raph Koster’s “Theory of Fun“, the Half-Life2 development tribute, “Raising the Bar” and a Planetside giftcard. Have fun everyone, and enjoy your time with friends and family!

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Mr. 奇跡 !!

by on Jun.30, 2005, under geek culture, meta


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Originally uploaded by Kafka_.

If only they had poster size…

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Fun to share

by on Feb.23, 2005, under geek culture, meta

From my friend Andy, to his friend, Gillian (whom I’ve actually met), I got this fun little activity :

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of said sentence along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

So I quickly reached about eleven inches to the right of my mousepad, and grabbed one of my currents :

“As we’ll see shortly, even when these payoff matrices are only a very abstract model of a game, they can be useful in balancing different elements of the design.”

This is from, Game Architecture and Design, by Andrew Rollings and Dave Morris. If you’re interested in game design (I am! I’m currently designing one in my second life), this book is highly recommended. Not only because of what the text says, but because of those little sideways “thought-jaunts” that reading the material will send you on. I love it.

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ice cream stealers

by on Feb.12, 2005, under meta


ice cream stealers
Originally uploaded by Kafka_.

We had fun taking this picture at work, and the idea is that I would send it out to my co-workers as a “who stole all the ice cream? here is the surveillance shot!”.

I sent the note and picture to everyone in the office. It went over like a lead balloon. I don’t think anyone made any comment or came up to share a laugh. Oh well! I have some other pranks up my sleeve…

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