There's an interesting analogue between television "cable-cutting" and the rise of single-page application (SPA) web development, of all things.

Cable-cutting is now at the point where having cable is cheaper and/or less annoying than paying for or constantly managing subscriptions to a dozen different streaming services. It's so bad that YouTube started offering "YouTube TV," which they marketed as some kind of exciting new product to help you cut down on all those pesky streaming services. It's essentially just cable TV.

At the same time, web development got so JavaScript-heavy, with such a strong focus on front-end frameworks and SPAs, that we started to get concerned about how it was negatively affecting search engine optimization and performance. Now all the frameworks support "server-side rendering," which they explain as this fancy new thing where the server renders your finalized HTML for you. It's essentially just what we did on the web for decades before the SPA craze hit.

I always choose the asshole-iest dialog option in FFXIV. Not because I'm an asshole, but because the writers had to come up with hundreds of NPC responses to all those options, and I'll bet fewer than 1% of players see them. I see your work, writers, and revel in the hurt my words bring to my fellow Scions.

Someone please tell me that Endwalker picks up. Because I'm level 83 and have seen three new zones now and it has just been 16 hours of pure filler and absolutely nothing has happened that worth more than a footnote.

Saying that an MMORPG that released in 2021 with hardly any variety or QoL features is completely fine because WoW launched that way 17 years ago is a horrendously shitty take. That is all.

I'm addicted to the subreddit for Amazon's new MMORPG, New World. The delusion levels there about the state of the game are off the charts.

Some gems:

Apparently poor graphical performance and disturbing lack of endgame content are "irrelevant concerns."

"Being logged into the game" was touted as viable endgame content. No I am not making this up. In the interest of honesty, I am paraphrasing. What was actually said was, "Spending time in the game world, because it's beautiful."

Apparently one of the purposes of the game is "exploration," despite the fact that there is literally nothing to find.

Having a total of six skills, which you'll unlock nearly immediately, somehow makes the game's skill ceiling...higher? Because obviously having virtually no tools at your disposal creates a deeper gameplay experience.

For Labor Day I made a four-layer raspberry-Lenin cake. All were welcome to partake equally, of course.

I'm giving ESO an honest shot and it's really not terrible.

Classical music hot take: Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie is one of his worst compositions. Ten minutes of boring wandering, repeating the same three-second motif, and two mnutes of lukewarm coda.

Literally almost everything else the man wrote is more interesting.

I just stumbled across an old Blogspot blog I used to read literally fifteen years ago, can't believe it's still around (though no longer being updated): eqdailygrind.blogspot.com/

It's readers sending in their stories of dealing with EverQuest (and other MMO) addiction, generally written by the partners of the addicted party. They're really sad, but they're also kind of a train wreck you can't look away from.

Do you floss daily?

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So i just heard the Tolkein LOTR tv series was announced for a year from now (Sep 2022).... I cant believe i have to wait a whole year for this... so excited.

I know MMORPG players are super fucking thirsty for a new game right now, but the New World subreddit is sometimes so unabashedly circlejerky that I would not be surprised if Amazon is just straight-up paying people to heap praise on the game.

In reality, it's an astoundingly derivative game being carried by its gorgeous visuals and excellent sound design. Worth the $40 up-front cost for a couple months of breathing fresh air, but each of its systems are about as deep as a teaspoon of water and will wear thin very quickly.

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I feel like the FFXIV team could save a ton of time on these patches by just automatically adding any new instanced content to the Duty Finder and releasing a two-hour video on YouTube with the story in it. They're obviously more interested in making a mediocre movie than a fun game these days.

Sometimes I want to build a new computer just because I want something new and shiny. But my current computer is more than adequate for everything I do. I hate that consumer culture has its hooks in me despite the fact that I'm constantly aware of it and know how awful it is.

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Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.

eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

#DeleteChrome

I took a small pay cut because I was tired of working all day to make other people more money, and I wanted to work on something remotely important.

So now I work in an academic lab, writing code for computerized tests that help to identify early warning signs of schizophrenia, especially in children. And that part's great.

The part that isn't great is that a lot of academics are almost astoundingly tech unsavvy and think software is just this magical thing that materializes in two weeks, regardless of scope or complexity, so every week I have to explain that writing good, secure software takes time, and that "here's a prototype" doesn't mean "here's a completed piece of software ready for end-users." Sigh.

I've been trying to give back to the StackOverflow community by answering questions, since the site helps me out on a basically daily basis...

...and it kinda sucks. You get instantly downvoted for correcting people who have a misunderstanding of something (no, actually, JavaScript does *not* throw errors when you attempt to access non-existent properties of objects), or people want to quibble with you over stupid shit (fine, use lambdas for everything in C++ and never declare a normal function again; I don't care).

On the upside, reading so many other people's code has made me realize that I don't give myself nearly enough credit as a developer.

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