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across an old Blogspot blog I used to read literally fifteen years ago, can't believe it's still around (though no longer being updated): eqdailygrind.blogspot.com/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

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.

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.

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.

My girlfriend decided to watch Prometheus and Alien: Covenant earlier, so I joined her. I can't figure out what the point of either film is.

They aren't really horror films, past the now-tired body horror of aliens bursting through humans at various angles.

They aren't really action films past a few scenes here and there.

They aren't really sci-fi films that offer any kind of meaningfully deep backstory to the original Alien.

Prometheus felt like two hours' worth of random scenes chopped out of a four-hour movie and spliced together. It was incredibly disjointed; plot points, character decisions, and "major reveals" materialized out of nowhere.

Alien: Covenant spent 40 minutes building up a setting, goal, and developing characters; it then suddenly threw it all out the window to become a story about two androids.

Am I insane, or were both of these movies kind of bad? Fun, at times, but bad.

wish we could somehow manipulate crypto somehow to overthrow capitalism

I found the source code for a faithfully emulated SNES APU/DSP, and managed to

1.) get it to load SNES audio dumps and make them play,

2.) resample them so that they play at the correct pitch and tempo,

3.) add simple volume control.

Next up is ripping the compressed samples out and getting them to play at designated pitches. Once that's done, I'll have the core of what I need.

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I've been playing a lot of Super Mario World ROM hacks recently, and was, naturally, thinking about making one of my own, mostly so I could write music for it.

So I started researching how people do custom music for SNES ROM hacks, and it turns out that the process is *horrid*. People are basically typing hex code into a text file, using a script to insert it into a ROM, and then opening the ROM in an emulator and listening to the music. Every time they make a change, they have to go through this process.

The developer in me got pissed, and all of a sudden I'm neck-deep in research about how the SNES audio processing unit and digital signal processor work so that I can create a digital audio workstation-like software to let people write authentic SNES music in a sane manner.

Spoilers for the film "Backtrack" 

Today I watched "Backtrack," a film in which Adrian Brody does his damnedest as a psychologist who discovers that all of his patients are ghosts.

Once he discovers this, he spends the next hour getting jump-scared and screamed at by them for some reason, and then his dad turns out to be a rapist and murderer and gets run over by a train. Then the ghosts go away, I guess.

How were the ghosts paying him?

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