Adieu - Enter Shikari
this is still one of the best songs ever so don’t mind me reblogging it and crying
Birthday loot drop.
Stone Sour’s “House of Gold and Bones” parts 1 and 2
Soilwork’s “Sworn Into a Great Divide” special edition.
A Perfect Circle’s “Three Sixty” special edition “best of” thing.
Mastodon’s “Leviathan” (because I didn’t have a physical copy)
And a sick as fuck Hobbit poster.
Click HERE for a better view!
Happy birthday, Edmund (even though I’m two days late on this thing!)
Thanks a lot for filling the world with your cute, odd, and amazing games! I couldn’t just pick one game to center the gift around, so I chose many.
I really want to thank you for all the nice tips and advice you’ve given me about animation. You really know your stuff, and I wouldn’t be half the animator I am now without your help. Your work has left a big impression on me! You’re amazing, keep up the great work, and I hope you like this!!!
Awesome tribute to Edmund :D
I went through and re-organized my Etsy store in attempts to make it look a little more cohesive and easy on the eyes. I think it worked out pretty well.
I know this dude and his art is pretty rad.
I have some of it myself, and I highly recommend browsing his wares.
Twitch’s chat servers become unreliable.
We’ve seen this before…
Hell, the damn thing isn’t even that entertaining! It’s chaos theory with game inputs. It’s damn predictable. A crappy RNG system could do the same damn thing, maybe faster, maybe slower.
I was going to be productive but then the Conquering Dystopia teaser happened…
I decided to head over to YouTube and this showed up in my sub feed and HOLY PISS THIS IS AWESOME.
Shortly after my birthday, too? YES, PLEASE.
I’m glad I backed this project; money well spent.
LET ME HUG YOU, ANONYMOUS STRANGER.
People who do things like this are uncommon, and are wonderful to cross paths with.
Sometimes, little things like this can make all the difference…
I’m honestly just tired and worn out. I’ve been sick for a few days, and this next week at work is going to be too much.
I’m exhausted, my body aches, and I’m just…lonely. My job has completely destroyed what little social life I had left, and I’m feeling the consequences of that lately.
I honestly can’t wait to get everything sorted out so I can leave this job and just do something I enjoy for a while, even if I don’t find much success with it.
I put on a smile, or at least hide my frown every day, just to get by. I find myself living for the few moments where I feel like I’ve managed to help someone enjoy their day.
I almost worry that my Twitch popularity will get to the point where I can’t even use this account to vent my thoughts and feelings.
I just need a break. I need a vacation. But even then, I’ll just be coming back to the same old grind that I needed to escape from in the first place.
There is no perfect solution anymore. I know that all too well from observing the world around me. But maybe, someday, I can at least do something I enjoy and find somebody to spend my time with.
All hopes and dreams that may never come to pass, but things I hold on to in order to keep my sanity, or what little of it remains.
I never said Computer Science graduates are terrible programmers….I said I’ve never met a programmer with a CS background that was an effective programmer. I’ve never met emphasis on the “I”. I’ve met maybe four, they were smart, they were extremely academic, and now the ones that do still work in a CS related background do customer support.
Most programmers I’ve met that are good programmers are self taught, and the ones that do have a degree don’t have it in CS (I know two with Psychology degrees and they’re both really good). The reason these programmers are good is because they taught themselves and by doing so they taught themselves the most relevant and useful concepts.
My complaint with the most Computer Science curriculums is that tech is faster than teaching, and innovation tends to be discouraged. At NCSU, I failed my programming classes. Each of my solutions to the assignments could be compiled and it worked (sometimes better and above what was expected of the assignment) but because it was less code than what the TA wrote, I would get points taken off. The one assignment that sticks out the most in my mind is an assignment in my C++ class that was “write an elevator simulator”. There were no prerequisites for the assignment like “write an elevator simulator using only gotos” or “only use arrays” or anything like that. I wrote it, it was one page. The TA’s solution was two pages…so I got a 50 out of 100…even though it did EXACTLY what the assignment said and it worked as described by the assignment. I quit school shortly after that.
Programming is innovation, there is no set solution to broad problems. There’s not one way to write a physics engine, there’s not one way to write a graphics library, there’s no one solution for a computer science problem. There is the current consensus on the solution and the potentially better solution.
To make it better in schools assignments should be graded on efficiency and effectiveness, not to a template like you would with a World History assignment. If I think about how I learned to program and applied it to a curriculum I would emphasize logical and critical thinking classes for the first year. Those classes would consist of no programming and would instead focus on problem solving to weed out individuals that aren’t critical thinkers. After that we can move to problem solving via syntax. I would start with something easy like Python, Pascal or Basic and the assignments would be to find solutions to problems using code. There would be some emphasis on efficiency, but the goal would be to “solve the problem”. After that, I would move on to more advanced languages, efficiency in code, operating system concepts, and computer structure and design. Also, and most importantly, people could test out of any of these at any time. Tons of good programmers tend to learn on their own, this needs to be embraced and encouraged, not punished. You don’t want someone like Tyler Glaiel going through critical thinking and syntax classes for the first two years of college when he’s already made 8 games and knows C++ before graduating high school. You’re wasting his time and school resources when he could be learning something new in OS concepts or Computer Structure and Design.
This is exactly what drove me away from school recently. The complete lack of flexibility with assignments felt more like a deterrent than a proper way to learn how to progress as a coder.