"That is the worst couch I've ever seen and I need it immediately."
(Source: Retail Archaeology on YouTube)
Whether she end up being an angel or something more sinister relies entirely in what follows, but for an initial look into this secret place, the ethereal beauty would give anyone pause.
This is the chord used to initiate the Chrono Trigger theme, for point of reference. Once you hear it you'll probably recognize it from some favorite piece of game music.
For those wondering you can recreate it in MIDI with String Ensemble 2, A5/C5/G5. It's a great lead into anything, whether you intend to do long, peaceful note shifts or segue into rock. It's one of the most beautiful, pure sounds I know. Moving the descant down to E5 is an excellent means of adding a little dissonance out of the gate to resolve in your next shift or take even further into darkness. The A/C/G is a blue veiled woman by a forest pool with blue light shining down. Absolutely magic.
I just cackled in joy because there's this one string ensemble intro that seems to get used periodically and I finally isolated it and AFTER ALL THESE YEARS IT'S MINE! I COMMAND ITS POWER and will use it responsibly MUAHAHAHAHA~!
USpol, zero refugee admissions
#Trump admin has plans to cut #refugee admissions to the US drastically for next year, possibly approaching zero. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/18/trump-officials-refugee-zero-1603503https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/18/trump-officials-refugee-zero-1603503
Gaming, builds (-)
There is something intensely liberating about having written descriptive systems that are self-balancing and not having to worry about the end result because you know it'll work itself out regardless of what numbers you throw at it. All the fretting over end results was done years ago and the system is proven to work. It's really a beautiful, intricate web of system interactions and it's a shame in a way that most of it is non-transferrable due to dependencies.
New drug-delivery system disguises chemotherapy drugs as fat, fooling quick-growing and hungry tumor cells that consume the nutrients much faster than normal cells. The drug then activates, suppressing tumor growth. The drug also is lower in toxicity than current drugs, leading to fewer side effects.
Gaming, builds (-)
Or, to put it this way, there's a very good chance that I as one person have made more content and can create new content faster than any individual person can calculate the end result, at least without building a program significantly more complex than the game itself to crunch the numbers. I see that as a victory, because my game isn't about numbers; it's about reality as a working system. The faster people realize that and kick back, the better the experience will be.
Gaming, builds (-)
God I hate builds. It reduces a beautiful experience to cold math. All games have math in the background, but it's not supposed to be the POINT. Games are meant to be experienced, not calculated.
I know, logically, that if I ever release my MMO that someone will crunch the numbers (even if it takes years of man-hours) and come up with the most efficient everything, but my math is elegant and scalable, so it's faster to make more content than calculate it.
I'm realizing how many forms this affects. Took lunch because I'm cross-eyed from looking at it too long. I'm still recovering from 4 hours of sleep 2 nights ago, which doesn't help.
It also gives me an excuse to give extra TLC to things, and it's good to know right away, but hoo boy it's still a last-minute surprise.
Found a big Yikes on the forms. Apparently all the combed fields I spent extra effort forcing into Arial are no longer honoring the combs in the beta system.
Some of this isn't important, but other parts are things like Social Security numbers that run afoul if the dashes on the form background.
So I'm writing a routine to replace it with 3 fields for those and add enough spaces between digits to look good.
Bonus: this means the spacing is actually even for those! It's the small stuff. 😊
Wow, someone used a Neural Net to upscale all of the assets of an old adventure game I really like (The Longest Journey)
US Colonization, TMT, Hawaii
TMT day 3. 34 arrests of Hawaiian kupuna (elders). 800 kia'i (Hawai'ian protectors) on Mauna Kea. Convoy on Oahu shuts down highway in solidarity.
Up to 1000 militarized police and national guard expected to be deployed against Native Hawaiians. Including military-grade sound cannon.
"To protect our 'aina, our sacred places we need to rise up... We will never give up. We are not leaving. This is our land. We have ancestral ties to this land."
My heart aflutter, I ignored the comment and dashed out to the dance floor. Taking advantage of the space around her, I threw myself into the cycle of frantic motions, clearly indicating a familiarity with the dance myself. She smiled broadly at me. She even had fake fangs in.
"Humanity, amirite?" she panted.
"Damn right," I gasped.
We ended the night with a Shepard shuffle - honestly, the most we could manage after all that flailing - and exchanged gamer codes for multiple platforms.
"Wow check HER out! What is she DOING?" one of my friends exclaimed, gawping towards the dance floor.
I glanced over, easily spotting the woman they were referring to. I couldn't take my eyes off of her, nor off of her frantic dance motions, which were causing several people to give her a wide and cautious berth. I gasped audibly.
"I know, right? What a weirdo," another friend said, mistaking my expression for mutual bemusement.
Programmer by day; pixel artist, writer, singer/songwriter, MIDI composer, voice actor, and also programmer by night. Free-time gamedev w/ no free time. He/him. #nobot
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