It's possible we screwed up by allowing a word as neutral as "platform" to represent what Waypoint's Artifact review here pretty persuasively calls "the dominant economic form of our era". When controlled privately by for-profit entities, platforms are /fiefdoms/ and all of us - workers, creators, customers alike - are their serfs.
WAD Wednesday starting in about 30 minutes, at 7pm PST: https://www.twitch.tv/jplebreton
https://www.doomworld.com/forum/topic/99021-v-0-95-doom-neural-upscale-2x/ This Doom sprite + texture mod uses neural network upsampling and succeeds where so many "hi res texture pack" mods have failed, because it doesn't deviate from the original style. The monsters look extremely good. Would love to see this treatment done for all the extra animation frames that the Smooth Doom mod added.
Celebrating the 25th(!) anniversary of Doom's release, the 2018 Cacowards are up: https://www.doomworld.com/cacowards/2018
Lots of incredible work this year, and I'm honored to see my nonviolent mod Mr. Friendly pick up the Machaward! Thanks everyone who played it, spread the word, and gave feedback. https://jp.itch.io/mr-friendly
I'm looking back into the WADbot v3 rewrite work I did last year to see if it's feasible to get it working within 3 days for Doom's 25th birthday. The fact that Tumblr is still where its images are hosted is now... displeasing to me. Can anyone recommend an alternative for hosting an image-centric (3 720p JPEGs per day) blog-like thing? Running my own webserver isn't an option. Current site is here: https://wadbot.tumblr.com
It's very obvious at this point that Google is going to move Android (and ChromeOS, fwiw) off of Linux and onto their new(ish) open source OS: https://9to5google.com/2018/12/05/android-emulator-fuchsia-zircon
A big question is how useful this OS will be to anyone outside Google, and how tightly they'll be able to control it. If it ends up being "Linux with fewer headaches" that could lead to lots of user-focused 'distros' of it.
Firefox is now more important, isolated and vulnerable. Some suggested ways we can support it:
• Set it as your default browser. And if you're back home with family over Christmas, suggest/set as their default too.
• When you hear web devs say "can't everyone just use Chrome", please challenge it.
• Contribute to Mozilla-led projects, e.g. MDN Docs: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/05/contributing-mdn-webdocs/
• Donate to Mozilla if you can: https://donate.mozilla.org
fellowship on open source projects for women, trans and non-binary people https://www.recurse.com/blog/145-fellowships-for-women-working-on-open-source-programming-projects-research-and-art
If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on https://webcompat.com/ when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.
When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.
Fun fact: the level I was placing haveables in is briefly visible in this trailer, along with a couple other levels I've had a hand in https://youtu.be/RClJ_DAotaA
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