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Was just replaying Prey and thinking I ought to give System Shock 2 another go. Is there a canonical community patch? Weirdly the Steam version seems to have a community patch already applied.

I wrote an article about why I'm excited for a flourishing of vastly different decentralized social networks that can all (kind of) talk to each other.

"Nintendo filed a patent with the USPTO for a Game Boy-like casing for capacitative touchscreen devices. One of the features of the casing is the ability for inputs on the buttons to be sensed by the touchscreen beneath the buttons."

This seems like a good idea when you only need a few human fingertips to make a prototype, but when you go to manufacturing and need eight *per unit* that's when things get scary.

Most Pokestops from my usual walking spot vanished yesterday. Art gallery stop, gone. Ice cream shop, gone. Veteran memorial, gone. Clock tower, gone. All that's left is the Starbucks and also the Starbucks kiosk inside the Safeway.

It is someone's job at Niantic to make the game less fun.

Recommended: this mix of Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison" with only the backing vocals.


Really digging this phone game, Kuron and the Jelly Islands. It's a soft-body-physics puzzle game in which you try to eat as much of the island you're standing on as you can, without falling into the water.

This has long been my mental model of time. From the inside we only experience moving forward, but from the outside, an equally valid perspective, it's more like a media player where the whole movie exists at once and you can scrub around the timeline.

Thinking about that time I got to make a joke about confusing "Sybian" and "Symbian" to someone who knew what both are

"How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It)"

Really enjoyed this highly personal and vulnerable dive into the details of one particular creative process.

Enter this lugnut-looking guy, who I saw for the first time today and got excited, because seeing and catching new Pokemon -- and *anticipating* seeing and catching new Pokemon -- is the core pleasure of the game.

Turns out? It's a Ditto, the embodiment of disappointment.

The Ditto in Pokemon Go is a great example of mismanaged mystery. They disguise themselves as mundane Pokemon, so when you thought you were catching your hundredth Pidgey, it turns out to be a Ditto. A neat surprise, the first time! But you can't really do much with a Ditto, so there's no reason to catch more than one. By contrast, the mundane Pokemon tend to evolve cheaply and so are good sources of XP. When one turns out to be a Ditto, it's *disappointing*.

That long-anticipated events "occur" and subsequently "have happened" is still intensely weird to me.

Every time I carry my heir down the stairs I think about the multiple times I've slipped and fallen down these same stairs without carrying anything.

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