Last week I claimed that the autoblography would end at #34. Lies. I’ve been editing, inserting, and expanding. It will not end in the coming week, although I really, really am trying to end it the week after. Right now I’m looking at #37 or #38. (If you haven’t noticed, I post these Tues, Wed, Thu, and Fri. That’s four posts of 1,000+ words every week. This may be the most content I’ve ever put out on a sustained basis.)
Also, I’ve restored the long-dead tagging system for posts. You’ll notice at the end of this post, it’s filed under “boring announcements”. If you want to link to or browse the autoblography posts, you can use a link like this:
The advantage of the tag system is that I can group posts without proliferating the number of categories. (Those little icons at the top.)
The downside of these tags is that I didn’t start using the tag system until the site was several years old. (It wasn’t even available in those early versions of WordPress.) I didn’t use it in the last year or so because I forgot about it when I rolled out my new theme that didn’t show tags. So most stuff on the site isn’t tagged, and combing through the archives of all 2,983 posts on the site to tag them would be prohibitively time consuming.
I might be able to auto-generate some tags for common topics (like Project Frontier, Hex, and such) with a bit of creative MySQL, but that’s also a good way to break something. (SQL commands don’t have an undo button. Yes, you can restore the dB, but that’s a massive pain for a bunch of stupid reasons. (There’s a cap on how much you can upload through PHP, there’s a cap on how big SQL commands can be, and there’s a cap on how long a PHP page can take to do a thing. It’s very, very likely that my 300Mb (!!!!) database will hit all three limits, which would require me to do things the very, very hard way. Basically, botching a MySQL command in a way that requires a dB restore could result in hours of frustration, fighting to get the site back up.))
TL;DR: There are tags on some posts, but not on others, and the tag system sucks and is not likely to improve soon.
DM of the Rings
Both a celebration and an evisceration of tabletop roleplaying games, by twisting the Lord of the Rings films into a D&D game.
Game at the Bottom
Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?
The Dumbest Cutscene
This is it. This is the dumbest cutscene ever created for a AAA game. It's so bad it's simultaneously hilarious and painful. This is "The Room" of video game cutscenes.
Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
The Truth About Piracy
What are publishers doing to fight piracy and why is it all wrong?