I’ve heard that Dreyfus is a great speaker, his work is well cited and seems to be very important. Fortunately Berkeley is generous enough to offer their lectures to the public. Here are the ones I’m interested in now: Philosophy 7 Existentialism in Literature and Film Philosophy 189 Heideggers Being and Time, Division II (Three […]
The World Ends With You. A major thing that turns me off from JRPGs and a lot of games in general is when I don’t feel that I as a player am contributing anything to the story. All I seem to do is wheel the characters from one whingy, boring dialog to the next; events […]
Neurologist Jill Bolte Taylor’s personal account of the experience of having a stroke, and the separation of left and right hemispheres. Leads to Buddhist philosophy. Very emotional.
The New York Times are running an article on Shigeru Miyamoto. According to Mr. Miyamoto, gameplay systems and mechanics have always come first, while the characters are created and deployed in the service of the overall design. That means a focus on the seemingly prosaic basic elements of game design: movement, setting, goals to accomplish […]
Google Earth kept killing my X server whenever I tried to launch it, just after the Splash screen appeared. Apparently this is a common problem with a common solution. Here’s how I got it to work using software OpenGL emulation: sudo apt-get install googleearth-package sudo dpkg -i googleearth_4.3.7204.836+0.5.2-1_i386.deb (source and source) sudo wget http://librarian.launchpad.net/7037027/libGL.so.1 -O […]
As part of a recent study I ran at University I had to interview some people. I did it over Skype because the participants were from various locations around the world, and so that I could easily record our conversations. To do the recording I used Call Recorder, a commercial application which offers an unrestricted […]
It’s my birthday today! Drinks round my place at 8pm, hitting the town afterwards. Give me a buzz on the usual channels if you’re about.