Thinking about disterbing subtitles

When dealing with Japanese games, there’s a cetain expectation for lousy localization. It’s a historical prejudice rooted in the days when games were low on text, lacked writers and translators, and were low on budget. Those days, quotes as Congratulation. The story is happy end. Thank you. were the norm rather than the exception. The “All Your Base” meme is a perfect example of this. Writing has drastically improved since then, but outside of the video game context — compared…

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Winter Commute

Up to mid-January there were, by my recollections, no more than two signifcant snowfalls this season. Then, the weather started to conspire against me. A few weeks ago, I had an interview (at the other end of the city): it snowed, and it was slow. A week later, I was asked to come in for a follow-up interview: it snowed even more. Then I got the job and went in for my first day: it snowed even more and, with…

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Game Developer

This monday, after nearly a year of pseudo-freelancing and genuine-slacking, I make my return to full-time work. I will be, once again, a productive member of society. That’s not to say that my away time has been unproductive, as I have finally beaten Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City, it’s just that my concept — my definition — of “productive” is slightly askew of the accepted norms. Besides, seeing as my official title will be the overly specific “Flash Game…

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Mixmaster

It’s pointless, but I find the website mixmaster strangely amusing. The best mix for my content has to be, in my humble opinion, Timecube: timecube vs the-inbetween. Other fun mixes: McGuinty vs International Association of Assholes; President Bush vs Landover Baptist; Paul Martin Times vs Maddox Hatemail. Though, I imagine, the more proper mix for the last one would be Paul Martin Time (not to be confused with the plural “Times”). Say what you want about Chretien, but at least…

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Traitors Can’t Hide

Apparently, inquiring about Microsoft Flight Simulator in a Staples store is “suspicious”, “out of the ordinary”, and enough to “raise red-flags.” This coming at a time when the FBI is warning the police to look-out for individuals carrying almanacs or maps. It is quite clear to me, watching from within America’s northern neighbour, that the United States is reaching a level of paranoia not seen since the warmest days of the cold war. I don’t think this is what Jefferson…

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Actionscript Quine

A quine is a program that generates a copy of its own source text as its complete output.. The quine page has quines in a variety of languages, except the one I’ve worked with the most: Flash Actionscript. Not having anything currently better to do, I took up the puzzle for geeky “hackish amusement”. Here’s my actionscript quine. Could be optimized, but it works! Here’s the same quine but with linebreaks, to make it somewhat more readable. That was strangely…

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Hey! and other hacks

I hate to generalize, because there are many exceptions, but some of the expected responses warrant this generalization: Asking Slashdot about net.art is like asking a bunch of chefs about M-Theory. You might get a cake out of it but don’t expect relevant discussion. I kid. I kid. There are some good posts there amongst the misguided geek masses. In other discussions, a thirteen year old does a net send on the school’s network to say “hey!” and the dumbass…

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Fontified

Fontifier. Fonts for the masses! Probably the easiest way to make fonts ever. Sure, the fonts it generates are weak in a lot of respects but it’s still a neat tool. The print, write on paper, and scan method is too tedious for me so I just stuck with the ever useful tablet. The result: n0wak tablet font. It’s hard to write consistently on a tablet, but ignoring that excuse: yes, my writing sucks octopus balls. Thank god for computers.

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Simultaneity

Obviously, upon seeing the stereoscopic Mars images, I wasn’t the first one to think of the jiggly effect: here’s some more Martian jiggliness. Eh, I still like mine better because I have a slight fade transition between the frames. I’ve alredy linked it through del.icio.us, but I want to point out the Appleseed site and trailers over here. Some nice computer generated, motion captured, cel-shaded japanimation there! (though the female protagonist jumping off a building thing is tired, man.) Also,…

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Junior Losers and Spirit

Once again, the Juniors held a lead going into the third period of the gold medal game. Once again, they lost. sigh. I wouldn’t mind the loss so much if it was a proper loss; but this third period implosion has to stop. It makes it a harder blow to take. The worst part of it, though, is the fact that they lost to Canada Jr. Lose to the Russians? Fine! Lose to the host Finns? Fine! But Canada Jr.?…

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Resolutions of a Gamer

New year’s resolutions are worthless to me. I don’t bother. However, there are some things that, as a gamer, I do wish to complete. The ones that sit there on the shelf and mock me. Those are the ones I want to put to rest. I WILL finish one of the Grand Theft Auto games. Most likely, Grand Theft Auto 3. I have played both games extensively, but I have yet to complete all the missions. Screw all the hidden…

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To Four More

This fad. This short-lived, boredom induced (and boredom inducing), often abandoned trend. This home of web-based diversions and, sometimes, random thoughts. This weblog; it is four years old today. The first ever post — months before I had a domain — is dated December 31st, 1999. The last day of the 1900s. And what a day it was! I’d rather forget it. Ignoring that, I do have to say: damn man, who’d have ever thought that this stupid shit would…

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Partial Recall

The WayBackMachine now has a beta text search called Recall. It’s still very beta-ish, as the results aren’t that great, but the ability to search the archives by text content rather than URL is interesting. Personally, I like the little zeitgeist like graphs they provide, which show good historical trends. The above search should be an obvious one: “y2k”. A sudden and massive upswell in “Y2K” related content just before January 2000, followed by a very quick decline upon the…

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