The Bin Archive

  • Thinking Your Way Out of Tick Order Hell

    Anyone that has worked on an active simulation has probably spent a few days in tick order hell. This is the pernicious state where your result differs based on the order you construct your simulation frame, usually involving brain-bending circular dependency. For example you may find that your game camera…

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  • The Gladitorial Idiocy of Metacritic: Aggregating Game Developers

    EDIT – Metacritic has now removed developer scores. I don’t want to overstate things, but I take 100% of the credit for this turn of events. Last night I had the debatable pleasure of seeing the first episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. This put me into a mild funk…

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  • Once Burned

    Stillness tends to play catch up in my life, usually lurking behind in the wake of the day’s mundane chaos. It isn’t often that a quiet moment forcibly seizes me, ramming other thoughts over the edge. But that happened once tonight, right in the midst of my daily grind. The…

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  • An Open Letter to the Citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom


    Toads of the Mushroom Kingdom, I don’t know if you can get CNN where you are (potentially as a murky reflection in a magic cauldron), but hear me now: revolution is on the rise in the world. From Egypt to Libya, oppressed and forgotten peoples are casting off apathetic and…

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  • Digg, From Hell’s Heart I Stabbeth Thee

    Finally pulling the Digg buttons off of the posts. They significantly affect the load times of each page and I’ve gotten only a tiny fraction of traffic through there. Feel free to still Digg the posts of course. I’m just not getting much use out of the integrated buttons.…

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  • Blogging About Blogging: Reaching 10,000 Views

    As mentioned earlier, I've committed to writing a "brain dump" post if and when this site reaches 10,000 views, 100,000 views, and 1,000,000 views. This is one of those.
     
    Partly this is for me, forcing me to stop and journal lessons learned and to track changes in my mindset.…

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  • Blogging About Blogging: Reaching 10,000 Views – Page 2

    As mentioned earlier, I've committed to writing a "brain dump" post if and when this site reaches 10,000 views, 100,000 views, and 1,000,000 views. This is one of those.
     
    Partly this is for me, forcing me to stop and journal lessons learned and to track changes in my mindset.…

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  • +10,000 XP – New Level Get!

    When I first started writing this blog I had a bunch of half-baked ideas I wanted to try, and among these were a few topics that can only be categorized as “personal maintenance”. Chief among these was the idea that I would commit to writing a single informal post about…

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  • Do Not Attempt to Adjust the Picture

    I’m experimenting with Google Adsense to offset the cost of hosting the site. I’m only interested in adding them if it isn’t disruptive to the site as a whole, so hopefully I can find an unobtrusive place for them. In the meantime please bear with me. Feel free to exercise…

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  • Stupid Interview Questions Everyone Still Asks: Reverse the Words in a String

    Stupid Interview Questions is a recurring series about frequently asked interview questions that are, regardless of the self satisfied smirk that accompanies them, just not a good idea. This series looks to help engineers know more than just the answer, but also why the question was asked in the first…

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