GovHack is wrapped up for 2017. It was finished on the weekend, but Monday and Tuesday were a waste - I have been too miserable and sick to blog about it, and only just got a burst of energy to break through the mehffort. Our entry, Death Who? (Colonial Edition), is a virtual card game based upon real lives recorded in Tasmanian historical records. I wanted to share what I’ve learned about making a super hacky multiplayer game backend from scratch in 46 hours, in case you want to try the same thing.
Last week, Bob’s old mountain bike (which he gave me when he stopped riding, and which I didn’t ride all that much in Hobart but made my regular commute after moving to Sydney) had died. I say “died,” but in fairness, it’s just a bit wonky and in need of repair.
Welcome back! Last episode, our heroes had suddenly found themselves with rapid-onset heart attacks and Pocky, and had gone past a giant crab. Well I’m pleased to say we got back to the hotel just fine. After chilling in the hotel room and blogging for a bit, we went for dinner.
CAEC. Computer-Aided Enrichment Centre. Pronounced as in CAKE. (Also: enrichment centre—to enrichen you before you get baked into the cake?)
I realised this profound fact the other day and only just remembered to tell the world.
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Also my good friend Thomas K. has written an excellent introduction to the principles of coffeetime, well worth reading even if you don’t drink coffee. Read more at http://arctanx.id.au/ct/
So I have mehfforted on the blogging for the past couple of days; it started on Wednesday when I decided that I really didn’t have much to talk about (WWDC content being under a certain agreement whereby I can’t tell you the content) so since that took up most of each day, it seemed worthless to post about it.
Now it is Sunday night, so I have plenty of content I can tell you about. (This is also the post I am “treating myself to” for successfully upgrading WordPress manually.)
After furiously uploading the previous post, and having a furious amount of sleep, I awoke nice and early and Paris not long afterwards. Showers, clothes, and a pile of chat happened, and we slowly assembled on the couches in the lobby.
I have infinite patience when it comes to clicking the Delete Comment button. It feels very satisfying deleting your worthless trash, and I reckon I could do it all day. Your futility amuses me. Please continue to waste your time and energy attempting to spam my blog. Thankyou.
I realised yesterday that one factor consistently ignored in the old vi/emacs/butterflies debate…is how “ghetto” the method of text editing is, i.e. how degenerate given the available tools. Old terminal-based editors can seem quite ghetto compared to modern GUI-based ones, but after thinking about it you can do a whole lot better.
So yesterday Rowan was giving away piles of cruft—he’s moving to the big cheese quite soon—and I picked up this little handheld radio, antenna having been detached. Today I went and got some batteries on my way in to uni, and powered it up.