Moments ago, I participated in surprise conference call with Tumblr staff members. They have indicated to me that they continue to take issue with Missing e even with the removal of usage of the Tumblr API.
They interpret the Tumblr API License Agreement in such a way as it continues to apply…
tl;dr Hipmunk has an iPhone app and building it was a lot of fun.
It started with me bored and pissed off. Pissed that so much of the world just didn’t care about doing things well. As therapy, I banged out a blog post about my frustrations. A tribute to a few companies who give a damn and…
Do you guys go back and forth between long periods of consumption and long periods of creation? I’m usually only in the mood to do one or the other for something like 8 week phases. Since moving from San Francisco, the only categories of activity I’ve intentionally pursued are Video Game, Board Game, Comic Book, and Adventure Time. This is why my blog has been pretty silent these last months.
Inevitably when the tide comes in and my lust for creation returns, my work is heavily filtered through what I’ve consumed. In this case, a diet of Pandemic, Red Dead Redemption, A Theory of Fun by Koster, Story by McKee, B.P.R.D., Cartoon Network, and True Grit has inspired a flurry of ideas for a game, or several games.
One current expression of those ideas is a game I’m currently calling Menagerie. It’s about a zoo where all the animals have escaped… somehow. Naturally they begin killing everyone. You and three other zoo employees/friends have to find the key to the gate and escape. To help work through the design problems I’m going to start writing about the process on this blog.
When I turned 24 last year I set four goals for myself: make a movie, design a game, start a business, and read Infinite Jest a second time. Well, I got half way through Infinite Jest and I started and sold a business. That’s about as much as I should have hoped for, really. My birthday is coming up and my goal for this next year is to read the second half of the book, and put out a game in the App Store. I’m doing pretty well so far, and I’m hoping writing about the process will keep fuel in the fire.
If you’re in New York and want to join a playtest, let me know. I’ve done two so far, so this is like a real friggin’ thing! So excited.
In the spirit of documenting changes that are obvious, but only in retrospect I want to go over a new versioning scheme that I am adopting for Bvckup. Its executive summary is -
No more dotted version numbers.
In other words, “Bvckup 220.127.116.11” becomes “Bvckup 2, revision 37” …or thereabouts.
Here is an interesting essay that wonders about the essence of neo-conservative doctrine. I like the author’s conclusion that “…the real destructiveness of neoconservatism is to infuse in so many Americans a belief in the transformative power of U.S. action abroad: the belief that our government and military can trigger predictable changes in the socio-political dynamics of only dimly-understood states on the other side of the globe in such ways as to render the international security environment more stable and safe for Americans (and, it almost goes without saying, for American primacy). “
This was the great stealth triumph of the GW Bush administration, to convince Americans that our security depended on military interventions anywhere on the globe that seemed to disagree with our primacy. That has given us a defense budget swollen almost beyond imagination and has contributed to the deficit that is draining funds away from education, health, critical infrastructure and on and on.
How much real security have we purchased with this gigantic outlay of resources? The true legacy of GWB and the neo-cons is that it is considered slightly treasonous, certainly unpatriotic, even to raise the question, particularly in political campaigns.
The trigger for this calamitous policy was 9/11, and its impact still silences critics who would venture to question the cost-effectiveness of our military culture. Future historians will not be puzzled by our militarism. That happens in the best of societies. But they are likely to be surprised at how little we even discussed what we were doing and what effects it might have.
Most Americans, I suspect, do not feel more secure because of our invasion and occupation of Iraq. But still, it is confounding to realize how little a trillion dollars will buy you these days. Even for a country as rich as ours, it is hard to imagine just misplacing a sum of that magnitude without apparent thought or intelligent debate.
Just how difficult is it to connect the dots of an armed, pugnacious foreign policy and empty coffers at home?