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I'm so happy to have assisted @talon in the making of this great 3d space invaders #AudioGame! It may or may not win the #NoVideoJam 2, but will for sure bring much fun (and frustration! Oh my goodness, so much frustration ...) to the judges.
I imagine it would be quite confusing for you sighted folks unless you are already familiar with audio games from somewhere else. But if you're at all curious, I still recommend you try it! If nothing else, for the delightful and funny voice acting (which some might even find familiar ... :ms_wink: )!
And after that, do check the other jam entries, as well! Like the one from @pitermach in the next boost!
#Gaming #VideoGames

Me last night: “Deeper and Deeper”! Let’s do a psychotherapy/trauma reintegration game! I don’t have time to do an OC with PTSD, so let me borrow from Shakespeare.

Me this morning: Let me do the dialogue in iambic pentameter, too, it’ll be neat!

Me tonight: ...wait, someone might actually *see* this game. Where’s a rock I can crawl under?

On the subject of FOSS -- one of the biggest gripes I've seen from friends is when they point out accessibility issues/potential improvements, and get hostility from the devs in response. (Implying that things are designed as intended, or not important.)

Not having time to improve is one thing, but being actively disparaging of accessibility feedback is not okay.

Oh, and I apparently wrote a visual novel in iambic pentameter. (With some light QTE mechanics so it isn't pure interactive fiction.)

Wrote the script, added the core functionality, did some quick art, and created the music/sound effects for entry. Now I have a day to polish up art, UI, and sound. This is feeling manageable.

Oooh; Ludum Dare theme is Deeper and Deeper. Planned a psychological horror/EMDR simulator for this one; let's see if I can get anywhere with it without burning out over the weekend.

Feeling meh and indecisive about Ludum Dare. 48 is a neat milestone, but I'm finally getting momentum on writing on and don't really want to take the weekend off or have a setback if I crash afterwards. >_<

After a month-long break, and a lot of heads-down studying of story structure, I'm back to a new draft of the book this week. 11500 words in, and the prose is so much better, but *aaagh*, impostor syndrome.

Boosts appreciated.
I'm close to moving back to Windows. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to hold oneself back, deny oneself better and easier accessibility in the name of open source, when many open source developers don't give a crap about accessibility, and/or don't educate themselves on it. KDE connect, GSConnect, all were inaccessible for one reason or another, not the least because of Gnome-shell's terrible accessibility issues. That was just the last straw. With the only thing holding me to Linux being Emacs+Emacspeak, I think its time to quit Linux and just use what actually works. It's interesting how being "free" just means being under the power and whim of other people, a mass of developers who have no insentive for accessibility, rather than a cohesive company who does. This is serious, and I want every developer to understand this, understand my deep frustration with FOSS.

#FOSS #Linux #KDE #a11y #accessibility #Windows #comunism #capitalism #software #developers

The Fediverse should get rid of the addictive dark patternes that were copied from Twitter & co

Any rails devs looking for contracting work? We desperately need a rails person for a 6month engagement and we don’t have any rails devs (other than me) at our consultancy.

Was listening to ABC Radio National today. They had an interview by an academic who researches social media ‘influencers’ and their ‘managers’.

From what I could interpret, it is a very demanding and unforgiving part of capitalism. Influencers have to ‘work 24/7’, and there are cynical and complex strategies influencers can take in order to stage a comeback from being cancelled online.

The social media manager sounded quite stilted and conceited when difficult questions were put to them—they dodged questions about whether the industry was only really suited to young people, and, further, whether people were far too young (sometimes) to be having such a public persona.

This caused me to reflect on my own social media presence. I felt a little guilty that I have been so public here online. But I suppose I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I run my own server here, and I take every effort I can to make sure I am considerate of others. I think perhaps most of all, I am not selling anything to anyone here; this is, fundamentally, an anti-capitalist server that seeks to give refuge to any anarchist/communist who is willing to respect the rules of this server’s membership.

It does make me worried that our access to the internet has lead to such convoluted and toxic cultures of celebrity. It seemed not long ago that there was no such thing as a ‘manager’ for youtube celebrities, and perhaps in the grand scheme of things, there was no such concept of an ‘influencer’! Doesn’t that latter term sound so cynical and Orwellian? We seeming not to bat an eyelid that people are targeting us, trying to ‘influence’ us to buy things, think things, and act in certain ways!!

I still think celebrity is a toxic form of human culture that needs to be purged from everyday life. It extends from people selling pernicious forms of body image, all the way to old men like the british royal family’s (thankfully) late prince phillip. Some might regard it as a form of hierarchy, and others might regard it as a further degeneration of capitalist ideology.

But celebrity is nothing new. The first kind of modern celebrity could be argued to be someone like Goethe or Lord Byron whose novels and poetry made them wildly famous.

Anyway I have to go now, can’t complete this thought!

The April 1st update from Wadjet Eye Games is brilliant. Maybe not obvious unless you're familiar with or . But still brilliant.

Enjoying this little manifesto about the need for cooperative technology. I feel like there is a big awakening in the population to the need for community control of our infrastructures and now is the time to create the hyperstitional frameworks for these things to fall into place.

:ancom_heart: cooperativetechnology.codeberg

Hat tip to @cidney

@be @sam @kawaiipunk @cidney They wanted to go too far, but the revolution had egos, power structures and lowest common denominators it could not violate. These all culminated in Ataturk and the Republican People's Party. When the party willingly gave up power in '46, for the rest of the century Turkey oscillated between unstable centrist and right wing govts. The reason being, IMHO, that the top down revolutions were never internalised by a lot.


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@be @sam @kawaiipunk @cidney I live in an example of this. Ataturk's Turkey was initially a tainted but huge success, a big leap forward. But even in his lifetime and leadership the cogs of the huge change chewed and spat out a lot of good things. E.g. great authors like Nazim Hikmet and Sabahattin Ali were persecuted because they dared to disagree. These people weren't fundamentalists, they were part of the communist intelligentsia. Big revolution was too fragile for their nuance.


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@be @sam @kawaiipunk @cidney Aight, so this is a new thread, let's go on from here.

> Maybe top-down/bottom-up is a false dichotomy

Indeed, maybe that's too limiting a view.

What I originally wanted to expresss was, my observation is big monolithic movements have had successes but could not keep up.

When change emanates from a smaller but more "natural" source, it looks like it's more transformative.

Maybe it's inevitable power dynamics that mess things up.


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City of Glass Social

Single-user server run by @cidney.