Posts tagged with "notable"
Notes on HP Lovecraft and suspension of disbelief

One of my go-to airplane books has for over a year been a collection of Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s best stories, as decided by some or other editor. I recently finished the stories in this book and then, interested to find out more about the author, took a look at a biography – A Dreamer and a Visionary: HP Lovecraft in His Time by ST Joshi (a more interesting book overall). My opinion on the man and his writings wavered throughout. Big elephant-in-the-room...

Scraping Facebook for fun and profit

In this past week I have spent an unhealthy amount of time looking at anonymous posts about people’s secret crushes (or inflated egos, but you can’t always tell), and that’s left some deep and permanent mental scars. On the other hand, though, I’ve also earned about a pizza’s worth of AdSense revenue, so it was entirely worth it. Crushly.info – both a play on the tech startup trend of adding -ly to words to make company names and the cheapest domain we could find – is a...

Fudge productive test

When the popular Android keyboard software SwiftKey went free-to-download a few weeks ago, I figured I’d give it a shot. Many of my friends used it and had raved about how well its predictive text worked and how generally nice it was to use. At first brush I wasn’t really sure what it offered over and above the default Samsung keyboard, but I assumed it must be something worthwhile if so many people were raving about it. Historically I haven’t used predictive text very much. I used it for...

Game pricing

This is an article I started writing sometime last year in a cloud of irritation and then promptly forget about once that irritation wore off. I’ve recently re-encountered the instigating factor that originally set it off in the first place, so here we go. Pay a visit to the discussion page forum of any indie game on Steam and you should find a thread complaining about the game (whatever it is) being too expensive. If it’s $20 it should be $15, if it’s $15 it should be $10, if it’s $10...

[s4s] and internet memes

[s4s] is the best board on 4chan.org because it is the nicest board and because it is everything in internet culture not only accepted but also taken to crazy extremes. It is a funhouse mirror held up to the reddits and 9gags and 4chan boards and all the rest. On [s4s] making a new meme is as easy as posting an image and calling it a meme, preferably misspelling the word meme somehow. All the tired old internet words like “epic” and “lol” are made new again by changing random...