The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming platform entering a handheld game market dominated by the Nintendo Switch for real games and phones/tablets for useless distractions. People playing on phones and tablets aren’t the same as people playing on the Switch, and the Deck will compete much more directly with Nintendo‘s handheld. Can the Deck … Continue reading Is the Steam Deck a Nintendo killer?
About ten or so years ago, I became entranced by this medieval manuscript, Royal Armouries I.33. It's the earliest surviving European fencing manuscript that is publicly known, probably originating in the late 13th to early 14th century. Its subject matter covers a unique form of sword and buckler fencing. There's been one question that's evaded … Continue reading The Blow in I.33
Have you ever wanted to be able to actually type on your phone without a robot trying to read your mind based on your typos? Have you ever wanted to be able to type quickly and accurately with a game controller? Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to search for a TV Series on Netflix … Continue reading The Solution to Every Text Input Problem
Short answer: yes. Thanks for reading my blog. Here's a link to my Ko-fi. For the longer answer, I'd like you to consider a metaphor. Imagine that I'm an operations engineer for an organization and my job is to set up computers to run various software, or maybe I create relationships between different computer systems. … Continue reading Should We Pay People to Get Educated?
Have you ever wanted a book about what it would actually feel like to be a regular nerd in a fantasy world? Have you ever pondered about a geek who really loves MMOs a lot more than he should, and what he would experience if he was reborn into a fantasy setting? Have you ever … Continue reading Read a better isekai
There are spoilers in this brief commentary. Consider yourself warned. So the current series of Castlevania has come to a close after four short seasons. There is some talk about spinoffs, sequels, and prequels, but, as of writing this piece, that all seems to be a bit up in the air. I haven't said anything … Continue reading Netflix Castlevania: Post Series Comments
Having watched some 2021 WWDC (Apple developer conference), I wanna talk about irrational consumption. Specifically, the irrational consumption of many computational products. A lot of this has been stewing in my mind for many months, so I’ve decided to take a moment and spill them out as quickly as I can. If you're not interested … Continue reading Irrational Consumption and You: Apple Edition
It's been a long time since I posted anything on this blog. There are many reasons for that, but it's enough to say that "I've been busy." The last few years have also been a time of deep reflection and absorption of ideas. I have not been a political person for most of my life. … Continue reading Disclaimer
I started regularly attending True Edge South, a HEMA club, back in August. For a while I only went once a week, but I've started going as often as I can (which is only twice a week, but that's twice as much as before!) Doing something two times (for a total of four hours, plus … Continue reading Why I Practice HEMA
After looking at several of the weirdnesses of the Master Sword, a couple can be explained as being Japanese influence. For example, katanas have relatively short blades for a two handed weapon, so the Japanese designers may think the longer grip looks right.* Additionally, the katana's tsuba (guard) is usually a round or oval disk, … Continue reading Master Sword: Additional Thoughts