Dan Beeston is

Brushing Off Invisible Spiders

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    Making meat pie mix turns out to be pretty easy. Making pie bases? Lots of work. Wrapping pie mix in puff pastry? Super easy. Guess what I've been making.

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    My work has been quieter than usual (thanks COVID) but while my income has been a trickle I have had time to pursue some other projects. I've written some more chapters of my story. I've written a TV pilot. And I've done some coding stuff including a comment section for my podcast and a Laravel Blade package that is one of the neatest things I've done.

    Sadly, no one has yet downloaded it, but at least it's brilliant for me.

    https://packagist.org/packages/dnabeast/bladeimagecrop

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    T-shirt weather!

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    I was never really interested in 4K. If media isn't interesting enough in low-res, more pixels aren't going to make it better. 8K just seems like needless "pix swinging". I do find it amusing though that I have found one use for 8K that intrigues me.

    CRT emulation is very hard to do on an LED screen, but new filters are getting closer to replicating the effect of photons firing at you. To get the best effect though the density of pixels that 8K gives you is the best way to do this. The only way to really create the CRT effect is an absurd amount of tech.

    Well, one of two ways.

    https://www.retrorgb.com/retrotink5x-new-scanline-features.html

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    I got my second Covid vaccination and now I have the predicted 'flu-like symptoms'. I haven't had this sensation in a long time and I am against it.

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    We always look at our past selves and think 'How did that person think they were old? I'm old now, and that person didn't know how good they had it.' Of course, in the future my older self will think the exact same thing about me.

    Which leads me to conclude, that we are all old. Ever since we hit 30 we are ravaged by time. These pains in my back are only milder due to the damage to my nerves. I have been old since I was 29, now I'm just willing myself not to decompose.

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    We have a little spider that hangs out near the fruit bowl and I assume grabs fruit flies. During the winter he's learned that he can sit near the teapot to get warm. Yesterday there was an accident and he ended up in my lukewarm tea. After some care and attention he was rescued and dried out and this morning he's back on the kitchen bench where he belongs.

    phew

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    I just learned a wonderful French phrase 'Je m'incruste' that translates as 'I encrust myself'. (It doesn't sound great in English) You use it to embed yourself into a conversation that you're not a part of. It's a confident signal to the group that 'You have arrived and wish to be welcomed to the group'. A slightly faux-egotistical announcement that you are the jewel that the crown was been waiting for.

    We don't have that in English. In English you sneak up quietly and wait for permission from the group. This permission is silent. If you're lucky a person on either side will make room for you. As often as not they will remain still.

    I love that the French have a way to casually announce their arrival. J'aimerais qu'on ait ├ža.

  • September

    • Hades

      It's official. I'm addicted. I've been ignoring everything else while I play the crap out of this.
    • Rick and Morty - S5

      It often feels very frantic. A couple of decent episodes and one terrible one.
    • Rosehaven - S5

      Only two episodes left. I'm going to miss these guys.
    • Star Trek - Next Gen S5

      There are still many gems in this show this late in.
  • August

    • Axiom Verge 2

      I loved the original and the sequel didn't quite hit the same heights. I was surprised how quickly it ended and how easy it was.
    • Bo Burnham's Inside

      Oh my heart! This was incredibly artful and touching.
    • Hacks

      Very average. I can't see why people love this. Still some episodes to go. edit: It got much better.
    • Hades

      Not usually a fan of Roguelikes but this one is pretty fun to play.
    • Monster's Expedition

      I had high expectations and it's just a very well put together puzzle game.
    • Star Trek - New Gen S4

      Still solid with a couple of really great eps.
  • July

    • Breath of the Wild

      Second time playing. Such an exceptional game.
    • Factorio - Krastorio

      I'm back. I'm addicted.
    • Inner Space

      It's amazing how simple the storylines from these old films were.
    • Love This City

      Seems apt now that we've won the Olympics.
    • Star Trek - New Gen S3

      Lots more character driven drama at the expense of the sci-fi. Still fun to watch but misses the Roddenberry touch.
    • The movies that made us

      Well made stuff. Makes me happy.
  • June

    • Code 8

      Neat world building ends without a decent climax.
    • Darknet Diaries

      Engaging stories of the InfoSec world. Really good value.
    • Factorio - IR2

      Finally launched a rocket in IR2. Little bit grindy but overall quite satisfying.
    • Loki

      Episode 1 makes me excited for episode 2.
    • Rick and Morty - S5

      It's back baby! And still such high quality. I'm waiting for the other boot to drop.
    • Space Cop

      Irredeemable.
    • Star Trek - New Gen S2

      Such strong writing. Still really into it.
    • The Switch

      Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston in a terrible terrible film about rape by deceit. Fun to make fun of.
    • The Witcher 3

      Only a few hours in and I'm not sure what to make of it. I seem to be picking a lot of flowers.
  • May

    • Factorio - IR2

      Addiction is a helluva thing.
    • Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle

      Vaguely amusing kid's film with a handful of decent laughs.
    • Monster Boy

      Really great Metroidvania based on possibly my favourite game.
    • Star Trek - New Gen

      Still churning through this series. I could be here a while.
  • April

    • Brooklyn 99 - Series 7

      So pleased to be back here. Bubblegum for the brain.
    • Cosy Grove

      Very zen-like game about collecting twigs and seashells. It's nice to not be challenged for a bit.
    • Flood

      They Might Be Giants best work.
    • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

      UFO clone. Mildly fun but it's not capturing me.
    • Shovel Knight

      Well made platformer. Just frustrating enough to be a good challenge.
    • Soul

      Like pizza, even when they're average, Pixar movies are great.
    • Star Trek - New Gen

      I can't believe it's taken me this long watch something I think is so great.
    • The Orville

      For a series set in the future by a notorious 'leftie', it pushes some really 1990s social politics. Not good.
    • The Platform

      Brazilian psychological thriller. Wonderfully engaging until it just stops. Dead. Unsatisfying.
    • Venom

      Enjoyed this when I was on a plane. Revisiting it is... grounding.
  • March

    • 3 Bags Full

      Sheep solve shepherd's murder. Cute detective story that doesn't really stick the landing.
    • Spy

      Melissa Macarthy does a great job. Very funny and engaging film.
    • The Mandalorian S2

      Still wonderfully slow paced and engaging.
    • The Orville

      Halfway through S1. Pleasant but flawed. I hear season 2 kicks off though.
    • The Touryst

      Lovely little puzzle exploration game with great voxelart.
    • WandaVision

      Nice reserved pacing. Pleasant mystery.
  • February

    • Beverley Hills Cop

      Holy Cow! This film is still so great. When the theme cropped up I had a nostalgic moment.
    • Cadillac Man

      Robin Williams and Tim Robbins is an intimate little film where little happens.
    • Half Live 2

      I've tried playing this twice before but I seem to be onboard this time round.
    • Minecraft

      The Switch version is currently awkward to play and buggy to run. Absolutely would not recommend.
    • Robocop 2

      A pale imitation of the first film but does has some delightful moments.
    • Ted Lasso

      Watched the first 4 eps. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the rest.
    • The Apartment

      It's nice watching old films occasionally. They care so much about the product but have no short-cuts to help them with pacing.
    • iZombie S4

      The procedural elements have fallen by the wayside and a tornado of hubris has scooped the show up.
    • iZombie S5

      I found myself looking forward to the end and when it came it mostly stuck the landing.
  • January

    • CrackerJack

      I love a good underdog sports movie. This one about lawn bowls is one of my favs.
    • Doctor Who: Rev of the Daleks

      As disappointing as ever.
    • Factorio

      IR 2 is still kicking my ass. I'm almost up to ore washing.
    • Mario Kart 8

      Playing a vs. video game with my wife. That hasn't happened since Wii sports.
    • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

      These Ori games are something else. Like playing a painting.
    • Pikmin 3 Deluxe

      There's something so zen-like about these games. So nice to revisit the universe.
    • The Watch

      I leaned into the massive changes they had planned and I'm into it. Looking forward to the next ep.
    • iZombie S3

      Still enjoying this. It doesn't seem to be collapsing under the weight of its lore yet.
  • December

    • A Moody Christmas

      Australian Cringe-Comedy. Good performances and great to watch.
    • Dark

      Binged the final season. I really got into this complicated mystery.
    • Factorio

      Industrial Revolution 2 mod was released. I'm in heaven.
    • Link to the Past

      The original SNES Zelda but on my old GBA
    • Mario Kart 7

      It's like putting on old shoes. Very comfortable but not as satisfying as brand new shoes.
    • Quake 2

      Yes, that's right. QUAKE 2! 800x600 the way it was meant to be.
    • We Happy Few

      Nice style and tone but plays like a dog. Gave up almost immediately.
    • Zelda: Link Between Worlds

      Holy Cow! What a nostalgia button.
    • iZombie S2

      I like the procedural elements. The arc, less so.
  • November

    • Connected

      Goofy pop-science. Pleasant bubble-gum for the mind.
    • Dark

      Still watching.
    • Emily in Paris

      Tried to watch this to make fun of it but it's so lackluster. I feel dumber for having watched the pilot.
    • Gato Roboto

      I like the 1-bit art but it hasn't captured me like other metroidvanias.
    • John Mulaney

      The 2 stand up specials on Netflix were a good comedy feast.
    • Satisfactory

      I've returned to this with a more relaxed attitude. Just enjoying building stuff.
    • Schitt's Creek

      Final Series was absolute twaddle. By the finale we were just hate-watching.
    • Snaaak

      A 10 minute game. Clever, joyous and doesn't outstay its welcome.
    • Spectre

      Latest James Bond. Ticked every box. Great fun.
    • Stick it to the Man

      A puzzle platformer that's a bit simple but great visuals and writing.
    • The Great

      A bit too low-brow for me.
    • The Queen's Gambit

      50 Fashion, Chess, addiction. This is my bag baby. Really enjoying it.
  • October

    • Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

      The Wombats
    • DOOM

      Doom was a pretty dumb film with a couple of decent moments. Overall disappointing.
    • Enola Holmes

      Cute teen adventure that kept my interest.
    • Free to a Good Home

      Michael Hing & Ben Jenkins are doing great stuff ATM
    • Green Lantern

      This may be the cheesiest thing I've ever seen. It is... not great.
    • Hidden Folks

      It's monochrome 'Where's Wally' and it's so darn restful.
    • Hob

      In the style of the SNES Zelda game but really beautiful and clever. I am delighted.
    • Moonlighter

      A cross between Zelda and Stardew Valley. It feels a bit grindy.
    • Shadow Complex

      This Metroidvania makes you feel unstoppable. Replaying it felt great.
    • Stick it to the man

      A charming enough puzzle-platformer with wonderful visuals.
  • September

    • Baba is You

      This game hurts my brain. It feels a lot like coding.
    • Dark

      Creepy mystery. Okay so far.
    • Guaca Melee 2

      Great Metroidvania. Very pretty. So much cultural appropriation.
    • Raven On

      They're currently reviewing all the James Bond films.
    • Rule of Threes

      Deconstructing comedy podcast.
    • Schitt's Creek

      Dry humour.
    • Solid State - Jonathan Coulton

      Man I love 'Square Things'.
  • August

    • Factorio

      Version 1 came out and I fell back in.
    • Luigi's Mansion 2

      A bit repetitive but good old Nintendo puzzles.