Rapture in Everything

Posts tagged "opinion"

Diaspora by Greg Egan

This is the second book by Greg Egan that I’ve read. Just like Quarantine before it, I’ve read it without knowing what I were getting into. I’ve picked it up because I wanted to read sci-fi, and a lot of people on the ‘net recommended this one as a prime example of hard science fiction. Now I see why. The plot of the book is fairly simple – people are trying not to die. But it mostly serves as a framework that holds a plethora of ideas, explorations and philosophical musings; so many, in fact, that I’d...

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

I’m no die-hard star wars enthusiast (and I’ve only seen two movies so far), but tiny death star looked too cute to pass up. I’m not a big fan of free-to-play games, but as long as they’re carefully designed, I don’t mind too much, either. The first impression of the game was good. Funny introductory dialogue, cute pixelated graphics, along with the realization that this is probably exactly what people feared Disney would do with the franchise, were all appealing. Following the tutorial instructions I quickly realized this is going to be a Tamagotchi game....

Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity

A disembodied eyeball, you plunge and fall into a deep, colorful tunnel on your way to a new, evolved form. This experimental game by Digital Eel tries its best to excite new emotions and judging from some reviews on the ‘net, it succeeds. I’m not convinced, though. The gameplay is really simple, you just go forward, never slowing down or turning around. The only thing you have to do is evade various colorful obstacles and, optionally, collect glyphs representing various ideas that seem to do nothing at all, so I saw no reason not to ignore them. When the...

Behind every interesting blog

… is an interesting person. This, I think, is a quote from one of the blogs below, though I can’t figure out which. Sorry. Fabulous Adventures in Coding by Eric Lippert – FAIC is the first, and probably still the only, blog I’m committed to reading thoroughly; goes straight to my Pocket (Thanks, IFTTT). Mr Lippert manages to write about really complex topics in a comprehensible and digestible way and very quickly the reader realizes it’s because he’s so damn sharp. My most favourite posts are those in which he approaches a new problem, evaluates it, states is...

Bit.ly kinda sucks, doesn't it

Until a while ago, bit.ly for me was something I was vaguely aware of and occasionally used to shorten links. When I started using IFTTT (an awesome service everyone should be using), I browsed the available channels and checked some out at random. Bit.ly looked promising, so I registered and started adding links. My main goal was to hook everything up via IFTTT, so all the content I gather from various services gets bookmarked in a single place for later viewing. (More on that in a future post, maybe.) My most used recipe. (Update Dec 2019 - the...