|The March of progress
(31 Mar 2022 at 23:36)
|Hello! I'm gearing up for SIGBOVIK 2022, but that means I don't have any project stuff to share for this month's post. I'll definitely have a paper (14 pages and dozens of overfull hboxes already) for tomorrow's deadline. I'm also planning to make a video for the conference, which is one week later this year: April 8. As usual with a deadline extension it's both a blessing (more time means I can get more done, or alternatively, play video games) but a curse (can't move on to the next thing yet)!
In the middle of the month I accidentally clicked the "Join Challenge" button in Strava for the "March Endurance Challenge," which is to run 300 kilometers in March. 300k is a lot (10k = 6.2 miles a day), although I have certainly done that in the past, but the problem here is that I started behind, and then got a bad case of poison ivy on my foot that set me further back. I was still kind of trying to put in extra miles here and there to get it done, though, and this week it was like, "Well, I COULD finish if I just ran 45 miles in the next 4 days..." There are plenty of good excuses, but recently I have been telling myself that the best excuse is to just actually get it done, so I did that. To make it a little harder on myself (??) I did long runs of laps (10 one-mile laps the first day, 10 one-kilometer laps the second, 10 three-quarter-mile laps today), which are a challenge for being so tedious. But in another way it's more meditative, so I could "work on" my paper or whatever at the same time. I signed up for the Pittsburgh Marathon next month but I'm not sure if I'm going to try to run it for real, or just recreationally, or come up with some costume.
I finished Cyberpunk 2077, which I thought was a good game. I've already talked about this one in previous posts, but I recommend it if you like open-world quest-driven games like this (e.g. GTA). As I was finishing there was enormous hype around Elden Ring everywhere, but also from some game designers and enjoyers who I respect a lot, and so I decided to start that. This may have been a mistake since it's kind of similar and at least as involved as Cyberpunk was (pretty sure I will not try to 100% this though), and it is also distracting me from SIGBOVIK. I wasn't very convinced at first (the artwork struck me as very "drab medieval fantasy" and I have no patience for the "story") but I am definitely getting into it, mostly for the sake of the exploration, similar to how it felt playing Breath of the Wild.
That's enough to satisfy my obligation to post each month. See you soon!
|After SigBovik, I suggest that you also play Patrick's Parabox ("https://patricktraynor.itch.io/patricks-parabox"), a recently released video game that is the kind of puzzle that you'll probably like.
|Who are the game designers you respect a lot?
|Sigbovik 2022 proceedings are at http://sigbovik.org/2022/proceedings.pdf , video recording of most of the presentations is at https://player.twitch.tv/?parent=a.a&video=1450229984 , conference homepage is at http://sigbovik.org/2022/ .
|And how the full video of your SIGBOVIK project is out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcJSW7Rprio
|I should probably also point out that the sci-fi story “Valuable Humans In Transit” "https://qntm.org/transit" by sam512 involves something that may be a harder drive.
|+1 for the Patrick's Parabox recommendation, it's Sokoban but with the recursive mechanics of your own Entire Screen of One Game: http://entire.spacebar.org/
|If you don't like blockchains but considered storing data in the Bitcoin blockchain, why didn't you also consider storing data in banking information?
My bank offers unlimited free money transfers between my own bank accounts, each money transfer has a short comment field, and I'm guaranteed to be able to query the information about my transfers for a year for free on the internet. This means I can store an unlimited amount of data for absolutely no cost!
|A blessed event