Okami is lovely · Aug 1, 2015
I’ve been replaying Okami HD recently; coming back to it after several years of not playing made me notice anew all the little details that make the game so great. I really recommend the game on PS3, and I hope they rerelease it on the PS4 or make a proper sequel. I found the game originally because I enjoyed The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and saw Okami listed as being a similar game, at least in so far as you got to play as a wolf. I would say now I prefer Okami to Twilight Princess.
Arel and tags · Jun 19, 2015
I love working out ActiveRecord and Arel queries in Rails apps. I thought I’d share some of the more fun queries I’ve designed in Arel, spread out over a few blog posts. We’ll start with one for fetching tags separated by account.
why I'm loving The Witcher 3 · Jun 14, 2015
Jon got me The Witcher 3 as a gift on Steam shortly after it came out because I was replaying Dragon Age 2, again, and he wanted me to find a new game I might love. He had been watching Destiny stream it and thought it looked up my alley. I had heard of the game and had seen it getting rave reviews on Reddit, but I was dubious since it forces you to play as a set character. I’ve not had much luck getting into games like Tomb Raider, Uncharted, and even the first game in the Witcher series; I prefer games like Dragon Age or Skyrim that let you create your own character. However, the bits of The Witcher 3 gameplay I’d seen looked cool, and it’s a super pretty game, so I tried it. I’m so glad I gave it a chance.
Steamy Screenshots · May 8, 2015
My latest project is Steamy Screenshots (view source). It’s an app I made to extract colors from the screenshots people share on Steam. There’s no real usefulness to it, it was just a fun thing to do. You can look up a particular Steam user and view their newest fifty screenshots, or look at the newest screenshots shared for a particular game.
finally bought in to Vagrant · Feb 6, 2015
For the longest time, I was a Vagrant holdout at work. All projects we worked on would have getting a Vagrantfile and Chef cookbook set up as a first step, but I avoided using them. It seemed like something was always broken with any given app’s Vagrant setup.
vagrant uprarely just worked for me, which was supposedly the promise of using Vagrant + Chef: a consistent development environment that put all developers on a level playing field with each other as well as with the production server environment.
Opera first impressions · Oct 28, 2014
While reading on Hacker News about Spidermonkey performance, I saw commenters talking about switching from Chrome to Firefox and Opera. One commenter described Opera as Chrome without Google, which sounded interesting to me. I hadn’t tried Opera in a few years and I like to cycle through browsers occasionally to see what I’m missing. So I downloaded Opera 25 on my MacBook and gave it a try.