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The question "is it art" is bullshit. It's a clickbait awful question designed to incite the audience and generate some traffic.

Art is in everything we create, from breakfast to a sledge hammer to the the cooling fins on your computer's heatsink.

Art is everywhere, everything is art.

There's always someone, somewhere, who agonized over a creative decision, and someone else who has a strong opinion about the result.

We are humans. We make art.

Because my life is basically too easy, my main server melted down during a normal update process. Flat out refused to boots. Experts consulted were at a loss, and I had to reinstall the entire fucking thing.

Computers, yay.

Technically, the minor OS update completely fried the boot process. Grub appeared, showed the contents of the boot drive, but then claimed all that stuff was outside the drive, and fuck you.

Anyway, the backups were fresh, so a day later, all good.

Sigh.

One of my very first posts on Mastodon was about cultural appropriation. Specifically, I argued (and continue to) that it's not a thing. Or, if it is, we should stop policing it.

There are so many things wrong with the idea of shaming people for borrowing from other cultures.

We can't demand someone remain unchanged by things they like, or experience, or find beautiful. It's madness to demand they have authorization, as if there's a licensing office for beauty.

500 chars isn't enough!

So I keep coming back to this game because it plays brilliantly. So many little touches make it flow without the backtracking and busywork that saddles the player with drudgery in so many games.

The biggest example: there's a heap of teleporters, conveniently located near path branches, so when you want to backtrack, you're always near one, and there's always one where you want to go.

And look at it!

I bought eight games during the last Steam sale.

The only one I play is Dead Cells, and when I'm not playing it, I'm thinking about it. It's great.

Every single part of the game has been tuned to minimize player drudgery, resulting in a game that feels fast and full-on all the time. It's basically magic.

And look at it! Wow!

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Heat makes people commit suicide more often.

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

At least they're gonna die smart. Anyone alive in the year 2100 is going to be 20% dumber than today, because of rising CO2 in the atmosphere.

"On average, a 400-ppm increase in CO2 was associated with a 21% decrease in a typical participant’s cognitive scores..."

ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10037/

Hahaha we're fucked. But keep burning coal and fossil fuels, who cares?

I just bought this, the soundtrack to SNES Top Gear, and the more recent racer Horizon Chase:

barryleitch.bandcamp.com/album

The latter is a really brilliant bit of music, especially in-game.

Maybe check it out, maybe support an artist. ^_^

Plenty of despair to go around this morning. =(

Follow @despair and get rid of that happy feeling!

The Akira movie was released in Japan 30 years ago today.

I drove five hours, to a tiny art theatre in Spokane, Washington, to see this when it came out.

Customs in Canada was unimpressed with my story when I returned home. "You drove to Spokane."

"yeah."

"To see a movie."

"yeah."

"... Get out of the car."

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For my money, the manga was much better, but the movie was impressive as fuck.

The dual-Mastodon one-server guide has been updated with the final bit of information to make it painless:

nfgworld.com/multiple-mastodon

So, um... Dead Cells is unbelievably gorgeous.

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Recently, hacker Volksi cracked the latest Denuvo scamware 'DRM' protection. DRM should make things difficult to copy, but ultimately results in more pain for legitimate purchasers while pirates - having removed the DRM - get a smoother experience.

This comment caught my eye:

“The game executable is 128MB big, of which just 5-6MB is the real game code. The rest of it is Denuvo.”

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

Assholes.

torrentfreak.com/latest-denuvo

For your constant dose of awful, wretched proof that everything sucks, follow @despair

But, maybe, don't. 🤔

This video came across my screen yesterday and it's amazing. The music is great, but the video elevates it into a great new tier. I love a band unafraid to be ridiculous.

youtube.com/watch?v=jWXsSwAMSH

If anyone wants to run two Mastodon instances on a single machine, it's a really easy thing to do. Only four steps!

I put together a guide!

nfgworld.com/multiple-mastodon

I discovered Powerwolf a few weeks back and they're all I've listened to since then. Their new album drops in ten days and I don't think I've ever been this excited for a CD.

youtube.com/watch?v=Xmr6iscmd1

The mix of operatic vocals and metal reaches deep into my chest and pleases all my organs.

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