April 2022 is no more. April has been all about blowing carts (see below), revisiting Go by pottering around with Webmentions (see fighting webmention spam) and discovering more personal blogs to thicken my RSS subscriptions file. I also started running again to fight the ever increasing back pain.
National Record Store Day was on the 23th and I completely forgot about it. I did buy Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, a 1995 classic, the day before, so it’s all good. I’m starting to neglect my journaling habits. Nobody cares, but at this point, I’m just thinking aloud here and put it down as a reminder to myself. It’s becoming difficult to write these “month in review” introductions—to be honest I have no idea what else happened in April (besides more bad world news I tried to ignore as best as I could—wow that sounds selfish).
Previous month in review: March 2022.
Books I’ve read
- De Moord Op De Kunst (The Murder Of Art) by Thomas Crombez—finally finished. What a slog! To introduce the philosophy of aesthetics, Crombez also runs us through the obligatory big names of Western philosophy in a way that lulled me to sleep every few pages. The compelling parts are present, but it takes a lot of work to get there (and remember them).
- Taal Is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding (Language is so to speak really my thing) by Paulien Cornelisse. A lot shorter in both total pages and words per page to flush the aesthetics hangover. Cornelisse is a well-known Dutch stand-up comedian that is also very into etymology.
We bought a lot more this month to add to the backlog. Hopefully the pacing will pick up again after the struggle with Cormbez' book.
Games I’ve played
Since the Analogue Pocket arrived in April, I’ve been going through my collection of vintage—and as it turns out, mediocre—Game Boy carts. Although most games weren’t really worth revisiting in 2022, I still had a lot of fun. Most of these can be finished in one hour.
- Wendy: Every Witch Way (GBC)
- Tweety & Silvester: Breakfast on the Run (GBC)
- Alfred Chicken (GB)
- Looney Tunes (GB)
- Looney Tunes Racing (GBC)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (GB)
Especially Breakfast on the Run was a pleasant surprise and to me and what you could call an underrated gem:
See the Codex games list for reviews of each game.
As for more recent games, the biggest (but also short) one Kristien & I finished together is Unpacking. Putting books in the shelves time and time again felt like meditative monotony. Unpacking is great at telling a story without telling a story and another of those wholesome games in the same vein as last month’s TOEM (which we preferred).
Selected blog posts
- How Many Go Developers Are There? by Russ Cox
- I Want Off Mr. Golang’s Wild Ride by Amos
- Make Linux look like Windows 95 by Bryan Lunduke (Warning: Substack)
- Indexing My Outgoing Blog’s Links by Jim Nielsen
- Notes on teaching & chairs by Tom Critchlow
- What research says about note-taking by Jennifer Gonzalez
Other random links
- Kleroteria; an email lottery newsletter in which you might have to write the letter yourself! (Via Digging The Digital)
- ImageShare for 3DS, a web app for uploading images from the Nintendo 3DS and other devices with low-end browsers.
- fraidyc.at, a ???? social update system, I guess? No idea!
- Lemmy, a social link aggregator for the Fediverse. Self-hosted Reddit? Not sure whether it’s worth it yet.
- Analogue Pocket patches and hacks (see the Retro Patcher)
- Blogsurf.io, Yet Another Blog Search engine
- The Lost Night, an epic 8-bit RPG made in the PICO-8
- Rebrickable: The Black Monarch’s Ghost—LEGO sets from my youth!