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July 2022 In Review

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July 2022 is no more. Despite the absence of any teaching activities during the summer, things still move slow. Most colleagues I depend on are away, academic conferences like ITiCSE are planned in the summer and eat up time, and the heat has chipped away what was left of my overall motivation. I can’t say it has been a productive month, although somehow, we do have yet another paper ready to submit.

The Gitea installation installed in July is working flawlessly and sees daily usage. I kind of regret not doing this sooner—its connection is even faster and more reliable than GitHub. Other than that, nothing major changed in my workflow.

This website got a new search engine! The baked archives page used to be powered by Lunr.js, which has been replaced by Pagefind.app. I guess this is worth its own blog post, I’ll save the details for later.

Previous month in review: June 2022.

Books I’ve read

I’m contemplating on quitting GoodReads—more on that in a future post.

  • Indulgence: Around the World in Search of Chocolate by Paul Richardson. A fragrant piece with a lingering aftertaste, not unlike genuine dark chocolate.
  • The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel. For me, the historical part (“he crossed the so-and-so bridge, now we’re in so-and-so street, …") kept getting in the way of unfolding a great dragon breath inducing fencing party. I don’t intend to read the sequels.
  • Nightchild (Chronicles of the Raven #3) by James Barclay. Mediocre high fantasy that I tried liking but eventually gave up on at page 150. I tried getting into the series years ago and faintly remember not finishing book 1. I should have listened to my younger self.

The two mediocre novels made me realize I should return to the library to hunt down the more engrossing stories. My own library could also do with a cleanup—too many books are just sitting there, never to go back to.

Games I’ve played

The Turtle beat ‘em up streak continued well into July. Apart from that, Kristien discovered a few superb and highly underrated adventure games on the Switch store that we dove into.

  • Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All. Only worth your time if you’re really, really hungry for an Asterix game. It’s not bad, it’s just passable at best.
  • TNMT: Fall of the Foot Clan and Back from the Sewers, a quick revisit of the first 2 Turtle Game Boy releases. They’re both finished in like 30 minutes if played right. I’m planning on replaying the third and final installment later this month.
  • Dexter Stardust, the surprise of the month. We loved this classic point & click adventure. Comes with a lot of nods to the Monkey Island games.

The most interesting video I watched this month was a history lesson of a venerable Japanese gaming company called M2:

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The proverb going the extra mile seems to be getting an entire new dimension here. I have nothing but respect for M2, and their conversions, like the 2021 Castlevania Advance Collection, are always excellent.

Selected (blog) posts

Seems to be a dry month as well.

I'm Wouter Groeneveld, a Brain Baker, and I love the smell of freshly baked thoughts (and bread) in the morning. I sometimes convince others to bake their brain (and bread) too.

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