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Moving to Linux – Can all my apps come with me?

I’m pretty determined to get a brand new desktop and put Linux on it. Windows remains an awkward development system for me, and I’m working more on projects than playing games. Doing deep learning research on Windows is awkward. Plus Linux is a dream for automation.

But the biggest question I had: Are all the apps I like to use available on Linux? What will I have to find alternatives for? What do I have to give up on? This was my research and thought process. (more…)


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How much of my Steam library is Linux-friendly?

I primarily work with Linux systems and enjoy the workflow and power that Linux provides. But when I come home, it’s to a Win10 machine. This is mostly for playing games. I feel like I need to make the jump to primarily running Linux at home, with VMs for when I really need Windows. (more…)


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How to design cards #3

Last time (a long time ago!) we had worked out a way to write many cards cleanly and efficiently, whilst maintaining a consistent style. By now you’ll be keen to print out your cards for quick prototyping, or make the step towards printing cards at a publisher like The Game Crafter.

We’ll look at a way to turn each LaTeX card into a PDF of the right shape and format for printing, as well as making card sheets for our own prototyping. (more…)


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Minor site maintenance

I’m doing a little bit of Spring cleaning (in Summer). I’m adding HTTPS to all my sites. If you have any issues, let me know.


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Organizing a house

We’ve recently moved into a nice new house and starting to set up our life. Due to the specifics of our setup and rolling from the success of using Trello to organize the purchase of the house and our wedding, we’re on the lookout for a way to organize ourselves in the long-term. (more…)


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Why put your .emacs in org-mode?

One of my favourite new things in my Emacs rebirth was finding org-mode and learning that you can write your .emacs file in org-mode. But why do it?

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Thoughts on a personal digital assistant for the future

J.A.R.V.I.S.

For a long time I’ve thought about building a personal digital assistant. This desire gets a little boost every new Iron Man movie, but recently I thought about it in a new light via blogger Sacha Chua. She was talking about building tools for your future self. One expects (or hopes!) to be around for a while yet, and technology is not going away. So how do you set up digital tools to support yourself now and into the future?

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Maintaining consistency in pages using org-mode projects

I use org-mode for a heck of a lot of things nowadays: lecture notes, campaign notes for roleplaying games, and design documents for my projects. I often like to export these as HTML since everyone can fairly effortlessly view web pages on any device.

For large projects, it makes sense to break up your document into sub-documents. For example, in campaign notes, I might have an org-mode document per non-player character or location. For lecture notes, I’m designing courses to be extremely modular, so each component is split out into its own page. This strategy keeps things separate and allows you to easily make customizations per page. But I’d want to ensure that every page maintains some basic settings so I don’t need to maintain them across all the files in my project.

How do you do this?

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How to design cards #2

Last time we figured out how to make a basic prototype card. In this post we’ll industrialize it a little by showing how to make many, many cards with minimal typing.

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How to design cards #1

I’ve been working on a card game lately, and I’ve learned a few things that might be useful sharing. We’ll figure out how to design some prototype cards and get a reasonable way towards actually getting it published via The Game Crafter.
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