...but you should watch it anyway.
Soooooo I downloaded and installed Google's shiny new toy, Google Web Designer.
I load up the application, and try to open an HTML file I've been working on.
Imagine my wtfbbq reaction when it shows me this.
Yes, an application with 'Web Designer' in it can't open an HTML file. WTF?
But wait! It lets me create HTML files, so why can't it open them? Hmm! It seems that it can open its own files... why?
Well it turns out, if I want to open a HTML file in Google WTF Designer, I have to first open my HTML file in a text editor, or any OTHER HTML editor of my choice, and insert <meta name="generator" content="Google Web Designer 188.8.131.524"> into the meta tags. Then it works.
What on earth were they thinking? Anyone who works with HTML should easily find this. Are they trying to lock the people who don't want to look at their HTML at all into the Web Designer? When any bloody text editor can open... Oh my brain.
The End Result
A couple of months ago, I picked up this really cute little ocarina at the St Kilda Beach market, from Jeff Wilmott's stall.
I call it my baby hamster, because I clutch it and it squeaks. >.>
One thing led to another, and before long, I acquired a rather large Focalink Triple Dolce AC ocarina, which I call my 'Fat Hamster'. On account of it being well... bigger and fatter! Last Sunday, I brought my fat hamster down to Jeff's stall for him to have a look and a feel. He very kindly gave me his songbook, which I have used for the nefarious purpose of putting together an ocarina score for David R. Watson's Stones - more commonly known as 'the Ultima theme'.
And here's me tootling it on my lovely little baby hamster. Any ickiness you hear is due to my noobness, and not the little ocarina I'm tootling on. This is the first tune I learned to play on the baby hamster, and I was too shy to play more than the first few bars in front of Jeff. *scuffle*
I looooooooooooooove animal fat! Fried, baked, stewed, boiled, broiled, cold from the fridge (mmm butter), melted in my tea (mmm cream) - glorious animal faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!
I also love food where the majority of the 'cooking' involves me ignoring it while I go kill mobs. XD
These braised pig trotters are therefore, in a word, perfect!
2-3 pig trotters (chopped into whatever size your butcher chops them for you)
Soy sauce (5 parts)
Chinese cooking wine (3 parts)
Vinegar (2 parts - doesn't really matter what kind of vinegar. I used apple cider vinegar.)
5 spice powder (1 part)
Ginger, chopped finely (1 part - I used the tube stuff because I'm lazy)
Garlic, chopped finely (1 part - I used paste because... yes I'm lazy)
1 large onion, chopped into bits however small you get to before you get lazy
Brown sugar (a bit)
Ground white pepper (a bit)
Sesame oil (a bit)
Garlic cloves x 5, still in their little skins (Optional)
Enoki mushrooms (Optional, I just love the darn things)
You need to blanch the trotters first (boil them for a short while until they turn white and scummy stuff comes to the top of the boiling water pot) so that they don't smell piggy in a bad way, vs piggy in a good way! Which is what they'll smell like after you get rid of the Bad Piggy by blanching...
- Robin, commenter, Lords of Vendorbation
If you're a freelance creative type, or manage a design studio / ad agency / etc, you should read this.
Naturally, depending on your life, your reputation, your country, the industry in your area, etc, much of it may not be practical. But for those in the position to work in the way this manifesto outlines, or even for those NOT in the position, but who are crazy enough to risk getting burned, it's a very, VERY good read.
Available for free online (or pay for the ebook/pdf/hardcover if you like).
- User Experience Go Away, by Dave Malouf, emphasis mine.
FWIW, Malouf's definition is pretty close to my own, in terms of what's needed. =)
I was a bit disturbed upon realising this while playing my second day of Age of Conan, yesterday.
Every single game I've loved or really REALLY liked bigtime since LegendMUD (with the exception of Forsaken World), has allowed me to have a minion army. And I'm not even talking MMOs only here, but any game.
I blame it on spending my formative gaming years raising homunculi armies in LegendMUD.
The class I've started with in AoC is the necromancer. I'm level ?10?, I have 4 zmobies gwarrrrrrging along behind me, and I am as happy as a clam despite AoC being fugly and having really really bad animation. XD
Apparently I will forgive near anything if I can have minions.
...can it really be that simple? O.O