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My friend Andru Quinn has some fantastic insights into programming and problem solving over on this page. Check out this post about Base64
I just got reminded by timehop of something I shared a few years back and wanted to share it again but talk about it a little more in dept. It’s an interesting subject if you know the ideas and problems addressed by cryptography, this one is about base64. It address the issue that, if we encode something in base64, then encode the result using the same method, the more we repeat this the closer we come to a fixed point the method hits. That is to say base64 has point where it will give you the same answer as the product you passed in.
This issue was looked into by Fran Mota who is a computer science student (according to his website at the time of writing) at Cornell University. Fran created the post The Base64 Encoder Has A Fixed Point back in 2013, so all credit to him for his…
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You see what I did there… Christmas in… ah, whatever. Well, basically this is my attempt at reviewing my “gaming christmas” – cataloguing and critiquing the games I received via the kindness of friends and family, or liberally bought for myself with my Christmas/Birthday money.
I was more than blessed this Christmas to receive a slew of goodies such as:
Alien Isolation, Murdered Soul Suspect, The Evil Within – (My Kick-ass Wife)
Kingdom Hearts 1.5, Bayonetta 2 – (Birthday Gifts from myself)
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 – (My wonderful, amazing and thoughtful aunt)
I look forward to telling you all about them below…
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“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget
A great piece by a good friend of mine that gives some food for thought in the realm of positive thinking. I’ve already adopted this philosophy and this year I’ve already started learning Spanish and begun writing a novel and adapting one into a screenplay. New experiences for all. In the immortal words of Rob Schneider “YOU CAN DO IT!!!”
Ok so after our first post last week on making this the best year of your life, I’ve outlined a few other ways in which you can change for the better.
Utilizing your mind.
Your mind is a powerful tool but like a flower, it needs constant attention and nourishment. Kick this new year off with some good old fashioned self improvement. Seek out to learn a new skill, it’s never too early to beef up your epitaph.
The obvious choice is to learn a new language. However, it’s hard to get a start on this goal unless you take a class. you’ve got two options; go to your local community college and sign up for a part time/ night course where you’ll be supplied all the materials needed along with tutelage for a price. The other choice is to undertake a course online from places like Duolingo…
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Mike Rose is the man in the know – Doubt is the killer…
Save for a number of snarky comments on Twitter, and last week’s “Are you a true games journalist?“, I’ve tried to directly stay out of the whole MCV and Square Enix debacle. It pains me that a lot of readers now just take it for granted that shoddy journalism is how the games journalism space works, and discount those of us trying to make an honest living out of it as a result, but there’s not really a lot else I can add to the discussion that hasn’t already been said. You’ve most likely already read John Walker’s write-up of the whole debacle, but it’s here if needed.
This morning, however, things have changed for me with this post on MCV. It’s an article about how critics love the new Hitman game, and are giving it 9 out of 10s across the board, all except for…
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Wow! After blood, sweat and more than a few tears the Mind of Man launch trailer is here…
And it’s glorious!!!
I should have some info about our time at Rezzed and Develop up soon, but needless to say it was “Ammaaaazzzing” – heh, heh… In-Joke 😛 More on that in my next post.