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To give a bit of comparison, here's what the same scene looks like without normal maps on the models. I try to keep things detail-less and flat, using only the normals to give them texture.

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I've been doing low-poly modeling in Blender with hand-drawn pixel art normal maps. I'm really into this look.

Currently getting to explain Esperanto Fun Facts in work chat. Several people are having trouble deciding whether I'm telling the truth or trolling, which is the hallmark of an exceptionally Fun Fact.

selfie, close-to-eye-contact 

The existence of Frantz Fanon implies the existence of another more staid and less interesting political philosopher named Crantz Canon.

Tonight I ate Japanese-style curry for the first time since… April? Which means I now know exactly how this image feels.

When prurient "fan-service" elements are at odds with the putative plot of a work, we call that Lewd-o-narrative Dissonance.

Short story idea: a team of scientists are bewildered by the fact that the laws of physics seem to be breaking down causing strange and mysterious effects, but those effects eventually settle: the only lasting effect is that objects weigh different amounts. The team eventually discovers it was just… 

I've been excited for Ooblets for years, since "Harvest Moon but you farm Pokémon that have dance battles," sounds close to my ideal game. Now that I've played it: I wish it were about 50% less twee. Having a tab for "Frenz" in my "Grumboire" is… maybe a bit excessive.

I like it when Mastodon informs me of what the popular happenings of the day are.

✏️ A blog post about how "objects" can exist even in functional languages like Haskell, why you might use them, and why you might not: journal.infinitenegativeutilit

A game like Brütal Legend, but instead of being heavy metal, it's an Italo-Disco version of Tolkien's stories. You could call it: Shadow Of Moroder.

Second thought: the game's attempts at "hacker dialogue" are deeply embarrassing, but I'm still undecided on whether that's because they're inaccurate, or because they're an authentic depiction of people who work internet memes into daily conversation.

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I picked up the game Watch Dogs 2 for cheap recently. First thought: the total omission of Berkeley in the game's theme-park-ified version of the Bay Area seems weirder than the omission of, say, Redwood City or Outer Richmond. (OTOH, I might just feel this way because I once lived in Berkeley.)

…the biggest problem with this video is that I regularly forget one of the names I came up with and alternate between two variants of it depending on whether or not I'm actively looking at how I wrote it. I did not realize this at all while making the video.

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Over the weekend, I recorded myself playing a session of 'Ex Novo', a one-to-four-player tabletop game about creating a city's map and history! It was a fun experiment and I'm pretty happy with how it came out:

If you make hobbyist Italian cheese instead of professional Italian cheese, then you've made Amateurvolone.

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