The Zaku's Design Origins

25 Apr 2019

An early Okawara concept painting of the Zaku in front of the Gundam’s head

I’m currently rewatching Mobile Suit Gundam, following along with Mobile Suit Breakdown’s ongoing journey through the series providing historical and cultural context and background. At some point in my rewatch, it occurred to me: both MSG and Battlestar Galactica both came out in 1979, and have an incredibly iconic villain robot with a glowing red, single sweeping eye. The mono-eye.

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My tattoos bind myself into my body

17 Apr 2019

I had a thought the other day that I ended up putting onto twitter. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my depression and where it leads me, and one thing that I’ve noticed is that I start thinking about getting tattoos when I’m starting to wonder what things would be like if I weren’t alive anymore. (I’m not thinking about killing myself right now–no one needs to worry about that).

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OS Update Hygiene with Tmuxinator

26 Mar 2019

In the last year-ish since I switched to exclusively using Vim and Tmux for my dev environment instead of GUI apps like Sublime, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed a very bad habit of almost never rebooting my machine. The reason is that my usual Tmux/Vim setup involves several Tmux windows with several panes in specific configurations for running Vim, the Rails console, the Rails server, a search engine server, Webpack… a lot. And it’s a pain in the butt to set up manually every time.

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Representing diversity at the table

28 Feb 2019

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to include people who are not ‘like me’ in a tabletop roleplaying game I’m running. It’s a game set in the nearish future in Southern California, during Gundam’s One Year War (just before the events of the Mobile Suit Gundam anime). And in setting something in California, one of the first commitments I made to myself was that it would not efface the presence of Latinx, Native, Black, or Asian people who live there today and make the place their home, and better.

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What I did over vacation

20 Jan 2019

So… because I posted so little here last year, when I was looking at the site again after publishing my last post, and I saw that I had written a “What I did over the holidays” post last year. I didn’t do much this year, but I figure, hey, why not.

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Hacking Blades in the Dark

13 Jan 2019

Wow… it has been a really long time since I’ve posted anything on here. Last one was… *checks notes*, a post about making OSS PRs (which helped me get a new job, so that’s alright I guess).

For the last… I dunno, 10 months, I’ve been working on a couple of hacks of Blades in the Dark. One is about kids doing cool kid stuff, like in Hook or The Goonies and ET. The other… is kind of a game where you make Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. So basically giant robots and political space opera and bad actors all around. (It’s called Against the Titans of War and is on this site)

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Making my first PR to an open source project

16 Feb 2018

I’ve recently made my first big PR to an open source project, Speakerline. The maintainer is aces, and the whole process has been enoyable and instructive. It’s the instructive I’d mostly like to talk about though ;)

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What I got done over the holidays

07 Jan 2018

My larger chunks of time off tend to be the time when I also get a lot of self-admin and personal projects moved forward. This year was no exception.

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Setting up a Staticman server for comments on Jekyll and static sites

31 Dec 2017

I’m running Staticman for comments on this blog. If you’re using the main/public instance of the app, this requires you to add Staticman as a collaborator to your site repo, which I decided I’d rather not do… so I’ve run up my own instance of the application, and this is a quick look at how I did it.

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Setting up Staticman for comments on a Jekyll blog

21 Dec 2017
threaded comments as they appear on this website

Despite the fact that I’m not really a front-end dev, getting threading to look decent was not the hardest part of this.

I’ve been wanting to set up Staticman on this site for a while. I took a swing at it a year or so ago, but either because I was less experienced with working with webapps and I was insisting on running up my own instance, or because it’s in Node and I’m a Ruby dev primarily, or because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, I couldn’t get it to work. I ended up adding Disqus to the site, but since they just got bought and I have no idea who the new owners are, I’ve finally gotten around to setting up Staticman. There is an excellent post on Made Mistakes about this that I’ve cribbed a lot from, but there were a couple of gotchas I ran into that took me a while to solve.

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