Childhood Game Design Memories

While lying in bed sick today, I saw a clip of the old Disney Gummi Bears cartoon (1985 – 1991) on Reddit. This was one of my favourite shows when I was around age 10 – 13. There wasn?t really much medieval style fantasy on TV at the time and being obsessed with wizards and warriors, this had to do. I started searching around for more related nostalgia and a flood of childhood memories came back to me. Embarrassingly, at one point I had attempted to write my own Gummi Bears rpg, so this reminded me of all my horrible attempts at game design back then. Allow me to take a walk down memory lane…

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How a Fish Tank Helped Hack a Casino

While hilarious, add these guys to the list of IoT manufacturers who simply do the bare minimum to keep their products secure.

The hackers attempted to acquire data from a North American casino by using an Internet-connected fish tank, according to a report released Thursday by cybersecurity firm Darktrace.

The fish tank had sensors?connected to a PC?that regulated the temperature, food and cleanliness of the tank.

More information can be found in the Darktrace?report?mentioned in the article.

Top 10 Influential Albums From My Teen Years

So I?m going to take a stab at this. On Facebook people have been posting their top 10 most influential albums from their teen years. For me that?s 1988-1994. After writing up the list, I notice that 50% of the albums were released in 1992. That was a good year for music. So many more I could have added. The list is a little light on Hip Hop. Wish I could have fit in Pete Rock and CL, Tribe, Del, De La Soul, Funkdoobiest, Boogie Down Productions/KRS-One and so many others.

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Body/Head – No Waves

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This album was released on Nov 11th but I’ve been waiting to give it a good listen on my home stereo* before writing about it.

Not to be confused with the really lame looking Roy Jones Jr. album, Body Head Bangerz Vol. 1, Body/Head is a collaboration project between Kim Gordon (vocals/guitar) and Bill Nace (guitar) and this is their 2nd LP. No Waves was recorded live at the Bijou Theatre during the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 24th 2014. Continue reading “Body/Head – No Waves”

Securing Your Cookies

What are cookies?

HTTP cookies are used by websites to store stateful information about your visit. Name, address, SessionID, browsing history all can be stored as a cookie in your web browser as key-value pairs. ?Most importantly, cookies can store your login token and other identifying information about your browsing session that you’d probably prefer to keep to yourself. Continue reading “Securing Your Cookies”

De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody…

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This release was my first time Kickstarting a music project, but when I heard that De La Soul was working on a new album I needed to get in on it. It met their funding goal in just 10 hours and went on to reach 51st on the Billboard charts here in Canada as well as the number 1 spot on the Vinyl Billboard chart in the US. My vinyl copy hasn’t arrived yet but they’ve provided me with an MP3 version and it’s available on Apple Music as well.

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Angular 2.0-final Has Arrived

Yesterday the Angular team announced the final release version of Angular 2.0. Looks like it’s time to really dive in. I’ve been avoiding it so far since the beta builds have seem to had some drastic rewrites from one version to the next. My main Angular project will likely remain in Angular 1.5 for at least the near future. It’s a fairly large code base and would be a significant undertaking to covert it. But all new projects will be developed in 2.0

The Angular team has put a lot of thought into the migration process even allowing for 1.x and 2.0 to co-exist within the same application. So this may be a solution to my problem.

Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change, this ‘carbon accountant’ says

Heede’s research shows that nearly two-thirds of anthropogenic carbon emissions originated in just 90 companies and government-run industries. Among them, the top eight companies — ranked according to annual and cumulative emissions below — account for 20 percent of world carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production since the Industrial Revolution.

Heede concedes that the responsibility is shared. “I as a consumer bear some responsibility for my own car, etcetera. But we’re living an illusion if we think we’re making choices, because the infrastructure pretty much makes those choices for us.”

“Heede’s report is one of the bedrock pieces of science and research that helped form our campaign,” says Kristin Casper, litigation counsel for Greenpeace’s Global Climate Justice and Liability Project in Toronto, Canada.

The idea of climate justice?is an interesting one and I think it will be crucial to solving the issue of climate change. Lawsuits directly against these companies will be a effective way to change the mindset of those investing in them. As someone who tries to invest ethically, it is frustrating to see that the companies who typically do the best are the ones you’d rather not have anything to do with.