— Gina Scott(@Ginascott86) January 6, 2013
So that was 2012. Instead of making the usual resolutions that are never verbalised I’m going to try and set myself a number of challenges. I’m also publishing them here so they’ve been committed to the Internet and people can call me up any I’ve not at least attempted. I don’t currently have that many of them so they’ll have to be added as we go through the year. The ones that I do have should be below: Continue reading
While doing my usual lazy afternoon flick through Netflix I stumbled across Indie Game: The Movie.
It’s a documentary which documents the trials and tribulations of a group of indie game developers including Jonathan Blow of Braid fame and Super Meat Boy’s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes. Approximately two minutes in the below was said:
That creation of this highly polished product is the opposite of making something personal. Things that are personal have flaws, they have vulnerabilities. – Jonathan Blow
That got me thinking. The basic logic there is sound, in life it’s those little imperfections that help define us as individuals. However I’m not sure if it holds quite as strongly if what you’re creating is expected to be a commercial product.
Should we be excusing flaws in design, logic and execution just because it’s from a non-corporate scene? In the same documentary Tommy Refenes describes indie game development as the purest art form. Would we still hold any great artwork in the same level of regard that we do if there happened to be a great smudge across it?
Here’s some pictures from this weekend’s trip.
For the past 18 months or so I’ve taken up running intermittently in a bid to be a bit healthier. When I was still living up in Dundee this just comprised of a couple of miles around the nearby park once or twice a week which made me feel a bit better but in hindsight probably wasn’t doing an awful lot for my overall fitness. I did however discover Runkeeper which has made a massive difference to how I view running.
Before I saw it as a means to an end; run for 20 or 30 minutes to justify more food/drinks. Now I’ve discovered that having a record of runs allows me to compete with the one person I want to beat (or should that be better?) the most. Me. Continue reading
A few months ago I attended the nuptials of one of my old school friends. It was a very civilised affair, everyone dressed in suits and generally on their best behaviour. How this resulted in me agreeing to enter Edinburgh’s Spartan Sprint which takes place on Sunday, I have no idea but I blame my friend Chimp.
It’s now just a few days away and I’m still not entirely sure what to expect. Having just typed “Spartan Sprint” into Flickr there does seem to be an awful lot of pictures of people jumping into mud and over fire. Fun.
Look, I know how it is. I’ve started this site about 237 times now (numbers are more believable when they end in 7) and never gotten it to a stage where it has both content and a visual identity. I’m not going to pretend that this time will be any different.
All I can say is that I have once again had a bit of a clear out and reinstalled WordPress in a bid to have another play around with skinning it. Currently using one of the many responsive boiler plates out there so that I can have a play with how they work and also have it do some of the heavy lifting for me.
In terms of the content however, I wouldn’t expect there to be anything mindblowing in that regard. It’ll mostly be rants that have at best been semi-researched and tales of just how unfit I am (although this is something I am genuinely working on).