Square With Our Imaginations

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Trailer for E3 2019 (youtube.com) I can still remember my reaction to the first official announcement that Square Enix was going to do a total remake of my favourite video game of all time, Final Fantasy VII, at E3 four years ago. I don’t watch video game conferences live, so someone who had watched it live directed me to a YouTube clip whose title spoiled exactly what it was of, and I didn’t get the opportunity to be as surprised as…

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Pencils Down

If you’re looking for a line of work where it’s relatively easy to become well-liked, teaching probably isn’t for you. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to have students and/or colleagues like you — I’ve certainly had my fair share of both — but the heart of your work is convincing a lot of people, more and more of whom have grown up with the instant gratification of modern technology burnt into their synapses at an early age, to set aside those enjoyments and…

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One Person’s Junk (Mail)

When my father moved his business for the last time in 2004, he got rid of a lot of the computer magazines and catalogues that he’d been accumulating over the years. I’d always had a fondness for those early years of PC Magazine — I talked about that a bit in an old Musecast video — but beyond the actual magazine columns and news stories, I always liked looking through the old advertisements for personal computers, seeing Moore’s Law in effect and wondering what more would…

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You Never Really Forget

[The following blog contains discussion of child abuse.] I got a new bicycle for my tenth birthday. I wish I could say that was a happy memory for me, but as I was in my father’s wood shop later while he was assembling it, he handed his pocket knife to me (I think he’d just used it to open some kind of packaging) and told me to close it. Never having used a pocket knife before, I asked him how to do that, and he…

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Trimmed

The first video-intensive website I remember visiting is a special site that Norelco built to sell a new razor that was designed to capitalize on a new trend, one that’s called “manscaping” these days. Not only was the instantly-loading video kind of a shock to me at first (as was automatically-playing audio, which had become a no-no back when so many of us were loading our websites up with crappy MIDI sound files), but the website, shaveeverywhere.com (which is now owned by a domain hoarder,…

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