On the Hour of Code

The Hour of Code sure has alleviated quite a few hurdles in the early stages of learning how to program by introducing “engaging” courses for people between the ages of Really Young and Really Old. But what does that mean for programmers like me who are already competent in the field?

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Amazing find!

So I reluctantly got an older version of Pokemon Type Wild and started playing it. I noticed that the music was sounding a bit funkier…. and I found that the music for the older versions for Type Wild were MIDIs!

I find MIDI to be a highly flexible format (you can make the instruments 8-bit, mash it up, …); as such, I cherish MIDI and especially VGMusic for its massive library of MIDIified (and original) game music.

This is a lucky discovery because then I can remake the MIDIs into nicer quality audio files for those who don’t have 500 MB worth of instrument data.

On aliases

Aliases are what associate all the ideas that we diffuse on the Internet to a single name. It adds reputation to our identities and can be used to attach our Internet selves to our real, human selves.

But aliases are not such a simple concept as filling out your name and start contributing away. There is much more to an alias, from its origins to its applications.

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First!

After thinking about making a blog for a very long time, I decided to just download WordPress and go for it. It’s by far the most popular blogging software used on the Internet – and the most sought-for by spammers and h4x0rs. “Blogging” on Word documents, while giving a nice user experience, means absolutely nothing because nobody is reading what you’re writing. Your writings are simply in draft form… forever.

So why not post it on the Web where everyone can read it? Yeah, “everyone” meaning that one guy who found this tiny blog on the corner of the interwebs. Speaking on a podium in an empty auditorium save for that one guy is good practice, I would think. To speak before man, you must speak before his subordinate: the chair.

Wow 130 words so fast? Dang, I’m already getting good at blogging.

This website definitely needs some attention. Maybe I will find some time to fill it with content.