Piecepack, or, the infinite board game

Today I want to share with you all something that is very dear to me. Something that is not related to programming or anything computer related. Today we’re going to talk more about board games. We’re going to talk about one specific board game that has captured my imagination for the past 15+ years. It is called Piecepack and it is not really a board game at all.

A week with the Surface Pro X

I’ve spent a bit more than a week with my new Surface Pro X. What follows is review of my experiences with it as a try to set it all up for it to become my main machine. Be aware dear reader that this is not a review with benchmarks, graphs, and comparisons with alternative machines. This is a personal account and ecosystem commentary of how it has been working for a single person and what this person (me!) is feeling about it. That being said, read on for the nitty and gritty details. I’m providing you with a handy table of contents in case you want to go directly to topics that you’re curious about.

Adventure X 2019

AdventureX 2019

Photo: Conference banner

Photo: Conference banner

This weekend is AdventureX 2019 at the British Library. It is a game development conference focused on narrative driven games like old adventure games from Sierra On-Line and LucasArts. Those have always been my favorite games ever and I didn’t realize people were still making games like those today. I knew and played some telltale games, the cave, and others which have reached my bubble but I couldn’t imagine the awesome games I’ve seen this weekend.

Adding IndieWeb support to this site.

Today I was at Redecentralize Conference and went to session about the IndieWeb movement that really excited me. I’ve been following the steps outlined in this handy interactive guide and making changes to this blog. Things are not yet the way I want them to be but it is already quite functional. I’ve added some markup for microformats2 and am accepting WebMentions by relying on https://webmention.herokuapp.com/. I’ve also added brid.gy so that my Twitter and Mastodon are integrated into this. To send webmentions from my static site, I’m relying on the command line tool from https://webmention.app/.

Thanks a ton to Tantek and Kevin Marks for all the help.

Another windy and rainy day in London

Today is a gray and windy day here in London but that is to be expected as we’re approaching the end of the year. There are few things I like more than sitting on a coffee shop and watch the city walk by. I don’t to this as often as I did in Brazil but I had some minutes to wait and decided it was a good option to sit outside for a coffee.

photo of me sitting at an outside table drinking coffee

photo of me sitting at an outside table drinking coffee

Remembering Mobile World Congress 2014

Mobile World Congress 2014 was a special event in my life. We had a wonderful vision of what the future could be. Unfortunately our vision was not a market success and Firefox OS was cancelled but for those brief years, mobile was special. Below are two videos from Mozilla in which I am featured as a community member talking about the future. I wish I was excited by mobile today as I was back then.

Nostalgia For Firefox OS

Some of my Firefox OS devices

Some of my Firefox OS devices

These are some of my Firefox OS devices, among them we have high-end devices (Sony Z3C), very low-end ones (Alcatel OneTouch Fire and LG FireWeb), some uncommon ones (such as Geeksphone Revolution, the only in the list powered by x86 CPU).

Doing sushi again

Twenty one years ago I went to a sushi making course at the Brazil-Japan Cultural Institute. I was learning to make sushi for an ulterior motive, there was good money to be made as a sushiman in Brazil and I wanted to open a little Sushi popup kiosk at a major nightclub in my city. Unfortunately, that plan never materialized as my partners in that kiosk moved on to do other stuff before we could actually open. Still, I grew fond of sushi and started freelancing a bit and doing it at parties for my friends. It became a part of how my friends perceived me. For a long time, my nickname among that group of friends was in fact sushi or andre sushi when they needed to be specific.