@n0btc oh yeah that was gonna be a thing wasn't it. I'll do it after the game jam is over next weekend. I've been ultra focused on coding all this time and totally forgot

@rickwayne Oh I'd be honored! But you don't have to. I'd just as happily buy the book! :dragon_heart:

@rickwayne it did show up, but it did cause my screen reader to stop reading the first chapter of the Zero Signal and I lost my place after pressing close. Despite that, I'll definitely get this one! I was sad when the preview ended and found out it's only in pre-order! :ms_smirk:

Mental health, software, learning curve 

@marcozehe :ms_cat_joy: yup, 200 bucks for the most rudimentary audio editing features, the coolest of which is the scrubbing feature and... um... that's about it? Compared to Reaper which does absolutely everything you might ever want to want to do to audio for less than half of that. Not worth it!

Mental health, software, learning curve 

@marcozehe yeah... If you want to only do quick edits, Studio Recorder is the most accessible and intuitive one on Windows... but also hideously overpriced for what it does so I really can't recommend it at all.
Oh... nevermind that the purchase link 404's. Welp, so much for that!

Mental health, software, learning curve 

@marcozehe it definitely isn't the most intuitive out there. I also still regularly forget things and I use it quite a lot. I know this isn't what you meant, but I'll definitely try to help if I can! :dragon_heart:

The no video jam 2 is live!
We're making audio games in 2 weeks. If you feel like you can make a game that's controlled exclusively using sound, no eyes required, then give it a shot! We're going from now, April 9th, until April 26th.
More info here: itch.io/jam/no-video-jam-2

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@Mayana @n0btc I have no idea how Ruby works, otherwise I'd offer to help solve the bugs they're running into. :dragon_crysmile:

On programming being "easy" 

@profoundlynerdy Yeah, that makes sense. As soon as a substantial amount of your life is spent writing and reading code, it would probably be ideal if you looked beyond what you're doing to see what's out there and where it came from. I suppose for me that's natural as I love learning about different languages, the problems they tried to solve, and in which way. And I suppose it comes in handy when the abstraction leaks and you end up with errors that make no sense if you didn't know how those things worked in the first place. But that kind of proves my point. Programming ain't easy. :ms_cat_smile:

On programming being "easy" 

@calcifer @feonixrift Yes. If you rely a lot on computers to get your work done, being able to at least script a little bit can be a dramatic improvement of life, no doubt. I suppose my original toot was a bit vague concerning that.
I guess that metaphor applies universally, as well. If you have a bike, you should probably know how to do basic maintenance on it. You don't have to be an expert, but you should be able to swap out tires for example. I was more talking about someone trying to make a career work for them when they can feel that it won't.

On programming being "easy" 

@profoundlynerdy I would say it's rather the broad understanding of both high and low level languages and their difference that make you a "serious" programmer. I understand how most forms of assembly work, but I couldn't be productive in it without actually diving deep into the particular architecture I would be building for. Especially modern assembler languages are very complex and I wouldn't fault anyone for not being proficient in one to consider them to be a good programmer, but I do think I understand what you mean. Ultimately though as long as you're productive in what you're building I don't really think I have much of a right to judge. It also depends on your situation. If you just do it as a hobby, writing little scripts or programs for yourself, then anything goes I think.

@nolan I really, really hope I can actually do what I plan to do. I want to have something playable in the end but it's a quite ambitious project for me as it deals with a lot of math I only recently learned and never applied. 😂

On programming being "easy" 

@rickwayne Right. I also didn't mean my toot as discouragement, and more that I think that there are a lot of things that someone could be doing, and if what they're doing right now doesn't work to try to find something that will.

On programming being "easy" 

@rickwayne Oh this was a good read. Yes. This is pretty much exactly how I feel. I suppose if you're dedicated and experienced in your field it might not be quite as easy to see where you came from and what it took to get here. I still regularly run into headscratchers where I sit for hours, maybe even days, completely clueless as to how to proceed, and sometimes even just scrap the thing and move on or start over from the top. We often hear about successes, but rarely about the failures.

re: On programming being "easy" 

@tulpa @captain @josias Exactly. It hurts to think that people keep trying to make this work for them again and again, powering through, only to later find out that they've wasted so much of their time doing something that never ended up making them happy. I'm slowly realizing this too, working on a particular product where I increasingly figure out that this is really not what I want to be doing and that I really might want to start looking for alternatives where I'll feel more fulfilled.

On programming being "easy" 

@captain @josias Yup, pretty much. I think what I was getting at is that people should not feel bad for not being able to figure out how to code. There are other things you could be doing instead, things that might come easier to you, and it's not a failure if you've tried and figured out that programming isn't for you. Programming isn't everything. :ms_smile:

On programming being "easy" 

@rickwayne I feel like this applies to most things. But I hear a lot of people saying that they wish they could code and they try again and again and again and it's just not fun, frustrating and goes nowhere, especially given that the internet is very quick to point out how easy programming is. Of course, I also do wish I could write, but I've tried and it just doesn't resonate with me as much as music or code does, and I know that writing isn't easy. All of these things take a lot of dedication, and nothing is as easy as it seems when you watch someone that's good at it do it.

On programming being "easy" 

@captain @josias Of course, that's true. But in that case you do have some kind of affinity for it. But if your sole motivation is "This will pay me well and people on the internet said it was easy" then you're setting yourself up for failure I think.

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