Sulfuro.us

My thoughts, opinions & passions

Ignorance & Indifference

What’s the difference between ignorance and indifference?

I don’t know and I don’t care.

Tic-Toc-Tec

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You, yes, you…

No Freedom, copyright NSA

…do you value your privacy?

I do.

Quite frankly, there are things that I love that I don’t want anyone to know about. I don’t want you to know how I dance to Katy Perry’s music. Or how I cry when I sing along to “The One That Got Away” with her. Or how she lights up my heart with “Firework.”

It’s none of your business.

But the NSA wants to know. They want to know everything. This isn’t right. I don’t want to be spied on. I want to be free. Free to express myself. Free to express my art. Free to live my life.

From first hand experience, I know how painful it is to have others observe you with a judgmental eye. And if your actions, style, voice and art are a bit too different from their personal preferences, ridicule follows. And it hurts. It is a hurt that kills creativity. A hurt that wounds an artistic soul.

On February 11th, there is a movement. A movement to let our voices be heard. Let congress know that the NSA has went to far. If you care about freedom, add your voice. If enough of us speak from our hearts, they can’t ignore us.

Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org for more information on how to take action.

The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience

The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience

So, I am watching the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience again. It is a live concert documentary on the famous electronic music festival.

And it is amazing.

Which is why I am watching it again.

You get a real feel of the festival. The music, the culture, the event, the performers—are all on display. Costumes, colors, cacophony—all mixed together with care. The documentary shows what happens when people do what they love and love what they do.

And love is the right word. You can sense it every time a DJ spins; every time a dancer dances; every time a singer sings; every time a performer performs.

Music sets are interspersed between conversations with the creators. Or is it that the conversations are interspersed between the music sets? It doesn’t matter. The documentary just flows. Every now and then, you get an insight into the mind of the people making this happen. Then you get the urge to dance with them.

Artistry is in abundance here. Stitches in costumes are well sewn. Greasepaint has been applied with care. Beats bounce into eardrums with precision. It is a spectacle in the best sense of that word.

Positivity, up-beat attitudes, friendships and compassion are in attendance. The other thing that is expressed? Acceptance. Which is wonderful. Everyone seems to fit right in, regardless of gender, age, look, color, creed or composure. I think this is an example for the world at large to follow.

There is wisdom here too. Sage advice on expressing yourself without judgement and using failure to grow. Simple wisdom in letting go of your cares for now, and living fully in the moment of music.

All of the performers have their own unique perspective—yet they all blend together into the the whole that is the festival. For some, it is a party. For others, it is art. For everyone, it is fun.

Whether the air of the festival is filled with lights, confetti, hundreds of huge white balloons or fireworks, you’ll feel the joy. Everything glows with energy. It is something to see.

I wonder how they get it all to come together. So many different artists, each with their own style and habits. Yet you never get a feeling of jealousy or everyone just supports one another. Imagine if the world followed the Electric Daisy Carnival example—what a wonderful world it would be.

I hope to attend the festival someday. I have plenty of simple excuses—no ticket, no money for a ticket, no costume—but these are just excuses. Simple fears that allow me the easy way out. Simple fears that others will look at me, laughing at how I dance. These fears will be overcome. They will run out, and before I know it, I will be standing there, looking at the fireworks. I’ll be there. listening to the music. I’ll be there, experiencing the art. And I’ll be there, dancing to the beat.

Who knows, maybe I’ll see you on the dance floor sooner than both of us thinks is possible.

Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm

At BlizzCon this weekend, Blizzard showed the first examples of their forthcoming MOBA style game, Heroes of the Storm.

MOBA games (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) are based on DOTA (Defence of the Ancients), which was created by fans of Blizzard’s WarCraft III. It is interesting to see Blizzard add their creativity to a gaming genre that they inadvertently inspired with their own generosity.

WarCraft III included a map editor that allowed gamers to create their own maps. The editor was powerful enough to encourage users to be creative. One of the more popular maps was DOTA, which has since evolved into game genre.

MOBA style games consist of a battlefield with two opposing bases. Two teams, consisting of five members each, fight with individual champions, along three lanes between the bases. Each champion has unique powers and styles. There are champions that are designed for damage output. Some are defenders, able to draw fire and take sustained damage. Support champions help keep others alive, while ability power champions are casters with powerful spells.

Modern versions of the genre are quite popular—the most successful are League of Legends and DOTA 2.

With Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard brings a lot to the virtual gaming table. First, their champions are collected from their various gaming franchises. This causes instant familiarity and support from current fans. Second, Blizzard has wisely chosen to break from the DOTA/MOBA mold with their design choices. This streamlines gameplay and it focuses on what players actually enjoy, which is battle.

A normal DOTA/MOBA game takes anywhere from a half hour (a very short game) to an hour. Average games clock in at forty-five minutes. Heroes of the Storm takes between fifteen and twenty minutes. This will allow players to get in two games in the same time that it would take them to get one LoL or DOTA game played.

An important part of DOTA/MOBA games consists of attacking minions and other players for gold, which is spent at a store. This purchases items that improves the attack and defense capabilities of the champion. Heroes of the Storm eliminates this entirely. Instead, the players focus on map objectives and battles with their opponents. In my opinion, this is a purer way to game, and it keeps the game focused on action, rather than building up your inventory.

Another differentiator in Heroes of the Storm is that maps have unique objectives. Blizzard has created events that can be triggered, which will provide a team with a temporary, but powerful advantage. For example, on Blackheart’s Bay, collecting gold coins can allow your team to bribe the pirate Blackheart to fire the cannons on his ghost pirate ship at the enemy’s base. This attack does significant damage to your opponent’s base.

Going after these unique objectives does divert some of your team’s attention from your primary objective of advancing your lanes towards your opponent’s base. This provides an interesting strategic challenge: do you keep steady pressure going at each lane, or do you risk getting help from the events built into the map?

If the above has you excited, there is also some news that may surprise you. Heroes of the Storm will be free to play. They will sell champion skins and other items to improve the cosmetic look of the game, but you can play without any tactical disadvantage for free. I think that this is a tremendous gift to the gaming community.

I also hope that they release a map editor with Heroes of the Storm. After all, a gaming genre was created with their previous map editor. Two brand new gaming companies exist because of this. Who knows where a new map editor, one with Blizzard’s cutting edge capabilities can take us? I am excited by the potential that this could bring to our community.

Heroes of the Storm doesn’t have a release date yet. Rest assured that I will let you know as soon as they release details.

8 Year Anniversary

I logged into WordPress.com today, and I got this message:

8 Years of WordPress

 

That wasn’t the first time that I used WordPress, but it was when I felt that I needed to have an official WordPress.com account.

Thanks WordPress!

 

WordCamp LA Today and Tomorrow

20130921-103218.jpgI will be at WordCamp LA this weekend. Say hello if you see me!

And don’t miss my presentation on Dynamik on Sunday morning!

Pressgram is out!

Pressgram

If you like Instagram, but wish you kept creative control and 100% ownership of your photos, then you should check out Pressgram.

It creates and publishes photos (with optional filters, just like Instagram) onto your WordPress site(s). There are 11 artistic filters to start with: Amsterdam; Empire; Lincoln; Fenway; Pioneer; Tokyo; Paris; Balboa; Milano; Spire; and Hollywood.

The Pressgram app became available on the iTunes app store today, and it is free to download and use. No advertising, and no in-app purchases.

Read more about it at http://pressgr.am/

Or download the app onto your iPhone or iPad here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pressgram/id681134097?mt=8

Enjoy!

Jim

Mean Meme

Mean Meme

Mean Meme

Troll not meme Troll just mean! — Sulfuro.us

NIN’s Came Back Haunted, directed by David Lynch!

NIN’s Came Back Haunted, directed by David Lynch!

A auditory and visual treat from Nine Inch Nails and David Lynch!

Note: If you are sensitive to strobes/rapid video flashes and images, you should not watch this.

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