Sometimes, I dream of places. When the memories of those places persist after I wake, sometimes I want to try and create them. I dreamed this place a long, long time ago, but it has stayed with me since. White walls like Mykonos, but with arched roofs. Stairs, flight after flight leading up to the refuge above the waves. A boat rocking gently at the dock. Seagulls in the sky. You can find a poor and miserable recreation of that memory below. Music is by Drakensson. Use WASD to control the camera. Or, if you can't play a Unity browser game, check out a short video below.
People With Privileged Lifelong Access to Trustworthy Public Institutions Confused Why Anyone Wants Cryptocurrency
Citizens of immensely rich nation-states with historically stable and trustworthy public institutions expressed frustration and anger today at the rapid growth and growing impact of cryptocurrency.
"I just don't understand it all," said Melbourne resident Mary S. "I can go to my bank any time and deposit or withdraw good old-fashioned hard cash, as can literally every other person on the planet. And if you don't have trustworthy institutions around you, you should just wait for your government to make them for you. It's called pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, people!" Mary produced a $20 bill to demonstrate. "This is money you dumb-dumbs. If you don't have any, just remortgage one of your houses with a bank!"
This weekend, I did the GMTK Game Jame. It's a 48 hour event where people make games matching a theme. This year's theme was "Joined Together". I made a game called "Cold Weld". I used the little Unity tool I've been tinkering with that I just wrote a post about, voxul.
If you like it and you're reading this before the 21st of June 2021, you can vote on this game here. If you didn't like it, er... forget that last sentence. Play it below:
Utility & Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism is an ethical system based upon maximising or minimising some utility function. A utility function, in this sense, is some operation on a set of information that produces a value. In other words, it is a function that makes statements like "state
A of the universe is less desirable than state
B". In conversations around human ethics, this utilitarian utility function is often vaguely expressed in terms of "well-being" or "happiness". On occasion, I've been called a utilitarian because of my discussions of heuristics, ethical systems as any systems which rank the future, and "maximizing" or "minimizing" things, but I'm not quite sure I understand what it means to be one.
It seems to me that all ethical systems contain utility functions, by their very nature of being information systems which rank future states of the universe. Someone driven by a religious ethical system might take their utility function from an ancient holy text. Someone driven by egoism centers their utility function entirely on their own pleasures and desires. A nihilist may choose to implement an entirely random utility function. All of these ethical choices are driven by some concept of utility. What then distinguishes these systems from the label of utilitarianism?
Introducing voxul, a voxel system and editor tool for Unity 3D. Use it to build voxel meshes, objects and levels.
The best way to demonstrate this tool is through showing its use. Unfortunately, I'm a much worse voxel artist than I am a tools programmer, and so the demonstration is but a shadow of its potential in my hands. I'd love to get it in the hands of someone a little more artistically talented and get some feedback. This is open source, and there is still plenty of optimization, polish and work to be done.