Long time no seen!
I updated melyanna.net a little bit.
It does have a (somewhat) regularly updated NOW page showing what I am up to.

Excuse the brief work-related announcement, but we are hiring in my team.

505 Games in LA is looking for a Global Submissions Manager.

We are seeking candidates who have first-party submissions and ratings knowledge and experience managing teams across multiple locations.

If you or someone you know are a good fit for this, please apply, and if you don't mind helping spread the word, we'd appreciate that as well. Thank you!

505games.com/careers/?p=job%2F

One thing I will say is that "cancel culture" is toxic and that I never thought I would see the internet turn into... this.

Anyway, I feel like I need a new profile picture, but this is the only good photo of myself that I have. 😅

Hello World! I have thoughts about Cyberpunk 2077 that I would like to share, but I don't like talking about a subject when everybody else is already doing it.

“What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

FAANG Is an acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google. It's commonly used in investing contexts because these stocks end up in a lot of portfolios. Either directly or in the index funds/ETFs they've bought. Also in most retirement plans, usually unbeknownst to their clients

If you're wondering why breaking these up is hard, it's because the market has put its eggs in one basket

For size and profit, there's only one basket

And probably it also says a lot that this is my excited face -> :|

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It says a lot about my life right now that I excited that my new chair is being delivered today. :|

There is a perception, by a surprisingly big number of high profile companies, that just throwing more money at projects solve all their issues.

While it is true that time, budget and quality are all connected (expecting high quality on a low budget and short turnaround is unrealistic), it is also true that a solid due diligence, good planning and good management of resources achieve so much more than letting problems pile up and then hope that money will fix them.

Proceed to look at your work email because what else can you do? It's 4 am, you can't sleep, you are in the middle of a pandemic and you have no life outside of work anyway.

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If you have $4 and like cyberpunk, help me put some food in my kids' mouths!
"This is secretly the greatest and also funniest cyberpunk point and click adventure game on Steam. Very low-fi art style but the gags are just too good to pass up, and a lot closer to a "real" cyberpunk dystopian future than most favorites of the genre."
Itch: silverspook.itch.io/neofeud
Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/673

Release 15 SKUs in 8 days.
Take a day off work so you can rest.
Wake up at 4 am with anxiety and an upset stomach.

The wind just knocked on my door twice:
"knock knock"
It wasn't bangs, vibrations, or anything like that. Just actual knocks.
Obviously nobody was on the other side of the door.
Not creepy at all... 😅

Always cite your sources.
As Carl Sagan would say, paraphrasing Laplace in 'Théorie analytique des probabilités':
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".
Nothing makes me want to leave a page/post/book/website/blog more than a bold claim with no evidence.
Maybe what you are saying is absolutely correct, and its impact is huge, so why deprive it of its value by not citing your sources and not providing proof?

Wow, that was different.

Today I read an article on a Gemini[1] website, and used the email the author shared to write them a long-form comment on their work.

It struck me how foreign this once-natural interaction felt. I think it helped give a bit more form to my feelings around how social media has encouraged us to 1) let such platforms control how we share content, 2) use shorter messages, 3) have shallower interactions, and 4) forget historic data.

Fuck. I miss this. I miss really connecting to people.

[1] gemini.circumlunar.space

Apologies for the long silence.
I promise I will be more active going forward!
Currently just finished "IndieWeb-ifying" my website at melyanna.net .
Now I'd like to figure out how to make it prettier. :)

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