I started to play: Still Life

by parasurv

Still Life is one of the few adventure games I always wanted to finish. It has an atmosphere that no other games could copy in the genre for me.

Still Life is not your old type, adventure game with stupid puzzles that you need to find a guide just to complete them. It's a thrilling detective story, with playing not one, but two characters.

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Ghostwriter, an open-source markdown editor for everyone

by parasurv

Ever since I started to use markdown, I searched for the best editor for my needs. I search the web and AUR every couple of months for new programs, but I always seem to return to Ghostwriter.

In the past year I used mostly Emacs for writing, but honestly you can use it for so many things, it's almost gets in the way.

That's why I went back and see what's the latest development around Ghostwriter, an open-source markdown editor.

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My movie recommendation: 'A Quiet Place'

by parasurv

I have interesting relationship with scary, horror movies. As a child, just like most people, you are curious, until you watch it, and then you become afraid of the dark, and noises. And of course you will start flipping switches even though you know, no monsters is in the shadows.

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Parasurv's Weekly (3rd August 2018)

by parasurv

Here is another bunch of some - hopefully - interesting links and articles. As always if you are interested only following my linkblog, just use RSS. Thank you and have a good weekend!Here are some interesting reading for the past week.

Tech

Mozilla is doing what big companies are doing. If you can't make a better product, either rename them or simple change the logo, so people have something to talk about. So, it's new logo time!

In another move Mozilla will remove Live Bookmarks and RSS support from Firefox, because... they want to be more like Google! (that's just my take) luckily we already have an extension for this!

How to upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04? Some simple steps from ZDNet's writer, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

While I like the It's FOSS website, I don't like that their latest post promotest closed source software in 50 Best Ubuntu Apps You Should Be Using Right Now, like Google Chrome, Spotify, Dropbox, etc. What happened to the free software guys?

Also: "Don’t worry about Microsoft, VS Code is an awesome editor for web development." WTF?!

A useful utility if you are hunting for subtitles from OpenSubtitles.org. You can use it from certain GUI file managers or from cli. Haven't tried it yet.

Mozilla Firefox plans to remove RSS feed reader and live bookmarks - Chris Were's opinion on one of the latest development for Firefox. (video)

Veganism

There were some heated debate recently around Vegetable Police's turn to carnivore diet, and let's just say it got quickly out of hand in my opinion. I don't think we should give people place and time for there u-turn. Instead we should try to promote the newest vegan documentary, Dominion. Like That Annoying Vegans do. We put our energy talking about the wrong things. Sadly even PlantbasedAthlete got into it, although he at least focused the good side of things and not mudthrowing.

The Dominion movie is available for renting or buying.

  

Parasurv's Weekly - 20th July 2018

by parasurv

Here is another bunch of some - hopefully - interesting links and articles. As always if you are interested only following my linkblog, just use RSS. Thank you and have a good weekend!

Social

Forbes: Is Social Media becoming too toxic? - not more than usual. It's just more in front, because you are always on. Back in the 90s I had one or two days with internet access.

Instagram new feature makes sure we can bomb each other with more shit...

Culture

When you do a top list of best movie soundtracks make sure you include Ennio Morricone, otherwise what's the point of that list (or just name it John Williams' best score or something.

Disney is bringing back the animated Clone Wars series! The last episode was in 2013, wow. Starting on Disney's streaming service making it a paywall thingy only accessable for the US (?).

Tech

PCMag Australia made a nice list about the best Linux VPN options.

How to play Rocket League with the Xbox 360 wireless controller? Ghacks the answer. Personally I played the game for 20+ hours, but stopped after the first week, as the community can be toxic. I like the hockey mode though, it's fun!

Firefox Test pilot has a new experiment called Side View. You can view two webpages side-by-side! What a revolution! We can easily do that in any OS now, but we still don't have vertical tabbar, which would be a real space saver (only Vivaldi has it as an option).

While it is a technical topic, it is also culture and general freedom too: Why Use OpenStreetMap instead of Google Maps?. Very relevant topic, how Google tries to limit their own service.

Nice post about the customization of the (Ubuntu) MATE desktop, detailed with screenshots and explanations too. MATE has very options and right now I can recommend to beginner Linux users (also Ubuntu MATE as a distro is just awesome).

System 76 now officially in hardware business and they are making their own Linux laptop!

Slackware is the oldest active Linux distro is 25 years old. The distro that made me learn so much about Linux. I used it for a year, about 9 years ago.

Games

One of my favorite gaming channel (A.I. and Games) are replaying Aliens: Colonial Marines after the latest findings of a modder, which lead to better A.I. in the game. I'd still recommend Alien:Isolation as it is a much better Alien game. If you want an Alien shooter I think the first 2 Aliens vs. Predator is the best (although graphics might not hold up).

No Man's Sky multiplayer update? Hahahaha....

Vegan

Joey Carbstrong continue with his good video series about really tastey food, but I just hope he got some money from McDonalds for this. :)

  

Why I don't use a smartphone?

by parasurv

This year will be the 5th year anniversary for my little dumbphone, Samsung S5610 or something. I bought this phone because my previous phone was a touchscreen one and the replacement screen gave up, and with that I gave up on touchscreens. It wasn't a smartphone, it had some proprietary Samsung OS on it, but best not to remember it.

While I don't move much, my phone is with me most of the time. Just so others can reach me. I don't like internet in my pocket, and I don't have money for it either. I admit it is very convenient to have an internet enabled device with you all the time. Must be wonderful to be always connected! /s

Except I dislike that. I use my phone to call and listen to music, and this phone is perfect for that. Every time I saw a phone I'd like, I remind myself that I have absolutely no reason to change my current phone. I also made a bet that my little phone will be with me for another 5 years.

I have a tablet which I main use now for youtube and twitch at the end of the day. The screen is giving up slowly, I can't really use certain part of it now, after 4 years. It served me well, learned a lot about myself and social media. So when it becomes unusable I will never get another tablet. Maybe an ebook reader.

I also think that Android is simple not good enough for low end phones, and I can't afford, and most important, I can't really justify spending that much money on a device if I don't use 75% of the functions at all.

If you can handle always on connection and the duality of the mobile OS scene, go for it, but right now it is just not for me.

  

Parasurv's Weekly (13th July 2018)

by parasurv

Inspired by Scott Nesbitt's "The Monday Kickoff", I will collect some links that I find interesting in a weekly newsletter type thing, except you don't get it in the mail and you don't have to subscribe to it.

Warning: I am a lazy person, I rarely published anything on time, so if I am late, just check back later.

My main topics will be tech (mostly Linux/Free software related), veganism (and health), and culture (movies and other things). I occasionally will collect some other shit, under Worth reading.

Note: If you are only interested in this little link collection, I recommend to follow follow it via RSS (subscribe here). If you have any idea about this little project, just message me on Mastodon. Thank you!

Youtube armchair critics?

I know that everybody is an armchair critic nowadays, but there are some that can be really good. If you are interested in gaming, how mechanics work in different genre, I can recommend three really good ones.

First is AI and Games and it's mainly about artificial intelligence in games. The guy is famous for making a short and terrifying video about the AI in Alien:Isolation. If you still think the AI cheats in that game, go watch it. Well researched videos, clearly deserve more viewers, so if you are interested in the subject please subscribe.

Second one is a personal favorite of mine: Joseph Anderson. He talks about story and gameplay mechanics. Become famous for doing a video about No Man's Sky. Detailed, without cursing or becoming angry, and most importantly he wasn't affected by the hype the fans and media generated over the years for this truely sad game.

MauLer is my latest discovery through his critical view on the new Star Wars trilogy. He can be angry, but his best video on movies is still the Infinity War one. He clearly loves movies and gaming. Interestingly he dislikes Joseph Anderson for some reason... I discovered him through his Jurassic World 2 video.

Tech (Linux, games, etc.)

It's Foss has a good list of free to play Linux games, from bigger titles to open source ones.

Interesting article about how to get out of the Google prison: How I Fully Quit Google (And You Can, Too) by Nithin Coca. Several good alternatives of Google stuff.

Newest nVidia beta Vulkan driver for Linux, is here! As always with beta stuff, be careful. Also if you use Wine with DXVK you probablyn need this driver.

Another week and another Turok game is out for Linux (well, beta) thanks to Ryan C. Gordon.

Mastodon: worth following

I am a fan of Mastodon, a federated social network, which is a Twitter-Email hybrid. It has a timeline, but instead of one big pot, there are many servers, with different interests.

Here are some people worth following.

WritingPrompts Gives you excellent story ideas in 500 characters. Twisted, funny, sometimes sad. If you need ideas for writing (especially I think for short stories), definitely worth following.

MicroSFF Short sci-fi stories.

Chris Were He is one of my favorite Linux YouTuber. Makes thoughtful videos about current trends of social media and Linux tech.

  

first-weekend-without-social-media-sunday

by parasurv

First weekend without social media: Sunday


I have to say this was an uneventful weekend for me. Which is probably why I was surprised, that I had no desire to check what's happening in the fediverse, or to share some stuff. It can wait. I can post them on Monday, or when I will be back.

I feel that I can definitely do an offline weekend, or a computer-less weekend.

  

Parasurv's Weekly beta (7th July 2018)

by parasurv

Inspired by Scott Nesbitt's "The Monday Kickoff", I will collect some links that I find interesting in a weekly newsletter type thing, except you don't get it in the mail and you don't have to subscribe to it.

Warning: I am a lazy person, I rarely published anything on time, so if I am late, just check back later.

My main topics will be tech (mostly Linux/Free software related), veganism (and health), and culture (movies and other things). I occasionally will collect some other shit, under Worth reading.

If you are only interested in this little link collection, I recommend to follow follow it via RSS (subscribe here). If you have any idea about this little project, just message me on Mastodon. Thank you!

.: Tech

Dead Cells a beautiful pixelart rogue-lite platformer came out both for Mac and Linux. It comes with a price increase, as the game is successful and still in Early Access. This game however worth it, since it got plenty of tweaks and content updates. Available on Steam and GOG too.

OMGUbuntu's How to upgrade to Linux Mint 19. Enjoy the latest release!

Latest elementary OS beta (Juno) is available! Let's see the so many changes!

And finally my favorite distro, Manjaro - has a new release with updated install media. Manjaro 17.1.11

.: Veganism

I've discovered 2 quality vegan YouTube channels. First is Sam, who comes from a family of chefs, butchers and hunters. Went vegan overnight and she publishes great vegan recipes every week. She is funny and has great style. Her channel is: It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken.

The second channel is GojiMan, who is studying nutrition. Doing videos daily and you can ask him about health related issues in the comment. He and his wife are both vegan. Please subscribe to him, we need more people like him in the vegan field.

Talking about recipies, Joey Carbstrong created a video with some delicious (although not that healthy - as he explained it too) vegan food. Hope we get more of these from Joey!

.: Culture

While it was earlier than last week, I still enjoyed Red Letter Media's latest review about Jurassic Park 5 aka Jurassic Park: The Lost World reboot aka Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic World 2: The Fallen Kingdom aka Jurassic Park: The Fallen Franchise. I am glad they didn't wasted their 150th episode of this pile of crap.

That's all folks! (for now)

I had a busy week, and didn't have much time to collect interesting stuff, but I really wanted to start this. I hope I can be a little more colorful next week.

  

Why Heroes of the Storm is the best MOBA?

by parasurv

Why Heroes of the Storm is the best MOBA?

MOBAs are those weird games that everybody tried at some point in their life's, yet only a few sticked with it. It's a complicated genre, where skills and strategy meets almost more than in any other genre (except maybe real-time strategy). Young people rule with their reflexes and quick decision makings.

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