“Starburst” Region R136 in the Tarantula Nebula

Bloggish Mutterings

In a previous post I mentioned my GURPS cyberpunk game, Hello World. Hello World is set in a home-brew cyberpunk setting of mine, Altered States. Most of the settings I play in or run are home-brew — I like to put my own spin on things, and cyberpunk is no exception. As with anything creative, however, there are a host of influences on my work — and in several cases, outright theft.

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My apologies, dear reader. Today is not GURPS-Day — but I am blogging about GURPS, because on GURPS-Day this week I felt rather shitty. Still do, in fact, but today I felt well enough to make the first post of the new year in my ongoing GURPS cyberpunk game, Hello World. Many moons ago, back in the dark ages of 2007, I wanted to do some visualisation of the GURPS aging rules.

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So I wrote about half of a big long tutorial post in my usual disjointed fashion, with every other line down and I go back to fill in the gaps. I wanted to do something big and full of content, and I got impatient and wrote half, if not more, of a post before I realised I was doing it all wrong. Not technically wrong, but about the wrong technology.

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Hi, folks. See that big star-field over on the left1 there? I didn’t realise until I viewed this thing over a 3G connection that I made that a two megabyte file. I mean, yes, it’s a 1080p image, and yes, it’s pretty, but it’s not “let’s throw two megabytes of image at everyone loading this page” pretty. So between the magic of jpgcrush and simply decreasing the quality level from a ridiculous 90 to a barely-noticeable 70, it’s… still the largest thing loaded.

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I’ve been told numerous times by numerous1 people that I need a blog. I hate blogging. I’ve started several, and finished them all rather quickly. I hardly even keep up with Twitter. But… It’s been a few years since I last tried one… and I’ve changed, I know I have. I even post on Facebook more than once a month — and you’d think that’s enough of a blog for anyone, but no.

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