Going offline for a bit. I might not be back.

12 July 2014 - 2 months ago

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.

The ‘Busy’ Trap

11 July 2014 - 2 months ago
4-man Flash-Crescendo

Seems like a good play: the burst is enough to kill Riven and disable Malphite and Leona for ages, but Lucian and Katarina are still fairly safe. Note that Sona and Orianna ultimates, and Bandage Toss are the only tools to stop Katarina’s Death Lotus channel. Leona can still cast Solar Flare while entangled / snared.

I had in mind to Diminuendo chord Katarina, but I think casting Celerity before engaging would’ve been better. Also forgot to OMW ping. Ended up 5 - 1 for Purple team and turned a 3.8k deficit around, but it could’ve gone really badly, too. Maybe I don’t place enough value in how disorienting this can be — you naturally want to run away from this, even though as Blue team, you would probably win.

(Or just, y’know, not pick Sona into an unknown lane.)

4-man Flash-Crescendo

Seems like a good play: the burst is enough to kill Riven and disable Malphite and Leona for ages, but Lucian and Katarina are still fairly safe. Note that Sona and Orianna ultimates, and Bandage Toss are the only tools to stop Katarina’s Death Lotus channel. Leona can still cast Solar Flare while entangled / snared.

I had in mind to Diminuendo chord Katarina, but I think casting Celerity before engaging would’ve been better. Also forgot to OMW ping. Ended up 5 - 1 for Purple team and turned a 3.8k deficit around, but it could’ve gone really badly, too. Maybe I don’t place enough value in how disorienting this can be — you naturally want to run away from this, even though as Blue team, you would probably win.

(Or just, y’know, not pick Sona into an unknown lane.)

9 July 2014 - 2 months ago
7 July 2014 - 2 months ago   ♥ 1

People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole.

5 July 2014 - 2 months ago

Holy crap, the 2013 £2 coins say ‘underground’.

3 July 2014 - 3 months ago
"I feel like a lot of people use cheese as a crutch for food that’s kind of bland. It’s so much more interesting with wine or bread. No-one gets it."

"I feel like a lot of people use cheese as a crutch for food that’s kind of bland. It’s so much more interesting with wine or bread. No-one gets it."

30 June 2014 - 3 months ago

Working on some code to pack my layout to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing by combining 3 & 4 column grids, instead of using a 6 column one. I have to find a balance between post order and minimising dead space — trial and error seems to be the best way until I get a better model of post type / length.

24 June 2014 - 3 months ago   ♥ 2

BMA - Chair of Council speech

Gonna sit on this for a while.

23 June 2014 - 3 months ago

Not sure if I should “Content Summarise” Condition of Britain, because it summarises itself pretty well. Also, I’m too lazy to think / research it properly and will likely just regurgitate it all as fact (i.e. these are the most important areas to affect and best way to do it).

23 June 2014 - 3 months ago

"I don’t see colour, dude."

21 June 2014 - 3 months ago

Project: League Mastery Optimizer

So I came up with a way to passive-aggressively tell people their masteries are shit.

While I’m sure that Runic Blessing is an awful talent, I feel that my personal preferences have probably slipped through in places (Executioner is really good, though!). It’s actually on the conservative side — I’d rather make a few solid suggestions than a whole bunch of minor ones.

One could probably trying to infer the role/champion as well (e.g. taking Second Wind on champions without self-healing) and do some proper AI. I’m a bit more interested in natural language generation and suggesting where to place alternative points instead.

But I’ll probably just work on a basic rune optimizer, because that bugs me, too (AS quints, dammit!).

20 June 2014 - 3 months ago

Just to add, when it comes to international football, I don’t think there are enough games for anyone to figure out a team in the group stages.

20 June 2014 - 3 months ago

Discussion Summary: Football

Trying to be less nihilistic, but in short, football is another thing that I don’t get much pleasure from spectacle alone, and I don’t have the time / insightful thinking capacity / dedicated friends to bother trying to see the next layer up. Maybe I’m just imagining that there are people that actually see the nuances — the interactions and triggers that set things in motion — I don’t think most people can.

I’ve been trying to watch games… like really watch them, but I just can’t see anything there. Great plays just seem like something borne of certitude than creative decisions. Set pieces are just a blur of chance that’s too fast to predict. I spend a lot of time looking at defenders and thinking they’re in the wrong place. The moments of individual skill are always there (and replayed for a reason), but it’s not enough for me to care about.

I think a lot about the games I’ve casually watched, and how they’ve ultimately been pointless — a bunch of half-remembered moments, too vague to recount with anyone.

19 June 2014 - 3 months ago   ♥ 1

But doing something later is not necessarily the same as doing something better.

The Defining Decade

14 June 2014 - 3 months ago

Listen, I think you're super cool, and reply to any messages within a couple of days, because I value anyone that wants to reach out. If I don't, it's 100% because Tumblr lost a message in one direction. Do keep a copy of what you write! Twitter may be a better option for anything vaguely important.