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Review: Omori

14 June, 2021

A battle scene in Omori, depicting two of the game's unique mechanics.
The battle system in Omori is heaps of fun.

This blog post deals with mental health issues.

When I was a little boy, I sometimes wondered: why do people get depressed? I was quite naïve sometimes.

Slowly, things changed though. As I grew older and (arguably) wiser, I slowly but surely succumbed murky depths of mental illness myself. It started off slowly, but soon right became wrong and left became right, Thoughts and reality started to blur together. Voices started echoing in my head, telling me everything I was doing wrong - not just incorrect, but morally depraved. I'd never make anything of myself, and I'd be a failure for the rest of my life. I'd always be an awful person, and I'd never make anything of myself.

I tried to hold things in for as long as I could, to not disappoint both those that knew me and myself. To tell the voices in my head that they were wrong. Eventually, though, the symptoms became too much for others as well, and I had to confine myself to my house...

Review: Come True

3 April, 2021

Sarah, the protagonist, riding a bicycle down the street.
Unfortunately, Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) might be frustrated at some of this movie's inconsistent plot points.

When I started this blog, I was envisioning some in-depth essays about computing and stuff.1 So far, this hasn't panned out, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your tastes) I feel lazy enough to keep it that way, at least for now. Sorry.

Instead, I'm taking a sharp right turn and reviewing a horror movie. Well, horror with sci-fi elements. I've been a fan of director Anthony Scott Burns' music and oeuvre of short films for a long time. Burns takes a lot of inspiration from the oft-vaunted horror greats - a fact that he makes sure to mention on social media - but also manages to put his own unique spin on things. His second entry into feature films2 is his take on one of the classic thematic staples: dreams. As Burns says...3

Confessions

14 February, 2021

In the later 1800s, the confession album was a popular fixture in British culture. The name had nothing to do with people's deepest, darkest secrets, though the "confessions" within were of a somewhat personal and revealing nature. It gained prominence for about fifty years, before falling (well, mostly) out of fashion.

Slava crnoj gori

25 January, 2021

A map of Montenegro.
A map of Montenegro.

I now have a custom domain! novov.neocities.org now redirects to the much terser novov.me. The .me TLD technically belongs to the small Slavic nation of Montenegro, bordering the Adriatic Sea. So now I have to bear alliegance to the Montenegrin government, I suppose...

Twenty Years

15 January, 2021

The Wikipedia article for "Anniversary", with a characteristic template notice about uncited words.

Twenty years ago, online encyclopedia Wikipedia was born with surprisingly little fanfare. Starting as an offshoot of the more conventional expert-contributor website Nupedia, it was conceived as little more than a flash-in-the-pan experiment. Nobody would have predicted then that it would turn into one of the web's most essential reference works, a veritable repository of information both informative and interesting - but occasionally inaccurate. [citation needed]

And although it has problems with power-tripping admins and over-zealous editors, I'm happy that it's there. The community is a testament to the power of the common man without the all too frequent handicap represented by the profit motive, and I hope it stays that way for many years to come. Here's to twenty more!

Gone in a Flash

2 January, 2021

Thanks for using Adobe Flash Player.

On 1 January 2021, Adobe Flash was discontinued. In fact, Adobe went so far as to say that:

Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.

If you've reading this, you should do the same - Flash has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese. I already uninstalled Flash with the advent of Safari 14 - which doesn't support it. This has been a long time coming.

The Land of The Long White Lie

3 December, 2020

Note that this blog post is very political and somewhat negative. If that's not your thing, feel free to ignore it; I'll be posting more lighthearted stuff in the future.

Many people look to today's New Zealand, especially under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as a beacon of progressiveness in an increasingly divided world. She stood with dignity as her country faced an earthquake, a white supremacist incursion, and a pandemic that nobody could have seen coming. A feminist icon, she carried a baby while continuing to serve as Prime Minster. She's an aspirational figure, a guidestone, for all New Zealanders, one that all young Kiwis look up to in awe. The country she leads is a veritable paradise: it provides free healthcare and great social services, and its idyllic landscape and environment shows how we can combat climate change.

Some of what I said above is true. And plenty of people seem to agree with such depictions.