5 Things I Learned Last Week

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I guess this should have been Star Wars themed but I’m feeling too crappy to be that organised. “Stan” has created some fantastic VHS covers for modern films and TV shows (the original French post is here). The Doubleclicks are coming to Vancouver Cairo is the world’s largest open air chair museum Andy Baio has been experimenting on his son using videogames Three of the Apocalypse Weird novels are on sale for 99c this week – Immunity by E. E. Georgi, Reversal by Jennifer Ellis and Chris Pourteau’s The Serenity Strain. (I’ve linked to the Kindle versions but they’re on all platforms). Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [5 Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th May 2015]

StoryStylus KickStarter

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I’m a bit of a KickStarter addict. I’ve backed everything from children’s books to HP Lovecraft Blu-rays to card games about exploding kittens to photographs of librarians. I try to stay away from the site these days because it’s just too tempting and there’s only so much room in our apartment. That said, I’ve just backed my 97th project – StoryStylus from One More Story Games. My wife and I have known Blair and Jean, the founders of One More Story Games, for a long time and they’re two of our best friends. I worked with Blair when I first arrived in Canada, and we ended up hanging out with them, playing boardgames, going out for meals, watching illicit filming going on in the apartment across the street and just generally having a good time. I introduced Jean to Amanda Palmer at a New Year’s Eve gig in San Francisco, they introduced us to someone who bakes bacon-orange cookies. Seems like a pretty fair exchange. About 15 months or so ago, after spending some time working in the US, Blair and Jean returned to Canada and formed One More Story Games to create an online gaming platform for interactive fiction. The first “world” – Mystery World – lets players investigate crimes as … Read More

Living the Dream

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I’ve just wrapped up my second week in a new role at my day job. I haven’t changed company but I’ve moved to a different part of the business and my day to day work is very different. The reason for the switch is very simple – it was time for a change. For the last six years, I’ve been a senior technical manager in a business unit building multiple videogame titles – some of them established franchises, some of them ‘New IP’ (basically games that we haven’t made before). My time was generally split between making sure the games shipped, working on the technical strategy for the group and mentoring[1. Interesting aside, the WordPress spell checker suggests tormenting instead of mentoring.] the various technical leaders in the group. It was a cool role and I enjoyed it but after six years I was looking for a different challenge. I didn’t want to leave the company, it’s a good place to work and I like the people, but I also didn’t want to just keep doing the same thing over and over. So, what to do? In the end, I sat down with my manager and laid out my ‘ideal’ role – what … Read More

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Okay, technically I think these are things I’ve learned over the last two weeks but I was too tired after the marathon to post any of these last week. Hopefully you’ll let it slide. Bit.ly had a security breach – <sigh> More details here. Jason Gurley’s next novel – Eleanor – is up for preorder on Amazon. More about toilets than I ever wanted to know. Including the difference between syphonic and wash down and how to find one that flushes more effectively. There is an alternative to Google Alerts – Mention.com – but it’s expensive. The legendary ET Cartridge burial site really exists   [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th May 2014]