Chevy Volt

We’ve had our 2017 Chevy Volt for almost a month now and I love it. We just got our electric bill and I looked into how we’re doing. We’re using about an extra 13kWh each day. Here in San Antonio that works out to an additional $1.21/day. We’ve had a busy month with the car, taking some out of town trips that we don’t normally do so we’re on track to hit 1300 miles; 880 of them on electric power. That should put our cost per mile (electric + gas) at about 4.7 cents. If we’d bought a 50mpg hybrid instead we have spent slightly more – about 5 cents/mile. But the big difference is that we’ve only burned 10 gallons of gas where that 50mpg hybrid would have burned 26 gallons of gas! I think a typical month for us should be about 1000 miles; 850 of them on electric. Which would mean burning 3.5 gal of gas vs 20 gal of gas for a hybrid or 33 for the car this replaced. That’s pretty exciting!

Charlottesville

I’m sick to my stomach. Fuck Nazis. Fuck Trump. Fuck your many sides.

New Passport

I just got a new passport because my first was going to expire later this year. I went back over my old passport and listed all of the countries I was able to travel to in the last 10 years. Most of those were thanks to working at Mozilla. Regardless, they’ve been some of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.

  1. Canada 6X
  2. Germany 2X
  3. Great Brittan 2X
  4. Belgium
  5. Colombia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Malaysia
  9. Netherlands
  10. Singapore
  11. Turkey

 

Octavia Butler

For the last 2 – 3 months I’ve been reading all of Octavia Butler’s books. She’s so fucking good. I just finished Patternmaster. Only Kindred, Fledgling and some short stories left. I don’t know why I waited this long to read them.

I was going to make videos but now I’m making games


I’ve been wanting to do something like Talkbot for a long time now. A while back, while watching Space: 1999, I noticed that the command center on Moonbase Alpha looked a lot like a modern open office.

It’s an office on the moon. The Office, Office Space, Space: 1999! This could be an awesome mashup. Wait, is the URL available? Yes it is (well not anymore). Perfect. And then I was reading about interactive fiction and yadda, yadda, yadda, I made a game. So now I’m working on Office Space: 1999 and it’ll be a series of game-like things instead of videos. I’ll be trying to get some work done on this while I’m off this next week.

Autoplay restrictions and compromises

Well shit. I thought I tested my popcorn.js idea on a phone but I must not have. You can’t autoplay anything unless it’s muted so that pretty much kills my idea. So I decided to go back to using videos (way easier for me to create) and my plan for mobile OSs will be to mute the videos and display captions. That’s not what I wanted but I think it’s better than trying to make native apps. I’m not interested in doing something that doesn’t live on the web. Maybe I’ll also make a “director’s cut” of each thing that’s a regular video. This way you don’t have to play a game to experience it. That should hardly be any extra work.

Anyway, here’s v2, now with videos. Still lots of work to do. I haven’t styled anything yet. This is pretty much how the games come out of the box.