Due to a screwed up WordPress upgrade from 2.1 to 2.1.1 this blog is now slightly borked. Most notably, the custom theme I so painstakingly created is lost, as well as all the images in the posts that were not included via Flickr. I’ll see if I can rescue some stuff from old backups. Until then, you’ll have to do with the default theme (most of you won’t notice considering that you’re reading the blog in your feed reader anyway).
Just a quick note to let my readers know the comments are now adorned with cute little MonsterIDs. I used this cool plug-in to generate unique monster pictures based on the email address a commenter leaves behind. Curious what yours looks like? Leave a comment and see. The image shown here is my monster (based on kars at leapfrog dot nl).
I used to have gravatars, but they didn’t work as well because hardly any commenters actually have a gravatar registered. These MonsterIDs do the hard work for the user. I like having images in the comments to be able to quickly see who commented and which comments are from the same user. It also helps tell apart people that leave behind the same name.
First of all: happy new year to those I haven’t yet met in person! I’ll kick off the year with a blog tag post (thanks Peter). Never one to pass up a meme1, I’ll tell you five things you might not know about me (this could get embarrassing).
I enjoy playing roleplaying games (the old school pen & paper variety) and have been doing it on and off since puberty. Like many I started out with D&D, CoC and Vampire. The past few year’s I’ve been playing a lot of indie RPGs. Playing these games (and some SNES classics) might have gotten me interested in interaction and game design… The best indie game I’ve played so far? Dogs in the Vineyard.
In my graduation year at the Utrecht School of Arts I spent three months doing research, writing a thesis and teaching at a media lab in Costa Rica. Not only did that fire my appetite for travelling to tropical locales, but it also made me determined to start working in the internet industry. One of the research prototypes I came up with was a Flickr-like prototype. I might throw that back up on-line sometime this year.
I like to cook (although my old-style electrical stove is giving me headaches, gotta get that kitchen refitted). My favourite foods are Italian (my parent’s fault), Japanese (got started on that because of the martial art I practice) and Indonesian (although my girlfriend is best at cooking that).
I’m a horror aficionado, watching scary horror films is a guilty pleasure of mine. The best horror flick I saw last year? That must have been The Descent.
Recently I’ve started having an interest in wine, this must be the definite turning point for me becoming a snob. I have yet to develop any real taste and have a hard time describing what my mouth tells me (does that sound obscene?) I do seem to prefer heavy Italian wines (such as Nero d’Avola). Matt Skinner has been a good help.
Now and then I get around to adding another feature to this blog. A few days ago I plugged hitormiss’ weighted list into the archives page. Now I know tag clouds are the new mullets, and usability of these things is contested, but I just had to have one. It’s my blog and I’ll tag if I want to!
This weekend I had some time to fiddle around with my homepage at www.leapfrog.nl. I decided to create a dashboard-like page that shows my latest contributions to several sites. I’m no programmer, so RSS Digest was a great help in glueing everything together. Thanks to the continueing opening up of the web’s content through RSS, now I have one place to show what I’ve been up to recently. Joy!