Who plagiarises a game review?

Today’s Installment of the Internet is a stupid place features Bulgarian game review site: playhard-bg.com. Milen from playhard-bg.com emailed me when Amgygdala came out on Steam earlier this month requesting a Steam key so they could write a review. I was happy to oblige because any press is good press. Today they released their review and I quickly put it through google translate to see their thoughts. Except they weren’t their thoughts. They were the clearly clearly plagiarised from a review Steam user Kyleblane. The review was an early one and highly critical of the game because, at the time, the original writer didn’t understand a lot of the game’s mechanics. Since that review was put up on Steam the game has had an update patch that expands the tutorial text and user interface indicators and Kyleblane has said that now he understands the bits he didn’t he enjoys the game a lot more. But this means that in order for this review to appear on playhard-bg.com they had to email me to request a Steam key, wait aa week and a half, not play the game at all in that time and then copy a now irrelevant review from the Steam community page and post it to their site in Bulgarian as if it were their own work. I know you’re not supposed to read the comments/reviews but I’m a person who tries to find useful feedback in constructive criticism in an attempt to make my work better in future. To see such absolute laziness in inaccurately criticising our product has me more confused and angry than the crazy person who said we were all going to hell.
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Hey @tomscott need a websavvy linguist’s opinion on best terms for indieweb pronoun markup. Have been told that the “he/him/his” pronouns should be labeled as Subject, Object and Posessive as opposed to the Nominative, Oblique, Possessive labels proposed here http://microformats.org/wiki/h-card-brainstorming and used on the pages listed here: http://indiewebcamp.com/preferred_gender_pronoun which were suggested by English-only-speaking non-linguists in an attempt to make the proposal be usable and extendable in non-english settings?

Fuck yeah! Got basic #Indieweb Salmention handling working!
goes all the way through
and shows up on

You can see the changes I made to the Semantic Linkbacks Plugin for WordPress here:

I’m aware it’s janky and incomplete but it does basically work. Any pull requests to help improve it would be greatly appreciated.

Now I think it’s time for bed.

tohdaryl:daryltohblogs:thranduilland:lucid-luck:I want one of those scenes in a dude bro… (nostopdasgay.tumblr.com)




I want one of those scenes in a dude bro film where “tomboy” chick has to wear a dress to go undercover or whatever, but instead of the guys drooling as she walks down the stairs, they’re like “k. U need to stop. Go put the cargo pants back on. You look super uncomfortable and awkward in that. Brutus, you go be the fake prostitute.”

I’m just imagining this super ripped guy called Brutus being like ‘YESSS!!! I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE THE FAKE PROSTITUTE!! Now is my time to shine!!’


so I got inspired… and had to make a comic….

But you left out the best part…

And because I am insane, wallpaper version of the tranformation:V1 / V2

if you’re building an #indieweb reader think about what ux decisions you can make to make your reader easy and useful without being addictive and problematic. Currently I’ve found myself losing a lot of time to endlessly scrolling my WhisperFollow feed to the point where it is an issue I need to address.

So after today’s discussion of the fact that IRC is currently acting as a barrier keeping women and new developers out of support communities I went looking into open alternatives to slack and IRCcloud which are both awesome but closed webchat solutions.

What I have found though are http://convos.by/ which looks lovely, and http://ircanywhere.com/ which has a lot of promise for extensibility, etc. I’m interested to have a play with them because it would be nice to see IRC working in a friendly way.

It would also be nice to see XMPP not suck and get widespread usage but I think it’s lack of voice/video support hammers it for the moment.

We finally cracked the hangouts “Yay!!” code

So today BlackwoolHoliday and I finally cracked the hangouts “Yay!!” code. Previously I’d spotted a little fox waving flags popping up on my hangouts chat window on my android when I received an excited message but had been unable to work out what caused it. Today it happened on my desktop hangouts and we did a little experimentation and found that the string “Yay!!” (case insensitive but two exclamation marks required) was the trigger. We also found that the celebratory flag fox only seems to appear the first time the string happens in a chat. After that you get cheering yellow man in various different forms: This just leaves me to wonder what other little context-specific easter eggs are hidden away in hangouts.
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