Strange Brigade Review

Strange Brigade is a co-op shooter that I recently acquired and actually find quite entertaining. You are an Indiana Jones or Lara Croft style adventurer in the 1930s that shoots their way through hordes of zombies and solves various riddles on the way to a boss fight that finals every map that usually takes about 45 minutes.

This, in essence, describes the game relatively accurately, but its charm really comes through the overly British 19th century commentator that relentlessly points out what ever you are doing, the diverse characters you can select, and the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 120s-14 AP Review

I’ve used a Lenovo IdeaPad 120s temporarily because of a slight emergency and even did some coding on it. To say the least, it’s been weeks of managing resources very carefully and learning why performance is still an important factor in computing in general 🙂

If you’re considering buying it, make sure to be aware that this is an incredibly low end machine and that you exclusively want to use it as a distraction free environment (it doesn’t run many applications at once) and that you’ll probably only use it to write your novel. Using vim. Also you want a machine you can probably charge using a solar panel on your van and that lasts 5+ hours without flinching (8h advertised, depends what you do).

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Using Vue.js with Parcel.js Tutorial

Vue.js is ever growing in popularity and even though it has a strong CLI that allows you to kick start projects, you can use other bundlers like the Parcel bundler.

The Parcel bundler excells at simplicity and only requires and entry file like index.html, yet it results in highly optimised builds with its powerful defaults.

Also Parcel, like webpack, works well with all kinds of JavaScript frameworks like React, Preact and of course Vue.

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Getting into Open Street Map (Copenhagen)

Maps are fascinating and in the spirit of Human knowledge belongs to the world the open street map is an open source alternative to popular map services like Google maps, Apple maps or Bing maps.

The cool thing about open street map or short OSM is that the users can contribute to the map without being professional cartographers or software engineers.

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Deploying a Vue.js Single Page App (including Router) with Docker

Creating single page apps has become a more frequently requested task of web developers (like me) and deployment in containers, across zones and under monitoring, seems like a natural step.

In this post we’re going to have a look at how to deploy a Vue.js SPA with docker.

Let’s start off by installing the vue-cli to create a boilerplate project. Make sure you have Docker installed as well.

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Music Monday: Mono Inc.

Mono Inc. is a gothic rock band from Germany that have been around for about 10 years, but I’ve first recently discovered them. They’ve collaborated with Joachim Witt, who made one of my first favourite songs when I was a kid.

Needless to say I got all nostalgic when hearing his voice again and dug a bit deeper into their discography. The themes frequently revolve around war, but in a way that points out that it’s shit and actually very pacifistic.

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Medieval Market at Burg Satzvey (May 2018)

Last weekend I spent at Burg Satzvey with the Lady. It’s a fairly intact castle and they have multiple medieval markets per year and it was a blast!

There were birds of prey, a super cool tournament with stunt riders (and horses) and it was overall just brilliant.

Medieval role (or cos-play) is super amazing and you should put this on your bucket list right now if you haven’t. It’s another world and a great time to tune out and into something else. It’s a perfect retreat from the technocracy.

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The Sanskrit Effect

Recently I came across a post about the Sanskrit effect and I had no clue what it was. Fortunately the title included “Neuroscience” so that made it more intriguing to me.

In short, the Sanskrit effect is about remembering extensive texts (40.000 or 100.000 words) in order and the ability to re-cite them word by word and how that changes your brain. Now you might say that the brain doesn’t change, but most research of the past 50 years actually says it does. Your brain changes on demand, so what ever it does a lot, it gets better at and the changes have side effects in other areas.

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Cold Waters Gameplay and Review

Cold Waters is a submarine simulation game that is quite realistic and challenging. If you like tumbling down rabbit holes and learning about sonars, thermal layers in the ocean, cavitation of ships propellers at different depths, this game is for you. If you love movies like Das Boot or Hunt for Red October, hit “Buy” now. The realism displayed by this game seems unmatched and it doesn’t make it any less fun.

If you don’t like keeping a mental model of every mechanic in your head, you can try turning the difficulty dial to easy, but you’ll probably be better off playing something… else. 😉

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Redlands #1: Witches in Florida

Redlands is a graphic novel that we picked up during our trip to London to see Hamilton (briefly mentioned here) we stopped by Forbidden Planet and a graphic novel caught my eye.

Redlands is something you might describe as:

If Tarantino directed True Blood, took out the clichés and Frank Miller came up with the evil characters.

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