Month: October 2014

Natural order is a yang view

The term “natural order”, even if implying disorder, comes from a mindset of order. It is merely the idea that nature imposes an order of higher authority, and bowing to an authority is an order thing. This is easier for an order-affine mind to accept than to realize that there is no natural order. There is only nature. Nature implies both order and chaos.
It is no surprise that in our world that has been so much shaped by order addicts and control freaks the term “chaos” has such negative connotations (and “anarchy” with it). But keep in mind the great horrors that excessive order can manifest. … Especially when its imbalance is threatened to become more balanced through the forces of chaos and it tries to preserve its dominance.
One might find that it is often not chaos itself that manifests the great peril, but the fear of chaos.

Too late, GamersGate.

Tragic, but underlining a point of my frequent complaint:

Steam has that weird habit of sending e-mail notification for wishlist game discounts only for select types of discounts. Most, like “special promotion” or “daily deal” are trying to hide for some reason. Well, their problem. Though, often I happen to check my wishlist on my own and discover discounts. Maybe I shouldn’t, but never mind.
So I discovered that Super Meat Boy had Daily Deal – 80% off, running for ~24 of the 48 hours. So I bought it. An hour or so later I went to bed.

Now GamersGate DOES have a properly (with exceptions, lol) working notification system. BUT they did the same potential mistake that HumbleBundle does and waits many hours before notifying people of discounts. So today I discover that really just 10 minutes after I turned off my computer to hit the hay, I got an e-mail from GamersGate notifying me that Super Meat Boy went on sale there, too, for 3,49 EUR, but I got a stackable Halloween discount code from them that would have brought it to the exact same price as on Steam. And GamersGate’s discount had been running many hours before I discovered it on Steam and bought it there.

From my recent experiences it seems that ALL game shops are grossly inept at taking opportunities and making profit that way.

Web derpvelopment

Not really derp actually, but an egocentric, arrogant, deceptive mindset I see spreading.

Soundcloud worked fine. Until today I realized that ANY Soundcloud URL accesses with my Firefox browser would lead to an error page:

“Sorry! Something went wrong. Is your network connection unstable or browser outdated?”

My network is fine. And outdated browser? Waterfox 30 (64 bit version of Firefox). Hardly. Hah, well since over the years I have developed a keen IT sense for this kind of stuff, for the politics behind web development, I could predict what would happen.

As I predicted, when I launched my (some would say) outdated (I would say “trusty and smart”) Opera 12 browser and tried Soundcloud, it worked fine.

As I predicted, when I activated cookies for Soundcloud on Waterfox, it worked fine, too. I know they would want me to activate cookies for their website, but wouldn’t want to admit to that openly, but rather give me some poor excuse.

I don’t claim to know every line of thought behind this in detail, but the fact that I knew what would work is telling.

Furthermore, as I predicted, Soundcloud access using Opera 12 would work despite cookies being deactivated there.

There’s a certain irony here, but regardless of how much of what’s going on behind the scenes is conscious action, the results reveal the driving mindset at the core. Opera 12 is just too old to design a website for it to NOT work without cookies, thus that older browser does not cooperate with whatever cookie-based obstacle they put in place. It is very common for websites to complain if you don’t have cookies activated, but then why did Soundcloud not consider that possibility in their error message, when it was THE reason for the error message to appear? Why are they playing dumb?