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Things I Like Right Now

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post here. Figured I’d make a return just listing some of my favorite tech-related things right now.

Getting more into gaming has reminded me of what I really love about tech. I’ve been feeling a little jaded with the direction the tech industry has been going especially over the past year, so it’s nice to be reminded of why I decided to pursue tech in the first place. Especially in the indie scene there are so many games out there with real passion and talent behind them. Lots of game devs eager to share things they’ve learned with others. Maybe it’s just that I’ve gotten older but it feels like the tech world used to have more of that.

Speaking of game dev, I’m starting to enjoy learning more about it. There’s parts of it that are pretty appealing to me, for the reasons I just talked about. One thing I struggle a bit with is the creative aspect. It’s a little difficult for me to get in the zone and flesh out an idea before I’ve fully sold myself on it. It’d be nice to get better at that, so I’ve got a feeling my next personal project might be something game-related, whenever that is.

Believe it or not, I’m also really liking Discord just for how easy it’s made it for my siblings and I to stay close and chat regularly. We’ve got a voice channel each of us will drop into when we’re not up to much. It’s easier and more personal than texting, even though we still do plenty of that.

On a related note, I’m really glad Signal finally added usernames recently. I’ve got a couple chats going with some fediverse friends now, and since I already use Signal a lot it makes it easy to remember to say hi every once in a while.

Hmm. Now that I’ve written out this list I’m starting to see a couple interesting patterns in it.

— JP

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