Me when the web site that I just changed my password on sends me an e-mail to tell me that I just changed my password:

Finally got a perfect score (125) and almost didn't notice I'd done it.

The game got an update a couple of days ago -- sound and some bug fixes.

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After the Winter Olympics I resumed playing Steep, Ubisoft's "action sports" video game. These days it's rare for me to ever return to a game after once putting it down.

Not that I'm opposed to violence in video games, but it's nice to play a game that, at its heart, is just about hanging out on mountains and doing cool stuff.

I suspect the day is not too far off when the servers will be shut down. But I didn't want to wait until Steep was dead to eulogize it.

Oh wait, just got to 123. The missing two points are because somewhere (can't tell where from the final image) there's a hill that doesn't have a wind turbine on it.

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I've been playing this "Six-Sided Streets" game a bunch over the past week. Seems like it's still in development, but what there is so far is pretty neat. You lay out a town on a hex grid and try to arrange the various terrain types optimally.

I've managed to reach the highest rank once. I think the maximum possible score would be 125 points (if those three treeless grassy areas were connected), but even getting to 120 took some luck.

Signal-boosting for a friend: Ontarian indie rock act has a streaming show coming up on Thursday night. Buy a ticket at and you'll get e-mailed a link to a YouTube page about an hour before the show.

Over 25 million points and counting in .

I average about 8,723 points per level, which is slightly lower than most of the players on the high score list, and MUCH lower than some (a few are in the 13,000–15,000 range). I wonder: how did they do so much better? And if they could, why couldn't they stay alive longer? (One likely answer is: they could have, but they got bored.)

At the beginning of the month I said I'd probably never reach 8 million points in , but here's a screenshot where I have over 13 million, plus a comfortable reserve of both lives and peppers. The difficulty (i.e. the rate at which enemies spawn) plateaus fairly early, so I'm probably no longer in danger from anything other than carelessness.

You start with 3 lives and earn a new one every 10,000 points. Doing the math: I earn about 0.87 lives per level, and die 0.84 times per level.

My latest high score is > 2.8 million points. It would be good enough for second place on the official high score list, though I don't actually plan to submit it.

Beating the highest score, > 8.3 million, seems... unlikely.

Here is an ominous picture of an apple pie that I baked around the beginning of the pandemic.

I spent much of December working feverishly on Advent of Code (, setting aside other hobbies and projects. It was probably one of the busiest periods of my life, programming-wise. Afterwards I pushed that code to GitLab all at once. Here's what all that effort looks like in GitLab (and a legend for reference).

I guess my complaint is: why does GitLab only count pushes as "contributions", instead of commits? Surely commits more accurately reflect the amount of work done.

Cracked 600k points in BurgerSpace, more than double my previous record.

(If you're on Ubuntu or similar, `sudo apt install burgerspace`.)

Simultaneously-endearing-and-stupid cultural quirk #1: posts are called "toots".

Every time I toot, I request that you imagine it looking exactly like this:


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