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Weeklog for Week 26: June 27 to July 03


A work week.

Less progress than I'd wished on my hosting script.

Also less progress than necessary on my secondary customer. Must do more next week.


Sometimes I'm fascinated by how good neural networks have become. For example, there is a mod for Skyrim that seamlessly inserts the player's name into spoken text. But what if we took this technology and turned it into an actual game.

This: The telephone game. You are a detective, working from home, trying to solve a criminal case. You can do some googling and that'll give you some information and news, but your best weapon is your telephone. Given a phone number, you can call people and question them. When you have sufficient evidence/enough statements, you can call your colleagues and send them to clean up the case. The entire game is fully voiced, naturally, and contains some procedural elements.

The real trick however is that you can call any number on your phone. You'll be connected to any of a number of (fully voiced) chatbots that you can talk to about anything you desire. Some might even give you clues for the real game...


Libraries, programming, etc


  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone: It's an epic love story and you should read it. 8/10


  • Trans Wizard Harriet Porber And The Bad Boy Parasaurolophus: An Adult Romance Novel by Chuck Tingle: apparently this started out as a spite novel against public transphobe J. K. Rowling, but it is said to be good in its own right? Or good-ish? Or partly good? Or containing good ides? And also there's a second part? Anyway, this thing is just so weird that I have to read it.


  • Snowrunner for a relaxing evening with Simon.
  • The Witcher 3: The game is gorgeous, even if it is seven years old. I did not know that the Emperor is played by Tywin Lannister. Even the loading screens in this game look better than some entire games. The writing and the message are just so good. But I am done. I got the good ending, which is also kind of sad. And, of course, Yennefer.


  • Car Mechanic Simulator (from free EGS)
  • Moonglow Bay (from waitlist)
  • Instruments of Destruction (from waitlist)
  • Call of the Sea (from Humble Choice)
  • Gamedec (from Humble Choice)
  • Pumpkin Jack (from Humble Choice)
  • I Am Fish (from Humble Choice)
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (from Humble Choice): not sure about this one, since it's one of the EA games.

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