Personal blog by Carim A, I occasionally write about the stuff I'm making

Take a Deep Breath

October 9, 2018 • 1 min read

OK, so far, so good. I haven't majorly neglected to make a post, and I think my writing style is slowly improving, so at least the main goal of the site is progressing well!

glaciate: I got around to finishing off the few changes I outlined in my todo list.

A huge change is that I refactored how the blog generated, which had the added benefit of making massive improvements to post previews (note that it actually shows a completed paragraph now rather than cutting in the middle of a sentence) and fixing bugs with post preview and the next/previous button.

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October 1, 2018 • 2 min read

It's about time for another one of these, right?

glaciate: made a few more changes, I think I'm satisfied with the state of the site right now. Things are snappier than ever, everything is clean and pleasing to look at. Following from last time, further changes include the removal of the web font (now only using a local font) further reducing bandwidth, more text size and line height tweaks to maximise readability and a general consistency cleanup on links, colour usage, etc. I also got around to redoing the archive page and fixing some issues with server behaviour, page titling and metadata (still need to add page descriptions, though!), a lot was fixed thanks to this nice little tool.

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Spring Cleaning

September 20, 2018 • 2 min read

gamedev: uhh I said I'd make a post about my current project, that is still coming, I just got a bit sidetracked in doing my, uh, spring cleaning over here.

glaciate: this one is gonna need a bit more...

Last post I mentioned doing a few changes...well, I've gone considerably overboard since then. Think of this as a detailed changelog.

  • Removed the font for the logo and am now only using one font. Loading an extra font just for one use seemed like a waste.
  • Increased font size and line height. Posts are especially more readable on mobile.
  • Changed the background to pure white for increased contrast.
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What's Up?

September 8, 2018 • 1 min read

Uhhh hi. Yeah I didn't forget the site existed, I just got stuck in this spiral of "too little time to make a substantial update" -> "as time passes I need to make a more substantial update" so screw it, I'm just posting anyway.

glaciate: I made some style changes just to freshen things up. Looking at heroku, I can see that there's still actually a notable number of visits. How many of those are bots now, I've yet to figure out. Ohyeah, I finally set up SSL too: use HTTPS people! I've also taken the time to mirror all of the images on the server and compress them, images are (on average) 60% smaller in filesize!

life: I graduated! Not only that, but I found a job within a month; I'm now working as a Software Testing Engineer.

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Palette Shifting Effectively

November 16, 2017 • 6 min read

Hello! It's been quite a while. I've been trapped in this cycle of trying to figure out what to write, finding it not good enough and then just deferring what to write even longer and I can't say it's been a great move. Before I move on to the topic, I'll put a little update:

  • I have started my final year and my honours project! It revolves around natural language parsing and I will surely write more on that in time.
  • I've been doing occasional streams varying between gamedev and academic. I also updated the site to display when my stream is live some time ago.
  • I picked up Super Mario Odyssey! Here's how good it is: it's like Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie and I despise both. I love Super Mario Odyssey! Just about everything about it is a treat. I stream it occasionally.
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