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2008 Lux Awards
The Luxtoberfest 2008 award ceremonies are being held inside online Lux Delux on Sunday at 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern / 8 PM UK / 9 PM Europe time.

All Luxers are eligible to vote for the best map of the year. Please vote now!

Posted by dustin on October 23, 2008. Tagged with

 

World Domination Video

Lux Video of World Domination.
Posted by dustin on October 20, 2008. Tagged with
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Relaunching as Vorg
Vorg is the new name for SillyTech. That's the software that my blog runs on, along with a bunch of other cool people.

The Tag Cloud shows what Vorg blogs about. Authors - tags are a powerful way of us becoming internet authorities on topics we care about. Highlights include the map blog, music blog, photo blog, video blog, art blog, Montreal blog, and Vancouver blog.

RSS feeds are being pumped out for individual tags, individual authors and the full Vorg.

The Funny Quote Database has an improved view!

Vorg is continuing its slow and steady growth. All feedback is welcome. Some more improvements are planned soon. Also, we're looking for a few good bloggers to join Vorg.

Why the name change? Running 2 entirely different websites both starting with Silly in their names wasn't working for me. I hope you like Vorg.ca as a domain, I think it's pretty awesome. I'm gradually putting URL redirects in place with the goal of minimizing loss of google mojo. Everything should be switched over in the next few days.
Posted by dustin on March 8, 2008. Tagged with
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2007 Year in Review
2007 was the second full year I lived in Vancouver. It was a year of settling in deeper, exploring, new friendships, and personal growth.

Work
Lux Delux has continued its steady growth. It got a few major updates throughout the year, and the amount of new maps has been delightful. Work on the next generation Sillysoft game proceeded in bursts, but I haven't been committed to it hard-core. I decided against renting office space and hiring full-time employees in Vancouver. Lux has attracted an amazing array of online people that have played key roles in driving Sillysoft's success. In 2008 I need to focus more on how to enable and manage an online team. I like the virtual office setup, but it's been hard for me to maintain a consistent work ethic within it.

Play
Looking back on 2007 I'm amazed by the number of amazing new friends I made. I basically started from scratch when I moved west, and I am tremendously happy with what I've found. The people, places, and events of Vancouver have captured my heart. Shout out to Critical Mass and the bikers, Manhunt, Picnic Summer, Soccer Sundays, Alice in Wonderland, the Drivefests, Zombiewalk and the flashmobbers, Shambhala, the Fringe Festival, the East Side Culture Crawl, the house party circuit, BarCamp and the geeks. Let's do it all again and more in 2008!

Media & Publishing
I made 143 blog posts in 2007. That's a slight 3 more then the 140 from 2006. I started making random links posts (30 total) as a way to keep track of interesting sites and spread the word. I continued to work on my photography and have clearly made progress. I've settled into flickr as a stable platform to host my photos.

Video production is something that I want to get back into more in 2008. Video is the most powerful medium, and Youtube has blown the publishing field wide-open. Vancouverites come talk to me if you're interested in making videos. Witness the bicycle revolution at hand in my Critical Mass Video.

It was February when I gave in and joined Facebook. I use it regularly now as a tool and game. I still keep my photos and blog outside of fb, on the internet-at-large, but fb is aware of it. My instinct is to be against walled-in gardens like fb, but I realize the utility it provides as a communications and networking medium.

Travel
I hit up Montreal for Vaganza 7 near the start of the year. I traveled to the Okanagan and down the US West Coast with my brother in March. I biked to Bowen Island in May. At the end of the summer I traveled into the mountains for Shambhala and connected with my spirituality. In the fall I flew east for a back-to-back wedding tour of Montreal and Toronto, my old haunts. I ended the year with another trip to Ontario to see family and celebrate the Festivus holidays.

Looking Forward to 2008
2007 was a huge year for me, and I'm happy with the direction I'm headed. I'm looking forward to continuing it in 2008, and pushing further. To explore more of Vancouver, including the surrounding islands and mountains. To grow the bonds of friendship that I've formed, and make even more. To manifest a happy and magical existence for myself in the world. 2008, let's boogie...
Posted by dustin on December 31, 2007. Tagged with
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Map Porn
This post has screenshots of some of the hottest maps for the computer strategy game Lux. Images below the cut (work-safe).
Posted by dustin on December 14, 2007. Tagged with
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Sillysoft Games Exposed
Luxtoberfest included a series of competitive "LuxShoppe" photoshop showndowns. It's all come down to a final epic match running now between Sasquatch and MBauer. The results so far are spectacular, and include these behind-the-scenes look into Sillysoft's secret operations.









The last one was just a dream. I think. Maybe a vision.
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Why Does Sillytech Hate?
It seems like a lot of people can't leave comments while logged in right now because of the spam filter. What gives, Dustin? I, for one, have a number of fictional dialogues between Amazon.com and One Metre Beer that I'm dying to get started.
Posted by goodladd on October 17, 2007. Tagged with
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Sillytech redesign
Sillytech has undergone a redesign. The goals were to eliminate all the boxes, and make things cleaner all around. If things look wacky, try refreshing your browser to get the new style.

What do you think?
Posted by vorg tech on May 26, 2007. Tagged with
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Super Happy Vancouver Lux Map
Last week I attended Super Happy Grow-op Dev House, a community hackathon party. It was plenty nerdy and plenty fun.

I went in with the idea of using some time to create a Lux map of Vancouver, since there wasn't one yet. It was a good scale project to do, since I was able to get it (mostly) done and also spend a bunch of time talking with the other nerds there.

I cleaned it up more after the event, and spiced up the theme with creative commons photos from kidcadaver and Jaako. It's now gone through the MapLAB and has been released to the plugin manager inside Lux. If any DevHousers want a copy, send me an email.

Posted by dustin on May 15, 2007. Tagged with
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Who Is The Girliest Sillytecher Of Them All?
Has anyone seen this before?

The Gender Genie

Based on the work of some Israeli linguists, this algorithm looks at a chunk of text and guesses whether or not the author was male or female. In the original study it guessed correctly something like 90% of the time, though the web-based tool has a lower success rate.

A quick rundown of the blogs I tested:

Me - Consistently guessed male
Adrienne - Mostly guessed female, one false male guess
Budman - Consistently guessed female
Sean - Mostly guessed male, one false female guess

I'm not sure what this proves, apart from the fact that Budman apparently has a very feminine writing style.
Posted by goodladd on April 21, 2007. Tagged with
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Indie games roundup does Ancient Empires Lux
Ancient Empires Lux was included in GameTunnel's latest indie game roundup. It was ranked 3rd (out of 10 games) with a score of 7.8 and the "silver award." The pull-quote:
"The presentation here is extremely well done, with a polished interface, nice 2D graphics, and included historical notes for each period."
Also, I just found this Ancient Lux review on a Hebrew linux site. I don't know what it says (can you tell me?), but it definitely looks cool.
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2 Risk Boards in One
Two Worlds is the Lux Map of the Week. It's like sticking 2 RISK boards side-by-side, with a twist thrown in. It was put together by map-maker Sylocat.

Posted by dustin on March 9, 2007. Tagged with
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In Lux, there be Dragons!
The latest Lux Map of the Week is dragons bane:

Posted by dustin on February 28, 2007. Tagged with

 

Java Game Programmers Wanted
Sillysoft Games is looking for talented Java programmers to join our team creating desktop strategy games. We are located in Vancouver, BC.

JOB 1 - Java game engine and AI programmer

Requires:
- CS degree or equivalent experience
- Knowledge of AI techniques

JOB 2 - Java graphics and GUI programmer

Requires:
- Experience with Java2D, Swing/AWT or java-openGL
- Strong 2D geometry and math skills

Bonus qualities for both jobs:
- Mastery of the Java libraries
- Experience with SVN, CVS, ant, XML, networking
- Experience playing Axis & Allies, Diplomacy or Risk board games
- PHP, SQL or web development experience

As part of a small team you would be able to have creative input during development. Flexible hours, a competitive salary and the possibility of profit sharing. We have a hit game in Lux Delux, happy customers, and a direct digital distribution channel. Our next game is loosely based on the Axis & Allies board game. This a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a profitable and growing game studio.

To apply, send an email with your cover letter and resume to lux@sillysoft.net.
Posted by dustin on February 22, 2007. Tagged with
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