fran's microblog

hi. i'm fran. i make games, music, and web applications.

you're on my microblog. you can also check my blog.


I've been struggling with time management a lot lately.

Between consulting for Beezwax, managing Hidden People Club, making music, and overall rumiating about everything I've been letting myself drown in work and not pay attention to people around me.

I don't want that, so I decided to force myself to work only 4 hours a day (intensely) and start training my head to create thought boundaries. My goal is to have little to no work thinking outside of those 4 hours.

There are so many things I want to do with Aldi that I've been neglecting.

I've started by doing some major refactoring on Hidden People Club as a company.

I was having many issues to keep up with the rhythm we had, unable to provide the right environment for the team to do good work, burning too much money and not achieving much.

The new phase is more exciting, we're going to work on a new project using Rust, with Bevy as a base framework and ditching Unreal Engine. We'll double down on our current strengths and work on 2D stuff instead of forcing us to do 3D with a crappy experience in Unreal.

I've also been thinking about revamping, a small TODO tool I created for Aldi and I a while ago, which was fine but was having small issues. I might start from scratch now using more modern tooling. It should help me stay more focused.

Well... I think that's it for now, enough braindump. Bye, fran of the future.

[ 2023-02-25 22:33 ] [ permalink ]

Stop procrastinating

After two months of not uploading my new website because of the daunting task of getting my old blog posts in order, I decided to upload it as is, with some of the posts but not all of them. I'll see what I can do to bring them back.

[ 2022-06-25 16:37 ] [ permalink ]

Stack Idea for

I've been thinking about moving away from Rails for, and instead move to a SPA stack with Rust using Rocket, Svelte and Flowbite Svelte.

[ 2022-05-27 21:28 ] [ permalink ]

Removing X from Ubuntu

While setting up a virtual image on my NAS today I wanted to remove all the X stuff from Ubuntu. Here's how:

sudo apt-get purge -y libx11.* libqt.* libgtk.*
sudo apt-get autoremove -y

[ 2022-05-27 20:46 ] [ permalink ]

Some thoughts on The Blogchainâ„¢

After talking about videogames, blockchain, decentraland, and the future of counter culture with Manuel Araoz, I kindof started to think a bit about the current problems of personal blogging both from the blogger and reader perspective.

Here are some notes to expand later on:

  1. Discoverability: finding articles or blogs to follow is very hard, centralized and governed by opaque algorithms. HackerNews is the closest thing to what an open system should be, but it's still centralized and owned by a company. Reddit is good in terms of compartmentalization (you can find useful stuff in /r/whatYouCareAbout) but is owned by a company and governed by an opaque algorithm. Google is trash.

  2. Comments: Commenting on blogposts is a mess. Disqus is the evil, and a lot of blogposts are resorting to linking to a HackerNews thread, so if hackernews decides to shut down, a lot of high quality conversation will be gone.

  3. What would be the vision? An open-source, decentralized database (blockchain?) where:

    1. Authors can register their blogs and submit their posts
    2. Readers/Authors can have an identity and post comments.
    3. Posts can be referenced by a hash.
    4. The database is open and anyone can create tools (search engines, reading applications, etc).
  4. Question: Should/Could the posts themselves be stored in the database to avoid dead data?

Manu referred me to this post which is a better analysis of a similar problem.

[ 2022-05-23 22:28 ] [ permalink ]

doing things you enjoy

A few months ago I noticed I was not doing things I enjoyed, so I booked music composition classes with the amazing Rodrigo Caro and spending at list some time each week making music. I missed it.

[ 2022-05-19 10:15 ] [ permalink ]

testing netlify cms

I just added Netlify CMS to support content creation on my mobile devices. I'm using it now to post and will try to include an image now. Here's a sneak peak on Animal Liberation Squad, a game we're working on.

[ 2022-05-16 14:29 ] [ permalink ]

idea: josephs call cli

I would like to create a command-line prototype of joseph's call using Rust with a custom language for narrative design

[ 2022-05-15 11:44 ] [ permalink ]

atom feed

I'm adding an atom feed to the microblog, I don't know if this is useful to anyone, but I think it might be useful for me in the near future

[ 2022-05-15 11:14 ] [ permalink ]

the tweet command

I wrote a ruby script to automatically create a post in this microblog. Actually, this was posted using it.

[ 2022-05-15 10:34 ] [ permalink ]

a new home for small thoughts

i'm setting up this microblog to get in the habit of dumping the stuff that's on my mind without paying much attention to structure or usefulness.

there will be grammar and syntaxis horrors along the way. feel free to reach out if you find any.

[ 2022-05-14 22:33 ] [ permalink ]