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PICO-8 is a fantasy console, a small computer program that emulates a video game console that never existed. It focuses on allowing users to both create and play video games as part of a single experience, with the Esc key switching between the two modes.

It intentionally calls back to retro aesthetics with a 128x128 pixel screen, only 16 different colours, and a fairly limited maximum game size. However, it simplifies actually creating games, opting to use a stripped-down form of Lua for game code, as well as integrated sprite, map, sfx, and music editors. Games can be exported to all popular operating systems and very easily embedding into webpages. The end result is nice retro experiences that are simple to create and share with others.

In PICO-8, a cartridge is a collection of code, graphics, and music that can be played. A cart can be a game, a music disk, or any other sort of interactive…


There are days when I am weary

of my ocean and my window

when I hang my life

beside my one good dress

or shut the closet door

and leave it next to my black boots

days when I want

to be anywhere but me

when I need to be the captain of a ship

or herding sheep

or on my way to Transylvania

those are the days I wonder

if there are egrets

sick and tired…

Today I'll share some bad news I just heard. 

An old friend of mine from university recently moved back to Ontario after living in Alberta for many years. I messaged her to see how she's doing. Her mom is sick, so she got a transfer to the city where her mother's doctor is and then moved her mother in with her. She's basically looking after her now. Her mother has an aggressive form of lung cancer and will be lucky if she can live for another 2 years. 


Today my…

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