Running Out of Steam

It turns out, we missed two milestones here on the Daily SPUF and I didn’t even notice. The 2200th and 2300th articles whizzed by and I was completely oblivious to it all, and now we’re closing in on 2400 articles. In fact, the 2400th article is only a few days away and I don’t have anything prepared. I don’t even have any plans for a 2500th article aside from writing about it. Of course you readers were all oblivious to it all as well because the only thing that says how many published articles we have is on the admin… [Continue Reading]

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Behind That Other Username – A Look at Retvik

Some of you with a keen eye might have noticed that I only really use the name Medic here on the Daily SPUF. These days, I don’t play Team Fortress 2 any more and I’ve become ill-fitting of such a username as I spend more and more time doing anything but healing people in video games. On Steam and Discord, where you can have any username you want, I use the name Arkay, based on the protagonist of the Phoviverse. Old accounts made before I became known as Medic are often called Phovos. But nowadays, I’ve been using the name… [Continue Reading]

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Medic, BSc

You might have noticed that yesterday I was talking about the Open University and how I studied with them. It might in fact have seemed a little suspicious, since this was something I had been doing on weekends and Wednesdays for the last 7 years, and I’d only started talking about it this year, both in yesterday’s article and an article a while back talking about an Open University course about web and mobile technologies. Well, as of today, I have a BSc Open Degree with honours. Which means I can stick BSc behind my real name. Actually, I found… [Continue Reading]

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On Studying with the Open University

For the past seven or so years, I have been studying with the UK’s Open University, working on a degree. I’ve been studying part time for the entirety of those seven years, while also working somewhat full time, switching to completely full time work in August during the school break. It’s been a pretty good experience that has taken up a large chunk of my recent life, so I think it’s definitely worth talking about. The Open University offers distance learning. It’s the same as a normal university except you don’t go into campus or anything, you study from home,… [Continue Reading]

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On Spam Comments

As I logged in earlier to write an article, I was greeted with a pretty normal message from Akismet, the free WordPress plugin that makes sure most spam comments just get insta-deleted. Today’s one was somewhat special though. Akismet has protected your site from 22,000 spam comments already. There are 194 comments in your spam queue right now. That’s a lot of comments. Granted, that’s 22,000 comments in over 5 years of Daily SPUF content but that is still a LOT of comments. And I haven’t gotten around to deleting the spam queue in a bit. The content of most… [Continue Reading]

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In Which Medic Writes Stories

Oh no. It’s me again. aabicus did an amazing job giving me a break and allowing me to build a bit of a backlog of articles, so I wasn’t desperately writing and publishing things. But aabicus has things to do as well, so we’re back to little old Medic pumping out content with no end in sight. So yay, I guess? That’s kinda belittling to me though. I do so much writing, all in part of an insane bid to write 500 words every day until the day I die. As I am typing this sentence, I have this article… [Continue Reading]

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Team Fortress 2 Monopoly: Board Game Review

A non-gaming friend got me TF2 Monopoly for my birthday last year, and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. I’ve been meaning to review it for a while now, but my heart wasn’t really in it because I pretty much just expected a cash grab where they renamed the properties after maps and added some custom playing pieces. Plus I unfortunately don’t live in a situation where I can convince my friends to play board games with me unless I can lure them in with promises of getting to shoot or stab each other. However, I’m glad Retro… [Continue Reading]

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Goofing Around in Video Games

With the amount of competitive engagements in both PvP and PvE games out there, it can sometimes get a little tiresome always trying to reach out to be the best of the best. So why not take a break from that and try to do fun stuff for once? Sure, doing fun stuff might not be the most efficient thing available – or can even be borderline griefing if not done in the right way – but it ensures a fun time for (hopefully) everyone involved. Be it T-Posing on hoverboards with your squad in Fortnite, trying out new mods… [Continue Reading]

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I Hate Facebook

I hate Facebook. There’s a multitude of reasons why everyone should hate Facebook, like the fact that they buy up everything they can, they sell off your anonymous data to advertisers, they’ve had multiple vaguely worrying security breaches or the fact that, for a while, Facebook staff had access to people’s actual Facebook passwords. Simply put, Facebook has a way of worming its way into every bloody aspect of your life. Before I start, yes, I know there is some irony in writing an article about how Facebook sucks and having that automatically shared on Facebook. Frankly though, out of… [Continue Reading]

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On Easy Web Design

These days, it’s piss easy to get a website made. It’s in fact piss easy to make a website yourself. Without even paying any money. There is a multitude of free shit out there that does all the hard work for you, throwing a bunch of templates at your face and letting you customize the colours and all that. Most of these website builders just have pre-built templates and you enter the text and images yourself in predetermined locations. In fact, the more you look at it, the more you realise that ‘designing’ a website is in fact really easy.… [Continue Reading]

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