Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
I seem to redesign this place at the start of every year – boredom with the old design peaks just as the winter break hits with the spare time to fix it. This new design is mostly just a visual jiggle, but I’m counting it as site number six because it’s no longer called James. I’m not good with titles, obviously, so it doesn’t really have one anymore – it’s just my blog, or Pentadact.com if you need something more unique.
I’ve sort of decapitated the old design:
It felt flabby and basic, and those black bars bothered me for no good reason. The new one fits more on the screen, and is a bit smoother. You’ll notice I’ve brought it bang up to date with the hottest web trend of 2003 – very slight gradients. A few other things are new:
As ever, please let me know what you think and if anything isn’t displaying right for you. I have some tweaking to do and presumably a lot of bug fixing, though it doesn’t look too disastrous so far.
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Anonymous: Looks nice.
Glad the color scheme stayed. Always liked it.
K5 Josh: I chuckled at "Recursion.png."
Chris: Posts need dating.
Bret: But that takes the game out of the thing.
Always fun to try to guess.
nine: When I like something does it show up on my Facebook profile? I've not clicked them before because I dont want to spam my friends.
Nano: @nine - It does show up on your FB profile when you like something. Just showed up on my feed...
Tom Francis: People can see it on your profile, but it doesn't usually come up in their feeds unless they specifically look at your page or go to the Recent Items list. Facebook seems really keen to hide them away, presumably to prevent spamming/viral stuff.
You can see the date of any given post in the URL. I've never put them in the posts themselves, wasn't totally convinced of the need. Open to persuasion though.
Ankr: Hey Tom. Really like the new-ish look and feel of the site. Best of luck with your other projects!
Lack 26: I shan't be using the Like button, because, well, I'm very easily amused and like everything. So just take it as read that I'll enjoy anything you post.
The new site took a minute or two to get used to but the infinite scroll and having the sections at the top really work. Although I kind of miss the black-bars.
Also, when are we going to see 'musings on the nature of reality' posts again?
Chijts: The navigation/tabs bar at the top rubs against the status section. I'm using Firefox but that's about all I can tell you. Could just be something out of whack my end. It seems to be correct in the picture of site six though.
Chijts: Oh yea and Happy New Year to anyone who wants it.
Tom Francis: Doh, of course! I noticed that in testing and forgot to fix it - it happens if your browser window is less than 1280 pixels wide. Cheers, I'll take a look.
Nonomu198: R.I.P. James
Tom Camfield: Huh, I never knew you could like something using the facebook button, without it appearing on facebook. I might "like" more things now.
Tom Francis: Fixed the category bar bug now, and made it highlight the category you're looking at. Also abandoned the 'Notebook' name, it was too vague. That section is Philosophy now.
Anonymous: Sites looking good, as ever. I'm really liking the "scroll down load new posts" feature, as it saves me clicking through pages and pages whilst searching for old posts.
Plumberduck: Rest in peace, James. You were a charmingly confusing thing to call a blog by a man named Tom.