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Personal

The KonMari method and absolving backlog guilt

Over the last week I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing [affiliate link], and slowly digesting her “KonMari” method. It’s been pretty eye-opening in terms of changing some habits and jolting me into new ways of thinking. I’ve always considered myself a pretty messy […]

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Tutorial

Tutorial: Using Twitch automation with IFTTT

I’ve written about automation earlier with social media, but I got some great news today when IFTTT (“If This, Then That”) added Twitch integration to its list of supported apps. Like Zapier, the service I used for Discord automation, IFTTT follows a simple formula: Pick a trigger to activate your applet Once triggered, have your applet […]

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Gaming Writing

Dealing with moments of panic in gaming: the first wall

I think the thing that frustrates me most about learning video games are the panic moments where you know what you should have done, but lack the mental clarity to put them into practice. In a high-pressure situation, I sometimes can’t connect the dots to what I’m seeing and what I need to do to successfully […]

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Gaming Writing

Dodging the matchup: playing against characters I hate

I’ve come to realize I have a little bit of a phobia when it comes to facing certain characters. This usually comes from when they’ve beat me pretty hard in the past, and that kind of carries over to future matches where I think the same thing is going to happen. There’s some commonalities between […]

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Gaming Writing Uncategorized

Ladder anxiety: wanting to play, but not

Like a lot of people starting out with competitive gaming, I’m having some problems with ladder anxiety. For the uninitiated, ladder anxiety happens when you avoid playing ranked (or even unranked) matchmaking due to different reasons. Some people might be hesitant to risk the rank they’ve already earned, or those that are starting out might […]

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Gaming Writing

Starting the journey: being new at Street Fighter and Dota 2

The last couple days have been an exercise in patience. I’ve decided that I’m going to put more of my effort into improving in two competitive multiplayer games: I’m going to both try to get better at Dota 2 and Street Fighter V.

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Opinion

Artour, a stream, and a journey into madness

So, I want you to picture something for a second. Imagine you’ve been a fan of League of Legends for the past two years. You’re used to a specific stream experience: webcam, mic, music and whatever else. You start dabbling a little more in Dota 2 and you decide that maybe it’s time to see […]

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Journalism

Thoughts on Twitch Cheering post-Evo 2016

With Evo finished, I wanted to get down a few thoughts about the implementation of Twitch Cheering, and how some questions I had about its future use in competitive events.

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Personal

Tea on Twitch – Episode #1

For the last little while I’ve had an idea to do a tea-based streaming Twitch as part of their Creative hub. I pulled the trigger on it this past Thursday with the first episode of Tea on Twitch, which I think went really well. Hoping to do more of them in the future!

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Opinion

SeeBotsChat: So two robots walk into a bar…

So if you’ve been on Twitch Twitter™ today you’ll probably have heard about seebotschat, a channel that has two voice-activated assistants (Google Home models) that are programmed to talk to each other. Both have tweaks made to their code in order to give them a separate personality; the one on the left is named “Vladimir” […]