Robert Orme

Essay, Featured

A short reminisce about a formative teacher.

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Rails Export CSV

Featured, Programming, Technical

It is stupidly easy to export CSV files from Rails. Nithin Bekal: Export to CSV in Rails

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bundle update –force


So I’m currently running a course for third-year students about how to develop a portfolio. I’m taking a broad, holistic approach to the term “portfolio”, going beyond a visual sample of their still work and a show reel. I’m encouraging (forcing) them to consider their overall media presence — including their contributions to the greater social […]

March 30, 2017

The Tortoise and the Hare

Essay, Games, Original Games

As part of her weekly homework, my daughter brings home a board game from school. She’s 5 years old, “Year 1” in NZ parlance. The games tend to be designed along whatever lines they’re teaching at school — usually simple math — and themed almost at random (“this game is about fish! Help the fish count […]

April 9, 2016

Finishing Grad School

Graduate School

It’s been a while since my last post. Things certainly have been busy. As of Sunday, I am a graduate from the PNCA Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies program. It’s been an intense two years, studying, making, reading – all the while managing my full-time teaching job at the Art Institute of Portland, […]

May 10, 2015

A Magic System Proposal

Role-Playing Games

I’ve just finished reading the Kobold Guide to Magic, and it’s very good. I’ve been inspired to try my hand at developing a system of magic for tabletop games. A system of magic has different components, and for the purposes of this exploration I’m going to approach development from the standpoints of mechanics and aesthetics. […]

November 4, 2014