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19 February 2017 @ 10:47 pm
Came back from our first PantheaCon. It was enjoyable, somewhat weird, and mostly as-advertised. I think? Anyway, it was very good.

Still mid-remodel. Still working on the legal proceedings with that company we were having trouble with. That's more than I should say, without saying much of anything.

I'm tired and behind on stuff, but not so far behind it'll be difficult to sort out. Been tracking things in OmniFocus for most of this year. So far it's been really good to me.
07 February 2017 @ 01:09 pm
Huh. It's not often I'm slapped in the face with an idea that changes my mind hugely on something social-tech-related.


"If you are going to quote "master's tools" quotes to me, you might consider that you're quoting them on Twitter and Facebook. Trumpism can't survive in wiki. It withers on contact. But it thrives and wins in identity social media. Barely anyone thinks this through."

Holy shit.

Okay, now that you put it that way... Yeah. Yeah, you're right.

Twitter and Facebook replaced slow-burn long-form media with persistent replies, and replaced it with ADD-fueled sound-bite-of-the-moment history-free emotional reactions.

"Trumpism can't survive in wiki. It withers on contact." Right. Because wiki is, at least in that way, the polar opposite of Twitter or Facebook. Long-form, slowly expands, never forgets, saves the best replies and reactions, kills off stuff that's obviously wrong... It's the slow boil that eventually distills something like Wikipedia out of a years-long storm of reactions.

As opposed to Twitter and Facebook where "recent" beats "good".
01 February 2017 @ 09:11 am
Being a patron of the arts is weird on the Internet, but it's all kinds of not dead.

Today, the Kickstarter for Sunless Skies went up -- it's the sequel to Sunless Sea and to Fallen London (formerly Echo Bazaar), those weird games about "what if Hell bought London in the 1800s, took it underground, and the whole Victorian thing never went away but became horribly twisted?"

(They're good games and good stories. Fallen London is free, if you'd like to have a go.)

And every level of the Kickstarter where they put your story in the game in some capacity were taken, on day one, before I first even looked at it. The one where they name a geographical feature after your name (but no story or customization) has 95 of 100 taken as of this moment.

Apparently somebody out there is willing to pay to be part of a good story.

And apparently you can definitely get by on the "1000 true fans" thing even with games, which are usually perceived as a tough market to sell to true believers.
This is sort of making fun of World of Warcraft and its quests and writing. It's sort of making fun of how people are inherently awful. And it's sort of a Screwtape-Letters-style seduction of good by evil, narrated by a World of Warcraft imp familiar, who would usually be taller than this.

(It's many parts. If you don't like the early bits, you probably won't like the later bits. If you like the early bits, the later bits are hilarious.)

“If you’re more afraid of your mother than demons, then your mother was either very bad, or very awesome.” - Gobstab the Demon, about Norman's mother
01 January 2017 @ 09:41 pm
Some weeks, I'm very productive. Some weeks, I'm home with my family and mostly that's enough.

This has been that second kind of week. I'm feel pretty okay with that, right at the moment.
20 December 2016 @ 08:10 pm
Moana? As good as advertised. Also, feels weirdly like a corporate challenge to a duel between new-Pixar-flavored-Disney and old Disney. Or the end of a duel? It was the "you're a princess, right?" / "same thing" conversation between Moana (new Disney) and Maui (old Disney) that really slapped me in the face with it.

I have now baked a deep-dish pizza, once. There are a lot of things I can do better, but... Man, that's *good*. Definitely going to do that again. It also caused me to Google a question about deep-dish pizzas, which in turn led me to the vast Internet trove of how to cook them. Too late for my first attempt, but that's gonna make for a much better second attempt. (Short answer? Olive oil on anything that can burn, especially the crust; also put a "roof" of aluminum foil on the rack above the pizza, and a preheated-to-a-higher-temperature pizza stone below. Or buy a $5000 commercial deck oven.)

Also baked my first "real" fruitcake based roughly on Alton Brown's fruitcake recipe. I've been spraying it down with rum every few days since October. I *think* it's gonna be awesome when we eat it -- it's about time to find out. It also makes me sacrilegeously happy that it's been a great excuse to keep a garden spray bottle of good aged rum sitting around.

Other than that, there's been so much going on I don't even know where to start. I owe at least one more LJ post, no question... But for now, this'll do.
14 December 2016 @ 01:53 pm
I've been taking Japanese lessons for about six months now, as part of the new job.

Sometimes I can *feel* my brain protesting the strain of doing something. I'm making good progress, as gaijin learning Japanese go. But as my brain tries to decode simple utterances like "between what time and what time is the bank open?" (ginkoo wa nanji kara nanji made des ka?) I can definitely tell: this is not what the old brain wanted to be doing this morning.

Similarly, I can write okay in Japanese once I've figured out the syllables. But I can feel my brain strain to come up with the right bits of hiragana and katakana at any speed.

(Not kanji, of course. I'm only six months in. I know, like, two kanji.)
08 December 2016 @ 11:27 am
Oh hey - here I am making cranberries sauce the easy nuke-cranberries-repeatedly way, and we have an open bottle of Gewurtztraminer sitting around.

You may call it "adding any available booze to anything that isn't nailed down." But I, my friend, call it fate.

(I'll let you know if it comes out well.)
(It came out pretty well, but don't skimp on the orange juice and pecans. You still need 'em.)
09 November 2016 @ 12:09 pm
I'm off to RubyConf in Cincinnati. So expect slow responses from me until Sunday at the earliest!

I'll miss the family. The current job should, theoretically, involve doing this kind of thing more often. But I haven't traveled much for work for the first six months. It'll be around once a month for awhile here, though.

(The corresponding benefit is that I work from my garage. So I'll still see my family a *lot*, even when doing some traveling. I've still gotten wonderfully spoiled getting to be around them nearly all day every day ;-)
01 November 2016 @ 02:19 pm
Have you seen the Basic Instructions comic on the Beegees? Do.

I'm just gonna leave that link there.