Memo to self: turn on 2fa for my Playstation account when I get home. https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/43ebpd/the-long-weird-story-explaining-why-i-bid-dollar700-for-a-stolen-psn-account
Does "re-reading an old SF book from your youth, realizing you have used the same framing device for an episode of YOUR sf story in progress, and brainstorming with your writing partner how you can swipe what your predecessor did with that framing device for your story" count as "work"? Because that sure is what I did with today. Show more
Olivia was always going to be talking to a psychiatrist about what happened on the Ghost Ship in chapter 3. But the consequences are going to be a little higher thanks to me re-reading Pohl's "Gateway" Which came out when I was six and is something I encountered around the age of eleven or thirteen - I'm pretty sure the local library had at least the second, if not the third book, when I took it out.
Someday soon we really need to finish the scripts for chapters 1 and ask assorted Entertainment Pro friends for their opinions on it.
…Having the bizarre realization that those memes that put labels over things in a stock photo or other image have essentially re-invented the political cartoon by accident.
Hey #mastoadmins: has anyone out there ever changed the invite generation code to not allow people to generate invitations that are good for an infinite number of uses?
I've tracked down where the form is submitted and can delete stuff from the collection in the max_uses input to have fewer options for how many users, but can't figure out how to make "infinity" not an option. If I remove the 'prompt: I18n.t('invites.max_uses_prompt')' part then it just comes up with a dropdown with a nameless first option, which generates an infinite-use invite.
Book thoughts: When Gravity Fails. Show more
I am re-reading Effinger’s “When Gravity Fails” for the first time in years. He sure does like to remind the reader that the narrator’s girlfriend is A Trans. Constant references to her “silicone tits”.
I feel like it should be off-putting but... it just doesn’t bug me. It’s a book from 1986 when transes were still exotic creatures. I may also be cutting a lot of slack because the Arabian bars half the book’s conversations take place in owe a hell of a lot to the mood of the French Quarter bars Effinger hung around while he was writing it; it sounds like Home every time he mixes basic Arabic with snippets of Yat.
Also let’s be honest, said girlfriend is a sex worker, and there’s gonna be a lot of silicone tits in that line of work no matter what was between someone’s legs when they were born.
(I have also realized that despite the narrator’s over-the-top drug habits, there is not a single reference to any of the many trans women who figure in the story - or the one trans man - ever taking their hormones. No pills, no needles. Was that a failure of his research or a simple fact of the transition process being a lot less nailed down in the eighties? The way it works in this world, you just walk into the gender surgeon’s place, decide what you want to be reshaped into, and walk out again with an unknown amount of time to spend recovering from some pretty invasive surgery.)
One scene, George, just one scene with Yasmin waking up and popping her titty skittles before she rushes off to work. That’s all I’d ask you to do if you were still alive and asked me to do a trans sensitivity reading pass for a reprint.
I opened up the blinds and looked out. It was raining. Maybe, I thought, I wouldn't put out any peanuts. They'd get drenched before anyone ate them.
Then I saw a raven come flapping in to land on the power lines outside my place. Do they now know that me opening this window means there will probably be food? When I got the peanuts and went out, there were *two* ravens waiting on the power line. I am definitely A Source Of Food to the local corvids, and this makes me happy.
The peanuts are now all gone into the beaks of... about six local corvids, I'd say? Only ever saw four at any one time, and I *think* it was some of the same birds repeatedly. There are still two hanging around making sure *all* the peanuts are gone.
There is a post on Hacker News this morning wherein a throwaway account asks for “cheaper” places to leave the Bay Area for. Absolutely nobody suggested New Orleans; the closest place was Houston.
Which makes me feel good. I really don’t want to move back there and find the rate of change in the cost of living starting to rapidly accelerate due to lots of tech money pouring in.
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18164189 if you want to see how much YOUR city’s economy may be at risk for “disruption”.
Damn, the battery on this Mac Pro sure is not aging well. I should not be down to half power after sitting outside working in Illustrator for about thirty minutes. I miss the Air.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
“Psychological Warfare”, Paul Linebarger, 1948.
Some things never change.
A little light reading for a rainy day
According to the calendar alert that just popped up, dragon.style will be one year old as of next Sunday. Thanks to everyone who’s made it something worth running.
Thank you for putting an alert about today’s lovely uspol news on my bedtime ipad’s screen, News App. You just lost your notification privileges forever.
Today I discovered that if someone reports a toot with a CW, the admin interface for dealing with reports shows the CW with a rapidly-color-cycling *rainbow* going through the CW.
I think this is a whimsy of which I approve.
I keep seeing articles about Tim Berners-Lee’s new “Solid” project and they keep being long on handwaving about THE LOST PROMISE OF THE READ-WRITE WEB!!! and short on actual examples of how ordinary tasks like “talking to one’s friends”, “talking to the world”, or “publishing one’s creative work” would be changed. I feel like a puzzled tourist in the land of the Emperor’s New Clothes every time I try to make sense of this thing.
General Hover thoughts: Show more
➠ calling the Good Guys "gamers" sure has changed meaning in the time since this game kickstarted
➠ I really could have done without the "gameball" subgame though it's not like Jet Set Radio didn't have that awkward Win At The Sport The Skaters Play level (or was that in JSRF?)
➠ moving around was super awkward at first but a lot of fun once I got the hang of it
➠ there is a weird little upgrade method that involves permanently deleting upgrade tokens when you try to respec; I am now at a point where I need to do just that so as to be Better At Gameball before I can win some plot-mandatory Gameball matches and I think I will save that for another day
➠ it is really pretty, it has a gorgeous city once you learn how to move around (and upgrade to the point where you have decent movement stats)
➠ you have a little stable of characters and I think maybe I will just make one with High Gameball Stat and go do those missions then go back to the one with High Movement Stats
Was it worth the wait and what I paid for it? I dunno. We'll see how I feel about putting it down when Spyro Reignited comes out in about a month.