Pay Me, Bug!

I finished Christopher Wright’s Pay Me, Bug! last night, and I’ve gotta say, I enjoyed the heck out of it. It was a space opera in the best sense of the term; in fact, I think I’d argue that it’s the best example of a space opera I’ve ever read.1 It’s got, at least, that…

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The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl

I finished reading The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl last night. I also just got the book yesterday morning, so that really tells you what I thought of it. I can definitely see why it passed the Immerse or Die test.1 Which is, incidentally, how I wound up hearing about the book, as a tangential…

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Spellcasting – Draft 3

This is a simplified variant of the spellcasting system that I’ve been developing, since it was decided that the more complex components wouldn’t be ready in time for various events this semester. Rules All duels will be supervised by a referee Each player has a certain amount of health, called for the sake of clarity…

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In Review

Whoa, hey, that month went by fast. And I actually managed to write a post every day.1 I’d call this little experiment a success. Looking back, there’s a few things I noticed. Markdown is fun I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past2 that I do all of my writing these days in Markdown. It’s a…

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Pause-and-Resume

I’m back at school now! The craziness shall resume where it left off, as if nothing happened at all. On the bright side, my sanity has been significantly restored, so there’s that at least. My to-do list has automatically filled itself with stuff that I have to do today, thanks to my marking a bunch…

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Let’s Discuss: Asexuality

Some days I really feel like having discussions with people. Usually it’s days like this, where I’ve got no free time and am not going to be around people in a setting that calls for a good discussion,1 so instead I’m going to post a topic here and hope the comments are interesting when I’ve…

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Elevators and Loops to Space, Oh My!

I spent some time yesterday playing Cities: Skylines yesterday,1 and something caught my eye. Well, it caught my attention a good bit earlier, but it took me quite a while to meet all the requirements to unlock it in the game. The space elevator. In-game, it’s mostly supposed to draw tourists,2 which I found to…

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TARS

I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Interstellar, and then I went and watched this video. It’s a behind-the-scenes bit on TARS and CASE, the robots in the film. Those ‘bots were, of course, one of my favorite aspects of the whole thing. They were so well-executed, and a lovely counterpoint to David in Prometheus. David…

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Priorities

I’m a little bad at prioritizing when it’s a break. Take this one, for example, where I brought several projects with me from school. I’ve got a ‘review for the exam’ (x2), a bit of audio processing from concerts1 (x3), and a good bit of reading (x10?).2 So, of course, I’ve been ignoring all that…

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Spring Cleaning

Have you ever just sat down and thought about consumerism? It’s weird.1 Seriously, think about how much stuff you’ve got that you don’t need. Personally, that thought process combined with a deeply-rooted idea about Spring Cleaning, and I dropped off something like ten years of Popular Mechanics back-issues at the library’s donation desk a couple…

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