Dear Ruby devs and game devs. I have a crazy announcement I want to share. Please boost.
Last week I released A Dark Room to the Nintendo Switch. Within the game, I also shipped a Ruby interpreter and a code editor as an Easter Egg.
*This Easter Egg effectively turns every consumer spec-ed Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine.*
1. Download A Dark Room from the US/EU.
2. Connect a USB keyboard and press the “~” key.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
So, I have been holed up with my head stuck between pages of another book that I cannot put down. I am driven. Page upon page consumed in a sense of osmosis and logophilia. I am beginning to think I should have increased my book challenge to beyond a hundred now. I am the centurion bookworm.
What has the Enlightenment ever done for us? This is an important question and the title of the last chapter of this book. My biased answer would include human rights, democratic government, personal freedom, and separation of church and state. I think it is no great exaggeration to say that the Enlightenment marks the beginning of a sea change in thought that rejected tyranny, acknowledged the rights of common people, and helped create the intellectual environment that made our modern world possible.
In this relatively short book (244 pages not counting notes), Gottlieb summarizes key points of the Enlightenment's greatest thinkers: Rene Descartes, Thomas Hobbes, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, Pierre Bayle, Gottfried Leibniz, and David Hume, with due mention to others who supported or opposed them. It shows how these philosophical pioneers began to question convention, challenge authority, and propose alternatives. Some of their ideas may seem strange, backward, or even outrageous to us now, but they were constrained by the knowledge and beliefs of their time, as we all are. Unlike today, or at least not to the same extent, they also had to be cautious of the authority they were calling into question. The fact that we today can more freely express our thoughts without undue fear of reprisal is also, I think, a lasting gift of the Enlightenment.
Gottlieb's writing is clean, precise, and easily comprehensible. The philosophers he has chosen, and the points he selects from each of them, are appropriate to the subject. I recommend this to anyone interested in cultural evolution and the progress of human thought.
I may still do my cherry-blossom-viewing in Trinity Bellwoods Park; the trees aren’t as old or as beautiful, but the crowds aren’t as overwhelming, and there are a couple of good ice-cream places across the street.
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1. The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally - 2/5 stars. ( Review )
2. Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan - 2/5 stars. ( Review )
3. The Churn by James S. A. Corey - 4/5 stars. ( Review )
4. After the Crown by K. B. Wagers - 3/5 stars. ( Review )
5. Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham - 2/5 stars. ( Review )
6. Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan - 3/5 stars. ( Review )
7. The Rift by Nina Allan - 2.5/5 stars. ( Review )
8. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson - 2.5/5 stars. ( Review )
9. Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson - 2/5 stars. ( Review )
10. Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell - 1/5 stars. ( Review )
11. Lock In by John Scalzi - 2.5/5 stars. ( Review )
12. Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan - 2/5 stars. ( Review )
13. Gods of Risk by James S. A. Corey - 1.5/5 stars. ( Review )
14. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks - 4/5 stars. ( Review )
15. Twelve Days by Steven Barnes - 2/5 stars. ( Review )
There are some common threads, some expected and some not:
1. The need to prepare for marriage economically, i.e. by amassing a dowry - which many women wouldn't get from their families. They had to work and save up for it, frequently for a period of 12-15 years.
2. The types of jobs that women could get didn't dictate that they stay home. In fact, staying at home and working for the family could be disadvantageous, because the family didn't pay wages. Young women were surprisingly mobile! They often had to leave home to seek work as domestic servants or workers in allowable trades/proto-industries.
I'm not even a quarter of a way through the book yet, but the second point has gotten me thinking about the excuses people make for most protagonists in fantasy or historical fiction being men. One excuse is that it's harder to get a woman involved in a plot since her job is to stay at home. But that's not at all what life was like for most women during this time period.
And man, when your future hinges on your ability to save up a dowry, that's a pretty strong motivation to get involved in some shit.
Apologies for the late posting!
When: Sunday, April 28th, 2019, 10 am
Where: Harvard Art Museum Cafe
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
The closest T stop is Harvard, on the red line. The museum is about a ten-minute walk across the Harvard yard from the station.
Venue: The cafe is located in the atrium of the art museum. You do not have to pay the entrance fee to sit in the cafe area. The cafe has a small selection of pastries and other snacks, but if you have specific dietary requirements you may need to bring your own food. The building is accessible via a ramp on Prescott Street.
How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting and/or a painting project. I have coloring sheets, but you can also bring coloring sheets! Or sketchbooks!
What to bring: Crayons, colored pencils, paints, coloring books, a puzzle, fun facts about Megatherium and/or fungal networks in forests!
If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Rec Category: Apocafic
Characters: Dean Winchester/John Sheppard, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Sam Winchester, Teyla Emmagen, Ronon Dex, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson.
Warnings: Usual apocafic warnings and Graphic Depictions Of Violence, but no Major Character Death.
Author on DW: seperis
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: And All the World Beneath on AO3
( Snippet of fic... )
Title: So Few Come Back
Author: tiffany rawlins (wearemany)
Fandom: All About Eve
Word Count: 1935
Characters/Pairings: Eve Harrington/Margo Channing, Addison DeWitt,
Summary: Like any picture, the audience will see in it what they want to see in themselves. True fans always do.
Title: Modern Girls
Fandom: All About Eve
Rating: General Audience
Word Count: 623
Characters/Pairings: Eve Harrington/Margo Channing, Eve Harrington/Claudia Caswell, Eve Harrington/OFC
Summary: #99 Kindness. A remix of So Few Come Back
Title:What Can There Be To Know…?
Fandom: All About Eve
Word Count: 3459
Characters/Pairings: Addiison DeWitt/Eve Harrington
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con of the dubious consent variety.
Summary: What a strange awfulness - to feel the world at your fingertips, the audience, the applause, the love enveloping you, and then this. From the keeper of the world to beast in a cage.
AN: Dubious consent, dubious circumstances, dubious motives. This is not a nice relationship, these people are damaged and not nice; content could trigger some. Written for kink_bingo, the prompt was "mirrors." I'm pretty literal.