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Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 12:42 pm
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 Today's mood: TOUCH DIRT. MAKE THINGS. LOOK AT THE WORLD. BE A HUMAN ANIMAL LIVING IN A BODY.
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Posted by nindokag

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.

#ruby #gamedev #nintendo

Read On And Stay Calm

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 07:33 pm
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On the whole, it was a dull and overcast day. Cumulus clouds and the potential for some rain. Sun occasionally and timidly peaks out from behind the cloud, only to be rebuffed by the wind.

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.
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Anthony Gottlieb "The Dream Of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy" (Penguin)







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.

Life In Toronto -- Sakura

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 02:17 pm
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The High Park cherry blossoms are predicted to peak between May 7 and 12th this year.  Also, starting this year, Parks and Rec won’t be allowing cars through the Park during this period, in an attempt to reduce the gridlock that always happens.

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.

Grey Day

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 02:03 pm
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I was vaguely intending to push for another dump run -- today being Thursday, one of the open days -- but my brother phoned in mid-morning wanting a late breakfast at the Wilderness, and that killed about two hours, and after that my willingness to get behind Himself and push organize a dump run just sort of lay down on the floor and said, "No."

things I'd like to tell authors

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 10:37 am
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The ones who write scholarly articles for journals, of course. (The one thing I want to tell fiction authors is: if your characters are British nobility, they can't be Lord First-name and Lord Last-name at the same time.)

1. Ellipses indicate omitted words from within a quote. Therefore they serve no logical purpose at the beginnings or ends of quoted passages, so don't put them there.

2. Also, don't put brackets around ellipses. That was an innovation the MLA came up with some thirty years ago, as a way to distinguish supplied ellipses from ones in the original quoted text. But soon enough they realized that 1) original ellipses are uncommon, and can easily be handled with a note reading "ellipses in original"; 2) the brackets are bone-ugly. So they eliminated the rule. Get the message; it's been decades now.

3. Check the names of people you cite. Especially check Tolkien character names for accents and other diacritics.

4. Use the editions of Tolkien's books listed in our style sheet. If you don't have access to those, use ## for page numbers and we'll insert them. And for the sake of Ilúvatar and all the little Valar, if you're going to quote from The Book of Lost Tales, DON'T USE THE DEL REY PAPERBACKS! Like every mass-market paperback reprint ever made, they have entirely different pagination from the originals. And especially don't use them without telling us. You will just confuse people.

March 2019 Books

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 01:54 pm
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Late again! I read FIFTEEN books in March, which I only accomplished by being too depressed to do anything else whatsoever. Which really isn't a sustainable way to live life, so don't expect such a lofty number again.

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 )

Update on yesterday’s calamity...

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 01:24 pm
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Just got off the phone with Geico a bit ago. We made a conference call to my bank to verify that, yes, the payment cleared and was posted yesterday. Supposedly they will now cut a check and mail it to me. I’ll only believe it when I’m holding it in my hands but, at least it’s progress? I’ll keep you posted on what happens and if they really follow through on sending it out to me.

*hugs*

The Prospect Before Her

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 12:36 pm
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I'm currently reading The Prospect Before Her by Olwen Hufton, a hefty piece of historical non-fiction on the lives of women in western Europe from 1500-1800. The scope is so broad that the author can hardly give any aspect of their lives the attention that they deserve, but it's very interesting so far.

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.

~April Boston-area meetup~

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 03:51 pm
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Posted by sgoch

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!

And All the World Beneath (by Seperis) (E)

Fri, Apr. 26th, 2019 04:19 am
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Show: SGA/SG1/Supernatural/Cthulhu Mythos
Rec Category: Apocafic 
Characters: Dean Winchester/John Sheppard, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Sam Winchester, Teyla Emmagen, Ronon Dex, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson.
Categories: slash 
Warnings: Usual apocafic warnings and Graphic Depictions Of Violence, but no Major Character Death.
Author on DW: [personal profile] seperis  
Author's Website: See the AO3 
Link:  And All the World Beneath on AO3
Why This Must Be Read: This is one of my absolute faves, a sprawling AU post-apocalyptic road-trip in a blasted, demon-riddled Earth. Seperis weaves the canons together incredibly well, and it's gripping and dramatic, at times horrifying, building to a very satisfying resolution and with great characterization. Highly recommended. 

Snippet of fic... ) 

Fanfic recs- All About Eve

Thu, Apr. 25th, 2019 06:18 pm
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I think I have fallen for my smallest fandom yet. The number of fanfics for All About Eve is, apart from my own, numbered six. And of those three are cross-overs, and not dealing with the characters from the movie. But the remaining three are all very good and deserve more love than they have got.

Title: So Few Come Back
Author: tiffany rawlins (wearemany)
Fandom: All About Eve
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 1935
Characters/Pairings: Eve Harrington/Margo Channing, Addison DeWitt,
Warnings: None
Summary: Like any picture, the audience will see in it what they want to see in themselves. True fans always do.

Title: Modern Girls
Author: projectcyborg
Fandom: All About Eve
Rating: General Audience
Word Count: 623
Characters/Pairings: Eve Harrington/Margo Channing, Eve Harrington/Claudia Caswell, Eve Harrington/OFC
Warnings: None
Summary: #99 Kindness. A remix of So Few Come Back

Title:What Can There Be To Know…?
Author: anna_bird
Fandom: All About Eve
Rating: Explicit
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.

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