Hard Things

Oct. 18th, 2017 12:09 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

Tuesday Yardening

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Today is sunny and mild to cool. 

I planted 6 double early mix tulips around the barrel garden.  These put out fluffy flowers in warm colors, some solids and others bicolors.

Later I'm hoping to get back out and move firewood from the yard into the woodbin on the porch.

EDIT 10-17-17: We moved one wheelbarrow of wood from the yard to the porch.

EDIT 10-17-17: I went back out and planted 25 mixed crocus around the row of saplings beside the driveway.  These are purple, white, yellow, and white with purple stripes.

all and all it's been a good day.

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:47 pm
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Today was my birthday, it fell on the first true day of fall where i am, so cozy out.

I ordered a pizza and a soda (apparently i got a discount due to my birthday week/month), didn't actually leave the house despite how nice it is out... and i listened (i almost said 'watched') The Silver Turk Big Finish Audio with Eight'n'Irulan Mary Shelley! which i'd ordered myself for my birthday, and saved until today.

Was gonna finish up the book I'm reading, probably will before i go to bed... i'm thinking about rereading Frankenstein. I'd always wanted to reread it after I read Paradise Lost but i feel like i'm never gonna "finish" it, since i've been reading it (& rereading the bits i'd read over again) since i'd finished Frankenstein the first time.
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Our theme this month was "Otherkin and Other-nesses." I wrote from 1:15 PM to 4:30 AM, so roughly 13 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later in the week.

Participation was lower this time, with 15 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth. However, please welcome new prompter [personal profile] elinox, whom you can thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Fisheye Lenses"
"The Green Monkey"
"Grow into a Scary Place"
"The Source of Each Other"

"Gliding In" (Polychrome Heroics, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl spillover and Creative Jam)
"Transcend Apparent Limits" (Polychrome Heroics: Cuoio and Chiara, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Come Closer in Kinship" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl spillover)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for October 3, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this fishbowl have been posted. This month's donors include: [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] janetmiles. There were no new donors this time.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Transcend Apparent Limits" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's three tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, which will run mid-November.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Dragon Night

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:21 pm
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Last night we turned on the kerosene heater for the first time this season.  :D  It always makes me think of dragons, that ruddy glow putting out so much heat.

Today we lit the woodstove.  The EcoFan is spinning merrily atop it, although it doesn't seem to put out a great deal of breeze.  I think it will still be better than nothing when the power goes out and all we have is the stove, not its electric fan. 

A New World: Myths

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:03 pm
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“That is… a very good question.  But I suppose the answer lies in the fact that Kaelingrade is said to have disappeared, isn’t she?  Whereas Carrenonna-”  She trailed off, hoping someone knew.

“Kaelingrade vanished without a trace, tower and all, in a cold spring one day during the Aterpian Wars,” read the father. “What are - oh, those were some of the wars before we landed, weren’t they?  Skirmishes?”

Kael raised her eyebrows at the man. “Skirmishes?  You are talking about battles when thousands on thousands of people died.”

“But they didn’t have real technology here, did they?  Before we, I mean, before colonists came.  That was a long time ago, but I know there wasn’t anything like modern warfare.”

“Oh, come on, Dad.”  The older daughter rolled her eyes.  “Just because we can drop bombs and blow up entire cities now doesn’t mean that we’re superior or something.  And besides, they had magic back then, real magic, didn’t they?”

“Aria, what did we say about-”

read on…

Patreon Posts!

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:54 am
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This is a weird one.  Today’s Patreon Sum-up involves three stories I wrote, not to prompts, but because they appeared to me.  All crossovers of one sort or another. 


Okay, so I’m working on my outlines for Finish It nanowrimo coming up in, well, November.  And I got to the one for Facets of Dusk and I started thinking about – well, the doors they might open


“Get us someplace with medical care!” Simon shouted.
“Someplace with advanced technomagical medical care.”  Aerich’s aristocratic snarl sounded panicked.
“Someplace they’re not going to shoot at us.”  Cole’s voice was calm.  But Cole, who had Josie in his arms, also sounded serious.
Read On

I blame this on my current marathon re-read of the Sandman comics.  


On Halloween, 2011, when the walls between worlds were thinner than they had ever been, the woman called The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (because her Mentor had been fond of Robert Heinlein, in his day and in her day) left her kids with her sister, as per their arrangement, and slipped out between those world-barriers.

Read On!

Okay, I guess the theme is really talking to me this month. 

Here’s another bonus, spurred on but not really related to a line from a Popular Mechanics article I read last night: (paraphrase) “AI is going to make the Industrial Revolution look small.”


Autumn knew better than to grab the strands of the world too much around Hallowe’en.
Everything was thinner at that time, more responsive, more willing to bend and twist and open.

Read On!

adds up!

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:29 am
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My current decluttering project is charging all the dead rechargable batteries.

Little bits add up!

What tiny projects can you do to help the process?

Prompt for 2017-10-17

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Today's prompt is 'did you miss me?'.

DIY Medication

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:00 am
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A new-old option is entering the field.  Remember that everyone used DIY medication until it became a viciously protected industry.  If you find the health care system accessible, affordable, and effective then by all means use it.  But if you can't access it, then studying how to do things for yourself is better than dying because some bastard decided to murder people by jacking up the cost of lifesaving medication by 6000% or whatever.

Sexual Diversity

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:52 am
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 ... is not a binary, but rather a spectrum with many variations.  They're just kind of hard to see when doctors routinely cut off genitals they find offensive.  It particularly aggravates me when people argue the "isness" of gender not based on scientific fact but a casual glance at the crotch, which is often wrong in intersex cases.  At least a chromosome reading would tell you what the sex chromosomes say.  Which is sometimes XXY, XYY, X0, or other things that aren't the standard male or female -- leaving those people legally obligated to lie about their sex on almost every form, which only offer male/female in official contexts.  Someone really needs to sue the government for rampant sex discrimination.  I mean, imagine if the forms only offered "male" and all women had to lie or go without services.  They'd be as pissed as they were back when a lot of places had only men's toilets.

Gravity and Light

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:45 am
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 ... have been sighted making waves together.  This is cool.  However, these discoveries are moving humans closer to graviton technology.  This concerns me.  While it's always exciting, it's also extremely dangerous.  They haven't even figured out how to use nuclear power safely, which could largely destroy the biosphere.  A graviton accident can crack a planet in a half, a developed weapon can pulverize one, and farther up the scale you get sunkiller bombs.  *looks at the steaming pile in the Oval Office*  I am not sanguine about Earth's survival.  :(

We should probably mail some algae and tardigrades to Mars and the water moons while we can.

Planetarium First Impressions

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:56 pm
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We bought a board game called Planetarium. Tonight we playtested it in preparation for playing with friends later this month. I'm not inclined to do a full review based on one round, but I want to record some preliminary observations so I don't forget them. After I've played some more, I'll add more details and clean up the descriptions.

Read more... )

Prompt for 2017-10-16

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Today's prompt is "from the east and from the west".
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The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

This is four out of either five or six.

Poll #18954 Fourth Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

Planners, Unicorn/Factory, Standalone and/or Shadow Rebellion: Which of these stories should I continue?

View Answers

Beginning with a Kiss
0 (0.0%)

Breaking In
1 (16.7%)

1 (16.7%)

Where Do Unicorns Come From?
3 (50.0%)

0 (0.0%)

The Silver Road
3 (50.0%)

Cleaning House/Observing
3 (50.0%)

The Shadow Rebellion
3 (50.0%)

0 (0.0%)

Friendly Fiend Forgetting
2 (33.3%)

The Tuesday Map.
1 (16.7%)

A Toque for Hill Primus.
1 (16.7%)

Eralon Explains
3 (50.0%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Science!, Fairy Town, Things Unspoken, and/or Inner Circle?

The Links
Beginning with a Kiss
Breaking In
Where Do Unicorns Come From?
The Silver Road
Cleaning House/Observing
The Shadow Rebellion
Friendly Fiend Forgetting
The Tuesday Map.
A Toque for Hill Primus.
Eralon Explains

Links for original Poll

Stranded/Reiassan Poll

II: Addergoole/Tír na Cali Poll

III: Dragons Next Door, Vas' World, & Facets of Dusk poll

Federating a MU* system, Part 1

Oct. 16th, 2017 04:08 pm
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The simplest way to approach it would be for each server to exist as "worlds" or "realms" - not in the segregated-copy sense that most MMOs use it these days, but more in the sense of a fantasy story with alternate universes, each with their own history, rules, etc. Much in the same way an instance in the fediverse has its own location and rules and internal data - themes, software version, so forth - each of the federated MU* realms would have its own map, rules, characters, NPCs, and so forth.

But so far, that's the same as any two MU* games running on different servers. In order to allow players to travel and interact between different realms, you need a basic framework for the realms to share between each other. This basic framework would by necessity be tied into the structure and design of the federating protocol - and, ideally, would be extendable, allowing different realms to build greater complexity in their systems that would, however, still federate the information. (A good example of how handling differences in mechanics and features should work is federating custom emoji in mastodon; instances that have it pull in and display the custom emoji, and instances that don't receive and display the shortcodes as text.)

That brings you to the question of what information needs to be federated, and what should be handled by the realm server. There are some basic ideas that are obvious as to-federate, but here is, I think, a comprehensive list:

  • Basic account information: character name, description, statistics, inventory, account ID and home realm.
    • The first three fields should ideally be treated as a single entity when federating, with parsing out the parts of it done server-side - much like a single status post in OStatus or AP. That would allow individual realms to divide them up to support different types of features or systems. Examples:
      • Description combining the default appearance/personality/history sections into one freeform description, or have the description generated entirely by in-game functions and features (wearing items, character race, et al.)

      • Creating a Title system, allowing your character to earn a title that gets added to their name.

      • Using entirely different systems of ability or skill scores. (This gets complicated; I think I'm going to write up a whole post about it later.)

    • Account ID and home realm would act similarly to account information in AP and OStatus, so it shouldn't need to be extendable and in fact messing with it should probably break federation.

  • ​Basic location information: room description, exit locations.
    • Much like character description, room description should be designed to allow individual realms to increase or decrease complexity (down to a single entity or removal) without breaking federation. A good default would be: room name, room description, list of interactable items/NPCs.

    • Which takes us to...

  • Basic item information: items, objects, equipment, NPCs?
    • Items need a unique identifier per type of item, a display name for the item, and a description of the item, at minimum. Additional stats and numerical information should be packaged into the description field for purposes of federation - the display name possibly should be as well.

    • NPCs could count, for purposes of federation, the same as items. It is an entity that a player can interact with, after all; the complexity of how it response and if it's scripted to do things is all entirely server-side. However, NPCs are involved in...

  • Basic communication: in-room speech, private messages, DMing, NPC dialogue
    • This should work fairly similarly to AP social media federation, except simplified to text-only and the publicity defined by location rather than follow status. Examples:

      • Single room range - /say

      • Multi-room or realm-wide range - /shout

      • Single-person range - /whisper [name]

    • And speaking of...

  • Command responses: this is fairly obvious
    • If you're visiting another realm from your realm, your commands should be federated to the realm you're visiting and you should get the appropriate responses.

    • NPC dialogue may in fact count in this category, but it gets complicated, because NPC dialogue and communication should look mostly the same as player communication.

If you can send those pieces of information reliably between two realm servers and have them each able to consistently process it, then you have the basis of a federating MU* all set. And as it happens, a lot of these things are similar to the things federating social media already handles, so you don't even have to start from scratch. For example, basic account/character information is really the same as social media account information, just processed for a slightly different purpose. Player communication? like sending statuses. Items are like custom emoji, and so forth.

I have more thoughts on the information-processing side of this but I think I'll separate that into another post.
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The unsold poetry list for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is now up on LiveJournal. 


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