The ravens are looking a bit sluggish. Tell Malcolm they need new batteries.

Tuesday, November 14

Geek

Don't Try This At Home

Not if you're fond of your home, anyway.

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Monday, November 06

Geek

Lookit All Them Cores Some More

Since everyone wanted to look closer...

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Friday, November 03

Geek

I Think I Should Buy A Cat

Sorry about any site glitches, we're getting hit by a 7.4Gbit DDOS attack.  That's not big in the overall scale of things, but is enough that some of the sites on the server are still down and I need to migrate things elsewhere.

Possibly not directly related:

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Friday, October 27

Geek

Lookit All Them Cores

All busy doin' stuff.

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Saturday, October 14

Cool

Free Bees

As happens sometimes, I have a few duplicate Steam keys to give away:
  • Fallen Enchantress (complete with all DLC)
  • Fallen Enchantress (without DLC)
  • Galactic Civilization III (two copies)
  • Offworld Trading Company (two copies)
  • Pillars of Eternity (yes, another one)
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
Let me know in the comments if you're interested.

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Anime

Magi PokEd

Always loved the ending credits for that series.

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Sunday, September 17

Cool

Rick And Morty

Alright, I finally watched this.

It's...  Good.  It's good.  It's smart and funny and only about 80% cynical.

And it commits 100% to its premises and stories and characters.  Every time you think, "Wait, what about..." they turn the thing you thought they'd forgotten into a plot point or character moment.

It doesn't reset anything out-of-universe.  If there's an in-universe science-fictional mechanism to restore the status quo, that's fair game, but when they do that they also play with the consequences of the mechanism.  Some of the best stories are entirely about the characters resolving the side-effects of setting things back to normal in the previous episode.

Another thing I like is that it's not just about Morty going on adventures with Rick while everyone else clings desperately to the idiot ball.   (Yeah, I'm looking at you, Phineas and Ferb.)  Not much of a spoiler since the opening credits show other family members caught up in the insanity, though it takes a bit longer than that for it to actually unfold.

If you can take the art style and the fact that Rick is about 90% awful, recommended.

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Art

Dichronauts

By Greg Egan

This is perhaps the strangest book I have ever read.  The premise is simple enough: Seth and Theo are newly graduated surveyors from the town of Baharabad.  Their town has a problem - the River Orico is drying up, leaving them without a reliable water supply, and the next-closest river is already heavily settled and unlikely to welcome a new town.  So it's up to the surveyors to head out and find a new place for the people of the town to settle.

First strange thing: Theo is a brain slug.

Second strange thing: Seth is blind to the north and south.  He relies on Theo's use of sonar to ping things in those directions.  In fact, everyone is blind to the north and south - they can see east and west, and up and down, but can't see anything in the so-called "dark cone".

Third strange thing: This is because light doesn't travel in those directions.

Fourth strange thing: Seth and Theo live on one side of a hyperboloid, infinite in all directions but with finite surface gravity.  The Sun "orbits" that hyperboloid, slowly baking everything behind its orbital path to ash, so that all the world's inhabitants - even the vegetation - must continually migrate to new and more hospitable lands.

Then it starts getting weird.

If you read Flatland or The Planiverse, the authors make it clear that they're describing a universe with only two spatial dimensions.  With Dichronauts, it's more complicated than that, because their universe is four-dimensional just as ours is; it's just that instead of three spatial dimensions and time, it has two spatial dimensions and two temporal ones.

That is, north and south are a timeline just as future and past are.

And that means, for example, that the people in the book can't turn around - they can't rotate left-to-right, though they can flip upside down and stand on their hands - any more than you or I can turn pastwards and walk into yesterday.

And in the entire book, no-one turns around.

The rest of it pales into comparison beside that, at least for me.  Water flowing uphill, our heroes falling off the edge of the world, the sex life of brain slugs...  In the entire book, no-one turns around.  Everyone in the story is facing east the entire time.

Egan is a mathematician, and has created a web site explaining in detail the geometry involved.  Little of this is given directly to you in the story, though the characters do know they live on a hyperboloid, and assumed it was infinite right up until they fell off it.  They don't discuss north and south in terms we'd understand, only in terms they understand, and you're left to figure it out.

Oops, spoiled that.  Sorry.

Still, recommended if you like weird hypotheticals that play out as relatable stories and not just as mental exercises.  If you're new to Greg Egan I'd suggest perhaps starting with Permutation City or Schild's Ladder instead; they're not necessarily better but are more accessible.  (The middle part of Schild's Ladder is a bit dry, all research and politics, but the third part where the heroes finally enter the alien universe is a pure delight.)

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Tuesday, September 12

Anime

Just When You Thought The Ocean Was Safe For Hamsters Again

October 2.

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Friday, September 08

Anime

Humble Boobie Bundle

Humble Bundle have all the Sakura games in a bundle for $10.  Or you can get six of them and another thing for just $1.

Reportedly, at least one of the games isn't terrible.

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