My serial fiction project is underway! I spent longer that I would have liked getting everything set up, so the first part is shorter than I originally intended.
The title of the story is Voice of the Library, and I'll be tagging it #VoiceOfTheLibrary going forward. It's a fantasy story about a young dragon and the living spirit of a forgotten library. Have a read, it'll be fun.
All right, let's try this #Introductions thing.
Hi, I'm Terrana, and I'm a dragon.
I enjoy video games, particularly I with a building/automation theme. Factorio and modded Minecraft are favourites.
I enjoy science fiction and particular kinds of fantasy, particularly with a technical focus.
I'm an amateur writer but I have problems staying focused on projects.
I develop software and have Opinions about data security.
I like tabletop RPGs but have had no luck in finding one to join, so I GM.
Are you a fuzzyboop? Do you know someone who might be? Don't delay. Arrange petting immediately.
Take me down to the paradox city where the grass is green and the grass isn’t green
Ideas for reducing commute time:
I'm kind of stuck here. An hour door-to-door is not acceptable, but I can't really see how to cut down on it other than moving house to somewhere closer to work, which is not an option for extrinsic reasons.
Evening time-saving ideas:
* Make dinner right away when I come home so I'm not breaking my evening in half
* Don't spend so long idly flicking through Mastodon (oh, the irony)
* Plan activities on the way home so as to avoid "well, now what"
* Get out of work on time so as not to miss train
Morning ideas to save time:
* Get up with first alarm rather than snoozing for half an hour (difficult, need to research ways of waking up faster)
* Read news on the train rather than with breakfast
* Maybe skip breakfast altogether? I have a low-calorie lifestyle, need to check into health effects
I hate not having time to do anything worthwhile with my evenings any more. I need to start working out what my time sinks are and doing less of them.
I already worked out that cutting down on sleep isn't a viable option. So, three main categories: things I can cut in the evening, things I can cut in the morning (so I can get up later and thus go to bed later), and ways I can make my commute take less time.
Gender politics Show more
People are getting all up in arms about pronouns again. Apparently this week the thing is that it's no longer okay not to have a clear and stated pronoun preference for yourself.
Fuck that noise. None of the available alternatives fit me very well, so if you're not okay with just picking a wrong one and going with it, don't use any at all and just use my name in all instances.
Mathematics (quaternions) Show more
Ohhh. Quaternions are a superset of 3D vectors. They can be thought of as a real number plus a vector, though in reality, a vector is just a quaternion with a real part of 0. When you multiply two quaternions, having a real part of 0, you get a quaternion product – its real part is the dot product of the two starting ones, the imaginary part is the cross product.
Now that I understand this, they make a lot more sense. Vectors I understand.
Some days are bad because something huge and devastating happens. Some days are bad because a hundred little bad things wear you down. And some days are bad because, even though the hole you start in isn't that deep, you just don't have the energy to climb back out of it. Today is the last kind for me.
"So why can't we just use it to get unlimited free energy?"
"Because it has to obey the laws of physics on BOTH sides. They may not have conservation of energy, but we do, so to get energy out of that world, you have to put enough in to balance it."
"So, no cheating entropy though spacetime shenanigans?"
"Not in this half of the house, no."
I do not like feeling this tired, not at all.
Been thinking about artists undercharging for commissions. It occurs to me that a decent rule would be that if you ever have to close commissions due to having too long a queue, that's a sign that you should be charging more. It seems a little counterintuitive, but it's actually pretty simple in its reasoning: if your prices are higher, fewer people will sign up, but since you can't take more anyway, this doesn't hurt you.
"...except in such cases where I might reasonably want that to happen, with the definition of reasonable—"
"All right, you know what? I changed my mind. You don't get any wishes. You can stuff me back in that bottle for all I care. This was so much more fun before everyone started trying to be lawyers..."
Yesterday, I was so tired that I asked for today off work. This turns out to have been a good idea. I fell asleep much earlier than usual and still slept for twelve hours.
Rrf. Sleepy dragon.