I learned something this week: show demos more often! I gave a short demo after standup of a feature which I didn’t think was that interesting, but all the non-technical members of the team were very impressed. I guess it’s hard to get a sense of what’s going on from short verbal updates when the topic isn’t in your discipline.
I’ve continued reading Tales of the Dying Earth, by Jack Vance. It’s a strange book. Strange but good. It feels like typical fantasy much of the time, but science and magic have been blurred so much that one moment a magician will be talking about smoke demons sent to spy on them, the next they’ll be talking about growing people in vats. It’s a nice change to the usual sword-and-sorcery or epic fantasy I read.
I also ordered a bunch more books, mostly fiction, some RPG rulebooks. They should be arriving in the next few weeks.
This month I’ve been recording things I throw away which are neither recyclable nor compostable. I’ve learned that a lot of plastic films and other thin soft plastic packaging is not recyclable, which is a shame because it’s so often used for things like fresh fruit and vegetables! I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if I can get less of it.
I made some hot sauce out of finger chillies, red onions, garlic, and dried apricots that I’d had fermenting for 11 days. It turned out pretty well! The sweetness of the apricots nicely complements the spiciness of the sauce. Definitely a recipe to remember.
And finally, I’ve added some new papers to my Interesting Research memo.
- The HLint Match Engine
- The Cave Kingpin Buying Up America’s Underground
- This Week in Rust 344
- You Might as Well Be a Great Copy Editor
- Thousand Year Old Vampire Review - 9/10 Undead Would Recommend
- OSR: Siena’s 6-Mile Hex
- Hate travel? Find your world is flat? Want to avoid fantasy cliches? Try a Single City campaign.
- Issue 217 :: Haskell Weekly
- Practical Polytheism:
- Marx & Monsters: A Radical Leftist Fantasy Sandbox
- How to Manage Combat Like a Motherf$&%ing Dolphin
- Barking at Your Players: Advanced Combat Narration
- The Adventure Funnel by Dr Rotwang