I posted some in-game footage of black holes in Elite.[stderr] Imagine my surprise when I had a similar effect in my own kitchen. Sort of.
It’s hard to estimate the impact of movies that slant our way of seeing things. I think I was 15 or so when I saw Z the first time.
In the recent thread discussing Lao Tzu [stderr] commenter obscure1 mentioned Chuang Tze as having “a cast of characters” and it reminded me of a thing that I discovered about myself back in 2008. The market was crashing and people all around me were losing their jobs. Companies weren’t hiring high-priced consultants, either, so I had a lot of free time and decided to catch up on re-reading my shelf of philosophy.
I love how humans try to get their hobbies turned into work. After all, that’s a perfectly valid objective, and it lets you “play” and get paid for it.
When I first stumbled across the works of Tatjana Van Vark, back in the ’90s, I was completely blown away. I still am, and I check her site every year or so to see if she’s published anything new.
Last year I went to LaveCon, and I’m going again this year. It’s a small conference held in Northampton, devoted to Elite: Dangerous. There, I will probably make an ass of myself, because that is traditional.
Recently, “Banksy” on twitter posted a bad meme, which inspired a furious, brief, friendly debate between me and a friend. I’d love to hear your opinions, as well.
Apparently an artist came up with the idea of making shoes that look like pigeons, in order to get closer to pigeons.
I unmolded the soaps last night. They came out pretty well! I wish I had added a bit of titanium dioxide to them to make them a little less dark but they’re fine. [Read more…]