So it’s been a little while… ;^)

Reading (well, listening) as best I can recall (many are ‘the first thing that I recognized or looked interesting’):

How to Speak, How to Listen, by Mortimer J Adler – a work that explains, in part, a phenomena that I’ve become familiar with: there are differences between things made to be read and made to heard.

The Education of Little Tree – not certain if the story itself is old, or if that is just the setting. A boy raised down in the hollar, with cherokee heritage. Some interesting commentary on politics, religion, and even christmas.

The Children of Green Knowe – A very changling children’s story – chimera abound.

Little Women – Apparently written in two parts, with the first being somewhat entertaining (if a morality play), and the second sounding like a soap opera, except that things do conclude in the end. Emphasizes the protastant work ethic, and family loyalty.

Knowledge in a Nutshell – Trivia, in every sense. Occasionally interesting, but only usefull if you are preparing for a game show.

In Progress: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Nature of Order, Book 2, and a long term project: the republican and democratic party platforms.

I was sick a week ago; I turned up the heat and added a few layers to help the fever along, and have just had a lingering cough for the last week.

This didn’t interfere with christmas at all; I spent the day at my parents. My father mostly watched Trading Spaces, and my mother made a good hearted attempt to play the games I brought; I need more two player ones though. We also went out to see Elf, which was exactly the cookie-cutter hollywood trash I expected it to be.

I spent most of the holiday break working on games one in form or another. Mostly a new thrust at Harmony, which first involved printing issues. Realizing that 1. Postscript is an programming language, and 2. It has an arc command, I just gave up on all the other multiple-program multiple-file monkeying around I was doing and wrote my card factory directly in Postscript. With a days worth of effort, I can produce just about any combo of colored ring I want, and I can use Postscript to boot.

A lot of the rest of the weekend was spent examining the effects of the new multi-color cards. Plugging them directly into the last ruleset, I find that I’ve largely solved the spacial complexity, but introduced a lesser, but more infuriating, kind of temporal complexity. This led to the search for more appropriate new rulesets, which have multiplied upon themselves and left me wondering if I wouldn’t be better off publishing basic disks and a various rules, a la Icehouse (which has being supplying pieces for a large group of variants.)

Eventually I needed a break from this (I still see colored rings when i close my eyes) and made an initial sorting of the medications for Pop’n Pills. This was followed by attempts to lay out a new card template in LaTeX, since I would need some paragraph wrapping. A pursuit given up several hours later in the face of roundabout methods and inconsistent syntax – Primarily argument passing, which variously uses {}, [], (), and comma to distinguish parameters, (and often using all of the above in a single invocation.) I’ll take Postscript, thanks, which is actually pleasant to work with, though I’ll have to find some way to pull formatted paragraphs out of LaTeX.

2 Comments

  1. Yay, you’re alive! =D *does a happy dance*

  2. admin says:

    Well, I was putting up little things, they just weren’t about me ;^)