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A Flash of Colour in the MindSome say to remember that the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. And some say that every time you call up a memory, you change it. But here's the best I can express what remains of a split-second of thought earlier today:
I was enjoying reading a classic SF novel for the first time, and as my thoughts went over expanding on an idea from one line, I had a combination of seeing that expansion in the form of some Avatar-like glowing blue text, combined with an odd sensation. It took me some time to nail it down, which was a combination of thinking that the expansion was new-to-me, interesting... and what I now realize was the actual emotional sensation of hope.
I'm not sure if I can describe what it's like to realize that I'd literally forgotten what hope feels like. I've cobbled together an intellectual approximation, so that, as a hyperbolic-to-the-unrealistic-extreme example, I can analyse the pros and cons of suicide, taking into account that I know my mind is prone to certa
Who wants to beta-read a story?I have one story idea that I've been thinking about enough that I'm willing to try writing it up (now that I'm up to doing, er, anything). I've had some good experiences in the past with beta-readers providing useful and constructive criticism; is anyone willing to give it a try?
If so, drop a reply here, and I'll send a link to the Google Doc in a private message.
Silence and the lack thereofDepression sucks. Having less of it sucks less. Sometimes, light therapy helps.
I can't promise anything, but I'm doing better than I have been for a while, and with some effort and luck, I'll be able to share a few interesting ideas.
To start with, I commissioned tailsteak for a six-piece set of pics, "Exascale", which you can see at https://www.deviantart.com/datapacrat/gallery/68732770/Exascale , a sort-of-sequel to the New Fursona set ( https://www.deviantart.com/datapacrat/gallery/62576925/New-Fursona ) from a couple of years ago. There's arguments that the timeline is both too optimistic (eg, operations-per-watt may taper off sooner than I project) and too pessimistic (uploaded minds could lead to a spiral of self-improvement), but a nice middle-of-the-road simple projection still provides fascinating thought-fodder.
Wish me luck, and I wish you the best in your own endeavours.
Character Sheet of MyselfWhile I'm waiting for my latest depressive bout to fade away, I was recently reminded of GURPS, and decided to throw together a character sheet of myself. On the off-chance that somebody wants a fully-fleshed NPC, here it is.
This version of the sheet is for a cinematic setting, roughly equivalent to a modern action TV show. To bring the sheet back down to reality, drop the cinematic-level abilities and buy back IQ and its secondary abilities to 13.
True name: Daniel Eliot Boese
Common Name: DataPacRat
Birthday: October 12, 01976 AD
Residence: The Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario, Canada
Character Concept: The answer-getter guy.
Motivations: "I'd rather be alive-and-healthy than dead, and technology's changing fast enough that there's non-zero odds I might be able to live through the next millennium. Of course, that won't work if all of humanity's dead, so sometimes it's worth taking a short-term risk for a potential long-term gain."
NPC role: Mouthpiece for th
My only political journal, I hope.Nazis are bad, mmkay?
Godwin (of Godwin's Law) recently tweeted at https://twitter.com/sfmnemonic/status/896884949634232320 : "By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you."
There's an old saying:
Avoid rather than check,
Check rather than harm,
Harm rather than maim,
Maim rather than kill.
If a nazi is about to kill somebody, it's moral to use violence to check their actions. If nazis are going to kill lots of somebodies, it's moral to use lethal violence to defend against them.
Fortunately, I live in an area where violence isn't in the immediate future. Which means I can focus on those few fields where my actions may be able to make a long-term difference. Having any chance at making a difference there means I need to think very hard on those things. I have little enough time to do any good that I shouldn't waste it arguing about topics as basic as 'the sun goes around the earth' or 'bigotry is bad'. So if you think 'liberal', 'SJW', or 'cuck' are ins
Over the Hump, and Starting a Return to NormalityThere are some downsides to being a data pack-rat, as well as the obvious up-sides.
I'm in the process of moving to a new house, and the last month has pretty much been dedicated to that project - everything from a new set of floorboards being laid down to finding the best stores near the new place to buy my favourite beverage (grapefruit Perrier). The process is still ongoing, and I'm still going to be paying rent at the old place for some months to come; for example, even after getting rid of nearly all my mass-market paperback novels, there are still a /lot/ of books in the old family library that are still going to have to be shlepped over to the new one, and not a single member of my family has great strength or endurance.
But most of the hard work and planning is done, and life is settling into a new normal: today, I hope and plan to apply for a new library card, do some banking, grab some income tax forms, and just maybe visit the nearby branch of a computer store to upgrade my
Happy 20th Annifursary!As best as I can figure, it's been twenty years since I was someone who didn't quite know what I'd found so interesting about bootleg Brian O'Connell GIFs downlowded through dial-up BBSes, to a full-fledged member of the online furry community who was participating in FurryMUCK, among other online furry communities of the time. So I figured I'd celebrate this year by trying to poke some gentle fun at some of the sillier aspects of fursonas that have developed over the last twenty years, by coming up with the most ridiculous fursona I could think of.
Am I /really/ transitioning my fursona to an digitized brain running on a computer system the size of two cargo containers? ... Well, it's gotten a surprisingly positive reception, so I might come back to the idea, but I don't plan on going permanently limbless just yet. (For those of you who read about Dee - that's /permanently/ limbless. Reattachable cybernetic prosthetics are another matter. )
As I said in one of the 'New Fursona' pos
Transitioning to a New FursonaSix years is an eternity, in Internet Time.
It was in early 2011 when I finished assembling the pieces of a Second Life avatar with a woman's body, a rat's head, white fur, and blue spiky hair. Within a few months, I'd commissioned pictures of her; within a few years, I built an entire science-fiction universe for her to live in.
When I was very young, one of my first furry experiences was seeing the absolutely silly centaur in a Hercules cartoon, but then trying to imagine what it would actually feel like to have six limbs. In the '90's, when I discovered FurryMUCK, I imported a sapient bat D&D character, turned it into a shapeshifter who spent a lot of time as a blue fox-taur, and for a time used the nom-de-net "Foxtaur"; that's still my username at SlashDot. The point being, people grow and change, and as we do, the perfect fursona in one decade no longer quite fits the next.
I've come up with a new fursona that I think more closely reflects who I've become in recent years. I'll
The Pack-Rat UnloadsYesterday was... a day. Each day for a week or three, I've been hauling some books down from my spare-bedroom-turned-library, and boxing and bagging them up. (Speed limited thanks to dust and asthma.) Yesterday they finally went out my door, to a van, and to a local used-book-store dealer. I consciously tried to avoid keeping too close track, but have spent enough time trying to ingrain the skills of estimation so that I'm confident in saying "somewhere north of 500 books".
... And that's just been the SF&F novels so far.
After spending some weeks looking around for options, my total income from this operation: not one ¢. Cash spent on the books: Well, if you assume a cover price of around $10... "a lot". Though at least it's been spread over the past 30 years.
I can definitely say that I am not feeling happy. What I /am/ feeling is... not an emotion that's come up that often in such novels. I've been applying some of the teachings of the Stoics, which is enough to keep me fro
Protecting yourself from Paypal chargebacksI decided I'd write something on this since it seems to be affecting a lot of my friends and artists I'm close to. I'll start with a few disclaimers.
I am not a finance expert. I have never filed a chargeback nor have I been in a chargeback dispute (fortunately). I have done some research out of both curiosity and out of desire to help out the community a bit. This is going to be quick(ish) and summarized. I'm also going to be changing some things to the way I sell as well (obviously).
This journal isn't about what to do in a chargeback dispute but rather, how to set up your sales so that you'll have the upper hand when having to deal with a dispute. I've included some useful links at the bottom for further information!
Regular Payments / ABs
Some believe that Paypal does not help in disputes over digital goods but a policy
InvaderZim headcanon info -Timeline added-Here's the comic folder for the headcanon https://www.deviantart.com/glitched-irken/gallery/62476396/InvaderZim-headcanon-comic?offset=24
(clicking the pictures in this journal will enlarge them owo)
Arc one's cover
(Zoline's eyesight/spiritual eyesight ref [info about that is in the description of the picture]) (Arc 1 refs [more refs below])
13 year old Zim a his companion Gir was sent to earth by Tallest Purple to see if all types of life would be able to live on planet Earth (Purple wanted this because he saw planet earth as a beautiful planet), and also take note that Tallest Purple and Tallest Red's beliefs are very different Purple prefers peace and Re
Gray's Art Shop [Commission Info]Commissions are always Open
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CONTEST!! 100K subs + 3K watchersI just want to thank you guys for all the support I've been getting the last few months <3
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design haul (13+ designs available)all designs are by me, jurassics
was gonna do them all at once but since Im no longer gonna have the time to get them ALL done and out tonight/tomorrow night, I'm splitting them for now and now I'm gonna GRADUALLY add more as the sales are active now that I have several available designs to start this eehhh *sale spree* with
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Printed Minky Reviewedit to add: yes the printed minky is washable! I didn't wash mine, but according to spoonflower "Wash separately in cool or warm water using a gentle machine cycle. Machine dry using a low temperature or permanent press setting and remove promptly to avoid wrinkles." Although please don't machine wash a plush, ahah. Just the fabric.
So I recently got the chance to play with printed minky! Here's a sort of review about it
Bought from: spoonflower.com
Price: $28/yrd. Very expensive, but for a very versatile product of this quality it's definitely justified.
Shipping: Only $6 to Canada, with tracking, took about a week and a half to arrive once shipped, no duties. A+
File prep: spoonflower has very simple requirements that are easy to follow. I scanned my pattern pieces, cleaned them up and colored them, then I copied them into a file that was set to spoonflower's specifications (150dpi, set to the width of minky. I added length as I needed it). To make sure my pieces
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