Harry Potter and the Wizard's QUILTBAG
With all the polyjuice potions and wizards that can turn into animals, you can't tell me there isn't are least one trans kid stuck at Hogwarts around the holidays because their muggle parents won't accept the happier them, thanks to that spell they finally asked Professor McGonagall to help them with. Where's that movie?
Harry Potter and the Wizard's QUILTBAG
I get that there's outrage that FB2 skips the only queer relationship that JK Rowling sees in her work, but where's the outrage that the only canon queer relationship that Rowling sees at all in her work involves _Wizard Hitler_? In all the years exploring adolescence, and growing up and into relationships, there wasn't room for a less squicky relationship or three?
My biggest DWeb proposal I've been meaning to proof of concept: Avatar Auth. Hear me out: Drive social identity keys from folks' Avatar photo files. The process of cropping/panning/resizing/curving the edges of an avatar is already a sort of hash algorithm. You get a sort of reverse steganography from data lost that can form a decent Key derivation input. Original file protection is no worse than most password schemes and better than some.
I started toying with the idea of high fantasy races in a steampunk Weird West setting, given that's not something I'd seen and it seems an obvious missing link in between usual fantasy stuff and say Shadowrun.
Wrote about a paragraph before getting side tracked into Pirates by what was meant to be a throwaway reference, with my Western anti-hero elf suddenly the maybe untrustworthy Captain of a morally questionable privateer quest. At least that gave me the character's name. Such weird.
I've heard it joked before that if someone has a bottle opener on their keychain, that's a likely sign they went to college. Appreciating the simple things: A trusty bottle opener I got as swag from my summer high school job. The Coca-Cola logo and Olympic Rings faded away years ago, but the bottle opener is still little the best one I have.
Software developer rage 😡
I can't fix code if it was never fucking checked into source code in the first place. So much damned hate for the previous developers on this project. Also, it's 2018 and if your source control is an after the fact "fuck it, we did it live, this is probably what we did", please DIAF and saves the rest of us trouble. 🤬
Noodling on how a Heart of Darkness take could have worked for Star Trek where STiD failed: 1) No Khan, 2) start an off-screen "war on terrorism" with Romulus because Nero, 3) A strong Romulus and a war of attrition could have many Vietnam War parallels. It still would suffer from hugely diverging Kelvin timeline from Prime, but it would have been a more interesting story.
The best thing about the new "Global Clipboard" thing in Windows Insider Previews right now is the happy, smiling clipboard icon when it is empty. Sure, it's finally a better version of what Windows 3.1's Clipboard Organizer thought it was (and Office's enhanced Clipboard tools sometimes actually are), but I'm here for the service with a smile.
Got some of my Sea of Thieves thoughts together in longer form: http://blog.worldmaker.net/2018/04/14/merchant-voyages/
Professional software developer. Unsuccessful nonfailure writer and game designer.
Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.