The most unrealistic element I've seen in any Star Trek show yet is the family in Picard who voluntarily learn to speak their child's conlang.

birdsite, grousing 

I'm still developing an intuition for how the pixel art scaling algorithm works—it turned my first attempt at a flannel shirt into a blobby mess—but it can have some pretty impressive results.

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Video game hot take: in ten years, the "obligatory crafting systems are everywhere" trend will be as embarrassing in retrospect as the late 2000's "serious games are gray and brown" trend is to us now.

Rust's primary problem right now is that there aren't enough error-handling libraries out there, so when I write mine I plan to call it the-jesus-and-error-chain.

uspol 

Also, for the most part, my French was sufficient for day-to-day communication, with the major exception of the time I accidentally told a waiter that I was dead when I meant to tell him I had finished eating.

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…and I took a day trip to Stuttgart, which turned out to also coincide with the German holiday of Fasching, which in that area involves (as my friend explained) dressing up to scare away the winter, which meant I arrived to groups of people wearing garishly colorful hairy costumes and sometimes playing music and dancing.

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I also picked up a ton of French-language comic books, a specific spirit they don't export to the States, and had some really good food and wine and walked around some beautiful places, and also gave a pretty well-received talk at a Ruby conference there. Pretty good time, overall!

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I recently took a trip to Paris for the first time. It was a lot of fun overall! My two biggest surprises were:
1. The coffee there was mystifyingly bad, like every café was using stale beans, and
2. I saw a man wearing an honest-to-god stripey turtleneck, an object of clothing I associate so heavily with the Anglophone stereotype of French people that I assumed it was never worn by real French people.

mad at computer 

There's a stop on the Metro line I've been taking called "les gobelins", which coincidentally also describes most of the people I follow on Tumblr.

why would you call your library for turning pictures into terminal-based ascii art "aalib" when you could call it "ncursed images"?

hey folks, here's the kickstarter for #vanquisherRPG, a role-playing game i designed that doesn't require pens or paper to play:

kickstarter.com/projects/calri

I'm enjoying Owl House, in no small part because of how strongly I identify with Eda the Owl Lady basically all the time.

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