The prefix o- is an honorific in Japanese, which is applied to nouns to indicate respect or politeness towards the noun in question. For example, o-cha "tea", o-mizu "water", o-possum…

Someone recently told me they didn't realize there were multiple kinds of cursive, so now I think I need to write a blog post about all the different kinds of cursive, in part so I can advocate for the one I think we should be teaching people.

My laser-cutter has arrived. So far, I have only made a Tutorial Object, but I plan to do much more experimentation this weekend.

One reason I've been writing posts about "backburnered" projects is to keep them fresh in mind and maybe even regenerate some excitement for them. Revisiting my thoughts about recipe graphs has definitely made me excited about returning to this project soon: journal.librarianofalexandria.

This month I'm doing a little project where each day I post a write-up of a project which I haven't fully abandoned but also haven't worked on lately. Here's a post about it, along with a table of contents which I'll fill in as I go: journal.librarianofalexandria.

This is a game inspired by a magic item in The Adventure Zone that allows you to modify the spells you cast by changing a single letter in the spell name. I called the game "Logomancy", but also strongly considered calling it either "Levenshtein's Destructive Resonance" or "Spelling Certain Doom".

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Took an old one-page tabletop/party game I wrote and finally put it on Itch: aisamanra.itch.io/logomancy

On multiple occasions I've thought, "I love this premise, I should write a series of linked short stories about this, like an episodic novel, I could serialize this on a blog or something," and I have literally never followed through on finishing even one part of any of these.

I don't understand how you can want to make a ska album—novelty or not—and then not put any horns on it. Like. What.

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A while back I saw a link to an album called "Skatsune Miku" and, which was billed as a vocaloid ska album, and while I applaud the idea, the execution was hampered by the fact that the creators didn't realize that ska was not the same as pop-punk.

Anyway, not sure what unnecessary semi-masochistic movie-watching agenda I'll set after this. A chronological rewatch of every Fellini movie? Every Fast & Furious movie? Every Ralph Bakshi movie? The possibilities are endless probably.

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An interesting observation: the Coens are great at comedic scenes and bad at putting those scenes together into connected narratives: they always feel disconnected, disjointed, weird. This first shows up in Raising Arizona but it's true in almost all of their comedies. Their best comedies (like The Big Lebowski) are the ones where they lean into this disjointedness.

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Over the past year and a half, I've been slowly watching every movie directed by the Coen Brothers movie in production order. I've got one left at this point, and I'm still not sure what I should do what (if anything) I'll try to write in reflection when I'm done with them all.

Unauthorized reprints of the Jeeves and Wooster books where you insert exactly one f-bomb into each one and then attribute them to the author PG-13 Wodehouse.

I've been going back and forth, but I think I've decided to get a laser-cutter. Gonna cut me some lasers.

I think there's a lot of potential for AI-as-artist-assistant—Emily Short's recent work on this is a good example—but there's also just a massive amount of garbage out there that will seem boring in just a year or two.

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AI art used to be boring, then there was a brief period recently where it seemed to develop style that was interesting, but now I've found it boring again. "Oh, cool, another formless blob. Yay. How innovative."

Last night I didn't get to sleep until late because I was inventing hypothetical future poker variants for a science fiction book my brother is writing. You know. That old normal reason.

English likes to take participle-noun phrases and drop the participial ending over time: for example, 'iced cream' became 'ice cream', 'roasted beef' became 'roast beef', 'popped tart' became 'pop tart'...

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