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🏆 ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Write a complete draft of a novel.
Write a complete draft of a good novel.

video game story 

(I mean, I'm a descriptivist: OwO and UwU have also clearly become verbalized interjections. But AFAIK they originated as non-pronounced faces.)

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I've seen a lot of people who believe that OwO and UwU are verbalized interjections, and it just struck me that it might be because the ^_^ style of emoticon has gotten so rare that people aren't used to parsing them as faces any more.

long-form media grousing 

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television grousing, vaguely implied Mandalorian spoilers 

(I know too much about Rush, and not just because I was literally named after the vocalist and my mother had me listen to Tom Sawyer on repeat while I was still in the womb. I am not making either of these things up.)

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Why did Rush become "the wizard band" in people's popular imagination? Rush doesn't write songs about wizards. That's Led Zeppelin. Rush writes songs about Ayn Rand novels.

I've decided the next big thing will be Boomer-style political cartoons but about programming, so I'm gonna get in on the ground floor of this terrible trend.

I've added a simple placeholder landscape, but I should probably add some invisible walls so you can't escape into the pastel void.

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This is not a "Renaissance cat"; this is a 1972 painting by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero titled 'Still Life With Green Soup'.

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I know this is a lost fight, but I am bothered by the frankly massive number of memes which label Fernando Botero's paintings of cats as "Renaissance cats". Botero isn't even dead!

Dream last night: I pulled out a literal shoebox of unfinished tabletop game ideas, one of which was a game about being a career ballet dancer.

Usually, when people tell me I look like a celebrity, they tell me I look like Paul Giamatti, but I also once got asked by a bartender if I was Guillermo del Toro. So, uh, there's that.

A friend of mine recently finished Dune and asked if I had any hot takes about Dune. My responses were:
1. Paul is the villain, but only the later (and largely worse) books make this explicit.
2. The Butlerian Jihad is a good idea.

…I guess I got at least one project "done"—the self-hosted Pinboard alternative—and there are a few more I can push over the edge soon (finishing a novel, printing chapbooks of my surrealist stories, finishing a little Blades in the Dark hack) but my goal was more about learning to schedule better than just having completed stuff.

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My New Year's Resolution this year was to complete (for some value of "complete") a project a month.

I know there are mitigating factors here—you know, *gestures at everything*—so I'm not blaming myself, but I sure did flub this one bad.

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