Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives by Parker Gordon is a wibbly-wobbly astral time-travelling puzzle-solving caper. There were points where I thought the narrative got a little unclear, a couple times it seemed the narrative was treading the same bit again without reason to do so, and maybe a couple things didn’t feel like they got resolved in the end. Maybe it could have been done in half the number of page, but I don’t regret getting through them. Overall it was an engaging and interesting story of strange big society-level and believable small interpersonal-level battles engaged across time.

I made 53 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at Parallel Lives

ICRPG Hacky Sack Trial

This is a play session of a new, original solitaire Trial set in Warp Shell using Index Card RPG Core. I play a team of five Mecha (Eve, Izzy, Keys, Fish, and Nate) through this short scenario.

Index Card RPG Core Set from Runehammer Games

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If you would like to play this Trial, I have posted a write up of the scenario

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1-2-3-4 I Declare A Mecha War Trial

This is a play session of a new, original solitaire Trial set in Warp Shell using Index Card RPG Core. I play a team of five Mecha (Eve, Izzy, Keys, Fish, and Nate) through this short scenario of three challenges.

If you would like to play this Trial, I have posted a write up of the scenario

Index Card RPG Core Set from Runehammer Games

Index Card RPG Vol. 3

Rigaroga is a technologist lost in the wilderness, having adventures in geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

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Unturned by Nelson Sexton

Rigaroga is a technologist lost in the wilderness, having adventures in geekery and nerdy mishegoss.

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The Goat

The Goat: Building The Perfect Victim by Bill Kieffer was something I picked up because it appeared on the Hermetic Library ad spaces through Project Wonderful, and had a pretty compelling illustration with interestingly bizarre description. Turns out it really was quite interestingly bizarre. The erotica part wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but it was a good story of strangeness in a world of magic, where the magic part is a part of the story but is more ambient than a character. The erotica is there, but it’s not really the main thing either. I suppose I’d say the story seems largely an exploration of dysphoria in a real but also allegorical way as it might present in a world full of magic. Still, the magic doesn’t show up right away, almost comes as a surprise at first, and builds throughout until the final twist. The world, the magic and the story all seemed well developed and believable (and I remember thinking … this is like Shadowrun, but in the rust belt). The final twist made me leap back to the cover to see if there was a clue I missed, and I’m not sure; maybe it’s there but maybe not. There’s probably some trigger warnings for abuse needed, but it is billed as twisted and subversive, and that it is, so there you go. Well, it’s a creative story in an interesting world, even if you’re not there for the homo-erotic S&M; and if you are, then, there’s something extra for you.

I made 5 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at The Goat

“It’s like an alien civilization inventing its own mathematics which allows it to do things like time travel”

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity—George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

In a tournament that pitted AI against AI, this juiced-up version, called AlphaGo Zero, defeated the regular AlphaGo by a whopping 100 games to 0, signifying a major advance in the field.

Now, every once in a while the field of AI experiences a “holy shit” moment, and this would appear to be one of those moments.

“What we’re seeing here is a model free from human bias and presuppositions: It can learn whatever it determines is optimal, which may indeed be more nuanced that our own conceptions of the same. It’s like an alien civilization inventing its own mathematics which allows it to do things like time travel,” to which he added: “Although we’re still far from ‘The Singularity,’ we’re definitely heading in that direction.”

The Colour of Terrible Crystal

The Colour of Terrible Crystal by Odd Order and Hermetic Library Anthologies Artist Alka has been released! It’s available at the VeryRecords shop, in limited edition CD, and digital there and everywhere else.

Our new album is released onto the unwitting world on this day, Friday the 13th in the Gregorian calendar cycle of 2017 years. Featuring loads of analog and digital synthesizers, ethereal vocals, and a spectral array of emotions… with additional programming from thee Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure).

“… and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. They move through the firmament which is the colour of a ‘terrible crystal’, and around a throne like sapphire, on which sits Metatron, suffused in the radiance of the rainbow.” – Peter Lamborn Wilson, Angels (1980)/Ezekiel’s Vision.

“you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express”

Family Stranded In Scotland Rescued By None Other Than The Hogwarts Express. “When they saw the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by excitement and fun.”—Dominique Mosbergen, Huffpost [See also]

The cops, it turned out, had an extraordinary plan. They couldn’t use brooms or “apparate” to the Cluetts, but they offered the next best thing: The Jacobite steam train, the real-life vehicle that was used to depict the Hogwarts Express in the “Harry Potter” films, would make an unscheduled stop to pick up the family.

“The policeman said, ‘We’ve arranged for the next train passing to stop for you, and you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express steam train. Your kids are going to love it,’” Cluett told The Associated Press on Sunday, adding that his kids — aged between 6 and 12 ― are all fans of the franchise.

Summary for the week ending Oct 15, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending October 15th, 2017.

Second weekly summary for Odd Order activity! Lots of posts on the blog and social media, and videos posted or streamed, and the Odd Order Anthology for 2017, GIT COMMIT GLITCH, was released!

I posted a second solo roleplay video last week. So there were videos set in both Alfheim and Warp Shell posted. Later today I’m starting a third campaign, with the first video in a new series. That means three solitaire roleplaying sessions each week using the Index Card RPG Core system. This third series is set in a new world, vary loosely on Fritz Leiber’s Nehwon, but in an alternate universe I’ve called Nehwyreve. You can watch for that posting later today, when it’s done uploading, in its own Nehwyreve playlist, or in the playlist with all the solo adventure sessions combined.

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Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Here’s videos and streams from last week

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The Housekeeper and the Professor

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa is a emotionally strong and heartfelt story of a woman hired for a time to be care for a former professor of mathematics who is suffering memory issues due to an accident. The woman, her young boy, and the former professor come to care for each other and have a meaningful brief, almost accidental, time together.

I find that I wanted there to be more mathematics integral to the story than there were, and to to be more core to the way the story develops, implying the philosophical thoughts and feelings. The professor might as well have been a professor of baseball, but, I suppose, to be fair, the professor’s mathematics was reflected in the story by his love of baseball, and that allowed the mathematics itself to be unintimidating and approachable. But I kinda wanted more from that that I got.

Overall, a nice story that provides, for a few moments, a wholesome but emotional journey and character study.

I made 25 highlights.

Originally posted on my personal blog at The Housekeeper and the Professor