Some Hole.io strategy tips

Lately I’ve been spending way too much time playing the iOS game Hole.io. I’ve reached the point where I can consistently score 200+ points, and frequently 400+, and often get first place in a round; a couple of times, I’ve reached max size. My highest score so far is 1,601 points. So I thought it […]

Le Guin on writing about men

From Le Guin’s “Introduction to Planet of Exile” (intro written in 1977 or 1978; can now be found in The Language of the Night). Worth reading the whole piece, but here’s a bit of it: […] Planet of Exile was written in 1963–1964[…]. The book exhibits my early, “natural” (i.e., happily acculturated), unawakened, un-consciousness-raised way […]

Dream: Music-player glitches

This morning’s real-seeming dream: I was riding on a bus that had the ability to play a passenger’s music over its sound system. I accidentally tapped the wrong button on my phone (or maybe my laptop), and one of my music playlists started playing for all the other passengers to hear. Embarrassed, I tried to […]

Kosticks

Yesterday, I met Jane and John Kostick, the creators of many delightful and amazing and lovely 3D-geometrical art puzzles and structures, mostly in wood and metal. Their website shows a bunch of their work. Their YouTube channel shows videos of the construction and/or use of various pieces. And their Facebook page provides some more photos […]

Sleep update

This is another in an intermittent series of posts about my sleep patterns. If you’re not interested in recent changes to my sleep patterns, then you can stop reading now. :) This is more for my own future reference than anything else. For many years, I had all sorts of insomnia issues—trouble falling asleep, trouble […]

Universal FanCon postponement

I hadn’t heard of Universal FanCon until a couple days ago. As I understand it, the plan was to create a Kickstarter-funded diversity-focused convention in Baltimore, billed as the “First multi-fandom Con dedicated to inclusion, highlighting Women, LGBTQ, the Disabled and Persons of Color.” The Kickstarter raised over $50,000 in early 2017, and the con […]

Yo progreso

My progress in Spanish in Duolingo continues to be slow, largely because every now and then I stop for a couple of months and then I have to go back and re-do a bunch of lessons. But one nice side effect of the repetition is that when I re-do older lessons these days, I’m a […]