tales from the wiki
Just some recent items I've added to the wiki that haven't appeared on the blog.
Aug. 06 2022: Oh right, comics. I randomly remembered Dresden Codak is a thing, and I wondered if I'd like it more now that it's 15 years later and I know more things. I still can't figure out what direction I'm supposed to read the panels in, though. However, something in an early DK comic made me think of Opplopolis, so I checked in to see if there's any news, and to my happy surprise, there is! Not an official acknowledgement of demise, which is the only news I was expecting, but an announcement from March that the comic has resumed after a 6-year hiatus and the author plans to finish it. I'll be getting caught up with that, too. It's a shame I'm not using Windows at the moment, because this is exactly the situation for which I made [[Mr. Teal|software]], but nothing to be done. I seriously doubt I'll have it in me to re-write it to work under Linux. Although, I am more inclined to make TUI applications for an OS where people are used to using a console window... hmm... (well, this update is no longer about what I'm reading.)
Aug. 06 2022: Finished The Secret History. The first half is perfect. The ending is good, but quite a downer, of course. I forgot how much it drags in the middle. Much of the second half feels perfunctory, like there just had to be something between the first half and the denouement. And I guess there had to be something, otherwise the pacing would've felt off. Not sorry I re-read it, though. I need something lighter next. Maybe I'll pick up one of the many Discworld books I haven't read yet.
Aug. 05 2022: 80% through The Secret History. Should've just pushed through it after work, but my teeth were hurting, so I played video games instead.
Jul. 30 2022: Talking about The Secret History in i've been tagged put me in the mind to re-read it for the first time in several years. I'm glad I did, it's wonderful. When I start struggling to read unfamiliar books, it always helps to go back to something old and beloved to remind myself that the problem isn't me, I still like reading.
Jul. 2022: For most of this month I attempted to read Moby Dick and Mark Fisher's Flatline Constructs, in fits and starts. There are things I like about both, but not in the right frame of mind to parse the difficult language at the moment. Will try to go back to them. Surprised at how funny Ishmael is as a narrator. Maybe I should re-read Neuromancer before I try to tackle Flatline Constructs, since the text references it so heavily. (Also hell, maybe I should try to read Lacan first. I really don't want to though. I wish these super academic works had a list of prerequisite reading at the beginning.)
Aug. 05 2022: Started another game of Shadowrun, more to distract me from some dental pain than anything else. Not playing in any particular way, just doing some early-game shadowruns, cause I find it soothing.
Aug. 03 2022: Finished playing Trimps, for hopefully the last time. Wrap-up post here: the trimps experiment
Jul. 31 2022: Replayed Peasant's Quest. (victory screenshot)