Tuesday, June 29 2021

Quote of the Day

“I like being by myself,” Kaladin said.

“Great. Sounds awful. Today, you’re coming with me. No more excuses. I let you blow me away last week and the week before.”

“Maybe,” Kaladin snapped, “I just don’t want to be around you, Adolin.”

The high prince hesitated, then leaned forward, narrowing his eyes and putting his face up close to Kaladin’s…

“Tell me honestly,” Adolin said. “With an oath, Kaladin. Tell me that you should be left alone tonight. Swear it to me.”

Adolin held his gaze. Kaladin tried to form the words, and felt of the ten fools when he couldn’t get them out.

He definitely shouldn’t be alone right now.

“Storm you,” Kaladin said.

“Ha,” Adolin said, tugging him by the arm. “Come on, Brightlord Master Highmarshal Stormface. Change your coat to one that doesn’t smell like smoke, then come with me. You don’t have to smile. You don’t have to talk. But if you’re going to be miserable, you might as well do it with friends.”

Brandon Sanderson, Rhythm of War

There are a number of characters in this series that have serious mental illnesses, and not only are the portrayals well and carefully researched and done, the examples of how to help–and not help–people struggling are fantastic. Scripts I really don’t want to forget, for when I might need them.

Long live the Moletariate!

While I was brainstorming for the novel yesterday, I thought about house design (no, really). Our massive heatwave has broken somewhat, and I’m back at home. But I have some friends who managed to brave the heat with one little portable AC unit. They way they did it was to move downstairs and block off the upstairs stairway with a heavy drape. The downstairs of the house is a half-underground basement. With some fan strategery, they kept it under 80 degrees.

This made me think about why don’t we build more underground, since the temperatures are so much more stable and the insulating earth works about a million times better than that nasty pink fiberglass stuff? Might that be a good solution for the (climate change hellscape that is our inevitable) future?

Which THEN made me think about one question on a questionnaire the city I live in sent out a couple months ago, polling residents for their preferences about local development. It asked if We Residents would mind the look of buildings that are raised up to have parking at the ground level instead of underground. The problem, apparently, is that all the underground digging is f*ing with the natural water table, and could cause some serious environmental problems down the road.

So good on my city for not wanting to develop us into ecological disaster. But where does that leave me with my build underground theory? Imma do a fast Google search to get some articles to read later:


In the South Australian town of Coober Pedy, it’s extremely hot above the ground. So building underground keeps things nice and cool. In fact, many of their underground buildings started off as opal mines, so the hard engineering was already done.


Will we ever… live in underground homes?

Why We Don’t Like Our Underground House (has positives too)

Efficient Earth-Sheltered Homes

7 Amazing Facts About Underground Houses That Will Blow Your Mind (great pics and examples)

Underground Construction

Humans could survive underground, but it would take a lot more than shovels

Earthscrapers: we may be living underground a few decades from now and not even miss the sun (this whole site is really interesting)

I can’t touch type

And I really wish someone would create a keyboard that helps me and my neck and my hands and wrists with that. Some options, ranging from eh to interesting idea to ludicrous:

OrbiTouch Keyless Keyboard

TAP Wearable Keyboard and Mouse

Kinesis Advantage 2

Safetype Ergonomic Keyboard


Azeron Keypad

Ooooookay….need to research more, I think.

Christmas in June

An Honest 2020 Christmas

In case we forgot why our anxiety level was so high last year. Very clever, and an emphasis on appreciating small things / wins that at once annoys me and also is a good reminder. Also her voice is amazing.

A Mobius strip of anxiety!

Forward head posture and anxiety

While contemplating the thought that anxiety makes you do this unhealthy head posture thing that in and of itself increases yet more anxiety is…..anxiety-inducing, the info about the mind-body connection is really important. And I should try to do the exercise she recommends to correct the posture. Because I get my head stuck in the position basically whenI am doing anything other than taking a walk.

I need to watch a lot more of her content. I’ve bought her book and classes and haven’t done anything with them yet.

Consumer technology is hard

My five-year-old iPad Pro is acting jenky, so it is time for a replacement. I thought–I really really thought–that I wanted an iPad to replace it, but after working for a day on it in my hotel room, making a blog entry on it was the worst experience ever. I need windows and an real OS for ease of what I am doing now–namely researching, idea generation and gathering, and reflecting instead of just opening up a document and slinging words on the page in the hopes that everything will come out ok. New process, new workflow, new laptop soon I hope!

But……MacBook Air or Pro? Why are choices never clear cut?

DON’T DO IT!!!! M1 MacBook Pro Vs the MacBook Air

MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Mac Should You Buy in 2021?

The problem always seems to be: which product fails least spectacularly to meet my use case? Sigh.