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2016: off to a fresh start

Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Holy at

Exit: And so it begins,

I’ve taken it upon myself to rewrite my Patreon homepage for Sword of Moonlight:

I’ve deliberately tried for a warmer approach this time. I am very methodical personally, as you’d expect from a software engineer, so to me it reads like a lot of superficial non sequiturs, from one incomplete thought to the next, but for pithiness sake, and because I think this is more like how most people communicate! I reckon a change is for the best. Plus it offers an opportunity to be more up-to-date about the exciting goings on of late.

The change was prompted by the decision at Patreon to switch to a new “streamlined” presentation. I just finished finalizing the necessary adjustments. Details are on the page.

I am still working on what will become Sword of Moonlight’s all new 3D modeling side. So I have nothing to report this month. There is three months of programming work now available in the CODE folder, under DAEDALUS. But it’s incomplete. It marks a milestone, but I was just wary to continue working on it any longer without committing some of the files to online repository for safe keeping. So, I guess that’s all. Until next month then! Thoughts in the Forum Discussion!!

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Recordings are-not stories.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by Holy at

Exit: 1000 years & counting

Source: SALT mailing list, words are Stewart Brand’s.
(Catch it while you can, it will probably be removed shortly. For free that is.)

Stories are alive. The one that last, Gaiman said, out-compete other stories by changing over time. They make it from medium to medium — from oral to written to film and beyond. They lose uninteresting elements but hold on to the most compelling bits or even add some. The most popular version of the Cinderella story (which may have originated long ago in China) has kept the gloriously unlikely glass slipper introduced by a careless French telling.

“Stories,” Gaiman said, “teach us how the world is put together and the rules of living in the world, and they come in an attractive enough package that we take pleasure from them and want to help them propagate.” Northwest coast native Americans have a tale about a beautiful woman and young man whose forbidden love was punished by the earth shaking, and black ash on snow, and finally fire coming from a mountain, killing many people. It stopped only when the beautiful woman was thrown into the burning mountain.

That is important information — solid-seeming mountains can suddenly erupt, and early warnings of that are earthquakes and ash. As pure information it won’t last beyond three generations. But add in beauty and forbidden love and tragic death, and the story will be told as long as people live in the mountains.

Continued: Recordings are-not stories.

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New Story Creation

Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Holy at

Exit: Let there be light!

I had this for breakfast this morning. The graphic felt very Sword of Moonlight to me, owing to its emphasis on cyan and encompassing prism-refracted-like spectra of pale light. I understand some people take photographs of their breakfast, well this is as close as I’ll ever get to that. I like this graphic, it’s like a food pyramid/plate of obvious things mysteriously lost on a startling number of people/us.

It’s been quiet on this front page lately, too quiet. I hope to remedy that very soon, but I’m also glad to get a placeholder up to bide however much more time remains. Also, the C-span BookTV website was recently made dysfunctional. Kind of a let down for me after I first lost the C-span2 television channel after changing to a bare-bones package (C-span is non-commercial and arguably a civic right, Dish Network) years ago. Which means the links in the front page posts will be/are broken until I can repair them.

Oh! I was reminded of another program filmed by the same Seattle crew that I caught only a few days ago. I happened to put this on immediately after seeing Moonrise Kingdom. They complement each other really well in that order since MK is a hazy portrayal of the lost world which is the subject of this program:

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Out-group psychology

Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Holy at

Exit: In-group?

Okay, it’s “a very special episode” time. There are many very real impediments to fostering robust primarily-online communities and support networks. I want to take a timeout to highlight some of the worst of them. Perhaps from time to time.

Sword of Moonlight, the way I see it, is first and foremost about making video games, and doing so within the context of a wider community. That means the game you make is going to be mostly comprised of things that have been made by others, both before you and after you. This means that you can act out in antisocial ways, but if that’s what you want to do, then why choose Sword of Moonlight? It’s a misfit from the get go, and others will see you as just that. A misfit.

The way I see it is we either overcome these unwarranted and pathological and yes I’ll admit it, very human, weaknesses and maladaptations, or we scurry back into the dark recesses from whence we came defeated and deformed. Sword of Moonlight is a light showing us another way, out of the shadows and into the 21st century.

Apparently as the Youtube link says (courtesy PBS Digital Studios’ Game/Show) this week or so in gaming headlines has been met with cries of schism borne by displays of hatred and those on its receiving end. The talk of so-called Internet “trolls” reminded me of something I had heard or read about: a recent study that concludes trolls, or those of us who act out harmful schemes online, or a certain class of trolls seem to be animated by a self-maintained belief that they are inadequate in some way that they also regard as in someway central to their own identity…

Continued: Out-group psychology

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It's a long story

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Holy at

Exit: Inspirational Speaker

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But why?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Holy at

Exit: It's complicated

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