An Observation

Stress is not your friend. Most especially when you are autistic and can’t really handle what you’re getting.

Tomorrow I’ll be getting an apartment, until then I’m fretting my brains out. What I could use right now is a friendly dog, square miles of meadow, and a ball. The three together should keep me distracted and wear me out. The last would give me a good night’s sleep.

In any case tomorrow means a big change in my life, I can only pray that I survive.

A Home!

I’m officially no longer homeless, though I can’t move in till this Tuesday Jan. 22nd at 9:45am PCT. I’ll be paying $291 a month in rent, so I should be able to afford an iMac in July of this year.

In other news; I’m about ready to pass out. Staying up is being a struggle, so once this gets posted I’m heading back to the tent to see if I can catch up on my sleep.

With my apartment I’ll be able to see my cardiologist and urologist about my heart and kidneys. In addition, IHSS (in home senior services) can do things like keep the place neat and prepare meals, so I’ll be eating better and I may have more energy.

But that’s enough for now.

Suggestion

What I suggest

Simplify Gutenberg. Give the editor a metablock which acts much as the classical editor blockdoes, and to which additional blocks can be added. Then to them what we’ll call “sub-blocks” can be added.

I’m just not comfortable with things that are just too much, so please make Gutenberg simpler.

On The Myth of the RPG

First Thought

There aint none. Not really. What you have are skirmish miniature games where the participants can play roles if they wish,but playing roles aren’t necessary.

Pretending to be someone else doesn’t have to involve killing things and taking their stuff. You don’t even have to succeed at anything, for often the mark of an individual involves how he handles failure. And very often your opponent’s success can mean success for you.

As a Game

Now RPGs aren’t impossible, just dang difficult. It isn’t goals you need to achieve, but a measure of how well you played your role. At no time can that ever be objective, for playing roles is a subjective thing, and judging how they are played is perforce subjective as well.

Nor can such an effort ever be balanced, for even a small world is going to be complex, sometimes complicated, and they shall always be that which is better or less than you. Just remember, where a dragon may slay a kobold, a swarm of kobolds will always boss a dragon around.

My Preference

I’d druther treat them as guides. Guides to living a life in an imaginary setting. While they’re not really happening, you can treat them as if they were happening. For nothing has to be real in order for us to treat it as real.

So

So I’ll be writing about adventure guides in this blog; guides to adventure in which the mechanics of how a world works are presented, and advice on how to handle adventures in an imaginary world.

Saving Science

On the matter of saving science I have this recommendation, use it.

Use it for everything. No matter what the subject, use science. It doesn’t matter whether science can prove or disprove a subject, use it. Politics, religion, bigfoot, use science.

Science is not what you use to prove or disprove anything, science does what it does. And your liking or not liking the answers you get is not the fault of science, that is your fault.

Use science, use it properly, and accept what it tells you. 

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