Pixel Scroll 10/22/18 Scrolls Are From Mars, Pixels Are From Venus

(1) STFNAL MUSIC. Out of Mind, the new album by the band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate, includes two songs inspired by Philip K. Dick and one by Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice. Here are the notes for “When I Was a Ship” —

This song was inspired by Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary series. The main character had once been a warship, whose artificial mind had been distributed within the ship, and also within many ancillaries – prisoners who have had their minds wiped. The ship itself and all of the other ancillaries was destroyed, leaving just one fragment of the mind left in one body.

And here’s a section of the lyrics —

That I was designed as a warrior slave
When I was an asset
I think I remember
The communal song
Of curious pleasure
The many mouths
The single phrase
Compounded eye
And reflected gaze
I am the last
I am my remains
All of my others
Dissolved in the flames

Leckie (who also likes their previous album When the Kill Code Fails) told readers of her blog where to find the new song –

You can hear “When I Was A Ship” on Spotify. You can also purchase it at Bandcamp,

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(2) LEVAR BURTON READING SFF. The three most recent installments of LeVar Burton Reads: The Best Short Fiction, Handpicked by the World’s Greatest Storyteller feature —

  • Episode 34: “Singing on a Star” by Ellen Klages
  • Episode 35: “Yiwu” by Lavie Tidhar
  • Episode 36: “Morning Child” by Gardner Dozois

(3) A KILLER COMPLAINS. Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka Clark Rockefeller, now serving time in San Quentin for the murder of LASFS member John Sohus, has written a complaint to the New York Review of Books about Walter Kirn’s book about him.

Please forgive the extreme delay of this letter in response to Nathaniel Rich’s review of Walter Kirn’s book about me [“A Killer Con Man on the Loose,” *NYR*, May 8, 2014]. To the whole business I can only say that I barely ever knew Mr. Kirn. … His reasons for wanting retroactively to insert himself so deeply into my life, calling himself a “close friend,” seem either purely commercially motivated or perhaps speak to a deeper pathology on which I do not have the expertise to comment.

(4) FUNDING FOR A PUNK ROCK FUTURE. Editor Steve Zisson and associated editors are in the final week of a Kickstarter appeal to fund publication of A Punk Rock Future, their anthology featuring sf/f/h stories mashing up genre fiction and punk rock music.

Why now for this anthology? A punk strain not only runs through music and art but right through the heart of SFFH (think cyberpunk, steampunk, solarpunk, silkpunk, hopepunk, ecopunk, or whatever punk).

…It is the forward-thinking science fiction and fantasy community that is propelling all things punk into the future.

Want a recent published example of the kind of story you’ll read in A Punk Rock FutureThe Big So-So by Erica Satifka in Interzone. Or read Sarah Pinsker’s Nebula Award winner, Our Lady of the Open Road, published in Asimov’s. These influential stories were inspirations for this anthology.

The big news is that we will have stories from both writers in A Punk Rock Future!

The anthology will feature 25 stories by Erica Satifka, Sarah Pinsker, Spencer Ellsworth, Margaret Killjoy, Maria Haskins, Izzy Wasserstein, Stewart C Baker, Kurt Pankau, Marie Vibbert, Corey J. White, P.A. Cornell, Jennifer Lee Rossman, M. Lopes da Silva, R. K. Duncan, Zandra Renwick, Dawn Vogel, Matt Bechtel, Josh Rountree, Vaughan Stanger, Michel Harris Cohen, Anthony Eichenlaub, Steven Assarian and more to come.

The appeal has brought in $2,557, or 51 percent, of its $5,000 goal, with seven days to go.

(5) MUGGLES GOT TALENT. ULTRAGOTHA recommends this high school Harry Potter dance video posted by MuggleNet.com on Facebook.

(6) THE HOLE MAN. The Boring Company wants to give you a free ride. (No, not a Free Ride.) The Verge reports that “Elon Musk says the Boring Company’s first tunnel under LA will open December 10th.”

The rapid transit tunnel that Elon Musk’s Boring Company is digging beneath Los Angeles will open on December 10th, and free rides will be offered to the public the following night, Musk tweeted on Sunday evening.

The two-mile test tunnel underneath SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, is a proof of concept for an underground public transportation system, which aims to transport passengers and vehicles beneath congested roadways on autonomously driven electric platforms called “skates.” The skates will theoretically transport eight to 16 passengers, or one passenger vehicle, along magnetic rails at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h), Musk tweeted.

(7) PINOCCHIO ANTIFA? “Guillermo del Toro to direct new stop-motion Pinocchio for Netflix”Entertainment Weekly has the story.

Fresh off his Best Picture and Best Director Oscar wins for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro is ready for his next project — and it’s one he’s been working on for a long time. Netflix announced Monday that it’s teaming up with del Toro for a stop-motion musical version of Pinocchio that is the director’s “lifelong passion project.”

Although Disney famously created an animated version of Pinocchio in 1940 (widely regarded to be among the studio’s greatest artistic achievements), the fairy tale was first written by Italian author Carlo Collodi in 1883. Del Toro’s version in particular will draw heavily from illustrator Gris Grimly’s 2002 edition, but will still pay homage to the story’s Italian origins — this Pinocchio will be set in 1930s Italy, under the reign of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

(8) RONNEBERG OBIT. Joachim Ronneberg has died at the age of 99 — “Joachim Ronneberg: Norwegian who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies”. Described as the most successful act of sabotage in WWII, he and his team destroyed the world’s only heavy-water plant.

In 1943, he led a top-secret raid on a heavily-guarded plant in Norway’s southern region of Telemark.

The operation was immortalised in the 1965 Hollywood film Heroes of Telemark, starring Kirk Douglas.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and JJ.]

  • Born October 22, 1919 – Doris Lessing, Writer, Poet, and Playwright born in Iran, who moved to Zimbabwe and later to England. Although considered a mainstream literary writer, she produced a number of genre novels, including the epic science-fiction quintet Canopus in Argos: Archives; about which, when it was disparaged by mainstream critics, she stated: “What they didn’t realise was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time.” She was Guest of Honor at the 1987 Worldcon, and received many literary awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died in 2013 at the age of 94.
  • Born October 22, 1938 – Christopher Lloyd, 80, Actor with genre credentials a mile deep, including as Doc Brown in the Hugo- and Saturn-winning Back to the Future movies and animated series, as Uncle Fester in the Hugo- and Saturn-nominated The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, as the alien John Bigbooté in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and as the relentless Klingon nemesis Commander Kruge in the Hugo finalist Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Other genre films in which he had roles include the Hugo-winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Angels in the Outfield, InSight, The Pagemaster, the My Favorite Martian remake, R.L. Stine’s When Good Ghouls Go Bad, and Piranha 3D (which, judging by the big names attached, must have involved a hell of a paycheck).
  • Born October 22, 1939 – Suzy McKee Charnas, 79, Writer who is probably best known for The Holdfast Chronicles, a series of four books published over the space of twenty-five years, which are set in a post-apocalyptic world and are unabashedly feminist in their themes. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1975 based on the strength of the first volume, Walk to the End of the World, which won a Retrospective Tiptree Award. The second volume, Motherlines, was delayed in publication because (this being the late 70s) several publishers would agree to publish it only if the main characters were changed to men – an offer which she refused. Her novella Unicorn Tapestry was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and won a Nebula, her other works have received numerous Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, Tiptree, Stoker, Sturgeon, and Lambda nominations and wins, and she has been Guest of Honor at several conventions including Wiscon and Readercon.
  • Born October 22, 1939 – Jim Baen, Publisher and Editor who started his literary career in the complaints department of Ace Books, becoming managing editor of Galaxy Science Fiction in 1973, then a few years later returning to Ace to head their SF line under Tom Doherty, whom he followed to Tor Books in 1980 to start their SF line. In 1983, with Doherty’s assistance, he founded Baen Books. In defiance of ‘conventional wisdom’, starting in 1999 he made works available via his Webscriptions company (later Baen Ebooks) in DRM-free ebook format; he gave many ebooks away for free on CDs which were included with paper books, and made many books and stories available online for free at the Baen Free Library. This built a loyal following of readers who purchased the books anyway, and his became the first profitable e-book publishing service. He edited 28 volumes in anthology series: Destinies and New Destinies, and with Jerry Pournelle, Far Frontiers. He was an active participant on Baen’s Bar, the readers’ forum on his company’s website, where he discussed topics such as evolutionary biology, space technology, politics, military history, and puns. He received eight Hugo Award nominations for Best Editor and three Chesley Award nominations for Best Art Director. He was Publisher or Editor Guest of Honor at several conventions, including the 2000 Worldcon (where OGH interviewed him on the program), and was posthumously given the Phoenix Award (for lifetime achievement) by Southern Fandom. He passed away from a stroke at the too-early age of 62, but his legacy endures in the continued success of Baen Books.
  • Born October 22, 1952 – Jeff Goldblum, 66, Oscar- and Saturn-nominated Actor, Director, and Producer whose extensive genre resume includes the Hugo-winning Jurassic Park and its sequels, the Hugo-nominated The Fly and its sequel, and the Hugo-nominated Independence Day and its-very-definitely-not-Hugo-nominated sequel. Other roles include the genre films Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Sentinel, Threshold, Transylvania 6-5000, Mister Frost, Thor: Ragnarok, and Hotel Artemis. In July 2018, a 25-foot statue of him appeared next to London’s Tower Bridge to mark the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.
  • Born October 22, 1954 – Graham Joyce, Writer and Teacher from England whose works ran the gamut from science fiction to fantasy to horror. His novels and short fiction garnered an impressive array of award nominations in a 22-year span, and he took home trophies for six British Fantasy Awards, one World Fantasy Award, and four Prix Imaginaire Awards, as well as an O Henry Award. He served as Master of Ceremonies at Fantasycons in the UK, and was Guest of Honor at several conventions, including a World Fantasy Convention. His thriving career was cut short by cancer at the age of 59.
  • Born October 22, 1956 – Gretchen Roper, 62, Singer, Filker, Conrunner, and Fan. Growing up in a family where mutilating lyrics was a sport prepared her for joining fandom and filkdom at the age of 18. After meeting and marrying co-filker Bill Roper, they co-founded Dodeka Records, a small publisher of filk tapes and CDs which frequently sells their wares at convention Dealer tables. She has run the filk programming for numerous cons, and has been Filk Guest of Honor at several conventions. She received a Pegasus Award for Best Humourous Song, and was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2008. She was made a member of the Dorsai Irregulars, an invitation-only volunteer convention security team which has a lot of overlap with the filking community, in 2001.
  • Born October 22, 1958 – Keith Parkinson, Artist and Illustrator who began his career providing art for TSR games, and then moved on to do book covers and other art, as well as working as a game designer. In 2002, he became the art director for Sigil Games Online. He was a finalist for a Best Original Artwork Hugo, and earned 9 Chesley Award nominations, winning for each of his covers for the first two volumes of C.J. Cherryh’s Rusalka series. He was a recipient of NESFA’s Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, and was Artist Guest of Honor at several conventions. Sadly, he died of leukemia just after his 47th birthday.


  • Half Full shows why a couple of Star Wars characters don’t hang out at the beach very often.
  • This classic Basic Instructions strip teaches one to be careful of books with forewords by Stephen King
  • There should be a prize for figuring out which sff story could have inspired this Bizarro joke.

(11) TIMELAPSE SFF SCULPTURE. On YouTube, artist Steven Richter has posted time-lapse videos of his creation of a number of genre sculptures. These include:

  • Voldemort

  • Venom

And quite a few more.

(12) COLD CASE. BBC discusses “The bones that could shape Antarctica’s fate” — aka who was really there first? It could matter if the current protocols are allowed to expire in 2048.

In 1985, a unique skull was discovered lying on Yamana Beach at Cape Shirreff in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands. It belonged to an indigenous woman from southern Chile in her early 20s, thought to have died between 1819 and 1825. It was the oldest known human remains ever found in Antarctica.

The location of the discovered skull was unexpected. It was found at a beach camp made by sealers in the early 19th Century near remnants of her femur bone, yet female sealers were unheard of at the time. There are no surviving documents explaining how or why a young woman came to be in Antarctica during this era. Now, at nearly 200 years old, the skull is thought to align with the beginning of the first known landings on Antarctica.

(13) AIRPORT ANXIETY. John Scalzi has a growing suspicion that all glory is fleeting —

(14) ROAD THROUGH TIME. BBC reports “A14 road workers find woolly mammoth bones” and woolly rhino bones. Did you know there was such a thing as a woolly rhino?

A spokesman they were “the latest in a series of fantastic finds” from the team working on the A14.

So far, they have also unearthed prehistoric henges, Iron Age settlements, Roman kilns, three Anglo-Saxon villages and a medieval hamlet.

(15) SABRINA. The entire first season– 10 episodes– of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina become available to stream on Netflix this Friday.

(16) 1001 NIGHTS ART. NPR posts newly republished images by Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen — “Long-Lost Watercolors Of ‘1001 Nights’ Bring New Life To Age-Old Tales”. May be NSFW where you are.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nielsen’s work, Taschen published all 21 of his original illustrations, reproduced directly from the never-before-seen original watercolors.

The extra-large coffee table book delivers an experience of its own — the prints are meticulously curated and presented in a blue velvet box, as if the book itself was a tale to unveil.

(17) WITCH WORLD REVIEWED. Galactic Journey’s Rosemary Benton reviews a prime Andre Norton novel, newly released in 1963 — “[October 22, 1963] A Whole New Fantasy (Andre Norton’s Witch World)”

When the subject of magic is approached in any of Norton’s writing there is never any easy solution lying right below the surface. Her flaire for piecing out information and not revealing more than what the characters themselves know keeps the reader on edge, as well as humble. This sense that there are always bigger forces at play, yet are never fully explained, teases the rational mind of the reader and allows for there to be doubt that anything “magical” can be easily quantified by rational, scientific method. It’s very disquieting when Norton’s established and venerated forces, like the witchcraft of the Women of Power and the Axe of Volt, are threatened by something indefinable that is even older and more powerful – travel across dimensions.

(18) QUICK SIPS. Charles Payseur finds a thread running through the stories in the October Clarkesworld — “Quick Sips – Clarkesworld #145”.

The October issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is all about survival. Or, I should say, about finding out what’s more important than survival. These stories take settings that are, well, grim. Where war and other disasters have created a situation where just holding onto life is difficult. Where for many it would seem obvious that it’s time to tighten one’s belt and get down to the serious business of surviving. And yet the stories show that surviving isn’t enough, especially if it means sacrificing people. That, without justice and hope beyond just making it to another day, surviving might not be worth it. But that, with an eye toward progress, and hope for something better (not just the prevention of something worse), people and peoples can begin to heal the damage that’s been caused and maybe reach a place where they can heal and find a better way to live. To the reviews!

(19) CODEWRITERS CODE. But for Jon Del Arroz’ wholehearted endorsement — “SQLite Created a Code Of Conduct And It’s AMAZING” [Internet Archive link] – it probably wouldn’t have come to my attention that SQLite, a library of public domain resources for a database engine, posted a Code of Conduct based on a chapter from The Rule of St, Benedict.

Having been encouraged by clients to adopt a written code of conduct, the SQLite developers elected to govern their interactions with each other, with their clients, and with the larger SQLite user community in accordance with the “instruments of good works” from chapter 4 of The Rule of St. Benedict. This code of conduct has proven its mettle in thousands of diverse communities for over 1,500 years, and has served as a baseline for many civil law codes since the time of Charlemagne.

This rule is strict, and none are able to comply perfectly. Grace is readily granted for minor transgressions. All are encouraged to follow this rule closely, as in so doing they may expect to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. The entire rule is good and wholesome, and yet we make no enforcement of the more introspective aspects.

Slashdot’s coverage “SQLite Adopts ‘Monastic’ Code of Conduct” says the response has ranged from laughter to hostility, an example of the latter being —


On the other hand, Vox Day hopes it will be widely adopted [Internet Archive link].

(20) VIDEO OF THE DAY. “First Bloom” on Vimeo is a cartoon showing an Imperial Chinese love story, directed by Ting Ting Liu.

[Thanks to JJ, Martin Morse Wooster, Chip Hitchcock, Daniel Dern, John King Tarpinian, Mike Kennedy, Cat Eldridge, Carl Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Kip W – have we really not used that one before? It didn’t come up on my search.]

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59 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 10/22/18 Scrolls Are From Mars, Pixels Are From Venus

  1. 1) Okay, I’m a traditionalist. I was expecting something more like:
    When I was a ship
    I sailed in space
    And carried soulless humans in my car-a-pace
    I made my rounds
    Within my bounds
    And never ever ever use the wrong pronouns…

    Mike: I looked for it too. I’m a bit relieved so far nobody’s come up with an earlier cite.

    Me… Pixel. You… Scroll!

  2. Didn’t get a confirmation mail, which must mean I didn’t carry out my carefully conceived plan to click the box. Or did I click it one time too many? Either way: Pfoo.

  3. bill: Thanks, I’ll clip that and keep it to use tomorrow….

    Meanwhile, appertain yourself your favorite beverage!

  4. ULTRAGOTHA: Thanks. That Harry Potter video was pretty inspired! But which high school was this?

  5. @10: I wouldn’t bet on any story inspiring that Bizarro; the cartoonist’s imagination is probably illegal in several states. But it would be interesting to see what people come up with.

  6. 9) I remember seeing the Doris Lessing books on the library shelf when I was growing up. I think I picked up the first one a few times, but could never quite grok it. But that was probably me being too young at the time.

    (EDIT: And it occurs to me that my use of the word “grok” now probably marks me as being … well, not young.)

  7. 19) It seems to me that code of conduct rules out Trump and most Republicans from participation.

    Since their CoC is so Biblically based, I’ll share one of my favorite Bible quotations relevant to our current political climate:

    “‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.“ — Malachi 3:5

  8. @Andrew

    One scroll makes you larger, and one scroll makes you small
    And the ones that Glyer gives you don’t do anything at all
    Go ask Alice
    When she’s ten fifths tall

    And if you go chasing pixels
    And you know you’re going to fall
    Tell ’em a hookah-smoking Godstalk
    Has given you the call
    Call Alice, when she was just small

    When the cats sleeping on SF
    Get up and tell you where to go
    And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
    And your mind is moving low
    Go ask Alice
    I think she’ll know

    When logic and proportion
    Have falllen sloppy dead
    And JJ is talking backwards
    And Camestros is off with her head
    Remember what the credential said
    Feed your head
    Feed your head
    Feed your head

  9. Bonnie McDaniel: <filks Jefferson Airplane>

    Applause!!! 👏 Except for the part where Camestros decapitates me!!! 😀

  10. (19) I’d like to see some of the named persons try to follow rules 22 through 40:
    Do not give way to anger.
    Do not nurse a grudge.
    Do not entertain deceit in your heart.
    Do not give a false peace.
    Do not forsake charity.
    Do not swear, for fear of perjuring yourself.
    Utter only truth from heart and mouth.
    Do not return evil for evil.
    Do no wrong to anyone, and bear patiently wrongs done to yourself.
    Love your enemies.
    Do not curse those who curse you, but rather bless them.
    Bear persecution for justice’s sake.
    Be not proud.
    Be not addicted to wine.
    Be not a great eater.
    Be not drowsy.
    Be not lazy.
    Be not a grumbler.
    Be not a detractor.

  11. 19) The key thing about codes of conduct, as many people have said, is that it’s not enough just to have one – it needs to be enforced.

    Reading: “Undercity” by Catherine Asaro, which looked like it was going to be f light reading that slips down easily and is instantly forgotten but is really starting to annoy me as I get near the end. Mostly because the Undercity of the title is a weird amalgam of every American minority stereotype all at once.

  12. I just finished reading Undercity and I really liked it, except for the typoes. I had already read the sequel, The Bronze Skies.

  13. Re. 10 – my first thought was the somatically plastic society in one of Tichy’s voyages (collected in The Star Diaries, I can’t remember which number journey it was [twenty-something, I’m pretty sure] and the book is in another room and I’m too lazy to go and check), but there are others… the “cosmetisurgery” excesses in Babel-17 sprang to mind, as did the genetically-modified designer children in Zelazny’s Creatures of Light and Darkness. There must be others, though. Plenty of others….

  14. @Jeff Jones I just finished reading Undercity and I really liked it

    I mean, bear in mind I sometimes read Doc Smith for fun. My taste isn’t to be relied upon.

  15. I loved Undercity and The Bronze Skies — possibly more than many of the original Skolian War Saga novels — and when I saw Asaro at Worldcon (she was working at the NZ in 2020 con table, how cool is that!), I may have begged her for the next Major Bhaaj novel.

    But yeah, she ought to insist to her publisher that they have her books copyedited. She deserves that much.

  16. @John A Arkansawyer

    It’s explicitly Christian in a way that’s off-putting for those of us who aren’t, and so many of the terms are either unenforceable or marginally relevant that it looks more like sarcasm than sincerity. Though an enforced version would be a noble experiment, at the very least.

  17. 14) Since I am at my job, I cannot post links that show reconstructions of wooly rhino mummified remains. There were a handful that have been discovered.

  18. @Sophie Jane: Ah, now I see. They didn’t alter it but lifted and dropped it in straight. Yes, that would be a problem. The folks I’m aware of using St. Benedict’s code in a modern context snip out or work around those parts.

    On the other hand, I think something like “Do not give way to anger. Do not nurse a grudge” makes a fine behavioral goal. Given the number of people who specialize in weaponized displays of anger and grudges and a “Never Fergit!” mentality that rivals Confederate dead-enders, I’d like to see people try to live up to it.

    I don’t mean that sarcastically. I’m dead serious.

  19. @John A Arkansawyer

    Do you have any links to modern uses of St. Benedict’s code? I’d be interested to see how people adapt it.

    Behavioural goals can be good, but in a code of conduct I think they have some of the same limitations as ‘our only rule is “be excellent to each other”‘. One point of a code of conduct is to encourage participation from people who usually stay away, which means making sure they understand they’ll be safe. Saying “we don’t tolerate racism/uninvited touching/’gender-critical’ discourse” is a better way to communicate that than even the best-intentioned commitment to general civility.

    (And in the specific case of anger and grudges, there’s a long history of people with power using anger as a weapon of exclusion. “When we were patient, when we believed in argument and persuasion, they said, ‘You don’t really want it because, if you did, you would do something unmistakable to show you were determined to have it.’ And then when we did something unmistakable they said, ‘You are behaving so badly that you show you are not fit for it.'” – Emmeline Pankhurst)

  20. @5, that’s pretty impressive, given that homecoming is usually only about a month after school starts, so that dance team didn’t have that long to work on it. (Unless they were working on it during the summer, of course.)

  21. @19 “Diverse communities,” for values of “diverse” that are limited to communal households of celibate Christians. That “code of conduct” explicitly requires the members of the group to be believing Christians, pray regularly, chastise their flesh, and bury the dead.

    Even most Christians might reasonably ask what those requirements have to do with conduct in a computing/development community.

  22. @Vicki
    I really doubt that the SQLite code includes the strictly-religious sections of the Rule. (The sections on how to treat others would be about the only ones relevant.)

  23. Meredith Moments: A couple by Robin McKinley are currently $1.99 — The Hero & The Crown, and The Door in the Hedge & other stories.

  24. @Joe H: “grok” spread among computer geeks, at least in the US — but not uniformly; the last time I used it at work (~10 years ago), someone around my age didn’t know it.

    @Cassy B: I would not assume that the team was not working during the summer; with sufficient interest from parents (who would see it as Something To Do), they might even have gotten access to the gym.

  25. @Bonnie applause!

    Im off to Essen to visit a boardgame fair, the biggest in the world. If anybody else is there, Say Hi!

    The amazing adventures of pixelier and Scroll

  26. @Dr Science The Elasmotherium is my second favorite extinct wooly rhino, and this is my favorite picture of one.

    Seriously, aside from terror birds, they just seem the perfect critter design to be used as steeds in a fantasy setting

  27. Sigh. As somepne else said in the twitter thread, there is nothing in that code of conduct that gives guidelines of what to do if someone harasses you. Well, make peace before the sun sets. That’s… not so useful.

    He also claims, while including the religion specific portions, not to be discriminating by religion because people can ignore those bits. Which attitude makes the rest unenforceable.

    There are some good basic bits in it, but to turn into a valid CoC it needs work, not mindlessly copying. And the guy who put it in has made it clear he has no interest in doing so and thinks most CoCs are nonsense.

  28. (19) My impression (having never met him) is that the primary developer of sqlite is indeed a mellow and pious guy, who did not write this CoC to trigger the libs in any form, but because he genuinely believes this to be proper conduct (and, being the primary and nearly sole developer, this CoC primarily applies to himself).

    Sqlite has always been known for a license that reads, in full:

    The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of
    a legal notice, here is a blessing:

    May you do good and not evil.
    May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others.
    May you share freely, never taking more than you give.

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