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Too Many Screeching Fans

I’m not really a fan of Linus Tech Tips, I normally just click on a couple of the short Clips when they show up in my recommendation box and seem relevant, but I am fond of Linux

The clip was interesting enough that I hopped over to the full podcast, and had a very fun moment of them pointing out a social dynamic I’ve never had a big enough audience to experience in real time. The “Genuinely Helpful Fans” and the “Toxic GIT GUD hecklers” in large enough numbers in the same chat to immediately prove the point of why the podcast speaker was reluctant to be honest about their issues as a Linux Newbie.

There’s a point early in the Linux segment where somebody in the chat mentions “Don’t worry, we like to help newbies get in. Let us know what you’re having trouble with.” Linus sees this and acknowledges this, but points out that people like the person saying that are not the loudest ones or the fastest people to step in.

about 15 minutes later when he’s explaining a genuine issue trying to download and run a shell script from Github. When he tried to download it, he kept getting an HTML file and was confused and frustrated about why there isn’t a one-click solution to just make it run properly.

The “Don’t worry I’m a dev I have that issue too, here’s how to fix that” guy gets acknowledged again in voice, but sure enough the “RTFM” and “that’s a browser problem not a github problem” and “NO YOU DID IT WRONG [w/o tips for fixing the issue]” all start screeching.

Not really sure what ones to combat that kind of scenario, since being overly aggressive with trying to help can come off as pushy and unpleasant too, and nobody wants to be stuck spending 3 hours in a chat with a stranger when what they were trying to do is just use their computer.

Now Saving: Nanowrimo Approaches

Some kinda Scalebeast. This one in particular is Amethyst Crystal, based on Lilac. Previously I had drawn Amethyst as a feline with the intent that she was somebody inspired in-universe by Lilac and Carol to try to become a hero on her own and started trying to imitate their movesets. Regardless of the particulars, this particular Amethyst is probably the result of parents who met somebody in the past of the same name and look and liked them a lot enough to encourage their offspring to be like them. I suppose it would make sense then that the Amethyst this Amethyst is based on probably did succeed at being a hero of some kind. Maybe of the peace-bringing sort?

NaNoWriMo is approaching fast, and I plan on participating this year. I know it’ll be a struggle and I expect to fail yet again, but ehh, I’ve got at least two different ideas I’ve been wanting to flesh out one way or another and it’s as good an excuse to try as any.

Had to drive in to the office for work today for the first time in almost a year and I have to go in person tomorrow as well. Wasn’t too hard after getting on the interstate, it’s the part up until then that’s the real stresser. Need to buy some more face masks. All of the cloth masks I bought last year are already kinda torn up and I’m out of the medical masks.

Trying to figure out how much I want to draw from my recent interpersonal experience when writing stuff for NaNoWriMo. There’s definitely a set of characters that exist first and foremost to be a bit like mirrors of the most iconic things I remember about certain people. But I also don’t want to come off as overly petty or mean when I put those characters into dangerous fantastical situations.

Just judging by how hard it is for me to keep coming up with things to mention in this blog post about my very real life, trying to keep up with the nanowrimo goal when I have to completely make up a plot and character traits and whatnot. All I can do is TRY I guess. Even if I don’t reach the goal, a partial progress towards a novel is a heck a lot more than nothing.

Since I already have this blog, maybe it’ll be convenient if I do the Nanowrimo IN this editor?


Just finished reading 70-Seas and the 70 Seas Extras. It definitely gives a bit more context to certain parts of Latchkey Kingdom! Overall, I enjoyed 70 Seas and right around chapter 10 I started seeing characters that appear somewhat prominently in Latchkey Kingdom. Meanwhile in the Extras there’s a bit more expansion on side characters (Snake Guy, Hilde) and some of the popular characters for patreon art requests that otherwise don’t show up much in LK or 70S’s main comics like the twin sisters and that Barbarian wizard slayer lady.

I will say though, the main comic is pretty solid and has a relatively consistent sense of humor that lines up pretty well with Latchkey Kingdom. The extras shift considerably in tone, though. Some are great. Some just don’t appeal to me. And well, there’s one or two jokes in 70 Seas that aged horribly. But still, overall more than worth $8!

Now Saving: No Meal Plans Here


Learned about for my first time.  Added author’s note to B fic from yesterday. Played a LOT of Awesomenauts. Played with 3D Ponymaker and Inkscape.

IRC was unusually quiet for the majority of the day today until late night. Making progress in a FoE Reread. Just now finishing the Shadow of the Ministries massivehuge chapter.

Ran out of TV dinners and hotdogs and whatnot in the fridge for the week’s stay. Need to go shopping for more food at some point. I miss having my meal-plan on-campus. Kinda wish I had bothered to learn to cook.


I spent more than three hours drawing today. It was a lot like my past Puppysmiles artbinges, but with a different character to focus all of my affections and fantasy projections onto. It was fun, and perhaps a little bit inappropriate- I drew some things first and asked permission later, though it worked out in the end- and ultimately helped me figure out a posture that makes starting/stopping  drawing with my EP121 much muuuuch easier. Hopefully, this will help me go back and knock out any remaining owed art.

(Given the nature of the art, it will go in my alt-tumblr (Retl2) and wordpress separately.)

Somehow managed to make my chin bleed while typing this. Think I scratched something without paying enough attention to it.

Went to an ACM Student Chapter meeting much earlier today. Turns out some of the guests were not only inviting to hackathon, but invited their OWN guests which were business owners looking to hire for technical software development. Might not be a game job, but darn that’s tempting… But at the time I had the minipanic I described earlier today, and left the room as soon as the meeting ended without talking to the business person. I didn’t want to accidentally make too bad a first impression by approaching wrong at the tail end of a meeting that showed to more out of hope to meet my team mates and maybe have some free pizza than for the meeting. 😡

Aaaand, now I’m off to watch the Super Mario Bros. Movie.

– 4-1, Hop ‘n’ Pop Till You Drop, features lots of aerial platforming and floating balloons to traverse
– this level also features bubbles filled with enemies and bombs
– for each flower you collect in a stage, you’ll get one chance at receiving a medal from the end goal
– when you obtain 30, the bonus level unlocks

^- I am so sold on Yoshi’s New Island now, judging on that level name.