I kind of want to buy the book that this short piece is based on. The one thing they seem to have gotten wrong is that extroverts are more likely to create avatars that are drastically different from themselves. I've noticed that it's usually the introverts who make exotic characters, and the extroverts or at least the more grounded folks tend to make characters more closely resembling themselves.

haruspex: babylon (Default)
( Jan. 7th, 2007 09:27 pm)
But primarily of shoes. Aside from getting settled in at Chez Seastrom, I've managed to fit a fairly decent bit of reading in. I finished China Mieville's The Scar, and was suitably impressed. The man builds a good world... good enough that I plowed through the entire thing in two hours, and sat back wanting more. I'll have to pick up Perdido Street Station at some other point and see if it's as good.

I got The Gulag Archipelago as a Christmas present from [livejournal.com profile] wombat_socho, and I still haven't managed to plow through it. On the other hand, I don't think this book CAN be plowed through. The scale of the horror doesn't sink in well if you read it quickly. You have to go through a chapter once, put it aside, and go back through it, and then give it a few days to sink in. And then the twitchiness and the implications will set in. It's a glorious book, and I really should have read it before I got it as a gift. It's a fascinating read.

On a less recreational note, I've been poking at an LPC tutorial and a more specialized DGD tutorial in the interests of wrapping my head around a side project. It's been slow going, mostly due to a lack of basic understanding of programming concepts. In the interests of developing actual useful job skills and being able to grok LPC and LPC DGD, I'll be sticking my head back into Perl for the first time in about a month. (Speaking of which... [livejournal.com profile] stuckintraffik, can you drop another "assignment" into my Gmail account when you've got the time?) I've got a few things in mind for now, mainly another, more complicated database for tarot information, and the integration of my quote program (right now it's two separate commands, I'd like it to dump into a menu with input and output options).

And now I will make and eat the tasty salad.


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