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January 17 2020

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Bad Map Projection: South America
The projection does a good job preserving both distance and azimuth, at the cost of really exaggerating how many South Americas there are.
Reposted bymisspandorapomoorlllm

January 15 2020

17:29

Bottleneck

 

Been quiet here lately, yes.

Not that there hasn’t been stuff going on: I’ve been dying to weigh in along a hundred axes from the time they revived those disembodied pig brains right up to this very morning, when Isabel Fall’s brilliant story was pulled (at her own request) from Clarkesworld thanks to the frenzied grandstanding of rageaholics who decried it as transphobic. (Turns out Fall is trans herself, but why let that get in the way of a good virtue signal?) The deaths of influential figures, only one of which I can celebrate. There’s even some mildly celebratory news on another front, but for now at least I’m not allowed to talk about it.

I didn’t weigh in on any of that stuff because I promised myself I’d update the galleries first. You remember those: that whole other wing of rifters.com, housing book covers and fan art and various other visual tie-ins to whatever it is I do here. I’ve fallen into the habit of updating the galleries around the end of each year, as a kind of atheistic Christmas gift to you all; I shy away from doing it more often because while fan art is very cool, too many such posts run the risk of tipping the ‘crawl a little too far into self-aggrandisement. So I let the artwork pile up over the year.

This year there were over sixty new items to curate. Sixty-plus new book covers and fan paintings and videos and tattoos and AR models and even music for chrissakes. It was enough to necessitate a restructuring of the Blindopraxia wing— the category once known simply as “Fan Art” has now been split into subsections by artist and medium and (in one instance) subject (“Vampires”). It also necessitated rescaling originals for upload, and building dozens of thumbnails, and tracking down artists and sources so I could provide proper accreditation.

I thought it might take a day or two. It took—significantly longer. I started before Christmas.

Now, finally, the damn things are up and ready for viewing. What you see here is but a sample. The Blindopraxia wing weighs in with the greatest number of new acquisitions by far (52), but you’ll find another seven over in the Rifters gallery; three in Sunflowers; and four in Assorted Shorts.

So check ’em out, if you’re so inclined. They range from brilliant to frankly bizarre. And to any of you who might have been waiting for me to post something with more heft to it, apologies for the bottleneck. We’re about to return to our regular programming.

Next up: an exploration of the exchange rate between extinction and genocide.

 

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Tattoo Ideas
The text ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US with a lengthy footnote explaining that I got this tattoo in 2020 and not, as you may assume, 2001, but offering no further clarification.

January 13 2020

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JPEG2000
I was actually a little relieved when I learned that JPEG2000 was used in the DCI digital cinema standard. I was feeling so bad for it!

January 10 2020

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Star Wars Voyager 1
There's some flexibility depending on your standards for measuring runtime and the various special editions. If you still want to have a party, I'm sure you can find some combination that works.

January 08 2020

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Parenthetical Names
I never got around to seeing that movie about the battle (of Midway).

January 06 2020

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Alignment Chart Alignment Chart
I would describe my personal alignment as "lawful heterozygous silty liquid."

January 03 2020

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OK/okay/ok
After changing it back and forth several times and consulting with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, I settled on "ok" in my book How To, but I'm still on the fence. Maybe I should just switch to "oK."

January 01 2020

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I Love the 20s
Billboard's "Best of the 80s" chart includes Blondie's 1980 hit "Call Me." QED.

December 30 2019

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New Year's Eve
"Off-by-one errors" isn't the easiest theme to build a party around, but I've seen worse.

December 27 2019

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Weird Hill
I'm compromising by picking a weird hill to lie on.

December 25 2019

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Christmas Presents
"The parisitism might be mediated by a fungus!" exclaimed the biologist who was trying to ruin Christmas again.

December 23 2019

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Edible Arrangements
Any arrangement is an edible arrangement if you're hungry enough.

December 20 2019

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Thumbtacks And String
A tattoo of a tattoo parlor receipt

December 18 2019

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Star Wars Spoiler Generator
The heroes seem to be gaining the upper hand until Darth Juul manages to flip the switch on the car wash control panel from 'REGULAR' to 'PREMIUM.'

December 16 2019

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Ground vs Air
Water is thinner than both, and fire is *definitely* thicker.

December 13 2019

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Brussels Sprouts Mandela Effect
I love Brussels Sprouts Mandela Effect; I saw them open for Correct Horse Battery Staple.

December 11 2019

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Timeline of the Universe
Not actual size, except technically at one spot near the left.
Reposted bygregorczykm gregorczykm

December 09 2019

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Data Error
Cyanobacteria wiped out nearly all life on Earth once before, and they can do it again!

December 06 2019

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Flu Shot
"Wait, how often are you getting bitten by snakes? And why are you boiling water?" "Dunno, the CDC people keep showing up with complicated questions about the 'history of the property' and 'possible curses' but I kinda tune them out. At least one of them offered me the flu shot."
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