Open Thread: Mid Month Check In, December 2016

(by chris the cynic)

What have you been doing of late?  How are you?  Are you still alive?  So forth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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7 thoughts on “Open Thread: Mid Month Check In, December 2016

  1. christhecynic December 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    The bad shit happened to my sister’s family in August, there’s still no end in sight. There’s been progress, but even though steps are made forward, there’s no sign of when it will finally end.

    Yesterday I tried to help with what was supposed to be the next step, but it turned out the first thing I had to do was fix a flooded basement. Melt-water flooded, meaning ice cold. I ended up getting soaked multiple times. After the flooding was dealt with I had to go home (and it took ages to return my fingers and, especially, toes to a healthy level of warmth and circulation) instead of doing the work I’d actually come to do.

    Not being able to clean the basement (they were unaware of the flooding) may have (as in, I don’t know; I hate not knowing) prevented the big chance they had to humanely cull the sheep herd (a guy who works with the Discovery Channel was going to do the job as part of a something~or~other skills workshop, but he wanted an indoor space for whatever reason. Culling the sheep herd is needed because DHHS moves goalposts and, apparently, doesn’t like farmers.

    Then there’s plenty of stress to be found elsewhere in my life. Mountains of it.

    So I’m alive, though parts of yesterday I wasn’t so so sure, but I’m also living in a constant state of way too much stress.

    On the other hand I’ve been thinking about making one or more shared universe(s) for super-person stories, and I finally got around to figuring out how the pieces fit together and making an index for one.

  2. alexeigynaix December 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Wow, chris. Impressively shitty. *hugs?*

    Iiii am failing at many things, but I’m still alive. Even a little creative.

    Though I discovered, after structuring a terza rima around the natural amphibrach I thought an epithet of Athena’s was, that the epithet is a natural dactyl—it’s E-ry-ma, not E-ry-ma—and that just throws off the whole damn poem!

    And I keep butterflying off to other projects. I don’t want to butterfly off to other projects. I want to finish the ones I’ve got.

  3. Firedrake December 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Plugging away. Finished with work for the year. Selling 3d-printed stuff. Designing more 3d-printed stuff to sell. Getting caught up on various other projects I’ve let slip lately.

  4. lonespark42 December 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I would love to know more about the 3D printed stuff…

  5. Firedrake December 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Mostly boardgame bits: replacement pieces that look better than the cardboard originals, holders for stacks of tiles, improved box inlays, and in one case a complete box that’s much smaller than the original (though that’s for Splendor, which has a notoriously oversized box). My printer can produce things which aren’t quite as finely-detailed as Shapeways can manage, but are vastly cheaper, especially with the pound sterling in its current state.

    And of course I can do custom (design and) printing of whatever people fancy, similarly for less money than Shapeways wants.

    Turns out that having years of 3D modelling experience is actually useful for something. 🙂

  6. only some stardust December 13, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I am alive. Underwent a lot of personal growth this year. Contemplating what it is worth to sacrifice yourself for other people who may not even care about you very much, and certainly do not respect you. Had some fun hacking an old game boy game and learning a little assembly, which is basically one level up from 1s and 0s in computer programming.

  7. depizan December 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    *offers hugs to those who need them*

    I…exist. I’m tired and have a cold (again -_-), and someone got stabbed at my workplace last week (and I later found the knife – or what is likely the knife, anyway), and I’m afraid for the future.

    And, comparatively speaking, my life is going fairly well.

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