The Death and Rebirth of The Points Between

Submitted by C B Wright on

Once upon a time I was happily writing a serial called The Points Between. It was a story I was incredibly passionate about telling -- a story that was viscerally important to me, even though it was way out of my comfort zone and far, far above my level of expertise -- and I'd actually finished an entire arc, and had started on the second arc, when a bunch of inconvenient things happened. The result of these inconvenient things was that the story has remained dormant for years: not dead, because it's never a story I've given up on, but dormant. I needed to make some decisions, and I didn't know what decisions I wanted to make.

I've made those decisions, and am in the process of moving forward. This is the story of that interminable process, and what came out of it.

The Points Between is, in my head, a story with three arcs. The first arc, where Matthew discovered he was a magician, was finished. The second arc, where he had to discover what that meant, was getting started. The third arc, where he had to choose how to use what he knew, was being set up. I was generally pleased with most of what I'd written, but there were a few things I'd done that had bothered me:

1400!

Submitted by C B Wright on

The Help Desk archives reaches 1400 individual comics today.

That sounds like a very impressive number -- it was certainly a lot when I was entering all these !@#$% comics into the database -- but keep in mind that as of 31 March, Help Desk will be 11 years old. If I'd been publishing consistently (as in, Jeff Darlington or Howard Tayler levels of consistency) I would have over 2800 comics in my archive.

Now that would be impressive.

Love Hurts

Submitted by C B Wright on

The site was disabled today. Why, you might ask?

It's an interesting question. Initially everyone thought it was a Denial of Service attack... but it turns out that being linked on the front page of Drupal.org caused a massive influx of enthusiastic first-time viewers that brought the site to its knees.

Love hurts.

"Solitaire is all anyone will ever need"

Submitted by C B Wright on

From Bruno the Bandit, by Ian McDonald

One Laptop Per Child is, in my opinion, a laudible and worthy goal... to create low-cost laptops that are then distributed for free to children in developing countries.

This is a worthwhile effort. There are people who feel the project is a waste of time, and that people should be focusing on other, more basic problems, but I believe that focusing on any one problem to the exclusion of all others won't solve anything. OLPC won't save the world but that doesn't mean it won't do good things.

That said, sometimes I worry about what exactly people involved in the project expect the children are going to get out of it. Take, for example, the following quote:

"A child doesn't want to play the latest video games. He wants to be able to read a book."
-Michalis Bletsas, OLPC official, as quoted in Linux Today

This quote is offered as an explanation as to why the laptop isn't powerful enough to play the latest and greatest games available on the market today, and it makes me want to bang my head against the wall until I lose consciousness, just to give me a moment of sweet respite from the silliness of the idea.

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