Christian A. Young's Dimlight Archive

Friday linkdump has been through the wars

Still playing catch-up with my life, but at least I've made sure that write-ups for "The Daleks" and "The Edge of Destruction" happened. I keep telling myself that all progress is good progress.

And now, links:

- Some of this week's excitement came in the form of my first flock of chickens arriving. I've got four pullets, which I brought home as day-old chicks on Tuesday. It's crazy, because I've spent a year reading up on chickens and behavior and care and suddenly holy crap, actual chickens. My source of sanity? Backyard Chickens. Super, super useful.

- I spend an unusual amount of time thinking about how ideas mutate when they're transmitted outside of their original context, culture, or language. My favorite example of this right now is a marvelous quote attributed to Goethe, usually rendered "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." And it is his words, sort of, except that the context is entirely wrong and the idea has been extrapolated entirely beyond recognition.

- The Sex-Swapped Anime Version of Harry Potter That Never Existed. People, I love this like burning.

- Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? I've had conversations with friends about how I'm reluctant to move to tablet computing over paper in terms of keeping notes and such because there are elements of the tactile experience (and how I ultimately process information) that are missing for me. And, thinking about it, a lot of those tactile cues are part of the reading experience for me as well. Maybe we're still learning to figure out how to find tactile cues in e-books?

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