tho i have to say one of my fav "people is people" moments of reaching out through history
these little clay dogs found in nineveh
buried as charms under a palace
each of them carved so lovingly, by a person that knows dogs, and looking like dogs that you can probably go find today looking the exact same
each of them inscribed with the quality of a good guard dog that people still prize today in good guard dogs
Loud is his bark!
Biter of his foe!
Some recent travel writing from me, entitled "Lindworms and Sparrows" - it's a short piece about a recent trip I made to Klagenfurt, the capital of the Austrian state of Carinthia:
I was so enchanted by the video on the #Kickstarter.
Image from page 111 of "Floor games" (1912)
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game art informative rant
Right now in game art, there are several approaches to making the textures you see in video games. To be clear, this is the surface information on meshes, not detail on meshes themselves.
Hand painting, either directly on the model in a program like Blender or Substance Painter, or on the UV map in a program like Krita or Photoshop. This is more or less what I'm focusing now since I've changed my style. Hand painted can sometimes be photorealistic, but is generally stylized.
That was the best local election since I got involved at all in politics. Seven hundred new Lib Dem councillors, Conservatives lost 1300 seats and losing control in over forty councils (and us picking up overall control of ten). Great night for the Greens who got nearly 200 new councillors too. Feels good to be winning, and especially good to be hammering the Tories back down.
A right-coalition looks like it will be impossible, which is good, so we have a PSOE anchored government whatever happens. Big success story for a social democratic party given their recent difficulties in other parts of Europe.
It looks like a centre-coalition of PSOE + Ciudadanos is the only sensible way to do a two-party coalition: I think there'll be big pressure on Cs now to agree to that. A left-separatists coalition could be nice but, as we've already seen, v unstable.
Our other new article is a new #worldbuilding piece from @JubalBarca, entitled "Ritual and re-use: writing places that feel alive" . It looks at how you can deepen your village and town settings from the standard "Here's a standard set of functions, and here's the buildings that do them" to create a more integrated & connected environment.
I just heard that my previous supervisor (who supervised my MRes), Dr. Ruth Macrides, has died very suddenly. Feeling very numb.
A huge loss to scholarship of the Byzantine world, but also the loss of a funny, clever, kind woman whose wisdom and encouragement helped me back onto the path of feeling I could really pursue my own research interests in academia.
Just not processed it at all yet. It'll take a while.
I had the most lovely long chat with @RameyMoore last night about vampire sociolinguistics.
What kinds of language ideologies might a vampire carry with them from the past? (I'm having so much fun imagining pissy native Latin speakers who look down on the entire rest of Europe, for example.) Vampires who have those reconstructed Shakespearean accents. Vampires who miss their native language, who no one else speaks.
I need a quick cultural check, but am unemployed and so broke I can't afford groceries, much less a diversity consultant. Can someone who knows something about Zulu culture please help me out so I can get a $1.99 PDF onto DTRPG and maybe pay a bill? All I need is to know if Zakhele Manqoba Khumalo is a plausible name for an 1880s era Zulu man, and the title Udokotela to indicate he's a doctor or biologist. #ttrpg #zulu #rpg #amwriting
Historian of the medieval Caucasus, Digital Humanist, Radical Liberal, Founder of exilian.co.uk (@ExilianOfficial), game dev, storyteller. Possibly Pangolinish.
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