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phew sorry folks, that dr’s appt took it out of me more than i expected.

but after that it’s been really quite good, i got a bunch of admin stuff done, took my emails from 14k unread to 104 (and 88 of those are random old ones from our dad)

and we also unpacked a couple boxes from the move 2 years ago, and rearranged a couple food area things

today our dad is visiting and helped us chop veg, and now i’m in the middle of cooking minestrone. first time we’ve cooked smth properly from scratch since the move!

relaxing after that though, and going to catch up on catching-up with stuff

oh damn, is ending?

well, i'm really glad hecate's guidance pushed me thru to make those posts now (we were actually drafting all that for, like, 18 hours at least) when the energy struck

i'm sorry i missed so much of it bc of my health, but thank you very much @chr for everything

i still get a nice smile out of the cute-slight-nonsense of "florped your ping"

in all seriousness, i’m sorry for being away for so long ;;

without going too much into it, the world just kept kicking my arse. argle blargle

i will be attempting to respond to DMs, private discord messages, emails, etc over the next few weeks.

(slash possibly months, given how much my chronic fatigue has been making me sleep... hopefully not that long, though — our spoons have finally been trending upwards after years)

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oh crap, i exist again

what the heckie

@starwall is it weird that i knew about this bc of a greg egan story (planck dive),

i was doing some research on the many different fm synth chips yamaha made, i was expecting there to be an obvious hierarchy of quality and abilities, but actually it's more complex than that

like i knew the opl3 and dx7 had more voices than the opn2, and that the opn2 can only do sine wave operators.. but in some ways the opn2 has an edge, bc it's multi-timbre

very interesting

i still really want the reface dx keyboard,

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though also, i will say, netflix started me on the penultimate episode of season 20 (according to what he says) so. i'm not necessarily saying he never goes into colour theory

he is using the technical terms like "if you just have one hue you're only working with values" in this monochrome painting one

so it's not like he's necessarily _hiding_ that kind of thinking? but he's not (so far) _illuminating_ that thinking the same way as he is with brush choice either? if that makes sense

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so yeah. i'm glad i can think about colours in that colour theory way already, cos i would have absolutely no insight into why he was doing any colours he was doing otherwise

so far two episodes in now, he is very much doing one main hue, one proximate hue, and one complementary hue

which is a nice standby for keeping things looking nice.

but if you couldn't recognise that already, it would seem like he had ten to twenty completely unique colours that Somehow end up blending nicely at the end

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and that's just from one half an hour episode heh

but yeah like. he keeps saying it's about teaching ppl the painting

and he _is_ tutorialising about brush choice and brush technique (which as someone who's only seriously done digital painting, and analogue only being pencil and pen work, is pretty neat, can't do this the same way in a paint program)

but without discussing why he's picked the colours.. you might end up with un-harmonious palettes overall, if you were only learning from this

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and similarly a couple of times his white for highlights "accidentally" got a little of the pink he'd mixed in below the white blob on his easel in

but pure white would seem very odd with the warm purples, making it just slightly pink keeps it being a proximate colour instead of something hueless (which also gets helped along with how much he's blending things on the canvas afterwards as well, but that little bit of pink in the mix is still necessary, not accidental)

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also it's useful to have known that he actually did plan out everything before hand despite some things he says

like he was mixing some browns together to make trees and "accidentally" mixed in a little of the purple he used for the sky and the mountain base

but! that's really important actually! without that little bit of purple mixed in, the lighting in the scene wouldn't seem consistent, the brown would be too red-seeming against the purples and blues

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so i'm watching some bob ross for the first time ever

like. as in, just straight-up watching, i've seen some collections of clips or stuff set to music before

bc netflix recommended it to me and i was just looking for smth low intensity but also new

but like. anyway. i gotta say

i'm glad i learned a bunch of colour theory stuff a few years ago before seeing this bc at least i can understand why he's picking the colours he is. his monologue doesn't rly let you in to that but it's important

but of course... there would be no minidisc in that history
which is a wee bit of a shame cos the physicality of minidisc is neat and is the design cousin of the 3.5" floppy
but, still
minidisc couldn't hold much uncompressed music
but DAT did
so... what would SDAT do that would've made it super?
i guess higher helical scan density? which would be more playback time, or high sample rate music earlier than in our timeline, i suppose

obviously it's purely just fictional but. it's kind of neat to think about an alternate history where DAT did take off for "consumer grade" music and eventually got a second generation

thinking about SDAT, specifically shinji's player

oh shit cadence of hyrule looks great
i love necrodancer anyway and then the zelda theme remix in the trailer.. nice

@Lioness that makes sense. i learned my kana from flashcards rather than from audio so. didn't rly know about that but that's very helpful ^^

jisho has audio for like. words, which i use when doing kanji practise, but. yeah. just flashcards for the kana. and also the flashcards had stuff like じゅ/ジュ but it didn't have ディ for whatever reason

love getting woken up from a really cool dream by a call from a withheld number (that i can't ignore because some orgs like dwp sometimes do that) and it turns out to be from an organisation i've told multiple times to contact me by email if possible

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