Arcanotech

Thoughts and tinkerings

It's been pretty quiet here at Arcanotech for the last few months, and there's a very good reason why. I've been working and taking classes at the local community college, and they've been keeping me very busy.

First things first: I love my job. I work at a makerspace, and it's pretty much the coolest job ever. And my boss is amazing. But the coolest part? I get to learn how to use all the equipment. Over the past 6 months or so I've learned MIG welding, manual mill, manual lathe, 3D printing, CNC plasma cutting, and the ShopBot CNC router. I've also polished my woodworking skills. Here's a look at some meatspace projects I've been working on.

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It was a dark and stormy night.

Well, not really. But as that's the original purple prose, it seemed a fitting opening line.

I finally finished the first prototype of Purple Prose, the story management app I've always wanted. It's still very much in alpha right now, and not exactly fully usable,...

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I've gone back to school for Programming and Web Programming certifications. This is a mixed bag so far, as I've been programming since two years before the Web was invented, and yet the admins won't allow me to test out of any of the "how do I program?" classes. Because apparently all my programming courses from the last time through college have expired or something. Whatever. The point is, this entire first semester is all review before I can take courses in newer languages and technologies, and as such, despite the professors being nice and overall pretty solid teachers, I am so bored.

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I've got a new project in the works. I had a dream a couple of years ago about Harry Potter, and it was so interesting that I decided I absolutely had to turn it into a proper fic. As of this post, I've got something like 11 chapters written, (7 in sequence, the rest fleshing out key events) and e...

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I got fed up with Windows (again) a few months ago, and migrated my systems over to Manjaro (desktop) and Mint (laptop). And while Mint works great on my laptop, systemd decided it just didn't want to play nice on my desktop. And after watching its resource usage, I'm done with that, too.

And...

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