June 8th, 2007

oh dear

An assortment of items for a Friday

This LJ code release means the death of memories. Unless you need more than 1000 entries in a tag, that is. The report says something about their implementation: they cache the last N entries tagged, as tags are added; the cache is permanent and not (say) lazily evaluated as tag-pages are requested. I wonder why there's a limit at all. Can easily imagine implementations without.

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"Thusia" got a chunk of writing last night, post the arrival of helpful comments from the Beta Reader of Extreme Insight. I have another puzzle to write for that story, which I'm still chewing over.

Was thinking that the ability to step into someone else's shoes and imagine the world from their perspective, however briefly, is an intensely valuable skill. Its use to writers is obvious, but I think it's useful in daily life. When I role-play one of my users, imagining how a teenager would use the device I work on. Or even when a coworker comes to me with an annoying or on the surface stupid request-- from some perspective it makes sense, and I'm in a better position (more flexible, powerful) if I can imagine that point of view. There are times when I feel intense sympathy for everybody around me. And times when they baffle me and I wonder how they can be so... insert insulting adjective.

I have much additional amusement this morning, most of it incomprehensible or unspeakable.
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You know how sometimes you beta-read things for people and just explode with joy at what you're reading? I love this experience. I had it today. I read a fragmentary start at this a few months ago, but now it's a complete thing and I am happy:

glimmergirl: Psychopompos - Giles/Wesley, FRT
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