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May 6th, 2016: Okay so the coolest thing I got emailed to me after yesterday's comic was the idea that counting ISN'T math when we do it (because we're doing it by rote) but it IS math when birds do it (because they're reasoning through the process and reaching conclusions based on mathematical laws). I LOVE THIS IDEA SO MUCH. Nobody tell me if it's a bad idea because I love it.

– Ryan

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I've put up a post in [site community profile] dw_dev with details of the contributor event on the 14th and 15th of May. For bonus points, account creation is now working for the wiki, so documentation efforts are welcomed and encouraged!

I've also updated the masterlist of introductory bugs, with one new issue for a total of 18 unclaimed issues. If you've been thinking of getting involved I would be delighted if you showed up (virtually or in person) to the contributor event. As ever, here's how to get started. :-)
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Hello folk!

A reminder that I am running a Dreamwidth contributor weekend on the 14th of May, with spillover to the 15th. To get a sense of what goes on at these events, you can take a look at the November event summary and the February event summary.

If you need the physical address, please let me know and I'll PM it you along with instructions on how to get here by public transport. This is not the same address as the last time I hosted, so please do make sure you know where you're going!

If you'd like to attend remotely, find us on IRC or add me on Skype (ekabrett): I'm intending to have a spare machine running a video Skype call to interested folk from the corner of one of the rooms from about 11am on the Saturday (i.e. if you're attending in person and would rather not participate in the Skype call this will be avoidable).

More logistics! )

KOKOMO KOKOMIX

Apr. 29th, 2016 12:00 am
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April 29th, 2016: This comic is inspired by a really great conversation I had at the Alaska Robotics Comics Camp last week! We were camping where there was no internet or cell service at all, and so we couldn't verify whether or not Kokomo is a real place (short answer: IT'S COMPLICATED). So all we could do was debate it, everyone trying to convince everyone else, and it was actually really really fun. It ended up on the list of "things to look up when we have internet access again". I would like to specifically thank Dylan Meconis and Jon Klassen for their in-depth Kokomo research once we returned to civilization!! We are still arguing it over email; life is full of challenges

– Ryan

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Apr. 28th, 2016 08:48 pm
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Been afraid of saying anything, out of fear I'll scare away the motivation by mentioning it, but I've been playing guitar often enough / long enough that I'm finally starting to develop calluses.

I've been taking a scattershot approach: some evenings I follow a more structured approach (Andy Guitar when I've got the attention span; various apps when I don't). Other evenings I just sit down and play random songs from things people have put on the internet.

It's very nice to be able to sit down and have music come from my fingers. Like... like what, really, is this?

And because pop songs all take after one another, it turns out that even though there are like, a million different chords, half a dozen is enough to play most songs.

I'm still avoiding bar chords, but those come up so infrequently that I sometimes just don't *play* that one chord, and fill it in with my voice instead. (Cheater cheater <3)


I'm trying to wrap my brain around chord transposition. I've got something which takes an existing series of chord and transposes them, no problem. But then... I'm unsure what this means when I'm playing them on the guitar. Do I play on the same fret as I would pre-transposition, just with the new chord? Do I move one fret down for each step I've transposed? idk!
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April 27th, 2016: And finally, this comic goes out to both bananas AND radioactivity. Two of my top... well, they're both in top 1,000,000 interests, easily!

– Ryan

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As a reminder, the Dreamhack machine is going to be taken offline at some time between 1am EDT and 6am EDT on April 28th for up to an hour, as the datacenter will be doing maintenance work!

You can use the links in the above paragraph to check when this is in your local timezone.
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April 25th, 2016: This comic goes out to all my ghosts bros!! Holla at me on a moonless night in the ruins of an abandoned jail, ghost bros!

– Ryan

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