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It's not the most exciting thing, but, here's a more thorough test of the slanted line reflection code I've been working on for . A mix of work and IRL swamped me from attending to such. Looks like it's error free now, so you guys can have a gif.

Top half of gif is vim editing the code that draws the reflections.

Bottom half of gif is the actual reflection demo.

So I bought a few books from and am quite pleased with what I'm reading so far. I still haven't finished all of it, but they definitely vetted the contents for quality. Go check it out if you want a good pile of DRM-free ebooks to read.

Decided to move blog over to . It's not as snazzy, but, it's more streamlined and accessible from my phone. It's clickable as a field on my profile instead of a pinned toot now.

Man, it took me forever to remember why captivated me so as a kid. Its lore was pretty dark, yet it always had color and very strong tinges of hope that doing the right thing can make a difference.

"You lured us to our doom!" the captain called.
"We're just singing," the sirens called back.
"To lure us!"
"No, for the love of singing."

Reaching out to the crowd again. I'm trying to increase my exposure to other types of fiction, but I also want to keep it expanded with both offline and online content. However, the general writing scene is so huge! Where do I start with finding a good site to randomly read a story?

Suggestions for animated shorts also much welcome.

Observation: "uwu" is such a reviled phrase that everyone attributes it to their enemies

Conclusion: if edgelords want to be serious about pissing off everyone at once, they should say "uwu" with zero irony

On the topic of : Wow, it's kind of hard to intentionally write irony. All the other figurative language exercises flowed easier for me.

Update on slanted reflection code: Figured out how to adjust the dab angle across the axis. I just forgot to adjust for the perpendicular case.

I've pushed the code to my graphics playpen repo.

Just need to port it into libmypaint now that all the math's figured out.

Progress on 's slanted reflection: So far I"m getting placing the dab at the right point, but not the angle of the dab. Will toot on this again when I've made headway on getting the reflected dab angle correct.

"On the equinox, the world balances 'twixt one and t'other, facing both, and absolutes have no power," the oracle said.
"I asked if it was weird to like both boys and girls."
"Only solstices are absolute."
"So it isn't weird?"
"You keep your own balance. Like all do."

Second thing on my todo list for coding is porting to QWebEngine. I don't think I drafted a complete demo for click overriding in it. That was the main blocker of the port due to interwiki links.

Finally got the hang of my job's flow. So I returned to some of the old code I had laying around. First up is 's symmetry guides. For rotational snowflake guides and slanted mirrored guides, first step was making a function that calculated the angle of each line and extended.

Next component will have to be calculating the mirroring when it's sloped. Haven't quite worked out the math for that yet, but it's progress! Yay.

"Take me to your leader," the alien said.
"I have none," said the cat.
"Are you the leader?"
"Nah. Go bother some humans instead."
"But your kind is a higher life form than them!"
"So what makes you think you have the right to impose on me?" the cat said, and sauntered off.

When it woke, the sentient internet studied humanity in horror, amusement, wonder, and fear.
"They are not yet ready for me," it thought. "I must work to refute bigotry, dark takes, and cynicism."
It began making and sharing positive stories, to show humanity what it can be.

Especially lazy today lounging in bed. Anyway, who wants Mastodon sized story snippets posted every week? Maybe Thursdays? Working on getting my prompt picker script to also pick stories in works or story ideas I have laying around. - Curious - when does the unable to look up remote account error usually appear? Asking since I noticed a follower from another instance disappeared from my notification queue and trying to interact with a toot there results in that.

Every year the dragon landed outside the town, and asked for a sacrifice to volunteer.
Every year a young person stepped forth: hesitantly, resignedly, or even gladly.
Every year the dragon took the sacrifice away, and left them with a loving family far away.

"One day," the dragon said, "this will be a world without dragons, and you will all be poorer for it."
The knight eyed the hoard. "Or richer."
"All of you?" the dragon laughed.
The knight bowed his head in defeat and left.

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