Dave's Philosophical Nattering|
Last Updated: 3/1/17
Every so often I wax philosophical...it helps keep the brain shiny and
rust-free. Here's a few pieces I've written, either about life in general or
dealing with the online world.
Life In General
a.k.a. the Deep(ish) Stuff
Life in Specific
a.k.a. the Shallower Stuff
Writing And Storytelling Theory
- Personality Test - (1990s?) These are the
results of my taking the IPIP-NEO Narrative Report personality test. I took
the short form, so the subscales are less than reliable, but the main scales
should be reasonably solid. Some interesting apparent contradictions in
there, but I contain multitudes.
- Personality Test 2015 - (2015) I dug up
a site for the IPIP-NEO and gave it another try. Within the limits of the
short test's reliability, there's definitely some places where I've changed.
Nice to know I haven't been static for half my life.
- Web Design Philosophy - (1990s) As someone who has
been online long enough to remember when adding images to a webpage was the
latest thing, I think I'm legally required to write something about how this
crusty old netter thinks webpages should be made. Written before 2000, so a
lot of details are incorrect now. The underlying philosophy is still valid.
- Net.Equanimity - (1990s) Originally written
to apply to a specific newsgroup, the tips in here are helpful for anyone
wanting to learn to live with the more frustrating elements of online
- Moving Weekend - (2002) A sort of proto-blog,
keeping a diary on my PDA of the experience of moving from Michigan to Kansas
by car, taking a leisurely three days.
- A Geek's Guide to Gerrymandering - (2013)
Fun with voting districts, put in more fannish terms.
Lack Of Life In General
- Dave's Guide to Guides to Writing - (1998)
Lots of people tell you how to write, I tell you how to listen to those
- Getting Into The Story - (2005) Some musings on
how authors end up in their own stories. Good, bad and Mary Sue.
- Advice On Running Mysteries In RPGs - or
"This Ain't A CRPG, So Loosen Up!" (2008) Trying to run a mystery on rails
rarely works with players, and it can be frustrating for all involved.
Here's some other ways to do it.
a.k.a. Other Hobby Stuff
There's also an essay section on my Transformers Fanfic page,
mostly focused on Transformers-specific geekdom, but a few of the essays are
more broadly applicable to fandoms in general.
- Why Is Scalping Wrong? - (1999) No, I'm not
talking about removing someone's scalp. In this essay I address the matter
of buying up toys the instant they leave the truck and then reselling them at
huge markup, and why it's a Bad Thing.
- The Bad Girl Art Index - (mid-90s) Before Diamond
Distribution became a monopoly, I'd mock Previews on a monthly basis,
pointing out all the hideous Bad Girl Art in the catalog. This is how I kept
- Grandparent Gifts - (2008) Some stuff really
only gets given to kids by people other than their parents, here's a guide to
two of the more common types.
- Galaxy Rangers: Why the Cowboy Hats? - (2009) It
doesn't show up much in my fannish activities because the line didn't last
30+ years like Transformers did, but I really like Galaxy Rangers. And
sometimes I get to thinking about things that the writers might have wanted
viewers to just let slide....
- Humanity: Champs or Chumps? - (late 2000s, I
think) In science fiction stories where interstellar travel occurs, there's a
lot of ways to deal with the question of alien races. This is a
spectrum/taxonomy I came up with one morning in the shower and later refined.
- Why I Enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -
(2013) Not really a review of the movie, more of a contemplation of the
fannish mindset, using the movie as a specific example.
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