Daniel Verastiqui

Science Fiction Author

Notes From the Author

April 26, 2022 – 10:17 AM

I continue to be jazzed about Obsidian. Just to have all these files on my local computer backed up by OneDrive… I love it. No more worrying if I’ll ever be able to export from MediaWiki (and no more worrying about having to upgrade it).

And check out the graph view… that’s pretty neat.

Really can’t recommend it enough.

April 25, 2022

8:14 AM

I saw this question pop up on Twitter and immediately felt old.

A sure sign of aging is not wanting to change anything about the way you do things, and trigger warnings and content warnings are prime examples. On the one hand, there’s a definite empathic argument to warning people about the kind of things they’re going to read. On the other, books have been around for billions of years, and people have survived.

And it’s such a weird thing to have a content warning for sex. There is sex in this book! Oh? So the book is about humans?

Furthermore, it’s time to do away with all the “may contain violence sex nudity smoking drug use” warnings on Netflix, or at least let me opt out of it. If there’s going to be nudity, why spoil the surprise? Especially since more often than not it’s just some dude’s butt.

Pretty soon the ratings will include things like “May contain: nudity, sexual situations, hurt feelings, deceptive practices, passive-aggression, John Mayer, nose picking” and so on.

Anyway, the answer is no.

No content warnings.

Book is about humans. Humans have sex, bleed, and do bad things.

Sincerely, Old Daniel

7:09 AM

Some redditors were snickering about this book’s title the other day.

But as I was scrolling past, I realized I recognized that name. When I lived in Misawa, Japan in the 90s, we only had one movie theater on base: the Richard Bong Theater. It looked a little like this when I lived there:

Though honestly, I don’t remember the stairway sides being enclosed like that. Makes sense if you consider the lines that used to form there and the snowy weather. Sadly, the building is no longer in use.

And now as of 2016, the building has been condemned due to the roof being bad beyond repair. No base theater these days. Two movies per week in the Mokuteki Community Center.

misawajapan.com

Farewall, Mr. Bong Theater.

April 23, 2022

4:23 AM

The more I play of Returnal (Ascension), the more I’m convinced that my brain isn’t functioning properly. There is no way to win this game. You just keep playing. You just keep dying. Nothing changes.

I’ve gotten pretty good at running through levels 1-3… but something happens at 4. The enemies get tougher, and by then, your proficiency and integrity are maxed out. And then I get the feeling: is this really what I should be doing?

Aren’t there more important things happening in the world?

For example: *gestures vaguely to everything*

In other news, I used to have crippling social anxiety, so much so that whenever I was outside my house, I was always convinced someone was watching me. Even if I was just walking around or doing yard work, I was super self-conscious of how I looked. Was I digging a hole correctly? Was I emptying the lawn clippings like a doofus? That kind of stupid thing.

Turns out my anxiety was well-founded. I am being watched.

April 19, 2022

10:31 PM

Found an old picture from freshman year of college.

This is looking south from the 13th floor of Jester West on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Notice the complete lack of towering eyesores on the other side of the capitol. It was a simpler time… ICQ, HoTMaiL, long distance phone cards.

In hindsight, we probably should have put an end to the Internet then and there. We could still be renting VHS copies of Starship Troopers from I Luv Video instead of putting all our personal data in the hands of Bezos, Zuckerberg, and Muskrat.

Oh well.

April 8, 2022

9:17 AM

So I finished Horizon Forbidden West, and while it wasn’t the sweeping epic that God of War was, I still enjoyed it.

I think my problem has to do with the balance between the quest and the grind. Open world games don’t always get it right. With HFW, I found myself grinding for the best weapons and armor, but hitting brick walls that I thought would be removed by progressing the story.

And then the game was over.

So I don’t know. The grind didn’t seem worth it. Finishing the story didn’t seem to require the BEST weapons or BEST armor.

Still, a great game, and I spent HOURS playing it. Definitely worth the buy.