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It seems like interesting discussions go on around here, so I've set up shop as an experiment in actually interacting (for once).

I value weirdness and find odd points of view interesting.
Art, philosophy, and tinkering are things I enjoy.
I doodle daily (not that I plan to post many here).
Cats are very good :blobcattea:

I'm rarely at ease in conversation, so expect some awkwardness.
If I screw up, please tell me (politely)!

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To expand on the therian comment in my bio... (long-ish, 123 words) 

I seem to have a persistent desire to be less human, it's weird and hard to explain!
Since ~2017 it's manifested as wanting my exterior to be mountain-lion shaped.
Human hardware is disappointing, I've wanted a tail since forever, and I'm intermittently sad I'm not a cat.

It seems this isn't so uncommon among Furries, and trans Furries especially.
"Therian" might be the word, but it seems to mean different things to different groups.
I've seen its use often bound up with spirituality, which doesn't apply to me.
Thus, I'm cautious about using it.

There seems to be some talk about this stuff on Furry instances, so I'm hoping to discuss it a bit.

re: Insomnia posting 

Heck with it, 3AM programming time!
This is definitely a good idea :blobcat3c:

A tiny act of defiance in the face of neuro-chemistry, or something.

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Insomnia posting 

It's the early hours of the morning here, and I would like to be asleep.
Sadly, my brain is refusing all shutdown requests, only made worse as I get increasingly frustrated at watching all the things I wanted to do over the weekend evaporate because I'll be too tired to function.

I'm glad this doesn't happen more often, at least.

(sensitive: vaguely spidery thing)

This is what I did today.
Not quite what I planned, but I'll definitely take it :D
Aiming roughly in the direction of a fighting game (as in Street Fighter and co) I think.

Several things I've not implemented before:
- 2D skeleton (tree of bones)
- not-quite matrices for transforms (there's a name, I've forgotten)
- IK solver
- joint constraints

The Daubed Sigil and Magic Apparatus plugin for GDB.

About twenty minutes painting.

Is Mortal Kombat's practice mode called Immortal Kombat?

Today's doodle.
Finally, a laptop for all the foxes! :P
About 35 minutes painting.

Comic from yesterday.
This was the result of a typically odd conversation with Partner-fox, itself the result of watching two entertaining Australians play Space Engineers.
Apologies to Dubstep fans :P

About two hours painting.

An abstract doodle from yesterday.
This wasn't really designed, it just kind of happened, and I quite like it.
About ten minutes painting.

Long thread continues 

Features I included:
- liking the weird, finding normalcy and routine boring (+BRU -WG)
- enjoying learning and tinkering for fun (+U)
- morality, due to emotional responses, rather than a grander idea of "right" (+G)
- being introspective (+UG -R)
- desire to be "nice", "nice" tending to be defined externally (+WG)
- trying to avoid emotional biases, be realistic, avoid ego (+WUBG -R)
- conflict aversion (+G -BR)
- risk aversion (+WBG -R)
- belief that honesty and openness are advisable (+WUR -B)
- enjoying a bit of chaos, now and then (+R -WG)

Weighted sum: U8 G5 W2 B2 R-2
I guess the low R score is amusing?
I do overthink a lot, and I've recently been thinking I don't allow for enough spontaneity.

Overall, I think I could kind of derive any answer I want, the archetypes seem open to interpretation.
Maybe that's sort of the point?
(The last draft might have been better; the closing line was "maybe I'm evil after-all?" :P )


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Parody of scientific writing, artistic license, third person 

Subject instructed to write down key elements of its personality, then provided with data-recording device and unlimited period to think.
Subject then told to re-read above article and make notes of each colour's key aspects.
Next, subject instructed to annotate list of personal elements with correlation for each colour, -1 for antithetical, 0 for neutral, 1 for agreement.
Finally, subject told to annotate each element with weight, 2 for "important", 1 for "less-important".
Results calculated by summing products of colour correlations and weights.
Ethics board unavailable, owing to bank holiday.


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Okay, okay, I'll get on the Magic colours bandwagon :P
⚠️​ thread incoming

I'm unfamiliar with MtG, so my understanding is derived from the article mentioned here:
I had fun with this as a prompt for introspection, but I like that the article calls it an "intuition pump", or "wrong-but-useful".
I.e I'm not taking this very seriously :3


I saw lots of posts about attribution and feeding art to neural nets yesterday.
I don't like art being used without permission either, but I did have fun thinking about the philosophy of how derivative the outputs are or aren't.
(ignoring issues with training set sizes and over-fitting)
After all, brains are also neural nets, how derivative is their output and where do you draw the line for "original"?

I'm determined to get *some* use out of the gratuitous rambling vacuum of a module I did about this for my degree :P

These were a by-product of experimenting with colour palettes, but I'm quite pleased with this look.
I wanted to investigate whether using an orange-only palette on blue would look better than an orange-blue mix on blue.
...the jury is still out.

About 45 minutes painting.

Tired of humans going on about the wonders of THUMBS?
Try our new CYBER THUMB!

All the utility, none of the humanity.

@KitRedgrave Hi!
I replied to your follow request with a DM but haven't seen an acknowledge, and it occurred to me you might have DMs disabled or something.
If you've seen it and haven't got around to replying then no worries, and no rush, I just didn't want you to think I'd totally ignored you :3

Posting problems

"I'll just quickly reply to this..."
"Better proof read... grr, that doesn't flow."
"Why not mention the superconductive weasel thing, while I'm here anyway?"
"But if I mis-read this enough, it looks like I'm saying cats are rubbish!"
"Hello bedtime! My old friend."
"Gah, why the heck did I say 'isomorphic'?!"
"1000 characters is kinda long... what was I getting at?"
"Ah, to heck with it, whatever I was trying to say probably wasn't very interesting anyhow."

(Hidden: drawn eye contact)

I've been experimenting with different ways of vectoring over a sketch.
I tried Inkscape's mesh gradients, but found them really hard to work with.
This attempt was made with Blender, (mis)using vertex painting and a 2D mesh to achieve something a bit like a simplified mesh gradient.

I'm not sure I'll do this again, as it took all day, but it was an interesting thing to try.

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