Anything Goes

by James Classen

While the math in my previous post was correct, some of the assumptions I made were not. Definitely not. For instance, one of the initial equations I derived from the WAI document was wrong.


should have been


And in this case it makes an enormous difference. So it turns out that neither set of equations I presented before actually works. If you use those equations, the contrast difference will be correct (the equation I did have right) but the brightness? Not so much. So, back to the scratch paper…

My gnomic warlock (is that the correct…er…ethnonym?) is finally a member of the guild, so I won’t be bugged by other guild requests anymore. All I’ll say about this tonight is that I hate escort quests. Failed one twice in a row, gained a couple of levels, then finally managed to complete it, but then only just. I’m beginning to think that power-leveling is best done with a partner. So I’m going to spend a bit of time working on professions before going back to leveling. 31 is sufficient for now, seeing as my skills in cooking, fishing, herbalism, and inscription are 1/75.

Got the symphony chorus schedule in the mail today! I’m going to use an old stamp to send this postcard. 32¢…”I remember when…”, I won’t go there, but I have some old 37¢ first class stamps that should do the trick. The interesting thing this year is that we’re doing three concerts instead of the typical two. Friday evening we’re doing just Carmina Burana, with the Singing Quakers and the Wichita Community Children’s Choir. Saturday we’ve got Haydn’s Symphony no. 90 (yes, ninety) as well as the Orff, with the same chorus. Sunday again is the full concert, this time with Bethel College Concert Choir in place of the Singing Quakers. This means a really crazy schedule there at the end. Rehearsals on the 13th, 14th, and 15th, concerts on the 16th, 17th, and 18th. And somehow those rehearsals we’ll have to fit all four chorus groups on stage at once. Fun. But anyway, I’m looking forward to it!

I have a new idea for a sort of social application. One creates tasks which they may or may not be otherwise inclined to complete, validates them with a friend (so they’re less inclined to cheat and put down silly stuff like “walk to the car” or “pet the dog”), and they compete with friends on who can have either the longest streak of completing these chores or who can complete the biggest percentage in a day, a week, a month. Say I put down “trim ear hairs” as a daily chore. I complete it, I get a gold star (for instance)! I don’t, it’s reflected in the score. That’s not something I struggle with, but someone might. More apt for me might be “do the dishes” or “top off fishtank water”. The advantage of making it social is the motivation of friends or family. At the same time, events or tasks might be private, and posting all over Facebook that you won your game by not [insert inappropriate behavior here] all week may be a bad thing. So, no autoposting of accomplishments. On the other hand, if you’re trying to quit smoking, you might be eager to say, “Smoke free for 7 days!”. Or for your kids, it’s a 21st century replacement to the gold star charts I had in school classrooms growing up. Set rewards for completing milestones, for picking up a good habit or breaking a bad one. Kids brush their teeth and eat their vegetables: maybe by competing with their siblings (or cousins, or friends) in a little friendly rivalry, they’ll both do better. Just an idea for the pile. Someday I’m going to have to start working on that, and I could make it one of my items on the list!