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<div class='toolbar' macro='toolbar [[ToolbarCommands::EditToolbar]]'></div>
<div class='title' macro='view title'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit title'></div>
<div macro='annotations'></div>
<div class='editor' macro='edit text'></div>
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To get started with this blank [[TiddlyWiki]], you'll need to modify the following tiddlers:
* [[SiteTitle]] & [[SiteSubtitle]]: The title and subtitle of the site, as shown above (after saving, they will also appear in the browser title bar)
* [[MainMenu]]: The menu (usually on the left)
* [[DefaultTiddlers]]: Contains the names of the tiddlers that you want to appear when the TiddlyWiki is opened
You'll also need to enter your username for signing your edits: <<option txtUserName>>
<<importTiddlers>>
<!--{{{-->
<link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS' href='index.xml' />
<!--}}}-->
These [[InterfaceOptions]] for customising [[TiddlyWiki]] are saved in your browser

Your username for signing your edits. Write it as a [[WikiWord]] (eg [[JoeBloggs]])

<<option txtUserName>>
<<option chkSaveBackups>> [[SaveBackups]]
<<option chkAutoSave>> [[AutoSave]]
<<option chkRegExpSearch>> [[RegExpSearch]]
<<option chkCaseSensitiveSearch>> [[CaseSensitiveSearch]]
<<option chkAnimate>> [[EnableAnimations]]

----
Also see [[AdvancedOptions]]
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<div class='header' role='banner' macro='gradient vert [[ColorPalette::PrimaryLight]] [[ColorPalette::PrimaryMid]]'>
<div class='headerShadow'>
<span class='siteTitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteTitle'></span>&nbsp;
<span class='siteSubtitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteSubtitle'></span>
</div>
<div class='headerForeground'>
<span class='siteTitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteTitle'></span>&nbsp;
<span class='siteSubtitle' refresh='content' tiddler='SiteSubtitle'></span>
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</div>
<div id='mainMenu' role='navigation' refresh='content' tiddler='MainMenu'></div>
<div id='sidebar'>
<div id='sidebarOptions' role='navigation' refresh='content' tiddler='SideBarOptions'></div>
<div id='sidebarTabs' role='complementary' refresh='content' force='true' tiddler='SideBarTabs'></div>
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<div id='messageArea' class='messageArea'></div>
<div id='tiddlerDisplay'></div>
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/***
StyleSheet for use when a translation requires any css style changes.
This StyleSheet can be used directly by languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean which need larger font sizes.
***/
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<div class='title' macro='view title'></div>
<div class='subtitle'><span macro='view modifier link'></span>, <span macro='view modified date'></span> (<span macro='message views.wikified.createdPrompt'></span> <span macro='view created date'></span>)</div>
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<div class='tagged' macro='tags'></div>
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The Amber Saga by Roger Zelazny prominently features the Pattern: a long, tortuous path that folds in on itself, but you have to walk all of it from end to end: no cheating, no going back, and no stopping. If you succeed, entire worlds become open to you; but fail, and you won't get another chance. It's hard; at times it will feel like trying to walk through a solid wall. But persist, and you'll make progress. Even if it doesn't feel like it for the longest time.

A similar sentiment is expressed in Gattaca, when the main character is confronted by his brother: you can't go back. Going back is simply not an option.

Romanian fairy tales, too, teach the same lesson. And many videogames as well.
> “Back in my day, we had it all set up. You lined up when you died, and you'd answer for your evil deeds and your good deeds, and if your evil deeds outweighed a feather, we'd feed your soul and your heart to Ammet, the Eater of Souls"
> "He must have eaten a lot of people."
> "Not as many as you'd think. It was a really heavy feather. We had it made special. You had better be pretty damn evil to tip the scales on that baby...”

-- Neil Gaiman, //American Gods// ([[Source: GoodReads|https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/469027-back-in-my-day-we-had-it-all-set-up]])
> “Barbarism is the natural state of mankind,” the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. “Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.”

-- Robert E. Howard, //Beyond the Black River//
> Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.

-- Robert E. Howard, //The Tower of the Elephant//
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There's magic in the world. Not literal magic. The metaphorical kind. But it's there.

Miracles happen. Not the literal kind. But they do happen.

You get signs from above. Not the real deal. But pay attention and you'll notice the universe speaks to you.

To deny all that isn't reason, it's reductionism. And smarts without wisdom are a castle built on shifting sands.
[[Wikis]]
[[Writing]]
[[That would be me|https://felix.plesoianu.ro/]]

These are clippings from my cutting room floor. Must be my third or fourth attempt to find them a place. Can't promise this one is going to stick, either.

One quick trip and you can't help but notice the differences...

German railroads: you go across the country, switching three trains in the process, and you don't even speak the language; everything goes without a hitch.
Romanian railroads: the actual train number doesn't match what's on the ticket. You end up running back and forth between the information desk and the platform. Luckily, the train is late.

A German's idea of a low-end train: no electrical outlets in the cars.
A Romanian's idea of a decent train: the toilets actually work.

A German's idea of clean streets: "What is this 'dust' you speak of?"
A Romanian's idea of clean streets: we don't have any idea. Really.

Germans do everything by the book, no matter how unimportant it may seem.
Romanians do nothing by the book, not even the most important stuff.

Q: How do you recognize a Romanian in a German train station?
A: It's the guy with too many bags who doesn't look where he's going.

Have you laughed? Good. Laughing is good. But remember, it's all true.
{{{
At dusk, in the park,
The wind blows dry leaves over
Empty alleyways.

Walk the neighborhood,
Camera in hand, seeking
The flowering trees.

Ducks flying above
A pond where lusty frogs chant;
Water lilies bloom.

Sunbeams and silence;
Inside, green letters scroll across
A computer screen.

Kids play in the grass.
Anxious mothers watch them
Slowly growing up.

Night in the city.
Above, lights flicker and shift
Like souls in the wind.
}}}
And I mean in an EU country, where top students (if not all students) can actually study for free. But there's still a lot of money involved, because the state pays their tuition instead. Which is why teachers will insist that after getting your bachelor's you also go for a master's ...then a Ph.D. ...then a post-doctoral school ...after which they'll try to recruit you among their ranks so you can perpetuate this long-running con scheme.

And in the mean time, all those teachers have secure, well-paid jobs. See?

But sure, they'll insist it's all for love of knowledge. Don't fall for it.
It's bitter humor, but it's all I have. Someone once told me, "I laughed". That felt good.
No, seriously. //Of course// posts are just going to pile up if I treat them as stand-alone and largely unchanging. And post summaries become baggage once they slide off the front page. As for archives, they just tend to grow forever: a different kind of pile-up.

The post should be the summary. Any details should be relegated to a more permanent page linked from the blog: a corner of your digital garden, that you can tend at leisure over time. //That// is how you reconcile the timely and the perennial, not by forcing wikis to double as blogs or other "clever" schemes.
The year is 2028. Discarded smartphones litter the streets, crinkling and crackling as self-driving cars ride over them. Drones circle above, swooping down now and then to perch on a public charge pad. A solar-powered ad flickers, croaking something about Mars colonies.
These are thoughts too short for a tweet, but too long for a proper blog post &mdash; what I should have done with [[these here|Thoughts]] from the start but didn't think of it in time. Oh well, better late than never.
The year is 2028. A drone delivers fast food from an automated restaurant to the top of a corporate tower. A security robot carts it inside, next to dozens of similar packages, all unopened. The last man on Earth, CEO of Final Corp Inc., doesn't get up. He was too busy.
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We all have our favorites. The hard part is picking just a few.
I haven't had a full-time job for a year now (ed: as of 2010-10-19), and while I'm not 100% opposed to the idea, the latest attempt to get one reminded me in a rather painful way about the reasons I hate full-time jobs. If this happens to you on the first day, consider running away screaming:

* Nobody has their own workstation; they keep moving between computers like guests at the Mad Hatter's table.
* When the lights go out, they have a difficult time accepting the simple reality that they're forced to take a break, and run around like headless chickens.
* The boss looks funny at you if you're sitting still even for a moment.
* When the lights go out at the other office, the same boss brings everyone over. Never mind there aren't enough chairs, desks... or electrical sockets for the extra laptops.

And no, don't buy the excuse that it was an unusually chaotic day. Reasonable people would easily deal with chaos by slowing down, sitting back and taking things one at a time. Trust me, the above bullet points indicate a systemic problem. Unless you enjoy stress (some people do), just stay away. Your health (mental and otherwise) has no price.
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! Apropos of nothing

These are some random thoughts I wrote down over the first half of 2020, then moved them around so much (for lack of a good home) that the exact dates are long gone. Since then I managed to make one into a [[blog post|https://felix.plesoianu.ro/blog/privacy-arguments.html]], at least.
This part of my website is made with [[TiddlyWiki Classic|https://classic.tiddlywiki.com/]]. On the minus side, you need a mainstream web browser to use it. On the plus side, if you're reading this then you've already downloaded the whole wiki &mdash; and it's still smaller than most web pages today. Enjoy!
Artist: I made a watercolor of teenagers at a picnic. See how the transparency of the paints highlights the interplay of light and shadow on their faces?

Composer: I came up with a short symphonic piece on the same theme. Hear this bit? Note how the flutes can suggest either birds chirping or the happy chatter of carefree teens.

Playwright: I wrote a romantic comedy about teenagers at a picnic accidentally revealing the crushes the have on each other.

The other two: Nice! When can we see it?

Game developer: (smugly) Whatever, check this out: We just finished an in-house graphics engine that takes advantage of the new mega-texture multi-layering via dynamic shader chaining of the new ~HS7979xTreme+ GPU. You can look at a tree and see every single leaf dancing on the breeze.

Artist: (impressed) So you're making an interactive piece about the beauty of trees?

Game developer: No way, that would be boring, man! It's a game where you shoot bad guys in the face.

The other three: ...

Game developer: What? You should see the ragdoll physics!
Yep, despite [[what I wrote|https://felix.plesoianu.ro/blog/where-to-wiki.html]] back in July, I'm now using TiddlyWiki again. For two different things, even. In the small, not like I used to, but still. It continues to have a purpose.
! Notes
* People not used to wikis (even techies) get spooked by WikiWords and flag them as typos. Use free links.
* The Don't Repeat Yourself principle, a.k.a. DRY, sounds great... until your original source poofs. Redundancy is resilient.
* I once wrote that a wiki without the community is just an overly technical CMS. Even so, nothing can match the immediacy of a wiki. It matters.
* My first wiki engine was called WabiSabi. My second is named Brutal. What a difference ten years make.
* I love reading what wiki theorists wrote back when Wikipedia was new. But to someone from the distant future of 2021 it sounds hopelessly naive. They claimed to be writing a grand unified theory of online communities informed by their new, beloved medium, but in fact only described a brief moment in time.
This is a wiki about wikis and writing, and it turns out I have a lot more of the latter: fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

(Note to self: explore that liminal space more.)
!Advice
This is good writing advice: [[Most writing advice is free, but the value varies|https://fontfolly.net/2019/08/15/most-writing-advice-is-free-but-the-value-varies/]] (15 August 2019).

Also this: [[Dear Olivia Rodrigo: Ignore the internet. “Originality” is overrated|https://www.vox.com/culture/22556340/olivia-rodrigo-plagiarism-originality-copy-art]] (1 July 2021); I disagree with the explanation however: people expect "original" works because they've been conditioned to by old farts perpetuating Romantic notions.

And a piece of roleplaying advice that goes for writing too: [[please make your TTRPG characters Mary Sues|https://wyrddragon.tumblr.com/post/659126101404188672/mylordshesacactus-sylvanas-girlkisser-hi]] (10 August 2021).

I wrote [[some of my own|https://felix.plesoianu.ro/blog/tag-writing.html]] over the years, too.