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It’s a Mood, not an Object

at some point I should come up with a more nuanced explanation of what I mean when I say that art is a “mood” rather than just an object. Like yes, art can take the form of objects as a means of expression. But there is also a sentimental term of “art” that people often use without explicitly qualifying it, and that sentimental form only makes sense in the form of a fleeting, transitory intent of a creation or expression, for which the actual output is a far less relevant than the immediate attempt at expression itself.

And I feel like a great deal of hostility between artists of different values comes from not separating those different senses of “art”. Or attempting to separate them to the point of trying to strip the value from one meaning or another.

Python Annoys Me A Lot

Multiple hours of frustration fighting with a set of Python scripts going to the wrong version of Python was solved in CMD by simply temporarily adjusting the path before using the setup.bat

set PATH=C:\Python310;C:\Python310\Scripts;%PATH%

Keeps the old path, but ensures the specific needed version of Python (3.10.11) would run first, and since I ran this in the CMD the path change wouldn’t affect anything else outside of this one command prompt window.

Though since I botched the installation earlier, I had to go into task manager to kill every Python process, then go into the folder for the scripts I’m trying to run and specifically remove the entire venv folder, otherwise all of the new attempts to fix things would clash with old dependencies and break.

So anyway, to clarify, the fixed process was just:

  • Close Every Python
  • Delete old Venv (shouldn’t be necessary if I hadn’t messed up already)
  • Alter the path to get the needed version of Python first
  • Run the setup script for the application, which would automatically create a venv in step one, now with the expected version of Python
  • groan and grunt in intense frustration
  • fixed

FNAF 2023 Movie is COOL AF

YOOOO THE NEW FNAF MOVIE IS PRETTY DOPE

okay let me rephrase that, the movie is *fun*, the movie is *good* but it is not Great. It is much more forgettable than the things it’s based on, probably a consequence of the long time it spent in production.

But specifically it’s clearly designed for fans of FNAF. People who are generally familiar with the lore speculation of the new and old FNAF games will be *very* engaged with this movie. But people who go to this movie expecting a typical horror genre movie are gonna be sooooo confused lmao.

That’s not to say non-fans won’t be able to enjoy it, just that specifically if they’re expecting horror genre staples, they’re only getting a small dose of that.

In Which I Speculate About a Functional Counter-Privacy, Accountability-Centric Society With ChatGPT GPT-4

(Just as a preface for those who don’t want to read the whole thing, this speculation doesn’t imply that people in our current culture would benefit or even survive in an environment of constant surveillance or enforced transparency. Far from out. Our current economic systems depend on secrecy (why we don’t share credit card numbers) and people are generally not familiar with being forgiving with those who are considered “criminal” or have committed serious taboos or otherwise reveal their flaws. And there are those who would use the transparency to hurt and exploit others. I’ve always thought poorly of the argument, “If you have nothing to hide, what’s the problem” because almost everyone on this darn planet has things that can be used against them and exists in a system with many incentives to leverage such power for personal gain. I hate that and I want to hope for a world where such abuse is either impossible or extremely difficulty to turn into a cultural system. )

Ann:

A friend of mine argued that the need for privacy is inherent to humans. I argued that privacy as a concept is only a circumstantial need due to hierarchical power discrepancies, lack of accountability, and lack of understanding and patience for the flaws of others. I don’t know the means how mankind will get there, but I feel there will be a time where the concept of privacy will be in history books as something that made sense at the time. Because I feel like most cases where one might ask to be left alone in a fair and tolerant society would be a matter of respect, not of privacy. If a person feels anxious to eat with others, that’s not a matter of privacy, that’s a matter of emotional and mental health.

ChatGPT:

The concept of privacy is a multifaceted issue with both cultural and biological dimensions. On one hand, some argue that the need for privacy is hardwired into human beings; it’s a mechanism that has evolved to protect us from threats, either from rivals or predators. In this sense, privacy could be considered inherent to human nature.

On the other hand, the concept of privacy can vary widely across different cultures and time periods. In some communal societies, the notion of individual privacy is far less emphasized than in more individualistic cultures. Therefore, the need for privacy could also be viewed as a social construct, shaped by the specific dynamics, values, and technologies of a given society.

Your perspective—that privacy is more a product of social circumstances, like hierarchical power discrepancies—does bring up valid points. Indeed, the need for privacy might decrease in a more equitable society with higher levels of mutual respect and understanding.

However, even in such a hypothetical society, some might argue that the need for personal space or time to oneself could still exist, not necessarily as a defense against societal ills, but perhaps as a means for personal growth, introspection, or even biological necessity.

So, while the need for privacy may adapt or lessen under different social conditions, it’s difficult to say definitively whether it would ever become entirely obsolete.

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Netflix Live Action One Piece

Not entirely sure what I expected of the Live Action One Piece on Netflix. I had seen a little bit of the anime and early bits and pieces of the Shonen Jump US release of the manga, but now that I’m actually making time for the Netflix show it’s a lot better than I expected. Makes me tempted to actually try watching the anime or reading the manga in full, but I don’t really want to commit that kind of time when it’s still not done.

Housebroken (Animated Series)

I’ve been binge-watching Housebroken since yesterday morning. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. And S02E12 in particular does a hard swing into giving most of the feral main cast anthro portrayals, so I fully expect to see an uptick in fanart of the show after that.

Right-Click Mouse Navigation in Blender OMG

So I only JUST found this Blender plugin that adds Unity-Style / Unreal-Style / Godot-Style right-click + WASD camera movement control and it helps me SOOOOOOOOOO much with my workflow for level design and the like, you have no freaking idea
https://github.com/SpectralVectors/RightMouseNavigation

So anyway I used Ultimate Doom Builder to export my Bubble Menace RAMP 2023 map submission to an obj model, then I imported that model into Blender (using the Legacy OBJ importer, it breaks when I try to import with the newer OBJ exporter and re-save in an yother format), I went through and deleted some parts of the geometry that should really be re-created as separate objects, and then I exported that to .obj and brought it into Godot.

Pretty neat!

Dunno if I’m really gonna commit to expanding this into a full Thing, but I am very amused to see how much nicer this workflow can feel..