m. c. de marco: To invent new life and new civilizations...

Pnut Botter Talks Back

Yesterday I made a little bot (Twiki) with a glitch back end (pnut-botter); today he learned to reply to mentions.

pnut botter

I made a little bot (Twiki) with a glitch back end (pnut-botter) for the most recent pnut.io hackathon:

40 Graphs

Because it’s intimately linked to BoardGameGeek data, my latest blog post is in my BGG blog, 40 Graphs. It is an inaugural post about counting the games I played in 2018.


I have a little G. K. Chesterton page with quotes that I first put online back before many of the people his quotes apply to today were even born. But then, he said them long before I was born, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at his staying power. I just didn’t expect him to become more relevant, and to find myself quoting him even more frequently:

I’m still a liberal. It’s those people who aren’t liberals.

NaNoWriMo 2018

Another year, another National Novel Writing Month! I think I’m getting to that NaNo age where it’s better to stop counting my wins.

nano 2018 winner badge

The NaNoWriMo forums have not improved any, with the same old threads getting overcrowded, and being doomed to deletion sometime next summer.

Despite my longing looks at Manuskript, I continued to use Scrivener this year, in combination with my gamebook project template, Scree, now in its Scrivener 3 incarnation. Last year I lucked into a major simplifying factor for my hyperfiction: a two-part structure of the novel, where, if you survived the apocalypse, you got to participate in some brave new world thread or other. This year I did that more intentionally, ending up with four semi-reusable parts (out of far too many planned).

I kept the cat-vacuuming down this year, only fixing some minor issues in my tools, while mostly goofing off on Discord and BoardGameGeek (the latter leading to a new geeklist, FAQ, and game).