The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.10.11


English: El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley.
English: El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! Welp, I’ve decided that I won’t be participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo contest, because I’ll then have too much on my plate for other things, including study and housework. I will, however, start a writing challenge of my own, possibly as soon as later this month, and extending into November. Starting then, every other day I’ll post either an essay based on a recent news item I’ve come across, or a short fiction piece ranging from 13 to 800 words or so.

The thirteen word format is a favorite of mine, and I credit SF writer S. A. Barton for it. The fiction can be prose, poetry, or a combination of these, and I may do more than one post, of either or both types, during any given publishing day: fiction/fiction, essay/fiction, or essay/essay, as needed, which should be a good way to keep this blog on topic and active.

I’ll continue to post this installment and Caturday’s Astrophenia on weekends.

I’ll also keep posting fractals each week as I generate them, though I’m currently having difficulties with two of the apps I’ve previously used: Mandelbulber and Mandelbulb 3D, neither of which will work with my current OS (El Capitan). Mountains. It appears that once Apple ran out of cats to name the OS after, it’s now named after mountains…

Unfortunately, that means I can’t generate Mandelbox or hybrid images until those problems are overcome or I find another app that I can use to produce them. It also means that there will be no more Mandelbulber tutorials for version v.1.16. I’ll keep poking around in the meantime for updates that will work on my OS, but I’m not holding my breath for it. I may have to improve my coding skills and write my own app. That’s not out of the question, but it’s too soon to say for now. We’ll see.

I’m on my first real conversational lesson in my Bengali studies, and I take periodic reviews of the language’s elegant script and mellifluous sounds for practice. My progress is measurable, but slow, given my other activities and duties. I’m not moving on to the next study unit until I finish this one and complete the unit quiz. Let’s see, that’s unit 14 of Teach Yourself’s Complete Bengali. I’ve also ordered a full-sized English-Bengali dictionary for those words and phrases not accounted for in the above study text (that with only a vocabulary of 1,000 or so words), which I’ll be using often. But I’ll not rush this. For the study to “take” I’ll need to avoid impatience…

Stay cool, stay safe, and have a blast of a new week, all of you!

TfTkTts.

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