Work

I spent a lot of time this week on the RFC, shepherding it through the review process by responding to comments and making amendments. I think it’s in a good state now, but there’s just one remaining issue about how exactly the auth flow will work, so I’ve had to extend the deadline for discussion to mid next week.

Not ideal, but perhaps better than implementing something and immediately discovering it’s flawed. At some point a decision needs to be made though, even if we then revisit it in the future.

Books

This week I read:

  • Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson, the ninth of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

    The penultimate book. It focuses on the situation in Lether (the continent, not the empire): the Bonehunters, the Perish Grey Helms, the Khundryl Burned Tears, and the Barghast. We get some more of the schemes of the Elder Gods, the flight of the Shake, and the plans of the K’Chain Che’malle. We also get a new group of characters: the “Snake”, a group of children fleeing the “Quitters” across a vast desert.

    Steven Erikson’s introductory note describes the book as “the first half of a two volume novel,” so when I finished it I moved straight onto The Crippled God.

Gaming

It looks like the time is nigh for my Call of Cthulhu group to flee Australia, probably to England, so I’ve been thinking about a short adventure to run in the space between chapters.

I’m thinking of trying out Troika, and I gave them this pitch:

Your patron has sent you to a distant world, inhabited by a mighty magician none have seen for centuries (and so is presumed long-dead), to retrieve a priceless artefact from the magician’s mansion. But there will be magical booby traps, who-knows-what spells, and possibly even enslaved demons, in your way.

I’ve got a few ideas, and I think it’ll be a fun one.

I also bought a few new RPG books this week, which should be arriving later in the month.

Miscellaneous

I got an Awair Element to monitor the quality of my air, and wrote a memo about it.

I read a lot of different things, so I’m experimenting with breaking this section up by genre. As always, the links here, and from previous weeknotes, and even from beyond, are collected in my bookmarks browser.

Software Engineering (Testing)

Software Engineering (Miscellaneous)

Technical Management

History

Roleplaying Games