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The Daily Blik - 2018/03/18

Not Dead Yet!

You might have thought I disappeared from OGF.

I did take a long break. Most of January I edited almost nothing. And in February, I did edit a bit but at a much more restrained pace than my previous normal.

However, this March has seen a flurry of activity. This activity has not been mapping, exactly. I decided to build my own server. And on that server, I have been gradually installing all the pieces of what you might call a replica of the "OpenGeofiction Stack." On my own fully qualified domain, on a rented Linux server, I have a fully functional wiki, a tileserver, a Rails Port (the thing that runs the actual main map with the edit functions and the apidb as used by JOSM, and which doesn't quite work right, yet), and now, a blog.

Since it has a blog, I have decided to move all future blikification to that much friendlier format. You're free to visit.

I'm NOT abandoning the OGF community. But I am changing the terms of the relationship, somewhat, so I have more independence and also as a chance to refresh some of my long-dormant technical skills.

Here's my blog.

Happy mapping.

Luciano (talk) 13:35, 18 March 2018 (CET)

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Well, wish you luck in all your future endeavours. (I actually don't totally get what you are saying though).--Happy mapping and may God bless you, ZK (talk) 13:56, 18 March 2018 (CET)

The Daily Blik - 2017/12/25

Sigh

I have been feeling deeply - even painfully - burned out on OGF, lately.

Right now, I have two completely free days, Sunday and Monday. Christmas is not a big holiday in Korea - it's just a day off. But with it falling on a Monday, I got a two-day weekend out of it, anyway.

Yet I have felt zero interest in mapping in OGF. I want to know where my motivation went.

Collaboration?

I have reached the sad conclusion that I'm actually really bad at collaboration and compromise. So I think all my efforts in that direction are just leading to more frustration. I am not sure what to do next. I think I'll just "retreat" a bit and see if inspiration comes to me for the Ardisphere.

Mahhal?

I'm trying to decide if I should give up Mahhal. I have been down this road before - but the fact I have already come close to doing this before seems like a sign I made a mistake keeping the country. It seems like I will never map there. I mostly keep it because Tárrases depends on it, culturally and geopolitically. If I give up Mahhal, the island city state will be without any kind of cultural logic: just an isolated bit of geofiction with no purpose or cause. Still, that could desribe a lot of countries in OGF. So why not Tárrases too. Let it be part of the carto-collage that OGF is destined to become.

Anyway, Happy Holidays

And Happy New Year.

Happy mapping - Luciano (talk) 14:55, 24 December 2017 (CET)

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I think a certain sense of lack of motivation is quite normal. Especially with long-time members, after being active on OGF for several years, and even longer with geofiction in general I suppose. With any hobby I have/had in life, my motto has always been not to feel bad if motivation is dwindling. Of course I don't want to encourage you to take a break from OGF, rather the opposite, I think I and most others always look forward to following your projects and progress on here. It's just that if you don't feel particularly inspired with OGF, don't feel bad, just pursue other interests of yours; coming back on the site and starting a new project once you've got new ideas is litterally always only one click away ;) On that note, Frohe Weihnachten, Guten Rutsch, and see you next year Leowezy (talk) 20:40, 24 December 2017 (CET)

Such a bad time to be burned out. Users will often go through this stage, when they feel they lacked inspiration or what. I don't think you should give up Mahhal; it could have been a collaborative territory for advanced users. Just a suggestion. I am not sure what to comment on your lack of collaboration skills though, because I have not mapped with you before, so I don't know what to judge. Haha. Merry Christmas to you in Seoul!--Happy mapping and God bless, ZK (talk) 02:34, 25 December 2017 (CET)

Unfortunately, we don't know what frustrated you on collaboration. I wonder if it had anything to do with AR120. Currently collaboration is mostly reduced to building embassies. Therefore I assume I am not the only one looking forward to something interesting going on in AR120. As exited as I am every time a new border shows up in AR120, I am equally disappointed when you upload AR120 related stuff and it is clearly marked as "ignore it". I had many ideas on how to contribute. I did not mention any of these aswe were asked not to contribute for now. I fear there is a good chance that AR120 is cancelled then anyway.
Anyway, I would be interested to know what went wrong with your collaboration plans. --Toadwart (talk) 15:19, 25 December 2017 (CET)

The Daily Blik - 2017/11/05

Progress...

The first half of October, I got a lot done.

AR120

I have been working a lot on the "AR120 Project." I have some reservations (concerns) about how it will turn out, currently, but I remain committed to making it happen in some way. So I want to work out, at broad levels, the country's topography (contours, but not planning on drawing actual detailed contours, just a guidance map) and hydrology. Anyway, this is in no way an "official" announcement - think of it as a sneak peek because I happened to have decided to write in my bliki about what I'm working on.

VC Remake

I got even more done on my "reboot" of Ardisphere's capital, Villa Constitución. So far all you see on the map is the big deletion where the city used to be. But on the back end, I've drawn detailed contours to cover most of the old city limits (though the city limits will be rearranged somewhat in the new version) and I made some nice progress on a detailed remaking of the lower Río Hierro, which is a delta-like, at-sea-level, sinuous broad valley between hills. So I have both topography and hydrology at much more than 50%. I feel optimistic about the project but know there's a lot of work ahead, still.

... Disaster

Unfortunately, the second half of October has been an OGF disaster.

JOSMlessness

See, I fried my desktop computer. Somehow.

I have successfully recovered the 200+ .osm work-in-progress files: I have one file for each sector of the Ardisphere, the so-called AFDC dataset, with about 130 files; as well all kinds of miscellaneous project files with un-uploaded brainstorms. But I still don't have a reliable desktop, and I have no JOSM at the moment. So I'm kind of on a forced hiatus from mapping, since I refuse to return to my pre-JOSM, potlatch ways.

So life is full of challenges, right? Yet it goes on.

피할수 없는 고통이라면 차라리 즐겨라!

Happy mapping - Luciano (talk) 00:45, 6 November 2017 (CET)

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Hope everything works out and you're able to get a new working computer soon (or get the old one fixed)! Maybe the time will allow you to collect your thoughts and ideas so that when you get a new computer you can jump in head first. --Ernestpcosby (talk) 01:07, 6 November 2017 (CET)

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