And since I'm crossposting Tumblr stuff here, have a post about a for a shared architecture of the Imperial spaceship fleet and space station construction, as depicted in Ann Leckie's Ancillary trilogy:

A quick post about interstellar tradertongues, or the sort of conlangs that are built to facilitate communication when the only things agreed upon are fundamental constants, physical reality, and math:

Of course, if you give a worldbuilder a building, he'll want to make a city. Which is why I'm now dinking about with again, to make a slippy map showing all the different approximate sites I'm considering for placing the city that holds this convention center.

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Imagine a modern pyramid, glass-sided, in the middle of a major city, on the waterfront.

How steep are its sides?

This is my present /#writing dilemma. If it's too steep it looks weird; if it's too big the lower floors' interior volume is unwieldy and outside window-walls are unusably shallow.

Please comment; this is too free-form for a poll.

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Worldbuilding idea, free for the taking 

A heist in which the victims's shredder blades are replaced with rollers, so that papers fed into the shredder are passed, unmutiliated.

Random detail free for the taking: A city where all buildings have doors painted solid colors to reflect their public usage. Homes and private spaces have doors of unpainted wood or other materials.

I'm going to regret this, but I'm now seriously considering writing up a Bionicle-based neoreligion as procrastination from all my other work.

An exhaustively-plotted, poorly-researched, somewhat-thought-out delve into cultures and memes forming the Hives in , with a particular focus on the SF Bay Area memespace:

A post in which I play with .

blood, free ideas for a story 

In a village where the previous toot's approach to blood oaths is the standard, a child is born missing a limb. What does this effect have on their perception of the child? Is the child perpetually forsworn, or is the child held as incapable of swearing oaths?

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blood, free idea for a story 

Free idea:
a setting with blood oaths, where if you break the oath your forsworn may take from you the limb from which the blood was drawn: prick your finger and they take the first joint of the finger, cut your palm and they take your hand, slash your breast and they take your torso.

Charlie Stross, again with the tropes, this time as a taxonomy of cliches.
If you liked things in the "Falsehoods about names" genre, collected at, then the antipope link above is for you.

Map editing question: Is there a tool that will let me draw lines across multiple separate images, as seen in this screenshot? The images are separate tiles of a .js , and I'd like continuity of linework between them without having to count pixels. Preferably without having to manually place images.

Idea inspired by : A human character who had their head removed; their system rearranged to place the brain and other important bits elsewhere in their body; their "face" presented via hologram and the usual senses replaced with something akin to DND's blindsight via other sensors.

Got some of that about a magical-mecha-based replacement for Quidditch written up:

How would you, a student, get up to shenanigans in with magical mecha? I'm very curious as to what you'd do.

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What if that one "Youkoso Jyapariparke" fan-dubbed Destiny 2 trailer described a race of mechanocytic beings that must maintain coordination in order to not fall apart? In this post, I elaborate upon the ideas, and suggest some video game mechanics.

idea: a religion whose holy text comes as a box set, where the box has room for two books but only one book is in it.

Everyone knew that the pharmacist worked at CVS; their devotion was draped around their neck. It was a custom-knit scarf, a foot for every year of service, carefully styled to look like one of that pharmacy's notorious receipts.

Consider: Thor, God of Thunder, but his damage type changes. Instead of starting with Mjolnir, upgrading to raw lightning, and finally getting the Stormbreaker axe-hammer, Thor starts with the Gjallarhorn, upgrades to claps and yells, and finally wields Sexy Sax Man's Saxophone

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