Daphne Xu

The Force in Balance

The Force in Balance
By Daphne Xu

Aayla Farstrayer listened as the Master droned about an obscure ancient prophecy. According to the prophecy, "A chosen one would bring balance to the Force," the Master said. "It was thought that a young Jedi student, Anakin Skywalker, might be that chosen one. Instead, young Anakin was seduced by the Dark Side, became Sith Apprentice Darth Vader, and helped Sith Master Darth Sidious destroy the Jedi Order."

Ozone

I first learned this about molecules in fifth grade: a molecule is the smallest amount of a material that has the properties of that material. The textbook ended a discussion on oxygen telling us, "Oxygen atoms travel in pairs. Two oxygen atoms form an oxygen molecule. The oxygen molecule is the smallest amount that has the properties of oxygen."

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Yet Another Milestone

A story of mine has finally reached 200 kudos! And it was not the story I would have expected, possibly a year ago. My top three stories have inched up kudo by kudo, but "The Bridge" (third place at one time) began inching up a little faster than the others.

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Norton -- The Irony

From Norton's latest log of resolved security risks:

7/20/2023 9:11:43 PM,High,Norton Internet Security 2006 Password Manager setup.exe (Heur.AdvML.B) detected by Virus scanner,Quarantined,Resolved - No Action Required,Threat Actions performed: 1

 

7/20/2023 8:28:37 PM,High,Norton Internet Security 2006 Password Manager setup.exe (Heur.AdvML.B) detected by Virus scanner,Quarantined,Resolved - No Action Required,Threat Actions performed: 1

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^W vs. ^X

In Emacs, a text editor originating in the 1980s, the command equivalent to ^X (the cut in cut and paste) is ^W.

Today in writing a comment, not once but twice in a row, I used ^W instead of ^X to cut something preparing to paste it elsewhere.

I'm losing my mind.

EDIT: It occurs to me, I should have said that both times I typed ^W, my screen disappeared with my editing.

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Caught Between Time

I'm currently watching/playing an interactive DVD game, a visual novel. The protagonist and a time-patrol agent are currently caught between time, or in a crevice outside of time. They will only spend perhaps a couple minutes caught outside of time before returning to the protagonist's world.

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Another Couple Milestones

The opening salvo (parts 1-4) to my original "A Bikini Beach Summer" just recently surpassed 10000 hits. It's still a distant second to "John's Living Nightmare" at 14500. Similarly, my standalone BB story, "BB: A Boy's Visit" has broken through 6000 hits.

"The Bridge" might hit 3000 sometime this year; I don't know.

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Heads I Lose

... Tails, you win. Damned if I do, damned if I don't. This post might spoil a little bit.

It's been over two months since my previous posting of "A Bikini Beach Late Summer". This is what I didn't want to happen. The alternative, unfortunately, had already happened: it had been years, and I hadn't come close to finishing the story.

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A Bikini Beach Late Summer 09


A Bikini Beach Late Summer

By Daphne Xu
Part 09 -- Lucy and Ruth

Ruth and Lucy's ballet rehearsals dominate the week. Thursday evening is their dress rehearsal, and they perform Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Lucy and Ruth continue to visit Bikini Beach. A photo-shoot takes place Friday morning.

An Electron as the USS FTL0476

A photon scatters off an electron. Or perhaps an electron scatters off a photon. Or perhaps an electron and photon scatter. Whatever you choose to call it, the electron absorbs the photon and a little later, emits a photon. This is the diagram:
Sane electron-photon scattering.
The horizontal axis is meant to be the time axis, although one may imagine the figure has having two spacial dimensions.

The above is the sane process.

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The Fate of the USS FTL0476


The Fate of the USS FTL0476

By Daphne Xu

            The USS FTL0476

The USS FTL0476 flew out to 100 million miles beyond the orbit of Jupiter, making sure to remain well away from Jupiter and its moons and Lagrange points.

A Bikini Beach Late Summer 07

A Bikini Beach Late Summer
By Daphne Xu
Part 07 -- Lucy Returns Home

Mrs. Winstead returns Lucy home the same night, after currently omitted events. Later, Peter and Lucy have dinner with Carol's family, and Peter agrees to try out Bikini Beach.

BB Late Summer -- Sorry

I'm sorry that I'm leaving readers on a cliff-hanger. I need to rewrite what follows for Lucy, and I need to add more of Glenn's story. I don't have anything on Glenn's story before a climactic episode.

I have several isolated episodes of the clique, including one thoroughly scrambled, but nothing continuing the story.

Therefore, I won't post the next part of the story for a while. Sorry about that.

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A Bikini Beach Late Summer 06

A Bikini Beach Late Summer
By Daphne Xu
Part 06 -- The First Saturday at School

It's Saturday. After visiting Bikini Beach in the morning, Lucy goes to high school for marching band. She meets Fab, and joins him and June the rest of the day, meeting June's family.

Editing, Revision, Writing

The further I post in "A Bikini Beach Late Summer", the more I'm going to have to edit, revise, and even write new material. At some point, it's going to be mostly writing. That means that there will be more time between postings, and more opportunity to procrastinate and stall.

Sigh... I'll see what happens.

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A Bikini Beach Late Summer 04

"A Bikini Beach Late Summer"
By Daphne Xu
Part 04 -- Ellen and Her Daughters, then the Following Day

Ellen awaits in terror as her older daughter Glinda visits Bikini Beach. Her younger daughter Daisy reveals that her imagined horrors could never stack up against Reality. The first half of this part was previously published as "Bikini Beach: Ellen's Daughter Visits". Thursday morning marks the restoration of the Really Real Reality -- or does it?

Too Late

I think that my BB sequel depends on the reader not only having read the first, but also caring about the characters -- the clique in particular -- and wanting to know what happens to them, and hoping that they can get back together. But seven years after the story was originally posted, readers have forgotten the story, forgotten the characters, or at least don't care any more about them.

Big, heavy, depressed sigh.

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A Bikini Beach Late Summer 03

A Bikini Beach Late Summer
By Daphne Xu
Part 03 -- Return to Bikini Beach

Lucy returns to Bikini Beach with her friends. Glenn Matsumoto's work leads him to an unwanted visit to Bikini Beach as well. The final four-sevenths was previously published as "Bikini Beach: Glenn Matsumoto Visits".

A Bikini Beach Late Summer 01

A Bikini Beach Late Summer
By Daphne Xu


Part 01 -- Luke and Glenn's Slice of Life

This is the sequel to "A Bikini Beach Summer".

Luke Cuttington's older brother, Peter, persuades Luke to join his babysitting job with the idea of taking over once Peter leaves for college. Luke takes over the babysitting, and continues his summer routine of activities and relaxation.

Was I Wrong?

I hit upon this blog entry: Muse Wrestling from 4.5 years ago. My own problem is similar, although not identical. During my years here since my first posting ("A Bikini Beach Summer") I've begun many long stories, but I've only finished two even moderately long ones.

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Sequences

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, ... -- What's the pattern of this sequence?

2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, ... -- What's the pattern of this sequence?

In a contest, such as "Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?", you might be asked, "What's the next number in this sequence? 2, 3, 5". Can anyone figure out the answer?

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The Penny Tree


The Penny Tree


By Daphne Xu

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Jill. She was six years old, and already in first grade, and very proud of her achievement. Now, the family was poor, but she'd always been taught that she could do anything if she put her mind to it.

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