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It's time for another Lost Gems of Yesteryear: Odyssey Two update. Executive summary: Not much has changed, so this will likely be the last update before the official end of the quest on July 22nd.

  • We seem to have topped out with 10 e2 users nominating a total of 39 writeups to the quest. I will list them below in one last bid to give them exposure. I am also listing them because I got my AngularJS web scraper working to collect the data, so that makes it easy to give more details.
  • 31 unique authors are represented.
  • Approximately 108 votes have been cast on these writeups during the quest period, ranging from 1 to 7 new votes per node. Reputation changes range from -1 to +6, with the mode and median for the reputation change dropping down to +1 after a bit of apparent downvote action. The net change in reputation is currently +68.

The presumptive final Everything2 Lost Gems of Yesteryear: Odyssey Two writeup list

I think we're done adding writeups, but you can still read them and vote on them, if you haven't done so already.

a great many things are dying very violently all the time by haqiqat now has reputation 18 (-3 plus +21).
a thousand years on the backs of paper elephants by raincomplex now has reputation 17 (-2 plus +19).
Adverse Childhood Experiences by lizardinlaw now has reputation 37 (-1 plus +38).
And this is our life...I would not change it. by moeyz now has reputation 20 (-3 plus +23).
Attraction sphere by etouffee now has reputation 29 (-4 plus +33).
Beast Cthulhu and bone metastases by grundoon now has reputation 55 (-2 plus +57).
career suicide by SPCGregoryChris now has reputation 21 (-4 plus +25).
Cheese mite by DonJaime now has reputation 34 (-1 plus +35).
Cnut's Trench by Andrew Aguecheek now has reputation 33 (-1 plus +34).
Confessions of a Geometry Addict by IWhoSawTheFace now has reputation 31 (0 plus +31).
Easter Sunday with Mia by Zephronias now has reputation 22 (0 plus +22).
Enter perfect couple, he owns all the keys by Zephronias now has reputation 19 (-3 plus +22).
Fifty Shades of Grey by Hazelnut now has reputation 69 (-4 plus +73).
Frequentative by Tem42 now has reputation 23 (-2 plus +25).
gems by The Custodian now has reputation 24 (-1 plus +25).
God Rest Ye Merry, Polyphemus by Jet-Poop now has reputation 26 (-2 plus +28).
Green Boots by The Custodian now has reputation 26 (0 plus +26).
Inspiration from the Heart: The Collected Works of Mary Turner by vonCube now has reputation 16 (-4 plus +20).
Jean Stapleton by drownzsurf now has reputation 27 (0 plus +27).
Know the mute by finding their storyteller by The Custodian now has reputation 21 (-1 plus +22).
Manawatu waking by Demeter now has reputation 23 (-5 plus +28).
On Blackness by Evil Catullus now has reputation 47 (-1 plus +48).
Recent entrant: Pixie dust by DonJaime now has reputation 20 (-1 plus +21).
Photograph of a Lady, Circa 1890 by Lucy-S now has reputation 5 (-3 plus +8).
Quartet for virus, kitten, miso and crucifix by TheAnglican now has reputation 21 (-4 plus +25).
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Jet-Poop now has reputation 15 (-1 plus +16).
satan walks a one-way street by firaza now has reputation 13 (-6 plus +19).
SCP-384 by bbot now has reputation 23 (-6 plus +29).
Surviving a long-distance plane flight by bozon now has reputation 129 (-20 plus +149).
The Blademourner Trilogy - A Five Part Saga in Seven Acts. by sweetvampirejesus now has reputation 12 (-5 plus +17).
The Ecstasy of Sister Margaret by Evaline now has reputation 54 (-2 plus +56).
The Epic Epic of Erik 'The Epic' Killblood by Erik Killblood now has reputation 1 (-15 plus +16).
They call me Engineer-khan by haqiqat now has reputation 69 (-4 plus +73).
This Is Not a Place of Honor by mjijm now has reputation 26 (-3 plus +29).
Two stories about Mia by Bitriot now has reputation 14 (0 plus +14).
war is like a girl by haqiqat now has reputation 34 (-7 plus +41).
Whose teeth are those, Bill? by Aerobe now has reputation 28 (-10 plus +38).
why I stopped watching professional wrestling by marku now has reputation 31 (-2 plus +33).
Why is she really here? by lizardinlaw now has reputation 39 (-3 plus +42).


For the data collection, I wrote my first AngularJS application, 200 lines of JavaScript. I am mighty! Or not. But I set myself a challenge and I was able to meet it, and to learn a little bit about Angular and jQuery, so go me.

On the job search front, I had two positive phone screens this week, with one follow-up on-site interview set for late next week. Also, go me! OTOH, I had another rejection because of a lack of specific technical skills. So it goes.

Lots of gun-related tragedy in the news. Much sadness for the families of all who have died by violence. I noticed SF author John Scalzi musing* on his Whatever blog about the death of Philando Castile and how it contrasts to his own experience with police. His piece strikes similar notes to the daylog I wrote while recruiting eyeballs for On Blackness. I appear to win on variety of police encounters, but Scalzi wins on Scalziness, so I call it a draw.

Locally the news cycle was dominated by a Black Lives Matter protest which impacted the Toronto gay pride parade. There was a certain amount of outrage at BLMTO's actions, but the recent deaths in the US make it clear that the core issue of racial discrimination in policing does need to be given a full, thorough, and public examination, in hopes of preventing more violence and more victims.


* Police and Me and Philando Castile, John Scalzi, on his blog Whatever.

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