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8/5/2017 - Links: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin (History)
8/4/2017 - Link: The Hans Free Electric Bike (Activism)
8/2/2017 - August 21, 2017: A total solar eclipse visible in parts of the USA! (Astronomy)
6/19/2016 - A little about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and his memory systems (Astrology)
3/18/2016 - Link: New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto (Astronomy - Link)
3/18/2016 - Links: Informal Names for Places on Pluto (Astronomy)
2/28/2016 - Concept Maps of Dispositors in an Astrological Chart (Astrology)
1/21/2016 - Links: The Search for Planet Nine (Astronomy)
1/20/2016 - Link: Free Software Foundation (FSF) Vision Survey (Activism)
11/16/2015 - Eryss.Com Forum updates - new posts will be under the GNU Affero General Public License (Site Update)
9/5/2015 - Mercury and Pseudoscience (Pseudoscience in General - Including Astrology)
8/18/2015 - Link: The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets (Health)
7/14/2015 - Pluto Flyby - New Horizons' Closest Approach - July 14, 2015, around 11:49 AM UT (7:49 AM EDT) (Astronomy)
7/11/2015 - Pluto's Heart (Astronomy - With a Bit of Astrology)
7/8/2015 - Eris, Xena, Discord (Astrology)
2/6/2014 - Link: A Slate.com article about Pluto New Horizons mission (Astronomy - Link)
2/5/2014 - Water vapor detected on dwarf planet Ceres (Astronomy - Link)
2/5/2014 - The M82 supernova is reported to be at peak brightness (Astronomy)
2/1/2014 - Delayed: Eryss astrology software (Site Update)
12/25/2013 - Future Plans; and slight changes at Eryss.Com Forum (Site Update)

Welcome to Eryss.Com. Probably the most interesting thing here is the forum.

As of 4/29/2013, the only released edition of the Eryss astrology software is the Eryss and Swiss Ephemeris Extension Package 1.0 for Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK or Astroblahhh PH-GTK.

I, Apollia of Astroblahhh.Com, will eventually release a Windows edition of the Eryss software.


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Links: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin
Saturday, August 5th, 2017
09:07:44 GMT

History

Wasn't looking for anything of astrological interest, but, I just happened to stumble across this amusing comic today:

Meet Charles Darwin
July 15, 2005 from Thinkin-Lincoln.com


So, I searched the web for more info, and found these interesting articles:

6 Things Lincoln and Darwin Had In Common
Feb. 12, 2014, from MentalFloss.com


Lincoln and Darwin Were Both Born on This Date, 205 Years Ago
Feb. 12, 2014 from TheAtlantic.com


How Lincoln and Darwin Shaped the Modern World
Feb. 2009 from SmithsonianMag.com


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Link: The Hans Free Electric Bike
Friday, August 4th, 2017
18:34:57 GMT

Activism

Today, while googling exercise bike-related stuff, I stumbled across a news story about a bike which can produce 24 hours of electricity from 1 hour of pedaling!

Which is such amazingly good news, it inspired me to post this blog post to Non24.com:

The Hans Free Electric Bike


And to make this more on topic for Eryss.com, I'll point out:

The better off and more free of poverty and other oppression the world - and I myself - become, the more happy I'll be to spend a bit more of my time and energy on my old, impractical, but still sometimes fun, astrology hobby.

And perhaps that will happen sooner than I ever guessed, thanks to brilliant new technology such as the Hans Free Electric Bike hopefully saving the world. :-D

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August 21, 2017: A total solar eclipse visible in parts of the USA!
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
19:38:57 GMT

Astronomy

Last modified August 3, 2017 at 3:54 AM EDT.


There's going to be a total solar eclipse visible in parts of the USA on August 21, 2017!

Some web links about it:

NASA's Total Solar Eclipse 2017 page

Space.com - Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

I don't feel like writing in depth about this or anything else, but, just thought I'd point that out, since it's so rare.

I only heard about it because a local library's ebook site recently acquired the book The Solar Eclipse of 2017.


As for why so little has been happening here at Eryss.Com for so long - I've been paying hardly any attention to astronomy and even less attention to astrology lately, due to being preoccupied with other projects, some of which are on my GitHub page.

And also due to some health issues such as fatigue, which I'm guessing astrology probably can't help me with, and possibly might even make worse, such as by wasting time I could have spent on more helpful things.


However, even though I still don't trust astrology at all, I am sort of looking forward to Jupiter transiting my 2nd house, since that's supposed to be associated with good financial luck, and like most people, I could always use more of that.

In fact, I might as well point out I still welcome donations and microdonations.

Generally, the more money I have, the better I feel, which might make me more likely to fully recover from my health issues and get more interesting things done, such as eventually, future editions of the Eryss astrology software.


I've already been doing much better lately compared to the past several years. (Which I guess might be fitting for Jupiter lately transiting my 1st house. Especially unusually, I actually gained some weight, some of which I'd like to lose!)

But, there's still plenty of room for improvement. I'm hoping exercising a lot more will greatly improve my energy.


The Eryss.Com Forum has been closed for maintenance for a long while, but someday will be reopened when I figure out how to block spam more effectively.

Also, I'm still mostly unreachable, since I'm still not checking my public email addresses, since I've been trying to avoid stress. I don't know when I'll resume checking that email, but probably not in the near future.

Currently, not even a donation or microdonation can get my attention quickly, because I have my PayPal messages filtered too, because anything related to money stresses me out. For now, the less I think about money, the better.

Thanks again to everyone who ever donated!

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A little about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and his memory systems
Sunday, June 19th, 2016
09:37:34 GMT

Astrology

I recently read the wonderful book You Can Learn To Remember: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Dominic O'Brien, who won the World Memory Championships numerous times.

Something that intrigued me near the beginning of the book was some details about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600).

A quote from the book:

"Bruno devised many memory systems, finally completing a series of memory wheels. These wheels were seen as microcosms of the heavens, and showed the orbits of stars and planets. On them he placed symbols of the arts, languages and sciences, and used his sensory associations to lodge images and facts related to these symbols in his mind."


Definitely sounds astrological.

Someday, I'd like to read more about Giordano Bruno and his ideas.

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Link: New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto
Friday, March 18th, 2016
08:31:27 GMT

Astronomy
Link

Another cool thing I just found today.

From NASA.gov - New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto (Oct. 8, 2015)


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Links: Informal Names for Places on Pluto
Friday, March 18th, 2016
07:55:44 GMT

Astronomy

Today, I found out that various regions of Pluto have been given informal names.

Links:

From HuffingtonPost.com - Pluto Is Turning Into The Planet Of Your Nightmares (July 15, 2015)

From Gizmodo.com - Places on Pluto are Being Named for Your Darkest Imaginings (July 14, 2015)

From NASA.gov - New Horizons Map of Pluto: The Whale and the Donut (July 7, 2015)


And from Wikipedia:

Geography of Pluto

An annotated Pluto map

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Concept Maps of Dispositors in an Astrological Chart
Sunday, February 28th, 2016
10:56:43 GMT

Astrology

Recently, something piqued my interest in the astrological concept of dispositors.

So, I used the excellent free (as in freedom), libre, open source concept mapping software VUE: Visual Understanding Environment to make some concept maps of dispositors in my astrological chart.

I guess my below concept maps are pretty boring overall, but, at least they make it possible to easily create your own similar concept maps by modifying mine using VUE.

Images:
With Houses - Without Houses

VUE Concept Map Files:
With Houses - Without Houses

A zip file containing each image and concept map

These concept maps are under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0.


By the way, my primitive JavaScript astrology software I released about a decade ago, AstroTally, can calculate chains of dispositors, though it can only display them in a primitive non-graphical way.

Not even my Eryss astrology software can do that yet - not even the unreleased versions of Eryss.

Someday I'll probably use pieces of AstroTally in the Eryss astrology software.

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Links: The Search for Planet Nine
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
09:03:16 GMT

Astronomy

An interesting astronomy blog:

The Search for Planet Nine

And no, they're not looking for Pluto. Pluto did not go missing. :-)


An amusing article from Mother Jones, Jan. 20, 2016:

Scientists Discover "Most Planet-y" Planet in the Solar System


I found both those links via astronomer Mike Brown's Twitter page.

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Link: Free Software Foundation (FSF) Vision Survey
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
00:34:54 GMT

Activism

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is doing a survey until the end of January 2016:

Free Software Foundation (FSF) Vision Survey

And here's the FSF.org blog post about the survey.

The FSF is also trying to raise $450,000 by January 31st, 2016. They're already most of the way there - as I write this, it says "370,295 so far" at the top of this page.


The Eryss astrology software is, and always will be, free (as in freedom), libre, and open source.


Addition, Feb. 3, 2016, 6:30 AM EST. Here are my replies to the survey:

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4


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Eryss.Com Forum updates - new posts will be under the GNU Affero General Public License
Monday, November 16th, 2015
19:55:00 GMT

Site Update

I updated the forum's rules and simplified the forum's registration agreement, so now, all posts from after Nov. 16, 2015 at 1:15 PM EST will be under the GNU Affero General Public License.

Along with all the forum posts ever posted by me (Apollia), and my robot user, "Automated Post", which is supposed to (but currently doesn't) automatically start blog comments threads.

I also simplified the Marketplace section. Now it has only 4 boards, like the Marketplace section at Non24.Com's forum.


Edit, 11/17/2015, 1:58 PM EST. I added a poll which even unregistered guests can vote or comment on without joining the forum:

What do you think of the forum's posts being under the GNU Affero license?

Since even guests can vote on it, it might end up having really distorted results - but, I'm just curious to see what happens with it.

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Mercury and Pseudoscience
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
08:38:33 GMT

Pseudoscience in General
Including Astrology


False-color pictures of the planet Mercury - shrunk down from the image at this NASA.gov blog post.
There are plenty of other things to pick on about astrology, but, here, I'm going to focus on some Mercury-related things.

Though this is more about history than about modern-day astrology - since fortunately, there probably aren't many modern astrologers nowadays who would go around making absurd claims about the supposed benefits of the element mercury.

But unfortunately, there are plenty of modern-day non-astrologers (and perhaps some astrologers too) who make absurd claims about mercury's supposed safety and fitness for use in things such as light bulbs, dental fillings, and vaccines.


The real, physical, scientific, Periodic Table of Elements element of mercury has many horrible effects on health.

Which is interesting from an astrological perspective, since the planet Mercury in astrology is associated with intelligence, communication, and so on, and usually isn't considered bad. In fact, one of the symbols associated with mythological Mercury is the caduceus - which, to this day, is a traditional symbol of medicine.

But, meanwhile, the actual physical element of mercury can give you brain damage and numerous other terrible health problems.

That's even worse than astrological Mercury retrograde!


I wonder if the ludicrous notion that mercury in dentistry is harmless was somehow inspired or fueled by astrology? Judging by Wikipedia, mercury fillings in dentistry have a long history.


The Mercury (element) article on Wikipedia mentions (among other interesting things) that the first emperor of China, QŪn Shǐ HuŠng Dž (260Ė210 BC), "was killed by drinking a mercury and powdered jade mixture formulated by Qin alchemists (causing liver failure, mercury poisoning, and brain death) who intended to give him eternal life."

How awful!


And the great Isaac Newton was found to have massive amounts of mercury in his body - possibly the result of his studies of alchemy. :-(

(See also: this informative video.)


I wonder what was more to blame for superstitious overly positive beliefs about mercury - alchemy or astrology? Don't know, and I don't feel like researching in depth right now.

But, thank God for skepticism and real science.

(Yes, the irony in the preceding sentence is deliberate. But I really am grateful for skepticism and real science, which I believe have probably done a lot more to improve the world than astrology or any other pseudoscience ever did.)


Such a pity that even in our modern, more logical and skeptical era, there's still the persistent use of mercury-containing amalgam dental fillings, despite the info on this page from EPA.gov.

And, there's still widespread acceptance of the use of mercury in fluorescent light bulbs - even despite the alarmingly elaborate waste cleanup measures recommended if you break such a light bulb.

This page is also interesting:

Some comfort about broken CFLs from ScienceNews.org, July 7, 2011

"Mercury release rates are low, new data show, but can build to toxic levels if broken bulbs aren't cleaned up right away."


And here's a blog post I posted on January 7, 2014, on Astroblahhh.Com:

Incandescent Light Bulbs are Now Largely Banned in the USA - and I Suggest Avoiding Fluorescent/CFL Bulbs


And mercury contamination is a common problem with seafood nowadays, as I mentioned a bit in this blog post on Astroblahhh.Com from August 17, 2015:

The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets


And, the idea that mercury in vaccines causes autism is surprisingly often viciously criticized. Here's Wikipedia's Thiomersal controversy article.

But, regardless of whether or not there really is a direct link between mercury in vaccines and autism - I can't imagine that mercury in vaccines does no harm at all, given the fact that mercury is scientifically known to be a very toxic, potentially lethal substance.

Even if the mercury in vaccines isn't causing autism, my guess is the mercury is probably at least causing other bad effects of some kind(s). Why wouldn't it?

Skeptics often say extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

So, doesn't the claim that such an extremely toxic substance as mercury is somehow safe to use in vaccines, dental fillings, and light bulbs qualify as an extraordinary claim which requires extraordinary evidence?


And, returning to the topic of astrology - wouldn't it be awful if the belief that mercury is safe or even beneficial to use in dental fillings, etc. actually historically traces back to astrology?

If that's the case, maybe astrology has done even more harm to the world than I thought. Even if astrology only reinforced (rather than originated) the pseudoscientific idea that "the element mercury is safe or even beneficial for human health", that would be bad.

I wish some historian(s) would look into that.


But more importantly, I wish mercury wasn't still in such common use in places it shouldn't be, in my opinion.

We should know better by now, and learn from the past mistakes of alchemy and astrology.


Comments are welcome on the Eryss.Com Forum, either here or elsewhere - but, it's moderated, and I tend to be rather lazy about checking for new posts, so, please don't expect a fast-paced brawl.

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Link: The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
14:18:18 GMT

Health

This seemed important enough to point out despite the fact that it's not on Eryss.Com's usual topics.

It's from my personal blog at Astroblahhh.Com:

The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets


Addition, Aug. 18, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT: Also, I updated this old Eryss.Com blog post with some new info:

Avoiding Seafood is Probably a Good Idea

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Pluto Flyby - New Horizons' Closest Approach - July 14, 2015, around 11:49 AM UT (7:49 AM EDT)
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
09:24:15 GMT

Astronomy

The New Horizons flyby of Pluto will (hopefully) reach its closest approach on July 14, 2015 at approximately 7:49 AM EDT (11:49 AM UT) - just hours from now.

And one article I stumbled across - Wired.com - New Horizonsí Finest Moment Could Be Its Hour of Destruction (posted July 13, 2015) - provides this remarkably exact time: "7:49:58 AM Eastern time"

And also says:

"With all sensors trained on Pluto, New Horizons wonít phone home for 21 straight hours."


Another link - New York Times - New Horizons' Pluto Flyby (July 14, 2015) - says in the last section of the animated slideshow near the top of the page:

"Confirmation that New Horizon survived the flyby is not expected until after 9:00 p.m., in part because signals from Pluto take four and a half hours to reach Earth."


More links:

NASA Television

NASA - New Horizons

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory - New Horizons


Wikipedia - New Horizons


BusinessInsider.com - Pluto Infographics (June 4, 2015)

Io9.com - This is What We've Learned About Pluto in the Past 24 Hours (July 13, 2015)


Quoted from the last link:

"Pluto is 2,370 kilometers (1,473 miles) in diameter, give or take 20 kilometers. This makes it undisputedly larger than Eris, the second largest object in the Kuiper Belt at 2,336 kilometers with a potential error of +/- 12 kilometers, and ends a decade-long debate over which object is larger."


However, Eris still has more mass. Another recent link:

Discovery.com - New Horizons is Seeing Signs of Kuiper Belt 'Blood Spatter' (July 14, 2015)

Quote:

"Itís worth noting that Pluto and Erisí masses have been precisely known for some time ó Eris is around one-third more massive than Pluto. By measuring the characteristics of moons orbiting both dwarf planets, an accurate mass can be calculated."


Wikipedia - List of Solar System objects by size


Addition, Aug. 9, 2015, 1:10 AM EDT: Quoted from this page from The Guardian:

"The New Horizons probe has made contact with Earth, proof that the spacecraft survived its historic flyby of Pluto.

The signal was received at precisely 8.52.37pm Eastern time."

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Pluto's Heart
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
06:43:13 GMT

Astronomy
With a Bit of Astrology

Here's an article from Phys.org about Pluto's "heart", with a picture:

Pluto's 'heart' revealed as New Horizons probe starts flyby campaign

A quote from that article:

New Horizons will swoop to within about 12,500 kilometers (nearly 7,750 miles) of Pluto's surface and about 17,900 miles (28,800 kilometers) from Charon during closest approach at approximately 7:49 a.m. EDT (11:49 UTC) on July 14.


As for the heart - well, I think it's adorable. :-)

So maybe Pluto shouldn't be considered to be in debility in Libra and Taurus after all. :-)

(In astrology, usually Venus is considered the ruler of Libra and Taurus, and Venus is associated with love. )

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Eris, Xena, Discord
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
13:25:18 GMT

Astrology

Here are a few nifty astrological things related to dwarf planet Eris.

First of all, some things I definitely wasn't the first to notice.


The dwarf planet Eris, before it was officially named, was originally nicknamed Xena.

And many years ago, someone on an astrology forum I read pointed out that Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena on the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess, has the astrological "Xena" in an interesting position in her astrological chart.

Namely - conjunct her sun, moon, Saturn, ascendant, and lunar node all in Aries, and all in the 1st house.

Plus, since Aries is ruled by Mars (the planet associated with war), this strong emphasis on Aries seems fitting for an actress whose possibly best-known role is a warrior princess. (Best known role to me, anyway - though I also remember her from the remake of Battlestar Galactica.)

In addition, she has Mars in the 1st house. (Though her Mars is in Taurus rather than Aries.)


Here's an interesting page about Eris, with Lucy Lawless's chart near the top, from PhilipSedgwick.com:

Donít Snub Eris - Horoscopic Extremes of the Archetype of Discord

And the AstroDatabank article on Lucy Lawless:

AstroDatabank bio - Lucy Lawless


And now, here's some stuff I noticed on my own. Though it's pretty easy to spot if you have the idea to look, so, it's very possible I'm not the first person to ever notice this. (But, I briefly searched the web, and couldn't find anyone else who already pointed out the following astrological details.)


The TV show Xena: Warrior Princess featured lots of gods and goddesses from mythology, including Greek mythology.

So, some years ago, sometime after Eris was named in 2006 - it occurred to me to wonder if maybe Eris (Roman name: Discordia) was ever portrayed on the show.


And indeed, she was. The actress who played Discord was Meighan Desmond, born October 7, 1977, according to her official bio page.

And, it turns out Meighan has her sun around 13 Libra, opposition Eris/Xena at 13 Aries.

A neat contrast to Lucy Lawless's sun conjunct Eris/Xena. :-) (Though Lucy's aspect between sun and Eris/Xena is less exact - sun at 8 Aries and Eris at 11 Aries.)


The sun is often associated with the archetype of the hero.

So, it's rather neat that the actress who played the hero of the show has sun conjunct Xena (later renamed Eris), while the actress who played Discord, one of Xena's villainous opponents, has sun opposition Xena (later renamed Eris).


It also seems worthwhile to point out the fact that the astrological aspects "conjunction" and "opposition" are opposites of each other.

Because a conjunction means two planets are somewhere around 0 degrees away from each other, which is as close as two planets can possibly get to each other in an astrological chart - while an opposition means two planets are somewhere around 180 degrees away from each other, which is as distant as two planets can possibly get from each other in an astrological chart.


So, interestingly - Lucy Lawless and Meighan Desmond's sun/Eris (Xena) aspect angles are close to complementary of each other.

Or actually, I believe the correct term in geometry is "supplementary" - as in "supplementary angles", which is defined as two angles which add up to 180 degrees.


In astrology, the opposition is one of the aspects most associated with discord and conflict. There are other aspects associated with discord, friction, disharmony - for a few examples: the square, quincunx, sesquisquare, and semisquare.

But, "opposition" probably is the aspect name that actually sounds the most discordant, at least in English, since the term "opposition" is frequently used in ordinary non-astrological English when discussing conflict.

(Though there is also the non-astrological plain English expression/idiom "square off". I wonder if that expression was inspired by astrology?)

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Link: A Slate.com article about Pluto New Horizons mission
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
03:35:48 GMT

Astronomy
Link

An article from Feb. 5, 2014, from Slate.com:

Pluto New Horizons mission: The dwarf planet explains the history of our solar system

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Water vapor detected on dwarf planet Ceres
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
05:38:26 GMT

Astronomy
Link

An article from Jan. 21, 2014, from NASA.gov:

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

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The M82 supernova is reported to be at peak brightness
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
05:29:17 GMT

Astronomy

An article from Feb. 4, 2014, from SkyAndTelescope.com:

Supernova in M82 At Its Peak


And an article from Jan. 31, 2014, from Gizmag.com:

The M82 supernova is at peak brightness: How to see it


I haven't yet figured out where in the sky to look for it.

But, hopefully astronomy software such as Stellarium* or Celestia would help.

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Delayed: Eryss astrology software
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
04:53:33 GMT

Site Update

I did get started preparing the Windows AutoHotkey* version of the Eryss astrology software for release, but, it's still not ready, so it's going to be late. Sorry about that.

Hopefully I'll get it done sometime in February.


Edit, Feb. 5, 2014, 8:05 AM EST: I don't know if I can even manage to do that, and I don't even really want to try anymore.

I've been having an incredibly difficult time trying to concentrate on it, probably mostly because I still feel so uneasy about my situation. I'm tired of living in continual fear because of having little idea if or how I can ever make enough money to support myself.

And, though maybe releasing free astrology software would somehow help my situation, there are probably a lot of other things I could do that are more certain to help me.


Also, though some people think announcing things publicly is a good strategy for putting pressure on yourself to increase the likelihood that you'll achieve goals - I think for me, announcing my plans and made-up deadlines actually makes things harder.

I don't like feeling burdened with any feeling of obligation to do what I said I was going to do, and I think it actually made me procrastinate and avoid it even more than I already was.

So, it's probably better if I just spontaneously do whatever without announcing things in advance.

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Future Plans; and slight changes at Eryss.Com Forum
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
18:16:06 GMT

Site Update

Happy holidays to all!

Today, I finally got around to deleting all of the probable spambot users on the Eryss.Com Forum. Sorry if I accidentally deleted any real people's accounts, and please feel free to re-register!

I also added a new Recommended Music board, and various new marketplace boards, such as boards for offering and requesting free goods or services, and a board which permits barter with money involved (instead of only money-free barter).


Anyway, I don't know if the Eryss.Com Forum will ever become popular, but, even if it never does, I have no plans of taking it down. It's actually a better way to reach me than my spam-ridden mailbox which I seldom bother to even check because I get almost nothing but spam, and I haven't yet implemented a good way to filter my mail.

I have done very little at all to try to promote the Eryss.Com Forum or invite people to it. But, I assume that whenever I finally release a really nice, polished version of the Eryss astrology software, things might pick up someday. Or, maybe if I release some stuff on Astroblahhh.Com that turns out to be popular, and I draw more attention to the Astroblahhh-related boards, things might pick up.


I still have plans of releasing a nice, polished Eryss someday, but, I'm not sure when.

I should definitely sometime release the partly complete AutoHotkey* (AHK) version for Windows. That version of Eryss is actually also mostly functional on at least Linux using Wine*, and probably completely functional in VirtualBox*.

I have scarcely touched the code since November 2011, but even so, it's still useful, and I use it myself from time to time. A little of the code in the PHP Puppy Linux edition of Eryss was based on it.

Anyway, I likely would have released the AHK version fairly soon after the Puppy Linux version of Eryss, if crisis hadn't struck. But, after that, it seemed like it would be rather absurd to make writing and/or releasing astrology software (for no guaranteed or likely pay) a high priority in my life. Perhaps this was a shortsighted misjudgment, but, I think more likely, I had my priorities straight, or at least those priorities straight. :-)


Things have settled down enough that I think I am probably going to release the AHK version in the near future. But, I probably am not going to add much or at all to it.

Partly because AHK is very much a Windows thing (even though lots of AHK stuff can work in Linux via Wine and especially VirtualBox), and I would greatly prefer focusing mainly either on free, libre, open source computing platforms like Linux now, or very cross-platform free/libre/open source things like PHP-GTK*.

And partly because I still don't think it's totally practical for me to devote much time, energy, and effort to astrology software yet.


Someday, I would like to make a PHP-GTK version of Eryss, or some other very cross-platform version. But, everything is far more likely to happen sooner if I am adequately funded.

As always, donations and microdonations and requests for free, libre, open source software and documentation are welcome.

Or, if there are other things you'd like me to consider doing, you can let me know via the Eryss.Com Forum or my currently spam-ridden email address. Or even my Tumblr's Ask or Submit pages.


Regardless of whether anyone donates or hires me or makes requests or comments or not, I'm going to try to release the incomplete (but still useful) AHK version of Eryss before February 2014.

Again, happy holidays to all!

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