I social-engineered myself into a party where I didn't know anyone. Not bad for a nerd, right? After talking with most of the people there, even hitting it off with some, I'm not sure if it could work out in the long run. I wasn't myself on purpose.
It was mostly boring. After a surprisingly short time, every conversation I got into felt so hackneyed that it was possible for me to predict the dialogue flow without even thinking. All the drama and social structures seemed transparent after not much longer than forty minutes. There was surprisingly little to do or understand. Perhaps it was the point all along, but it doesn't mean it wasn't stultifying.
However, they didn't hate me for no better reason than existing while I wasn't myself. There was no ridicule or supercilious finger-pointing. Which means that kb must have been correct. I'm not sure what to do now. I should at least try to adapt, but I'll most likely be out of that age bracket before observing any progress.
The Call of Cthulhu session has ended abruptly due to a case of TPK (Total Party Kill). Three characters died, two were knocked-out and subsequently abducted by cultists. I can't recall the last time I saw so many consecutive rolls that failed. Apart from discussing some of the CoC's mechanical drawbacks, which are numerous, we decided to change the genre for the next game. It's a choice between Cyberpunk 2020 and Earthdawn.
Control theory + programming = a lot of free time.
I finally found a way to automate most of my work. There's still a need for me to come to the institute to swap samples and calibrate some of the doodahs, but it cut down my workload by almost 80%. Two days running and so far there were no problems. It has already done more work than I'm able (or willing) to do in a week!