Kurt explains why he hasn't posted in so long - he's been busy helping Violet with her water-logged book (the one about the Third Power). Moan moan moan...
I'd like to talk to you about what's going on with the search for the Cube, or let you know the latest gossip about things going on at Academy - I swear, Tippy's going to find herself in a newspaper, what with all the stuff she's been getting up to. But no. I can't tell you that. Not because I don't know, but because I'm too tired.
Tired from Academy work? Sure, that's tiring, but no more than usual. No, all my copious spare time is being consumed by Violet's latest crazy project. We're working on deciphering this odd waterlogged book about secret societies and the Cube that she found in some remote corner of the central archives. Of course, when I say 'we're working', what I really mean is 'I'm working, and Violet is looking over my shoulder and occasionally making sarcastic comments.'
So far it's been a disappointing read. All sorts of stuff about the author hating the Academy, the mystical nature of right-angles (?!) and a strange take on the legends of Madna. Not really my preferred reading material. I do have to admit that some parts of the recovery process have been interesting. This sort of archaeology isn't my field of expertise, but I've been able to use some equipment of my own and some at the Academy to retrieve apparently destroyed information.
The other day, Violet wanted me to check a bunch of blank pages for diagrams, so I had to use some multispectral imagers to view it at different wavelengths. I gather that scientists on Earth use this kind of technology to look at ancient scrolls and suchlike. Unfortunately the diagrams weren't particularly interesting, just a collection of strange society handshakes, but it was a fun little project.
Anyway, things are speeding up now that I've gotten into the swing of it. Most of the image processing is automated now, so I just have to turn the pages every few minutes. Fun fun fun.