Concerns of Lag and Presence have been frustrating me a little when it comes to Building of recent days, but I have been able at least to achieve a few things.
The first is yet another one of my Aethernetical Nonsense Works - a little thing which I call "Eventcal". As you will know, Great and Terrible Lab has blessed us all with a little shared Diary of Events, in which anyone may place items and which anyone may read; it is, however, a bit tricky to use at times, and some of us would wish to use it in concert with our own Diaries (Aethernetical or Otherwise) more easily.
At the moment one may view these Events outside of the Grid, but I have found it more convenient to view and note them using such other things as "Google Calendar". With this in mind I produced a minor Aethernet Automaton which, when asked, rifles through the afore-linked section for all of the events assigned to a particular category occurring in the next seven days and gives them to you in a format that is generally Machine-Legible (named "iCal").
The upshot of all of this is that this thing allows one to subscribe to a particular Events category with Google Calendar, the Apple program iCal, Outlook (I believe - I have not tried this) or in fact anything which understands this widely-accepted way of sharing calendars. If this sounds like something of interest to you, please visit the Eventcal page for more information as to how to use it yourself.
The second is a more general project; my experiences with constructing my Galvanic Swordstick recently, and certain issues arising regarding our Regrettably Inevitable Conflict (mostly Standards) left me wishing that I - and others - were able to simply use some form of Generally Compatible System of Personal Combat. When I speak of this I am really talking about something along the lines of the systems mentioned in my Standards post, in other words, a script which anyone might drop into a hand or other weapon, control via Link Messages and use to Engage others similarly equipped.
I considered a wide-scale, "persistent" system of some sort, which would keep details on one's health and injuries and so on in an Aethernet Data Archive tied to one's identity, but this struck me as missing the point somewhat - whilst it would be an interesting system and likely diverting in the long term for a certain subset of duellists (and perhaps something I might work on out of interest's sake) the sort of communities where this is useful are fairly uncommon, usually have their own systems already and are not ones in which I live.
For most potential combatants it is quite enough to have the ability to have occasional battles with similarly-equipped people, without having to either have the power to create, or risk entering, a Combat Zone. Furthermore, a persistent system might give the wrong impression of Caledon, which is a mostly very peaceful place; I do not wish to have random folk accosting me for martial purposes, myself.
At the moment, the system works on a sensor and chat basis, with a central script in each weapon that, when activated:
One thing which is also a possibility is that it will be able to affect inanimate objects containing appropriate scripts; something which I find useful during the testing period.
I shall be experimenting further with this, and releasing it for general use once things have been completed. Unfortunately, to prevent Cheating and Skullduggery, the script must remain Un-Modifiable (though free to copy and transfer) but the basic principles will certainly be outlined for those wishing to learn from my poor efforts.