Here’s a list of things I researched while writing that last story. Looking at it all at once it seems beyond insane. For some reason I had a large drive to really and truly learn these things. I mean I was trying to do calculus. I hate calculus:
Calculus, Isaac Newton (I read an 800 page biography), Trinity college, the etymology of names in Japanese culture, clothing in the 1600’s, calculus, universal gravity, how light works to produce colors, Buddhism and Shintoism, comets, English geography, calculus, building methods in the 1600’s, samurai weapons, Bethesda fountain, history of medicine, alchemy, calculus, etc.
The weird things is that I’m pretty sure I still screwed a ton of things and that the parts that came out the best were the ones where I only had a tiny bit of actual information and I just bullshitted my way through the rest.