I’m a bit of an idiot.
So, I’m still playing Minecraft, now with the Gregtech 5 Unofficial mod, and generally having a good time now that I don’t have to deal with that <bleeping> crucible. I was exploring and found one of Minecraft’s vast underground ravines, this time filled with waterfalls and lavafalls. Instead of just finding away across or around, I decided to undertake an improptu engineering project. Using waste stone, I built an aqueduct to redirect one of the waterfalls so it’d quench most of the lake of lava.
This was a very hazardous undertaking. In some of my early attempts to do it quick-and-dirty, I almost got myself washed away into the lava. Which would have been very bad because I had a currently-irreplaceable Iridium pickaxe on me, and I’d have lost that forever.
I eventually wised up, dammed the water at the source, carefully completed the entire aqueduct, and then unleashed the water again. At one point I got into a little archery duel with a skeleton on a ledge, which again could have been bad since the knockback from the arrows could have sent me to my death.
Anyway, after I’d gotten it all done and felt a sense of accomplishment, I realized I’d let my real-world assumptions about water sources and behavior influence me. I abruptly realized I could have done the same thing much more easily at the bottom of the ravine with a single bucket of water, because of the odd infinite nature of Minecraft fluids. This elaborate stone gutter system would have been necessary in Dwarf Fortress, but not here.
As I said, I’m a bit of an idiot. Still, sometimes the doing of the thing is its own point, even if it’s ultimately an overly complex way of solving the problem.