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{ Monthly Archives } March 2015

Tweets from 2015-03-22 to 2015-03-28

Tweets from 2015-03-15 to 2015-03-21 http://t.co/KJCXxy6v1R 10:01:27, 2015-03-22 Email opened: 256 unread messages. Junk deleted, spam filter alerts sifted. 37 unread messages. Sigh. 05:46:31, 2015-03-23 Inordinately proud of myself that I recognized @schmoyoho's music style in opening song of #UnbreakeableKimmySchmidt http://t.co/a5tmUNM0XA 18:13:52, 2015-03-23 RT @KelliMarshall: !! // RT @nate_winslow: Reminder: Tom Cruise is a year older […]

Tweets from 2015-03-15 to 2015-03-21

Tweets from 2015-03-08 to 2015-03-14 http://t.co/LyMP1NueSj 10:00:54, 2015-03-15 Writing note about broken email, click the button to test error msg, only now it works, emails a half-message to tech help folks. #Mondays 05:11:40, 2015-03-16 RT @katielenius: Exciting news today! I'm a top ten finalist in the 2015 P&B Textiles and @PATTERNOBSERVER Textile Design Competition. http… 05:19:12, […]

Comics, Threats, Censorship, Free Speech

Having written this, I don’t think it says anything new, so let’s categorize this as a summary of recent events for convenience sake, rather than a blistering think piece. A. The Killing Joke Cover – A recent sequence of events in the comics world: Recently, DC comics announced a bunch of variant covers celebrating the […]

Tweets from 2015-03-08 to 2015-03-14

Tweets from 2015-03-01 to 2015-03-07 http://t.co/FmohtJzxFk 10:00:52, 2015-03-08 #GameLog A wickedly close game of #StuffAndNonsense @cheapassjames today. I got 80 pts exactly 1 turn before Avery would have done the same. 20:57:02, 2015-03-08 #GameLog @FloodgateGames #EpicResort Avery won by 1 vp after a dragon burned down my curio shop on the last turn. http://t.co/9QsBX1b8Pm 20:59:43, 2015-03-08 […]

Games: Why you should be a Cheapass

  One of the first game companies I learned about back when I started collecting interesting games was Seattle’s own Cheapass Games, headed by James Ernest.  In my collection, I have old copies of Kill Dr. Lucky, Deadwood Studios, and some kind of space game with rabbits  (I have to admit, of those three, I’ve […]

The Weird, Muddled Ethics of KINGSMAN

Kingsman: The Secret Service A twenty-something hoodlum is recruited to a super-secret spy agency where he learns to fight awesomely and gets access to lots of cool gadgets and has to help stop a madman from destroying the world.  As I watched Kingsman, I found myself oscillating wildly.  The action set pieces are great, the […]

March 11, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. There was only one good March 11 photo in the Flickr Commons stream:

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Mea Culpa

For your consideration: Apologies. It was the third episode in this list that got me thinking about the topic.  But here are three moments in my podcast listening that struck me as interesting: This American Life – “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory” – After using a whole hour to explore one reporter’s experience in […]

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe; narrated by Wil Wheaton If you don’t read XKCD or Munroe’s weekly “What If?” column over at xkcd.com, you’re really missing out.  This book collects some of the best What If columns, plus adds a bunch of new ones.  It’s a simple premise: […]

Tweets from 2015-03-01 to 2015-03-07

#GameLog Then, the family played two games of #EscapeCurseoftheTemple but did not escape. Doom! Doom to us all! 04:15:38, 2015-03-01 #GameLog Last, I tried a solo game of #TheSeekerintheForestofWyr. An interesting little solitaire game that I will probably try again. 04:16:56, 2015-03-01 I'm bummed that I couldn't recall from memory the names of Scotland's famous […]

February Music roundup

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic. Emusic albums: Amy Correia, Lakeville – Correia has a soulful style with bluesy, sad music.  Some of her songs sound like they’d work perfectly at a piano in a smoky bar.  It’s a […]

They’re making a movie of THAT?

The recent kerfuffle about the reboot of Ghostbusters (which sounds great to me) got me thinking about reboots and, well, toys.  We all remember the slip-ups.  Your Battleships, your GI-Joes, your endless television cartoons created just to sell toys (He-Man and My Little Pony), but it’s worth our while to take a moment to celebrate […]

The Wanderer

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber I’ve read my fair share of old science fiction.  (By old here, I generally mean things written before 1980.)  I acknowledge this line is relatively arbitrary, but so am I.  Some old sf gets dated pretty quickly, and feels foreign and a little weird.  The Cosmic Computer comes to mind.  […]

March 4, IN HISTORY (The Inauguration Edition)

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. What do Lincoln, Taft, and Wilson all have in common?  March 4 Inauguration day! After George Washington set the date as March 4 at his second inaugural, every […]

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Obsolete before it ships

Charles Stross reflected on the relentless pace of culture and the difficulty of writing about the near future or the present in a post about his book Rule 34: There is a certain pub in Edinburgh that I’ve used as a setting for some key scenes, because it’s quarried out of the side of a […]