Category: Personal

Dear Esther…

I have walked the path Dear Esther laid out for me twice. Once, back when it was a free fan-made modification for Half-Life 2, and again, when it returned renewed as a fully realized work of art, released on Steam. The world is bigger this time, and significantly more beautiful. But even if the game […]

The taxman maketh weird lists

My favorite things from the Comptroller of Maryland’s taxable businesses “Miscellaneous” section: Morticians, Monuments, Markers Itinerant Vendors, Peddlers Horse, Cattle, Pets, and Taxidermy Aircraft, Space Vehicle, Missile Mfg. I want  a peddler’s licence. I want one. But it’s not the most accurate listing for me, and I don’t want to screw with the comptroller. Sigh. […]

The internet makes me better by making me feel stupid

I just had an eye opening moment of Privilege awareness. Yes, that’s with a capital P, you can start your dismissiveness glands salivating, as I’ve a nice chewy thought for them to dissolve before it reaches your brain where it might infect. This particular moment comes to us from the Scalzi Cloudmind: the amalgamated intelligence […]

Thoughts on Spellwright

I finished reading Spellwright during my weekend trip to Vermont back in April. The book was a very fast read for me, which means it only took me twice as long to finish it as it would a normal person. Normally, I hardly notice the delay. It just comes with the territory. People like me […]

Safe spaces, or why dickwolves are only sometimes hilarious.

Okay folks. It’s time to recenter and refocus this discussion. Let’s be blunt, my old article is long, rambling, and easy to misinterpret. I find that a lot of the comments focus not on my core point, but on some aside or small element that surrounds the main point of the article. So, let’s take […]