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Majoring (in disaster)

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My Bookshelf of Role-playing Games contains roughly three dozen of them, spread out over two and a half metres of shelf space. There are rulebooks, supplements, sourcebooks, modules, notebooks and binders, the latter two full of largely illegible handwriting that no human being on earth will ever be able to read (and that includes me). Various genres are represented in this almost Trumpian wall of deficient socialization — fantasy, science fiction, scantily-clad women with gargantuan […]

Gapping (not spark plugs though)

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A gentleman who I think lives in Vancouver asked for stories about the struggle to close the gap between an idea and its realization. Well, that’s kind of the story of my life, isn’t it? So I tried to think of an example and the first thing that came to mind was that time I tried to modify seven gecos fields simultaneously while dynamically merging five different password files. It didn’t work, of course — […]

Maxing

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I am not a people person. That means different things to different people. (If you’re a fan of Ray Winninger’s game ‘Underground‘, for example, it means you probably don’t eat at the most popular restaurant of the year 2021 — just one of the things of the world of 2021 we’re better off without.) But that’s not what I mean. What I mean is that my interpersonal skills are… poorly developed. Vestigial, even. In short, […]

Blocking (part 2)

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To their credit, the local municipality provides internet access in city-owned facilities like the airport, the public square that they named after a rich guy and arenas. To their…. (what’s the opposite of credit?) they put a web filter on that internet — a web filter with some… inexplicable settings. I mean, in many ways it’s completely transparent: I can read my email, I can check to see if anyone from Albania read this drivel, […]

Ruling

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I have a bag of dice. I’m not exactly sure where it is right now (we haven’t gamed for a while and I am, first and foremost, a slob), but it’s around. It’s not all that big considering that I’ve been accumulating dice since the late 70s — that’s when I first played one of those games (written by the devil, of course) that corrupts morals, promotes violence and will eventually cause me to live, […]