New Fiction: A Heart Has Roots of Flame and Blood

Posted on Fri 14 June 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with fiction, writing • 1 min read

I’ve posted a new short story in Ye Olde Fiction section. This one’s for anyone who’s felt alien, and trapped by the weight of their own feelings. It’s also a reminder that those feelings can have power, even if it manifests in unexpected ways. Enjoy.

Miranda …


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Running Invisible Sun: The Shadows of Her Eyes

Posted on Sun 31 March 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, invisible sun, rpg • 7 min read

Last Tuesday, I wrapped up a two-month introductory adventure for Invisible Sun. It was my first time running the game, and all my players were new to it as well. One other had also backed the original Kickstarter, but this was his first opportunity to play. As with any first-time …


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Warren Ellis on making mistakes

Posted on Fri 29 March 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with art, quote • 1 min read

Warren Ellis’ commencement speech to University of Essex at Southend is a delight to read. I particularly loved this bit.

Making mistakes happens when you’re trying something new. It’s how you know you’re bending the envelope.  Making mistakes is how you learn, and sometimes a mistake gives …


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Jacinda Ardern’s inspiring response to the Christchurch shooting

Posted on Tue 19 March 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with news, quote • 1 min read

This is a hell of a speech from New Zealand’s PM on the Christchurch shooting.

We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage. We can. And we will, surround you with aroha, manaakitanga and all that makes us, us. Our hearts are heavy …


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Xia Jia on time

Posted on Thu 28 February 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote • 1 min read

I gave a lecture on time travel where, using the “butterfly effect,” I explained that we cannot predict the weather or one’s trajectory in life accurately. Every second in our past matters equally.

It has taken all the moments of my life for me to become who I am …


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NYT on the Secret History of Women in Coding

Posted on Mon 18 February 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with history, tech • 2 min read

The NYT recently ran a wonderfully in-depth story covering the history of women in coding. The issue of note for the article is that in the beginning of computer science the gender balance among programmers was basically equal. In fact, it was seen as one of the most viable careers …


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Your prescribed dose of garden photos

Posted on Sun 17 February 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, photos • 1 min read

One of my favorite places to visit is Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Exhausted from the gray and brown of winter, today my family made the trek out there for their Orchid Extravaganza. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the visit.

Pink orchids on display

Orchids!

Wife and daughter hugging beneath an arch made of orchids.

Snuggles under the orchid …


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The Terror of a Future America in Vigilance

Posted on Wed 06 February 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

Cover of Vigilance

Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

In his latest novel, Vigilance, Robert Jackson Bennett shows us the plausible terror of an America which has utterly given up preventing gun violence and instead embraced it. In this near future sci-fi story, fear of the other has isolated the U.S.A., allowing …


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Cal Newport on digital minimalism

Posted on Sun 27 January 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote, tech • 1 min read

To succeed with this approach, a useful first step is to remove from your smartphone any apps that make money from your attention. This includes social media, addictive games and newsfeeds that clutter your screen with “breaking” notifications. Unless you’re a cable news producer, you don’t need minute-by-minute …


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New Fiction: “Memories of Stars”

Posted on Sun 20 January 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with featured, fiction, meta, writing • 2 min read

There’s a new short story in ye olde fiction section. Well, I say, “new”. This is actually a couple years old, but it felt like a good time to share it.

It’s a story about creatures that came to destroy our world only to find that we’d …


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