Introducing Explorers Wanted

Posted on Wed 08 April 2020 in Dispatches • Tagged with announcements, numenera, personal, podcasts, projects, rpg • 2 min read

It isn’t news to anyone that I’m a big fan of Numenera. It is my favorite game to run and I will shamelessly hype for it to anyone who will listen. About two years ago, I started a campaign for some friends and it was truly a wonderful …


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Wisdom from Molly Conway

Posted on Fri 10 January 2020 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote • 1 min read

You don’t have to monetize your joy.

— Molly Conway, The Modern Trap of Feeling Obligated to Turn Hobbies Into Hustles


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Umberto Eco on the appeal of the cliché

Posted on Sun 24 November 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, film, quote • 1 min read

When all the archetypes shamelessly burst in, we plumb Homeric depths. Two clichés are laughable. A hundred clichés are affecting–because we become obscurely aware that the clichés are talking to one another and holding a get-together. As the height of suffering meets sensuality, and the height of depravity verges …


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NY Review of Books: A Universe of One’s Own

Posted on Tue 09 July 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, history, quote, sff • 1 min read

[Joanna] Russ had no patience for a genre predicated on the notion of speculative technologies but unable to imagine social institutions and women’s roles in them as freely. She would surely have objected to some of the stories in The Future Is Female. Nevertheless, nearly three hundred women writers …


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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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