Halloween is big money

Posted on Wed 31 October 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with halloween, quote • 1 min read

Thus, a new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

 Halloween 2018 - HISTORY

From the same article I also learned that 25% of all candy purchased …


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Numenera Discovery and Destiny: Lightning Round Review

Posted on Sun 19 August 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, numenera, rpgs • 4 min read

Numenera Discovery and Destiny in their slipcase cover

Numenera Discovery and Destiny are here, and they do not disappoint. As always, Monte Cook Games nails the production quality, with some beautiful volumes filled with incredible art. I wish I had time to do the detailed review that these new books …


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Saddle Up! We’re on our way to the Ninth World.

Posted on Mon 21 May 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, geeklycon, numenera, rpg • 2 min read

This July, I’ll be running my first convention game of an RPG at GeeklyCon. I’ve been a DM for many years, but my focus has been running long term campaigns for my friends. I recently wrapped up a 5+ year 4E campaign, and we kicked off our replacement …


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Warren Ellis and professional OpSec

Posted on Sun 28 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with privacy, quotes, satire • 1 min read

Warren Ellis on limiting your availability for both productivity and OpSec:

When you reply to this, it doesn’t go to my main email. It goes to a public-facing email account that I have to manually go to. Aggressively filter what goes to your main email account and don’t …


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Better scheduled posts for Pelican

Posted on Fri 12 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with bash, meta, pelican • 4 min read

Pop quiz: you’ve set up a static web site like all the cool kids these days, but you still want to be able to do scheduled posts. There’s a lot of good reasons why you might. After all, if you go on a writing binge you don’t …


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New year, new nerdery

Posted on Thu 11 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, aws, funtoo, gentoo, linux, personal, vps • 5 min read

It’s the January of 2018, and the sickness is upon me again. Sometimes you can feel it coming, like that first head fog that warns of a coming cold, or the klaxon of a stomach churn that alerts you to an impending flu. Other times, it comes out of …


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2017 by the numbers

Posted on Thu 04 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with meta, personal • 3 min read

Yay, the obligatory retrospective post!

Let’s face it, in many ways, 2017 was a dumpster fire of a year. The political and social climate has been toxic and frankly it’s hard to be effective in this kind of environment. That’s why it’s more important than ever …


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Writing Report Card: December 2017

Posted on Tue 02 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with publishing, report card, submissions, writing • 1 min read

Continuing my recurring feature where I publicly post a report card of fiction writing activity each month. This series is inspired by Aeryn Rudel’s blog Rejectomancy. Each month I’ll post a report card summarizing words written, submissions, rejections, and hopefully acceptances.

Here’s the results for this month …


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Merlin Mann on a better media diet

Posted on Thu 30 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, quotes, social media • 1 min read

Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content.

These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical.

— Merlin Mann, Better

This is from the revised essay republished seven years ago. It’s worth revisiting, especially when you add in our new …


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Writing Report Card: November 2017

Posted on Thu 30 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with publishing, report card, submissions, writing • 1 min read

Last month, I announced a new recurring feature where I’ll publicly post a report card of fiction writing activity each month. This series is inspired by Aeryn Rudel’s blog Rejectomancy. Each month I’ll post my results, summarizing words written, submissions, rejections, and hopefully acceptances.

Here’s the …


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