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Dispatches

Coffee-stained dispatches from the Minister of Intrigue.

2022

Weeknotes for 2022-03-25
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Weeknotes Explorers Wanted Python Rust Personal Cookiecutter
This week in the world of Daniel: Released two new versions of django-quotes. Those are focused around making the app more flexible for lots of users, and some developer help with typing annotations.
TIL - Importing annotations from future for concise Python typing
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TIL Python
Python 3.10 introduced several improvements for type hints, including a much more concise Union operator. This means that instead of using: def square(number: Union[int, float]) -> Union[int, float]: return number ** 2 You can instead write this:
Weeknotes for 2022-03-18
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Weeknotes Personal Python Games Tv Movies Fish Pyenv Asdf Zsh Ohmyzsh Explorers Wanted Pelican
This week in the world of Daniel: I updated my quote service project to use my reusable django-quotes app. This should make maintenance easier. Since this is a backwards-incompatible change, I also updated ewdiscordbot and ewtwitterbot to use the new API endpoints.
Actual Play Podcast Playbook: Guests
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Articles Podcast Podcast Production Howto Explorers Wanted
Here’s the scenario: you’ve got an actual play TTRPG podcast, and you want to invite a guest onto your show for a special appearance. This is a great idea! It’s delightful to collaborate with other creators, and you can learn so much simply by working with new people.
Weeknotes for 2022-03-11
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Weeknotes Personal
This week in DanielVision: I ran a game of Monster Care Squad for my daughter and wrote down my thoughts. Sent a number of additional job applications out the door. And hey, if your company is doing cool things and looking for seasoned product executive, let me know.
Running Monster Care Squad
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Articles Reviews Gm Tips Ttrpg
I wrote recently about receiving my backer copy of Monster Care Squad, which is a Ghibli-inspired RPG about the people caring for the magical monsters that once protected their communities from a terrible illness.
Weeknotes for 2022-03-04
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Weeknotes Personal
This week I: Released django-quotes, the reusable Django app version of my quote service project. It’s available on PyPi, and you can find documentation on adding it to your Django project here.
TIL - Running make apidocs for Read the Docs
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TIL Python
I was hacking on my quote service the other day, and notice that Read the Docs wasn’t building my module level documentation, which meant that anyone that wanted to look at said modules in more detail was getting a 404 error.
Weeknotes 2022-02-25
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Weeknotes Personal
This Week In, Well Everything: I have been horrified by the news coming out of Texas and Alabama, and strongly encourage you to donate to organizations that help trans youth and combat the hate in those places.
Weeknotes 2022-02-19
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Weeknotes Personal
I’m trying to get back into the habit of writing more regularly here, and taking some inspiration from Quentin I’m going to start doing brief weekly updates. My hope is that doing these short posts will get me back in the groove and lead me to resuming more detailed write-ups.
GDPR Rulings Making Waves in 2022
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Articles Privacy
A few GDPR rulings have recently been handed down that are going to be causing major shakeups across a number of sites and services. This year’s off to a wild start.
Tamsyn Muir On Meme References In Her Writing
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Articles Writing
The truth is that I am just a very referential writer. And my problem is that I’ve got a very Catholic taste. There’s a hell of a lot of Bible stuff in there too.

2021

Nine Tips for a Legendary Campaign
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Articles Ttrpg Gaming Gm Tips Writing
So you’re getting ready to kick off a campaign for your gaming group? Before you even get started, ask yourself: are you looking to create a campaign that will simply be fun, or one that your players will be talking about for years to come?

2020

Vote for Explorers Wanted!
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Articles Podcasts Awards Audioverse Explorers Wanted Numenera
It’s been a wild first six months for those of us at Explorers Wanted, and we’ve been humbled and astounded by our growing community of listeners. I love making our show, and talking with our fans has been a delight.
Introducing Explorers Wanted
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Articles Announcements Personal Projects Podcasts Ttrpg Numenera Explorers Wanted
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.
Wisdom from Molly Conway
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Quotes
You don’t have to monetize your joy. — Molly Conway, The Modern Trap of Feeling Obligated to Turn Hobbies Into Hustles

2019

Umberto Eco on the appeal of the cliché
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Articles Books Film
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.
NY Review of Books: A Universe of One's Own
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[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.
New Fiction: A Heart Has Roots of Flame and Blood
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Articles Fiction Writing
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.
Running Invisible Sun: The Shadows of Her Eyes
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Articles Gaming Ttrpg Invisible Sun
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.