The Delirium Brief: the magical deep state is here to save you

Posted on Mon 24 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

Delirium Brief

The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
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It’s hard not to love Charles Stross’ Laundry Files series as a concept. A clandestine government agency of computational demonologists defend the world from horrors beyond space and time, all while trying to keep up with their expense reports. Magic is just applied …


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Star.Ships: Your ancestors were smarter than you think

Posted on Thu 20 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 3 min read

Star.Ships

Star.Ships by Gordon White
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Gordon White’s exercise in using data analysis to speculatively reconstruct ancient belief systems is a mind-bending journey through our most ancient history. In this book, he tracks our species’ first departure from what we now call Africa, and the beginnings of both the Laurasian …


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Review of The Night Ocean

Posted on Thu 22 June 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

The Night Ocean

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge
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This is a book where my opinion of it has changed the longer I’ve been away from it. It’s a strange book, and honestly its structure was nearly its undoing for me.

The majority of the book is conducted in a …


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River of Teeth, or why the hippo is my new spirit animal

Posted on Fri 02 June 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

River of Teeth

River of Teeth

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws …


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Using Ulysses

Posted on Tue 14 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with ios, mac, reviews, tech, ulysses, writing • 5 min read

I struggle with the notion of app-evangelizing. In the past, I was as guilty of it as anyone. I would proudly proclaim such-and-such as the ultimate app for something or other. Part of that is an aspect of nerdy fandom, and another large part of it was learned behavior from other online writers. However, I think we can all agree that such statements are disingenous and certainly not an accurate representation of any given market.


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Exploring the Ninth World: A Few Thoughts on Numenera

Posted on Thu 24 October 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with gaming, monte cook, numenera, reviews, rpg • 6 min read

Numenera Cover

Welcome to the Ninth World

As I’ve been running my D&D campaign, I’ve become interested in the alternative role-playing systems that came about after my initial foray into gaming. It all started because I was looking for inspiration for fun rule tweaks I could incorporate into my …


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The DM’s Adventuring Kit

Posted on Mon 06 May 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with d&d, featured, gaming, reviews • 11 min read

I recently wrote about my return to Dungeons and Dragons, and promised another post where I would share what tools our group is using to facilitate our long-distance games. It’s really critical to make sure that game groups are well organized, or many campaigns will fizzle out due to …


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What I’m Listening To: June 2011

Posted on Fri 24 June 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with podcasts, reviews • 6 min read

If you had asked me a year ago what kinds of podcasts I was listening to, you would have seen a clear theme: technology. I would have listed off a lot of TWiT shows, a couple CNET shows and miscellaneous other shows featuring the same hosts. Over the course of …


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Review: Super Doesn’t Pull Any Punches

Posted on Tue 14 June 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with movies, reviews • 6 min read

Super

Shut up, crime!”

I just finished watching the film Super, written and directed by James Gunn. I’m having a hard time characterizing how I feel about it. Normally, if I were going to write something about a film, I would spend some time trying to develop the best way …


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Review: 750 Words

Posted on Sat 09 April 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with reviews, software, writing • 5 min read

There’s a well known theory that keeping a journal, or at least writing daily, improves your day-to-day life. My anecdotal experience has shown that to be the case for me as well. That being said, it’s not always easy to keep up with it. I can’t tell …


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