Pandemic: Rising Tide

Kam recently acquired the new Pandemic game, Pandemic: Rising Tide, about saving the (19th-century?) Netherlands from sea-level rise using dikes and hydraulic pumping systems. (No diseases in this one!) There are some issues with graphic design/layout of the board, but overall it’s a nice game; as with Pandemic: Iberia, it’s a good combination of familiar […]

February has 8! minutes

It turns out that there are 8 factorial minutes in February. And that’s not just a random coincidence; in fact, you can demonstrate that it’s true without performing any multiplication at all, just some easy factoring. February contains four weeks. The number of minutes in four weeks can be expressed as: 4 weeks x 7 […]

Dream response

Dreamed that I received a response, via USPS, to a story I had submitted to a magazine. The response took the form of an International Reply Coupon stapled to a small plastic bag. Inside the bag were two small wooden tokens, butterflies I think, and a brief note from Charlie Jane Anders (who hadn’t, I […]

I wonder how your engines sound

Ever since the loud car guy saga, I’ve had a strong negative reaction to revving-engine noises. That reaction has faded over time, but it still comes up sometimes. On Monday morning, in Oak Park, I was awakened at 5 am by engine sounds. Not revving this time; just a steady loud thrum that sounded like […]

Morning work

For years now, my usual morning routine has gone roughly like this: Wake up. Turn on my iPad mini. Look at Google News, and read any articles that look interesting. Post some of them to Facebook and Twitter. Read whichever of my regular webcomics have posted that day. Read Facebook, responding to posts as I […]

One of them there meta-posts

One part of the point of switching to WordPress was that I hoped it would make it easier to post entries, and thus make me more likely to do so. And then I went a couple of weeks without posting here. Part of what happened is that I thought I had discovered that I had […]

New food, I saw you standing alone

We were talking the other night about the idea that if you eat a food that you don’t like ten times, you’ll start to like it. Was thinking about that again just now, and thought I would look it up for more info. There are apparently studies that suggest that that can be true for […]

User icons/avatars

One nice side effect of using WordPress is that comments on posts automatically display Gravatar user images. So if you comment here, and you want some sort of image or icon to appear next to each of your comments, then stop by Gravatar and create an image for yourself. Gravatar images are associated with email […]

New sites up and running!

My new sites are settling into their new homes! Thanks again to Jeremy and Jenn of Clockpunk Studios, for doing a great job of redesigning the sites, and providing a lot of helpful handholding along the way. To see a list of the various sites, select the Sites menu from any page of any of […]