Doing Social Science Fiction in Terror Australis

For the longest time I didn’t really feel the need to read Lovecraft. The popularity of his mythos in popular culture had made his work seem so familiar, without having to have read a word. But that popularity had reduced his work to a very specific part of a single strand of the worlds he…

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Growing attachment

I don’t think I wanted to children. My blogs never talk about it as something I really thought about needing or wanting. Indeed, I was always anxious that this lack of desire for children (or a child) would mean that if one were to come about that I would not love it, that I would…

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Blogging Parentals

It can be a disturbing thing to realise that your parents had a life before you, indeed, that there was even anything at all in existence before you. When she is old enough the little one will, if she looks for it, find that I’ve blogged almost my entire adult life. Every pretentious, dorky, and…

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Cycling in Edinburgh

For details on the rides below see my Strava. Edinburgh has a surprisingly good cycling network for such an old city covered in cobblestones and steep hills. It is possible to pretty much circumnavigate the city centre entirely on shared pedestrian/cycling paths. The city has managed this by re-purposing a bunch of disused railways (much…

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Midwinter: Memories of Skiing the Azores

“There’s an intrinsic pleasure in traversing space and seeing all the places between here and there … Give me places to see and a wide open road to connect them and the means to look at them and a satisfying vehicle that I can just drive for hours on end.” brkeogh.com “On Roadtrips” I’ve had a…

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Dragon Age: Inquisition, A tale of two Corypheuses

Not so long ago I finished my (first) playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition (DAI). It was a wonderful and rich experience, mostly. Right up until the last fifteen minutes where I went from busily trying to prepare for the inevitable attack on Skyhold to slaying the Would-Be God Coyrpheus in an unremarkable battle. I’m not entirely…

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Hit the books: Library research encounter with props!

About half-way through my last campaign I wanted my players to have to go through a research challenge that would help them put together some pieces of the puzzle of a mysterious illness that is plaguing the town they are in. Rolling dice to find out clues seemed to be pretty boring to me, so…

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This War of Mine, A tale of Ethics and Boredom

Games that form the booming survival genre (DayZ, Minecraft, 7 Days to Die, Rust, The Forest, Project Zomboid, etc, etc) are in theory an exciting simulation of struggle against the odds in a harsh and hostile world, but as is well known, in theory even communism works. These games inevitably seem to encounter the problem…

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