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I must have this inkjet printer! (Spoiler Alert: Thermite!) #inkjetexplosives #musthave #imnotabadpersonhonest

Yeah, wanting an inkjet printer sounds crazy when I already have a color laser printer in my home office. But bear with me. . . This one prints explosives. Well, incendiaries specifically, but close enough! Fire. Fire! Can you imagine the possibilities of…
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Productivity is as productivity does. Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018. #amwriting #finish #stagesofgrief

I don’t want to feel left out. Everybody else is talking about their plans for this year, and either whining about last year or patting themselves on the back. I want to do both, but I’m going to do neither. 2017 was the best of years and worst of years.…
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Anything earthlings can design, earthlings can hack. #comeonintel #whowatchescpudesigners Plan on having exploitable security issues well into the 24th Century. #starcrossed

It might seem like stating the obvious, but. . .many futurists and speculators and prognosticators continue to predict the “demise of coders” whether at the hands of the latest WYSIWYG drag-n-drop programming fad or because AI will program itself from now…
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Every great story deserves a great soundtrack. #amwriting #soundtrack #wouldyouliketoplayagame

Girl Friday has a great list of albums to listen to when writing (or playing tabletop RPGs). The Top 10 Albums to Write to from 2017 Maybe I like them, because most of them are darker and edgier? If you’re in the mood for something even more retro than…
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I figured wireless batteries were coming when I put them in Starcrossed, but the FCC just approved charging tech with a 3-foot (1-meter) range. So, it may not be the 24th Century before we get actual wireless batteries. As the tech improves, I expect…
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SkyNet inches closer. . .no batteries required to piggyback on your WiFi signal. #allhail #our #robot #overlords

Despite assurances from Elon and all the other usual suspects that “everything’s fine” in AI-land, and despite how nifty I think these no-electricity WiFi connected options are, I’m still not convinced that connecting my detergent bottle to the internet…
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Modeling the anguish and despair of game production? Yeah. It's a thing. Somebody drew pictures of my life in graph form. Yay. #gameproduction #design #despair

Rob writes about my life in his post, The Development Diamond: Modelling the Anguish and Despair of Game Production! Seriously, though, it’s a fascinating look at expectation setting. Also, I believe that this modeling exercise can be extended to any…
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Names are a big deal in RPGs and other fiction. (They’re a big deal in real life, too.) In fiction, names should really mean something. They should add to the character or explain the character or give them some sort of gravitas (a.k.a. street cred, if…
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Clickbait headlines make your study seem stupid. #clickhere #sciencefictiondoesn'tmakeyoustupid

I’m happy that somebody is exposing the poseur “literary fiction” readers as the frauds that they are, but. . . Science Fiction Makes You Stupid as a blog post title doesn’t accurately describe the results of the study. Sad. I am glad that the study…
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What does the lootbox backlash mean for booster packs? #randomwackycrap #wehatesit #aretheycomingforcardgamesnext

Personally, as an protein unit with undiagnosed but powerful obsessive tendencies, I’ve always had to avoid games with collectible anythings. I especially loathe random “booster packs” or “loot boxes” because I’d rather just pay for exactly what I want…
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