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You can learn a lot from d20's...

Great article here from +Joe Posnanski about lessons in baseball, gaming, and life learned from Strat-O-Matic baseball.

My Strat-O league holds its draft for our 16th season on March 1st.  Can't wait!
  Strat-o-Matic was not the first tabletop baseball game I ever played. No, first was this game called "Statis Pro Baseball," which was this fantastic little baseball card game invented by an ...
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A new look!

Since my old profile picture was about 3 1/2 years old (and featured an extra 60 pounds I'm no longer carrying around), I figured it was time for an update!
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The Best Day

An amazing article here about questions we tend to avoid, and a conversation that ought to happen but unfortunately too often doesn't.
 
There's a really interesting article here about how to handle the end of one's life. I found this particularly interesting:

"[T]he discussions most successful clinicians had with patients involved just a few important questions that often unlocked transformative possibilities: (1) What is their understanding of their health or condition? (2) What are their goals if their health worsens? (3) What are their fears? and (4) What are the trade-offs they are willing to make and not willing to make?"

I never thought before about having a structure for end-of-life conversations, but seeing these questions, they seem deeply well-chosen. The rest of this article is about how the author asked them of one person in particular, and the choices she made as a result -- choices which really affected the way she spent the rest of her life for the better.
If you are dying, how do you want to spend your time? The answer is not always obvious.
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Books at War

I've written about the fascinating Armed Services Edition program to get books into the hands of GI's during World War II before ( see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GaryHoggatt/posts/7FbULMzoNFw ), but linked below is a great article on the program, including quite a bit about the ASE's effect on the book industry itself that I hadn't seen before.

Whether you're a book fan or a WWII buff, read on for a great bit of history!

h/t +Vicky Gallardo 
 
This is an interesting article, something I didn't know about, worth reading.

"In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles.
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"Sales of paperbacks did slump, precisely as feared, in 1946. Surprisingly, though, it was the lighter fare that failed to sell. More serious works held their ground. Publishers adjusted, and redoubled their efforts at marketing. They found thousands of new outlets, precisely as Jacobs envisioned. They expanded their selection of titles, offering up literary novels, histories, collections of poetry, and books about science alongside their mysteries and westerns. Sales picked up. By 1950, publishers sold 214 million copies of 642 separate paperback titles, enough for every adult in the country to have bought a couple books."
#historythursday  
And, in the process, they created a nation of readers.
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A nation of readers. If we only still were.
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I swear, there are days Waze's routes seem like someone holding an Etch-A-Sketch while having a heart attack....
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Scores, Assemble!

As a fan of film scores, I enjoy the scores to each of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies on their own, but this great article points out how some cross-film consistency would really help the overall MCU franchise.

So many memorable characters from film have music you immediately hear when their name is mentioned - Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, or Harry Potter, for example (and yes, John Williams is amazing -  all three themes I just thought of are his).  Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the rest should have the same thing going for them.
Marvel films are frighteningly cohesive in most areas, but fail in the film score department.
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The old school catchers' gear is awesome.  Huzzah, baseball!
 
Here's to pounding out some serious work on pitchers and catchers report day! #ThrowbackThursday
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Pockets!

My wife +Emily Parkhurst is always annoyed at the lack of pockets in women's clothing.  It's one major reason she's planning on holding onto her iPhone 4S until it dies - there's NO chance anything bigger would fit into the occasional picket she's lucky enough to find. Great article here about the phenomenon.

Amusingly, +Pocket e-mailed me this story about pockets, which I then Pocketed in my Note 3, which then fit in my pocket because I'm a man and have the privilege not to have to personally deal with the absurdity discussed in this article.
The iPhone 6 may be the great catalyst in including this oft-ignored aspect of women's fashion.
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+Martijn Vos I definitely think the fashion market is more driven by "what people tell you you should like" than "what you like."  I mean, heck, this is an industry that also somehow makes people think walking around in high heels all day is a thing that should be done.

+A. Miles Davis My wife's latest "Yay, pockets!" acquisition is a camping skirt from REI.  Great for casual wear for an outing with the kids, but too casual to wear to the office, and her iPhone 4s still barely fits in the things biggest pocket.
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Hope you didn't blink...

Based on how quickly they sold out, it looks like Motorola made three Moto 360 smartwatches - one each for their own site, for the Play store, and for Best Buy.  If you were the lucky person to actually place an order today on each site, congrats!

Every single tech launch ends up this way.  When will manufacturers learn to have enough product for launch, and enough bandwith not for have their websites die?
Shouldn't a watch built for our times do more than just tell you the time? #moto360 #motorola
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I am really impressed with the design and if I could wear it all the time, would have considered one.
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Looks like we need Bran, Rocket, and Han to translate...

h/t +Danial Hallock 
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Diablo III battletag: garyh#1615. Sometimes known as "garyh" on various messageboards.
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Voracious reader.
Introduction
I'm Gary Hoggatt.  I'm married to Emily Parkhurst and have three young children.  I work for for a large municipal government.

My interests include:
  • books
  • the interrelated realms of government, politics, economics, and history
  • Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs
  • baseball (Los Angeles Angels, Strat-O-Matic gaming)
  • soccer (Los Angeles Galaxy, Arsenal, Barcelona)
  • fantasy and science fiction (books, films, comics)
  • Transformers
  • vegetarianism
  • computer gaming (RPGs, strategy games, Blizzard)
  • technology
  • space exploration
Feel free to include me in any of your Circles in which you discuss such things!

Book Reviews

I enjoy writing book reviews, so if you're looking to be exposed to new books, circle me for those as well.  My reviews will mostly be in the history, biography, classic fiction, fantasy, and science fiction genres, but other genres will occasionally slip in there (usually recommendations from my wife, who has great taste in books).
Education
  • California State University, Sacramento
    Masters in Public Policy and Administration, 2002 - 2005
  • University of California, Irvine
    Bachelors in Political Science, Economics, 1996 - 2000
  • Los Amigos High School
    1992 - 1996
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