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Matthijs Holter
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Trying to sort my circles. Which ones do you want to be in?
1. Skin rashes
2. My personal sex life
3. People I can scam money from
4. Interesting fights on the internet
5. People who like duplicate postings
6. People who like duplicate postings too
7. Other people's babies, dogs, cats and grandparents
8. You know, my iPhone has a broken screen
9. I feel a little tired today, and have this ache in my back sometimes, you know?
10. The art of stalking: Stalkee volunteers
11. Jokes where I forgot the punchline
12. (I actually forgot what this circle was for)
13. Judas Iscariot: Good guy or bad guy? (Actually, it's about ethics in prophet kissing)
14. People who always have to read everything on a list
15. Vague bitching and moaning 
16. Furniture: What is it good for?
17. I hate Xmas, but not entirely.
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I was assuming 2 had pictures as well?
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Goddammit. There's a tweet that's supposed to be really funny, and I don't understand what it's about at all. Can someone explain it to me?
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I liked them back then, could it be a comment on how things suck when they (re-)emerge from a long hiatus? How one shouldn't revisit the works of childhood heroes?
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Signal boost. 

(Right now I'm annoyed at a feeling I have that I'm supposed to pick sides in a battle between Indie RPG feminists and OSR feminists. However, that's just a social emotion from within myself, I guess; nobody's ever asked me to pick sides, and I see no reason to do so. I think, in fact, that the weird/false divide between RPG subcultures is a major factor in how this has escalated.)
So in the Dungeons & Dragons/tabletop gaming community right now there’s a lot of people and groups of people who talk about about harassment of women on-line. How it’s terrible, and what should be...
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Hm. My intention with sharing this post was to possibly make people see more eye-to-eye, but not sure that's going to happen. For now, I'm blocking comments on this thread.

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Two texts for Itras By.

The Soft Assassins

In her old age, Amanda Wistfulbottom decided it was time to leave. She called on her butler Henderson to end her life.

"Certainly, Madam", Henderson replied. "How would you like to go?"

"Softly, Henderson", she sighed, weary of a life too long and filled with too much boredom and disillusionment.

"Certainy, Madam", the butler said again.

That night the butler drew his mistress a hot bath, scented with lavender. Lit candles around it. A string quarted played low, melancholy tunes in the side room. Amanda knew what was to come, and waited.

"Read me something first, Henderson", she said. "Before you kill me."

"Certainly, Madam." Henderson produced a tiny book, an autobiography of a well-known adventuress. It was an old favorite of Amanda's; a book she had loved much in her youth, and now nearly forgotten. She reveled in the memories, hearing the stories both as dear recollections and new exciting adventures.

When the third chapter was done, she sighed. "Oh, Henderson", she said. "But it is time you let me go, isn't it?"

"I already did, Madam", said the butler. And Amanda felt the calm of the slow-acting poison making her drowsy, stopping her breath and heart, as she sank into the warm water.
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The Soft Assassins are experts in the gentle kill. Founded by Henderson, with the fortunes inherited from Amanda Wistfulbottom, they assist in killing those who need a soft death - for themselves, or for others they love. They can be recognized by their gentle, neutral smiles; their anonymous and servile natures; and the scent of lavender that always seems to surround them wherever they go.

The Nothing

Once, there actually was Nothing here. Close to the eastern edge of the city, a small area - the size of a big park, or a cluster of houses - contained absolutely nothing: No ground, no air, no laws of nature.
It couldn't last, of course.

A few adventurers. A couple of explorers and scientists. A drunk woman looking for a place to sleep. An ape on the run. They came to the Nothing, on purpose or by accident.

At first, they simply disappeared, never to be found again. There were rumors; friends or family knew that the Nothing had swallowed their loved ones. Members of the Guard had seen someone enter the Nothing and not come out again.

But in the Nothing, "never" doesn't exist either. And so they came back. After a fashion.

Those who return from the Nothing come back not according to the laws of time and space, or those of identity and causality. They just come back. Sometimes they appear before they disappeared, with eyes like grey mist. Sometimes they come back in the wrong body. Sometimes they come back without a past, all memories of them erased, desperate to find someone who recognizes them. The Nothing has touched them, and it doesn't give back.

Some stay in the Nothing. It is populated, but who knows by how many souls? The Nothing is neither finite or infinite. Scholars claim it would take millions of years to cross it, while at the same time, it is tinier than the needlepoint eyes of a drugged arachnid.

If you meet yourself on the street, in a back alley, in a café; if you hear yourself talking about a life you don't recognize -
You may be about to enter the Nothing and come back. To a different life. A different existence.

Will it be you? Who are you when you're someone else?
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Elsewhere, +Jason Morningstar said:

"Keep in mind that we're basically half-assing this and learning as we go."

This applies to everything in my life.
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And uses Word. I switched to restructuredText for all my documenting tasks (*), and clashed with corporate templates.
(*) I'm a font freak, so I realized that I mustn't use wysiwyg environments for writing.
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Wordpressy people:
When people link to the Nørwegian Style blog from G+, I think that only shows as "Google Search" under referrers. Is there any way to actually find out what posts on G+ link to the blog?
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Search G+ like this:
linkto:norwegianstyle.wordpress.com
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A little more #gaming   #economics !  What is it in for the Old Man in the bar?  What is his ROI?  What happens when the Murder Hobos are traded commodities? 

The Murder Hobos sit across the table from the Old Man in the darkened, road side Inn. The Old Man proposes a mission to the group: goblins infest the hills outside town. And goblins, as we know, are horrific fiends who steal babies and chew on children’s…
Why do Old Men hand out Sidequests in Inns? And what happens when the market for Side Quests overheats and destroys the economy?
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I am actually not sure how long it's been since I last played an RPG, but it could well be 4 months or more. But in March I'll be starting out a "Clay That Woke" mini-campaign! 

Finally.

#claytalk  

(I've had lots of fun deciphering the chapter headings. Has anyone else tried doing that?)
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Wait... does that mean that the krater says "With my talents and gifts I bring forth the future" ?
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If you haven't already bought it, my book "The Devil's Cub" is on sale over at the Kindle Store right now! 

(And tomorrow, too.)
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Unimportant Games

I see the idea of "important larps" is starting to rear its ugly head in U. S. circles now. I'm in a grumpy mood today, and will admit to really hating the idea that some games are more important than others objectively or in general. Subjectively, of course some experiences are more important!

So I would like to hear about some unimportant games that grabbed you. Games that nobody would put on a List Of Important Games, but that provided an experience that you still remember. Games that stuck with you even though nobody seems to put them on a pedestal.
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We improvized a Geiger Counter larp last year at Gamestorm, which was really awesome even though it was pretty rough. To me, it was the culmination of a lot of the stuff I had been thinking about for years, but it was pretty unimportant overall.
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Why the hell should I care about #Ferguson?

Well...

I think the U. S. has a lot of experience with racism and race issues. In Norway, we don't (not to the same extent). Looking at the U. S. could help us understand what to do, and what not to do, as a society and individuals. 

Also, it's just crazy interesting. I have to admit that pure intellectual curiosity keeps me coming back: Understanding the conflicts, why people behave the way they do, what works and what doesn't work in a chaotic and potentially violent situation. Leadership. Community. How to create change. How to defuse. Identities.

And it's a small town. Just a little bigger than where I live. It resonates; I'm thinking "Jesus, what if the local police here came in with gas masks and sniper rifles, after shooting a local kid?" The complete insanity of it is absurd.  
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I work with agile project management and facilitation, trying to keep a Kanban mindset. My main hobby is roleplaying - both game design, theory and actual play. Complex/dynamic systems interest me, on an abstract level. I also like basic human things like food.
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