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Jay Loomis
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It is my considered opinion that Steven Universe is the best show on TV right now. Possibly the best show on TV ever. It takes a while for it to really get going, but over its two seasons it has trusted its audience with bigger questions and bigger truths than any show I can think of.
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Also if you like Steven Universe I would highly recommend "Over the Garden Wall". 
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If you know me at all, you probably know that I love dice, both as utilitarian random-number-generators and as aesthetic objects. If you share my love of dice in any measure, you should check out the campaign for Halfsies Dice, which is currently winding down on Kickstarter. These are going to be some nice dice, and they are priced competitively. They also come out a the end of the year, so you could buy a bunch to stuff in people's stockings (or otherwise give away to loved ones at the end of the year).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnwrot/halfsies-dice
John Wrot! is raising funds for Halfsies Dice on Kickstarter! All new Dual-Color Dice Sets. You choose which color sets will be created. -EU, CAN, & AU Friendly.
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Those are neat and I can think of really fun game effects the two-color dice would allow. 
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If I had tens of millions of dollars today, here's what I would do with them:

I'd make a movie starring Timothy Olyphant and Karl Urban. It'd be like a buddy cop movie, except they are both the straight man, and there is no foil. It'd be two hours of dry wise-cracks followed by beating the shit out of bad guys.

I never would have told you that I enjoy angry dude characters, or the actors who play them, but both of these gentlemen have warm places in my heart.
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Congratulations, you just invented Film Noir!
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<rant>

Let's talk about language for a second. Language is a tool to help us communicate about things. The best language is the language that best communicates.

If, for totally random example, you have printed out a shipping label, and maybe not even packed my item and put the label on the box yet, your shipping status notification should say, "Label printed." It should in no way say, "Shipped!"

This is that same as me saying, "yeah, I published that document," when what I've really done is create an empty Word file and save it with an appropriate name. I would get fired for that.

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Langauge is a weapon used to wound you.
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Let's talk about a formal logical fallacy that I see every day working around programmers. It goes like this:

Everyone who understands X technology is pretty smart
You don't know about X technology
Therefore you must not be smart

This is part of a pattern that's endemic in the tech sector of fetishizing specific knowledge with no reference to the context or ultimate importance of that knowledge. It leads to programmers fearing to ever say that they don't know about a particular thing. Actually, it's pretty endemic to nerds and geeks generally: ours is a sub-culture that has always valued knowledge as a unifying ideal. When my friends and I memorized Monty Python routines in the late eighties, that shared knowledge had a real bonding quality.

Now, of course, every sub-culture has its secret lore. I'm sure that, if you're into football, accumulating knowledge about stats and rosters, and whatever else sportsball fans care about. I could make an argument about how sports fanatics are just geeks that fetishize stuff I'm not interested in. But geeks and nerds have a history of basing their identity, sometimes solely, on the attainment of, well, lore, to use a geeky word.

But the reason I bring all of this up is that it makes collaborating with and supporting tech people hard. Most folks have selective amnesia about how they learned things, preferring to act like they just always knew everything that they know. I'm mostly aware of this because I'm working with some excellent developers right now (some of the most talented and "smart" [whatever the hell that means] I've ever worked with) who are refreshingly willing to admit where their knowledge stops. And those admission feel so rare to me that they are striking moments in my day.
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That's awesome, +John Aegard!

One of the best days I had a Microsoft was the day I decided that whenever someone used a term I didn't know, I'd just ask what it meant. It was amazing how many people would have to admit that they didn't know.
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A Brief history of Me and RPGs

In 1974, D&D was a brand-new thing, introducing the concept of roleplaying games to the world. I was a baby. I thought, "If only I could stop pooping myself..."

In 1984, RPGs were a thing, vibrant, and becoming varied. I thought they were a cool thing that big kids did. I used their ephemera (maps, modules, pictures of monsters) to "play" them with my friends with little regard to the rules. I thought, "if only I were old enough to play these the right way..."

In 1994, I was a veteran player. I thought that roleplaying was a single thing and that some games were objectively doing it better than others. I thought, "if only everyone knew the right way to play, like I do..."

In 2004, I had been following the Forge for a year or more, my head filled with all that theory, introspection, and energy. I thought, "if only I could find (or make) a game with an agenda that matches my own..."

In 2014, I had been carefully examining instances of play and noting how often expectations were misaligned and unfulfilled. I thought, "if only we could really communicate with each other about what we're looking for..."
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Having a pretty low week so far, emotionally. Tell me happy things, please!
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Coming to visit you was easily the highlight of the season for me. You are making people happy with your awesomeness.
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Every time I hear that someone I love isn't doing a thing, like going to a convention or event, because they were excluded, or made to feel unwelcome, or stressed out by bummer stuff going on there, or generally marginalized by dominant subcultural trends, it makes me sad and angry. Why can't we all just be cool to each other and stop being jerks?

Be cool, gamers, be cool.
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+Jobe Bittman I will politely and firmly disagree with you. Sometimes, missing something you love is a calculated cost and that sucks. Do not mistake self preservation for lack of interest. My two cents. :-)
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Hey, so there are these folks who want to replace the image of Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill with a cool woman from American history! I think this is great for a number of reasons, not least of which is the extreme douchebaggery that Jackson got up to with the indigenous people of this land. But even if he wasn't extraordinarily problematic as an symbolic national leader, it's about damned time that we broke up the white sausage-fest that is our national paper currency.

All of the women on the short list are amazing in their own ways, but I can't help thinking what a great opportunity this could be to get some recognition for one of the many courageous black women who have been so fundamentally important to the advancement of social justice in the U.S.

You can go to the Web site and vote for your choice. Whomever you pick, please help get this movement going!

http://www.womenon20s.org/
Women On 20s aims to compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a woman's face on our paper currency. But who should it be? We believe that's for you, the public, to decide from a slate of 15 inspiring American women heroes. When voting goes live March 1st, this will be the place for you to cast your vote. Until then, be sure to visit the candidates page, where we will be revealing one remarkable woman each d...
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"White sausage fest" is my Queen cover band.
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At some bus stops in the Seattle area, the mass of people waiting is chaotic and disorganized, while at others, people form orderly lines. As near as I can tell, the determining factor is the amount of available space in which to wait. When there's ten feet of platform it's all chaos. When there's only a yard or so of space in front of shelters, I tend to see lines (especially if there is no usable space behind or between shelters). Another factor may be the prevalence of riders waiting for a particular route. If we all know that we're all waiting for the same bus, there may be inherent social bias toward lining up.
It would be interesting to see research into bus stop psychology.
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On other hand, you missed an article. Therefore no plus one. 
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You know what "delighter" really works for most people? When your software just works without any hassle.

Most of the time, nailing your primary usage is all you need. People are delighted when they don't have to interface with your interface--when they can do the actual thing they want to do without your software getting in their way.

"Innovation" is the persistent buzzword that software companies rally around. They want to make a "creative solution" to problems you didn't even know you had. Usually, though, you didn't know you had a problem because it wasn't a problem. Even if it was, you'll never love a solution unless its built on a solid foundation of boring old functionality.
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Counter argument:  Apple used to know this but now they are really into "creative solutions" that you can't figure out until someone explains it to you.  Someone younger and cooler who reads all the Apple-centric tech blogs.  Apple just broke the record for quarterly earnings by any company in history.
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Remember folks:

When you make a categorical statement, you make a cat out of ego and rical.
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Technical writer, interdisciplinary artist
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  • HBO Code Labs
    Technical Writer, 2014 - present
  • University of Washington Bothell
    Writing Tutor, 2012 - 2013
  • Microsoft
    Lead Programming Writer, 2000 - 2010
  • BNFL
    IT technician, 1998 - 2000
  • OfficeMax
    Admin Asst., Desktop Publisher, 1995 - 1998
  • US Air Force
    Programmer/Analyst, 1992 - 1995
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Kenewick, WA - Richland, WA - Midwest City, OK - Oklahoma City, OK - Bloomington, IL - Denver, CO - Baton Rouge, LA - Oswego, NY
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    MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics, 2011 - 2014
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