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Todd Grotenhuis
Information Security Specialist, Abolitionist, Anabaptist
Information Security Specialist, Abolitionist, Anabaptist

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Not getting paid to say this: these are the best shoes I've ever worn. Incredibly comfortable and look good, too:

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Food for Thought is long this week, because I missed last week:

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This is the best metal-chiptune-djent-saxophone-accordian-baroquecore song I've ever heard.

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This week's Food for Thought is mostly comics:

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:
1. Experimental Theology suggests the rainbow is theodicy:
2. SMBC asks “Do you think we should acknowledge the difference between ‘should’ and ‘can’?”:
3. Pictures of awesome Australian spiders:
4. Lunarbaboon asks some questions: and offers some advice on “sweet moves”
5. Maximumble picks up the “wholesome comic” torch this week:

Local Burning Wheel game was cancelled, so used that as an opportunity to play StarGate WormRing.

As a oneshot, used a modified version of +John Harper's Star Force (which worked well!), but am now churning out some PbtA moves and playbooks, instead. I like the way I can do start-of-session state-of-the-universe moves, and how the playbooks will take shape for certain rolls.

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Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:
1. The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it:
2. Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality:
3. SMBC Comic asks: “what happened?”
4. Taser is rebranding to Axon so we will forget the deaths, damage, and misuse associated with the company:
5. Cool fantasy city generator, complete with “districts”:
Read anything over the last week that I should add for next time? Let me know in the comments!


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Cranky Rant

There are no entirely pure motives in social interaction, and people who try to tell you otherwise are dangerously blind to their own actions.

When someone accuses someone else of "White knighting" or "Virtue signalling" or "point scoring", they are saying "your motives are corrupted by a desire for social positioning". This is a successful tactic in part because motives are always impure, because humans are complex beings - so it feels like it's at least a little accurate. And it's successful in part because the person accused likely buys into the lie that motives can be pure.

The motives of the accusers are also not "pure" in this sense - though they're often self-deluded enough to try and pretend they are.

In a world where motives must be perfect to speak to issues, only platonically perfect saints can speak at all, and none can object.

Since we have no such saints, we need to accept humanity in motives, including our own. Pretending it is otherwise means we can't honestly examine it.

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Woohoo! Burning Wheel "From Distant Shores" Chapter 5 is begun!
If you haven't been following along, the Chapter 5 intro (as always) will provide a summary of what's happened and who the PCs are.
We're back! Chapter 5 of our "From Distant Shores" campaign has begun.

The trio of companions make their way south to Oscal (aka Spain) where they seek to enlist the Crown's navy in their battle against the Karg and free Alistair's older brother from debtors' prison.

I successfully got 2 items for GenCon this year:

* 7th Sea LARP
* OWbN Sabbat

The rest of the time I'll be at dealer hall, IGDN, Games on Demand, or meals with friends. Let me know if we should meet up!
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