Vaccines and Validity

“The human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject, till it has first reached the extremity of error.”  – Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral & Philosophical (147)

The above quote was written in 1798 by one of the newly-founded United States’ leading citizens.  Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia physician, educator, politician and reformer was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and founded Dickinson College.  I cite him now for his medical reputation.  One of the premier physicians of his day, he founded the American psychiatry tradition, publishing the first textbook on the subject.  His contributions to the field of medical science are still influential to this day.

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Ringabel and Edea

It’s very cold and snowy and I was bored so I doodled Ringabel and Edea as Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in my yearly act of fandom.  I honestly could see similar costumes appearing in this game, which has a worrisome preoccupation with the characters playing dress-up.

“Where did you even GET these costumes?”

“The Master Sage, of course.  His collection is… extensive.”

“Today Ringabel, both you AND your clothes are black as pitch.”

“Would you have preferred the Bravo Bikini?”


What I Played in 2013

Here’s what I played for the first time in 2013.  I’ve tried to include absolutely everything.  The list is split into two sublists: games I feel like writing a bit about, and everything else.  If a game is free I have provided a link to the game.  As an aside, did you know that I now have a podcast where we interview people in the games industry?  I bet you didn’t!  You should follow it.  No seriously, you should.

This is a Spoiler-Free Post.

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Derpgeons and Dagrons

I recently wrote and ran a Pathfinder campaign in which my friends accidentally unleashed an unstoppable race of titans upon the world, wiping out most life.  Oops.  Here are the maps that I made in preparation, as well as some brief thoughts about what I learned from my first wholly-homebrewed campaign.  I imagine none the insights are new, but it was  an experience for me.

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A Very Serious Post About Politics

I am seriously fed up with the government. All I hear from everybody is that everything is going wrong, and that the rich are in control whilst the poor suffer. Our Glorious Leader promises that change is coming/has come, but I’m still only living comfortably in my middle/upper class home with plenty of food and heat and internet. Where’s my jacuzzi? I don’t see things improving for me, and really, that’s the only realistic measurable way for me to determine how things are for everybody else. I don’t watch TV, and I don’t read the newspaper, because this way I can safely claim that my views are not being represented by the elected officials I refused to vote for as a way of protesting that politicians fail to represent my views. And speaking of protests, because things are bad, and we can’t trust the government to fix them, we need to fix things ourselves. The best method for doing so is by gathering thousands of people in locations across the country. We can’t have anybody leading these people or giving them direction, because that would too closely resemble the corporate pigdogs in charge right now. We just need to get the bodies in one place, and everything will fix itself. This is pretty much a proven fact.

Don’t get me started on The War. We’ve been fighting The Enemy for so long that it’s not even a thing people care about anymore. Or maybe The War is over and we’re fighting The Other War now? I can’t even tell. Somebody at the pub mentioned some soldiers coming home, so maybe we won. Or maybe we lost, and the terrorists are in charge of Uzbekibekibekistan now? We really should just nuke everything over in that Sand Land. That’ll teach them to mess with Good Ol’ Know-How, Gumption and Exceptionalism.

We haven’t even moved off of the tip of the iceberg, either.  For every good thing that gets done by this establishment, like the continued confinement of known, proven terrorists in offshore locations (because we know what they’ve done, and we’re giving them what they deserve), something ten thousand times worse tips the scale in the opposite direction.  What we really need is to tax everybody exactly the same, so that the poor who don’t even contribute to society can stop leeching off of it.  If they don’t want to starve, they ought to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get a job!  Maybe if all the poor people living off of welfare actually buck up and stop growing fat on the rest of our toil, it’d drive out all those rotten immigrants who are eating up jobs that real hardworking citizens could use.  Of course, if the government had bothered to actually make more jobs by making the working conditions in this country actually tolerable, maybe we wouldn’t have unemployment problems at all!  I’d suggest that the government make it illegal to outsource positions, but I wouldn’t want to get in the way of Capitalism.  That’d be even worse than anything else that’s been done to this point.

Are you as angry about these issues as I? If so, post a comment on this webzone, and let me hear your voice. Fight the power!