Category Archives: Nonfiction

Child development: the self-propelled tomato

As some readers may already know from other sources, The Kid has a little sister now. Not too long after she was born I looked at her round, red face and thought, Oh, a tomato. So now one of her … Continue reading

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Cognitive development: pics and puns!

It’s been a long time since I used this blog to publicly marvel at the kid’s development, but this one’s too good to let pass unremarked-on. In his preschool they’ve been working on drawing, and on writing letters and numerals; … Continue reading

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A Friday link: The power of (mis)translation

[Here’s the link] One of the blogs I follow is A Book of Creatures, which regularly introduces cryptids (animals that someone has said exist… that probably or definitely don’t in reality) from around the world. Many of these would make … Continue reading

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Some Kind of Progress

It’s a small thing, in the grand scheme of… well, of things. But I can’t help but find it encouraging that over the course of approximately my lifetime, tabletop role-playing games have gone from a hyper-niche hobby for the nerdy … Continue reading

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Actual Cannibal Actual Play

Before you read further, please stop and take a few minutes to watch this video. The song and the amazing stage production that accompany it are lots of fun on their own, of course. But did you know that you … Continue reading

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Level-up Ramen

So let’s say you’ve got some packets of ramen noodles. I’m not even talking about the cups with a smattering of freeze-dried corn and peas on top; this is the ten-for-a-dollar college student staple. But let’s also say that you … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – Campaign Concept – The Fire From Down Below

This post was brought to you by the very fun “You’re Welcome” song from Moana. I’ve talked before about an “unlocking” campaign, in which the main draw is to explore and plan, negotiate and fight, and acquire new tools that … Continue reading

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