It’s a matter of communication

Everyone has stuff that bugs them. Most often those revolve around the things in our lives that mean the most to us, whether it be an intangible but important concept like feminism or racism, or a tangible but silly thing like the way people drive. Every day I hear people around me complaining about the most ridiculous stuff.  But we all have our little pet peeves, things we consider important that other people couldn’t care less about....

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Friends, Family, Fortune

I had a busy weekend. It started with a mountain bike ride in the Pacific Palisades. I’ve got a couple of old friends that have started riding with me every week, and this weekend we were joined by an old buddy who moved to New Zealand a few years back. He only comes to town once every couple of years for a few days, and spends the majority of his time in meetings, so every minute with him is precious. And he loves outdoor sports. We dug...

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The Future is Now (or at least right around the corner)

I increment my age value by one this month, and the event, though unremarkable otherwise, has got me thinking about the world and how it looks. I’m roughly half way through my life now, with as much time behind me as there is in front of me. As I look in both directions I find myself thinking about how things have changed, and how they’re going to change. You’re probably thinking ‘Well, don’t you do that all the...

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Keep your cool… and laugh

I have a couple of stories for you to slog through before this post has a point. They’re mildly funny, though, so it shouldn’t be too painful. Story #1. A couple of days ago a friend of mind said he’d gone to a meeting at work and – for no reason he could think of – brought along a Pathfinder character sheet. (In case you’re unfamiliar with Pathfinder, as I suspect most of you are, it’s a role-playing...

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The M.U.G. Writer’s Retreat

Some of you may have noticed that I like to write fiction. You may have seen my post last year about the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat, or when I talked about doing the National Novel Writing Month challenge, which (as you can see from the word count box in the left bar) I completed successfully. And you may have heard me talk about the MUG writing group, that lovely group of individuals with whom I workshop my stories. I’ve learned...

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Ingress of life

A few weeks ago, I started playing a virtual reality game called “Ingress” on my Android phone. (It’s a Galaxy SIII, for those of you who are interested in such things, and yes, I love it). Ingress is a game by Google, a team king of the hill game, where you capture ‘portals’ and try to connect them together; these portals exist only in virtual space, and are located in the real world at interesting locations;...

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Socrates in the Backyard

I don’t remember my childhood very well, but occasionally I’ll see something like this and it sparks a memory; I remember having conversations like this with my old friends Yvain Johnson and Gary Davis, in between discussions of school bullies and what was for lunch and whatever tv show we’d watched the night before. I miss that kid, miss the simple joy of discovery for its own sake, with no external forces propelling me on; I...

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