Staring at the digital display on my inexpensive ~five year old toaster, and thinking how happy I am that it will never need a firmware update

Super jazzed that my company has just released our award-winning app _Mindful Powers_ for Android. It teaches kids (or anyone) to manage their stress and maintain focus through mindfulness.

I love watching tech press narratives develop. Ron Amadeo @ Ars Technica on the latest Pixel 4 renders "OMG giant forehead it burns." Also Ron Amadeo on Asus ROG II with similar size bezels: "simple straight lines"

uspol, ice, joke 

"Quentin Tarantino Says If He Commits to Directing ‘Star Trek,’ That’s His Last Movie"

…oh wait, this could work out for the best after all!

Kids in cages from a border agent's perspective:

I am reminded of the dysfunctional places I've worked, and how easy it is to fall into that "head down, why try" mode. Except now it's in the service of grotesque human misery. How do we break the trap?

Not buying from Amazon today is great. Not having Amazon be the first place you look is good tomorrow. I get tech stuff from Newegg. Paper books from Powell's. Ebooks from Kobo (or Smashwords, or direct from the author where possible). Look around!

I normally carry a Leatherman Micra and I'm going to have to see if I can order them in bulk. Increasingly I find myself suddenly ambushed by the paranoid security culture while going about my day and having one confiscated. It's not even just airports anymore.

Found this missive from the depth of ancient imagination hand-scribed on the back page of a copy of the original 1980 version of _In The Labyrinth_ purchased off eBay:

Declaring victory at another @GoPlayNW ! Featuring:

- Dreamlands RPG (playtest)
- Pax Pamir
- Burning Wheel (The Gift)
- Sentinel Comics RPG
- The Fantasy Trip
- Forbidden Lands
- Undying

Thanks to all my co-con-goers new & old, hope to see many of you next year

Kicking off this year's Go Play NW with a playtest of @mockman's _Dreamlands_ RPG in progress, facilitated by @tonydowler. We nimbly employ our curious words so our marvelous journeying does not lead us to detestable doom!

There is now an entire generation who think that human singing sounds like autotune.

US Pride 

Things we didn't do:
- Start the fire
- Shoot the deputy
- Steal the cookies from the cookie jar

Things we did:
- Tried to fight it
- Shot the sheriff
- Put the sham in the shama-lama-ding-dong

Things we will do:
- Survive
- Rock you
- Walk 500 miles
- Walk 500 more

Things we won't do:
- Get fooled again
- Back down
- That

Things we will never do:
- Give you up
- Let you down
- Run around
- Desert you

- I did it again)

I just ran across the phrase "tactical pen" and then I had to Google, and now I can't even.


The real truth is: THERE IS NO BRIGHT SIDE

Oh, I'm liking the new single column interface. I can feel my stress levels dropping...

current motto: "Everyone has a testing environment. Some people are lucky enough to have a seperate production environment."

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