Table top gaming: instead of having to spend time outside your head, you get to invite others inside.

Blue-grey sky with a diagonal slash of cloud on my way to work this morning, for a touch of industrial design.

Sysadmins at work are embarking on a magical journey where they will eventually discover that, yes, I did actually want all the very specific network and firewall provisions I included in my server request.

Small waist + big feet + skinny jeans = an awkward ten minutes trying to get the cuff back over my heel. Glad I was trying them on at home - it took a shoe horn in the end.

the british government is doing another survey where they're asking about the experiences of intersex people. this ~might influence policy and is almost certainly already being manipulated by bad people. as i have close intersex friends who had nonconsensual surgery performed on them by the NHS as infants this is very important to me.

you can fill it out here:

People talk about what was lost when Tolkien became the template for How To Write Fantasy but I don't think there's been enough attention paid to the pernicious effect of Chesterton on Catholic writers.

Picking up on "the worldbuilder and the worldbuilder's victim" here because so much worldbuilding is basically an excuse for mansplaining.

"Above all, worldbuilding is not technically necessary. It is the attempt to exhaustively survey a place that isn’t there. A good writer would never try to do that, even with a place that is there. It isn’t possible, & if it was the results wouldn’t be readable: they would constitute not a book but the biggest library ever built, a hallowed place of dedication & lifelong study. This gives us a clue to the psychological type of the worldbuilder & the worldbuilder’s victim, & makes us very afraid."

"Whatever the term worldbuilding implies, it isn’t deftness or economy. A world can be built in a sentence, but epic fantasy doesn’t want that... It isn’t a generous genre. The same few stolen cultures & bits of history, the same few biomes, the same few ideas about things. It’s a big bag but there isn’t much in it." - M John Harrison

I’m trying to understand a society that thinks that letting absolutely everything go is kind to people

When people say ‘let them know it doesn’t bother you’ when it clearly has impacted you very negatively and you try to let it go how will the person learn that their actions have deep consequences?

"The bleating was remarkable – loud and sharp, the practiced bleat of a person who knew how harsh real sheep can sound. The professor, flustered, stumbled back. Le Guin took that as her cue, grabbed my arm and said, ‘Let’s go.’"

I've been thinking about this essay for days. It is wonderful.

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This is what we get for deciding to try a Uighur restaurant in Walthamstow, I guess.

People next to us in the restaurant tonight were going to see “a white guy with a ukulele who does hip hop and calls it chap hop”. In case you’re wondering where the hipsters went.

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