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Adventuring on DMsGuild

There’s a confluence of three things going on right now: I’ve been working on a lot of Eclipse Phase adventures, and trying hard to evolve their presentation to make them easier to absorb when first reading and easier to run at the table without a ton of page-flipping — especially page-flipping that requires leaving one […]

Richard Jury: 1945-2016

Our dearly loved husband and beloved father, Richard Frederick Jury, died in Taber on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the age of 71 years. At Richard’s request, there will be no public service. Besides Helen, his loving wife of fifty one years, he is survived by their children Lesley Whalen (Rob) of Innisfail, Pauline Meisinger […]

Turning Air Canada’s display screen off

Flying Air Canada and want to turn the display screen off in front of you?: Tap once to get to the language selection screen. Select a language Tap near the bottom to select the brightness/volume screen. Tap the screen off button! With that visual distraction no longer in front of you, you can enjoy your […]

Take Your One Shot!

I’ve been on an unintentional hiatus from blogging, but intend to get back on track. Here’s a start: One Shot, by Tracy Barnett of Exploding Rogue has just been released! You can grab the PDF and Soundtrack together. Tracy funded One Shot via Kickstarter last year and brought me on board to handle the graphic […]

Kickstart This: Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology

When I landed in Chicago for a summer ten years ago, Jef Smith was one of the first people I met. He’s spent most of the past ten years working for Independent Publishers Group in that fine city, along with being an integral member of Chicago’s radical left reading group Think Galactic and their associated […]

FYF Fest, LA, 2011: Did you see someone throw a spike?

My friend Rae was injured at FYF Fest in LA earlier this year when someone threw a metal spike through the crowd. If you were at FYF Fest or had friends or co-workers there, please help spread the word about this, so she can find who did it. Her words are below: Dear friends: I’m […]

Piracy “Doesn’t Matter”

I’ve said that “piracy doesn’t matter” several times, and people like to argue with me about that. Of course, it’s a phrase said for effect. Piracy matters, but: publishers can do little to influence piracy. Giant conglomerates like the RIAA, MPAA, and BSA are incapable of stamping out commercial and non-commercial piracy. Does such an […]

eBook Piracy

Attributor, an “anti-piracy solutions” (I’m already LOLing) company, says there are “1.5-3 million daily Google queries for pirated e-books” and “54 percent increase in pirated e-book demand since August 2009.” Eric Hellman says Attributor eBook Piracy Numbers Don’t Add Up. Richard Curtis of ereads.com page says: “So, even if one is willing to grant that […]

My Friends and Their Kids

I went out for dinner with a couple friends last week during NeonCon, and on the walk back from the restaurant, the discussion turned to their children. Both of them have a couple kids, some of them old enough to have started gaming. The discussion went back and forth until one of them said “Whoah, […]