Dec
31
2015
4

Back a day early.

Just could not sleep well while traveling this week. Just as well; I suspect that the roads are going to be extra-dangerous this year. There were umpteen accidents on the various roads we took today.

Dec
30
2015
14

“Mo-layn, what is good in life?”

“To drop off your children with your family, go for a nice walk, and then see Star Wars again with your wife.”

Dec
29
2015
7

My traditional cheerfully mercenary post-Christmas reminder.

Did you get Amazon gift cards? Great. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY CLICK THROUGH HERE and spend them.  Heck, check out the Prime Video 30-Day Free Trial thing that they’re doing. I get extra this week for flogging that one.

…What?  Did the title not say ‘cheerfully mercenary?’ Besides, it’s not like I don’t have Amazon Prime (including video). The two-day free shipping alone pays for itself.

Dec
28
2015
1

Books of the Week: Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series.

Seriously: I’ve been binging this series this week. It’s police procedural meets hidden magic, and even though it’s very English it should be easily accessible to anybody with the good sense to read Terry Pratchett religiously. Which all of you should be doing anyway. Start with Midnight Riot (which I made BotW a while back, all on its own) and just keep going.

And so, adieu to Every Inch a King.

(more…)

Dec
28
2015
3

My piece on family in RPGs at PJ Media is up.

Found here. Short version… I really want everybody to go watch the new Star Wars so that we can all talk about it, but I suspect that it’ll require a couple more weeks before we can.   There’s some stuff to talk about, too.

Dec
27
2015
3

:poking head up: Everybody’s good? That’s great!

I’m going to go back to catching up on my reading and maybe getting more than five hours of sleep a night, OK? OK, cool, see you folks in a bit.

:poking head down:

Dec
26
2015
10

ZOMG Genevieve Cogman is guest-blogging for Charlie Stross!

AND she’s going to have books out in the USA in April!  Excuse me: I need to go order The Invisible Library and The Masked City now.

:type type type:

Annnnnd… done! Should get copies in my hands by the middle of next month – what’s that? They said ‘April?’  Yes, well, that’s for people who don’t know their way around Amazon.

Moe Lane

PS: For those wondering why I’m so excited, let me put it this way: back in the late Nineties I did a lot of fan stuff for a roleplaying game called In Nomine.  It still remains my favorite RPG setting (angels and demons on modern earth), in fact. I am not going to be modest, here: I was very good.

Genevieve was better.

Dec
26
2015
2

That moment at the time-share…

…when you realize that it has a better kitchen than you do.

Still, it’s very nice. I’d wish that I had access to this sort of thing when I was younger and my crowd needed good places for our communal drunken weekends, except that I’d probably have broken my neck on the iron spiral staircase.  Ah, ‘maturity.’  What fun…

Dec
25
2015
11

Tweet of the Day, No. No, Salon Is Not Better Than This edition.

I know that I should be outrageously outraged at this…

Salon

…but, honestly?  I just want to call Salon’s mother and father and tell them to stop fighting long enough to let Salon have a merry Christmas for once.  Because there’s so much pain there, and this is the one day of the year where I’d feel bad about drinking it.

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Dec
25
2015
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I have wanted this t-shirt for pretty much forever.

Finally got it.

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No, I’ve never subscribed to the In case of a zombie apocalypse, I’m tripping you school of thought.  That’s just dumb, short-term thinking. And the people who publicly subscribe to it are most likely going to end up joining the ranks of the Undead much, much sooner than the people who form voluntary associations with each other at the first sign of a shambling revenant…

Dec
24
2015
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http://www.noradsanta.org/ reports that Santa is currently over Mali.

As always, NORAD is on the job to make sure that Santa Claus has a safe and successful trip this year.  Note that this includes aggressive air support, if necessary.  The USAF: Saving Your [Redacted] Since 1947.

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