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That old novel idea has been bubbling around in my brain again. The idea has been with me for a long time, years now. I’ve made at least two attempts at it but I’ve never been able to write it all down, start to finish, so I hesitate to call my previous attempts “drafts”. I …

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Discovered this article, and it made me want to… write about it: Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain – by Kevin Roose. I, like the author, don’t want to give up my phone entirely; I just want to use my phone but get back all the habits I had …

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Just woke up from a dream where I was telling my mom about the time I decided to take the bus downtown, and got asked by a woman on a run for a stick of gum (which I didn’t have) so I offered to buy her some at the convenience store down the street so …

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Months ago, during the cold rainy late winter/early spring, my driver’s side window stopped going up just after I had gotten to work and shown the guard my badge. Having no time to deal with it on a cold rainy morning, I covered the window with a handy piece of cardboard and went to work. …

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As of today, about an hour ago, I collected my last achievement in Skyrim. Not even the Special Edition. Oldrim, the original. Paid a guy online to transfer my saves to PC, bought a second copy of the game, and kept going. I’ve played stealth archer builds, magic-only builds. I’ve played it vanilla, I’v

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Went out to get some dinner, stopped at the library to pick up a hold, then didn’t want to go straight home. Saw the full moon in the deep indigo sky, yellow and unfocused by the high thin clouds, and just drove around and sang along with a favorite playlist.   And everything around me …

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Most of the time, I learn something new because I have a problem to solve. I’ll tolerate some annoyances as long as they’re minor but if they go on for a while or start becoming worse, I go looking for a solution. I’ve been playing Fallout 4 a bit lately. I know I’m not the …

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I spent Monday with Terry, going through a house on his street, basically looting with permission of the owners.  The owner has sold the house and moved out, leaving behind lots and lots of stuff. The house is going to be torn down and something new built on the lot. The owners are pocketing a …

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My dad is a natural storyteller, and I’ve long wanted to capture some of them on video. Finally got a chance to test the waters. Here’s a short teaser. Want to see more? The post Dad Stories appeared first on

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I did it. I spent the entire morning completely unplugged. I woke up around 7:30 AM, turned off my phone, turned off my computers, made some breakfast, wrote in my journal, and then read through two full, honest-to-Sagan, paper books. No computer screens. No teevee showing a binge of YouTube or Netflix. No taking breaks

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There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: A Pacifist’s Thoughts on the Punching of Nazis appeared first on Lunar Obverse.

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Today was a heartbreaking day, a day I have been dreading since the election, a day were America swore in as president possibly the worst American in our time, a man whose biographers agree is self-centered, insecure, and a bully. A man who ran a campaign of hate and divisiveness, a man with a record-breaking …

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A friend on Facebook shared this essay about the political left in America infighting, by Sammy Leonard, and it’s got me thinking about how differently the right and the left operate, at least in America. Disclaimer up top: if you weren’t already aware, I consider myself a liberal, democratic socialist, lefti

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It’s raining outside. This was going to be freezing rain, but it’s above freezing now, so it’s just rain. The rain is still falling on ice and packed snow, though, so it’s slicker than snot on the unpaved streets and unshoveled sidewalks in my neighborhood, which is to say all of them. I’m d

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On this day, I can’t think of anything as relevant as this essay from civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s essay is available in full text. And as video: The post Letter from B

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I told myself I’d write every day this year, and man, have I missed that goal. I guess 2017 only 14 days old, so it’s only 3.8% over, and there’s a lot of ground to cover before we call it done, but with the mood I’ve been in this winter, it’s hard to see the …

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I’m (1) waiting for the bus in the snow (2). Tracker says it’s five minutes away. I wait a bit, check the app again. The bus has disappeared from the app (3); next bus in 35 minutes. Ugh. I start walking home (4). Two blocks later I hear the bus rolling up behind me (5) …

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  I need some personal inspiration. It’s been a long December, a long winter, a long year. I’ve seen other authors out there, posting their 10 favorite things they’ve written in 2016, and my first thought was, “did I even write 10 things this year?” Yes, I did, but not much more than 10

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This old bar, on the last Friday before Christmas, was full but not packed. I picked the window table, but the chair facing away from the view, so I could see the folks sitting at the bar, and the other patrons. Though I could turn my head to look at the sidewalk and the street …

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Merry Christmas, everyone. The picture above is one of my favorite Christmas memories. My family, seated around a table in a dining room in Cancun, Mexico, eating Christmas dinner. No gifts (except for Max, my nephew, who still believed in Santa Claus), just all of us, good food, booze, and warm sunny beaches. Starting i

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I composed and sent this email to the members of the Electoral College on the evening of 18 December 2016, just prior to their vote to select the winner of the US Presidential election. Posting it here for the future. I could have said more. I should have said more. I will say and do …

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You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Macbeth (3.4.167) My sleep pattern of late, of the last month or a bit longer, has been disrupted and wildly inconsistent. Generally, on a work night, I can manage to drag myself to bed around eight and a half to eight hours before the alarm is set …

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Some of the funniest moments I’ve had in Skyrim were almost assuredly completely unplanned by the people who designed it. Skyrim, like the previous titles in the series, or the other major gameworld from Bethesda, the Fallout series, uses scripts to tell all the various characters in the game where to be at certai

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In almost 1,200 hours in Skyrim, I have never played a Khajiit, Argonian, Orc, or any kind of Elf. I don’t know what it means. I’ve just never had the urge to play a non-human. I have played an Imperial, a Nord, at least twice as a Redguard, and several Bretons. From a lore standpoint …

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5 years ago this month, I discovered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and I’ve never stopped playing it since. Traditionally we celebrate Thanksgiving by going to their beach house in Lincoln City and spend the whole four-day weekend, and that year, Bill and Max had brought their XBox down because they were both addic

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Like many of you, I’ve found it really tough to be thankful for 2016. Almost from the first day, this year has thrown so much bad news at us. It’d almost seem weird if we don’t all have some level of depression. But today, at least in the US, we’ve set aside a day to …

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1. The brief moments of being warm in bed, having woken up before the alarm goes off, wondering why I even bother setting an alarm if my brain is just going to wake me up anyway, but knowing if I didn’t, I would sleep in too late and miss work, because brains are mysterious and …

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Got some items I’m selling to raise a little cash. It’s like an online garage sale! Links go to the eBay auctions for the items. Make a bid there, or make me an offer by going to my About page and choosing email, Twitter, or Facebook to contact me. Mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro: 16GB RAM, …

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There are two grocery stores in my neighborhood, in walking distance of my apartment. I don’t own a car. One store is closer but generally more expensive; the farther one, while still expensive, is a longer walk. I almost always buy bacon. I just do. It’s part of my favorite breakfast. I’ve been buying the …

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Because I’m stressed and probably should be working, I find my thoughts turning to a favorite mental landscape: my beloved Portland, OR, transformed into the Willamette Wasteland via the lens of the Fallout universe. A river of radiated sludge bisecting the shattered downtown towers on the west side from the sprawl

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