A Head for Numbers

Over at Que Sera Sera, Sarah Brown has a post about the misconceptions that people (including myself) had as children. Be sure to read through the comments, which include such gems as, "My husband believed (still believes?) that limes are unripened lemons". Also in the comments are a few instances of readers coming to shocking realizations, such as the woman

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Playtest

Max Temkin (creator of the infamous Cards Against Humanity) and I have launched a new tumblr, devoted to board games. My review of Friday — a one-player game by the designer of Power Grid — appears today.

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Text Adventurer

Here's a thing I did: textadventurer.org. I created the @textadventurer twitterbot to help myself learn the Twitter API. Originally it did nothing but tweet Zork commands, taken from a walkthrough. I was its sole follower. Oddly, I really enjoyed seeing the text adventurer wander through my twitter feed every hour or so. And when he would tweet, say,"go north", I

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Suggestions for the Slacker’s Guide Sought

It's that time of year again, people: time to send me links to the stupidest stuff available for purchase on Teh NetarWebs, for inclusion in my annual Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers. By way of example, here's some entries from years past: He has a framed portrait of Gene Roddenberry. He has a Federation uniform in every primary color. He

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PAX Primer

Last month I attended the 2011 Penny Arcade Expo. Last week I wrote a ridiculous amount of words about it. And today The Morning News published every single one of those words, in the form of PAX Primer. I grateful to a lot of people for their help. First and foremost Anthony Yvarra, a.k.a. Nerdgasm, who gamely (ha) answered my

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How Disease Works

I am an occasional storyteller at Seattle's A Guide to Visitors and, late last year, participated in one of their "Best Of" shows. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by B. Frayn Masters, who asked if I would come to Portland and for a similar event that she hosts, a series I knew nothing about called Back Fence PDX. Because Frayn

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