Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mom's Birthday Post

If Mom were still alive, she'd be 91 years old today (June 28, 1925 - July 8, 2015).  I decided to post a few photos of mom and her family, along with some explanation for anyone who is interested.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review: SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Author), Milo Yiannopoulos (Foreword)

SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police 
by Vox Day (Author), Milo Yiannopoulos (Foreword)

File Size: 3739 KB
Print Length: 236 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Castalia House (August 25, 2015)
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ISBN 9527065682

I just finished reading SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Author), Milo Yiannopoulos (Foreword).  This is required reading if you're involved in the modern business world. If you're independently wealthy and are positioned so as to be immune to social media attacks, it's optional reading.

Imagine that you're at a business meeting, or maybe an informal get-together of some sort. You make a joke about something - the upcoming election, the list of candidates, or maybe just one candidate - and everyone laughs.  Then bright and early the next morning your face is all over the Internet and you're being labeled a misogynist, a racist, and a pedophile. The number of hate messages in your email and social media accounts exceed the allocated size of your in box, and the company personnel director wants a meeting with you ASAP.  Congratulations, Ace. You've just been attacked by the SJWs, and if you're anything close to a rational human being, you have no idea what to do about it.

Vox Day outlines the phases of an SJW attack in great detail, cites several examples, then describes the counter attack that you, the victim, must make. He tells you what to expect from your friends, family, and co-workers, and explains how to cope with it. He also describes what you should be doing if you see this kind of attack happening to someone else.

This is not what I would call a light read. The information it contains is far too important to be skimmed over. But if you're going to thrive in today's world, reading SJWs Always Lie will tell you what you should know.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Origins Gaming Convention 2016 - Day Six

The last day of my summer vacation was the drive home.  We got as far as Delaware before coming to a dead stop.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Origins Gaming Convention 2016 - Day Three

Mike fixed breakfast for us - excellent!  This is typical of Mike, who always shows outstanding hospitality.  When we finally got our act together, we headed out to Origins only to discover (midway there) that one of us is suffering from memory loss, so it was back to the house to retrieve my ID badge which was hanging from the doorknob where I'd put it so as not to forget it.

Origins Gaming Convention 2016 - Day Two, Continued

Our final game of Day Two was played late in the evening at Mike's house.  Cthulhu Wars is a complex, high strategy board game featuring outsize miniature things from the Lovecraft series of the same name.  I was the King in Yellow and He Who Shall Not Be Named.

Hastur and the Yellow King

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Origins Gaming Convention 2016 - Day Two

Our first event of the day was 4778-Cthulhu Madness Matrix Game run by Rogue Judges.  It was a complete bust.  Cthulhu Madness is an extremely simple story telling game in which the players are given a set of characters, a location (Boston, MA in our case), and a very generalized path towards a conclusion.  The game might have worked if all the players were fairly creative adults, but if you add a precocious, special snowflake 12-year-old along with a few not terribly bright teenagers into the mix, well... let's be charitable and blame circumstances beyond our control.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Origins Gaming Convention 2016 - Day One

Our goal for day one was to pick up our Origins Official ID Pass and our preregistered game event tickets.  The process is that you buy these items online, weeks in advance.  When you arrive at Origins, you stand in line for the preregistration window and present your receipt to the nice volunteer manning the antique laptop, who laboriously looks up your name, and (if all goes well) gives you your Origins Gaming Convention packet.  Then you move along to another window to get your event tickets.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Origins Gaming Convention 2016 - Day Zero

Dave and I left Toledo around 1:00 and arrived at Mike's house around 4:00, mainly due to construction delays and associated traffic.  Mike was pleased to see us.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Real Estate and Truth in Advertising

Last Friday (June 3rd, 2016), I drove to Columbus to look at a condominium I hoped to purchase and eventually live in.  The list price was $86,500, which is within my means.  More importantly, the Home Owner's Association fee was $68 per month, meaning that it doesn't cost a fortune to live there, and the property taxes for 2015 were $1,290.  The pictures on the web looked good, so off we go.  Mind you, I'm still beat half to death from dealing with the tree that fell on the barn, but I'm going to make the drive anyway.  I'm enthused about this, as it looks like I've found a place to live.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Lord Provides

My thanks to brothers Frank and John Fischer for turning this:

At the Job Start