Random Thoughts #30

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It’s Wednesday, time for random thoughts.

  1. Yesterday afternoon, with the help of a friend, I removed my desk from my ABCNJ office and left my key behind. It was more emotional than I expected it to be.
  2. With the ongoing pandemic I’ve been pondering ideas to keep Central growing. This is when I’m at my most dangerous.
  3. I read a novel this week. That was nice. The novel was nothing special, but it was still nice.
  4. My paladin can now attack twice in a turn. So of course we had a session where there was nothing to attack.
  5. After a tropical storm blows through, it is a sobering thing to see massive trees toppled over.
  6. My heart goes out to Beirut, Lebanon.
  7. Playing through Origami King is an exercise in frustration. The battles I have come to tolerate. The padding of levels is just… why? I don’t play mini games in any game I play, because I find them annoying. When a mini game prevents you from continuing the story, that’s bad design.
  8. If you have a local brewery making “Black is Beautiful,” it’s delicious.
  9. Reports from schools which have reopened have not eased my concern for my wife, as well as all other teachers and students. We are offering our children, and their teachers, up to the economic gods. We’ve got all sorts of great-sounding justifications for it, but call it what it is–a sacrifice to the GDP.
  10. We need more hopeful people creating art. Not so we can hide from “gritty realism,” but so we inject another vantage point into our cultural zeitgeist. I appreciate gritty realism, the Battlestar Galactica reboot may be the best science fiction show ever created 1 and it’s the darkest and most morally ambiguous show I’ve ever seen. But right now everything is “winter, and never Christmas.” Creatives, let’s allow the clouds to part every now and again. OK?

  1. But Babylon 5 holds my heart. So there.