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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-01-02 05:19
Subject: [links] Link salad hears the homicidal bitchin' that goes down in every kitchen
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Top 10 SF Signal Podcasts for 2012 — I immodestly note that I am part of the number one podcast.

The Hobbit: 48 and 24 Frames Per Second — Ben Peek is interesting.

Mazes & Monsters and the BADD old days: I’m collecting stories of the backlash against Dungeons & DragonsSlacktivist Fred Clark brings back some memories. Though I never encountered anti-RPG panic.

There still remain many agendaLanguage Log with a squib for the "data are plural" crowd.

It's All Uphill From Here: The Earth at Perihelion

Lucy climbed trees as well as walked

Fence Phone — More weirdness from BLDG BLOG on the subject of oddball telecommunications. There are several other fascinating pieces over there in this same vein. (And did the fence phone have a maps app?)

Maps the key mobile battle

Ten states raise minimum wage; Is your state one of them? — It's nice to see some states, including my own, doing the right thing. The perennial conservative hysteria over minimum wage hikes is as baseless as virtually every other target of conservative hysteria, from racial integration to gay marriage. But of course, there is never any post facto accountability for grandstanding conservative opposition to such basic moral issues as integration, marriage equality, or fair pay for fair work.

House GOP kills Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. GOP to Sandy victims: Drop Dead. — So all those proud "Real American" GOPers from tornado and flood prone farm states are expecting precisely what the next time Mother Nature nails their home turf? This isn't how a nation works, rather, this is how a dying political party spreads its toxicity.

?otD: Who will serve and who will eat?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 3.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 213.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing small businesses to raise wages: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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biomekanic: Lethal lagomorph
User: biomekanic
Date: 2013-01-03 01:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lethal lagomorph
re RPG panic: One of the kids I went to school with decided that the AD&D thing my friends and I did sounded cool. So, he saved up and bought the core books. When his step-father found them, he proceeded to slap him around for "bringing Satan into our good Christian home". So after beating up his 12 year old step-son, this paragon of virtue proceeds to tear the boy's room apart and finds the Van Halen tape he had hidden under his mattress. This is also forbidden, as Van Halen is full of Satanists. He then slaps the boy's 9 year old brother around, because "He must have known about this ungodly thing too". He drags them outside, and pours kerosene over the books and and tape, and has the older boy light them on fire or "he'll give him something to cry about". I got to hear about it a few days after the fact, at our weekly game. He still had the black eye, and he brought his brother with him; he didn't want to leave him alone with his step-dad.

This is part of the reason I left Pennsylvania as soon as I could, because more than one person I went to school with thought "Well, he brought this on himself for getting involved in that Satanic game". We also had family friends who were worried about the state of my soul, since playing D&D is so perilous.

In my own life, my former in-laws felt that gaming was questionable at best, but Harry Potter was definitely a work of Satan, and contained rituals to summon him.
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