What — and Leave Show Biz? (Part One)

When I first moved to Madison, Wisconsin many years ago, I landed a job working in a movie theater. The theater was an “Art house,” showing foreign films, documentaries, and basically filling a niche that other theaters had ignored. The theater I worked at was technically part of a chain: Landmark Theatres also managed theaters […]

Films to Inspire the Halloween Spirit

With halloween only a week away, I’d like to recommend a few films to help inspire the Halloween Spirit. Not all of them are, strictly speaking, scary, but all of them capture aspects of the holiday, and many can be viewed the year ’round. First up on my list is a double-feature based on a […]

Being a Guest at a Convention

As a follow-up to last week’s POST about being invited as the Gaming Guest of Honor for next year’s Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, I wanted to talk a little bit about what being a guest of a convention means to me. In my line of work, there are a fair number of people for whom […]

Take A Knee

Once upon a time it would’ve amazed me how many white people are up in arms about athletes taking a knee in peaceful protest over police brutality applied selectively against people of color: not any more. To be succinct: YOU don’t get to tell someone the “right” way to protest. YOU don’t get to decide […]

Quick Update

With barely a week in between conventions, I have to make this late post short and sweet: I will be attending GeekKon this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, appearing as a local guest and participating in panel discussions. Due to unforeseen circumstances, part of the schedule is in flux right now: a number of panels may […]

Life In Miniature

I paint miniatures. It all started back in high school, when collecting miniatures to represent D&D characters was a thing that people did. I began with old Ral Partha and Grenadier fantasy-themed miniatures, and my collection grew. By now, I have enough lead figures in my basement to build a radiation-proof bomb shelter. There is […]

Cats On The Outside

I recently stumbled across a Facebook post by an acquaintance of mine who wrote about his cat catching a baby bunny. He went into some detail about the bunny’s injuries, and implied that the cat was, in the end, giving the bunny a few moments to, I don’t know, collect itself or some crap like […]

Tales From The Game Store, vol. 2: Phone Antics

Many years ago (back in the 1980s, in fact) I fielded a phone call. Me: “Pegasus Games, how may I help you?” Pause Him: “Do you have any airplanes available?” Me: “Yes, we do.” Him: “How big are they?” Me: (Measuring) “Oh, they range from an inch to three inches, nose to tail.” Pause. Him: […]