Pushy Marketing

I recently ordered a few household goods online, and I’m already regretting that decision. First of all, I needed some new compression stockings. The prescription type generally look like crap, so I was in the market for something a little nicer, even if the compression factor wasn’t as strong. I have edema, so my feet…

Giving Fatigue

Only two months into the new year, and I’m already tapped out on charitable contributions for a while. Facebook has instituted an interesting new policy: they offer the opportunity for people to put up a post soliciting donations. This is a worthwhile endeavor to be sure, but the speed at which it’s spreading through my…

Transitions

I’ve come to realize, over the last couple of years, that I know quite a few people who either have, or are in the process of, transitioning to another gender. My first experience with this came in the mid-1980s; the place I worked at the time brought in a manager from another city to take…

Taking the Joy Out of Life

Word got out this week about a blog post from “comedian” Bill Maher regarding the death of Stan Lee. He wrote: “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone…

A Failure of Technology

So I had some trouble with my phone last week. The screen became unresponsive to touch. I tried rebooting, per the suggestion given by some (apparently) random person on my phone company’s help site, but to reboot, I need to tap buttons appearing on the screen, so if the screen doesn’t register those taps… Whenever…

Triumphant Return!

Sunday I got back home from Midwinter Gaming Convention https://www.facebook.com/midwintergamingconvention/ which has become an annual, can’t miss event for me. In the past, I’ve gone as booth monkey for Onyx Path, but this year they didn’t need my help at the show, so I volunteered to run three sessions of my convention one-shot, set in…