One thousand lightbulbs

Year end, year begin

I try to avoid writing content for this blog which is (a) timely or (b) personal, but I also haven’t written much at all recently.

2017 was a busy year, full of changes (mainly good!) and interruptions. I didn’t get half as much gaming done as I wanted to, and while I learned a lot about programming in R, I was forced to let a number of my ruby hobby projects fall by the wayside.

Disabling disqus

Part of the thing about running your own site/blog is being able to get away from that horrid miasma of the “commercial web”: siloed annexes of untransferrable content linked by globe-spanning advertising/profiling networks. So it’s not great to hear that Disqus, a staple of the static weblog setup, is all into the advertising business.

I’ve had a couple of interesting discussions on here due to commenting, but this place has always been (and likely always will be) pretty low-traffic, which means low comments. So in the interest of not contributing to company advertising profiles, I’m turning comments off.

On D&D, and preparation

I cancelled my D&D game last night, and it’s been a huge relief.

My partner got into roleplaying games when I’d already tired of traditionally-structured games like D&D, World of Darkness, and the like. I’d played plenty of this style of game as a teenager, and by that time I was more interested in exploring narrative structures than rolling for initiative one more time. So I always felt I should run some D&D, if just to show her what she was missing out on.

Infix operators I have known and loved

For the last month or so, I’ve been learning the R programming language. It’s been super-interesting, and quite the change from my usual stomping grounds of high-level OO languages like ruby or python.

I’m now past the point of complete beginner, and getting my teeth into some of the more advanced stuff.1 One thing I’ve already had a bunch of fun with, however, is R’s infix operator syntax.


In October of last year, I wrote a thing in which I needed some coins to appear. I immediately wondered: “what should they be called?” Sure, I could just use “pennies”, or “cents”, but here was on opportunity for world-building, damn it!

Because I overthink things, I immediately went, “Well, what do other people name coins after?” And after a little research, I found an answer, and kept writing.

How to run a con

The less sexy title:

“A couple of ways I like to organise roleplaying games at a tabletop convention, which might also work for you.”

A new lick of paint

If you haven’t noticed (hello RSS readers), I’ve done a significant site redesign. It’s also been a chance for me to clear out some of the cobwebs that’ve built up in my giant nanoc Rules file.

Worth noting: I’ve also moved the atom feed for the blog here. /atom.xml will continue to work for the next few months, but I’ve put a nice big warning at the top of all posts and will be disabling it at some point in the future.


Hello folks! Do you use omniboard, my sparkling-fresh ruby-only program that pushes your Omnifocus database to an HTML-styled Kanban board? If so, and if you keep it up-to-date, you may have noticed some hiccups recently.

In with the new

OmniGroup recently announced that they would be encrypting server-side documents held on their Omni Sync Server, which is awesome! Stuff should be encrypted! Encryption is good. Of course, for the hobbyist programmer with people using their tools, encryption means yet another layer between their program and usefulness, and a lot more spots where things can get wrong.