The transplendent adventures of Bill living an ordinary life

Yesterday, after sitting through 1.5 days of physics talks, a thought occurred to me: Why not take a walk outside? I had to go outside anyway. I had some garbage to throw away and some recyclables to put into the appropriate bins. I don't go outside much these pandemic-ridden days. Why not take a half-hour walk? The…

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Pearl anniversary

I first got involved with Wicca 30 years ago. It's my tricennial! That makes it my pearl anniversary, if you believe the marketing of the jewelry companies. I don't have much to add beyond what I posted for my 25th anniversary in the Craft. There are a couple of minor differences: World of Warcraft is no longer…

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Control

I heard about the video game Control around the time it was released in 2019. I thought about getting it (I was still spending a lot of time at home recovering from medical stuff). But a little bit of research told me that the game was quite difficult (on the level of Dark Souls) and there was…

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Purrs

Let's start with what you want: cat pictures. The video above shows 95 seconds of the kittens wrestling in my bedroom. During their first week in my apartment, I restricted them to that single room. This let them get used to an environment that was much larger than their cage at the vet. I should add: While…

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales

For my review of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it may help to go back to my review from three years ago on its prequel/main game, Spider-Man. The ambiguity of "prequel/main game" depends on your perspective. SM:MM is either a short sequel or a very large expansion of the original game. At a current street price of about $50,…

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Introductions

Here we go! This time around, I'm giving my cats names in Klingon. This one is jI'IHqu', which means "I am very beautiful." The "'" signifies a glottal stop; that's what you say between the "uh" and "oh" of "uh-oh". The H signifies a hard "ch" sound, like in Bach or chutzpah. However, it's hard for cats…

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Mass Effect Legendary – some notes

I have a few games to review in my personal queue of "essays I plan to write long after a game has been released so that any review is meaningless": Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Control, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. I decided to bump Mass Effect Legendary Edition to the top of the queue because this isn't a review. The…

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Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story

If you go by the number of times her work has been reproduced, Pamela Colman Smith is probably the most popular artist in the world. She is the one who created the artwork for the so-called Rider-Waite Tarot Deck; the claim that she's the most popular artist comes from multiplying the number of Tarot decks with her…

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Hades

On the surface, Hades sounds exactly like the kind of game I wouldn't enjoy: you fight a lot; you die a lot; it looks like another pointless arcade game. It wasn't until I saw Felicia Day play the game on a YouTube video from her Twitch stream that I became interested: So what makes Hades different from…

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