Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 2

In my previous post, I went into a hissy-fit over the tiny games I would no longer be able to play if I upgraded above Mac OS X Mojave. Get ready for more hissing as we delve into another #FirstWorldProblem. Remote Control If you have an entertainment system, the most valuable piece of technology becomes a universal…

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Why I don’t want to upgrade from Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave – part 1

As the title suggests, I'm going to write a series of posts on -- Wait a second! You're writing a series of posts on why you don't want to upgrade? Isn't that a waste of effort? You know as well as anyone the truth behind this xkcd cartoon: You wrote a long series of posts on controlling…

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Mini painting wrap-up – Etherfields Wave 1

In my last post, in which I talked about shading Etherfields miniature figures, I ended by saying that I'd have to wait until the the weather got warmer and dryer before I could go outdoors and spray-varnish the minis. Then I discovered a varnish made for airbrushes. I applied four light coats to each mini, spaced at…

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More miniature-painting goodness: Citadel shades and washes, zenithal primes, and Etherfields

It's been almost a year since my last post on painting miniature figures. Therefore, I'm going to review the style of mini painting I use before I show lots of photos. I'll begin with why I started painting minis again. Etherfields Etherfields is a board game that I backed on Kickstarter. After a wait of about 1.5…

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The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is notorious. I remember watching it when it first aired. I was desperate for more Star Wars, and was willing to watch anything. Afterwards, I went "Huh?" I got more out of watching the Ewok movies eight years later. The 1978 Special is best known for introducing the character of Boba…

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Shadow’s Gift

Anyone who has visited my apartment in the past few years must have noticed the odor of cat urine as they walked in. For my Wicca group and other spiritual visitors, I'd light incense to mask the smell. For everyone else... well, they may be too polite to mention it, but there's a reason why my apartment…

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The son of Boo

There is absolutely no reason for you to read this post. I had to write it. You don't have to read it. In my eulogy for my cat Mist, I described how Mist and her brother Shadow came into my life. They were the offspring of Jersey City street cats. Shadow carried the street-wise feral heritage of…

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Finding a host for a personal blog

TL;DR: I switched hosting providers and my blog looks different. My personal blog began in 2006 with a series of posts on OkCupid. That may sound like a funny place for a personal blog, but in 2006 OkCupid was both a dating site and a social network. While my posts, like most of the other OkCupid bloggers,…

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Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

This is a review of Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion by someone who didn't care for the original Gloomhaven. Let's step back a bit. Gloomhaven was published in 2017. It created a bit of a stir. At $140, it was among the most expensive board games published (though that price point has been exceeded since then). It…

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Marx and racism

With a title like that, you might think I'm going to talk about how Karl Marx's economic and political theories apply to racial inequality. Nope. I'm going to talk about racism in the Marx Brothers movies. Recently, with much pandemic-induced free time on my hands, I re-watched all of the Marx Brothers films, in chronological order. They…

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