Category Archives: Rambles

MMORPG Terms for the Uninitiated

Certain terms are common across the MMORPG genre, regardless of developer or decade of release. They’re so pervasive that I often forget people who don’t play MMOs aren’t familiar with them, even if they do play other types of games. So here are several terms and concepts that are deeply ingrained on my psyche, and that of other MMORPGamers. (What, I can’t do that? I’m doing it. I did it. MMORPGamers. It’s a thing now.) Continue reading

Smartphones in 2018

I carry two phones; one is mine, and one belongs to my employer. I could’ve transferred ownership of my phone number to my company when I started, but I don’t want to mix business with pleasure. As cool as our internal IT guys are, I don’t trust anyone but my husband with all my personal data. And I’m perfectly fine with carrying two phones. Continue reading

The Art, vs The Artist

There have been several columns published by people who are shocked or disappointed to learn of Orson Scott Card’s homophobic and hateful rhetoric, and his activism attempting to deny human rights to the LGBTQ+ community. Some people have come to the conclusion that they cannot in good conscience support such a person, and have therefore decided to boycott his books and anything based on them. It appears that OSC didn’t profit directly/monetarily from the Ender’s Game movie, but it did still promote his books, and I see why some people are uncomfortable spending money on the stuff this guy has produced. I’m not sure it actually has any effect on his bottom line, and I doubt any sort of boycott will change his stance on gay rights, but I definitely support a person’s decision to buy (or not) anything based on their comfort level. Continue reading

2017 Year In Review

Ah, 2017. A year of calling our representatives, frantically trying to protect the things important to us. The year of the Great Solar Eclipse (in the U.S.A.). The year of Harvey and Irma and other enormous storms wreaking havoc across the hemisphere. The year of the Equifax breach and the Patreon fiasco. A year where dozens upon dozens of high-profile men have been accused of heinous acts. But despite all of that, 2017 was also a year of less poverty, less world hunger, less child mortality, better education, lower crime, and other advances, because even as bad as it seems sometimes, we are getting better in a lot of ways. Continue reading

Remove Sidebar From Blogs

Do you want to remove the sidebar from your blog posts and blog category pages? Not only that, but you then want said posts & category pages to expand to fill the full available width? Have you spent hours stumbling over one wrong answer after another? Have no fear. I finally figured out how to do this, and I want to share it with the world.* Continue reading

Solar Filter

I ordered two new lenses for my camera with the hope of catching some great photos of the upcoming Solar Eclipse. But of course, you need more than just good lenses – you also need a Solar Filter. Unfortunately, such filters can be enormously expensive, costing even more than the lenses themselves. (At least, more than the lenses I bought.) And since I want to be able to take photos with TWO different sized lenses, I would have had to spend quite a bit of money to protect my camera (and eyes) with both. So instead of buying a solar filter or two, I made my own.

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There’s this game called Planarity. It’s quite old, and very simple. Arrange the dots so that none of the lines connecting them overlap. According to the FAQ, “There is no last level, but if you get past 10 or so then consider yourself in select company.” Continue reading

I’m Right & You’re Wrong

I’ve noticed a pattern in online discourse lately. There are a lot of people whose argument goes like this:

I don’t care if it doesn’t go there, I’ll make it fit!

“I’m right, and you’re wrong. I’m not going to explain why I’m right or why you’re wrong, I’m not going to provide proof, or data, or anything to back up my claims. I’m not going to read the proof, the data, the studies and essays, or any of the other evidence that you’ve used to back up your claim. I disagree with you, because it goes against my gut feelings, or what I think is true, even though I can provide nothing to substantiate my claim. I will poo-pooh your evidence, and say that it is all lies and wrong, and that you are stupid for believing any of it. I will ignore any requests for clarification to understand my point of view, I will not try to help you understand why I feel this way, I will simply argue again and again how you’re wrong and stupid for not seeing things my way.” Continue reading