1. Lost in DC: Navigation Fail that deserves its own Wikipedia page.

    08 April 2010

    Not long after moving to DC I gave up on the concept of going to gathers organized by users of meetup.com for a variety of reasons. Most of them involved never being able to find the agreed-upon locations of things that I'm interested in, though a few factor in getting there so late that everybody'd already gone home. Needless to say, after a few such fuckups I decided that it was more interesting to do other things. A couple of years later (but about two weeks ago) Jason asked in passing that he'd found a meetup called Chaos In …

    Read more...

  2. Restaurant review: Middle Eastern Cuisine

    04 April 2010

    A couple of weeks ago Lyssa and I got together with the House of Leaves for Bronwyn's birthday, much of which we spent at a restaurant in Takoma Park, Maryland called Middle Eastern Cuisine (no website; 7006 Carroll Avenue; Takoma Park, MD; 20912; phone 301-270-5154; fax 301-270-8521). It's a bit of a drive to get to the outskirts, but it's well worth the time spent. You can either eat up front at the smaller tables or you can go into the back half where a long bench encircles part of the room, and is broken up by a number of …

    Read more...

  3. I now pronounce you nerd and nerd.

    03 April 2010

    Lyssa and I are really married now - we've combined our collections of gaming books into a single bookcase.

    Here's the end result:

    In descending order, the most represented gaming systems in our library are Mage: the Ascension, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire: the Masquerade, and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. The two shelves of miscellaneous games stand unto themselves.

    I'm not counting these in the duplicates category because it really does help to have multiple copies of the core book for a game you're running. Nevermind the fact that we have four copies of second edition and two of third.

    These are …

    Read more...

  4. Battlegoth makeup versus facial recognition software...

    02 April 2010

    In the halcyon days of the 80's, a fairly common trope of cyberpunk was people (usually background characters but occasionally a main character) wearing battlegoth makeup - funky facepaint that distinctively changes your appearance. Often it was described as a stylistic choice, not unlike what some media stars effect today though occasionally you see it at street level. Facial recognition systems are pretty primitive today but they're starting to be deployed by law enforcement and advertising agencies just the same to gather actionable information for later use. Right now eye tracking software is used to determine what keeps people's attention for …

    Read more...

99 / 206