Caleb’s not going to do his homework at that stupid desk; on some level, we all know that. But the dream of a boy sitting happily in his mother’s kitchen, filling out his worksheets while she sips a big bubble glass of chilled Chardonnay and cooks — what? Quickie quesadillas? Three-step lasagna? — In her fantastically overbuilt kitchen is a powerful one, and for a few happy Act Three minutes, we dream that little dream, too.

This piece about flipper reality TV — which I’ve never really understood — is a great meditation on a lot of what’s wrong with America.

https://apple.news/ATcPCbFatT0KZXXQeZO0cow

I played a fun, focused game of Champions 3rd Ed. with MadJay Brown last night via Hangouts. I’m probably still in nostalgia-honeymoon phase, but dealing with the SPD chart and calculating OCV/DCV mods felt like putting on an old, well-worn, comfortable hoodie.

The basic set-up is supers-as-military in a world at war with an alien incursion. My mentalist led a squad of normal soldiers on a recon mission to a facility housing alien tech. We encountered a semi-desolid alien that was 50% immune to my PC’s mind control, so she had to engage it with some of her martial arts training to give her squad time to evac some wounded survivors from a previous mission.

And I gotta say, as much as people fault HERO for sucking the fun out of supers by strictly codifying everything, I loved struggling with my character’s limited fictional resources in order to solve the problems thrown at her. It may not properly emulate a lot of supers comics, but as a game in itself navigating the simulation was fun for me.

Thanks, Jay! Looking forward to more.

https://rpggeek.com/rpgitem/47791/champions-3rd-edition

Hot dang, but “The CIty on the Edge of Forever” is a great TOS episode. I mean, this is known, Khaleesi, but having just watched it again I feel compelled to reiterate.

Bonus points for finally sending Uhura on an away mission (at least I think it’s her first), and for being one of the first American TV episodes to say “hell” as profanity. Also — as mentioned in that Kirk article that was making the rounds — Kirk’s romance with Keeler is heartwrenching, evidence that he is not the womanizing stereotype the character has been twisted into.

Also, this is the first reference to Nazis in Trek, and boy did it feel weird in our current climate. I.e., how sad is it that we no longer live in a country, apparently, where you don’t have to explain that Nazis are awful — you can just reference them and assume viewers will be horrified.

Anyway, the Wikipedia article on this episode is a good read, as the story of this episode’s production is a doozy.

http://www.wikiwand.com/en/The_City_on_the_Edge_of_Forever

So there are these things called house concerts — which I had no clue about and think sound awesome — and of course, a startup has wedged themselves into this DIY community and are extracting money — taking it away from the performers. You pay $15-$30 for a ticket and the artist gets nothing.

Nothing.

This whole gig economy (no pun intended) needs to die as soon as possible.

Also: https://medium.com/@jhmcclai/why-its-important-boycott-sofar-sounds-and-start-hosting-your-own-house-concerts-fc16cdb88712

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/04/28/sofar-sounds-house-shows-airbnb-middleman/

In 1989, the US government decided to concentrate our most sensitive data in the hands of three giant finance corporations: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. These three corporations now store our biographic information, every address we’ve ever lived at, and every major financial transaction we’ve ever made — all so they can assign us a FICO credit score.

Seriously, did anything good happen during the Reagan/Bush administrations?

Anyway, this is a handy summary article about the Equifax breach and what you can do to protect your credit.

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/the-equifax-hack-and-how-to-protect-your-family-all-explained-in-5-minutes-a2b5187cb6c0