“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

(This is a great​ obit, BTW.)

Robert Bohl beat me to this, but I felt it was important to point out given all the “Hawking in the great beyond” tributes I’ve been seeing. Thus, rather than wish him “RIP” or similar, I will simply honor the Professor by saying:


The fact is, we are unbelievably stupid at reading—or watching—women, and women-authored stories in particular. And we are suffering for it.

This is a great read, and maybe one of the most enlightening articles I’ve read in months. It actually got me to use my HBO Now Watchlist.


Tim Berners-Lee says large tech companies must be regulated

The net neutrality advocate said that social media companies have “been built to maximize profit more than to maximize social good. A legal or regulatory framework that accounts for social objectives may help ease those tensions.”

Writing on the 29th anniversary of his invention, Berners-Lee warned of power being concentrated with a small number of companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter. “What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms. This concentration of power creates a new set of gatekeepers, allowing a handful of platforms to control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared.”

Trump got elected because of weaponized social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Google cannot be allowed to continue existing without​ serious oversight.

Tim Berners-Lee says large tech companies must be regulated

(My) Melancholy and Infinite Sadness

Pete Thorn is one of my idols these days. He’s the king of YouTube guitar personalities and if you’re a guitarist who’s not subscribed to his channel then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. This is his latest gear demo, and it’s an obscure enough product that I dunno if it’s worth explaining it, so just enjoy the music.

That said, I kind of die a little bit inside every time I watch his stuff, as he’s basically living a life I’ve long dreamt about. He divides his time between YouTube videos, sideman gigs for people like Chris Cornell (RIP), and writing his own music. And the “old Adam” in me (as my mom used to call it) can’t help but whisper questions about what the fuck I did with my life that I was never able to achieve this.

I try to take solace in the fact that odds are decent that I can enjoy a bit of this kind of lifestyle (making music in a little project studio, publishing videos) once I retire.


Are You Crying For Real, or Just Pretending? – A guest article by Jason Morningstar about the concepts of safety that can be drifted from larping to tabletop role-playing games.

Phil Vecchione wrote an article on safety tools at the table, and we were approached around the same time about an article on larping lessons that could be applied to tabletop RPGs regarding safety. Since the topic of safety at the table is one of…



I was linked to a KS this morning for a game that, at first, seemed to be about an interesting and mostly overlooked (by RPGs) period in world history… and then I got to the “plus there’s magic, so you’re basically fantasy adventurers but…”

JMFC why? Why TF does being an RPG mean that fantastical bullshit needs to be crammed in it?

Similarly, I’m a backer of the new Jane Austen RPG that just funded, and I’ll admit I was a little bummed to see that one of the achieved stretch goals was an expansion that added sorcery to the game. Again, why? How is Jane Fucking Austen not enough? How does shoving the premise into bad, self-published ebook territory make Austen better?

That said… I mean… I get it. Fucking nerds. I’m a fucking nerd.

But… just… WHY.

This week people in Brixton, south London spotted famous movie and television show posters that had been recreated to feature black leads. Campaign groups Legally Black and Advocacy Academy worked together on the posters to highlight the lack of black actors in leading roles, before “subvertising group” Special Patrol stepped in to give them a wider platform across bus stops in the area.