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Technology’s continuing campaign to thwart me

Friends offered up some helpful troubleshooting tips for the Xbox 360 problem but to no avail. My power source worked fine with the borrowed Xbox but offers nothing to the console it goes with.

Tomorrow I finally have someone coming in to fix our washing machine, after several months of nursing it along and [...]

Anti-Technology Aura and the Xbox 360

Kate is having a friend over tonight. This is a new friend this year and Kate’s fairly excited about the sleepover. I took her to Hollywood video so she could rent some movies and Xbox games in anticipation of the event. She picked up Sonic the Hedgehog for the Xbox 360 and gave it a [...]

Why I stay away from message boards

I was up a little early this morning and had a bit of time to go poking around the ol’ Internet for fun so I scanned through a couple of message boards, looking for interesting conversations. Over at, I stopped to browse a thread titled Ars Magica – my first dirty hippy game. ArM [...]

Game Night 1

For the last while Tuesdays have been “Game Night” around here. “Game Night” might or might not actually involve gaming, depending on who can make it and what kind of week we’ve all had. Sometimes it’s more of an “Eat and Bitch Night” and that’s cool, too. Lately, SassyRonin has had a conflict on Tuesdays [...]

Halo 3

I tried playing Halo 3 last night.

I know next to nothing about Halo. What I know I’ve picked up from occasionally watching Tim and Kate play, or from seeing Red vs. Blue. Master Chief, needler, warthog. That’s about all I know. Soldier-guys shooting up Alien-guys. If there’s more, I don’t know it.

Shooter gamers [...]

Violence Against Stick Figures!

News at 11.

Or, in the local metropolitan paper, in this case the Minneapolis-St. Paul-area Pioneer Press.

Back in February I posted about John’s interest in the politics of his hometown of Maplewood, Minnesota. I’ve worked for, with, and around John Nephew for what amounts to my entire career in gaming, going all the [...]

Summery Girls’ Night

I’d planned to have most of the day off today so I could go pick up Kate for the weekend but her dad was heading down to Vancouver, WA anyway so he let me know he’d just drop her off at the house. This left me with a few hours free to play Guitar Hero. [...]

What’s become of game night

Last game night we were looking for something that could handle 5 players, wasn’t going to be too long or involved, but that we could start after dinner wound down and still feel like we’d done a bit of gaming. We broke out Tsuro which we’ve had on the shelf for ages but never managed [...]

Ars Magica Campaign

Alright, after two straight weeks of beating around the bush and getting our game group into an Ars Magic mindset, I’m finally going to start running something. I’ve always enjoyed Ars Magica with a heavy helping of house rules, ignoring some of the more fiddly bookkeeping bits (screw Encumbrance!) and never, ever adhering to history [...]

Anti-Technology Aura Continues


The Xbox 360 has decide it can’t (or doesn’t want to) read the CDs for most of our new games.

Insert game CD (say, Viva Pinata or Arcade). Spin, spin, spin. Options include “Open Tray” and “Close Tray”. Sometimes we get a black screen. Kate’s gotten a message that says “Unreadable” or something. Sometimes [...]