Italo Calvino, Classics and Hafez

I’m reading Why read the classics? by Italo Calvino, and it’s good. His joy and enthusiasm for the books he’s talking about is palpable. I like Greek and Roman mythology anyway, but the chapter ‘Ovid and Universal Contiguity’ made me want to drop Calvino (possibly not his intended effect) and rush out and read Metamorphoses instead. Continue reading “Italo Calvino, Classics and Hafez”

A Brush with the DM’s Guild and the OGL

I want to post more often, so I’m going to upload shorter posts, instead of blogging enormous treatises once a century. I also want to start making a nice little community here. So! Don’t be shy; if there’s something here you like or you have an alternative perspective or a question, leave a comment. So long as everyone’s civil, we’ll all have a good time.


If only my D&D notes were presented so beautifully.

Yesterday, I  lamented to a friend that 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons wasn’t released under the Open Gaming Licence (OGL). I was missing all those cool third party games and conversions, things like the Star Wars d20 System game, Pathfinder, and Deadlands, which I’ve recently discovered. He said:

‘Get your head out of your ass. It is released under the Open Gaming Licence, and there’s this online store come publishing platform that allows you to use the ‘product identity’ of D&D; mind flayers and  beholders and all that good stuff. You dingus.’ [ED: His friend is actually way too kind to say something like that. He may have embellished slightly.] Continue reading “A Brush with the DM’s Guild and the OGL”

Resurrected Elephant Revisited and General Social Media Post-Mortem

funny-2935405_640Oh, cool, Chnerk Mandog joined Mastodon. Honest.

It’s interesting; as another non-techy person, Chuck’s initial experience seems to have been largely like mine. “Hey this is neat, with caveats.”

I stopped using Mastodon a few months ago because trying to use four networks at the same time was like trying juggle four cannisters of other people’s shit; it makes you anxious and you’re bound to get some on you.

Then a little after that I stopped using social media almost altogether, and I’m still in that limbo. These blog posts get auto-cross-posted, (I know it’s not a word, that’s why I frankensteined it together with hyphens), and I sometimes go on Twitter or Instagram to check they’re still there, but otherwise, I’m social media free, at least in my personal life.

I’m still not sure whether that’s a long term thing. The idea of deleting my accounts altogether seems drastic. Continue reading “Resurrected Elephant Revisited and General Social Media Post-Mortem”