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Social Science and Fiction Part 0: Invitation

Social Science and Fiction Part 4: Of Constitutions

Having trouble finding the soul of your fictional society? Have you considered their fundamental rule-making process? Why not take a little time to suss the foundations of your make-believe culture by drafting their constitution? You might find that specific laws, mores, and cultural habits are easier to develop when you have a framework for decision-making and conflict resolution.

Wednesday!

Wednesday!

There was an old Herman (by Jim Unger) cartoon that showed a mummy talking to a guy wearing stereotypical ancient Egyptian dress and the mummy was pointing, with arm outstretched, saying “none of those buildings used to be there”.

A beautiful song about (against) gentrification. And breaking up. And getting older. And memories fading.

Tech Tuesday - 9/17 - Asymptomatic Sick Kids Are A Nightmare Edition

Tech Tuesday – 9/17 – Asymptomatic Sick Kids Are A Nightmare Edition

Last week Bug developed hives all over his body. Misses school for the rest of the week. Freaked us out, because to date, he has no known allergies. Urgent care put him on Benadryl, which did nothing. Two days later, PCP puts him on Prednisone, which ended the hives, and spun him up so much we spent a day letting him run around the Arizona Science Center (nice place, BTW). Yesterday I get a call that the throat swab the PCP took came back positive for Strep (the quick test was negative), turns out the kid has Scarlet Fever, sans the fever, or the sore throat, or the vomiting…

Social Science and Fiction Part 0: Invitation

Social Science and Fiction Part 3: Politics at the Gaming Table

Many Americans consider it boorish to bring up politics or religion outside of sanctioned times and places. One simply does not talk politics at the dinner table. It won’t do.
But the gaming table is not the dinner table. Ideally, you play games with friends. Or if your close friends don’t share your hobbies, then at least your regular group is acquainted well enough that political differences of opinion are unimportant enough to keep you from playing together. Or if that isn’t the case, then at the very least you all retain enough courtesy to stow your partisan inclinations while the game is underway.