Well, I have officially shut down my long neglected gaming blog and transferred all the posts over here. Below was a post I made in 2013 that I’m re-posting for archival purposes. I have one more post (actually a series of posts) reviewing the latest edition of D&D that I’ll put up today as well. After that it’s on to new material.
— begin archival re-post —
While I would like to strike with the proverbial iron still glowing, and I have plenty of material waiting to be posted, there will be no blog update today. My lady love has requested a trip to Disneyland for her birthday, and like any good knight-errant I cannot refuse her. Therefore I wish you all a pleasant day at work, for I have a date with a mouse.
My first retro-clone was James Raggi’s excellent and evocative Lamentations of the Flame Princess.
I had been out of the hobby for several years and went through a game book purge in my mid-twenties, when I wanted to be taken “seriously”. Recently I started rebuilding my game library, picking up a copy of the infamous “Red Box” which was, for me as for so many others, a return to my starting place.
I started gaming with the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set in the mid 80s. I played a variety of different RPGs from late childhood until my mid-twenties, when I stepped away from the gaming table for a variety of reasons – some good, and some not so good. Now, like so many others, I’ve been drawn back to the hobby.
Since picking up my dice again, I’ve run games coming out of the “old school renaissance”. My game style is still evolving as I “shake the dust” off of my DM skills and plunge forward into this wonderful new era of gaming, where everything old has been reborn.
— Re-posted from my gaming blog. Originally posted March 4th, 2013 (slightly edited)
As I alluded to in an earlier post, I’m going to be begin the process of re-organizing this blog. You’ll notice some new more general categories up top, and a tag cloud over to the right. I’ve done my best to re-categorize all my previous posts, and I’ll be adding relevant tags over the next week.
I’ve deleted the posts linking to the few videos I’ve done, as the hosting service I used is no longer in business. I’ll try to get around to re-posting them on YouTube. I also have about five short entries from my RPG blog I’ll be re-posting here. Don’t worry, we’re not abandoning our regular programming.
In my previous post about my reading of Royce I mentioned that I’m only about half way through the survey text in question, and that I started reading in December. The book is only about four hundred pages and, while it is a dense philosophical text, I usually read much more quickly. So why the lag?
Unknown to many (that’s a joke son), I actually have another blog dedicated to table top gaming, which has been even MORE neglected than this one. https://fiatluxfantastic.wordpress.com/
While it never amounted to much of a “plan” my intention was make a division between my serious stuff here and my fun stuff over there. I’ve been doing a little more gaming lately and I would like to start making blog posts about my favorite hobby. I also have a day job in tech, and the idea of having a tech oriented blog for career development purposes has been increasingly tempting.
But this presents a problem: split focus. It’s challenging enough to keep up on one blog, let alone three (or more). So, to that end, I’m going to consolidated into one blog to rule them all. I’ll be sorry to abandon the fun titles for this one and for my gaming blog, but hey, in writing you have to kill your darlings.
So this presents a new problem, namely, what should I call the new blog. I’m tempted just to use my real name. This simplifies things, and the commonality gathering all my interests together is… well… me. On the other hand, there are some downsides to that. First, it might cause me to self-edit, since my blog is readily searchable by prospective employers. Second, it doesn’t really communicate a theme. I could also just keep this name, “GreatNoonTide” has a certain ring to it, and I already own the domain. Hmm… decisions, decisions.
Good morning internet, and happy Monday (with various definitions of “happy” implied). This will just be a short update on my posting frequency. Last week I said that I planned on doing some work here every weekday, Monday through Friday. That still stands, but I wanted to clarify how often I believe I’ll have an actual post published. For the sake for my own sanity, I’m going to aim for a new published post every Wednesday. I’d like to post more often, but many of the topics I want to tackle require more than an hour and a half stream of conscious rant while I finish my morning coffee. Also, I have other goals that require “extra-curricular” work, and my free hours are limited these days. If once a week goes smoothly I’ll try to branch out from there.
As a preview of coming attractions, I have three posts in the works:
#1 My in depth analysis of the Philosophy of Josiah Royce. This will probably be a multi-part series of posts and is minimally a month out.
#2 An explanation of the “Slipcase” note taking method, subtitled “Why it’s taking me so damn long to finish proposed blog post #1”
#3 Why I hate hipster-ism.
Also, more pretentious philosophical ramblings, as per usual.
Hello internet, I’m back.
I find it hard to believe I haven’t posted since 2017. To be honest, I have never been what one would call a regular blogger. Sporadic is the phrase that comes to mind. If you’ll forgive the self indulgence, I’d like to say a few words in my defense and lay out my future plans for this space.
A friend wrote me last week asking for some advice. While not an orthodox Taoist he has been studying the tradition for many years, and finding himself in a difficult living situation, turned to the I-Ching oracle for assistance. He found the response puzzling and had difficulty reconciling it with his understanding of the Taoist philosophy. He wrote:
“The Zang Zi seems to advise that rulership as such is a lost cause, one should aspire to the nature of the sage, and then without doing, the kingdom will be in order. It cautions against differentiating between that which is good and that which is bad.
the 44th hexagram in the Yi, encourages a ruler to weed out the evil influence in his court.
How are these reconciled?”