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OMG: In which October was the most insane time I’ve had in a long while.

Okay, I really intended to write more.  I really intended my blog break to last a far less amount of time.  However, a combination of real life, stress, and politics kept me from re-visiting this space.  So, I’ve got work to do here to make it up.

On the good side: kiddo’s softball team ended up placing second in our city wide tournament.  This was unexpected and awesome.  The federal government pulled their head out of their collective asses and did the right thing in the end (more on this in the bad).  And, I’m on vacation, earning a much needed rest from the grind that is the life of a bureaucrat.

Bad side:  The shutdown was one of the most tense moments I’ve faced.  Combined with the release of the Affordable Care Act, this October is the most stress I’ve felt at any point my life.  The time from October 1 through October 18 felt like a year, simply put.  Due to the shutdown, SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) was the only reason I remained at work.  The majority of individuals paid solely on Medicaid funding are federally funded, even though they are paid by the state.  If the shutdown lasted much longer, my position, which is moderately funded by Medicaid, would have been furloughed.  This hung like a thick cloud of smoke over my head, while my workers were coming to me and asking if I knew whether they were going to work tomorrow.  As Medicaid was decimated during the shutdown, the policy and legal departments related to the Medicaid/ACA integration were sent home.  This essentially left us blowing in the wind with regard to policy and other needs during this time frame.  Fielding questions from curious individuals, many of whom are fully participating in the workforce and are not eligible under current qualifications, was next to impossible and the most common question was: “my employer offers health insurance, do I take it or try my luck on the marketplace?”  This was something that I could not answer and is not something any of us could until after we got clarifications on it all.

Ultimately, by the time 1pm Thursday rolled in (the start of my vacation), I was exhausted.  I came home and passed out until kiddo got in.  Friday was no different, but included a softball game.  Saturday was our double header and our greatly successful day.  Sunday was the first day I got to rest.  I’m behind on my vacation writing for Cultura and the Lay of Seidenbard, but I’m doing well on it.  Further, I’ve attempted again to get back into archeology, so we’ll see how that works (though I’m not extraordinarily hopeful at the point and am focusing on my current work and my writing).  The Lay Comic, done by Paimona, should have been featured over the past few weeks, but wasn’t.  This is because I didn’t have the spare time to help her develop the layout.  That will resume very soon.

Thanks to everyone that follows the blog, our work, and has taken a interest in any of our projects.  It’s very much appreciated.  Sorry for the diary-esque entry, but I had to get some of these things off my chest.

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Accountability, Anthropology

 

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From KSK’s Peter King is Gonna Overcover Peyton:

Rob Chudzinski, head coach, Cleveland. “You’re 2-0 since you gave up on the season,’’ I told Chudzinski Sunday night. He said: “Good thing nobody told that to our players.”

MORE LIKE CHUD-ZING-SKI

Read more: http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2013/09/peter-king-gonna-talk-peyton-whether-like.html#ixzz2gQF4YMmh

Please, journalists, don’t use PK as the standard for your writing.  Grantlandia style journalism is bullshit.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Accountability, Geek, Goofballery

 

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Magic.

In the course of my research for the game’s magic system, I’ve taken a great deal of effort in reading a great many books.  The common thread of this all is the sheer imagination with which humanity exists.  I’ve re-read Michael Taussig’s commodity fetishism book, Kuru Sorcery, the Golden Bough, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Healing and Music, and so forth.  Every system is different; very unique in and of itself.  Yet, the most interesting facet is simply the amount of magical thinking necessary to construct these systems and how daunting it is to take that very tiny sinew of compatibility between differing world views and put them into a system.

 

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Accountability, Cultura, Game, Geek, Magic

 

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Food for Thought.

After last week’s absolutely terrible ending here on the blog, I’m focusing on not writing a review this week (but I have been working on both the game and the Lay).  The comic has brought a new audience it seems, which makes me happy.  I’ve not been sharing much on the writing front at all lately, but it’s going well as far as it seems.  I have been enduring a rather lengthy turn of general burn out from new, more expansive responsibilities and distraction.

So, here’s some interesting facets of the English language, from gawker media:

“In Modern English we have these third person pronouns, which can be broken into four categories – masculine, feminine, neuter, and plural. Essentially, and it’s always been this way in English, plural functions as a special gender in pronouns with its own verb conjugation to boot. It’s really quite neat that way, and that’s why I look at English as having not three, but four genders.” (Here’s the full text).

And here’s a beautiful set of images by Toby Allen.  The imagination required to develop and demonstrate these nasty little creatures is amazing.

 
 

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In which we return, bearing gifts of apology.

So, in general, I didn’t write at all last week.  Sure, I got a few words on a page here and there.  There were a number of reasons for this: 1.) kiddo’s learning Magic which is awesome; 2.) helping with kiddo’s homework and spending time with family; 3.) short weeks make for long work in bureaucracy as you truly pay for your day off in a management capacity; 4.) Paimona and I decided to try our hands at something new.

So, with 100% less excuses, here’s without further adieu our initial attempt at bringing the Lay of Seidenbard (you’ve seen it here in a few scenes) into comic form:

Moly page one final

 

We’re going to try to bring out a page a week (well, she is since I’m only a talker and writer rather than anything else).

 

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In memoriam

From Caity Weaver of Gawker.

This is so delightfully existential.

“Kachemak was not afraid of dying before she was put to sleep on Saturday (“releasing her from a rapid decline in the last week from age-related infirmities”), because Kachemak was not aware that dying was something that could happen to her. She wasn’t unhappy about leaving the other sea otters. She didn’t worry about whether or not she would be remembered fondly. She didn’t reminisce about her lost youth or dream about all the things she had never done. The final moment of her life was not particularly different from any of the moments that proceeded it; she just kept on living right up until she didn’t. It was different, but not sad.”

Applause, Ms Weaver, applause.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Geek, Nature, Philosophy, Writing

 

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pestdoctor

 

Image taken from Silver Train at the Zurich Mdizinhistorisches Museum.

Often untrained, the Plague Doctor was the last, horrifying line of defense in treatment of the ill and disposal of the dead during the Black Plague in Europe.  The outfit is stunningly ominous: a grey robe with a hood that covers a leather or ceramic mask that typically had a beak and portholes for sight.  The beak was purely functional in regard to the scientific understanding of the time.  The miasmatic view believed that diseases assaulted their sufferers through poor air and being around death.

In contrast the doctor would have his cane, prodding the afflicted so that they would not have to touch the victim.  The doctor would smell of a mixture of pungent aromas and straw was thought to serve as a filter. Some doctors of note that served in the plague were Nostradamus and Paracelsus.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Anthropology, Geek, Inspiration, Nature, Philosophy

 

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