“Pretend You Won The Lottery” Day

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Today is, yet again, “pretend we are going to win the lottery” day. At best, only a handful of people will do so, and almost certainly, the vast mega prize (800 million at last count) will be split, but it’s a mind boggling idea, and there is a chance, no matter how slim, that anyone with 2 dollars to buy a ticket could win. So I’ll go first. If I won the lottery, I would spend the money on: Paying off all my debts Setting up my sister for life Fixing my house from the basement up to be the…

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Worldcon Thoughts After Sasquan: Next Year in Kansas City

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Next year in Kansas City, we will be hosting Worldcon (“we” meaning we Missourians, not me personally, as I am a minor player at best in this drama). I am thrilled and excited to finally be in a place in my life where I can participate in person instead of through my endless babblings on line. Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Hugo Awards 2015, and I have opinions. I started to write them as a Facebook post, then decided to move them here: My more coherent (daylight) thoughts on the Hugos: The puppies got…

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Thank You, Mr. Nimoy: Spock Taught Me It’s Okay to be a Girl

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Goodbye, Leonard Nimoy. This “half alien” geek girl will miss you. I first watched Star Trek (the Original Series) on a small black and white television when I was about eight or nine. We had to hold the rabbit ear antennas just right to get the signal, and it was a revelation to me years later that they all had brightly colored uniforms. A lot of girls identified with Uhura. She was beautiful, intelligent, commanding, and oh, so cool. And she could speak “side eye” code sooooo well. But I didn’t identify with her. I wasn’t cool. I wasn’t beautiful.…

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The Longest and Most Boring Elder Scrolls Online Beta Review Ever

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You’re used to lots of screen shots and PVP review and a video of game play and all that. Didn’t do any of it. I was having too much fun playing. What I am going to give you is a playability review of Elder Scrolls Online (ESO), from my slightly different perspective. See, I’m an old woman, by gamer standards (47 years old). I started tabletop gaming at 1st Edition D&D when it was the only edition, and I started video gaming at Pong. My first MMORPG was FFXI, then WoW, then LOTRO, then SWTOR, and I’ve been hanging around…

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