Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody

I can think of no finer use for YouTube than to allow you to see this....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Playing D&D with small kids

I played a little D&D with all three of my kids...ages 5, 11, and 13...this weekend. I hope to post about this in more detail at some point, but right now I want to link to this post where a fellow outlines a very simple RPG setup he did for his six-year-old; it contains lots of good idea as far as framing the game in terms a young child might grasp:


That guy thought about things more carefully than I have. We managed to get to a short actual play session after two short character-making sessions.

I'd like to make it very clear that though I think about games a lot and talk about them a lot, I almost never actually play. Somehow friends keep getting the impression that I've gotten actual play going. These sessions with my kids are the first in several years.

Ooh, hey, looks like Wizards of the Coast has a free game/adventure all-in-one thing, in downloadable PDF form. You can find that here: http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/monsterslayers

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Central vacuum cleaners

Ever heard of these? I think I saw a house that had one of these once: vacuum hoses in the walls, like plumbing. Always seemed like a super strange concept. Here's more than you'll ever want to know about 'em:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Water, water, everywhere

You know how people say you should drink lots when you're sick? Yeah, there's actually no science to back that up. Everyone just thinks it makes sense.

Yeah, and that drink 8 glasses of water a day thing is way overstated, too.

Can you believe anything about water? Water's just full of lies, man.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Did you know Google color codes its employees to assign priviliges?

Not only that..they have a yellow-badge class of workers who are denied basically all of the privileges Google is so famous for.