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My son (who is 11) is part of a class debate in social studies. The topic? "Whether there should be mandatory mask wearing in NYC?"

I am about to scream at the arguments these kids are giving, and that the teacher isn't challenging. Sure, let them debate, but don't let them spread lies!

Once again I ask the age-old software support question: Why on earth did you think that was a reasonable thing to do?

We're running our annual user conference online this year. Which means that instead of flying to California for a week, I'm spending two days on VC all day from my basement.

I can't decide if I'm happy or sad about this.

I did not realize how many things contain the letter "H" until the "H" keycap flew off my keyboard.

I can still make an "H", it's just weird and flow-breaking. And sometimes I jit a "J" instead.

US politics, kids 

I heard my sixth-grader's science teacher this morning. "I'm glad you're all happy about the election, but you're in the sixth grade, it doesn't affect you."

Sadly, I am not the kind of parent to bust into the VC and let her have it, but I was boiling. I will bet money that half those kids are immigrants or come from immigrant families, and I guarantee the election effects them, through their families if nothing else.

Fed my sourdough starter this morning, this afternoon realized it's about to bubble our of the jar. To the recipe book! Emergency cinnamon rolls, stat!

Trying to imagine a world where actual babies are more like sourdough starters.

"Oh, this baby is great!"
"If you want, I'll feed it extra this week and give you a clone."
"I don't know, aren't they hard to take care of?"
"Nah, feed 'em once a week and make sure to pour off the mysterious liquids that ooze out."

lots of pumpkin 

Pumpkin pie is in the oven, pumpkin bread is waiting for the oven. And after the kids are in bed I'll make pumpkin haluah, which is a south asian dessert that we love.

Maybe I made too much pumpkin? Nah, no such thing.

Today is Hide-Under-The-Pillows Day here in the US. To further that goal, I'm going to try and be more on masto, less on birdsite.

Also in today's goals: I am finally going to turn a pumpkin into pie.

Went camping this weekend, on Fire Island, which is a barrier dune island just south of Long Island, in the Atlantic.

Gorgeous. Windy. Hot in the sun and cold in the clouds. And mosquitoes big enough to pick up and carry away a small child.

It was wonderful.

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I've got a Kickstarter launching tomorrow with some friends. We're going to compile 9 different RPG scenarios for Trophy Dark and socks are gonna be rocked.

Grave robbing! Crawling through a desert looking for angelic gold! Riding an interstellar drag racer to your doom! Lich kings vying to extend their lives in a doomed ziggurat! Wow!

You can sign up to be reminded when we launch tomorrow:
kickstarter.com/projects/coldh

Went to weapons practice tonight, and it was the first time with bokken in... Five months? And I didn't suck entirely? And managed to teach a few things to someone?

My head is spinning, I'm not used to feeling competent. Luckily I am sure it will pass soon. :)

My son just looked at a ten-year-ago photo of the family, turned to me, and said, "Wow, you looked like a circus ringmaster." Then he walked off.

That's my morning, how is yours?

Somehow hurt my back this weekend. Yesterday I thought it was just sorry and worked, until the evening when the pain was so bad I couldn't move.

So today I will take the day off and lie flat all day.

Stupid bodies.

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Some friends and I have a website up where one might purchase /actual physical copies/ of our RPG projects.

Candlelight: play a post-TPK party wandering as spirits, trying to maintain their humanity

Devil, Aim For Me: hunt a bank robber in a haunted Weird West setting and find your doom

So You've Been Tossed Down a Well: get back from out of that well

coldhearthcollective.com/

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So if you didn't back my kickstarter, you may not know that I've published my game Climbing the Witch's Tower.

If you want spookiness and dark fairytale and tarot... check it out maenad.itch.io/climbing-the-wi

My wife turns to me and asks, "Why are you crying?"

Apparently the answer "The Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile is so beautiful it makes me cry" is not an expected answer.

(Specifically, the first half of the album is the best, and double specifically the song The Great Below, but the song wouldn't be as good without the rest of the album to build up to it)

This morning: biked to weapons practice (yay), practiced jyo forms for an hour (yay), got a ticket for riding my bike through a red light (argh).

Me being me, I am much more focused on the argh than the yays, so I am trying to remind myself to focus on the good parts.

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