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Lifehack: the bathroom mirror

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:18:15 +0000

Like most people, I do my best thinking in the restroom.  Quality time in the shower, meditating on a shave, reflecting on my day while brushing my teeth, or just relaxing, it’s a place where my mind has the opportunity to meander peacefully.  Some of my most creative ideas have come to me while showering, […]



Shrine of Taliera – Sessions 1 and 2

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:41:10 +0000

Introduction: this is a campaign set loosely in The Forgotten Realms following on the heels of The Lost Mines of Phandelver.  We are using D&D 5e.  For the most part I’m just using maps from Forgotten Realms, some locations, and pivoting off some interesting parts that I’ve come across.  This is a summary of the first […]



Beer and Dragons – Phandelver 4 and 5

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:58:46 +0000

Recap of the party’s latest adventures in Phandelver.  Spoilers below the fold. Flush with Harbin’s reward for defeating the orc marauders, the party returns to the The Stonehill Inn to recover from a tough battle.  In the morning they will return to Tresendar Manor to find Glasstaff and dispatch the remaining Redbrands. They enter through […]



Lost Mines of Phandelver – Session Three

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 07:24:30 +0000

This is the story of our little group’s journeys in the areas surrounding Phandalin.  Please be aware that spoilers lie behind the fold. Having been shown the path young Carp had uncovered leading into Tresendar Manor, the party finds themselves in a natural cavern beneath the manor, split by a narrow crevasse running roughly north […]



Mathematica Data Visualization: book review

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:20:00 +0000

It’s not one of the topics I cover here much, but I enjoy hobbying in computational analysis.  Mathematica is one of my favorite tools for this, and I’ve used it for a number of projects, including building a pretty nifty game with the goal of making the world a better place.  Related to that, I […]



Session two: Exploring Phandalin

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:01:47 +0000

Worn and Bruised after defeating Klarg and his minions, the party collapses in the cavern and recovers with a long night’s rest.  They search the cave for  treasure and clues about the whereabouts of their dwarven patron Gundren to no avail, only the spoils of a recent raid are evident. Spoilers below the fold. Sildar […]



Lost Mines of Phandelver – Session One

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:05:22 +0000

Hired by the dwarf Gundren Rockseeker to escort a supply wagon to the Forgotten Realms frontier town of Phandelver, the party comes across the wreckage of a goblin raid. Spoilers below the fold. Ashley, Biff, and Lord approach the wreckage to investigate, and come under attack.  Two goblins emerge from the wood waving scimitars while […]



Happy International Beer Day

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:24:37 +0000

http://www.internationalbeerday.com/ “I thought that was every day.” – Kevin



Chess Opening Principles

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:08:10 +0000

Up front, I am far from being a chess master.  If you’re experienced enough to know that you’re not very good, we’d probably have a decent game.  But, I’ve done some research on chess openings, and played quite a few games, and would like to put together a quick, accessible summary of some sound opening […]



Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:04:23 +0000

This post is guest-posted on Dave Knows Portland as well. When Dave asks, it is imperative that you do the right thing. Especially when it’s “Hey, Rick, would you like to checkout this new restaurant that serves tasty BBQ and delicious grown-up beverages?” So, I did the right thing: show up to Southland for a […]