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This makerspace I volunteer at is celebrating our reopening with live music and an ice cream truck. It's an awesome place, so if you're free this Sunday at 2, come check it out. You can carpool with me, @ginanddiesel and @ginanddiesel's flame thrower. Link to Instagram

RPG Stories: "Corporation: The Missing Element"

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I've been running a table top game with friends for a while that takes place in a cyberpunk future, and recently had what felt like an exceptional session.

Jack was visiting from Austin for the weekend, and so members of our D&D group arranged to meet for an unusual Saturday session.  Normally we play short little weekday sessions from 8 - 10.  The mission was called "The Hidden Element", and began with the members of their squad fighting their way through the White House to rescue President Kennedy from Osama Bin Hitler when an urgent summons interrupted the VR training simulation they were conducting.  A rare scientific artifact had gone missing at a physics conference on a South Pacific island research center.

When they arrived at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Physical Sciences (PIPS) island, the director took half of the party to meet with UCLA physicist Lohan Botem while Hiro and Aston spoke to the on-site director of security.  Xeres, Perez, and their andr…

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Wrap up lunch at the @citizensclimate lobby So Cal conference #carbonpricing Link to Instagram

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Look at all these #dogs Link to Instagram

Reflections on Ralph Northam: Concerns about Concern Trolling

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Northam's disgusting yearbook photos have drawn understandable demands for him to resign.  But before we close the book on this story, there is a second story that seems to be going unnoticed.

Respectable news sources including the New York Times reported that offensive photos of the governor had been discovered.  In the course of their reporting, though, they haven't examined that they were uncovered by a White Nationalist publication specifically for the purpose of creating a controversy to drive the Alt-right's agenda.  The reason that this angers me is not that it's somehow unfair to Northam, who has no entitlement to defense over the racist attitudes his costume displayed.  It's because the inclusion or omission of this information substantially alters the context of the story as we all decide the appropriate response to Northam's past wrong.

As presented, it appears that evidence of disgusting behavior from the far past has coincidentally appeared to enac…

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Tony got us tickets to this ropes course for Christmas. Link to Instagram

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Tony has had a long, LONG day Link to Instagram

Signs from the Women's March

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I attended the Women's March in down town LA this morning.  The biggest takeaway for me was when speakers or protesters described undocumented families facing deportation or separation as our neighbors.  As a Jew, I know that my ancestors have faced pogroms where angry mobs sought to drive them out by threatening their lives and livelihoods.  It chokes me up when I imagine people who only want an opportunity to live in peace facing that kind of hate in America, MY country.  But it's reassuring to see that as long as hundreds of thousands of people are angry enough to keep marching and agreeing to stand up and protect our neighbors, we can make a stronger and safer America.

Here are a few of the signs.