Eva and I have started a dedicated gaming blog, 1000d4. The first post is the result of 3 and a half years of work (well, 20 hours or so of work spread across 3.5 years): "How True Are Your d20s?" It recreates Lou Zocchi's famous photograph comparing stacks of d20s from several companies, but with modern dice. Oh, an there is a spreadsheet full of numbers, for fans of such things.
Why Women Cry, in which I dissect some seemingly innocent glurge about treasuring women and reveal its seedy, sexist underpinnings.
Alternative Medicine and Kiki Havivy. Kiki Havivy is just six years old, and alternative medicine is killing her.
Want to play Leverage: The Roleplaying Game now, but all you have is The Quickstart Job? I've written another job "The Indy 500 Job," based on a job run by one of the game designers at Gen Con Indy 2010. I've run it successfully three times, and I hope it will be useful to others.
I reviewed Jason Scott's interactive fiction (text adventure) documentary Get Lamp. It's a good movie. Fans of interactive fiction, either the modern works or the classics, will likely enjoy this movie.
The US Postal Service is proposing a $0.02 price increase on first class stamps. Magazines and junk mailers complain that it's unreasonable. How unreasonable is it? Let's look at the inflation adjusted price for US first class stamps:
Despite raising rates 4 times in the last 5 years, the inflation adjusted price of stamps has held steady at about $0.44 since the 1970s! Bumping the price to $0.46 is just a bit more expensive than it's been recently, but it's only a very minor premium.
"Inflation" data is based on "Consumer Price Index, All Urban Consumers - (CPI-U), U.S. city average, All items". I used the monthly data.