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The Blog About The Blog: How To Run WordPress At Web Scale For $6/Month*

This blog costs me $6 a month* to run and only took a couple hours to set up. I have complete control over it, and it should be able to scale to large numbers of readers. This post is about how I set it up, presented as something of a tutorial. * This is at […]

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RPGs

Stream Deck XL Setup For Roll20

The Stream Deck XL, as you might infer from its name, is a useful tool for streamers, but it has also proven to be a powerful and easily programmable macro pad for games and productivity applications. In this post, I’ll show how I’ve set up my Stream Deck XL for augmenting the RPGs I run […]

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Politics Socialism

You Are Not A Capitalist

There is a gaping wound where the heart of American politics should be. I’m not talking about the much maligned “political divide” between “left” and “right” (which presupposes, erroneously, that America even has a “left” of any kind other than theoretical). No, I’m talking about the pervasive and all-encompassing reality of class struggle that effortlessly […]

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Fantasy RPGs

Ardish Feudalism

Context: This was written primarily for the players of one of my current RPG campaigns. No effort has been made to provide further context, but I may eventually publish more about the setting. Ardland, the country in which the town of Blightmoor exists, is a quasi-mercantile feudal society. Land ownership is divided between the crown […]

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Clickwise’s Missing “X” and “Y” Found After Hiding In Plain Sight For Three Years

If you want to know what this is about or how we got here, read on. Otherwise, If you’re just here for the updated reference, click here. Back in 2009, Penny Arcade published a noir detective comic best summarized as “prohibition with robots” called Automata. I was immediately interested in the barcode-like text used to […]

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Film Photography

Retro Camera Review: Wester Autorol

After getting back into film photography with a 35mm SLR earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before I was seduced by the comparatively massive negatives of 120 medium format film, and so I began researching options. When I discovered the Wester Autorol via Japan Vintage Camera for only $150, I knew […]

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Why I Hate School

Whatever the publication date of this article may read, know that I am writing this on the 31st of August, 2021. According to my somewhat esoteric reckoning of time, this is the very last day of summer. Autumn begins promptly on the 1st of September and every season lasts precisely three months. (It’s okay. I […]

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Home Automation Tutorials

How to Root the Mova Z500 Robot Vacuum and Install Valetudo

As part of my quest for cloudless home automation using Home Assistant, I recently bought a pair of Mova Z500 robot vacuums for $169 a piece (one for downstairs, one for upstairs) for use with Valetudo, a local network solution for a variety of cloud-powered robot vacuums, only to discover that there was no public […]