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How Then Shall We Eat?

Been thinking a lot recently about food. I eat poorly. But what’s the standard? The USDA food pyramid–once the nutritional standard–has come under fire. Research increasingly shows that foods once thought bad are actually important in certain amounts and ratios, and overall we’re finding that food is a matter of relationships. So, to begin with, I must admit that there are no simple rules. One can’t simply […]

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50 Games in 50 Weeks: The Play’s The Thing

If you can imagine a Shakespearean role-playing game that’s riotously fun even for those not steeped in Shakespeare, you’d be imagining The Play’s The Thing. The players take on the roles of small-time Shakespearean actors in a play that changes underneath their feet. That, indeed, is the fun: not only can the director interrupt and tell you to do the rest of the scene in Japanese accents, but all the other players can bid to have […]

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The Core Productivity Life-Changers

A few habits boosted my productivity dramatically in the last few years. They are presented here in the hopes you find them useful. 1. Schedule half hour chunks of time each day. When you get to work in the morning, or if you have a large chunk of empty time, break that down into half-hour or hour pieces and determine what you’ll do. Combine this with your priorities. You probably […]

50 Games in 50 Weeks: Munchkin

The Munchkin card game models dungeon crawlers who are only interested in killing things and taking their stuff. The game has two decks; the Door Deck contains monsters to fight, while the Treasure Deck contains stuff: a race (elf, dwarf, etc.), a class (cleric, fighter, wizard, etc.), a weapon, or an event. You start the game with a few Treasure cards. On your turn, you draw a Door card. If you […]

50 Games in 50 Weeks: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

50 Games in 50 Weeks: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

This is a tough review, because I simply didn’t like the Game of Thrones card game. It’s not my kind of game. However, I’d like to play it again at least once, because it has interesting strategy implications. And that is both the positive and negative of the Game of Thrones card game. Imagine Magic: The Gathering with 50% more rules. It’s deep and complex. This can be good or bad, depending […]

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