Of elitists and laypeople

Spoilers Game of Thrones

Spoilers Game of Thrones. I have been watching Game of Thrones with great interest the past few weeks. It has very strongly highlighted a struggle that has been gripping my mind for a while now: That between elitists and laypeople. And I find myself in a strange in-between. For those not in the know, the latest season of Game of Thrones is a bit controversial to say the least. If you skip past the internet vitriol, you’ll find a lot of people disliking the season for legitimate reasons: The battle tactics don’t make any sense, characters miraculously survive after the camera cuts away, time and distance stopped being an issue in a setting that used to take it slow, and there’s a weird, forced conflict that would go away entirely if these two characters that are already in love would simply marry. [Read More]

Renewed focus on REUSE

Following the Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2019 in Barcelona, I managed to get in touch with some people to put a renewed focus on the REUSE initiative by the FSFE. Specifically, I want to achieve approximately the following things in the following months: Improve the website with noob-friendly resources. An adopter of REUSE should be able to get started in a matter of mere minutes. Improve the specification. [Read More]

When the Duke walks, you don't notice it

In the spirit of transgender day of visibility

This is my late submission for transgender day of visibility. It comes almost a week late, but I suppose I’ll use this proverb that is popular among the trans community to justify myself: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Or: The best time to post about transgender day of visibility was 31st of March. The second best time is 5th of April. [Read More]

An argument for the existence of non-binary gender identities

So there’s a thought I’ve been having lately. The idea that some people identify as neither male nor female has become more mainstream over the past few years. And I assume like a lot of people, I’ve struggled with giving those people a place within my own concept and experience of gender. So I’d taken the accepting-but-condescending view of “yeah whatever, do what makes you happy, I just don’t understand it”. [Read More]

Nine lives

The guardian cat

Not long ago, I created an NPC for my level 3 D&D party to encounter. The NPC is a little kitty in a basement beneath an abandoned tower full of magical treasures. As soon as the party began to take any items from the basement, the cat turned on them, swiping its little claws at the ankles of the daring adventurers. Two floating weapons assaulted the party together with the cat to prevent the party from stealing anything. [Read More]