Author: mattfred

I wrangle molecules.
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Thousand Year Old Vampire (Part I)

I’ve always had an itch to play Role Playing Games, but the actual play has been limited to when a group can get together on a regular basis. As an adult with a job, and with my friends as adults with jobs, it’s possible to do, but never really spontaneous.

Then I heard of this game, Thousand Year Old Vampire by Tim Hutchings. Only one player needed. The idea of the game is to tell the story of the entire tragic life of a vampire. Never played it before, but it sounds like my kind of nebulous nerdiness. I also like dark stories, and this will scratch an itch.


I initially wanted to say something profound or clever. Something from a different angle.

But Mother’s Day is a moment where we all step back and acknowledge that most of us would have been maimed by our own stupid toddler hubris, or grown up more rude and demanding, or felt alone and unloved, if it weren’t for our mother or the people who stepped up to be the role of mother.

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How to Properly Perform a New Home Freakout

We bought a house last week.  WE BOUGHT A HOUSE LAST WEEK!!

And so, that means getting things moved in, getting walls painted the proper shade of whatever color you want them to be, and generally running around like a completely unorganized, excited, tired person.

We had four visitors of note, (one actual human) with varying degrees of auspiciousness.

So, remember that time when I said I didn’t want kids?

I remember a time in the recent past when, if someone asked me whether I could see myself having children, I would have just immediately answered “no”. Never. Not a chance. No complex reasoning behind my answer, either. Simply that answer and then moving on to the next topic of conversation.

As I write this, I’ve lived with a tiny human for almost two years now. It’s been a challenge. It’s been a delight. I’ve felt like a monster sometimes, and other times my heart bursts with joy.