Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Top 100 Songs (76-100)

Wrapping up my Top 100 favorite songs list! 76-100! (Okay, 101, but I couldn't decide between the Shatner version of Common People and the original by Pulp, so both are included!)

YouTube Playlist:

76 Cactus - David Bowie
77 Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode
78 Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
79 Planet Earth - Duran Duran
80 Straight On - Heart
81 The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
82 Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
83 Love Like Blood - Killing Joke
84 Missionary Man - Eurythmics
85 Tribulations - LCD Soundsystem
86 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
87 The Kids From Orange County - Moving Units
88 What You Need - INXS
89 Such Great Heights - Postal Service
90 Heartbreak Beat - Psychedelic Furs
91 Lucretia - Sisters of Mercy
92 I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
93 Attitude - Suede
94 Run To You - Bryan Adams
95 Money Changes Everything - Cyndi Lauper
96 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
97 True Faith - New Order
98 Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
99 Common People - William Shatner/Ben Folds
99 Common People - Pulp
100 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Maybe when I hit 90, I'll put out another top 100 list. ;-)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Top 100 Songs (51-75)

Continuing my list of my top 100 favorite songs! Today is 51-75.

Here's the YouTube Playlist:

And in case you don't want to listen or some get removed, here's the list:

51 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
52 O Fortuna - Carl Orff
53 Tragedy - Bee Gees
54 Hot Hot Hot!!! - The Cure
55 New Moon On Monday - Duran Duran
56 Worked Up So Sexual - The Faint
57 Love is the Slug - Fuzzbox
58 Train - Goldfrapp
59 Damage I've Done - The Heads
60 Anyway You Want It - Journey
61 Disorder - Joy Division
62 Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen
63 No New Tale To Tell - Love and Rockets
64 Just One Fix - Ministry
65 Age Of Consent - New Order
66 Supersonic - Oasis
67 No One Lives Forever - Oingo Boingo
68 Heaven - Psychedelic Furs
69 Tits on the Radio - Scissor Sisters
70 The Spy Who Loved Me – Carly Simon
71 Red Light - Siouxsie and the Banshees
72 This Charming Man - The Smiths
73 We Won't Break - Zoot Woman
74 20th Century Boy - T. Rex
75 Dear God - XTC

Tomorrow, I'll post 76-100

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My Top 100 Songs (26-50)

Continuing my top 100 songs from yesterday, here's 26-50:

YouTube Playlist:

Here's the list in case you don't want to listen:

26 Taxman - The Beatles
27 Space Age Love Song - Flock of Seagulls
28 We Want Revolution - Covenant
29 In Shreds - The Chameleons
30 (Birds Fly) Whisper To A Scream - Icicle Works
31 The Man With The Golden Gun - Lulu
32 Wrong - Depeche Mode
33 Government Hooker - Lady Gaga
34 Pop Goes The World - Men Without Hats
35 Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
36 Ribbons - Sisters of Mercy
37 Invisible Light - Scissor Sisters
38 Pieces of the People We Love - The Rapture
39 You're So Vain - Carly Simon
40 Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet
41 American Music - Violent Femmes
42 No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand
43 Love Cats - The Cure
44 All Women Are Bad - The Cramps
45 Misunderstanding - Genesis
46 Strict Machine - Goldfrapp
47 Regret - New Orlder
48 Sin - Nine Inch Nails
49 Your Retro Career Melted - The Faint
50 Queer - Garbage

51-75 for tomorrow!

Monday, December 28, 2015

My Favorite 100 Songs (1-25)

I'm 45 and it's New Years, so time for lists, right? I thought I'd throw out a list of my favorite songs of all time. At first I thought it would be daunting. How do you categorize, quantify, sort and sift all of the amazing music out there and come up with just 100?

Well, here it is. I shot from the hip. There's no rhyme or reason. Some of these are perfect to dance to, others are nostalgic. Some are new, some are old. Some are obscure, others infamous. I don't care. I just went with it. These are songs that always make me smile, always make me sing along, always raise my pulse, make my feet move. There are plenty of other songs that could have made this list too, but they didn't. Don't read too much into it.

Also, these 100 songs are in NO ORDER whatsoever.

This is #1-25
The link straight to the YouTube playlist:

In case any of those are dead or you don't have time to listen/watch, here's the list:

1 Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
2 Glory Hallelujah - Frank Turner
3 So Whatcha Want - Beastie Boys
4 Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
5 Beautiful Ones - Suede
6 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
7 English Summer Rain - Placebo
8 Instant Karma - John Lennon
9 Ode To Joy (9th Symphony) - Beethoven
10 Everybody - Madonna
11 Head On - Jesus and Mary Chain
12 It's No Good - Depeche Mode
13 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
14 Ghost Inside - Broken Bells
15 Don't Change - INXS
16 Ok...This is the Pops! - Tones On Tail
17 Clark Gable - Postal Service
18 You Got Lucky - Tom Petty
19 6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps
20 Must Be The Moon - !!!
21 I Didn't Mean To Turn You On - Robert Palmer
22 Controversy - Prince
23 Easy Lover - Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey
24 Wish - Nine Inch Nails
25 Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Even if none of these are to your tastes, it certainly gives you some insight into my brain.

#26-50 Tomorrow.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Android: Netrunner Ladies Night Thoughts

I'm going to jump into the details of this event shortly, but I wanted to give some quick background on myself and our league.

Our Android: Netrunner league, the West Seattle Cyberpunks, is only slightly more than a year old and I've only been the league administrator for just over a year. I started playing Netrunner right around the time the league was formed, in early 2014. One of the things that drew me to the game was its view of the future, which included a beautifully diverse cast of characters. In fact, I'd just completed writing my second novel, set in a near future in which the main character had a job as a 'runner' (no relation to hacking). It was an amazing coincidence and one that pulled me into the game very quickly.

A year later, after finishing an 8 week league cycle, we decided to have a series of one off events mixed in with some casual play and learn to play events for awhile. That's when the idea for a ladies only event was born.

I've been a gamer my whole life and I've been the type of gamer who has almost always played games with my female partners. I also typically play with men who include their partners. So for me, it feels natural to game with women, whether it's a board game or an RPG. Having never played in a league setting (I didn't come from a M:TG background), it felt strange to me that so many men played A:NR, yet so few women. Especially since women are so well represented in A:NR.

Our league has had a few female players over the last year, but two that have been with us almost since the start: Hilary and Emma. Both of them are smart, fun players and I knew that as soon as I thought of the idea, that they'd be the ones to take the reins and handle this right.

Anyway, we had a total of seven ladies show the evening of the event and another three said they wanted to come but couldn't make it. We let them take the leagues main play area (we have a tournament space we regularly play in called the Thunderdome). The boys all played in the cafe.

Everything seemed to go well. We heard lots of laughing and yells over in the cafe. Someone called out, "I'm never playing against Jinteki again!" which made us all laugh.

The next day, I sent out an email to all of the ladies that came to the event and that I had contact information for and asked a few questions about their experience.

There was a mixed reaction as to whether things felt different without the boys present. Some women felt it was exactly the same, other said they did notice a difference in a positive way. No one reported a negative change.

There was a general sense that the more experienced a female gamer was, the more likely it was she experienced what Hilary referred to as 'micro-aggressions' when playing in predominantly male groups. For the most part though, most everyone seemed to think that while this was still the case in the A:NR community, it was less prevalent than in other game circles. (Just a note to fellow league admins out there - in the year that I've done this job, I've had two incidents where female players have come to me to complain. I chose to send out a blunt email that made it clear that there would be zero tolerance for any kind of harassment or discrimination. So far, so good.)

When I asked about future events, most of the women reported that while the event was fun and that they'd attend another similar event, some missed playing with familiar male players or that the level of competition was more significant than the gender of the players. I'll also note here that the ladies got along well enough that there was talk among them of organizing their own separate meetups again.

Lastly, when asked about things that might draw more women to the game, pretty much everyone reported the same thing. That is, just expose more people in general to the game and more women will be drawn to it.

I have to agree. While I think having a ladies A:NR event was a great move and we may do more of them, the best selling point to gender (and racial) diversity in the A:NR community is the game itself. I'm going to call the night a success and I highly encourage any and all female A:NR players out there to work with your local groups and get your own ladies A:NR event going. I think we can all agree, more nets must be run.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bif! Bam! Pow! The Card Game

This is a very rough outline for a card game I'm developing. It's my first real foray into game development after being a long time gamer and general nerd. I'm entering this idea into the Hasbro Gaming Lab contest. If selected, I'll be putting up an IndieGoGo campaign for it and we'll go from there.

Bif! Bam! Pow! is a fun social card game inspired by classic comic books and campy TV shows. Players take on the role of stalwart heroes or dastardly villains in a light-hearted battle of good and evil. Each player is randomly given a role, hero or villain – which they keep secret until they are ready to reveal themselves to the world! Through simple card mechanics, players build their heroes or villains, giving them powers, weaknesses and origins and use them to achieve their goals and defeat their opponents. For the heroes it might mean saving the the lady who just fell from the top of the building or stopping the bank robbery! For the villains it may mean making sure that you've secreted away your death ray plans or stolen the gold bouillon! As soon as someone is out of cards, the game ends and players find out who the SuperHero is, who the Arch-Nemesis is, and who has won the day!

The game takes roughly 20-30 minutes depending on the number of players. The game plays 2-6 people but can expand to accommodate more by combining sets of cards. Each game comes with 8 Role Cards, 60 Disaster! Cards and 300 Bif! Bam! Pow! Cards.

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Colonial Marine Armor

Since having to sell my Star Wars Stormtrooper armor, I'm really missing having a great costume to wear at parties, conventions and around the house making pancakes.

In that spirit, I've decided to try to assemble a new costume, but this time, I'm going with a something different. A set of Colonial Marine armor from Aliens! More specifically, I want to recreate Corporal Dwayne Hicks' armor.

Putting this together is going to be a labor of love and time and money. I'm not asking for help here, but if anyone wants to be me any gifts, these are items that I need to help make my armor a reality.
If you can't buy an entire item, but want to help, contact Jen (my girlfriend) and she can help you put money toward one of the things on this list.

USCM Marine Armor Costume With Steel Helmet in Movie Camo 
(Top Item on the page on the left, Regular Sized Ab Pad)

Evike Pulse Rifle

BDU Blouse
Size Small through XL
(Up to a 48" Chest)
(measurements posted soon)

BDU Trousers
Size Small through XL
(measurements posted soon)

Altama Black Jungle Boots (Size 9)

IR Sight (w/ LED)

Marine Headset Kit
Other things will be added to list (or hopefully taken off!) as needed.

For details, contact, Jeniffer at

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Think Twice (A Short Story)

“And remember to listen to your grandmother,” The Boy's mother said as she headed off to work. It was what she always said. But what did his grandmother know of space stations and lost treasure? What did she know of superheros and spies?

The Boy obeyed his grandmother even though most of her orders only consisted of “Wash the dishes” or “Sweep the porch”. When The Boy came home from school he'd find her in the same spot she had been in when he left. She would be sitting in her chair at the kitchen table, a cup of strong black tea next to her, comfortable sandals resting half way off of her old, wrinkled feet, her glasses halfway down her nose, peering into a thick book full of words and totally lacking in pictures.

The only order of hers The Boy always looked forward to hearing was, “Go outside and play for awhile. Get the stink off of you,” which always came out less mean than it maybe sounds.

The Boy loved adventure. He often got his other friends in trouble. Not intentionally. He just tended to want to go further than others did. The Boy was never malicious or mean, just curious. Where does that lead? Who is that? Why is that there? All questions The Boy often felt driven to get personal answers to.