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Why chain hotels don't need to try

Having recently had a truly appalling meal at a hotel that rhymes with Hark Hinn Hottingham, and heard more horror stories from people who were actually staying there, I thought about hotels' incentives to make things pleasant for their customers… and couldn't come up with any.

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Tags: ranting, real life. 19th December 2014

Kim, Rudyard Kipling

1901: an orphaned Irish boy, growing up on the streets of Lahore, puts his natural talents to better use.

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Tags: espionage, reading, reviews. 18th December 2014

Given by the Mighty Hand of God

The players in my Second World War campaign have gathered various information about the interaction of atomic power and magic. Here's a quick summary of what they think they know.

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Tags: rpgs, second world war. 17th December 2014

Revenge of the Cootie Girls, Sparkle Hayter

1997; third of Hayter's mysteries about TV journalist Robin Hudson. Robin's just trying to find her intern and other co-workers for a girls' night out, but somehow it doesn't seem to come together.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 16th December 2014

Introducing Simutrans

Every so often I get an enthusiasm for something, go hard at it for a bit, then drop it again. I'm on my third go round with Simutrans.

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Tags: simutrans. 15th December 2014

Access Denied, Donna Andrews

2004 SF/mystery. Turing Hopper, an AI emergent from research assistant software, follows up on a lead to an old enemy.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews, science fiction. 14th December 2014

New expansions for The Resistance and Flash Point first look

In July I backed the Kickstarters for The Resistance - Hostile Intent & Hidden Agenda and Flash Point: Honor & Duty. My copies have now arrived.

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2 comments. Tags: boardgaming, flash point, the resistance. 13th December 2014

Games to Keep the Dark Away, Marcia Muller

1984; fourth in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private investigator in San Francisco. McCone investigates the disappearance of a famous photographer's roommate, which leads to secret goings-on in a decaying coastal town.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 12th December 2014

Terminator Genisys Trailer

Some people may review the new Star Wars trailer. I find this one more interesting.

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7 comments. Tags: film, reviews, science fiction, thriller, trailers. 11th December 2014

Fourth Harpoon PBEM AAR: Gulf Escort Deja Vu Again

Having had some interest after I posted the second AAR, I thought I'd run a game for new players to get the hang of the way I do things before I set up another complex scenario. But the new players didn't apply, so I ran this one with two old hands instead. Total real time was two weeks, including a break over Thanksgiving as one of the players is American.

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2 comments. Tags: harpoon, wargaming. 10th December 2014

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