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The Orphans of Raspay, Lois McMaster Bujold 15 January 2021

2019 short fantasy novel in the World of the Five Gods (formerly known as Chalion). On his way home from a pointless job, Penric's ship is captured by pirates, and he finds himself responsible for two orphaned girls.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 95: Palindrome Stack 14 January 2021

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved testing for palindromic numbers and building a stack class. (Note that this is open until 17 January 2021.)

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Fun with Letter Tycoon 13 January 2021 - 1 comment

I've been playing a lot of Letter Tycoon on BoardGameArena (it seems that losing at Scrabble to my wife is good training for this). I wanted a practice opponent. So I wrote one.

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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear, Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling 12 January 2021 - 2 comments

2020 non-fiction. In 2004, Libertarians started moving to Grafton, New Hampshire, in an effort to "free the town". The bears soon followed.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 January 2021 11 January 2021

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games online.

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New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird, Paula Guran 10 January 2021

2011 fantasy/horror anthology on the theme of modern Lovecraftian stories.

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Boardgames in Isolation: December (part 2) 09 January 2021

More boardgames played from home.

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The Book of Cthulhu 2, Ross E. Lockhart 08 January 2021 - 1 comment

2012 fantasy/horror anthology, consisting of more stories inspired by Lovecraft.

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Advent of Code 2020 07 January 2021

I did Advent of Code again, and had a good time. Spoilers.

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The Sittaford Mystery 06 January 2021

1990 adaptation of Christie's 1931 mystery, in 5 half-hour episodes. At a table-turning session in a near-snowbound house on the edge of Dartmoor, the spirit claims that Captain Trevelyan has been murdered. When the party gets down to his house later, so he has. The fiancée of the prime suspect works to clear his name.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 94: Binary Anagrams 05 January 2021 - 1 comment

I’ve been doing the Perl Weekly Challenges. The latest involved grouping anagrams and more furkling with binary trees. (Note that this is open until 10 January 2021.)

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December 2020 Trailers 04 January 2021 - 5 comments

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)

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2020 in boardgames 03 January 2021

2020 was another very boardgame-ful year, in patches.

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2020 in Books 02 January 2021

In 2020 I read 141 books, very slightly up from last year.

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Roger's 2020 in 50 Words 01 January 2021

A friend likes to sum up his year in a set number of words, and I copy this fine idea. "Think of it as a short and un-boastful summary of the year, which nobody is expected to understand all of."

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