Hey, You Guys, We Totally Own A Game Store

Family Game Store endcap October 14, 2017 via docoperon on Flickr CC BY SA 2.0
Family Game Store endcap October 14, 2017 via docoperon on Flickr CC BY SA 2.0

Last year, Laura and I joined as business partners in the Family Game Store, located in the Historic Savage Mill in Savage, MD! As board game enthusiasts, we have been shopping there for a number of years, and decided to take the plunge into the fascinating, and sometimes tumultuous, world of board-gaming small business.

It’s been, let’s say… educational. But also (and most importantly) fun! Please come by to check out some games, hang out at our weekly Saturday evening open gaming nights, or join in on specific gaming events. In addition to the calendar of events on our website, you can follow our news and happenings on the Twitter machine and the Facebookery and the Instagram. We hope to see you there soon!

Cmar is also… Cancer Management and Research

In which I will continue to note all things “cmar”… the journal Cancer Management and Research describes itself thusly:

An international, peer reviewed, open access journal focusing on cancer research and the optimal use of preventative and integrated treatment interventions to achieve improved outcomes, enhanced survival and quality of life for the cancer patient.

That sounds lovely, although the used of the word integrated is potentially an eyebrow-raiser in the context of doing serious evidence-based medicine.

While not a top journal in it’s field, it is named CMAR, and as such is worthy of note. More granular assessments of it’s quality are beyond my scope, and much more in Miloš‘ wheelhouse.

Previously:

On Roughly Speaking 340: The Rise Of Superbugs

CT-SMAC Agar 2- detail via nathanreading on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
CT-SMAC Agar 2- detail via nathanreading on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Dan hosted me on Roughly Speaking to give my Top 5 list of the germs to watch in the coming year, many of which (I hope) will not cause much excitement:

5. Influenza
4. Zika
3. Ebola
2. Multi-drug resistant bacteria
1. ? the next big plague we don’t know about yet?
Bonus: HIV

Listen here for opining on the relevance (or not) of the above.

Come For The Seafood, Stay For The Mind-Numbing Supernatural Terror

I was thumbing through the Dresden Files RPG base book, Your Story, for the first time and encountered a delightful surprise.

While the primary action in the Dresden Files universe takes place in Chicago (which is fleshed out in the second book, Our World), the authors saw fit to include 30+ pages adapting the namesake city of Cecil Calvert, the Second Baron of Baltimore, into location for the game. Some particular locations of amusement:

  • National AquariumTheme: Tourist Magnet; liner notes: ‘This whole facility screams “fight scene”.’
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Theme: Knowledge Is Power; highlighted text: ‘PC’s can find respite here, provided their insurance cards are up to date’, liner note response: ‘Injuries you get in my line of work aren’t usually covered anyway.’
  • Francis Scott Key BridgeOther Aspect: Sweet Merciful gods This Is A Tall Bridge; liner notes: ‘Darian, you had fight scenes in mind with this, didn’t you?’

YES.

Man, I was aiming to get my Pathfinder campaign off the ground next, but, hmmm…

Slovak Metal Army

I was scanning Bandcamp looking for some mood-appropriate background work tunage, and came across Slovak Metal Army, whose existence fills me with glee.

As always with heavy metal, YMMV in terms of personal taste, but I found the following to be of particular note:

“…if he was unfit, he probably wouldn’t be sitting there and wouldn’t have defeated the most qualified group of candidates…”

IRS letter, you overpaid by $0.00, the office, Hackney, London, UK by doctorow on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
IRS letter, you overpaid by $0.00, the office, Hackney, London, UK by doctorow on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Dear Communications Director,

You appear to be consistently making an error whereby you are conflating a person’s winning an oddly-ruled popularity contest with said person being judged to be fit to do their job. Arguably, this brings your own fitness into serious question.

Sincerely,

The Management

On Roughly Speaking 330: Lab Results Decoded

138th implements changes to PHA, gets results via armymedicine on Flickr CC BY 2.0
138th implements changes to PHA, gets results via armymedicine on Flickr CC BY 2.0

Dan hosted me on Roughly Speaking to decode the results of his lab testing that he recently had done by his primary care physician. That’s a bit of a brave thing on his part, although it helps that he’s in the peak of health, blood-work wise.

Listen here for my jealously over his cholesterol levels, and other goodness.

Laura’s Tea Faerie

It was the night before Hogswatch,
and all in the flat,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a cat.

The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care
with hopes that the Hogfather
soon would be there.

The kitties were nestled
all snug in their beds
while visions of catnip
danced in their heads.

Then Laura did wish
with great gusto for tea
and with a *galingalingaling*
brought forth her Tea Faerie.

And lo, on Hogswatch Eve, Laura brought into existence the strongest of her anthropomorphic personifications, her Tea Faerie. Follow her, won’t you?