Author Archives: thatgiantman

Actifry – a review

We recently got an Actifry (actually, that might be a brand name – it’s the Breville version). We got this mostly to make Slimming World chips, as my wife is doing Slimming World and I am roughly following along (I … Continue reading

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Frederik Pohl’s Gateway as an RPG Campaign Setting

I recently read Gateway by Frederik Pohl and it struck me as having potential as a roleplaying campaign setting, so here are a few thoughts on the subject. The premise of the book is that humanity has discovered an outpost … Continue reading

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Minecraft for Parents

First, let’s clear up that slightly ambiguous title… This is not a post explaining Minecraft *to* parents… the Wikipedia page has a pretty good summary and you can always find videos of actual play on Youtube. I’m also not going … Continue reading

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Killer Mermaids

Every once in a while, I quite like watching a crappy monster movie… not even something so-bad-it’s-funny… just something distinctly average. Today’s offering is Killer Mermaids, which I found on Netflix while searching to see if Alien was on there … Continue reading

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How the Grinch Stole Summer

A classic tale that I’ve rewritten for those, like me, who actually like Christmas, but hate the heat. ———————————- All the Whos down in Whoville liked summer a lot. The Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville did not. The … Continue reading

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Machine rolling – Using machine learning to roll D&D ability scores

I’ve been looking into machine learning recently, partly for my own interest and partly because I suspect it will see a lot of use in my industry in the coming years. There are a couple of decent resources that I’ve … Continue reading

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Famous poems as haiku

Today is haiku poetry day (not sure who actually decides these things). For reasons unrelated to this blog, I rewrote a few famous poems into haiku and, not one to let such things go to waste, I figured I might … Continue reading

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Lost in Transit – A short story

[Transcript of laboratory 15 voice recorder during first human teleportation trial] [Doctor James Hanover] Ok, Mister Johnson, please have a seat here, while the technicians get things finalised. [Harry Johnson] No problem. [Hanover] While they’re getting ready, let me just … Continue reading

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How to make a magnetic hourglass

I was in Waterstones over Christmas and in their gifty section, they had a magnetic hourglass that looked pretty cool; essentially, a regular hourglass with some sort of ferrous “sand” and a magnetic in the base. However, it was £20, … Continue reading

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Campaign setting – The World’s Most Interesting Fast Food Restaurant

This is a silly idea that suddenly came to me. It is a short roleplaying campaign (I suspect 6-8 sessions before it gets boring) that could be played in most systems, with a bit of adjustment. Basic concept: The players … Continue reading

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