How to Con: Optimizing Happiness at Your First Convention.

Form a party Cons are more enjoyable when you have people to enjoy them with. Unfortunately, navigating crowded areas gets difficult in a large party, and people start going every which way in groups of five or more. But large parties are fun! I recommend an optimum party size of…

My Top Games of 2014

It's almost April! The perfect time to talk about what games I'm excited about this year. I have limited time to play PC games now, and I'm spending more and more of my leisure time either in front of a mobile device or in the company of friends. Hence, this…

Time Team Paradox X: Double Hitler (excerpt)

Alas, the plot of my future classic "Time Team Paradox X: Double Hitler" will have to wait for a future #NaNoWriMo.— James (@JamesGecko) November 12, 2013 Hitler Prime stroked his mustache, discretely removing evidence of a recent Egg McMuffin. "You see," he explained to the temporal assassins…

The 2013 US Government Shutdown Conspiracy

A meme currently making the rounds is that the Republican party was been conspiring to completely shut down the government for months. It was never the backup plan, it was the only plan. The primary problem with this theory is that is is boring. BORING. You want a conspiracy theory…

Magic Isn't a Great Game

I started playing Magic the Gathering about four months ago. I have drafted Avacyn Restored, participated in a Dragon’s Maze pre-release event, and played a number of games with a variety of decks owned by friends. We have played games consisting of only Standard cards and many more games…

Everyone should use PGP, but it's kinda terrible

Around the time that Snowden started talking about the United States government's surveillance activities, I decided it might be a good time to start learning about email encryption. As insecure as email is, encryption is something that everyone should have started doing a long time ago anyway. Unfortunately, there are…