A few days ago I finally created an account on Patreon: The Elementary DM. I've been looking for ways to earn money doing the things I love, and what's not to love about D&D? I also am a strong believer that education should be widely available and fun, while allowing everyone as much choice in how they learn as possible. I'll be using this Patreon account to share what I've been learning while dungeon mastering for grade school age kids.
Here's a few pictures of the Sugar Shack during this snowstorm. At this point there's been about 20 inches of snow. The building is 12x24 feet with a 4 foot deck along the front.
Yesterday afternoon as I was walking back from skinnydipping in the pond I saw a swarm of bees. Concerned, I told the boss and we checked it out.
Bitcoin has been a very interesting development in both the liberty movement as well as the monetary world. You might think of it as the economic version of libertarianism in that it is very much fighting the status quo and presents a radically different way of thinking about things.
One of the "marketing problems" the freedom movement has pretty much always had is the inability to speak the language of those who are believers in 'government as a good thing'. When we speak of compassion for the poor, they hear it as us wanting to throw poor people out in the streets. When we talk to them about improving education, they take it as us not wanting any education at all. Clearly there is some underlying difference in thinking that keeps us from effectively communicating. I think I have one piece of the puzzle, or at least a good clue.
I'm a member of an interesting group of wildly diverse futuristic thinkers that are discussing what to do about potential existential threats to humanity. You can describe it as a think tank for ensuring our survival as a species. As you can imagine, much of the talk is either about protecting the planet from things like huge asteroid strikes or how to get enough people living off the planet that its destruction wouldn't cause our extinction.
When the occupy movement was still just starting, some New Hampshire residents formed their own occupy group. A handful of libertarians and/or Free Staters (myself included) joined up, with several being founders of the group. This was an interesting and potentially significant opportunity to effect change.
Ever since I read Ayn Rand's novella Anthem, I have been thinking about the house that Prometheus finds. From my memory, it had been abandoned for a few hundred years yet it was still fully functional.
PorcFest is an amazing week long gathering of liberty lovers that is not to be missed, and each year it gets even better. This year was no exception, as the Osbornes and all the other volunteers put together a nearly flawless event.