Author Archives: Matt Wedel

Home-Museum.com, specimen boxes, Joseph Cornell

Some posts have a lot going on. This one doesn’t. For now, it’s just a dumping ground for links I don’t want to lose, but don’t necessarily want on the sidebar (at least not yet). If anyone knows of good … Continue reading

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RPG combat as a carrot

This is a follow-on to the last post, about RPG rulesets. Here I’m pondering why some rulesets are better for some kinds of games than others. A lot of ink has been spilled over the argument that “the game is … Continue reading

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Why do I have so many RPGs?

Copied verbatim, and with permission, from an email exchange with Mike Taylor, with some relevant links added in post. Mike and I have been talking a lot lately about how seemingly random the hit counts are for our posts at … Continue reading

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Fiction: Lying Low

Let’s start with mountain lions. Maybe that will make the next part easier. Here’s the thing: there are more mountain lions around than most folks know about. People see them, from time to time. But usually not a good look. … Continue reading

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10 simple rules for a healthy aquarium

In a comment on my first aquarium post, Mike wrote, I just skimmed the page about cycling an aquarium. This was a healthy reminder of why I don’t attempt to keep fish — the whole process seems terrifyingly complex. I … Continue reading

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Aquarium update 2: the personalities of the platies

Four days on and all five platies are still alive. I spent about an hour yesterday trying to photograph them. It’s a HUGE pain in the rear. Both the iPhone and the Coolpix have 0.5-1.0 second delays while they autofocus, … Continue reading

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Starting a new aquarium

I asked for money for Christmas, and used my haul to set up a 15-gallon tank in our living room. It’s good to be back to this – I’d missed it. I had a series of small tanks right after … Continue reading

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