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Migration from Wordpress to Jekyll, Part 1

It took me two months, but the migration of my website from Wordpress to Jekyll is finally done. Things look different now, but virtually all of my content made it through unscathed. I wanted to talk about what the process was like, problems I faced, and lessons I learned. There are several other places on the Wide, Wide World o’ Web that provi...

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Migrating My Website from Wordpress to Jekyll

Goodbye, WordPress. I’ve been using WordPress for many years, but I’m ditching it in favor of a static site generator. This is a huge change. You can expect my entire site to look different. Things may go missing. Links may break. If you’ve subscribed to my site at all, you’ll no longer get updates (please send me a message if you want to keep g...

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Misconceptions about Plate Armor

If you want to know about medieval plate armor, you need to watch this video from a curator of the Department of Arms and Armor at The Met. I started this post several years ago and never finished it. It languished in my drafts folder until today. I figured I’d quickly post my rough notes from the above video, for those who are disinclined to...

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Why English has Both C and K

Why does English have both C and K that make the same sound? My 11 and 12 year old daughters asked me this question today. I have researched it before, but couldn’t remember. So here’s a little explanation. Maybe it will stick in my head this time. Back in the day, the Greeks adapted the Phoenician alphabet for themselves, and it ended up being...

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Remembering Neil Peart

I just learned that Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the band Rush, died from brain cancer this week. The depth to which his death has affected me was surprising at first. But as I thought about it, I realized I’ve probably listened to thousands of hours of his lyrics and music throughout my life. Rush was the first band I fell in love with...

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Primalcraft: A Breakup

I haven’t posted for over two months, and my Minecraft modding plans have changed quite a bit. I had gotten very stuck on the world gen features I was planning for Primalcraft, and couldn’t find a way around or through the problems. I realized I’d been working on this monstrous mod for over two years, and it was likely I would never be able to f...

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Pure Copper d20 from Norse Foundry

Today’s post is about dice. I have friends who’ve gotten aluminum Gravity Dice, and they are very cool. I’ve also been following Artisan Dice for several years, slavering over all the interesting and unique dice they make—ancient bog oak burl, mammoth tusk, red jasper, and the like. And I’ve finally taken the plunge. For my birthday, I got a pu...

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Primalcraft: New Survival Foods

One of my goals with Primalcraft is to add true survival foods to the game—food you can find out in the wild that aboriginal cultures or our ancestors might have eaten to avoid starvation, and that you can still eat today if you’re in a survival situation. The big barrier to this has been that almost all survival foods are seasonal in nature. No...

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