Experiments in tinkering and thought

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The Ice Bucket Challenge and Drug Research

Just to get this out of the way: No, this is not to declare or show that I am doing the ice bucket challenge. This post is rather about some problems that were brought up about or because of it.

This stemmed from a message that a friend of mine posted on Facebook:


Enough with the lie.
Have you ever heard about ALS ? I did not even know it’s existence before it suddendly became a viral social movement by which people are making a donation and throwing a bucket of ice and water over themselves.

What made it so popular ? I think it has more to do with the “challenge” of doing something a bit special rather than really caring for what is the sickness.
Sure, better give your money for a good cause than a bad one, makes us feel good about ourselves.

Here is an article that helped me to understand how more money injected in the research will not help to eradicate the disease.

Sickness and illness are a business people, at least since pharmaceutical industry became more interested by money making than well being.

Wake UP.

Ice Buckets: NOT the Cure for ALS

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Dresden Files RPG Beginnings (Session 1)

As a first post here, I thought I would start with something I knew at least a few people would read: my gaming group!

Since our last tabletop campaign sort of died due to lack of time (mostly on my part).  The previous game was getting a bit routine, and we felt that it was time to change things up.  One of our players, Jeff, had previously played the Dresden Files Role Playing Game (DFRPG) and had told us about it.  Since Shawn had already read some of the books, he decided to act as game master.  Rather than traditional Dungeons and Dragons (or Pathfinder) that focuses more on combat and game mechanics, DFRPG is centered on story telling, and the rest is peripheral. I do not want to go through all of the mechanics, but it is based on the Fate System (PDF is available on their site for Free!). The other players to participate were Victoria, Simon, Elisabeth, and myself.

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