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This weekend's project: a custom shogi board. The board is maple and poplar and the pieces are cherry, all laser-cut and hand-assembled. The symbols are my own creation—traditional pieces have Japanese characters.

This is pretty different from my usual fare, but I wrote a blog post about why I think it's useful to build TTRPG mechanics around social interaction: journal.librarianofalexandria.

(…yes I am aware that I am doing the thing I am snarking about, but at this point I am equally tired of "discourse" and "discourse about discourse".)

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Weekend project #2: experimenting with a sketchy faux-block-print style for a tabletop project.

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Weekend project #1: a laser-cut lamp prototype, which I plan to eventually cut with wood and frosted acrylic.

Someone should throw a party where they watch that new Star Wars show and serve bubble tea. You know, some kind of 


…a good name for a cooking blog would be "Et Allia"

I might want to do a bit more with the colors, but I like it as a first pass.

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…I promise that I don't think about the Klingon language in real life as much as I've been posting about it, but: I am now working on a cross-stitch pattern that includes a Klingon saying and a Bat'leth.

My favorite Klingon word I've run across so far is "pabHa'", which means "to follow the rules incorrectly, to mis-follow the rules". "pabHa'lu'meH QaQ jajvam": today is a good day to break the rules.

My partner and I watched an episode of DS9 that involved Worf being put on trial, so I decided to look into how I would choose to phrase, "I rest my case," in Klingon. I think I'd go with "tuHqoqwij'e' vIjatlhchu'tu", which means something like, "As for my so-called military maneuver, I have spoken it completely."

Last week: staring at a blank page, trying and failing to figure out what to do with the rest of my vacation.

This week: staring at the work laptop but hastily writing down all the ideas that I can't do now since I'm at work.

Gonna make some absolutely terrible French sweets so I can call them malmals.

One Christmas gift for my partner this year was a custom earring rack, which I made with birch plywood on my laser-cutter and then stained much darker. (I confess I don't love the pale-front-black-sides look of untreated laser-cut wood.)

Personally, I use emacs to keep track of all the raiding and war-making I do on behalf of various Dark Lords and Ancient Evils. I don't know what I'd do without orc-mode.

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