The fire circle is an audience participation event. In fact, there is no audience. We’re making magic together. If you need permission to participate, then by the power vested in me by whatever I can get you to believe has vested me with power — by the power of Starwood putting me on the speaker’s roster all these times, maybe — I grant you that permission. Congratulations. You are now all magicians. Read more

You have to get into your opponent’s head. So to be a good fighter, you actually have to have empathy. And that’s interesting! Because if you have empathy, if you understand your opponent, then maybe you don’t have to fight. Read more

Starwood is a magickal adventure construction set. A variety of pieces are provided, but it’s up to you to put them together as you please. Read more

But we fans of long-running franchises also value internal consistency, a.k.a. continuity. Of course no long-running series gets it exactly right; why does the tombstone Gary Mitchell creates for his old friend James Kirk read “James R. Kirk” when we all know it’s James T. Kirk? And what ever happened to Superman’s “super ventriloquism” power? But internal consistency is vital for a SF universe that lets us suspend disbelief. Read more

So the Morrigan, that Celtic goddess (or trinity of goddesses) of war and death (but also perhaps of fertility and sovereignty), had some things to say to me in this ritual. Read more

A heart that never cares is safe from grieving. But that’s not what hearts are for. Read more

No disrespect to Dionysus, but social justice is not a job to which you send a god whose followers have a reputation for tearing people to shreds with their bare hands. Read more

Catching up with posting the pieces from the 52 Make-Up Challenge. This entry and the next are from my recent trip to Japan; for more on the background of this photo, taken in a cemetery in eastern Kyoto near sunset, see this post. (Click for a larger version.) I guess what’s interesting about the story behind this photo is that I had no intention of ending up there in a cemetery. I took a bit of a wrong turn while… Read more

My interlocutor demands that we pick the best dinosaur. But the asteroid has already hit, and the age of mammals is at hand. Read more

Some corners of the net are getting a lot of incredulous chuckles about a photo of a Russian Orthodox priest blessing computers in the wake of the recent ransomware attacks. Our Patheos neighbor Hemant Mehta at “The Friendly Atheist”, is one those getting a lot of shares of it. (Though he’s unfortunately promoting the “Russia hacked our elections!!1!” paranoid conspiracy theory in the process.) Regular readers of TZP know that I hold no truck with state endorsement of religion, and… Read more

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