The Internet Vagabond

Character Write-up: Dabbledop Humblebumple

The backstory of a Gnome cleric/wizard I played for a single session!

Pathfinder Characters: Eldritch Knight

The Eldritch Knight represents my favorite archetype of a fantasy character: sword and sorcery. Here's how I build mine.

Pathfinder Characters: Let's Make a Druid

One of my favorite activities is creating characters. I love theory crafting, pouring through source material, and setting limits. While I've made many, many characters, one class I haven't touched is druid.

Brief Exploration of Syncthing

Syncthing is an incredible tool. In this post, I want to explore setting it up, and then some uses I've found for it.

Pathfinder One-Shot: The Crater of Igrevor

The first of several one-shot adventures I ran for Pathfinder

Character Write-up: Jhoric Stonehammer

The backstory of my proud cleric of Moradin, Jhoric Stonehammer.

Character Story: Gabriella's Fall

A story I wrote about the consequences of the actions of Gabriella, a paladin in D&D5e

Using BTRFS to setup a simple RAID, with subvolumes, snapshots and backups

BTRFS is a file system, and includes built-in functionality for RAID. I decided to use it for the storage disks in my desktop. Here is how I set it up, using subvolumes, with snapshots and backups.

It has been a while.

It has been a while. Here's an update, of sorts.

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 6: On Sharing Knowledge

Knowledge withheld is only partial. Sharing knowledge, and experiencing it, fosters improvement!

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 5: On the Philosopher's Mean

In this letter, Seneca explores the concept of All Things in Moderation, but with a Stoic twist!

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 4: On the Terrors of Death

Letter 4 was the first letter I ever read. Seneca discusses death, life, and how to deal with both. I found it during a time of great anxiety and strife, yet even now I find it enlightening.

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 3: On True and False Friendship

Letter 3 deals with friends, and I don't mean the number shown on Facebook. True Friendship, to Seneca, is a place of honor!

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 11: On the Blush of Modesty

Letter 11 deals with accepting our faults, staring an unexpected quote from Epicurus.

Character Write-up: Halvar, Rune Bearer

The backstory for my first character in a new 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Meet Halvar, a brash young warrior looking for glory!

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 2: On Discursiveness in Reading

Seneca's second letter to Lucilius, On Discursiveness in Reading, covers the importance of focus. There's also a quote by Epicurus, which is apparently a feature of many of his letters to Lucilius.

Seneca's Letter to Lucilius, Letter 1: On Time

Seneca's Moral Letters to Lucilius are regarded as one of the most prominent Stoic writings available. My friend Rob and I like to discuss them during a weekly meeting, and I'd like to record my response and thoughts as well. Here's letter 1, On Time

Seneca's Moral Letters to Lucilius

My friend Rob and I have recently been disucssing Seneca's Moral Letters to Lucilius. As a companion to those discussions, I'm documenting my responses to each letter.

Character Backstory: Azulien Blackblade

Here's the character backstory for one of my older characters from a game long since forgotten: Azulien Blackblade. Enjoy!

Random Thoughts 1

I'm on vacation this week, which is pretty grand. Thus far I've accomplished one of the 4 rather meager goals I set for myself, played plenty of games, caught up on some reading and videos and feeds, and slept in far later than I should have.

Developing Stoic Understanding

Sherman J. Clark wrote a fantastic article on the Stoicism Today blog in December which really spoke to me. It approached some of the questions and problems I've had with Stoicism in an elegant and enlightening way, which has led to my significantly greater understanding of Stoicism.

An Examination of TLS, Part 2

TLS, more often referred to as SSL, is the means by which a secure connection is established over a computer network. Part 1 examines how to establish a secure connection using TLS. This article examines further the techniques and technology that makes TLS secure. Specifically, a brief examination of certificates, cipher suites, and public-key authentication.

A Good Friend's Father

A good friend's father died. What can I learn from this?

An Examination of TLS, Part 1

TLS, more often referred to as SSL, is a means by which a secure connection is established over a computer network. In this introductionary post, I layout the steps to establishing a secure connection.

The Philosophy of Bill, Abbreviated

I consider myself a very philosophical person. That doesn't mean I'm any good at philosophy, I just tend to think a lot about ethics, morality, and happiness. Recently I've been thinking more about my worldview, what I value as important, and how I achieve happiness in my daily life. I wanted to jot down what I feel is a brief examination of my basic tenants; the basic Philosophy of Bill.

Farewell to Windows Tour 2015

It has come time to bid Windows farewell. Once upon a time Windows was the only digital world I knew. It began when I was young, during the venerable 3.1 era. I remember booting up our family computer into DOS, and before starting Windows I could start Doom 2 or Keen's Dream, or any number of other games. That was my first interaction with a command line. My, my, how times have changed.

A Log of My Travels in Ireland

Once upon a time, I traveled to Ireland. It was quite the experience. Me, my 3 friends Suf, Chris and Cary, Scion, shenanigans, Guiness, whiskey, and Thunderstruck.