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There and Back Again: RPGing Life

24 Aug 2015, 21:20 UTC
There and Back Again: RPGing Life
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On 29 July 2015 I flew away for what felt like a year and day, even though it was for only 3 weeks. I flew away from St Louis to Los Angeles and on to Honolulu, and each bit of this trip seemed a bit more surreal than the previous (and that says a lot, given that it felt like make believe from the very moment I left my house.)
The day I left was one of those days when Twitter reflects some dystopian fiction made way too real. Looking at my Twitter feed, I saw folks struggling in St Louis, trying to figure out how to keep summer food programs going in the face of threats of violence. Looking at my Twitter feed, I saw Trump rising in popularity in a political field filled with prejudice. Looking at my Twitter feed, I saw trolls dancing merrily on the Hugos, and Illinois continuing to falter, and NASA friends continuing to flee to non-science jobs, … I saw a lot, and I realized I needed to stop seeing it. In curating a diverse, nerdy, and somewhat overly intellectual Twitter feed, I had created something that forces me to confront our world ...

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