Monthly Archives: June 2015

Thank God the Supreme Court Stands Against Theocracies

I am so conflict-averse that I tend to be very selective about who I discuss certain topics with, but given current events I am compelled to finally speak publicly on one of them. This is only tangentially related to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, but it makes this a perfect time to bring up the subject of theocracies. Most, if not all, people who support bans on gay marriage do so for religious reasons. That’s perfectly understandable, but such people need to think about the dangerous, terrifying precedent they are setting.

Many of the first settlers to The New World came here because the were persecuted for the way they worshiped, sometimes facing imprisonment or even death. They were fleeing the oppressive theocracies that dominated Europe at the time. Today a large number of Arab countries are Muslim theocracies where women are second class citizens, and ISIS is doing its determined best to make sure the entire Arab world is ruled by their corrupt interpretation of Islam. In our Christian past are the atrocities committed by the Medieval Church backed by the aristocracy: from keeping peasants illiterate and therefore easily controlled, to the mass murders known as the Crusades.

Given all of that, I am astounded that so many people today are fighting to turn the US into yet another Christian theocracy. Fellow Christians, think about this: what if Islam was the law of the land and women were forced to cover up when outdoors and everyone had to stop wherever they happen to be at specified times each day to pray? What if it was Judaism and non-Kosher food was illegal?

If those ideas strike you as unfair, then why is it okay for us to force other people to live by our beliefs? As I have said before, I am a strong proponent of the separation of church and state because of my faith. The word Christian  means “little Christ”, denoting our desire to be as much like Jesus as possible. Go get your Bible and scan through the New Testament. Nowhere in it will you find Jesus trying to force people to believe Him – and neither should we. If we would be upset by other faiths’ beliefs being enacted as law, why should we expect them to accept ours?


Updated Pokémon Tools

Even while working on various roleplaying tools, I’ve been focused on Pokémon quite a bit lately, probably because our League Challenge is tomorrow afternoon.

For several months now I’ve been gathering all of the legends from the older video games so I can transfer them up to Black 2 and then sell them (the cartridges, of course, not the legends). RIght now I’m grinding to go after Heatran and Giratina, the only ones I’m missing in Pearl. In the course of doing that I discovered that my Pocket-sized Type and EV List needed updating. While I was at I applied what I have learned about PDF creation with OpenOffice and reformatted it accordingly. There are two major changes: it finally includes the effort point yields of the Pokémon introduced in X/Y, I switched the font from FreeSans to Verdana, which is a bit sharper and therefore easier to read at this scale.

The other thing I did is related to tomorrow’s tournament: I added the two newest sets to the Deck List Sheet for the 2014-15 Tournament Season and rebuilt it somewhat using new my skills. It still has some visual issues that bug me, but will take a major rebuild to fix them and a lot of people won’t even notice them, so that can wait until after tomorrow’s LC.

Some of the floors in our house have rotted away. Since my Disability payments aren’t very much and my wife has been out of work for two years we can’t afford the thousands of dollars we need to repair the busted plumbing that is causing our floors to rot.  Will you help?

D&D 5e Character Library Finished

I have uploaded to scribd what I hope will be the final version of my Character Library spreadsheet. All it is lacking is an XP box. As it will take quite a bit of work to squeeze that in, I will only be adding if there is demand for it. In the meantime just list the character’s XP in the “Character Background and Other Notes” box.