Recent comments on posts in the blog:

Yes, it’s actually been usable by DMs for at least a year. You just have to e-mail your SSH key to Ian Jackson.
Comment by spwhitton Sun 14 Jan 2018 21:42:17 UTC
So dgit can be used by DMs now? That’d be awesome! I thought it still was DD-only.
Comment by Fri 12 Jan 2018 22:27:35 UTC
[citation needed]. That’s a suspiciously round number. IQ measures ability to do IQ tests, and not much else. And isn’t a glass of wine pretty much the Balmer peak? :P
Comment by jgh Fri 18 Aug 2017 21:15:56 UTC

The British welfare state is indeed being eroded by the current government, but there is a good chunk of the country that very vocally objects – we’ve just had difficulty getting power since 2010, for a host of reasons. It’s not just some grassroots socialist movement, either. A big chunk of the country really are socialist.

While the changes that have been made to schools are reversible even if the current government cling on next week, this election might be our last chance to save the NHS, because the current government are in the middle of a process that will effectively sell it off. That would be difficult to come back from.

Comment by spwhitton Thu 01 Jun 2017 11:07:32 UTC

It’s refreshing to see this is so in the UK. Specially as it is talked all around that, since Thatcher, the UK has been slowly dismantling what used to be a firm welfare state — I had the impression that yes, that many institutions still stand, but it’s clearly going the way of the USA. I’m happy to see it’s not. I live in Mexico, a country that had a very long institutions-buildng process, approximately from the end of our revolution (~1920) to 1982. We have then had a series of neoliberal governments, and term after term, the weight of the social goods are clearly diminished; we still have a system much stronger than the USA’s (including a very limited but existing nevertheless public health, a troubled but great educative system including the best universities in the country, water and energy production / distribution, and a very long etcetera), but… It feels it’s all irrevocably going away. But the point you make in a most surprised tone is what I most long to see here: Politicians that live among the people, that are not a breed apart, that are consequent with themselves.

Comment by gwolf Tue 30 May 2017 12:01:34 UTC

I know DnD a bit, but I always found it very weird and unrealistic. Something like the DOS of the RPG games. When you could instead have a Unix, like RuneQuest.

So I actually think you should take a look at RuneQuest, not only because it presents an extremely coherent rule-system all over (all rules are as general as possible to fit as many situations as possible; and the rules always apply to everything), but also because it supports several magic systems, some of which are extremely elegant.

The current version usually goes by the shortcut “BRP” (supporting several settings including RuneQuest and Call of Cthulhu, which also used this system since ever) and you can find resources to it on

Comment by seegras Tue 14 Mar 2017 12:10:25 UTC

I think the issue is better handled with the following addition to ~/.gitconfig:

[url “”]
pushInsteadOf =

I learned something new–Thanks!

Comment by tom Sat 18 Feb 2017 17:09:45 UTC

I’ve applied three of your four patches—thanks!

I did not apply the patch to change the clone URI. I think the issue is better handled with the following addition to ~/.gitconfig:

[url ""]
    pushInsteadOf =

(I have never pushed to GitHub over HTTP.)

Comment by spwhitton Wed 15 Feb 2017 03:33:45 UTC
Comment by spwhitton Mon 13 Feb 2017 13:28:51 UTC
I’ve been meaning to try out git-series at some point. Thanks for reminding me!
Comment by spwhitton Wed 11 Jan 2017 00:09:51 UTC