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Politics

How can bots improve social care?

As the population ages, the demand for high-quality carers rises. By 2026 it’s predicted that the UK will need around 420,000 more carers, but with the current vacancy rate high and the amount of those showing interest in the care sector diminishing, it’s important that technology is utilised in order to help fill the gaps and… Continue reading How can bots improve social care?

Writing

StoryShop has let me down, so I’ve found something better

Last November, I related my bubbling and excitable story that StoryShop was the perfect tool for writers. I likened it to having a private Wikia. A perfect place to plan your novel, D&D campaign, anthology, the next epic fantasy with 500 characters... Visually beautiful and easy to navigate. A notebook that made sense and had… Continue reading StoryShop has let me down, so I’ve found something better

Reviews, video games, Writing

Detroit: Becoming Human | The Concept of Freedom Applied to Robotics

You know what's awesome? Viewing the human condition through the lens of artificial intelligence that we have created, which then looks back at us. Do you know what's not cool? Defining the human condition in sweeping generalisations and assuming an A.I. would care about exactly the same things we do. Hi, my name's Willow, and I… Continue reading Detroit: Becoming Human | The Concept of Freedom Applied to Robotics

Climate Change, The Blog

How to Be a Minimalist in Mauritius – D. K. Waye

As much as I have accumulated a lot of stuff throughout the course of my life (mostly books and DVDs), I don't actually spend my pay-check on everything I couldn't easily afford last month, nor do I ever feel like a 'day of shopping' is a day of fun. It's a day of wasted time,… Continue reading How to Be a Minimalist in Mauritius – D. K. Waye

Politics, Reading

What do librarians even DO anymore?

When I announced to my previous employers that I was leaving them to work in a library, their response wasn't, "Congratulations," but, "Aren't libraries dying? What do librarians even do? Won't that be boring?" And I was both incredibly irked and flustered. I didn't know what to say other than I'LL DIE BEFORE I LET… Continue reading What do librarians even DO anymore?

Climate Change, Politics

5 Steps to Transition into Vegetarianism

Thinking about going veggie but, ugh, you just love meat too much? Here are 5 ways to help you change your approach and make the transition easier. These five steps helped me change my thinking and, eventually, change my daily life. P.S. I assume you're here because you already want to change. This ain't a… Continue reading 5 Steps to Transition into Vegetarianism

Climate Change, Politics

Climate Change: Turn Your Death into New Life

I didn't need convincing that climate change is real—it is the sole reason I committed myself to be vegetarian last year—but after watching Climate Change: The Facts, I am shaken. There are two things that shocked me: We are on a trajectory for causing animal extinction. If we lose a few species of insects or… Continue reading Climate Change: Turn Your Death into New Life

Reading, Reviews, Voice Acting

The Carrow Haunt | Audiobook Review

If you've floated around this blog long enough, you might know that I love good voice acting. I adore it. When I'm reporting for MCM Comic Con, I'm the only one who throws herself forward to interview voice actor's like she's just heard Daniel Radcliffe is selling ice cream in the foyer. The human voice is incredible,… Continue reading The Carrow Haunt | Audiobook Review

Dungeons & Dragons

How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) || Final Push

Sorry for the major delay. I thought I should focus on actually writing our D&D campaign rather than just talking about it, which consumed my every free moment (our first weekend went really well!). And then I wanted to enjoy playing video games and reading books and not looking at words at all, then work got… Continue reading How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) || Final Push

Dungeons & Dragons

Get Amazing, Unlimited D&D Maps and Miniatures for as Little as $1 a Month

Despite only participating in two D&D sessions (one where I was DM), I already want fancy maps for our campaign settings. I want pretty pictures and grids and things that look way better than anything I could personally create. As a new DM, I've already learnt from our first session that players also prefer to have some… Continue reading Get Amazing, Unlimited D&D Maps and Miniatures for as Little as $1 a Month

Dungeons & Dragons

Create Tabletop Miniatures with Zero Art Skillz

I found a way to create basic miniatures that require no skill in drawing, painting, or folding fiddly bits of paper. These took me about 8 minutes to make and they work perfectly for people starting out or who are super low on cash.

Dungeons & Dragons, Writing

How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) || Part 2

So, based on the last post I did, you've got your setting, you've got some friends, you've got a map, you've watched some Critical Role, and you've maybe got the D&D Starter Set. What next? The ProtagonistsYour friends. It's time to ask them to create their characters. From what I've seen and read, a good DM… Continue reading How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) || Part 2

Dungeons & Dragons, Writing

How to Start Playing Dungeons & Dragons for the Total Noob (aka: ME) || Part 1

So You Want to Start Playing Dungeons and Dragons, Aye? I've only played D&D once before, long ago, on someone's laminate floor with a tiny print-out dungeon and no idea what any of the numbers meant. Five years later, my friends want to Play It For Real. Yippee! Let's get nerdy! AND THEN. YOU (me)… Continue reading How to Start Playing Dungeons & Dragons for the Total Noob (aka: ME) || Part 1

Feminism, Space, video games, Writing

Mass Effect: What Would A Matriarchy Look Like? 

Mass Effect is a great game series but it failed to create a non-gendered alien race, let alone a matriarchal one. To be honest, I struggle to realistically imagine the full depth of what a matriarchal society would look like. In the context of Mass Effect, it means looking at the evolution of humanity without men, let alone… Continue reading Mass Effect: What Would A Matriarchy Look Like? 

video games

Hidden Agenda – The Future of Gaming

The gameplay is super intuitive. Anyone who knows how to touch a smart screen will figure out how to play this game. Despite its themes of murder and mystery, I’m actually going to suggest it as a Christmas group game to my family to spice up our actives.