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Places to Visit

December 11, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Breaking away from the norm here at the page, as most of my other plans are being stymied from a variety of situations, I’d like to explore with any potential readers the first of many places I’ve never been, but would in a heartbeat. One of the most intriguing to me is in Southwestern France, Read More

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Pics to Fill Space

December 10, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Arguably the best board game ever printed, Civilization (or the additional “Advanced” Civilization) continues to wreak havoc at game conventions and living rooms across the globe. Playable in just under 10 hours for a serious group of 7 (12 or more if you’re playing with less intensity or fewer bodies) this game will test the Read More

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Shopping Suggestions 3: Season of the Which

December 8, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

As these suggestions have been readily received, I’ll continue the sequel-itis and dig deeper into the forever fun and oddball ideas for your friends and family – or that person you don’t know that well which you’ve been saddled with for some stupid “Secret Santa” situation at your job. I’ve covered movies, basic tabletop games, Read More

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Let’s Drink Malört

December 5, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

This is going to be a completely self-serving bit, so bear with the audacity of it. Shots from the hip are the bread and butter here and this is no change from that. From the Hip is the name of the podcast Vinnie, John and I do, usually together. I came in later than those Read More

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Shopping Suggestions 2: The Sacrifice

November 30, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Now that Thanksgetting has passed and Black Friday is behind the world-weary retail workers, let’s look at another series of potential ideas for your favorite geek before the Xmas season is done. Not that shopping can’t be done at any other time of the year, but hey, I’m not the one buying, I’m just telling Read More

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Sites I Like

November 25, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Long, long ago, when the Comic’s Buyers Guide was king of the weekly pop culture newspapers, I discovered a guy named Mark Evanier. He was a writer of an irregular column called News From Me that was incredibly entertaining, witty and informative. I learned he had written and co-created Groo the Wanderer (with the one Read More

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Shopping Suggestions

November 23, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

As the Xmas season gets ever near, I figured an offering of some of my favorite things that are easily obtained would be good filler for Thanksgiving week, from all across the board of esoterica covered on this page. I love games. Some of my favorites are old, out-of-print, long play scenarios that limit regular Read More

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Let Your Heart Grow Three Sizes

November 21, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

We aren’t all about the odd, sundry and entertainment at this page. For the coming cold weather, won’t you help out a friend of From the Hip and the forthcoming site, Libby Carrier with her annual drive to clothe the homeless? You might feel better than Fromthehipbot after a trip to Silicon Valley. Operation: Comfort.

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Sites I Like

November 17, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Roughly ten years ago, I was eliminating lots of excess in my reading. Magazines took the brunt of that elimination as they were unwieldy, expensive and in most cases, uneven on a month-to-month basis. Just as I was cutting great swaths through these and other insidious collectibles, I discovered a very specific publication from England Read More

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Historical Note

November 14, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

As the resident Armchair Historian of this page, I find myself digging into old tomes, encyclopedias and websites that follow current archaeological investigations. Sometimes though, I discover historical items of interest through the strangest of means. In the most recent case, while watching an episode of the inane USA Network program WHITE COLLAR, I learned Read More

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