Let It Snow
By Dwip December 30, 2003 at 9:40 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or let it melt, actually. Bloody snow. Hasn’t snowed here in like, 4 years or something to that effect. A little bit last year, but other than that… Trying to figure out at what point I became hostile to snow, too. I mean, it’s snow. You frolic in it and play and throw it at people. Fun times, right? Well, at some point, D&D became much more important. Don’t ask me how, maybe I grew up (wince) or something, but there it is. As snow prevented me from going to the weekly D&D game yesterday, I am…displeased. I’ll be even more displeased if it prevents me from going out tomorrow, too. *grumble* I might not be going anywhere besides that, […]


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Miss Blue
By Dwip December 28, 2003 at 5:07 pm Comments Off on Miss Blue RSS Feed for this post

Last night was quite something. For one, Kyle came back from the Army on leave, so we dragged him over and played some D&D and such, just like old times. He had some good stories to tell about the whole thing. That was cool. So we played some D&D. It went badly, as it happens, but that had a lot to do with Jason sort of not realizing what day it was, what day we were having the session, or any of it, and having to totally fake something off top of his head. “Doctor, I’m having the strangest sense of deja vu. I’m level 8, and my mission is to investigate a strange portal that spawns dog-headed evil creatures.” […]


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Welcome to the Jungle
By Dwip December 27, 2003 at 11:56 am Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

First, for the avid Civ readers in the audience, I’ve put up a Hall of Fame page with a whole bunch of little game reports and such, including a bunch I never talked about here. Second, we’ll be playing a bunch of D&D later today. Jason’s session, level 8, Forgotten Realms. European theme and all that. So we need characters for this. Erring on the side of normality, Cole and I start with a pair of Kensai from the Oriental Adventures book. Mine’s human, his is a lizardman. They, yknow, kill stuff with swords. A lot. But then we got a little crazy. So I come up with the aptly-named Rabbit Boy character concept. A character, a rabbit hengeyokai (shapechanger), […]


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I’m Dreaming of a Well Christmas
By Dwip December 25, 2003 at 12:18 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Just like the ones I used to know. Actually, feeling a lot better. I can (mostly) breathe, my throat merely twinges instead of re-enacting the great battles of World War II, and, well, it’s Christmas. That having been said, Merry Christmas, O Blog Readers. It’s good to have ya all. A few specific ponderances before I go join in the revelry: Raine sent me a card all the way from Singapore. Very cool. In fact, the vastly-greater-than-normal amount of Christmas cheer flowing my way this year is very gratifying. Apologies if I’ve been a bit lax in my own giving this year. Dad got the entire Shogun miniseries on DVD for Xmas. I am profoundly jealous. So profoundly jealous, in […]


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The Good Life
By Dwip December 22, 2003 at 9:29 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

Lack of updates, you say? Let’s just say it’s been busy. So after the family didn’t get to see RotK Thursday (not Friday like I said, oops), I went with a whole bunch of people Sunday after playing some D&D with the gang, and…er, no, I didn’t. All of that stuff occured, mind you, but I wasn’t there. So where was I? About the time D&D was going on, I think I was napping, or trying to. Or maybe that’s when I was throwing up. Can’t remember. I slept through most of RotK though. Or at least I slept as much as you can when you can’t really breathe. Being sick sucks, let me tell you. The worst of it, […]


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The Pinnacle of Geekdom
By Dwip December 19, 2003 at 7:45 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

People who make really freaking strange computers rule. Really. I love things like that.


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Samurai William
By Dwip December 19, 2003 at 1:51 pm Comments Off on Samurai William RSS Feed for this post

How long have I been hyping this book, totally unread by me, now? 6 months or something, anyway. Well, I got ahold of the Corvallis library’s copy of it the other day. It didn’t last longer than a day. 350 pages, read essentially straight through. Damn fine writing. Tells the story of William Adams, a sailor upon whose life John Blackthorne of Shogun is modeled. The truth, it seems, is just as interesting as the fiction. Less involved in epic warfare than you might think, Adams was infact an advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu, and participated in lots and lots of interesting trade stuff. In fact, after reading it, I’m inspired to go out and find a history of the East […]


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Fukoku kyohei
By Dwip December 18, 2003 at 7:55 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Rich country, strong army, even. Or maybe sonno joi (Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians). Take your pick. But I get ahead of myself. Finally more or less recovered from being sick. My parents aren’t, but I’m better. That’s excellent. Too, I apparently did well for myself this last term. Worked half to death, but I managed three Bs and an A-, which may well mean I go to England this spring. That’s great. Lot of movie watching these days. Watched Pirates of the Carribean Tuesday with Tali and Laurent, and there was much rejoicing. It was, as I said after the movie, “a suitably rediculous movie.” Fun, didn’t take itself seriously, good times. Not necessarily more than 3/5 aliens […]


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Good Times Bad Times
By Dwip December 14, 2003 at 10:10 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

For the plus side of today, we have: The capture of Saddam Hussein. While it may or may not translate into a real reduction in the number of guerillas in Iraq, the symbolic victory is enormous. This is good. My playing of Epic 37, which is one of the coolest games I’ve ever played. You will hear more about this when the game ends on the 22nd and I can actually talk about it. My birthday, which was muchly fun, and good times, even if I do suck really bad at Godzilla. My acquisition of Civ 3: Conquests. Yay. On the downside of today, we have: The lack of a patch for C3C means there are still game-crippling bugs. My […]


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Quote
By Dwip December 13, 2003 at 3:08 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Bill: “So-crates. ‘The only true wisdom consists of knowing that you know nothing.’” Ted: “That’s US, dude!” —Bill and Ted


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Want…want…
By Dwip December 12, 2003 at 2:28 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

We inturrupt your regularly scheduled birthday revelry to show you an article Whir sent me. You too can build your very own 1/3 scale Battlemech. Anybody who wants to build me one for Xmas can feel free. I won’t stop you.


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Happy Birthday To Meeeee…
By Dwip December 12, 2003 at 9:08 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, yeah. Not only are finals done, I’m 23. Uh, yay. Er, about that. So I get home last night, and I’m all talking to Mom, and she’s like “Oh, by the way. Your package from Amazon is on your bed.” “What package from Amazon?” “I dunno, whatever it is you ordered.” “But I didn’t order anything.” “Well, obviously you must have if you’ve got a package.” “No, but I’ll check it out anyway.” Sure enough, there’s this package on my bed. Huh. Go back in, open it up. Inside is…a book. A book on how to be Evil. Now, I’m for evil as much as the next guy, but… “Uh, Mom? I didn’t order this, you know.” So I […]


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Things That Make You Go Hmm…
By Dwip December 11, 2003 at 5:43 pm Comments Off on Things That Make You Go Hmm… RSS Feed for this post

To recap: The President of Taiwan wants to hold an independence referendum. China is, of course, against this. China now announces that it wants to increase US imports. Bait, you ask? Trying to influence Bush? But would the Chinese ever do such a thing? We wonder. And the bit about Halliburton overcharging the US Government for it’s monopoly in Iraq? That’s just too good for words, I tell ya. I just looooove politics. Don’t you?


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Back To Good
By Dwip December 11, 2003 at 12:30 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I am now done with finals. W00t. Life is now good. I will now, as I was telling Suzanne, demonstrate my primal superiority over the corpse of my finals by playing computer games until I can no longer see straight. Raaaaaarg. Too, it may well be that I’ll be seeing The Last Samurai tonight. Whee! A few random thoughts. First, MY National Guard can beat up Marechal’s National Guard. While he’s got some Paladins, a bunch of infantry, and some F-16s, I’ve got M1A1 tanks, infantry, and twice as many F-15s as his F-16s. Nyah. Yes, we really DO have arguments about these sorts of things. Frightening, I know. On a further note: There’s an operation in Iraq going right […]


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Know Your Enemy
By Dwip December 10, 2003 at 3:17 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Courtesy of Marechal, wildly out of context: “Secret police perform useful functions in their service to the state and fear motivates the population and the machinery of government. Squirrel aliens with M-4s is just madness, communist madness.” In other news, I finished my paper. It is truly teh suck, but I finished it. EDIT: For today’s other wildly out of context Marechal quote… “I look good in a Soviet black KGB overcoat though with the armband and hammer&sickle medals.” At last, we know the truth…


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In the Arms of Sheep
By Dwip December 9, 2003 at 8:53 am Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

Er, no. Really. It wasn’t my idea to begin with, particularly. But I will admit to a certain morbid fascination with the title, so here we are. At any rate, I find it slightly morally offensive to have to get up before dawn to go to a final which will last me 20 minutes. I really do. Nevermind that I’ve been getting up at 5 and 6 lately. Last night’s final was slightly amusing, despite the fact that I spent all day with a raging Godzilla-devastates-Tokyo-and-then-for-fun-does-it-again level headache, followed by the mother of all stomachaches. But here I am in the test. And there’s like 25 multiple choice questions, 3 5-sentence paragraph short answers of the type “So, what ACTUALLY […]


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Erik and Morocco’s Excellent Adventure
By Dwip December 6, 2003 at 1:40 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

This is me, filling time while I listen to one of those Anth 210 videos I need to, er, watch. Fortunately he’s not putting anything worthwhile on the screen. Busy life. In between the Anth videos, which is going to take like, 5-6 more hours, there’s going to be me studying at the library with Jean in a couple hours, me revising my Jacksonian democracy paper which fortunately isn’t due until monday, me working on my combined 17 pages of stuff for 20th century science, and me watching Pirates of the Carribean tonight with Tali and Laurent, which is only fair because I sort of skipped out on them last night to crash for 10 hours. And this video, for […]


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Happiness Is A Dead Paper
By Dwip December 4, 2003 at 5:23 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

My evening has been aptly summed up by a comment I made to Whir earlier: Dwip: Grrrrg. CAFFIENE BIOS VERSION 2.1 CAP ERROR. PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE. INITIALIZING SYSTEMS…DONE WELCOME TO CONCIOUSNESS. Dwip: Ahhhhh… Happy. Cherry Coke good. I forget how much stress totally screws with my system. Then I hit the end of the term, and I remember. Sleep 3 hours, up for 4, sleep 3, up 4… that needs to end. It’s of course made worse by the fact that I only seem to function by procrastinating like mad until suddenly 5 hours before the paper is due (we’re at 7, right now, and page 5 of 12), I go into Zen Paper Writing Mode, everything falls […]


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Study Breakage
By Dwip December 3, 2003 at 5:12 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So, I took a nap earlier. For 3 hours. I’m more exhausted now than when I started. Anybody care to explain that? Also, I’m hating this paper. I know what I want to say, but I can’t get it out in any coherent way. To explain this, I shall quote to you a conversation with Marechal. Just as a warning, Napoleon IS mentioned. Viewer discretion advised. Me: “And instead of the differences between Jeffersonian Republicans, Jacksonian Democrats, and later Republicanism and Federalism, the only thing I can think of is the Mosh Mosh Revolution strip from Megatokyo. Go figure.” Me: “When I’m stressed out, I don’t sleep well.” Me: “Too, stress gives me mad writer’s block, which is usually a […]


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The Sacred and Profane
By Dwip December 2, 2003 at 10:14 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or, “I have some more random musings that didn’t really go in the last post. You should be afraid now. Head to the exits in an orderly fashion, please. Women, children, and squirrel aliens first.” This is more along the lines of what I meant about the female characters thing. Not that it wouldn’t be awesome to see that pop up in something – played by somebody else. And for something almost completely different, Cole and I were doing some multiplayer Civ action over Thanksgiving break (see, you knew there was a Civ story in here – I am me, after all), and suddenly, I got bushwhacked by the Mongols. And it went something like this: “Mongols. Mongols make Baby […]


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Another Time, Another Place
By Dwip December 2, 2003 at 9:44 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

When I orginally applied for college, I wanted to be an architect. I focused on going to the University of Oregon, because it was the only place in state to get that degree. The observant reader will note that I go to Oregon State University these days – in fact I never went to U of O for more than the abysmal summer term where I destroyed my life with Latin. So what changed? Two things – I can’t draw, and I hate Eugene. So at the comparative last minute, I switched and went to OSU as a business major. See, the art one’s important – you need mad art skillz to be an architect, and I haven’t got them. […]


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“The moral, however, is simple: Blow up your school. Game more.”
By Dwip November 30, 2003 at 7:20 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

So, as it works out, I have to read about 3 books and write a 15 page paper by Thursday morning. This is, in fact, doing better than I was last night by a fair amount. Still, the next two weeks are not looking to be a bastion of Goodness, Light, and the Warm Fuzzy Feeling. But such is college. I’d like to put in a good word for Thanksgiving. We’re about out of relatives to celebrate it with these days, but the food really, really rocks. Those of you who still live at home will understand where I’m coming from in a couple years, here. But really, it’s generally agreed that this Thanksgiving was one of the top five […]


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Gobble Gobble
By Dwip November 27, 2003 at 10:58 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

I’ve a few other things to say, but they can wait for a while. For the moment, I’ll just wish everyone who reads this a happy Thanksgiving, for those of us what celebrate it. On another note. I don’t usually approve of our president as a general rule, but I think well of him for this. But anyway. Happy Thanksgiving.


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Sleepless in Sea…Corvallis
By Dwip November 25, 2003 at 8:51 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

One of these days, I swear I’m going to stop going to bed the instant I get tired, then wake up 2 hours later. I mean, I like 4am, but not when it’s being a dick about things. Anyway. Instead of, you know, actually doing my homework last night, I ran into a thing called Megatokyo and read the whole thing. It’s sort of warped, but good in its own little way. Probably if you’re into Japanese pop culture more than I am, you will enjoy it even more. Maybe not. Who knows. Also, I finished HTMLizing the writeup for the latter half of the Tonto Succession Game for Civ. Those of you in Tonto might remember this from about […]


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Apathy’s Last Kiss
By Dwip November 24, 2003 at 7:25 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So instead of going to class tonight, I’m going to read the book I need to read for tomorrow, which means I will eventually get there after procrastinating like mad. But aside from that, we have…stuff. Such as, for instance, this article, which if you think about it for about 2 seconds should be exceedingly funny. Also, there’s a certain thing Frontpage does if you highlight an image, which looks Really Freaking Cool. Witness: Along those same lines, I shall have a Civ post soon. I’m sure you can’t wait. And this just in, courtesy of Suzanne. That aptly sums up life.


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The Rise and Fall of Civilizations
By Dwip November 23, 2003 at 8:17 pm Comments Off on The Rise and Fall of Civilizations RSS Feed for this post

So this is pretty old, but I was just thinking about it, and I never did post it I don’t think, so we shall fix this. I got quoted at RBCiv for my Epic 31 report. Yay! So what if it was in July. That’s not the point. ;) And of course the joke only makes sense if you’re a Civ fanatic. Oh well. On other Civ-related topics, I’ve begun a quest to play out games as each of the remaining civs I have yet to play through with: Zulus – Just haven’t ever played with them. Dunno. Iroquois – I actually played like 20 games with them back in the day, but my scores all got wiped long, long […]


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Wooden Ships and Iron Men
By Dwip November 22, 2003 at 9:31 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Where, as a saying I heard recently goes, men are men, and sheep are scared. But anyway. Watched Master and Commander today with Tali and Laurent. It was good times. Probable spoilers ahead, Cap’n! You wonder about massive historical epics, some days – are they going to deliver something of appropriate goodness? Uphold the glory of the profession, and all that? Fortunately, recent ones have – Braveheart did, in it’s way, Gladiator did in it’s. This one keeps up. Not as well, but it does. I went in, I guess, expecting an epic. What I got wasn’t particularly epic, but once I realized that, I was happy with it. I mean, what I was expecting was along the lines of […]


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Riders on the Storm
By Dwip November 21, 2003 at 11:57 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So I was playing Civ… “What,” you say? “Dwip was playing Civ? I can’t imagine such a thing!” Oh, but it gets better. You see, I wrote an Epic-style report for it. And despite none of you but Gris being heavy Civ players, I’ll even share it. Thusly: Riders on the Storm The title, you ask? Comes from a Robert Jordan book. I thought of it somewhere in the first turns of the game, and thought it was particularly apt, given the end. But I won’t spoil it for you. ;)


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Numb
By Dwip November 20, 2003 at 1:06 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or not so numb. But there was lots of numb. Also, I passed a dead rabbit in the road on my way home. That was slightly disconcerting. Anyway. Been very busy lately. Should be working right now, but I need a break. We’re back to a book per 2 days again, or worse. Right now is worse – 2 books in a day, plus a small paper. Of those, I have the one book done, partway into the second, ignoring the paper because it’s far too easy. Also part of the plan was to complete my essays for going to England, and to get my recommendations to people. Well, no. Books first. But wait, there’s more. This is going to […]


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The Number of the Beast
By Dwip November 16, 2003 at 11:43 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So it was D&D night tonight. This is always good times, but it’s especially good times when we’re just at the end of a long fight with three high-powered demons and a high-level blackguard. We had, when we left off, just finished the enemies, losing our NPC ranger and putting most of us at 2 or so hp. So we get the hell out of Dodge, hole up, and are about to sleep and heal when… “Roll a spot check. Erik.” “Uh, 6.” “You notice the dog-headed demon about the time it slips a dagger into your ribs from behind. Take 13 damage.” “Excellent. I’m at -11. I am dead. Next time, I’m finding a bigger tree to slump against.” […]


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More Matrix: Revolutions
By Dwip November 15, 2003 at 6:52 pm Comments Off on More Matrix: Revolutions RSS Feed for this post

So I went and saw the movie again with Cole and Brian last night. And then in reply to a post of Sanjab’s at Tonto, I wrote the following analysis. Be warned that this will pretty much spoil the whole movie if you read it. On one, fairly shallow level, I enjoyed it. The special effects were excellent, some of the scenes very well done. On another, deeper level, it’s a travesty. Others have analyzed this in far more detail than I, but I’ll note a few things. 1. The total abandonment of about half the plot threads from the first two movies, among other things the entire character of Morpheus. 2. Neo’s magical powers. Yes, you’ve been setting him […]


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Seconds
By Dwip November 15, 2003 at 2:38 am Comments Off on Seconds RSS Feed for this post

“Takes a second to say goodbye/say goodbye, oh oh oh/push the button and pull the plug/say goodbye, oh oh oh” I have nothing to say, really. I looked upon midterms, and found them wanting. An A- on my history of science midterm, a solid B on my American history midterm and my first poli sci midterm. Turned in the second of those today, and I expect no problems with it. So I played some UFO: Aftermath. I could say much about this game. I love the tactics of running your squad through cities, through forests, into buildings, all the while attempting to shoot up aliens. It’s challenging – make a wrong move, and you may well die. There’s enough adrenaline […]


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In the Arms of Sleep
By Dwip November 12, 2003 at 10:02 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So I went to bed at 1am because I’m really tired, and wake up at 3am. What the hell? Stop that, self. Stop it right now. I’d love to have something fun and interesting to report, but no, ‘fraid not. But I’ve remembered an episode from the weekend. So we’re in the theater for the Matrix. Before the movie, they play this little clip with this Hollywood stuntman talking about how making movies takes all this time and effort and how piracy totally cheapens that. So some guy shouts out “I’m gonna go home and download that!” Vast applause erupts in the theater. Did I mention that our showing was like all college kids? Yeah.


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Ain’t It the Life, Reloaded
By Dwip November 8, 2003 at 2:27 pm Comments Off on Ain’t It the Life, Reloaded RSS Feed for this post

Because I don’t want to break the flow of the other post… Speaking of studying, not only did I have a midterm Tuesday, I had a takehome midterm due Thursday, and got another midterm due next Thursday, and will have another midterm on Monday. Like, go away, school. Just go away, and let me play UFO: Aftermath in peace. Yes. New game. Top-down squad-level tactical game. A lot like X-Com, they say, though I never played X-Com. In any case, it’s a lot of fun. Normal is, erm, sufficiently hard, let us say. But as I have 9 hours of Bob Marley video to watch, maybe we’ll just pause on playing that for a bit.


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Ain’t It the Life
By Dwip November 8, 2003 at 2:23 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I saw Matrix: Revolutions last night, but we’ll talk about that later. So Dad’s hobby just so happens to be photography. And, as it so happens, he was part of a local show at LaSells here on campus last night (or is, I should say, as the pics are still there, but). And he wanted me to come for part of it. So I, with my devious mind, got an idea. “Hey, Tali, Laurent. Come see Dad’s photography, and meet the parents who you haven’t despite my having been friends with you for 5 years, and we’ll go see the Matrix after.” Ok, this works. So they come, I come, we all hang out at the show. So there’s […]


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Alas, Babylon
By Dwip November 4, 2003 at 8:30 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Or not so alas, but. Spot the ref, win a point. So the main OSU server decided to up and take a vacation for most of Sunday/Monday, which meant no Internet for me. This was horribly convenient, because I had a presentation due Monday which I was going to use it for. As it turns out I didn’t need to talk. So it all turned out well. So anyway. I’m very tired, and it’s midnight, so I go to bed. Only to wake up at 3am, wide awake. What the hell? It’s 3am. Can’t sleep. The Internet is a fleeting memory. What to do? What to do? Play Civ, of course. Wasn’t in the mood for a huge game, so […]


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In the Continuing Search For Greatness
By Dwip October 31, 2003 at 6:46 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

I promised I’d shut up about gaming, didn’t I? Well, I fibbed. Or rather, I promised I’d shut up about Ultima 7. Well, I’ve been playing Ultima 4 all day, so you’re just going to have to put up with me. Today’s topic: The Top 20 Best Games of All Time. Why that, you ask? Because I’ve been reading this and I felt like it. So here we are. This will be slightly unconventional, as Sirian’s list is one of video games. Mine is one of all games, period. I’m funny like that. Also, this is no real order, as I lack the patience to categorize to that degree. So. 1. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Second Edition (TSR, 1989): I […]


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“Is that REALLY virtuous, Avatar?”
By Dwip October 30, 2003 at 3:21 pm Comments Off on “Is that REALLY virtuous, Avatar?” RSS Feed for this post

On a different note, and with applogies to the Luddite computer game haters in the audience, this’ll be my last on this particular subject, but I feel as if my staying up all night to beat the last two thirds or so of Serpent Isle is somehow worthy of recognition. Insamuch as it ought to be recognized that nobody really makes games like this anymore. Even the BGs, even Morrowind, for all I love those games, have nothing on the plot of Serpent Isle. This, folks, is the pinnacle of computer gaming in almost every way that it matters. SI’s plot is engaging, though there are a few sort of confusing spots here and there. Graphically it is now behind […]


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This Time
By Dwip October 30, 2003 at 3:02 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

This one’s for Laura, though it’s fairly doubtful she’ll ever know. To explain for the rest of you, I got a call last night, to the effect of “Yeah, Laura’s leaving! The going away party is tonight! Come!” Okie, I’m there. I won’t bore you with the conversation. It wasn’t much, as conversation, though it’s probably some of the best conversation I’ve had with them in quite some time. The point, such as it is, is that life is slowly going by. Five years ago, and the anniversary was about a month ago, I was a very shy, rather frightened college freshman wondering how one went about meeting people in this strange new world. Nothing to it, really. Roomie introduced […]


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The Perfect Drug
By Dwip October 27, 2003 at 12:28 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Or it comes pretty damn close, anyway. Lotta gaming lately. Lotta studying, too, but lotta gaming. I feel like I’m taking that whole work hard/play hard thing to heart now. Other night, Thursday I want to say, Whir introduced me to Vampire: The Masquerade. That there, and pardon my French, is some fucked up shit. But it’s fun. Being as how I didn’t even know the rules or anything, I just made a character up something or another like me. We start in Corvallis. Walk out of my dorm room, get, uh, recruited by a vampire to be his, um, archivist. I get a nice gory death scene. This is good. There’s a nifty scene in which he’s like “Well, […]


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Confessions of a Gamer Geek
By Dwip October 24, 2003 at 1:45 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Ok, Reg. Here’s yer update. :) I played my cards right, and it didn’t quite work anyway, but more on that later. First, there was MWDA. And we played MWDA, and we lost horribly bad, but that’s ok, because our army wasn’t designed to win in the first place. Then we traded for almost all the non-unique Liao pieces we didn’t have, and life was good. Then came Serpent Isle. I cannot rave enough about how good this game is. Even if it is from 1992. By far the best Ultima, I’d say. But I just ranted about that, so I won’t. Not finished with it yet, but I’m doing well. I’m also pleasantly surprised to know that despite what […]


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Dazed and Confused
By Dwip October 21, 2003 at 12:20 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Every time I think I’ve seen it all, life blindsides me with another one. I mean, the head of Richard Nixon on the body of a dog to promote a download accelerator on ICQ?


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The World is a Vampire
By Dwip October 18, 2003 at 7:18 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because I so happen to be a main participant in the conversation, do feel free to check out Whir’s blog (today’s entry, for you latecomers).


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Quotable
By Dwip October 18, 2003 at 5:38 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I can’t bring myself to replace the irreplacable Marechal quote at the top there yet, but because this needs saying: Whir: “How come I have to be a Unicorn? Brandon got Vampire, why can’t I? :(“


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Ugly Truth
By Dwip October 18, 2003 at 2:59 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Ok, so I lied in the last one about real life stuff. ‘sides. The rest of you probably had no idea what I was talking about in there. So we’re in Early Republic class, uh, Tuesday, and we’re having a discussion about the assigned reading – Affairs of Honor about the culture of honor in early American politics. Anyway. People are kinda bringing up some points, having a talk on it. Prof turns to me, and she’s like “Well, what did you think?” Dangerous, that was. “Well, honestly, while I thought the book had a lot of good points, and said a lot of good things, most of which have been covered already, I thought the book could have been […]


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This Time
By Dwip October 18, 2003 at 1:19 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Little worth repeating in real life, though if I play my cards right, that might change. But everybody’s gone for the weekend, looks like. Oh well. I beat Ultima 7, though. In remarkably little time, after a very lengthy haitus from it. It’s rather surprising how much of it I remembered with perfect clarity, even with ten years’ distance between now and the last time I had played. I remembered the invisible caltrops in the hidden pirate cave near Jelholm. I remembered where about half the magic armor was. Did the entire expansion in about 4 hours because I remembered how to do the whole thing. I had also totally forgotten how easy it is to munch yourself out in […]


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Disco Inferno
By Dwip October 13, 2003 at 5:43 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Just for kicks… Well, Whir will know what that is, anyway.


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Monkey Business
By Dwip October 13, 2003 at 2:20 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

This is pretty cool, says I. And this is something else entirely, though I haven’t quite decided what yet. We now return you to your regularly scheduled being a week behind in homework.


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Happiness Is Still A Warm Gun
By Dwip October 12, 2003 at 8:18 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Well, let’s see. What’s been going on in the world… Besides homework the whole week, that is. Way. Too. Much. Homework. The. Entire. Freaking. Week. In fact, I should be doing homework right now. But, in the words of somebody or another, fuck THAT shit. Movies! We can watch movies! We can go see Tali and Laurent on Friday, who we haven’t seen for 3 months and a month, respectively, and watch…Bowling For Columbine. Well, that’s nice and uplifting. But that’s ok. I’m me. I thrive on depressing movies. In fact, I want to see Boyz N the Hood again. Yeah. So anyway. Good flick, though the song it plays at the menu REALLY needs to go. Oh, yeah. And […]


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Quote
By Dwip October 11, 2003 at 3:08 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“I’m all about loving thy neighbor. =D But I also believe that shooting lots of people is the best way to save the Republic. You can shoot people with love. All for the greater glory of the Republic, Marius. Got to bear that in mind.” —Marechal


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Stranger In A Strange Land
By Dwip October 9, 2003 at 8:18 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

More Marechalisms. Him, then me, etc. The HRE in the 16th century is fascinating. I want to delve more into that. Luther’s Reformation. THE Charles V. Maximilian. Wallenstein. White Mountain. Mohacs. Gustavus Adolphus’ mixed legions. Rise of the glorious and honorable mode of warfare, although not quite so evident during the Rennaisance. That was like the in-between stage of warfare. Awkward introduction of gunpowder. Old meets the new. Etc. The Thirty Years War is SO not honorable in any way shape or form. But yeah. I do want to do some reading on the period. Need a good general history of France, and a good general history of Spain, and a good general history of Germany. Right, well, yeah, the […]


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Diary of a Madrabbit
By Dwip October 9, 2003 at 8:07 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

In lieu of ranting about life again, which involved me A, hating class a lot and B, running into a number of interesting women, I shall post this rather more interesting snippet of conversation from Alsherok. No, it makes no sense. No, it doesn’t need to. You say ‘Info: Belamon (11) killed by A Giant Rabbit at 5452’ You say ‘Once more, the freedom fighters strike a blow against the tyrranical opressors.’ You say ‘Join us! Rise against the tyrranical opressors! Fight the power! Fuck the police! Kill adventurers! Power to the rabbits!’ A Giant Rabbit chats ‘Rise up against the oppressors! Revolt! Revolt! Raise the banner of revolution!’ A Giant Rabbit points at Belamon accusingly. A Giant Rabbit chats […]


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Denial, Revisited
By Dwip October 8, 2003 at 12:23 am Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

I did it all for the cookie, the cookie. To slightly misquote the Limp Bizkit song. Because monster cookies really do rule that much. So, here we are. It’s the second week of classes. My homework for Thursday was supposed to be two whole books, 500 or 600 pages. And that’s the stuff that’s absolutely required. The other “you won’t flunk but you’ll miss out on life” reading is another couple three hundred pages. There’s also a couple of misc. paper proposals and such as that floating around. If you don’t see me posting much, that’s why. Fortunately, the one book discussion has been pushed back until Tuesday. Rock on. Monday night sucked a lot. I mean, the day was […]


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Before I wander off to
By Dwip October 4, 2003 at 4:09 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Before I wander off to do some homework, we ponder a few things. Such as, for instance, This article, which tells us that Polish troops have found 2003-dated, French-built anti-aircraft missiles in Iraq despite the ban on selling weapons to Iraq. Or, for instance, the transcript of the head of the US WMD inspectors in Iraq’s testimony before Congress about the state of the investigation, which sums up to “Well, we haven’t found anything yet, and boy the newspapers sure are concentrating on that, but what we have come up with looks really frickin’ suspicious, yknow?” Though, to be fair to the other side, the whole “imminent threat of WMDs” thing might have been a TOUCH exaggerated, eh Bush? Much […]


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God Money Part II
By Dwip October 2, 2003 at 4:22 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I am REALLY tired. Which sucks. I hate being really tired. But the point, really, is that my prof for comparative politics is all talking economics, and she’s like “The protestant ethic directly caused the growth of capitalism in Western Europe.” There’s a famous book behind it, apparently. I think I’ve heard of it. But really, let’s go with a no on that one, unless anybody objects. I might explain that more when I’m awake, though.


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We Are the Champions / Last Night on Earth
By Dwip October 2, 2003 at 12:16 pm Comments Off on We Are the Champions / Last Night on Earth RSS Feed for this post

Well, here we are. The fourth day of school, the third of class. But first, we flash back to…last night. MWDA funness, of course. As in, I won my first tourney, and even got a token fellowship vote despite my A, winning which excludes me from that, and B, my thinking that I was being somewhat of a dick the whole night. This is nice to know. The games themselves went like this: First one involved me stringing out the other army, chopping it to bits inch by inch, meanwhile avoiding the Behemoth tank waiting to obliterate me. This worked well. The second game, I got lucky on a charge and a capture, and though it was sort of iffy […]


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God Money
By Dwip September 30, 2003 at 12:19 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

I’ll have things to say about class, but I’ll say them after class. For now, I have 15 minutes to kill, so here’s an ICQ I got from Marechal: So I am reading in this economics textbook, Marius … and everything I am reading says regulation is bad. They’ve got graphs and charts and stuff proving it. So then I’m like … “Well, duh.” Call me a Republican, a capitalist, and a patriot, but yeah .. … so I don’t understand how you can be so pro-regulatory with minimum wage laws and lots of taxes and rent controls and welfare. It’s bad economics. What am I missing??? What’s missing is, essentially, two things. First is the lessons of the Industrial […]


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My Eyes! My Eyes!
By Dwip September 29, 2003 at 10:14 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Hurt like hell. Read on. So I just got back from my first class. “But Erik, it’s 10pm!” Yes, it is. I went to class at 7. Yeah. Good stuff, though. History of 20th century science. It’s something I know comparatively little about, so it should be fairly interesting. We can but hope. But the bulb in the projector, see, wasn’t doing so hot. And it’s one of those newfangled computer ones, see, that project straight off your computer. Good times. Except when they start going out, and the screen turns red, then goes all RGB pixelated and crap. For three hours, in bad lighting. Ow. Ow ow ow. And tomorrow, we get to wake up at 8:30, go to […]


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Whole Lotta Love
By Dwip September 28, 2003 at 12:47 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

I would like to note that there is, in fact, a Hell, and in Hell there is a special place reserved for the people responsible for allowing the student parking lots here to be used as visitor parking during the football games, which means I am currently parked in the middle of nowhere. There is also a special place reserved for those people who brilliantly decided that we don’t need more parking, when in fact this is not the case. There is also a very extra special place reserved for whoever it was that last year decided that the student lots were SO special, we had to move our cars during games, or they’d get towed. Yay for that particular […]


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And the Trogdor Comes in the Niiiight!
By Dwip September 26, 2003 at 10:18 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Speaking of burnination, this was way too much fun. http://www.homestarrunner.com/trogdor.html


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Iron Man
By Dwip September 26, 2003 at 3:12 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Quoth Cole, in reference to Terminator 2: “And Trogdor laid firey burnination upon the playground.” Which of course makes more sense if you read Strongbad. And watch T2, but we’ve all seen T2, here, right? Right? You, in the back there. I saw that. You’re in trouble. We’re coming for you. Also, the Battletech section over there on the right has actual content now. ‘coupla mechs, ‘coupla aerospace fighters, and my very own Snow Raven unit, complete with a good amount of fluff. ’bout time it made it up. Listening to A Perfect Circle’s Thirteenth Step right now. I’m ambivilant about the album as a whole, but that’s because I’m used to Mer de Noms and it’s not, and because […]


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Surfin’ USA
By Dwip September 25, 2003 at 1:28 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

(our, uh, floor theme is “At the Beach” this year, if you were wondering. *shrug*) Not much happening, really. Met a few people, went to MW:DA where I got my head handed to me twice, then proceeded to do major league stompage in a game that involved: The Bannson’s Legionnaire charging Malisa Nova Cat and missing the 10-to-hit charge. Malisa Nova Cat retaliating with a full alpha strike. A Bannson’s peasant company pulling off a 17-to-hit capture on my Scorchers. A Bannson’s peasant company needing a 17 to capture my Po tank in hindering, and missing by 1. Me getting my first full sweep in a long, long time. Good fun. Back here in the real world, the main event […]


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Back to School Special
By Dwip September 23, 2003 at 4:23 pm Comments (16) RSS Feed for this post

Well, here we are. Back in Corvallis. Back at OSU. Back at Callahan. Back in 322. The fifth year for the most of it, the third year for the room. Movein was decidedly non-suckful. We all knew what to do, knew where it all went, and it was all accomplished inside of an hour. The RAs are mostly either the old crop, or people I knew before, so about every five minutes it was like “ERIK! YOU’RE BACK! GREAT!” It’s good to be loved. ;) Of course, last night I got really tired at midnight after the packing fun, and decided to go to bed… Life utters the words ‘refresh’ You feel suddenly awake! Doh. So I was up until […]


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Forward to the Past
By Dwip September 21, 2003 at 4:15 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

For those of you who remember the little review of a book called 1632 a bit back… Picked up 1633 yesterday. Read it pretty much in a day and a half. It’s bigger than the first book. This is good, in ways. The world is much more fleshed out, now, along the lines of Island in the Sea of Time. And there are plans for an obscene number of new books. This can be nothing but good. OTOH, the story sort of dragged. I suspect it’s a setup book for 1634, but… Oh well. Good times. Also, before the Blakist whacking rituals, we saw Terminator 3. This was good. T3 is good times. But not as good times as T2 […]


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Back to the Future
By Dwip September 20, 2003 at 1:18 am Comments Off on Back to the Future RSS Feed for this post

So we played the second session of our MW3 game tonight. Wherein after being massively dropped on by Blakists, and all nearby settlements blown up with nuclear weapons, Our Heroes run to the hills, where they recruit a few conscripts for La Resistance: The back hills hick with half a machine shop, the random investment banker, the random doctor, and the random hillbillies with 4 kids, one of whom is their only ICE engine repairman. So while half the PCs stay back to guard the fort and build stuff, the other two take off in the investment banker’s Lamborghini aircar to scout out the main town in the area. As it turns out, they’re spotted by Blakist air patrols, and […]


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Iraq in Perspective
By Dwip September 18, 2003 at 2:11 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Well Toast, this one’s for you. I was going to reply in the comments, but it sort of outgrew that, so: yeah, I sorta remember us talking about Iraq quite a bit… interesting how you already back then never used al qaeda as an argument, while the entire press was basically screaming about it constantly. Good thing :) Still waiting for some report on the whole Weapons of Mass Destruction though. None found yet, right? Wow, why am I not surprised? And does anyone but me see the irony in vetoing that resolution? France, Germany and Russia?!?!? Bah I say, bah! The Iraq debate was an interesting one. Knowing what I know now, I’m not sure I’d have said all […]


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Gee, You THINK?
By Dwip September 17, 2003 at 4:56 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

This is a particularly sad bit of news. Firstly, I’m all for democracy, but I live in the same country as any number of very stupid people, and this saddens me. Secondly, just a TAD late there, eh Mr. President? Because it would of course be horrible of you to make the statement back when it mattered, like, oh, before the war, when everyone was chanting “Let’s go bomb Iraq because they helped with 9/11” and you were saying shit about how Al Queda and Saddam were working hand in hand, now wouldn’t it? Because that wasn’t a fucking stupid claim to base a war on or anything. You know, the more I think about it, the more I see […]


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Transcending the Role
By Dwip September 17, 2003 at 4:59 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Much to say, and it’s all me and roleplaying games. So those of you what don’t play em, sorry. But just for Whir, I played MW3, and you didn’t, so nyah. So this last Sunday I got invited to play in the D&D campaign that Rema (who runs the MW:DA games I’m in) runs, and Griselda (of RBCiv fame, and who I think has been lurking here without saying hi… ;)) plays in, along with a couple of the other MW:DA folks and another guy I didn’t really know. Needless to say, I accepted. Please, don’t twist my arm too hard… ;) The character I come up with is a diplomat/spy type rogue, grew up in the streets but is […]


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The Best of Giant Robot Games
By Dwip September 16, 2003 at 1:22 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

This isn’t the actual update I promised, but I was pondering the want to put this up somewhere, and here’s good. So this a post I made over on the Classic Battletech boards. Whir will be amused, even if nobody else is. Back before we understood the fire rules, we had a fire spread over an entire map. Something like two lances of light and medium jumpers are leaping all over the place in fire and smoke, lining up rear shots at point blank range. Had this big chain of mechs winding all over the board. Playing on Large Mountain/Heavy Woods. Mechs on both sides I think were Pack Hunter clones or the like. He’s in the woods, jumps a […]


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While We’re Plugging Movies…
By Dwip September 12, 2003 at 12:26 am Comments Off on While We’re Plugging Movies… RSS Feed for this post

This is likewise hilarious in its own special way, though if you’re easily offended by the idea of suburban Japanese families trying to act like they’re down in the ‘hood, complete with the requisite language, this maybe isn’t your thing. Or just don’t let Mom catch you watching it. :P


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Think Amusement
By Dwip September 12, 2003 at 12:07 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

This is the best thing I’ve seen in weeks. Really.


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Ghetto Computing
By Dwip September 8, 2003 at 10:50 pm Comments (15) RSS Feed for this post

So, we’re sitting here, Clyos and I, and it’s like “Well, what do we do?” “Dunno. Let’s play some multiplayer MC2.” “Don’t we need another computer for it?” “Well, yes.” “Where do we get one, then?” “How about all those spare parts you have?” “Well, we can try.” So we do. We end up using the corpse of my old Pentium 500 for it. P500, 128 MB of RAM, my old 16 meg vid card, and we hope onboard sound of some sort. And then we rip parts out of the old P233 – the old trayless 24x CD-ROM, the old 64 MB of RAM, the floppy. And we wrestle with old battleship steel cases a lot. This is ghetto […]


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Quote
By Dwip September 8, 2003 at 3:07 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geometry, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. —John Adams


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Interesting Times
By Dwip September 8, 2003 at 9:59 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I finished David McCullough’s biography of John Adams last night. Call it 3am. Good times. It won a Pulitzer, and for good reason – it’s a very informative book, while being a good read in the bargain. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and came out more knowledgable for it. Can’t say better, I think. Go forth, acquire it, if you’ve got any interest in the subject at all. So, Adams lived in some very interesting times, in the Chinese sense of the term. ’76, the Revolution, the diplomatic troubles of a new nation, serving in the almost useless VP spot, and finally as President in his own right, and then doing the whole Cincinatus thing. Quite a […]


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The End of Days
By Dwip September 6, 2003 at 3:42 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So it’s freaking hot, it’s 3:30am, and I’ve been reading far too long. So there shall be musings. Sort of looking forward to school starting again. I will, no matter what, not be bored, I think. More than that, I’ve got something to prove. 16 credits is going to be the most I’ve taken since that fateful winter term freshman year where I took 18, and the resulting beatdown pretty well shell-shocked me. I haven’t been pulling the best of grades the last few years, and I want to get over that. I’ve fucked up pretty hard, in fact. I want that to be over. Been saying a lot of shit lately to folks like Marechal about how you hafta […]


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Adventures In the Big City
By Dwip September 5, 2003 at 4:03 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Yes Whir, I do update every so often. So we, and by we I mean me, Cole/Clyos, and his brother, went up to Corvallis yesterday. Checked out the apartment their going to be getting. Funny place. I can’t quite stand on my toes and touch the ceiling with my head, but it’s close. Plus every room has a distinctly different style – shingle walls, fake brick, wood panels… very amusing. Gas stove from like the 40s. But cheap. And large. Can’t ask for much more. And it’s just them. I predict hanging out over there a bunch. Went to the bookstore, too, which made my wallet $274 lighter after I got my books for school. I am going to be […]


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Cult of Personality
By Dwip August 31, 2003 at 3:49 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Because Toast wanted me to post this. Not as funny as it might’ve been, and I didn’t ACTUALLY call Nappy a loser, but oh well. Marechal: What a life Napoleon led. One day he is an underpaid foreign officer without an appointment… then he was a European Emperor ruling from Lisbon to Warsaw, Vienna, Paris, Rome, and all of Europe at his feet and a million soldiers under his banners…. and then he’s a lonely, poor old man on a God-forsaken rock in the south Atlantic. Wow. Me: And of those, one is a good career goal. :P Marechal: Just … amazing story. Two human stories, above all else, fascinate me. The story of our Lord Jesus Christ and the […]


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Vast, Vast Amusement
By Dwip August 31, 2003 at 2:38 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Everybody who reads this except Whir is probably a Tonto and can see it for themselves anyway, but I happen to think this is freaking hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Go Blackadder.


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Quote
By Dwip August 30, 2003 at 3:07 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“Hanse Davion is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me shoot down CCAF troops in green pastures, he recons the enemy beside quiet waters, he restores the Federated Commonwealth. He guides us with pathfinders for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no Capellan, for the AFFC and his mercenaries are with me; your AC and your Hatchet, they comfort me. You prepare a secure LZ before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my ammo bin overflows. Surely victory and pacification will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of […]


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The Perils of Scheduling
By Dwip August 29, 2003 at 5:07 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, it works out, as I mentioned, that not only do I have fall term to populate with classes, I have winter term as well. And then spring will look good and I’ll be in England. Well, sort of. Checked my little sheet of stuff I need to graduate, and I’m at 135 credits, need 180 to graduate. And 33 of 60 upper division to graduate. I had in the past totally forgotten about the 180 bit. So I THOUGHT I could take it easy. But no. So we rework fall’s schedule, and come up with… M7-10PM     HSTS 414 HISTORY OF 20TH CENTURY SCIENCE TR9:30-11AM HST 315  EUROPEAN MILITARY 1400-1815 TR12:30-2PM HST 474  JEFFERSONIAN & JACKSONIAN DEMOCRACY TR2-4PM     PS 204 […]


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Luminous Times
By Dwip August 26, 2003 at 2:54 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

So, life is good. Did some digging about going over and spending a couple terms in London next year. I THOUGHT I had to spend Winter/Spring there, which meant I had crammed fall term’s schedule with a bunch of things I didn’t want to take to get them done with. Turns out that I wouldn’t be going until Spring, which means I can spread out and take the classes I wanted to take in Winter instead. This is good. Getting whipped in Civ, though. That sucks. Not getting whipped in HRE, though. That’s good.


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Passing Over the River
By Dwip August 23, 2003 at 11:54 pm Comments Off on Passing Over the River RSS Feed for this post

It’s been a good weekend, we note. The parents are gone at the coast. The bowl of pasta I didn’t quite cook right is nonetheless good. Cole came over and we played a ton of Civ and some MWDA. This is good. Watched Gods and Generals tonight. Reviewed it a bit on Tonto, will do more here. On a plot level, it sucked. Skipped around a lot, tried to cover too much, and should’ve stayed focused on Stonewall Jackson the entire time. The token black folks needed a LOT of help. Jackson the religiously fanatic military man who loves his family and such a lot was interesting. Watching random guys march around on battlefields for 4 hours, not so much. […]


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Happiness Is A Warm Gun
By Dwip August 22, 2003 at 4:50 am Comments (20) RSS Feed for this post

Holy crap am I tired. But more on that in a sec. Wednesday was MWDA night, of course. Liao Incursion xpack is now out, and we had a sealed booster to get in, which meant $30 and a random army because you could only use what you drew in the boosters you bought. So I get a pair of uniques out of my first two boosters. There’s, I dunno, 5 or 10 uniques per case, like 50 boxes a case if I remember all this right, and I got 2. Rock on. But it shortchanged my army, which meant I got stomped hard – 1 kill all night and it was a defenseless scout chopper. But I cleaned up on […]


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Stuff
By Dwip August 20, 2003 at 12:28 am Comments (18) RSS Feed for this post

Much to say. For starters, Epic 32 is up over in the Civ section. Much funness. Now on to Epics 35 and 36. Also playing some HRE, and it’s going…harshly. Byzantine rampages, the French… bad times. Bad times. Also, a few Tonto blogs to advertise. Some of you with blogs already read here, so no use advertising to you, but… Regina Simfish Mobely Regina, as has been noted, has started a fad. On another note, I FINALLY[1] finished Norman Davies’ The Isles: A History today. Overview of the UK and Ireland from earliest times to 1999. It’s a good read, does just what one expects it to do, though it misses a few gaps here and there, but it’s only […]


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Movieage
By Dwip August 19, 2003 at 12:03 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So Laurent, Laura, and I got together for the “Have fun in Europe, Laurent you lucky bastard” farewell tour. Watched Chasing Amy, which means I have now seen every Kevin Smith movie. This is good in one way, bad in another. Kevin Smith needs more movies. At any rate, I’ll say that it’s a good movie, without dwelling on that because I haven’t quite figured it out yet. In any case, it’s a romance and I’m a guy, thus if I like it something must’ve gone right, I imagine. Also spent the time dwelling, as I often times do when I’m tired and have a headache for some reason, as I do now, on the fact where my friends and […]


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Bookage
By Dwip August 17, 2003 at 6:22 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So a day or two ago I was like “Dammit, enough of this computer game crap. I need a NOVEL.” This after watching the Star Wars Ep II commentary in lieu of an actual movie. I know. I know. Really. So I eventually decided on a McCullough. Morgan’s Run, as it happens, which I had thought was pretty decent the first time around, and decided to make sure. It’s pretty decent. It is, however, not an action-packed book. It’s only a marginally suspenseful book. And you can tell that McCullough likes Richard Morgan perhaps a tad too much. But that’s ok, really. The cool bit is the descriptions of everything. Prisons, Norfolk Island itself… Everything. McCullough’s always been great at […]


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We’re Having a Heat Wave…
By Dwip August 15, 2003 at 9:42 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

This is pretty amusing. Iraqis giving advice on dealing with heat and blackouts. “They should go to the power stations and see what the problem is,” suggested Ahmed Abdul Hussein, 21. “Maybe there are followers of Saddam Hussein who are sabotaging their power stations. That’s what happens here.”


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Star Wars, Attack of the Humor
By Dwip August 15, 2003 at 3:22 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Whir will recognize this, as I’ve copied this from an ICQ conversation we had. Me: Linkage Whir: The Palpatine Rabbit. Heh. Me: *grin* *shoots lightning* Er, drat. You didn’t see that. Can’t let my secret out yet… Me: As I’ve got this imagine of this gigantic rabbit, made up in Darth Maul colors, wielding a big red light saber and kicking ass. Darth Fuzzy, if you will. A gentler, kinder Sith Lord. The choice of a new generation, perhaps. I mean, gotta get all those kids up into the Empire, right? Whir: Did you take some medication, or something? Me: Just utilizing my twisted mind for the betterment of rabbits everywhere. Well, ok. Considering Palpatine gets tossed off the balcony, […]


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An Update
By Dwip August 15, 2003 at 3:11 am Comments Off on An Update RSS Feed for this post

So I needed a break from figuring out the convoluted early history of Elven civilization in Duranth. I hate it when I totally abandon actual historical lessons and have to deal with thousand-year wars. Gah. Anyway. I’ve started playing HRE again. Firebird gave me his writeup, and hopefully Marechal will have that and his own writeup ready to post soon. As for me, I’ve a 17 y/o Emperor with a broke province to deal with. Aeeyah. One of these days we might even play some Tharavel, except for how everybody’s being assholish about giving me characters. So maybe not. Oh well. Until then, there’s MWDA. So I picked up my last week’s Fellowship prize yesterday. A 4-pack of limited edition […]


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Hrm.
By Dwip August 15, 2003 at 2:57 am Comments Off on Hrm. RSS Feed for this post

Hopefully things all work again.


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Oodelaly, Oodelaly, Golly What a Day
By Dwip August 12, 2003 at 8:41 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Robin Hood and Little John, running through the fore…no, wait, that’s not it. So the enormously large news of the day is that I’m now, get this, His Excellency, Tonto_Marius, Viceroy of the Empire, Minister of Gaming, Baron of the Other Games Fief. IE, I help run Tonto now. Congratulations are also in order for Regina, who’s also quite high up these days. Can’t say as how I’m glad to be there, though. Those of you who’re there understand what I’m talking about, I think. In other news, Epic 33 is up on the Civ page now. Hella hard. But fun. Played some MWDA down at the shop on Monday for kicks. 2 games. Won the first one, which was […]


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Quote
By Dwip August 11, 2003 at 3:05 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Gormican says ‘until the end when you realize that thier staves meant to look like the wizard staves are really modified high tech lazy guns’ Samson says ‘high tech lazy guns! WOOO!’ Samson says ‘Pull the trigger and they wake up 2 hours later :P’ —Gormican and Samson


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Bzzzzzzt
By Dwip August 8, 2003 at 7:50 pm Comments Off on Bzzzzzzt RSS Feed for this post

So the power went out today. Right in the middle of writing a huge forum post. Stupid power lines. I HATE not having power. Also: The slightly insane pair of moon elves I’m driving around by Evereska in Whir’s D&D adventure is fun.


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Quote
By Dwip August 8, 2003 at 3:04 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Fresssh game… —Assorted argonians, Morrowind


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By Dwip August 8, 2003 at 3:04 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

What khajiit do for you? —Assorted khajiit, Morrowind


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By Dwip August 8, 2003 at 3:03 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

All I ask for is a pair of boots. How hard could it be? —Basks-In-The-Sun


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Farewall, Merc Balac VTOL
By Dwip August 7, 2003 at 4:47 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

We barely knew you. Or, actually, we knew you very well, because you were one of our single best pieces, but. This would be the weekly MWDA post. I realize nobody actually plays besides me, but that’s just too damn bad, isn’t it? I need to gloat. ;) So here I am, running this trippy 400 point randa-army of Malisa Nova Cat, Kym Nova Cat, some DF Raidens, and the ever-present Merc/RotS Balac VTOLs. My first game, I go up against the Artillery Army of Doom. I hate arty. I die. Badly. His RotS Crimson Hawk takes out my entire side, and I die a lot. Very sad. Malisa Nova Cat misses a 12 to hit alpha strike by 1. […]


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The Utility of Old Boxes
By Dwip August 5, 2003 at 3:41 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

“Huh?” you ask. But more on that later. Firstly. It’s been a boring enough week. Finished both Epic 32 and Epic 33. Reports will happen when the closing dates arrive. We may or may not see one for Epic 34, given that I’m now up for my second reign in the HRE MT:W game (You Tonto readers – read. Give comments!) and needing to work on the Redoran Mod. So, over the weekend, we had relatives up from CA. Not sure what they are, cousins or something. Nice old couple. Talked geneology with Mom a lot. A generally sat around and finished Epic 32 and stayed out of their way. Totally unexciting, actually, except for Dad breaking out some of […]


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The Revenge of Giant Robot Games
By Dwip July 31, 2003 at 3:49 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So I arrive at the store last night to play some MW:DA, and everybody’s like “You do know about the $15 entry fee tonight, right?” No, not really. “Yeah. The prize is the dropship. And apparently there’s lots more cool stuff, too.” Oh, really. BANK_ACCOUNT == BANK_ACCOUNT – 15; So, to make a long story short, I pretty much dominate my first game, despite playing Dragon’s Fury for some unknown reason, then proceed to get dominated my second and third games, though I was doing ok in my third until I started totally sucking. But I got fellowship. Which resulted in my picking up some good mechs from each faction. And Rema outright gave me a DF Crimson Hawk and […]


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When Advertising Ruled the World
By Dwip July 29, 2003 at 7:14 pm Comments Off on When Advertising Ruled the World RSS Feed for this post

Dad sent me this. Amusing. http://home.comcast.net/~bernhard36/honda-ad.html


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Hrm
By Dwip July 29, 2003 at 7:45 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I’ve been up for a rediculously long time. I believe I shall sleep first. But not before informing you of several things: 1. I got my copy of FM:Updates today. The Warm Fuzzy Feeling rides again. 2. A Perfect Circle kicks ass. I thank Whir for this. 3. Salsa Doritos also kick ass. In fact, everybody in the afterlife eats a lot of Doritos. 4. I soooo can’t type for anything when I’m tired. Yes. That was one of the lamest blog posts I believe I have ever made. But I’m a DEMENTED rabbit, remember.


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On A Completely Different Subject
By Dwip July 25, 2003 at 9:23 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Finished Children of the Mind last night. Last book in the series that starts with Ender’s Game. Ponderances on the subject. I’ve heard a lot of people say that you should stop after Speaker For the Dead, some after Ender’s Game itself. I think they’re wrong. For me, Xenocide and Children of the Mind were just as crucial to the plot as the first two. Certainly I found them all as engrossing as the last one, which is to say each one lasted from about 11pm to 6am or so the next morning. The thing about the latter two, though, and especially Children of the Mind, is that Card goes on some really stratospheric philosophy and such. I expect most […]


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And We Continue With…
By Dwip July 23, 2003 at 5:29 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Well, this took a bit of time to get to, but here we are. Marechal’s very own topic. Well you see now, it’s not that we are opposed to scientific change. That’s great stuff. I don’t happen to be much of a science person, but one of my friends, who is also Lutheran, is a science geek. Science is good. UNLESS it crosses the bounds of acceptable, ethical conduct. Stem cell research based on aborted fetuses, for example. Sure, the possible scientific benefits may be potentially great, but the cost in human life is too high. This, of course, requiring one to consider human life’s beginning at conception. For those interested, there’s lots of science out there on when the […]


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More Responses
By Dwip July 20, 2003 at 12:47 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I think this is a bit too large for the comments pane, so… Quoth Regina: That was really informative. Thanks. :) Question: do you view bad things that come from religion as the natural progression of religion and its logical conclusion? Or are they abuses of a system that could work? Yer welcome. That’s a sort of complex question, and I may or may not be able to answer it well, but I’ll try. Start with this thread here. There’s some exceedingly long pontificating there that might be of some use. To attempt to answer it directly… it depends on the “bad thing” in question. Blind faith, frex, can be a “logical conclusion” of religion. It isn’t for all people, […]


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Responses
By Dwip July 19, 2003 at 2:36 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

And lo, here we are again. Responses to comments and the like. Regina’s fault, Marechal’s fault. Yes. Giantly long post ahead, Cap’n! To quote myself from July 5th: Religion, on anything more than a purely personal level, is our enemy. I say this as an athiest, of course, and with a nod to the discussion on the nature of monotheisms and organized religion in the Tonto thread. To continue with that, religion is our enemy because faith and reason, faith and science can after a certain point no longer co-exist. As it is reason and science that are the keys to any sort of progress socially, materially, or otherwise, blind religious faith must be cast aside and replaced with a […]


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Standard bi-Daily Scribblings
By Dwip July 17, 2003 at 3:11 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, hrm. Boring, really. Cole came back, so we hung out. That was fun. Hopefully we’ll do that LAN session tonight and play a lot of CFS3. Epic 31 appears to be a smash hit both here and over at RBCiv, where I even made the Quote of the Moment. This is good. Very happy about this. Kings of the French is more or less done, now, but more on that later. The Redoran Mod is…proceeding. Somewhat slowly, since interior decoration takes a while. Quite a while, no less. But we’re now mostly done with interiors now, and it’s on to quest and dialogue scripting. Aeeyah.


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Happenings
By Dwip July 14, 2003 at 1:34 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, Epic 31 is up now over in the Civ section. Lots of fun, even if I did pretty much play it in three six-ten hour sittings. And then I stayed up all night reading because I could. That was fun. Least I did some work on the Redoran Mod first, so Samson’ll be happy. You’ll also note that I’ve said nothing about having a job, here.


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*yawn*
By Dwip July 11, 2003 at 5:20 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Not that anybody but Whir is around to be reading this anyway, but oh well. New page stuff – linked to a bunch of Civ 3 Epics that’ve been around for a while but not linked. Did that in preperation for Epic 31, which I shall go play in a few minutes. Saw The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen today with Mom. Spent the first half of the movie thinking “This movie is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cheesily bad.” Then about halfway through, I shrugged, realized that it was a fairly enjoyable cheesily bad movie for all of that, and sat back and enjoyed it. Not the height of great cinema, but worth watching on video if you need something. OTOH, all the […]


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Four Hours Later
By Dwip July 5, 2003 at 6:13 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

I finally finished writing forum posts and emails. And I only wrote like three, which should tell you something. At any rate, most of my assorted wordage has been on the subject of religious theory, which is always quite amusing to me as the athiest I am. This may be of interest if you like such discussion. My bit begins in reply to _real’s massive July 4th post. I’ve got a certain tangent from that discussion, which is why Islamic fundamentalism is our enemy, among other things. I won’t post it there, for it’s fairly inflamatory, but I’ll post it here. You the reader may be offended by it. Religion, on anything more than a purely personal level, is our […]


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Testing, Testing, 1-2-3
By Dwip July 2, 2003 at 1:33 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

These are always kinda pointless and fun. Pegged me reasonably well, even. Your Brain Usage Profile Auditory : 43% Visual : 56% Left : 43% Right : 56% Erik, you possess an interesting balance of hemispheric and sensory characteristics, with a slight right-brain dominance and a slight preference for visual processing. Since neither of these is completely centered, you lack the indecision and second-guessing associated with other patterns. You have a distinct preference for creativity and intuition with seemingly sufficient verbal skills to be able to translate in any meaningful way to yourself and others. You tend to see things in “wholes” without surrendering the ability to attend to details. You can give them sufficient notice to be able to […]


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The Reviews of Books and Movies
By Dwip July 1, 2003 at 12:45 am Comments Off on The Reviews of Books and Movies RSS Feed for this post

So Laura and I saw The Hulk tonight, and it was, uh. Um. Something. It had good parts, and the story went ok right up until the end, except for the parts that, well, didn’t go ok. It looked damn cool. And it felt like every second of the two and a half hours I sat watching it. Also finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt. It’s one of those books that you like without really liking, I suppose. I mean, for starters, the premise is totally whacked – 99% of Europe’s population dies off in the Black Plague, nobody else feels a thing. Sorry, thanks for playing. Also, he uses this funky reincarnation thing as a […]


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Creative Ramblings
By Dwip June 29, 2003 at 2:40 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Well, the 3N concept has gotten off to a good start, I think. Currently level 3 and going strong in my Nordic Fur. ;) Not what I came to talk about, though. So I was thinking as I was going to get pop about creative urges, and in specific my own. And I think to myself no, it’s worse than that. It’s not just an urge, it’s more like a physical NEED. I MUST create things, be they in writing, drawings, whatever. Sort of the manifestations of the things I read, the games I play, if you will. Thus I create D&D worlds, or Morrowind mods. Thus I draw little buildings in the hopes of getting all of these images […]


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Naked Nordic Nationalists?
By Dwip June 28, 2003 at 3:45 am Comments Off on Naked Nordic Nationalists? RSS Feed for this post

Or close enough. Morrowind variantism. The concept: Take a Nord, who will wear nothing but Nordic eq and attempt to take on the main quests of Morrowind, Bloodmoon, and Tribunal. Allowed Armor: Bear (Light) Wolf (Light) Snow Bear (Light) Snow Wolf (Light) Nordic Fur (Light) Nordic Ringmail (Medium) Nordic Iron (Heavy) Nordic Trollbone (Heavy) And any artifacts that fall under these, of course. Ice and Nordic Mail are also “Nordic” armors, but since they’re the best of their respective classes, no challenge is gained by wearing them. And we’re after the challenge, right? Weapons are a different story. The goal is to be wielding Nordic, Nordic Silver, or Ice weapons (yes, the latter two are NICE stuff. But I’m not […]


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Spam!
By Dwip June 26, 2003 at 7:54 pm Comments Off on Spam! RSS Feed for this post

This is pretty damn funny, if I do say so myself.


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Hello Out There…
By Dwip June 26, 2003 at 6:52 pm Comments Off on Hello Out There… RSS Feed for this post

Guess I’m not entertaining y’all enough, hrm? Except Whir, but Whir has no life, so he’s allowed. Not that much has been going on, lately. Job hunting sucks a whole lot. It’s like “job market? You mean Oregon has a JOB MARKET!? You LIE!” But the extracurricular activities go strong. Such as, yknow, the Kings of the French, which I have another reign report to write for, having finished my all of 9 year kingship. Played some more Mechwarrior: Dark Age last night, and sucked the first time, had a close battle the second time, and dominated so hard the third time I cleaned him off the map without losing a unit. That was cool. Did some reading, too. Finished […]


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Heh. Heh. Heh.
By Dwip June 24, 2003 at 7:19 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I always told myself I would never put one of those test things up here, but oh well. The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis!Here is how you matched up against all the levels: Level Score Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) High Level 2 (Lustful) Moderate Level 3 (Gluttonous) Moderate Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Moderate Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Moderate Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Very High Level 7 (Violent) Moderate Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Moderate Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Moderate Take the Dante’s Inferno Hell Test


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Under a Blood Red Sky
By Dwip June 23, 2003 at 2:54 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, Bloodmoon is now over. Nice enjoyable Morrowind snack. I think I’m about of energy for Morrowind now, but it’s certainly been a good ride. In other news, I finally got done with my latest Kings of the French reign report. Only took like a week to write – all these little bits of fiction take time. Now I need to play out the next guy. Sometimes this is way too much like work, I swear. Speaking of work, it’s out for job hunting tomorrow. Aeeyah.


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It’s Getting Better All the Time
By Dwip June 19, 2003 at 5:34 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or I am, anyway. MW:DA night last night. Mostly clear field, 600 point armies with only 3 orders, so I built what felt like an overgunned 300 point army. All Spirit Cats, 3 mechs, 6 shock troopers, and 3 vehicles, and my brand new Merc Balac VTOL I traded Cole for last time, and my ONLY VTOL. That thing rocks. It got me VC3 twice, as I ran it into the other guy’s end zone and just stayed there. It was going to save me from Cole, except time ran out. Ah well. Anyway, the first game was me dancing around, trying to avoid the other guy’s LE Mad Cat Mk II that was ruling my world, while picking off […]


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Websites of Leetness
By Dwip June 18, 2003 at 4:53 pm Comments Off on Websites of Leetness RSS Feed for this post

This site rules all. From it I have picked up Ultima IV, F-15 Strike Eagle II, and the original 1985 version of Empire. Having grown up on the latter two, my life is now good and happy. And Bloodmoon rules. And I think, being as how this is about my 20th or 25th reading of Shogun, I have in fact sucked the life from it. But not quite. It’s kind of like an old friend. You might not have anything to say to each other, but there’s still something there anyway. *shrug*


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Stuff
By Dwip June 17, 2003 at 2:24 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Yes Whir, here’s a blog update. Let’s see… Not much happening, really. Finished my latest Kings of the French turn finally, after decades of vicious slaughter in the east, and will now need to write up a story for it. RBP-10A finished as well, with us winning by a surprise UN victory. Just finished my Sirian’s Sandbox turn. *shrug* Also, I played some Bloodmoon. I like it. There’s a lot of snow, a lot of Nords, dead and otherwise, a lot of wildlife, most of it now dead, and a lot of nifty quests and items and stuff. About everything one would expect. Good stuff. On the real life front, well, I need a job. I really, really need a […]


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Free at last, Free at last
By Dwip June 12, 2003 at 6:05 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So here I am, it’s last night about 2am, I’m about to go to bed because I have a test at 9:30 the next morning, and I suddenly realize “Oh yeah. Essay due tomorrow. Crap.” *mad scribbling* Not at all confident about how I did on my last finals, but whatever. I’m done now. All I care about. And, having taken all these finals, all I got was this sweet t-shirt: On the front, it’s got a picture of my ancient history prof, and the words “Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutamus!” (Hail Caesar, we who are about to die salute you! for the Latin-illiterate). On the back it’s got a historical figure name (Gaius Marius for me, who else?) and […]


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Quote
By Dwip June 12, 2003 at 3:03 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Change is about as alien to me as fun. —Marechal


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Yummy!
By Dwip June 11, 2003 at 12:14 pm Comments Off on Yummy! RSS Feed for this post

Not for the faint of heart, but I found the first part of this to be cool, in a gruesome sort of way. Makes you realize how enormously uncool it was to be an Aztec. For that matter, I’ll just go ahead and plug the whole Bronze Age New World timeline while I’m here. Very nicely done alternate history. So, hrm. What else have I been doing lately. Well, there’s always Civ 3 Succession Games: RBP10 – The Spanish Explorers Sirian’s Sandbox And then there’s the Medieval: Total War SG: The Kings of the French KoF Comment Thread And then there’s all the school. Stalin final tonight, Anth and Greece tomorrow morning. And then it’s all over for the entire […]


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LifeMUD
By Dwip June 9, 2003 at 1:18 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

This will likely make no sense to you if you don’t play MUDs, but oh well. With blame…er…credit to Samson and myself. When bored imms attack. Welcome to LifeMUD. Please choose a race. 1) Human Please choose a class. 1) Worker Drone Please wait while statistics and a name are generated for you. The immortals have assigned you the name ‘Melvin’ and you cannot change it. Enjoy your stay on LifeMUD! You are in a sterile-looking hospital room. Your mother is here. A nurse is here. You are hungry. You are thirsty. You wield a scalpel. Your pierce OBLITERATES your mother! Your mother is dead! RIP. A nurse’s backhand CRUSHES you! The world fades to black… > chat hey! All […]


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Whee
By Dwip June 5, 2003 at 6:40 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So apparently my mad writing skillz are so mad, my papers are now in general demand or something. Guy came up after class, asked for a copy. That’s cool. Never had that happen before. Not to mention the prof wants to give the poli sci people a copy. That’s likewise cool. What’s not cool is the weather. It’s currently 95 degreees at 6:30 pm. And I had to walk around and sit in class all day in it. Suckful. However. BK apparently is doing cherry Icees now. Almost anything is worth a cherry Icee.


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Survival
By Dwip June 3, 2003 at 4:07 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I lived through the week. I turned in a pair of papers that were at best mediocre, and at worst total drivel, metaphoricly broke my back doing reading, and took an essay test on 3 hours of sleep, but I survived. But there’s good news in here, too. The OTHER paper I turned in, and a previous paper I turned in came back today. An A and an A-. I even have a note on the Magruder textbook paper saying that I should submit it to the current Political Science faculty. Whoa.


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Nrg
By Dwip May 30, 2003 at 3:44 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m less proud of the death camp paper, but honestly at this point I could care less. It’s over, done with, and I have only one more paper to go this weekend.


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In the Land of the Paperless…
By Dwip May 30, 2003 at 1:53 am Comments Off on In the Land of the Paperless… RSS Feed for this post

The man who was finished one of his papers is king. Or something. The important thing here is that I finished my Magruder textbook paper. I’m sort of proud of it, except where I’m not. I’m not sure how well it passes on the essence of the whole thing in 5 pages, but whatever. It will all make sense in the end. Now I get to write one on Soviet prison camps in the 1930s. That’ll be exciting. Also, I offer up a website, and a quote. The website And the quote, in reference to the book that’s based on the website, or something. “It also doesn’t really end, so much as it jerks abruptly to a halt like an […]


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Excellent!
By Dwip May 28, 2003 at 3:22 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

*air guitar riff* HST 421 paper due date moved from Friday to Monday. Also, I have my makeup exam for that class that same Monday. Life now owns. Life will own much more right after the nap I will now be taking. “Put them…in the iron maiden.” “Iron Maiden!? Excellent!” “EXECUTE THEM!” “Bogus!”


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And In the Morning?
By Dwip May 26, 2003 at 10:24 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

The hangover part of the week: Thursday: Conference on the paper that’s due in two weeks. I need to have a bibliography and maybe an outline together by then. Also a group meeting for my presentation next Thursday. Friday: This’ll be fun. 5-6 page Archives research paper due in HST 310. 5 page paper on the gulags due in HST 415. 10 page paper on Xenophon’s Anabasis due in HST 421. I urge you all to remember that while I’ve done most of my archives research, I have yet to touch the books for either of the other two papers. Next Tuesday: 3 articles with reports due for Anth. Next Thursday: Archives research presentation due in HST 310. 2 Mondays […]


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In the Evening
By Dwip May 26, 2003 at 10:16 pm Comments Off on In the Evening RSS Feed for this post

In the eeeeeeeevning… *loud drums/guitar* Or something. So on the plus side of this last week, Wednesday I played some great MW:DA. Thursday I saw Matrix: Reloaded (can’t find my copy of the original – how annoying). Friday I went out with Tali and Laura, had ice cream, played cards, enjoyed the weather. Saturday I went out with Tali and Laura, threw a frisbee around for a while, enjoyed the weather, ate some good pizza, and watched a really bad 60’s horror flick. Good times. And today I got fed. Yay.


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Oh So Tired
By Dwip May 26, 2003 at 2:51 am Comments Off on Oh So Tired RSS Feed for this post

The dangerous thing about books, and I mean the good ones here, the really good ones, is that they make you think. Worse than that, they make you FEEL. End of a really good book, you sort of put it down, and you get kind of sad, and you kinda dwell on it a bit, dwell on yourself, that sort of thing. And then you go to bed, and you wake up, and nothing’s changed in your life, and it’s all back to the same old thing. Yeah. Guess who’s been reading way too much today? The worst part of it is, it left me with a realization that I am very very tired of my life at the moment. […]


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Spoonman
By Dwip May 23, 2003 at 4:29 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Did, in fact, see Matrix: Reloaded last night. I shall simply say that my speculations on whatever the hell is going on are going to wait until the third movie has been seen. Until then, I can always listen to the blather on rasfwrj about it. Movie kicked ass, though, even if I have no idea where it’s going. The very long fight scenes were maybe a bit too long, though there is a certain part where I was thinking that, and Neo grabbed a pole, and I went “Nah…” And I’ll make the comment that everyone has been making, that, Neo, Trinity, couple others are like, the token white guys in the film. We can but speculate on the […]


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Like, stuff
By Dwip May 22, 2003 at 5:50 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Let’s see. Whir wants a blog update. What’s been happening. Still going out of my mind doing papers and shit for classes. STILL haven’t taken my Greece midterm ’cause the prof’s been out for some reason. Did my “redesign the history board” project this morning and turned it in. Will do my second archives visit tomorrow, then write the paper. Then somehow I will get together four books on one of: Diocletian, Constantine, the entire Fall of the Roman Empire, or something wildly out there. THEN I will read Xenophon’s Anabasis and write THAT paper. THEN I will write the paper on the Diocletian thing. I think I forgot a paper or test or something in there. Whatever. I just […]


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Yet more class
By Dwip May 19, 2003 at 12:54 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I just registered for fall. It’s all over the hump and down the other side, now. Life rules. MWF 9-10: ANTH 330, Evolution M 2-5: Gender Issues in Modern Europe, my Writing Intensive class, will suck TR: European Military, 1400-1650 10 credits. Ownage.


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You have two rabbits…
By Dwip May 16, 2003 at 9:46 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Soviet humor: [a group of rabbits are attempting to flee the USSR to Poland] Border Guard: Why do you wish to leave? Rabbit: The GPU has given orders to arrest every camel in the Soviet Union. Border Guard: But you are not camels! Rabbit: Just try telling that to the GPU.


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Laugh of the Day
By Dwip May 14, 2003 at 7:47 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

This is Whir’s fault, really. http://www.drunktv.com/flash/icon.swf


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Sick of School?
By Dwip May 13, 2003 at 4:08 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So this is about what happens when you’re sick for a week straight in college. 1200 pages of reading 1 paper 2 midterms All due over the next three days and next monday. Feel the love.


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New Highs in Advertising
By Dwip May 9, 2003 at 10:03 pm Comments Off on New Highs in Advertising RSS Feed for this post

Just saw this as an ICQ ad. I love ICQ ads. “Cyber love can go ALL the way!” Yeeeeeaaaaaaaah.


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Heh
By Dwip May 9, 2003 at 11:09 am Comments Off on Heh RSS Feed for this post

With some form of apologies attached, I offer two quotes: “Jesus saves, and and takes half damage.” “Jesus saves, roll for initiative.” It’s a D&D thing.


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More Updates
By Dwip May 9, 2003 at 2:42 am Comments Off on More Updates RSS Feed for this post

All the short stories, the quotes page, and ROTD 1/2/01 and 3/17/01 have the new better look and linking. Slowly but surely, things get better.


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Working Pages!
By Dwip May 5, 2003 at 11:25 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Until a really weird CSS error shut me down, I was doing some good work on getting my webpage back in the running… All the links should at least partially work now. The D&D and BT sections such as they are are now up, the Writings section has at least a working front, and the About section is fixed up a bit. More to come.


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Victory!
By Dwip May 5, 2003 at 5:27 pm Comments Off on Victory! RSS Feed for this post

Well, the cold is getting worse and worse, and I skipped class to sleep through the damn thing, which sort of worked. Going through fluids like mad. You’d think I was actually sick or something. On the plus side, I’ve finally figured out an acceptable workaround to the image border problem I was having and which was preventing me from doing more site work. It’s not the one I wanted, but might well turn out to be better in the end. We’ll see. And I’m all but finished with Epic 27, Epic 28 opened today and looks like it’ll be a blast, and I just finished a solo game with the Vikings whereupon I got stuck in the most ass […]


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Stuff
By Dwip May 4, 2003 at 8:03 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Fine, I’ll post something, Whir. Happy now? Sick. Picked up a cold from somewhere, and it’s miserable. I fucking hate being sick. And the bell tower on campus randomly screwed up and went off constantly for like 8 hours straight all night, so I got no sleep. Very annoyed. With my luck, my Greece midterm will be tomorrow and I’ll be screwed utterly.


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It’s A Small World After All…
By Dwip May 2, 2003 at 3:25 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So about a week ago, I’m poking around over at RBCiv, and I notice a random non-there link. So I whip out ye olde email proggy, fire off an email to Griselda over there. Yeah, you’re sort of missing a link, and oh by the way I changed my website addy, so a bunch of my links are broken. Next thing I know, I get one back to the effect of “Say, noticed you live in Corvallis. Well, so do I. We should get together sometime.” It’s a six inch world, some days. So to make a long story short, we do on Tuesday, and there’s much talking about Civ, D&D, school, you name it. Good times. What’s more, I […]


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Quote
By Dwip May 1, 2003 at 3:02 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

You say ‘”You sorry ass piece of shit! why the hell couldn’t you crash an hour ago? Or 2 hours? Or even 5 minutes from now! NO! You had to do it in the middle of a LONG post to my forums that I was 30 seconds away from completing! I’m NOT HAPPY! ( apologies, I needed to vent )”‘ Whir snickers softly. You say ‘Sent via the talkback feature’ Whir laughs so hard he falls over dead from lack of air. Whir says ‘Dude, you really should seek help.’ You say ‘I did. He wanted money, so I shot him.’ —Samson and Whir


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Do You Have A Soul?
By Dwip April 30, 2003 at 3:15 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

“Well, do you?” “No, sorry, forgot mine in the car. Would you excuse me while I go grab it?” So all of a sudden all these “Soul Inside” T-shirts start showing up, and there’s little signs and chalked letters on sidewalks and things saying “Do you have a soul?” and such as that. Funny how I don’t notice this until Suzanne mentions it the other day, but I’m me, I guess. Best I can make out, this is part of the Vast Christian Conspiricy to Convert the Masses. Which, when you get right down to it, is fairly offensive. Not just in the religious sense, either. I mean I get pissed whenever I see anything spammed to that degree. It’s […]


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Nothing to Say
By Dwip April 28, 2003 at 12:38 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Just ’cause I’ve always wanted to do this. Nothing, nothing, nothing but the one thing Someone said my words are out of balance nothing to say, you’ve got nothing to say dying words I bury every day nothing to say, I’ve got nothing to say nothing but the one thing you’ve got nothing, nothing to say nothing but the one thing big bad word, spell it with four letters nothing to say, you’ve got nothing to say Oh my God, your words are out of balance nothing to say, you’ve got nothing to say nothing but the one thing nothing, nothing You’ve got nothing, nothing to say nothing but the one thing nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing And there you […]


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CFS3 is FUN, I say
By Dwip April 25, 2003 at 6:37 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So I’m doing a fighter sweep mission in a P-47D. These usually mean kill 4 random Fw-190s and go home. I run into 4 Fw-190s, watch my wingmen cut them down because I can’t fight Fw-190s for shit. And I’m thinking “Hey, I’ve got tons of fuel left, and I’ve still got a full bomb load. Extra credit, dude.” An unsuspecting German flotilla just so happened to be right there. So we start bombing the hell out of destroyers and cargo ships. About halfway through, 4 Bf-109s show up, so I kill 3 of them, and my wingmen kill the other, then I go back to sinking stuff. ALMOST through with that, 4 MORE Fw-190s show up. This time I […]


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They really are all named Mohammed…
By Dwip April 24, 2003 at 4:44 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Yay for CNN. “Mohammed Imran, Mohammed Hanif, Mohammed Sharib, Mohammed Ashraf were named in the indictment.” The joke has the ring of truth, as it were. Everyone really DOES have the same name. ;)


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*YAWN* Part III
By Dwip April 24, 2003 at 4:35 am Comments Off on *YAWN* Part III RSS Feed for this post

Well, that’s that. A not-quite-3-page summary of an article entitled Soviet Perceptions of U.S. “Positions-of-Strength” Diplomacy in the 1970s. 25 pages. Serious stuff, though sort of…dated at 1979. At any rate, it was a sort of hard assignment, but not as hard as she made it out to be. OTOH, I haven’t got a grade on it yet… It seems, though, that if one reads with an eye to the main points, it’s not all that difficult. Could just be me. At any rate, it’s 4:30 in the morning, and I’m starting to lose the effects of the massive caffiene ingestion. I may sleep yet. All I know is, if I never see the interior of MS Word again, it’ll […]


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*YAWN* Part II
By Dwip April 23, 2003 at 4:26 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And so, after having class for 3 hours just now, and 1.5 earlier, I now need to read a fairly large journal article and write a summary on it, which is harder than it may sound, all by tomorrow. I have yet to start. And I’m way way tired. Argh.


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*YAWN*
By Dwip April 23, 2003 at 11:01 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So on a whim I was up last night until like 2am reading Civ 3 SG reports. So now I’m exceedingly tired today, and I have to read 30 pages and write a precis summary of it ’cause it’s due tomorrow. Had two midterms Monday/Tuesday, ruled over them. Got my paper back from Friday, turns out I wrote on the wrong topic, didn’t do it in the exact style he wanted, and he gave me a B- anyway. Rule. And MS Combat Flight Sim 3 is fun, even if I suck at it harshly. Then, I haven’t played a flight sim since, oh, F-15 Strike Eagle III in like, 1993. Didn’t REALLY play em after F-15 II and Their Finest […]


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Happenings
By Dwip April 21, 2003 at 9:12 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So I randomly fell asleep last night at 9pm. Woke up at 12. Then I proceeded to catch up on homework until like 4:30. Accomplished what I thought would take two days in like 4 hours. I rock. I’m tired, but I rock. Easter ruled. Got food, got candy, hung out with the parental types. All the good stuff. And we all know about the keyboard entertainment now. *grin* Friday was, uh…yeah. Fun, of course, since Suzanne and I DO have a good time together, and I did finally get her over here on her own initiative. How I feel about this exactly is something I’m still trying to figure out. And along those lines, I do believe I’ve run […]


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keyboard_death_sucks
By Dwip April 19, 2003 at 11:58 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

as_does_typing_with_character_map.stupid_pop_spill.RRG!


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Heh
By Dwip April 18, 2003 at 2:27 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So he does this of his own free will. And I quote: Whir plays with barbies.


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Hey Dwip
By Dwip April 18, 2003 at 3:08 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Hey Dwip where you going with that gun in your hand? Hey Dwip where you going with that gun in your hand? I’m going down to shoot my paper, yeah. (what? I’m high on caffiene, tired, and Whir gave me all these Hey Joe covers. And my paper is still on page 2.)


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Sacrifices on the Altar of Academia
By Dwip April 17, 2003 at 10:55 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So it’s 10:49 here, and I just got back from getting myself some more Cherry Coke to keep running. I shouldn’t drink it, but I know I will, and I’ll keep gorging myself on brownies, despite feeling both way too full and way too sick. Food is…useful though. Killing myself like this is all part of the paper-writing process. Measly little 5 pager on Stalin. I can write it all on my head, but not on paper, but I need to do it, ’cause it’s due tomorrow. Four years of undergraduate academic papers has yet to teach me how to not stress out over even the smallest paper, sort of like how it has yet to beat out of me […]


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Three Kings Lives
By Dwip April 16, 2003 at 4:10 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I’m sitting here, with my modern armors racing through the ruins of Greece’s cities in the Middle East and into North Africa, and Queen is blaring in the background, and I’m having this weird vision like something out of Three Kings: The Sequel. It’s like this: Column of M1A2s racing through the desert, cloud of dust behind them, big American flag flying on one of em, and in the background We Will Rock You is playing. And somewhere in there is some bullshit thing like, yknow, the C4 football shooting scene or something. The mind is a funny object.


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We Will Rock You
By Dwip April 16, 2003 at 3:07 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise playing in the street gonna be a big man someday you got mud on your face, big disgrace kicking your can all over the place, singing we will we will rock you we will we will rock you Buddy you’re a young man a hard man shouting in the street going to take on the world someday you got blood on your face, big disgrace waving your banner all over the place we will we will rock you sing it! we will we will rock you Buddy you’re an old man, poor man pleading with your eyes gonna your peace someday got mud on your face, big disgrace somebody better put you […]


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Heh
By Dwip April 14, 2003 at 4:37 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Whir is no longer afk. Whir chats ‘We’re generally known as AFKMUD for a very good reason. :P’ Whir is now afk.


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Baal Is A Capitalist Running Dog Lackey
By Dwip April 13, 2003 at 2:32 am Comments Off on Baal Is A Capitalist Running Dog Lackey RSS Feed for this post

Guess the reference, win a point. So I sat down tonight, decided “Yeah, need to be playing some more D2X here.” And I’m thinking that no, don’t really want to play Heraclius, my Nightmare-level Paladin who’s been stuck on the Mount Arreat bosses that I ranted about. So maybe I’ll play Theodora, the assassin I started last night. Get her through Act II or something. I clicked Heraclius. I said to myself, “No self, those bastards die. Tonight.” I said this to Whir, too, but as he was not actually involved in any way shape or form, he doesn’t count. They died. I ran around in a lot of circles, drank a lot of heals, and shot a lot of […]


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It May, In Fact, Rain
By Dwip April 12, 2003 at 10:16 pm Comments Off on It May, In Fact, Rain RSS Feed for this post

Oh will it. Just walked all the way accross campus in pouring rain. So wet that I’m forming an honest to God puddle on the floor. Time to go take a shower and dry off.


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Ha!
By Dwip April 11, 2003 at 8:46 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Die, fucker. Only had to plink you to death over the course of half an hour. No big deal. No, the +21% all resistances/+1 dex crown shield, the super mana potions, and the 2 super heal potions weren’t worth it, particularly. Didn’t even pay for the merc ressurect. But the way is clear, now.


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Act V Kicks My Ass Too
By Dwip April 11, 2003 at 8:30 pm Comments Off on Act V Kicks My Ass Too RSS Feed for this post

So Act V D2X isn’t all that bad after all – sort of. There are some very long levels, filled with some very hard monsters, and it’s actually pretty challenging. I like it. Except there are these Evil Urns all over the place, right? They pop goodies, but also spawn a boss pack most of the time. As it happens, they pretty much always spawn Hell Lord boss packs. And it’s like this. One Hell Lord, maybe 2, I can handle. Anything above that is insane, simply because they do so much damage I can’t really cope with it. Bosses are pretty much one-shot kills on me, never mind my poor merc. So I resolve to myself, after a particularly […]


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I Kicked Diablo’s Ass
By Dwip April 7, 2003 at 11:38 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

As much as one can possibly have said to kick ass with 6 deaths, 4 inventory loads of greater healing potions consumed, and two quivers of bolts consumed, and an hour and a half spent on the killing. Diablo is the reason why I ask myself WHY I keep playing Diablo II. Simply put, Diablo II itself is pretty fun. Diablo himself is not fun at all. Why? How about how he can shoot you with fire from outside the screen area, so you can’t see it coming and can’t avoid it? How about how he can shoot this insanely damaging fire stuff, so if you don’t move fast enough, you’ll die? How about how he shoots lightning that isn’t […]


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Diablo Kicked My Ass
By Dwip April 6, 2003 at 7:41 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Hard. Or rather, I died like 6 times getting my paladin through the last level. I blew like 500k on merc ressurections. And then, Diablo leaped out, and my computer lagged like mad. Like almost locked up lag. Like “it’s taking Diablo 10 seconds to cross the screen while running” lag. And then the game crashed. And I really don’t care to play anymore, which is just as well. Also, some bastard pulled the fire alarm at 12:30 last night, thus forcing us to go camp out in the Wilson Hall lounge for half an hour. Whoever did it will rot in hell for eternity. I don’t normally believe in hell, but for this sort of thing, I make exceptions.


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Another Friday Night
By Dwip April 4, 2003 at 11:19 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

And life was good. Went out with Tali and Laura, watched Spaceballs, ate some kickass pizza, and played with the cat. Cats rule. I wish I had a cat. And now there shall be some serious Diablo II playing. Those of you waiting for updates, well, the week is exhausting. Why? Schoolwork. Exhaustion. The usual reasons. The week for me involved going to class, coming home, mindlessly websurfing, and then doing homework until bedtime. And that looks to be the way of my term. It will suck. But there’s always the weekend.


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*yawn*
By Dwip April 2, 2003 at 4:42 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Nothing to say, really. Sort of tired, since I was stressed and insomniac last night for no apparent reason. That’s not supposed to happen until LATER in the term, dammit. Too much freaking about the workload, I suppose. My classes are pretty cool, so far. Hellenistic Greece and Stalin are both really cool, even if I have to write like mad to keep up in my notes. It’s worth it though. My Peoples of East Asia class will maybe or maybe not suck. It’s an anth class, which means it probably will, but it’s talking about North Korea, so it might not. Dunno. Historiography will likely be cool, as it’s covering an awful lot of stuff that I’ve been asking […]


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My Take on Iraq
By Dwip April 1, 2003 at 8:47 pm Comments Off on My Take on Iraq RSS Feed for this post

For those of you who don’t listen to me at Tonto, and have no idea where I am on the whole Iraq thing (that’s you, Samson), this thread ought to fix that. The Marius posts are me.


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When Jokes Go Horribly Wrong
By Dwip April 1, 2003 at 8:24 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

First there was Joan of Orc. Then there was Orcsama bin Laden. Then came Orcsef Stalin, Saddam Orcsein, Georc W. Bush, Bill Clintorc, Jaques Chirorc, Mao Zeorc, Adorc Hitler, and Winston Churchorc. Cole, this is all your fault. Rumors of my coming up with everything but Joan of Orc are a vicious lie. So are the rumors about my having way too much free time. In all seriousness though, what free time? Tonight’s homework: Stalin Book #1: pgs 1-7 Stalin Book #2: pgs xviii-49 And as much of 3xPlutarch’s Lives Greece Book #1: pgs 162-219, 346-386 as I can get done. And that’s just the first day. And that’s not counting the 40 pages worth of papers or the work […]


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Fashion Statements
By Dwip March 30, 2003 at 12:16 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Sort of a random thought I’ve been wondering about for a couple days. Seems like when you see US forces on TV, they’ve got this weird mishmash of woodland pattern camo and desert pattern camo going on. The Brits you see have all pretty uniformly got some nifty-looking desert camo, but the US doesn’t seem to have it in gear or something. Given that lack of such was a problem back in Gulf War I, slightly curious as to why there seem to be more guys in woodland than in desert in this one. *shrug*


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Woot!
By Dwip March 29, 2003 at 11:46 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So dad left me a couple pieces of pepper bacon this morning, and I log in here, and there is much commenting. Today must, by rights, be a Good Day(tm).


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Yay Human Shields?
By Dwip March 28, 2003 at 5:56 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I don’t think I really need to comment on this or this.


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Greetings, O Faithful Readers…
By Dwip March 28, 2003 at 4:42 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

Of whom I am curious to determine how many of you there are… Encouragement to post on the tagboard over on the side there, or to leave comments. Make your poor, unloved blog writer feel a sense of worth and satisfaction with the world.


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Teaching History
By Dwip March 28, 2003 at 4:30 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Regina, this is your fault. But you get a whole blog entry in response, for what that’s worth. Dontcha love how, in high school, they try to make you understand the “themes” of history and cause and effect and such things, but as for telling you anything about the “themes” of recent history and the causes of some of the problems and events of the last half-century…I haven’t learned any of it yet in school, and all I know about it I credit to my parents, who taught me about the last 50 years. ‘Course, there’s the chance that I’ll learn about it in US History in 2 years, but still, 16 years is a pretty long time to starve […]


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The Six Week War
By Dwip March 27, 2003 at 10:27 am Comments Off on The Six Week War RSS Feed for this post

So some fool talking head on NBC last night is like “If the war goes on for more than six weeks, it will be a serious political problem for Bush.” It’s about here where you sort of need to pause for a moment, and realize that we’re living in the century of the five YEAR war. In fact, within the lifespan of the United States, we’ve had all of, say, one war that was less than a year, and that was Gulf War I. And why is that? Because we stopped short of fully invading Iraq. Limited objectives, limited time. This time is different – full blown country takeovers against opposition take a while. Anybody with any amount of intelligence […]


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Not…quite…done…yet…
By Dwip March 25, 2003 at 10:20 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

This is the post that never ends, it goes on and on my friends… So, anyway, the point of the whole thing here is less of a rant against a specific position, though most if not all of the previous was beating on the anti-war crowd. I beat on the kill em all crowd, too, not that you hear much of it. One likes to bill oneself as a political moderate, who doesn’t particularly like the way far left or the way far right much. But the point here is a rant about common sense. Or uncommon sense, since a lot of people seem to have pretty much skipped American History in school, or got screwed in the learning of […]


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Forgot one
By Dwip March 25, 2003 at 9:58 pm Comments Off on Forgot one RSS Feed for this post

Left out a thought. Bad me. Lot of people amazed and mystified as to why, say, France and Russia, let alone anybody else, don’t support the US position. Other countries have their own interests, yknow, which don’t necessarily coincide with US interests, and in a lot of cases are pretty much opposite to them. Russian arms sales to Iraq, anyone? Way the world works. Get used to it.


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The Media War
By Dwip March 25, 2003 at 9:50 pm Comments Off on The Media War RSS Feed for this post

So I’ve been marinating in Iraq war coverage for like, what, five days now or something? Seems like centuries now, for some reason. Keep coming up with random thoughts on the issue. Like you know how the first war was the “CNN war”? For my family, this one is going to be the “MSNBC war” for whatever that’s worth, which isn’t much. So the White House is giving a press conference today, and they’re talking about humanitarian aid and how it’s hard getting it into Iraq because Iraq, yknow, mined the harbors. And these reporters are going on and on about the poor people of Iraq and how we’re not holding up our end of the deal and giving them […]


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Giant Robot Games
By Dwip March 24, 2003 at 1:46 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So the Monroe gang all got together last night for some serious gaming action. Thinking some LAN action, some Mechwarrior 3 playing, and whatever else. We got the LAN part in, anyway. Hours and hours of serious Mechwarrior 4 playing. Fear Gausszilla. Fear Gausszilla muchly. Actually got the whole LAN working this time, too. Usually it fails, but this time we got it working. So there were some serious 5-way melees going on while Jason was off in the corner working on some obscene MW3 character. We’ll play next time, really. Honest. And as is custom at these things, somebody’s car died at 3am and needed a jump. Jason’s, this time. Currently at the bottom of the hill with a […]


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AoM is fun…
By Dwip March 23, 2003 at 2:04 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Been playing all day, in fact. I’m pretty consistantly beating up hard computers now as Hades, even against another Hades. Sort of figured out how to run very rapid econ expansion in Classical and Heroic, thus enabling me to stomp the opposition 1v1. Still haven’t faced a Zeus or a Poseidon yet, and those are the ones that were steamrolling me before. We’ll see. I still suck by online standards, but oh well. AoM’s a lot different from AoK. Enjoying it so far.


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Echo, echo…
By Dwip March 22, 2003 at 6:21 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So cleaning my room wasn’t quite this bad, but it wasn’t all that fun, either. And looking at my $70 AoM Collector’s Edition box, I figured I had something to say, but then I realized I’d said it before. Almost said something about dogs, but no. I feel like I’ve said it all before, somehow. Huh.


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Die, Gargarensis!
By Dwip March 22, 2003 at 9:45 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Well, AoM has gone down before me. 32 missions long, and even if the build and destroy stuff got to be a bit much at times, it was still quite entertaining. Entertaining enough that it’s the first campaign that I’ve finished since AoE way back in ’97. I ALMOST finished AoK’s French campaign, but then didn’t. That should tell you something, I suppose.


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Iraq again…
By Dwip March 21, 2003 at 4:52 pm Comments Off on Iraq again… RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, this is fairly amusing. Another quote I read recently is along the lines of “Even viewpoints I disagree with shouldn’t be represented this badly.” Tell me about it. My 9 year old neice indeed. And I’m sure that, one of these days, I’m going to regret telling a lot of people to shove it in my megarant down there. Ah well.


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Oh yes, and…
By Dwip March 21, 2003 at 1:54 pm Comments Off on Oh yes, and… RSS Feed for this post

While we’re at it, the random unkillable search the web IE window I just got can go fuck itself, too.


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Free at last, free at last
By Dwip March 21, 2003 at 1:49 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

For both me and the Iraqis, it would seem. Me, well, I’m now on Spring Break. Finally. I somehow missed one of my finals, but I’m done. All that matters. Now I get to relax, when I’m not taking care of mom, who went under the knife for foot surgery yesterday, and is now going to be stuck in bed for weeks. Along those lines, I drove way, way too much yesterday. Halfway to Corvallis, back home because I forgot the Jeep keys, back to Corvallis, late to my final so I’m running like mad to get there, only to realize that the place is empty, run around campus looking for it, run to my car to pick up Cole […]


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The Price of a New Mouth
By Dwip March 18, 2003 at 5:39 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Monday, March 17th, 2003. A day that will live in infamy. Not really because we will likely be at war with Iraq within a week, unless Saddam Hussein somehow isn’t the dictator everyone’s known him to be for a decade or more. No, I’m a supporter of the war. Nevertheless, people will die because of this, and that saddens me. It saddens me that things have come down to this, but mostly it’s about a hopefully but not likely to be small number of human beings who will die because of a man who made himself their leader. There’s also a lot of worry – not in the least because of a friend who’s boyfriend is over there. Five or […]


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Greeks and Egyptians and Norse, oh my!
By Dwip March 17, 2003 at 6:21 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So I picked up Age of Mythology for Xmas. I had been sort of vaguely looking forward to it, and vaguely antipathic towards it at the same time. Reason being, when I was playing Age of Kings a couple years ago, I played SO much of it, I physically cannot bear to look at the CD anymore. So you know that AoM is probably going to be just about that good. And this is frightening, ’cause, well, I like my life. And really, it’s better than about that good. What’s more, the single player campaign totally blows away the AoK campaigns. The story’s pretty convoluted, and there’s a few too many build and destroy missions, but for the most part […]


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By the way…
By Dwip March 16, 2003 at 8:58 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

The .jpg image format needs to die, horribly. Yay bitmaps. That will be all.


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Fun With Cars
By Dwip March 16, 2003 at 8:47 am Comments Off on Fun With Cars RSS Feed for this post

Or not, really. I hate 6-odd hour car trips. Never mind that I slept most of the way back. More to the point, I took like 4 books with me, and read 3 of them. Two of them were dismal. That hurt. Anyway. The whole point of the trip was to go up to Seattle for my brother’s wedding reception. As these things are wont to do, it turned into this gigantic Family Reunion of Doom, though with more of her family than his family, really. And legions of legions of the happy couple’s friends. This all turned into a giant party at their cooler-than-words-can-express house on Friday night, wherein I spent the entire night bored out of my mind. […]


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Die, sleep
By Dwip March 13, 2003 at 11:44 am Comments Off on Die, sleep RSS Feed for this post

Very annoyed at only getting 5 hours of sleep last night. Ah well. Going to Washington over the weekend to hang with the family and celebrate my brother getting married. The verdict’s still out on if that’ll be fun or not. Maybe, maybe not. I do know that all designers of wedding cards need to be shot down in the streets, because every single one of them sucks amazingly. Also, I imagine this whole trip is going to totally inflate my sense of annoyance at STILL being single. I could rant on that for a while, but I think I maybe won’t. A far more worthy rant topic, however, is how a certain person absolutely refuses, despite my repeated asking, […]


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*yawn*
By Dwip March 12, 2003 at 6:56 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

4 hours of sleep. And I missed class because I forgot to set my alarm. Grrrrr. Come the Revolution, I’m outlawing fatigue.


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Quote
By Dwip March 12, 2003 at 2:57 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Happier than Cam in a pen of sheep! —Whir


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And In the Beginning…
By Dwip March 12, 2003 at 9:44 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And Dwip said, “Let there be blog.” And there was blog. And one or two people cheered weakly. It’s sort of custom to blather a bit about what what you’re going to blathering about in these things, so… Gaming, probably. History, ’cause I’m a history major. School, ’cause I’m in it. People. The usual. It will all, in the end, sound like pretentious drivel, but that’s ok. I’m a professional. I had sort of figured on having a site that actually worked before actually writing this, but, well, no. Some giant part of the site is still utterly broken as of the moment, but I’ll be working on that. And now, for the pretentious drivel part. I’ve been up all […]


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