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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