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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