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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