“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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