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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