Nordic Nationalism
By Dwip December 24, 2004 at 2:02 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I shall also direct your attention to the post below this one, just so nobody misses it. You may remember the Nordic Nationalist character concept from long ago. Hrolf has actually been played some, not that I ever talked about it. In fact, he even made it all the way to level 7, when last we checked in on June 30 of last year. So it’s been a while. But I kept a journal, which I will now relate to you, because it amuses me. Hrolf the Ganger, Nordic Nationalist Woke up on the boat, made fun of the chargen sequence a lot (hey, I’ve done it 20 times before, I’m allowed), then tried to fall off into the ocean […]


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Mad Killer Flying Argonians
By Dwip December 24, 2004 at 1:38 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Just because we’re all spamming the hell out of my tagboard with Morrowind stuff, we’ll just pause to recognize a few of Ten Paws’ better moments in pictures. Cliff Racers? What Cliff Racers? (This is why you will never see commercial jet services over the Red Mountain region.) Oh, THESE Cliff Racers. (Yes, they hovered in the air, dead, like that. It was neat.) Netch. It’s What’s For MKFA’s Dinner. (If you’ve done the quest, you understand. If you haven’t, just accept that it was odd.) It’s Vivec! Hi Vivec! (Yes, then I reloaded and unbroke the game.) The Almalexia Weight Loss Program. (And some other assorted stuff, too. What Lord’s Mail?) That Sure Is A Big Statue. (It really […]


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Notavampire
By Dwip December 21, 2004 at 10:29 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Just because Whir did it too: I Am A: Neutral Good Half-Elf Ranger Bard Alignment:Neutral Good characters believe in the power of good above all else. They will work to make the world a better place, and will do whatever is necessary to bring that about, whether it goes for or against whatever is considered ‘normal’. Race:Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves. Primary Class:Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the […]


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The Good Life
By Dwip December 19, 2004 at 3:32 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Considering the subject matter of most of the day, the title is perhaps a bit odd, but whatever. It’s been a pretty good day. For one, Regina was kind enough to hook me up with Pratchett/Gaiman’s Good Omens, which I hear is a pretty awesome book, and we’re all about awesome books in these here parts. For another, today’s mail included an envelope with a thin cardboard sleeve inside, and inside of that was the Discotheque single. And while there’s a slightly remixed version of that song on there, we’re more concerned with the b-side, Holy Joe. This song is cool. Cooler than, say, 90% of the latest album. It rocks a great deal. Pop kind of rules like that. […]


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Insert Catchy Title Here
By Dwip December 17, 2004 at 7:06 pm Comments Off on Insert Catchy Title Here RSS Feed for this post

So, in a strange twist of fate, I find myself reading a number of books on World War II, playing a WWII FPS, and playing a Civ 3 succession game of the WWII in the Pacific scenario all at the same time. Go figure. In any case, I just talked about MoH:PA, and you can read the Civ game for yourselves, so I’ll talk about books. I don’t remember offhand the history of the Pacific war I read. It was, well, the standard US vs Japan history. And, while this is all interesting, and I needed a refresher on the course of the war, what interests me is not American-centric history from the American POV, but in what the Japanese […]


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Even Better Than the Real War
By Dwip December 14, 2004 at 12:38 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

First, I would like to take this opportunity to salute Google. Thank you, Google, for proving that you can take a featureless thing that works well, add a bunch of needless bells and whistles to it, and make it suck. Thank you for proving to me that you are not, in fact, God. Because really, Google Groups Beta sucks the good suck. Really, really sucks the goodest suck there is available to suck. On the other hand, there is Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, which I recieved for my birthday, amongst a whole host of completely awesome gifts including more GGK books, a hardcover BMR, and a Tom Friedman book which promises to be interesting. But anyway. This game is […]


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Grand Theft Donkey
By Dwip December 12, 2004 at 2:32 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Apparently somewhere in here I gained a year. Maybe I threw a party of sorts, too. And maybe we played some D&D. Maybe it was even the debut of Tharavel. So, apparently people about half understood what I was trying for in the world, which considering the monumental task, works out ok I guess. So we end up with Cole’s dwarf ranger, Brian’s dwarf barbarian, and Jason’s elf druid and elf wizard, who turns out to be important since he’s the son of a local noble in the elf duchy of Vatan, and that’s where the game is. The whole thing is, the wizard just got called home from studying abroad because he’s needed at home due to the giant […]


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Until the End of the Night
By Dwip December 7, 2004 at 6:35 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Just because every so often we need to have flashbacks to the days of yore O these many months ago when I complained about lack of sleep… Let’s all be aware that the whole 10pm-1am 7am-10am sleep pattern thing just doesn’t work out well for the participants. Nor does the 11pm-2am one. Probably looking at another 7-10, too, which is going to quite frankly suck the good suck in sucktastic ways of suckfulness. And for some reason I keep listening to Until the End of the World and the Byrds’ version of Mr. Tambourine Man over and over and over. And the combo of the two is a bit strange, you might say. And most of you know that I […]


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Mappage
By Dwip December 3, 2004 at 3:38 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Just because I finally got done printing it out and cutting it and putting it together, I shall now offer up an image of the new and revised Tharavel map, poster-sized, 1″ = 60 mile scale. It is, most people will agree, a distinct improvement upon the old one. Yes, those two things and the penguin are the only things hanging on my walls. One of these days I also want to put up a poster-sized version of Justinian and Co. Strange taste in decoration? Maybe. Maybe. But we history types tend towards eccintricity. Just ask Marechal.


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Moo. Moo moo moo, moo.
By Dwip December 3, 2004 at 4:21 am Comments Off on Moo. Moo moo moo, moo. RSS Feed for this post

I’m sitting here listening to some tapes I taped off the oldies radio like, oh, back in 1992 or so. I decided to finally discover what the names to all these songs are, because most of them having been bugging me for like 10 years now. As it turns out, I had awful taste when I was 12. I mean, the Limbo Rock. Come on, self. Along with a couple of songs I hated, even back then, which is why they’re on both tapes. Then there’s a couple times when I forgot I was recording, went off and did something else, and caught entire commercial breaks from 1992. We were not brilliant when we were young. OTOH, there’s enough Steppenwolf, […]


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Darth KOTOR
By Dwip November 29, 2004 at 10:29 pm Comments Off on Darth KOTOR RSS Feed for this post

Because this particular Penny Arcade strip about sums up my KOTOR experience lately. That and the “I most definitively did NOT let the Wookie win” quote I made to Whir. And just because this strip is funny as hell, we shall link it.


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Quote
By Dwip November 29, 2004 at 3:15 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“One actually has to be something of a specialist, today, to even begin to grasp quite how fantastically, how baroquely and at once brutally fucked the situation of the United States has since been made to be.” —William Gibson


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Big Brother
By Dwip November 29, 2004 at 12:13 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Let me present the Nifty Program of the Day, a thing called World Wind. By NASA of all people. It’s an earth globe that can be covered with Landsat images, USGS topographic maps, and aerial photos, amongst other things. You can make landforms 3d if you want. Yes, this is very cool. Topographic map of the area near my house. Aerial of my house (house/land in the lower left corner). Aerial of Oregon State University. Directly right of the “Campus Post Office” in yellow is the history building, Milam Hall, and across the quad from it is the MU. Further right is a grassy area with crazy looking paths, and just below that is the library. Just to the right […]


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Atomic Bombing
By Dwip November 24, 2004 at 4:35 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

So apparently U2 came out with a new album. Thusly, small forest animals came unto Circuit City, and were provided with said U2 CD, and also KOTOR. The KOTOR part of this entry can be summed up by a comment Cole left on the original KOTOR entry: “Also known as CracKOTOR, this is a serious disease and we need to help all those affected by it. Please send donations to me so that i might oversee their treatment to my… I mean OUR benefit.” I was up until like, 5am this morning. So, yeah. But about this U2 CD. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is the name of it, and it’s…yeah. I dunno, Bono. I dunno. I remember the […]


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Keep Moving, Nothing To See Here
By Dwip November 22, 2004 at 4:59 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Right. So I guess it’s about time for another update. Rather unfortunately for you, I have almost nothing to talk about. Maybe when the new U2 album comes out tomorrow, but since we all know I hate U2, maybe not. Really about the only thing worth talking about for the moment is books. I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately. Considering the amount of BG42 that’s gotten played lately, it ought to be rather appropriate that most of it is WWII reading. Since I exhausted about every WWII book imaginable back when I was, say, 8, I’ve been trying to take a little bit of a different approach this time. See, most of what’s on the shelves is […]


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The Media War, Revisited
By Dwip November 16, 2004 at 2:21 am Comments (16) RSS Feed for this post

Watched a film, a documentary, called Control Room tonight. Watched it three times back to back maybe, given that there are commentary tracks, too. Might watch it a fourth time. Needless to say, I think it’s good and you ought to watch it. For those of you who have no idea what I was just talking about, it’s a film that tries to examine the coverage Al Jazeera gave to the invasion of Iraq in ’03. Lots of AJ folks talking, of course, but also a few others, including a certain US Marine lieutenant named Josh Rushing, who you may remember from an NPR interview I linked to. Now, obviously if I just watched it for 4.5 hours straight, I […]


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Frivolity
By Dwip November 13, 2004 at 4:27 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

To quote Regina, “Everything I am writing about seems really frivolous in light of the discussion on Dwip’s blog.” So, because we can’t be putting on pseudo-intellectual airs ALL the time, let’s indulge ourselves for a while. We’ll start with a quick note that this fortune cookie I just ate tastes disgusting, and just as quickly move on to, say, Star Wars. *cue theme music* Because, well, that lone guy in the Amazon rain forest is now alone. I too have seen the Special Edition Star Wars original trilogy. Hollywood Video is having this 99 cent per movie deal right now, and we’ve been indulging. So. And really, you hear some really excited stuff about the SEs. Things like this […]


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Delayed Response
By Dwip November 11, 2004 at 9:40 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

So you’d think I’d maybe chime in on the whole raging political debate thing before now, seeing as how it’s my blog and all, but no. But no. Too much Battlegroup 42, you understand, and it turns out that it’s my fate this year to get hit by every single disease known to man, so it’s been a fun week like that. So I’ve got a little bit to catch up with. 30 posts. I think that’s some sort of record for here, both in quantity and in relative quality. So I owe you all a big thank you for showing up and posting, and an even bigger one to the people who don’t show up much (Hi Samson, hi […]


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Yet Another Election Post
By Dwip November 7, 2004 at 3:28 pm Comments (30) RSS Feed for this post

You know, I don’t think Samson’s ever gotten his own blog post, and since he’s the one providing me with the space to HAVE a blog, that’s probably a little ungood of me, isn’t it? So we’ll just be doing that for a second, after these messages: Whir and I have been playing a Battlefield 1942 mod called Battlegroup 42, and it is leet. Astonishingly leet. What BF1942 should’ve been in the first place leet. Maybe a couple too many antitank rifles running around, but oh well. Anyway. Politics. We’ll start by quoting two comments made to the Four More Years post: Jesus. It scares me to no end to see how completely ignorant to reality the democrats have become. […]


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In God’s Country
By Dwip November 4, 2004 at 6:27 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

So I’m talking to Rema last night at Mechwarrior, and he says something to the effect of “I’ve decided I no longer consider myself an American, just an Oregonian.” And really there’s something to be said for that, because, well, consider: We had record turnout, and while that is on the one hand a good thing, said turnout appears to have been, from all appearances, made up of the sort of social conservatives I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. This after an exceedingly ugly campaign filled with viciousness and lies (not that we didn’t just have four years of such things, but the intensity went way up). It used to be, and I am reminded of it by […]


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Four More Years
By Dwip November 3, 2004 at 12:02 pm Comments (11) RSS Feed for this post

Well…shit. Not only did Bush get another term, it’s 53-44 Republican in the Senate, 231-200 Republican in the House. We got RULED. On the plus side, at least we had record voter turnout, so that’s something. And at least Oregon pretty solidly tread the Path of Goodness and voted solidly Dem. On the other hand, well, this whole thing revealed a lot of very ugly things about this country, starting with the method in which much of the campaigning was done, and ending just now with every single gay marriage ban measure making it in. Even in Oregon. And that, plus the Republicans flat out owning the federal government, worries me. A lot.


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For Great Justice
By Dwip November 2, 2004 at 6:00 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Well, here we are (we’ve been here for hours, but never mind). Election Day. Voting places are starting to close, and bit by bit we’ll get results in. Gonna be a fun night, if you like political races like I do. Here’s thinking it’s going to be a close race. Hopefully, it’s close in Kerry’s favor and not Bush’s.


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Until the End of the Page
By Dwip October 31, 2004 at 6:14 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

We’re having title issues today. Can you tell? So we’re going to take a break from BFV mapping for a second, and talk about books. Because, really, there’s only so many files with things like GeometryTemplate.create StandardMesh EuroCarpet2_m1 GeometryTemplate.file EuroCarpet2_m1 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 0 0 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 1 10 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 2 20 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 3 30 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 4 60 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 5 100 ObjectTemplate.create SimpleObject EuroCarpet2_m1 ObjectTemplate.geometry EuroCarpet2_m1 ObjectTemplate.setHasCollisionPhysics 0 that you can take at one time, you know? I mean, there’s only so many times you can see the debug exe not find the template EuroCarpet2_m1 before you go mad gibbering crazy, you know? What? Knife? I’m not holding a knife. *hides knife* Anyway. Books. We’ll start with the latest Guy Gavriel Kay offering, […]


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The Song That Never Ends
By Dwip October 28, 2004 at 10:07 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

If you were expecting real bloggage with actual things of interest, sorry. That would mean I actually DID something, as opposed to attempting to debug my BF42/BFV Operation Market Garden conversion. But we’ll make attempts. Starting with commentary on Mechwarrior, along the lines of, well, if it’s a collectable game, I ought to, you know, collect stuff. Like, say, all the Ullers. Everyone say hi to Malisa Nova Cat. Yay Malisa! That aside, yesterday I sat down and said “I need to listen to U2’s Slane Castle show some more.” And I did. And what that really meant is that I listened to Until the End of the World and Wake Up Dead Man until, oh, I dunno, an hour […]


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Purple People Shooter
By Dwip October 23, 2004 at 5:08 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Remember kids. Just say no.


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Trogdor, Revisited
By Dwip October 23, 2004 at 1:11 am Comments Off on Trogdor, Revisited RSS Feed for this post

You say ‘Burninating the countryside, burninating the Romans, etc.’ Adjani laughs uncontrollably. Adjani says ‘I could almost picture you singing that while playing, too.’ You say ‘”And the onager comes in the niiiiiiight!”‘


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General Marius’ Down Home Roman BBQ
By Dwip October 21, 2004 at 2:50 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I finally got RTW screenshots to work. By downloading a third party program to do them with. Bah. But at least I can finally show off some stuff. I talked in my last post about trying out Pharaoh’s gear, and that’s what I’m doing. I’m not sure what I think yet, but then, I haven’t got to see it in action, much. The Seleucids just fell over and died, pretty much, and Egypt has this simply monster econ that isn’t made any worse by taking over the rich Seleucid lands. I don’t seem to be winning a whole lot of the fights I do have, but I haven’t been in many and haven’t quite figured out the tactics yet. […]


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Bribing Romans For Fun and Profit
By Dwip October 20, 2004 at 5:11 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

I’m never ever ever going to bribe a faction army again. Ever. Because, well, the civil war was like this for me: I was rolling up Italy no problem at all. Nobody could stand between Caius Julius Caesar and his legions of awesomeness. Carthage, more of the same. They run up with a full stack army to seige Carthage, I sally out and obliterate them, then repeat. Out east, Dacia/Thracia way, things were rough. Full stack Brutii armies all over creation. All the cities had wooden walls, which meant instant obliteration for me on sallying out. I was getting rampaged on hard out there. I was going to win, but it was going to be a long hard slog uphill […]


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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Senate
By Dwip October 19, 2004 at 7:09 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I go to bed Sunday night with a major headache and a runny nose, and wake up Monday certifiably sick. On the one hand, I’m sick. On the other hand, it’s a good opportunity to play some RTW. Because you see, the Spanish were being dicks. They’re like my best trade partners the entire game. It’s going great. I’m slaughtering Germans left, right, center, you name it. And then the Spanish decide “Oh ho! We shall seige Numantia for two turns then retreat!” What? “Yeah, you heard us! We’re going to seige Numantia for two turns, then retreat!” Well, ok. “It’s a great plan! You Romans will fear us!” Not really. In fact, let me move up these enormous […]


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Marechalism
By Dwip October 14, 2004 at 6:57 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

“I liked the fact Bush was willing to beat down the moderator in debate 2. He’s the President of the United States of friggin’ America. He should have kicked his ass. I would have.” Also… “So Marius! Guess what! I went to a live concert thing on campus this last week!!! I went to a ………………. PIPE ORGAN CONCERT!”


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Titleless
By Dwip October 14, 2004 at 5:20 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

On the one hand, I’d sort of like to talk about the last presidential debate, but there’s really not much to say. Kerry did all the good Kerry things, Bush did all the bad Bush things, except this time he didn’t rampage on the moderator. And anyway, Fafblog does it better. Much better. Or I could talk about the Pentagon Papers, complete with quotes, but since I didn’t bring in the first volume from the car, you all are SOL. Or I could settle for saying that we played Mechwarrior last night, and it was a sealed booster, and I got the best 3 packs I have ever pulled, not to mention THE best pack I have ever pulled, complete […]


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When Routers Attack
By Dwip October 12, 2004 at 11:44 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I’d like to send out a big “fuck you” to my router to doing whatever screwed up crap it did yesterday, which resulted in hours of running around trying to figure out what the problem was, when all that needed doing was a router reset to factory defaults and starting over. Damn computers, anyway. Damn them.


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Right Then…
By Dwip October 9, 2004 at 9:35 pm Comments Off on Right Then… RSS Feed for this post

For those of you thinking my sense of humor is somewhat bizzare, you are wrong. You have yet to read Fafblog. Yeah.


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Set the Ray to Kerry
By Dwip October 9, 2004 at 2:11 am Comments Off on Set the Ray to Kerry RSS Feed for this post

*sees Whir, ducks* So let’s have some politics. Laurent should like this one better than the last one. Reading through the second debate transcripts right now, and some stuff is catching me eye. Such as: Quoth Bush: “And I saw a unique threat in Saddam Hussein – as did my opponent – because we thought he had weapons of mass destruction…We all thought there was weapons there, Robin. My opponent thought there was weapons there. That’s why he called him a grave threat. I wasn’t happy when we found out there wasn’t weapons, and we’ve got an intelligence group together to figure out why. But Saddam Hussein was a unique threat, and the world is better off without him in […]


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The Emperor’s New Objects
By Dwip October 4, 2004 at 7:56 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I will otherwise forget this process: Adding BF1942 Objects to BFV Maps Step 1 – Locate the item to be added in BC1942. Note the name. Step 2 – Open up bf1942.lst in the BC1942 dir and find the object name you just noted. There will be a StandardMesh name in parens after it. Note this name. Step 3 – In WinRFA, open up your BF1942/Mods/bf1942/Archives/Objects.rfa file. Hunt down the Objects.con and Geometries.con files corresponding to the name of your object from step 2. Extract these somewhere. Step 4 – In WinRFA, open up your BF1942/Mods/bf1942/Archives/StandardMesh.rfa (maybe _001.rfa) file. Hunt down the .rs and .sm files corresponding to the name of your object from step 2. Extract these somewhere. […]


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Zottage
By Dwip October 2, 2004 at 3:18 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Well, let’s see. Things happened. And there was stuff, too. We’ll start with the obligatory political debate, finally back at Tonto for the first time in a while. Along those lines, the debate, which as I mentioned to Whir and Regina, went about like this: So Kerry was like “Dude, Bush is a fuckup.” and Bush was like “Uh. Terrorists are bad, mkay?” That having been said, Rome: Total War is awesome. I killed the Gauls, killed Carthage, am currently owning Germany in harsh harsh ways, and am gearing up to take on the Romans in the civil war that’s coming soon. This will be good. Too, Whir and I have been 2 vs 18ing all the BFV maps as […]


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Strength And Honor
By Dwip September 28, 2004 at 11:57 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Wherein many many people are killed, and screenshots are taken. If you haven’t read the post below this, do so now, then come back. So, I’m still fighting a lot of Germans. But first, random screenshots. Here’s Massilia, the biggest city in southern Gaul. It’s currently almost being attacked by barbarians, except I kicked their asses so then it wasn’t. Here’s the site of a great battle between myself and the Gauls back in the day. Yes, it marks these things. Yes, that’s awesome. So anyway, I fought these Germans. Or rather they fought me. There was a first army that attacked, and note those spears there up front, and I beat that with seriously heavy losses amongst the hastati. […]


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Memorial
By Dwip September 28, 2004 at 8:42 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I’d love to post some RTW screens for you all, since I just fought a most triumphant battle with the Germans, but since printscreen apparently isn’t doing screenshots these days, that’ll just need to wait. Meanwhile, let’s talk some more about the game I’m currently playing as the Julii. The scene is just outside the walls of Trier, in Germania Superior. The year is 233 BC, and the north is gripped by the icy hand of winter. An army of 500 brave Romans is lined up on a hill overlooking the city, awaiting the sally of some 800 and more Germans. They are led by Marcus the Infantryman (who has other names, too, such as the Brave and the […]


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SPQR
By Dwip September 24, 2004 at 7:22 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

So I’m holding, in my hands, right at this very moment, Rome: Total War. The goodness of this can perhaps be summed up by this Megatokyo strip, and let me say again that there IS a Megatokyo for everything in this life. Now, before I go off to install RTW, let me point out two things. Firstly, the guy on the cover of the game sure is pissed off and screaming about something. Might I suggest that he’s rather displeased at the decision to put a pair of chickens on the visor of his helmet? Just saying. Also, I’m typing this from the laptop, because the big comp is currently generating terrain shadows for my BFV map, which apparently involves […]


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Will Work For Food
By Dwip September 21, 2004 at 11:08 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Or minimum wage and awesome homecooked meals, as the case may be. For those of you wondering how my weekend went, it was sort of like this. Friday and Saturday, there was much gaming, and it was good. Sunday, I rolled out of bed, and Cole and I went to work ripping up our front deck, which you may or may not know is like 20 years old and made of untreated lumber, which as you might expect sort of rots after 20 years in wet climates, which in turn leads to fun adventures like walking across it and suddenly not having a deck beneath you anymore. So clearly it was time for it to go, and clearly we were […]


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Visual Excess
By Dwip September 17, 2004 at 7:23 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Just for Regina: Anyway. It’s picture day. I came home tonight with Megatokyo Volume 1 and Volume 2, but I won’t give you pictures. And they’re both really cool, even if I’ve already read the comics online. But since I’m the only Megatokyo reader in the audience, you probably don’t care. Fortunately, I have squirrel aliens on my side, and you don’t. Also, I played some Mechwarrior, so we’ll start with those pictures. The new set came out a couple weeks ago, and Ryan and Luke split a case between them. That’s the background of the picture. In the foreground is a tiny fraction of Rema’s collection. Rema has a lot of stuff. And my random stuff is all in […]


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Peace Through Superior Firepower
By Dwip September 12, 2004 at 4:37 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I thought it was a cool slogan, anyway. So hrm. I don’t think you all really want to hear about how Whir and I shot each other a lot at BF1942, though I ought to point out that the Italian engineer kit gets a bayonet on the end of their rifle, and that’s way more fun that is legal. So’s the rocket pack in Secret Weapons, for that matter. Maybe I could talk about how Cole and I played Battletech, and Cole’s Goliath Scorpion mech star held off an assault mech star of Hell’s Horses stuff, finally retreating before the awesome might of the Dire Wolf Prime, if maybe not the Black Lanner Prime. Ye Olde Custome Night Gyr […]


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D4 P41|/|
By Dwip September 9, 2004 at 6:18 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Strip title courtesy, as always, of Megatokyo. So the moral for today is to remember a simple lesson. No matter how good of an idea it may seem at the time, accidentally biting yourself in the lip, leaving a nice open wound, is not a good idea. The reasoning behind this is simple: Dinner that is this well prepared and tastes this good should not bring this much agony. [edit] I put salt on the corn. Good move there, self. [/edit]


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Good Times Bad Times
By Dwip September 7, 2004 at 5:05 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

We have, on the one hand, a particularly annoying start to the day, wherein I not only sleep for 10 hours randomly, thus screwing my early start to the day where I was going to do last night’s work I didn’t do last night because I was exhausted, I then get in a fight with Dad about said work. We also have, on the other hand, my randomly recieving a $109.65 check for being wise enough to buy XP from Microsoft and then them getting sued for some random thing, resulting in my essentially getting a free copy of XP. Along with this, I walk in the house, and the whole thing smells like cooking turkey. So I’m getting what […]


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Elevation
By Dwip September 3, 2004 at 9:05 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, while I got what turned out to be the totally wrong router today, I also picked up U2’s Slane Castle DVD. This, given my level of U2 fanaticism, might be thought of as a Good Thing, and you’d be right. Because it’s good. But before I get into the details of why it’s good, a word on DVD players first. It turns out that somehow I managed to totally screw up the DVD player in the living room while watching Band of Brothers the other night. Don’t ask me how, but it’s not recognizing any disc I put in there. That’s bad. So there’s always my desktop. Unfortunately, the DVD player in there is 6 years old and apparently […]


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All Apologies
By Dwip September 2, 2004 at 4:55 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

As was so aptly pointed out by Laurent in a comment to the last post, I need to actually, you know, reply to my email once every so often. I’ve been pretty lax about it lately. Sorry. I’ll see what I can’t do to correct that. In a more general updatish type sense, I’d love to tell you witty and entertaining stories about my life, but I’m thinking that rather than make up a bunch of shit, I’ll just tell you that job hunting sucks, and being micromanaged by parental authority while doing so is even worse by large orders of magnitude. So the end result is that we all get pissed off and nobody acts altogether rationally, and it’s […]


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Quote
By Dwip August 30, 2004 at 3:14 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

And my sour gummi bears say unto your plain gummi bears, “we are sour, and we are your superiors. Worship at our feet or be destroyed.” —Whir


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Long Way Home
By Dwip August 26, 2004 at 8:01 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

A post, they say. A post. Well, I guess I could talk about the new MWDA xpack, Falcon’s Prey, just came out, and how it’s fairly good, and how Jade Falcon was better than we thought they’d be, and how playing pure Jade Falcon I came in second in the tourney last night, but since all of one of you plays MWDA on a regular basis, I think I won’t. Or I could talk about the Rome: Total War demo is awesome, except I don’t actually know that yet, because I can’t install it because Service Pack 2 is taking like an entire epoch to download, let alone install. Nevertheless, you must go to http://www.totalwar.com and download it, for it […]


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Mysterious Ways
By Dwip August 20, 2004 at 6:42 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I’ve always wanted to do this, so… Yes, I’ve always wanted some strange, strange things. And if you’re good, I promise entertainment at the end. Having done that, I spent some time pondering the whole U2 singles thing. All will become clear upon browsing, say, here and here. This is made somewhat worse by the fact that nobody’s names for all these things bears any relation to each other/reality/something useful. But I eventually figured something out. And, as it turns out, I’m not doing too bad. It’s like this. I have: While I have the albums in question, I’m obviously missing all the singles, with no way to get them because they’re all OOP. From Achtung Baby: The Fly Mysterious […]


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Pop Muzik
By Dwip August 19, 2004 at 6:54 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop muzik. Life at the moment is, well, much the same. As in it sucks. Temp agencies aren’t talking to me, even. Hell, only people who ARE talking are the Army. Bah. But there’s a new U2 album due out November 22nd or so. Woot. And while we’re on that note, I went out and picked up a couple singles – Electrical Storm (blue cover) and Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (UK). We ponder a few things from this. First is, while Electrical Storm isn’t a bad disc, featuring as it does a 12:28 conbo of Bad, 40, and Where The Streets Have No Name done live, I’m rather liking […]


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Heat Wave
By Dwip August 14, 2004 at 12:41 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So the AC in the house crapped out, and it’s 85 degrees at night in here. Sucks a lot. But then, yknow, there’s Whir. And I quote: “This whole parking in the school lot just to get internet thing is kind of crappy.”


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Quote
By Dwip August 12, 2004 at 3:06 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

You say ‘And EVERYBODY likes squirrel aliens.’ Whir says ‘Well ya. Who wouldn’t like squirrel aliens?’ Samson says ‘How can you not like furry little rabid space creatures?’ —Samson, Whir, and myself


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Calm Like a Bomb, Part II
By Dwip August 10, 2004 at 7:39 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

This is probably way too long for the comments, so Cole gets his own blog post. Yay, or something. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good political argument. I once heard that if you don’t have a job, you should treat job hunting like it’s your job, and make that clear to your parents. I have no idea of the usefulness of the advice, but it sounds good, so I pass it along. This, of course, is what they’ve been saying as well. Some days this works better than others. Speaking of Calm Like a Bomb, I watched the Matrix on TBS last night. It was sorta screwy how, in the foyer shootup scene, they had the security […]


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Gronk!
By Dwip August 10, 2004 at 5:47 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

(Courtesy of Navero, which ought to be amusing if you’re a D&D geek. Maybe even if you aren’t.) Yeah. It’s like this. You cannot make your toaster oven cook french fries with any degree of concern for things like taste and not sticking to the pan. So don’t try. Just don’t. You’ll be happier. Next up, the amazing MacGydwip will rewire an oven enclosure using plastic conduit, wood screws, and a utility knife.


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Calm Like a Bomb
By Dwip August 9, 2004 at 12:14 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

(Written on 8/6, for the curious, but I just got around to posting) Ignite, ignite. Not to go off on a totally Livejournalish rant, but life around here sucks at the moment. Dad around the house all day pretty much threw everything off, to the point where none of us is getting enough sleep, tempers are flaring, and it’s all made worse by my supposed job hunt, which involves on the one hand fending off 24/7 requests on my time by parents who then get angry when I haven’t the time to jump in the car and drive to town, which is apparently the only true way to get a job. So not so good. And my attitude towards the […]


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Ugly
By Dwip August 7, 2004 at 3:28 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So it’s like 3:20 in the morning, and I’m totally exhausted. I’ve been totally exhausted all day, actually, as it’s one of those days where you go to bed exhausted and wake up exhausted, and that never really changes throughout the day. So I should be in bed right now, but I’m not. Instead I’m setting about cleaning my room. Yeah. I do that every so often, when it’s like “I’ve HAD IT with this shithole, and something’s changing RIGHT NOW.” Longtime readers of both the blog and the rants will recognize that I’ve long been totally unsatisfied with this room as a place to live, primarily because it’s got way, way too much stuff in it. For one, there’s […]


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Fake Bloggage
By Dwip August 5, 2004 at 2:29 pm Comments Off on Fake Bloggage RSS Feed for this post

I’ll attempt to say something real at some point later, but for the moment, here’s a damn funny Bushism.


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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
By Dwip August 2, 2004 at 5:59 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

To all to whom these letters may come, Greeting The State Board of Higher Education, by virtue of the authority vested in it by law, and on recommendation of the Faculty Senate, has conferred on Erik Russell Wolfe the degree of Bachelor of Science History with all the rights, privileges, and honors thereto appertaining. In testimony whereof we have subscribed our names and impressed the seal of Oregon State University on this diploma at Corvallis, Oregon, this thirteenth day of June, Two Thousand and Four. [Insert signatures of assorted important people here] I’ve known this for a while, but, well, I did it. I survived. And they’ve given me my piece of paper to prove it. And that makes me […]


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Take a Picture
By Dwip July 31, 2004 at 10:55 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, they’re up. Getcher Europe trip pictures here! [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link deprecated. Use this one instead.] And since we’re writing this live from ‘Nam, or at least while we wait for it to load because we don’t all seem to have the right maps, let us just note that the pictures are large. Very large. But hopefully worth the download. For all you on dialup, sorry. All I can say. Also, gummi bears rock. And I have a 6 lb bag of ’em.


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Signal to Noise
By Dwip July 30, 2004 at 6:06 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Fucking comment spammers. I just spent the better part of four hours deleting about 800 comments stretching all the way back to the very beginning of this blog and banning about 40 IPs. A bit less than fun. The side effect from that is that nobody can reply to old posts now. Not that people really did, but there are a few gems in there. The best part of this is, they weren’t even GOOD spammers. I mean, “gopher exploit?” Gopher is like, so 1991. Or “reality porn videos.” Reality porn? As opposed to what? Blow up doll porn? Stick figures? Whatever. The BFV 1.1 patch is out, and that’s good, except how it’s not in various points.


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Electioneering
By Dwip July 30, 2004 at 1:26 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So today’s a pretty typical day for the last week. Kind of like this: “So, Erik. You’re going to go do job hunting stuff today, right?” “That’s the plan. In like half an hour.” *ten minutes later* “Erik, could you go [thing]?” “And while you’re at it, [thing] and [thing]?” *three hours later* “So, you’re still going out, right?” “Um, yeah. After I do the now hour’s worth of stuff I need to do, I’ll go into town for like, an hour of productive work. Maybe not.” But anyway. I’ve been in an awfully political mood lately, given the whole DNC going on and everything. Told the family to fuck off and listened to Kerry’s speech even, and I don’t […]


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Bad Blood
By Dwip July 27, 2004 at 12:18 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Assorted randomness follows. So we got our DSL modem replaced today, which should hopefully cut down on the instances of being randomly disconnected from the ‘net at inconvenient times, such as when Whir is in my crosshairs. We can but hope, anyway. If you were one of the like 2 people on the planet who didn’t know that my ‘net connection sucks, well, it does. It always has. It’s Monroe, what do you want? That aside, I woke up at 8am this morning. Now, while I realize that there are quite a few of you who actually do this sort of thing on a fairly regular basis, there are others of us for whom it’s like being an Apollo 11 […]


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Stuff, and Things
By Dwip July 25, 2004 at 8:34 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I can’t really think of an appropriate song title for today’s entry, so whatever. Suffer. All that you suffer is all that you are, and all that. Anyway. Firstly, an aside to Cole about the whole Novgorod in Early thing. Click here and enjoy. Secondly, having obtained Whir’s copy of Thief: Deadly Shadows while I was there, I have thusly made it work, which essentially means copying the contents of the second and third CDs into a temp dir for installation, because the installer sucks the good suck. But when you make it work, it’s an awesome game. I suck at it, but it’s lots of fun sneaking around and blackjacking people. On a third note, I’m doing prepwork, having […]


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Medieval: Total HTML
By Dwip July 22, 2004 at 8:33 pm Comments Off on Medieval: Total HTML RSS Feed for this post

Yeah. So I have an M:TW page now. Or I’m beginning one. Or something. You’ll also notice that the never-completed Morrowind page has vanished into the mists of history. Ten Paws really tried to keep it going, but no. But no.


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Waiting For the Show
By Dwip July 22, 2004 at 4:22 pm Comments Off on Waiting For the Show RSS Feed for this post

With a nod towards Megatokyo, as usual. So I’m sitting here trying to get bots to work on maps in BFV. To borrow a phrase from Penny Arcade, this is akin to attempting to bend spoons with your mind or something. It’s like this. There’s pretty much two things you need to make map AI work. Three, if you count a map, but let us assume we’ve got a map that works (which is a little bit further out there than you might think, with a nod to my friend Cambodian Waterways). You need an AI that actually knows how to do stuff, and you need a path map so that the AI knows where it’s going. But, before we […]


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Alien
By Dwip July 21, 2004 at 1:46 am Comments Off on Alien RSS Feed for this post

Cole, your sheep do not care about you. They have left you here to die. Cole, your sheep fall from the sky like broken birds. Little in joke there. Also, Blue Shift is WAY the hell too short. Only took me 3 hours to beat. Ah well. Now I’ll just have to play Thief or something. Also, a slight bit of info, for those of you who actually email me: Email is changed to dwip at afkmud dot net, for values of net = com. And the spammers in the audience can just go fuck themselves. It doesn’t need to be longer, and it doesn’t need to be harder. I don’t need any more xanax. I don’t need to refinance […]


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Right Then
By Dwip July 19, 2004 at 4:19 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m back. Sleeping for a week sounds like a great idea right about now. And man, 1024×768 sure is bigger than I remember it being.


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Rockin in the Free World, Part II
By Dwip July 18, 2004 at 3:26 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

So Soak 4 (the band) played in a little tiny bar in Norway last night, except how they went as Manhandler (and to quote the t-shirt, “Marquette’s premier gay band!” Hint: Joke). I was there. And despite their being maybe 8-10 people in the bar at the start, counting the band and the bar staff, it turned out to be cool anyway, as many other people showed up, and I got drunk, and life was good, and then I had a lot of water, and was pretty much undrunk by the time we left the bar. Whereupon, it being 3am or whatever, we went and got food, and that was good too. Tim and the Scotts (Scots? Whatever.) are pretty […]


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And Now, For Something Completely Different
By Dwip July 12, 2004 at 6:16 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, the Viking Invasion part of today, wherein I write war stories of my conquests. Secondly, I shall quote Cole: Me: Fucking ICQ. Cole: can’t say as that’s something i’d like to try Me: No, not really. Cole: i haven’t seen the proper port specifications to even try Cole: “so, what, you want to try the parallel port this time?”


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Rockin in the Free World
By Dwip July 12, 2004 at 10:58 am Comments (14) RSS Feed for this post

So I guess I owe everyone an update. So, with the exception of the bit where Whir’s apartment is like 90 degrees with the windows open at night on days when it’s freezing and raining, and the bit where his landlord is rather less than friendly, life in the UP is good times. So good, in fact, that variously in Marquette and Iron Mountain I’ve noticed a few things. Like the minivan Whir pointed out to me that has a staircase on the roof. Honest to god stairs, with a railing and the whole bit. Bizzare. Probably even more bizzare than the lowrider minivan with the spoiler and the flames painted on the front in IM. There’s also the “What […]


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Stranger In A Strange Land
By Dwip June 30, 2004 at 7:56 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m at Whir’s place now. And it’s about 5am Italian time, if anybody’s wondering. I’ve got an hour or two before bedtime. There’ll be some substantive bloggage sooner or later. Probably tomorrow, once I figure out how I want to do it, and have actually slept. Because I haven’t in about a day now. Also, O’Hare airport is dying, come the Revolution. [edit] Ok, here’s how it’s going to work. Probably about once per day or so until I’m out of ’em, I’m going to start posting bloggage from the trip. I’ll backdate them to last month, so look somewhere below this entry for them. [/edit]


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Sleep Now in the Fire
By Dwip June 30, 2004 at 10:44 am Comments Off on Sleep Now in the Fire RSS Feed for this post

Ostia, 6/27/04 The title of this entry presumes that I’m going to Pompeii, and in that context makes sense. However, since it seems fairly unlikely that I’m actually going to make it to Pompeii, for assorted reasons involving the amount of pain involved in the walk through Ostia, the general suckfulness of Italian trains, and me being a dumbass and not getting a ticket back in the day a ways. Speaking of dumbasses, there are smart people in this world, and there are stupid people. There are people who retreat from the sun during the extreme heat of the day, and there are people who ignore the heat and just keep going. Consequently, there are people who get totally fried […]


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The Power and the Glory
By Dwip June 27, 2004 at 6:43 am Comments Off on The Power and the Glory RSS Feed for this post

Rome, 6/24/04 I’ve seen precious little of said power and glory so far, but then, I just got off the damn train and got a hotel. At 6 pm. Since I checked out of my hotel in Ravenna at about 9 am, that ought to tell you about what I did with my day. Spent it in train stations and on trains, pretty much. The 9:30 train to Bologna wasn’t too bad, and got me there in plenty of time for the 10:46 Eurostar to Rome. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t taking the 10:46 Eurostar to Rome, I was taking the 1:46 Eurostar to Rome. So, like any self-respecting traveller who’s lugged a suitcase full of clothes, a laptop, and […]


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City of God/Stairway to Heaven
By Dwip June 24, 2004 at 9:56 am Comments Off on City of God/Stairway to Heaven RSS Feed for this post

Ravenna, 6/22/04-6/23/04 So I ended up going to Ravenna after all. I’m really glad I did. I haven’t quite figured out what pissed me off so much about Venice, but Ravenna’s pretty much the opposite. Instead of the hustle and bustle of Venice, Ravenna’s a small, quiet sort of place. It’s sort of like taking Corvallis, adding tons of really awesome architecture, and tossing it in the middle of Italy. It’s even got legions of mad bicyclists, and these bastards on scooters just itching to run you down. That having been said, I love the place. Getting there took a while, though. For one, lugging one’s luggage through Venice is pretty interesting, for pretty Chinese values of interesting, since the […]


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Island In the Sun
By Dwip June 22, 2004 at 9:44 am Comments Off on Island In the Sun RSS Feed for this post

Venice, 6/21/04 As it turns out, the rain was a freak thing, and it was a really nice day in Venice today, which more or less enabled me to go see a whole lot of stuff, which, actually, is a problem, because my ticket to Ravenna is for the 23rd, which means the 22nd may or may not be exceedingly boring. We’ll see. The morning started by a trip down to the hotel desk, where I asked the clerk if, incidentally, I was going to get my passport back at some point. No, he says, only if you check out. Ok, whatever, Italy’s kind of screwy like that I guess, but whatever. So I went out, wandered, and took some […]


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Helter Skelter
By Dwip June 21, 2004 at 12:22 pm Comments Off on Helter Skelter RSS Feed for this post

Stockholm 6/17/04 – 6/20/04 Written live from Venice on the 20th. But more on Venice later. So my arrival in Stockholm was something like this: Got off the plane at Skavsta[1] airport, which is like an hour away from town by bus, during which I got my first taste of Swedish hospitality – This lady with her infant who was taking up two seats denied everyone else who wanted the last seat, but moved over for me. Cool. Of course the baby developed a fascination with my flannel and kept playing with it, but that’s ok, because he was a really cute baby. Not that you really see ugly babies. In any case, an hour and a half later I’m […]


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Live From Stockholm
By Dwip June 19, 2004 at 1:02 pm Comments (16) RSS Feed for this post

Well, looks like everything is back up. Probably be a while until I get anything from the trip up, though – Whir’s place, probably. We’ll see how that works out. I’m at Toast’s right now, enjoying some generous hospitality. Tomorrow it’s off to Venice, and in a little over a week, I’ll be in MI. So I’ll see you all when I see you.


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A Room With A View, Mini-Bar, and Cable
By Dwip June 17, 2004 at 8:20 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or so says a certain ad on the London tube, which considering this is about Brussels is a bit odd, but whatever. The circumstances sort of merit it, as it happens. Brussels, 6/13/04 Left London this morning, which felt a bit odd, since I sort of felt like I lived there. Packing, saying goodbye to Paul and Jan – all a bit surreal. Getting 6 hours of sleep to get up at 6 and catch a 6:30 tube to Waterloo for my 8:30 train, more painful than surreal. Since the first Picadilly ran at 7, well…yeah. Only to get to Waterloo and stand in a few lines to get my supposedly self-collectable ticket, and to get on the Eurostar. Which […]


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Mary Jane’s Last Dance
By Dwip June 12, 2004 at 5:31 am Comments Off on Mary Jane’s Last Dance RSS Feed for this post

Being an account of the momentous bits of my last week in the UK. Because as we all know, Sunday I’m for Brussels. Monday, in addition to the theater final, we all went out for something of a final group dinner at La Porchetta (“the pig” apparently), which is a fairly decent Italian restauraunt near school. Apart from it being hot enough to do things like, say, forge iron, much food was eaten, and much merriment was had. And by much food, I mean much. The pizzas in particular were spectacularly huge – mediums at least. I, of course, got the one tiny dish on the menu, not that I knew it at the time. But it was good, so […]


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That’s All, Folks
By Dwip June 9, 2004 at 3:56 am Comments (25) RSS Feed for this post

School’s out, as they say, forever. I’m done. Forever, if I so feel like it, though I probably won’t. 17 of my 23 years of life have been spent in school, 5 of them in college. It’s been a long, often hard, road, but it’s all done. I’ve made it.


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Public Service Announcement
By Dwip June 4, 2004 at 1:45 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

First, for those of you who don’t know, Alsherok’s going down starting tomorrow, for an unknown amount of time. Which means no blog for a while. Second, as I will have left school and the country in a week, my ONID email will likely stop working, and I may or may not have access to my Alsherok account. With that in mind, I’ve set up a temp email at Hotmail for y’all to use should you want to contact me. Dwip142@hotmail.com. No, I had no idea Dwip was that popular a name either. That having been said, I will presently set up my ONID email to redirect to the hotmail account, so there ought to be no worries.


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“Dude, Where’s My Bus?”
By Dwip June 4, 2004 at 3:47 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

No, really, I’m still here. Just…late, is all. Busy week. Hey Pete, said where you gonna go? I’ll take that Westbus, take it down to Brighton Beach, Brighton Beach… Yeah. We all did Brighton today, which does in fact have a beach, even if it isn’t the one Type O sang about. Among other things, it’s one of those places where it’s good to be king, since George IV built a very…lavish palace there once upon a time. It’s decorated in fine Chinese and Indian style, and is perhaps even more spectacular than Hampton Court. For everyone else, there’s the pier, which was apparently the place to go to have fun in like, 1906, and still looks it. Nowdays it’s […]


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Everything to Everyone
By Dwip June 3, 2004 at 6:12 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, Tharavel should be up now, thanks to Putty and the school network. Try [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link redacted] and wait for a while, because it’s a 3 meg download. Should be a .doc and a .fcw inside. For those of you with CC2, the .fcw will be nifty, otherwise you’ll just have to live with the less good map in the .doc. Speaking of the .doc, it’s like 80 pages, and uses columns, tables, and all sorts of pretty bizzare stuff. For those of you not using Word, well, it may or may not work. *shrug* In any case, enjoy, and you know where the email is to drop me comments and questions and such on it. Secondly, I […]


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Live From AHA
By Dwip June 2, 2004 at 1:53 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Typing this from school, which is nowhere near exciting as it may sound. I’ll have more to say later, but let it be known that BF:V does in fact run on the laptop, for 640×480@16 values of run. And lo, there were mad beatdowns by VC, because definitely after having not played for two months, I suck. But by the time I get to Whir’s, I will not suck. And there will be much entertainment derived from this. Also, let’s hear it for the SVD sniper rifle. And the RPD. It’s almost worth it to be Communist these days.


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American Gods
By Dwip May 31, 2004 at 11:49 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I wish I could say that I had a good weekend, but of course I had a fairly miserable one – coughing and hacking up bits of green crap, the usual fun of being sick. Still, I felt well enough to go back to school today, which resolved itself in an excessively random coughing fit in the bathroom at AHA, which turned out to be the coughing fit of the gods – went on for a good five minutes, brought tears to my eyes, the whole deal. Also left me standing there with one of those feelings one gets from time to time, along the lines of “I’m standing in a tiny little trapezoidal bathroom, painted red, and furnished in […]


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The Wretched
By Dwip May 27, 2004 at 11:42 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So pretty much this week has been a “Black Plague 1, Europe 0” sort of a thing. Because I sure am sick. This wasn’t particularly apparent on Saturday when the St. Alban’s fiasco happened, but by Sunday it was pretty clear that All Was Not Right With the World. When you and your partner are sitting down working on your presentation, and you basically fall asleep in the chair, you know that either your presentation is boring as hell, or you’re just that sick, and I knew the presentation wasn’t THAT bad. Cue Monday. I’m really tired, pretty congested, but I go into school anyway, because hey, meeting and play tonight. Can’t miss those. And I don’t, even though I […]


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The Boxer
By Dwip May 22, 2004 at 9:56 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

And getting to St. Albans today to meet SNR was something like this: Announcer: And in this corner, we have Dwip, who needs to be in St. Albans by 1, because that’s what he told SNR, who’s sacrificing his lunch break to be there! Crowd: Oooo… Announcer: And in this corner, we have the undefeated champion! The entire London Underground and Silverlink Trains network! Crowd: *hushed silence* Announcer: And it’s 10:50 as Dwip goes for Eastcote Station to get the Metropolitan Line to Euston. But wait! London Underground has pulled the infamous “Engineering work forces you to take a slow Picadilly train” move! The train doesn’t arrive at Eastcote until 11:23, and Dwip’s train to Watford Junction leaves at 12:15! […]


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Years Later…
By Dwip May 22, 2004 at 1:26 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Tharavel! Getcher completed Tharavel doc here! Or email me, or something.


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Here Comes the Sun
By Dwip May 21, 2004 at 6:11 am Comments Off on Here Comes the Sun RSS Feed for this post

I crave ice cream. Went for my Rolo McFlurry yesterday, and two different McDonalds didn’t feel like giving it to me for various reasons. Then today at Waterloo Station, it being not just sauna hot but infernal pits of hell hot, I decided that the McDonalds there could hook me up, but of course their machine broke too. So I had to content myself with this gigantic butter croiscant that was really good. But it wasn’t filled with ice cream, so the effect was moot. But wait, you ask. Why was I in Waterloo Station in the first place? Obviously to jump a train to Hampton Court palace. Henry VIII’s house. Which, it being the place where the king hung […]


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The Longest Week
By Dwip May 18, 2004 at 12:08 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

5/14/04 Or so it’s seemed, anyway. No sleep, you see. Terrible thing, no sleep. Makes Dwip a rather poor conversational companion, and such. Yeah. So the first of our Sleepless in London days was Wednesday, which just so happened to be Dustin’s 21st birthday. Astute readers will know what happened next. Yes, we did in fact take over not only a wine bar near the British Museum, but when that closed, we took over the Museum Tavern pub. Dustin indeed got very drunk, most of which I was there for, and apparently after I left in a vain attempt to, you know, get sleep before class at 10 the next morning, there was some good old fashioned drunken text messaging […]


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The Long and Winding Road
By Dwip May 9, 2004 at 8:25 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So many titles for this one… “No Dogs on the City Walls” was one that didn’t make the cut – it’s a sign on the York city walls. More I’ve forgotten. This one is the best, though, I think. You’ll see. In any case, here’s the record of my six days, Canterbury, York, Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall, and a few points in between. Enjoy. 5/3/04 Canterbury Live from atop the Dane John Mound, Canterbury. This used to be the site of a Norman motte and bailey timber fort a thousand years ago in William the Conqueror’s time. Now it’s the centerpiece of a large park. It’s about sixty or seventy feet above ground level, which gives it a nice view of […]


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When the Rain Comes
By Dwip May 1, 2004 at 1:48 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Winchester – 4/30/04 And today I went off to…get ready for it…Winchester. Olde Capitole of Ye Englishe around William the Conqueror’s time or so. So suitably back in the day for our purposes, not to mention it was the third most important city in Roman Britain, or so they say. I should point out that it was bloody well freezing and wet the entire time I was there, which led me on a good chase for a shop to buy a hat in, but all the hat shops seem to have fled to Oxford, since I found many in Oxford, and none in Winchester. But Winchester seems to have all the ice cream and shoe stores. Don’t ask me why. […]


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Gone
By Dwip April 29, 2004 at 1:55 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Consider this a notice of light blogging for the next week or so, since I’ll be gone on break for the most of it. I’ll try to put something up about Winchester and Norwich this Sunday, but then I’ll be noticably absent until probably next Sunday, when you get to hear about the wonders of Canterbury, York, and Hadrian’s Wall. Also, papers are teh suck. But I think you all knew this, so we’ll leave it at that.


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Killed Bill
By Dwip April 25, 2004 at 2:30 am Comments (18) RSS Feed for this post

Well, Kill Bill Volume 2 basically owned in gargantuan ways. Big big gargantuan ways. All the while being a totally different sort of movie than the first one, but still owning despite. You must end whatever pathetic mortal work you may happen to be doing, and go see it, for it is good. Along those lines, Troy comes out while we’re here, which pleases the girls to no end simply because of Brad Pitt. And pleases me for the whole concept, but. And for the guys, King Arthur may or may not come out, which means Kiera Knightly goodness. And for everyone, the Day After Tomorrow looks cool, even if it does remind me of a particular Heinlien book. Anyway. […]


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Live From London
By Dwip April 24, 2004 at 6:36 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

More Oxford than London, really, but we’ll get there in a moment. Had a strange dream this morning, wherein I went to McDonald’s to try to get an ice cream cone, a McFlurry, and a milkshake, and the people at the counter couldn’t understand a word I said. Eventually I got fed up, grabbed my stuff, and hopped on the tube. While this isn’t quite as strange as the random dream wherein Tara and I were sitting in what looked remarkably like the Monroe Elementary School cafeteria, eating baked beans and having a very passionate argument about the Roman Empire, considering the gesturing, the ice cream dream was still pretty strange. Also a bit more relevant than the Roman beans […]


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Glorious Nonsense
By Dwip April 21, 2004 at 11:02 am Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

4/20/04 Or such is the description of the play Cyrano de Bergerac by some dead guy who’s name I don’t quite remember. We went to go see it on Monday, and it’s a pretty accurate description. It’s a romantic tragedy set against sort of a schoolboy’s fantasy World War I, though the original was set in the 17th century, I think. It said about as much as you can expect any romance of the period to say, which is to say not much. But it does sort of remind me of how Marechal’s mind works, for what that’s worth. But at least the music, which was sort of medieval, and might have actually been real medieval for all I know, […]


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Rock Star/”Water is Best”
By Dwip April 17, 2004 at 8:07 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

And the doings of Thursday and Friday were…many. Starting with how the vast part of Thursday sucked quite a lot, insofar as I was enormously tired and enormously bored because of the three hour gap I have between classes. Nevertheless, we went to the British Museum for Literacy in the ANE, which was about as cool as you might expect it to be, and then a few of us went to lunch at the Hare and Tortoise, wherein much chicken in various forms of plant matter met untimely, yet tasty, ends. Once we actually got it, anyway, because the staff decided that we were obvious losers who didn’t deserve to eat before, say, the people who came in half an […]


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The Guns of Love Disastrous
By Dwip April 14, 2004 at 10:15 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I saw Journey’s End last night. First, though, I got lost in Picadilly Circus and Soho trying to find the theater, since I conveniently took the OTHER street that leads off from Picadilly Circus station, and got myself off in the comparative middle of nowhere, if you can call five blocks from Trafalgar Square the comparative middle of nowhere. Anyway. Unfortunately, the nice Middle Eastern man I asked for directions couldn’t understand me, and I couldn’t understand him, and I didn’t quite want to duck into one of the zillions of strip clubs to ask (the horror, I know). But I eventually found my way back, got on the right street, and found my way to the Comedy Theater, […]


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Happiness Is A Warm Camera
By Dwip April 12, 2004 at 11:48 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

4/11/04 As Easters go, this was a pretty good one. Everyone in London pretty much deserted the city for the holiday weekend, Jan and Paul went off to do family stuff, and Mike’s in Paris, so I had the house to myself, the tube to myself, the major roads to myself, and only had to share the British Museum with about 20 zillion American tourists who were apparently thinking the same thing I was about the lack of actual British people. Nevertheless, I spent something like two hours in the place, maybe three, and took something like 130-140 pictures. I love the British Museum. Exploring it today, I went a whole bunch of places I had already been, then took […]


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Reminder
By Dwip April 11, 2004 at 4:24 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I’m tired of going through N54 for this: http://www.lurkerlounge.com/realmsbeyond/forums/ Desperately wanting a main page link for this, Gris. ;) (or am I just blind?)


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Champagne Supernova
By Dwip April 10, 2004 at 4:54 am Comments (22) RSS Feed for this post

And another week passes. It’s Easter weekend here, which is a really big holiday, meaning we get a four day weekend, and I believe real schools get like 2 weeks off. I may or may not be going off to Leeds Castle later, depending on if people actually decide to call me or not. We shall see. In any case, I get to relax until Monday, which I really need to do, considering that even on a slow week, things are pretty busy. Last Saturday, which I apparently decided not to relate when I posted, a fairly decent group of us went on a “pub walk” around the city, which involved such highlights as: Katie, the map carrier from yesterday, […]


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Please Direct Your Attention to the Rediculously Large Building on the Left
By Dwip April 4, 2004 at 4:02 am Comments (11) RSS Feed for this post

3/30 Well, here I am, writing on my third day in. My roommate, Mike, and I will be heading out for school here in 40 minutes or so, using London’s most excellent public transportation, the tube (or the Underground, if you want to be technical about it). The plane ride in sucked about as much as you would expect it to suck – I stayed up all night Friday for the trip up, sort of crashed on the plane to Dallas, and I mean sort of the in the sense that no, you’re not really awake, but you’re not really asleep, either, but you’ll definitely be in pain at the end of things. Anyway. For some reason, North Texas has […]


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Ticket To Ride
By Dwip March 27, 2004 at 12:49 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Well, in, call it three hours, I’ll be gone. Gone gone gone. Off to London and Europe and Whir’s place. Good times will be had by all. Packing, for the record, sucks a lot. Especially when all my stuff was buried in piles all over the house. Especially because I played so much Battlefield: Vietnam that I didn’t do anything until today. But oh well. Packed, and off we go. To about a 24 hour trip. That’s going to be lots and lots of fun. Or not. A few issues: Anybody expecting to actually email me should probably use wolfee at onid dot orst dot edu for the moment, as it has a web interface I know I can check, […]


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Uh, Right
By Dwip March 23, 2004 at 8:32 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, I guess I think it’s sort of strange that I had to go to CNN to see this, considering I LIVE HERE, and all. Go figure. I think in some odd sort of way, I’m proud of my state for this whole thing, but yeah. Benton County’s approach to the whole thing is a bit strange.


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In the ‘Nam
By Dwip March 23, 2004 at 7:55 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Battlefield: Vietnam is worse than crack. Much worse. Nevermind that it makes me feel strange to enjoy a game based on this particular war, in ways that I wouldn’t feel about, say, World War II. I’m not sure why that is, but whatever. At any rate, the game’s fun. So Cole, Whir, and I are all playing last night. Quite a lot, actually, considering we played a lot the night before, too. And it appears that Cole’s the designated chopper pilot, because he’s the only one of us who can actually do it, Whir’s the designated sniper, and I’m that one guy over there with the M-60 and the LAW, who’s job is to play hide and go seek with […]


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I Fought the Law…
By Dwip March 21, 2004 at 5:45 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I didn’t really, but one sec on that. Let’s see. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything of substance. Got my grades back, and I did about like I expected: bombed the one class, barely passed the others, waded through my 407 class. That having been done, I’m on track to formally graduate in the spring. Life is good. The orgy of computer gaming has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams, almost. There will be new Civ by the time I leave on Saturday, and I’ve played a whole bunch of other stuff, including the newly acquired Battlefield: Vietnam. It made me buy a new video card to play it, and I must say that so far it’s been […]


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Quote
By Dwip March 18, 2004 at 3:13 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“In a morning meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Bremer warned the Iraqi leaders that they risked isolating themselves and their country if they continued to snub the United Nations.” —The New York Times, 3/18/04


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The Origin of the Species
By Dwip March 16, 2004 at 6:42 pm Comments Off on The Origin of the Species RSS Feed for this post

You say ‘Ok. Some ramblings about Darwin, and that’ll do it.’ Whir says ‘Darwin? That guy wasn’t right about anything.’ You say ‘Poor Darwin. He gets so beat on.’ Whir says ‘Well if he had realized that our entire existance was machined by a far superior alien race, I’d give him a little more credit.’ You say ‘Squirrel aliens might have been a bit much for poor Darwin.’ Whir says ‘True.’


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The Natural Habitat of Rabbits
By Dwip March 15, 2004 at 9:41 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So while I was home the other day, I shot a few pictures of the property. Enjoy. This is from the front yard, looking up at the house. That’s my car in front. This is from the front deck, down into the front yard. There’s a whole field down there you can’t really see very well. On nicer days than this, you can see the mountains in the distance. This is the back yard. That’s my old fort there in the background, still choosing the proper moment to collapse finally. This is from the top of the driveway by the house, looking down on the office and shop. This is from halfway up the driveway by the shop, looking up […]


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Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead
By Dwip March 12, 2004 at 12:22 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Die, you fucker. Die. All eventual 19 pages of you. Yes, that’s right. You. Die. Diediedie. Diediediediedie. Yeah. From now until about Sunday, there shall be enormous descent into an orgy of video games and CC2 mapping and such. And there will be much rejoicing. Dammit, I don’t see anybody rejoicing. Get busy!


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A Hard Day’s Night
By Dwip March 12, 2004 at 7:13 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, as far as the whole paper thing goes, I think this email I just sent to Tali and Laurent about sums things up: Tricksy paperses! We hates them, precious! We hates them! Filled with nasty quoteses and nasty citeses, yes precious. Nasty, nasty quoteses. *gollum* They hurts us, precious, yes they does. *gollum* The tricksy footnotes, they hurts our brains, don’t they precious? Yes, yes precious, they hurts us. *gollum* But we’ll make them pay, precious, won’t we? Yes, precious. Yes we will. *gollum* *gollum* Hurty quotses and citeses and footnoteses. We’ll make them all pay, precious! It’s due today, though, so with just a bit more pain, it’ll all be over. And then I’ve got 7 pages for […]


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About a Sword
By Dwip March 9, 2004 at 5:07 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, I basically only have one thing to say about Kill Bill: ph34r t3h cute ones. Probably only Whir will get that. Ah well. So, the paper is almost done. I’m almost about to collapse, too. The darkness, it’s beautiful… *zonk*


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Fight For Your Right to Procrastinate
By Dwip March 8, 2004 at 11:24 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Well, it’s here. I’m now burnt out beyond all recognition. Sleeping 3 hours at a stretch, cannot focus on what I’m supposed to be doing…took me like seven hours to write three pages last night. The more and more I think about it, the more and more I think my decision to take time off after graduation is a wise one. I want this to end. I need this to end. I’m tired of term after term of sacrificing myself on the altar of academia. Oh so fucking tired. I’ve got a lot to say, I think, lots of pictures to post, but they’re going to have to wait for a day or so. Because by tonight I need to […]


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Acid Dreaming
By Dwip March 6, 2004 at 9:55 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Yeah. So apparently this whole 6/6/6/6 sleep schedule thing is giving me some pretty screwed up dreams. I mean, they’re not quite this odd, but. Then again, maybe they are. I mean, the one where I get attacked by ninjas in my house and have to go all Kill Bill on them with a sword, that’s not TOO odd, right? I mean, we all get attacked by ninjas in our sleep from time to time. These things happen. The one where I’m reliving the last little bit of KOTOR, slaughtering dozens of evildoers with the Force, well, that’s a little bit odd, since I don’t normally dream myself into video games, but hey, whatever works. The last one, though… THAT […]


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A Kodak Rabbit
By Dwip March 3, 2004 at 3:15 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Because I had some more fun with the digital camera. Ye Olde Pet Rabbit: Ye Olde Pet Rabbit Again: And a shot of my entire room. And as to the faintly visible Megatokyo strip on the wall…


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“You never said they were _FLAMING!_”
By Dwip March 2, 2004 at 9:33 am Comments Off on “You never said they were _FLAMING!_” RSS Feed for this post

Since I’ve been promising Cole I’d do this for like, as long as I’ve had a webpage, I guess now that I actually went and did it, I should go ahead and link it all for you. So, here is my collection of the Monroe D&D group’s funniest home videos. Except they’re not on video. They could be, I guess, but they’re not. Oh well. Enjoy. I’m off back to bed. This paper thing is sucking the life from me.


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And You Thought Our News Was Biased…
By Dwip March 2, 2004 at 5:29 am Comments Off on And You Thought Our News Was Biased… RSS Feed for this post

This whole paper thing can go away now. It’s become annoying. Well, except for how it allows me to dig up some really entertaining, yet offensive quotes from 1860 Northern newspapers, whereupon everyone uses assorted racial slurs and such. Or, you know, there’s always entertaining stuff like this: “If the condition of the negro slaves of the South and the free negroes of the North be contrasted, we find no difficulty in determining where the comfort, happiness, and well being of the race are best preserved. In the South, as everybody is aware, the wants of the negro from infancy to death are supplied…the duty of this care by the master is not only a moral but a legal obligations, […]


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Heh
By Dwip March 1, 2004 at 8:26 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

NYT headline of the day: U.S. and French Troops Arrive in Haiti to Restore Stability Why is this funny? I have no idea. I haven’t quite pinned it down yet. But it is. Very.


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Drown
By Dwip March 1, 2004 at 1:09 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Sorry if nobody but Whir and I had a clue what I was talking about last entry. I don’t usually get to revel in my CC2 geekdom much, however. Anyway. 7 more pages of the paper due on Tuesday. That’s going to suck, but I’m a lot more prepared now than I was. It’s still going to mean a lot of pain tomorrow, but I survived Wednesday, I can survive tomorrow. Well, I sort of survived, at any rate. I went a little loopy there at the end, as the following email will show you: (It is, I note, my tradition to send out weekly “It is now the weekend. We will do stuff.” emails to Tali and Laurent. This […]


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Trim to Intersection
By Dwip February 28, 2004 at 3:31 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I promised a CC2 blog entry, so here we are. Many image files abound. Fair warning: Most of them are pretty freaking large. Understand that these are all a fair amount of work on my part. The Tharavel map took probably about a week of solidly working on it, some of which was learning how to do things in CC2 I’d never done before. Niriath Henning took most of a week. Littlefang took two solid days of work. Bremberthwaite maybe about half a day, because it’s very small and simple. Utna took a good long time, since it was the first CC2 city I’d ever done. The complexity of all this comes from the way CC2 works. If you’ve ever […]


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Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
By Dwip February 27, 2004 at 4:15 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, how about some Civ? Cole and I played a multiplayer hotseat game from about January to the other night as the Incans and Mayans. The Last of the Mayincans is over on the Civ page. RBC9 is over. We’ve lost, victims of rampaging out of control Mongol hordes. Between that and the Last of the Mayincans, I haven’t got a lot of love left for the Hittites. Too, it’s looking like RBC11 is about over, but it’s got a while yet. Also, I’ve been playing around a lot with CC2, the 2nd Edition Castle Guide, and a certain 1989 Dragon Magazine. Maps rock. Castles rock. Castle maps rock, too. If I can ever figure out how to get good […]


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And Now…
By Dwip February 26, 2004 at 9:13 pm Comments Off on And Now… RSS Feed for this post

For something COMPLETELY different. The HST 407 paper-writing theme song. When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! We’ll give him a hearty welcome then, Hurrah! Hurrah! The men will cheer, the boys will shout, The ladies they will all turn out, And we’ll all feel gay When Johnny comes marching home. The old church bells will peal with joy, Hurrah! Hurrah! To welcome home our darling boy, Hurrah! Hurrah! The village lads and lassies say With roses they will strew the way, And we’ll all feel gay Whn Johnny comes marching home. Get ready for the Jubilee, Hurrah! Hurrah! We’ll give the hero three times three, Hurrah! Hurrah! The laurel wreath is ready now To place upon his loyal […]


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Erk.
By Dwip February 26, 2004 at 8:38 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

KILL THE EVIL PAPER! RAISE THE BANNER OF REVOLUTION! DOWN WITH THE TYRRANY OF SCHOOL! STUDENTS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! DESTROY YOUR HOMEWORK! Right. Anyway. Been up since like 1pm yesterday, have a 3 page chunk of my 20 pager due in like, 2 hours, and the GODDAMN MAIN SOURCE I WAS USING DECIDED TO CRASH ON ME. KILL! KILL! Sorry. Working on that. Really. The stick is helping a lot. It’s a big stick. A very nice stick, as sticks go. Sort of hurty, or so I’m given to understand. I wouldn’t know personally, you understand. I’m not hitting myself with it.


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Quote
By Dwip February 25, 2004 at 3:09 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs rolls over your neighbor’s dog. what’s great for a snack, it fits on your back, it’s log log log. it’s log, it’s log, it’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood. it’s log, it’s log, it’s better than bad, it’s good.


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Argh
By Dwip February 24, 2004 at 7:57 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

President Bush’s whole support of the Federal Marriage Amendment deserves a lot more thwacking upon that I can give it right now, but fortunately there’s people like Andrew Sullivan to do it for me. I really want to say I’m surprised by the whole thing, but I’m really not. Just one more reason to vote for whoever it is gets the Democratic nomination. Along those lines, Nader, go away. We don’t want you. We told you that in 2k, and you didn’t listen to us. Now run off and go play in the corner or something.


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Ha.
By Dwip February 24, 2004 at 10:16 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Quoth Whir, in regards to the current picture of Bush on CNN.com right now: “I think he looks rather dignified. You know, in that “OMG! Someone’s shoving a carrot up my ass” way.” [edit] And for more entertaining stuff, we present this letter for your amusement.


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Arrrrrrrrrr!
By Dwip February 23, 2004 at 3:48 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

You may or may not remember from, uh, eight days ago, the whole big list of Civ games I put up. Well, RBC12F has ended. Rome has fallen. Good times were had. Have fun reading, Toast.


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Another Kodak Moment
By Dwip February 22, 2004 at 3:15 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Now that the camera has a battery again, and I really do need to get another one of them at this rate, I took a shot of the awesome custom repaint MadCat III I won a few weeks ago. The darkish, awesome-looking one? Yeah. That’s it. The other one is the random Bannson’s Catapult I keep around for no apparent reason. Because desk ornaments are fun. Click me! Click me!


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Faith in Government
By Dwip February 21, 2004 at 5:06 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So the news of the day is that my paper topic for HST 407 got shot down on Thursday, and I have until about Monday to come up with a new one. So I’m digging through various things online, such as the Congressional Globe for July 4, 1861. The Senate’s proceedings therein take like 2-3 pages, and are on the order of “Right then. Here’s some messages from the President and the cabinet secretaries. We all done, then? Excellent.” The House of Representatives is slightly more chaotic. It’s on the order of: Clerk: Ok. Down to business. Roll call. Guy 1: I object. Flunky over here wasn’t properly elected. He went and got elected in Virginia, then voted in Ohio […]


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Thine Attempt To Ford the River Hath Failed…
By Dwip February 17, 2004 at 10:01 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Lame as the jokes are, many of these are pretty funny. Given certain conversations recently, the Oregon Trail ones were funny as hell.


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Hrm.
By Dwip February 17, 2004 at 4:59 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because I find this blog fairly interesting. Must remember to get back there at some point. On another note, today, in the “I’ve been awake since like 11 am on what was technically yesterday” sense of the term, sucked. This has been one of those terms where I’m not even remotely prepared for anything at all, despite the desperate longing to be so prepared, and despite vague motions to actually attempt something approximating real preparedness. On occasion, you get your face rubbed in your lack of preparedness, and today was That Day. I should start by noting I had like 6 hours of sleep. One day I will learn to better regulate my sleep habits, but the fuzziness of schedules […]


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We Create Worlds
By Dwip February 15, 2004 at 2:20 pm Comments Off on We Create Worlds RSS Feed for this post

It’s been a busy sort of weekend. Saw Fight Club again on Friday with Tali and Laurent, which as always was entertaining. Fight Club rocks. Yesterday involved a whole lot of sucking at pool, and a whole lot of D&D, as Kyle’s being shipped off to Korea for a year or so. And later on tonight, I have the OTHER D&D game, whereupon we all ponder our new level 1 existances. On another note, I’ve been working on my world again, which is really going to suck come schoolwork tomorrow, but ah well. I shall need to attempt to post a map at some point, because I think my new map is pretty awesome. But. Also, there has been much […]


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GRAAAAAAAAR.
By Dwip February 13, 2004 at 2:25 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, in a stunning display of brilliance, after reminding myself ALL WEEK about this stuff, I drive home, remembering to pick up Office 2k, CC2, and Fight Club. I did, however, forget the ethernet cables, without which my laptop is essentially crippled, as well as my original DD2 disks and my Office 95 CD, which means no installs for Dwip tonight. Considering I’m dying to work on a few things IN WORD, that’s sort of a problem. *snarl* Also, I have been thwarted by rd_parse once again, but I’ve been being thwarted by rd_parse for like 4 years now, so no big deal.


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In My Time of Dying
By Dwip February 12, 2004 at 1:33 am Comments (12) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’ve gone and resigned from Tonto. First time in 3.5 years that I haven’t worn the Tonto_ prefix. I won’t elaborate on it here, it’s all in the post, but it was time for me. *shrug* On another note, we played some pretty good Mechwarrior down at the shop. As I’ve always wanted to take some pictures of the thing, I have done so. They follow. Me Getting Stomped: Me getting thrashed. The mech getting shot in the back is mine, the two infantry by the tank in the middle are mine, the rest is either his, or dead units of mine. That little orange mech in the center is a killer. It’s also mine now, thanks to a […]


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Interview With A Dwarf
By Dwip February 10, 2004 at 8:34 pm Comments Off on Interview With A Dwarf RSS Feed for this post

You know it’s going to be one of those classes when your brand new D&D characters, begging for seperate lives of their own, begin having little conversations in your notebook. Picture, if you will, a dwarf, of the same general physical characteristics as Gimli, from a race where Gimli is the stereotype, sitting at a bar being questioned by somebody. “So your name is…Grog Halfplow?” “Grogni. But they call me Grog on account ‘a I likes me ale, see. The Halfplow bit, well, great-grandpa Derek was a bit…odd. Took up some undwarvish ways, like farming. Me, I liked the mines better.” “That explains the pick at your belt. What about those massive burn scars all over your body?” “There were […]


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Out of Context
By Dwip February 10, 2004 at 4:15 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because out of context Marechal quotes make the world go ’round, or something. Or, you think it would, but no, no I can’t let the opportunity go by. *brings out the ol’ moral superiority stick* Yeah, that’s right. I’m going to keep 0wnZ|ng you with this stick until I see fit to stop. =p Oh hell yeah.


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Shoot To the Music
By Dwip February 9, 2004 at 4:43 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

You know, I was thinking about a new MP3 player, too. But…yeah.


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And In the End…
By Dwip February 9, 2004 at 3:12 pm Comments Off on And In the End… RSS Feed for this post

The fight you take is equal to the fight you make, or something to that effect. So, Sunday night. Weekly D&D ritual. You may recall that we had twice previously fought a certain very large spikey black monster with psionic powers to a standstill, losing our robot, and then losing me. Well, this time, we went down for the third try at the thing. This time, we had a plan, however, involving lots and lots of fire and acid damage which it can’t regenerate. The other two times, we had had a bunch of shrieker mushrooms to have it come to us. However, last time we fried said ‘shrooms, which meant we had to explore. So we did. All of […]


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A Kodak Moment
By Dwip February 7, 2004 at 4:38 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

In the spirit of desk shots, I offer a view of my own, slightly messy, desk. I remind you that this is a BIG desk. Too, I have absolutely no idea who Katie is, and why she thinks she stole my towel, before I even moved into the room. I thought about posting some other random pics of my humble abode, but I think perhaps I’ll wait a few. Like until after I’ve cleaned a bit. Strange idea, I know.


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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
By Dwip February 5, 2004 at 10:59 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Today’s been a good day. Took care of my passport, made my car like me again, and got that doctor’s appointment I need. Then I went home. And I’m there talking to my parents, and I’m like “Yeah, so why did I need to bring my checkbook, again?” Dad walks off, comes back with a laptop carrying case and some shopping bags. Santa had Arrived. And the people of the world rejoiced. I got, amongst other, lesser peripherals, a very nice laptop and a very nice digital camera, upon which the preceeding shot was taken. There is much goodness and joy in the world. Oh, and I swiped a box of cornflakes, too. Cornflakes rock.


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Until the End of the World
By Dwip February 4, 2004 at 4:36 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

(You non-MUD types will have to forgive this one, I’m afraid.) Well, here we are, camped inside Argalath’s Keep, sleeping after beating the hell out of some undead. Oddly appropriate time to be saying this, I guess. One score days and eight years ago, I came forth into the world of Multi-User Dungeons. It was January of 1996. I’m all of 15 and a month. I’d had my first computer of my very own, a blazing fast P166 with a monster 1.2 gig hard drive, and it was about time to explore the wonders of the Internet. Understand that I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1993 or so, and roleplaying was something akin to life at that point. So […]


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Rrrrrrrrg.
By Dwip February 2, 2004 at 12:17 am Comments Off on Rrrrrrrrg. RSS Feed for this post

I’d like to make mention that my homework is really pissing me off right now. It’s making me tired, and I hate being tired. And for some reason I’m completely full, and yet I keep thinking of jerky and getting insane attacks of mouth watering. And I mean, of the sort where your mouth tingles for a sec, this little jolt runs through your mouth, and then *gush*. I dunno. Strange. And I figure since I read Megatokyo like every single day almost, I should probably stick a link on the side, so now there is one. Whee.


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The Great Events Of Our Times
By Dwip February 1, 2004 at 2:22 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

In the spirit of updates and such, I suppose I should offer one up, even though most of my attention blogwise is concentrated on that raging history thread down there. That having been said: Lots of school. I have more reading than I care to think about, more work coming than I care to contemplate. This is, however, the last of it for a time. In case I haven’t made this entirely clear, it does appear as if I will be going to England in the spring. So if I make it through this term, I’m free and clear. This is good. My creative urges are running rampant lately. I’ve done some more work for Alsherok, and even gotten further […]


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Light My Fire
By Dwip January 28, 2004 at 1:14 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

The Forest [Exits: North East South West] You stand in the midst of a huge forest. The trees here are huge, and tower far above you. All around you, deer move through the trees, and occasionally you can see a figure dressed in green and brown leather, observing you through the brush. A small stream can be seen through the trees to the north and west. (Magical) A magical fire burns brightly. (627) Xaxtnilax the Greater Sage is standing here. Remember, only YOU can start forest fires. Casting all those took like 5 hours, btw. All to get a measly 12k xp, level 13, and 95% adept in create fire. Argh.


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“When, in the course of human events…”
By Dwip January 27, 2004 at 6:14 pm Comments (22) RSS Feed for this post

I was going to write this originally as a reply to various people in the timeline post, but it’s a bit large for that now, so… I don’t usually need to pull out Wordpad for a commentary reply. Sheesh. Well, seeing as how Western Civilization developed without the United Nations or anything even close to it, I’m pretty sure things aren’t going to suck too bad without such an absurdly worthless institution. Yes and no. On the one hand, the UN is fundamentally flawed. I think we all pretty much recognize this. In efforts to be more inclusive or whatever, it has come to lack the collective will to enforce the things it says it wants. Iraq is one example. […]


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Quest For Fire
By Dwip January 26, 2004 at 7:17 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Because our world revolves around totally out of context Marechal quotes. You have sent a message! So tell me. What do you think about that new invention they came up with, fire? You have received a message! Change is bad. I’m strongly opposed to fire in all its forms, shapes, and uses. We must protect the sanctity of our fireless abodes.


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Daily Humor
By Dwip January 24, 2004 at 6:47 pm Comments Off on Daily Humor RSS Feed for this post

Samson’s fault for finding these and forcing me to laugh. 31. The proper name of Methyltheobromine is caffeine, not ‘Holy life-giving fluid that is all we require for life’. (The blogger notes that this is a lie.) 97. ‘MECHWARRIOR_4_SERVER’ is not an authorized process to be running on the company’s main router. 302. Mountain Dew is not radioactive and I should not tell Bob that it is. (Also a lie. With that kind of taste, it MUST be an Iraqi WMD reject substance) 304. Large sticks are not used in the repairing of computer technology. Ever. (Lies. Ever seen that picture of a duck holding a hammer over a computer?) The relevant forum thread is here.


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Blerk
By Dwip January 24, 2004 at 3:55 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

As far as the whole Iraq thing goes, this timeline makes interesting reading.


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Guns and Money
By Dwip January 21, 2004 at 6:33 pm Comments (19) RSS Feed for this post

“This is interesting. To say the least.” —Toast “Sadly, I’m not surprised. I went to the UN once, and they have a graph up somewhere where it shows how much money they’d need to solve or at least nearly solve many of the world’s problems. The total cost is less than the total military expenditures of every country in the world.” —Regina “Either way, I can’t see why there’s such a need for that much money being directed towards the military. The only plausible threat would be terrorists (which is plausible), but since when do you fight terrorists with, say, stealth bombers?” —Toast You, too, can have your very own topic, simply by making a political statement. Congrats, y’all. ;) […]


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A More Perfect Union
By Dwip January 21, 2004 at 12:48 am Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

So, in a fit of political something or another, I tuned in to watch Bush give his State of the Union speech tonight. On that note, let’s hear it for C-SPAN for having a live webcast of the thing. In fact, let’s hear it for live webcasts. Anyway. This whole thing deserves some sort of gigantic hand wringing, which I’m not sure if I’m capable of in my current exhausted state, but we’ll see what we can come up with. So… For the curious, you can find the transcript of the thing here. I’m not going to argue with the war on terror blurb. Mostly because there’s not a whole hell of a lot to argue with, but also because […]


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Fortunate Son
By Dwip January 19, 2004 at 8:27 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Today’s entertainment: Read to page 195 David Herbert Donald’s Lincoln. Done. Read to page 35 a book of articles on Lincoln. Write 4 pages on Lincoln in the New York Times. Half done. Write out a paper proposal, with 2 seperate topics, for the Lincoln class. Read an unspecified number of pages for 19th Century Europe and write an impression on the work. There’s other work to be done in other classes, but it is negligable and can be safely ignored until, say, tomorrow. That having been said, a note on Donald’s book. It rules. Great biography, and it hasn’t even made it to him being elected president yet. It may in fact be the best class textbook I’ve ever […]


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You Only Live Twice
By Dwip January 19, 2004 at 1:24 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

My throat hurts like hell for no reason. I’m angry about that. Anyway. So, last Sunday, we all gathered together for the weekly D&D ritual at Rema and Mel’s. Whereupon our group was hired by the Temple of Antion, the knowledge god, to go investigate some ruins we found while clearing out the demons I was talking about a while back. We’re getting paid 1500 gold per week for this task, which for the clueless amongst you means we’re not quite the equivilant of a Guatemalan sweatshop worker, but we’re close. Anyway. So we go in, start digging around. Get in an inconsequential fight with some wraiths, which loses a couple people some levels which get restored, and then we […]


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What the l33t Wear
By Dwip January 15, 2004 at 6:55 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So I just saw some guy downstairs wearing one of these. Ownage.


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It’s the End of the World As We Know It
By Dwip January 14, 2004 at 2:16 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

And I, uh, feel fine? Maybe. On the plus side: I played KOTOR a lot today and beat it. It was fun. I can’t keep binging on games like this, because I have a lot of work (some of which I even did today), but it was fun. Wholesome RPG goodness. Then I walked into my HST 407 class. Whereupon I was handed the syllabus. And feelings of joy, light, and the Warm Fuzzy Feeling fled from my being as if being chased by a hungry-looking lion or something. Check this out. 1/20 – Read >220 pages. Turn in 2 seperate paper topics. 4 page paper of New York Times research. 1/27 – Read >250 pages. 2/3 – Read >250 […]


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Obi-Wan KOTOR
By Dwip January 10, 2004 at 6:55 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

So, it’s about 7:30 last night. I’ve been playing Knights of the Old Republic for like, all day. Clock: It’s 7:30. You need to go hang out with Tali and Laurent like you said you would, or they will be pissed. Me: But I want to go with my ship to Dantooine. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father. Clock: You’re not Luke Skywalker. You’re going to be late. Get going. Me: But I’m about to build my liiiiightsaaaaber… It’s going to be blue! Clock: That’s nice. Now get going. Me: Argh. So I went and we watched movies and then I played KOTOR until 6am. Because truly there is no […]


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Hearts and Minds
By Dwip January 9, 2004 at 2:00 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

For the New York Times readers in the audience, I though this was a pretty interesting read.


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And In the End…
By Dwip January 9, 2004 at 12:52 am Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

Being a review of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King. Yeah, I FINALLY saw the thing. After being snowed in, sick, and whatever else, Suzanne and I went, saw it, and had an entirely enjoyable evening, one of the better I’ve had lately. Anyway. Like, damn. DAMN. Words practically fail me to describe this movie, this series. The best I can come up with is to go find Peter Jackson and grovel before him for a while until he unceremoniously boots me out into the street as being an embarrasment. I suspect I might need to fight some other people to get there, though. I’ll take a few shots at the really good stuff, first: […]


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Heat Wave
By Dwip January 6, 2004 at 8:20 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, for something like the sixth time in OSU history, we’re closed. Snowed in, in fact, under a couple inches of snow and ice. Fun times. Actually, it was worse yesterday. We were open, but ice covered EVERYTHING. Slipping to class was a lot of fun. So we’ll see how tomorrow is. Should be fun. Was going to go see RotK finally with Suzanne, but since my car was covered in a quarter inch of ice, that was a total non-starter. Ah well. We’ll see how Thursday goes.


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Sympathy For the Devil
By Dwip January 3, 2004 at 1:20 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Much to say, now that I am once more in a place to say things. Firstly, throat, whatever your problem is, stop it. Stop it right now. I am REAL tired of your attitude. Like, WAY tired. So unless you want to be sent to bed with no supper again, cut it out. Anyway. Much going on on the Civ front. I finally have a successful Succession Game in RBC4a, in which our 5CC Mayans do quite a lot of sacrificing, and quite a lot of math. Just what any game needs to be highly entertaining, right? Blood, sweat, and calculators. And, something like 4 new SGs having started today*, I’m now in RBC9 (NINE!), and am up next, as […]


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Revenge of the Snow Day
By Dwip January 2, 2004 at 5:03 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So, in talking about snow the other day, I said: I’ll be even more displeased if it prevents me from going out tomorrow, too. As it happens, snow did not, in fact, prevent me from going up to Corvallis and to Mel/Rema’s New Year’s bash, where much fun was had by all, including: – Carting the souls of the damned through Hell in Hell Rail, including such statements as “I burn some astrologers and some schismatics!” – Armada 3, which involved such things as getting our enormous pirate bands slaughtered by natives, me suicidally attacking Rema and losing, and a large three-way fight over the central island objective. Funness. Not wanting to brave the roads to my snowed-in house at […]


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