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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