Rabbit Claus Is Coming To Town
By Dwip December 16, 2007 at 2:16 pm Comments Off on Rabbit Claus Is Coming To Town RSS Feed for this post

Wherein you see the most excellent results of having an awesome girlfriend coinciding with a birthday. Yes, as it happens, I am now 27 going on about 22. You will notice immediately the card, which is a squirrel with a rose, and seriously, how totally perfect is that (I say, chittering). Also the Almost Famous soundtrack there, which is an awesome soundtrack to an awesome movie, and made entirely of win. I also now have a fluffy white evil villain cat, and yes, it was given to me to be a fluffy white evil villain cat. Soon, I shall be able to conquer you all from my Evil Base, which glows like Minas Morgal and sinks into the ground like […]


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This Magic Moment
By Dwip December 14, 2007 at 4:09 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I’m coming fairly late to this, having found in roundaboutly via Scalzi, but for the gamers in the audience, I encourage you to go here, and download the audio of Wil Wheaton’s keynote speech from PAX ’07. Because he fairly effortlessly sums up why I’m a gamer, and also because it’s cool to have somebody say “You have died of dysentery” and have a crowd full of people roar in approval. He talks a lot about great moments in his life that are tied to games, and the social aspects of games – arcades in his generation, LAN and console parties and online gaming in mine. And, as I do from time to time, I got to thinking about my […]


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In Which Pandas Provide Amusement
By Dwip December 2, 2007 at 10:33 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

A video which people are calling “hilarious!” and “quite amusing, really.” In other news, winter is cold. And has snow. Sometimes together.


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Butt-Kicking, For Goodness! Part IV
By Dwip November 23, 2007 at 1:11 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Continuing the series begun here, and continued here and here. In which I finally, after many years, bring my time with Nargol the Bard to an end: Nargol: (CN Half-Elf Male Bard) BG1 stop date 09/24/00 (Level 6); Coran, Kivan, Branwen, Xan, Yeslick BG1 end date 08/16/06 (Level 10); Coran, Kivan, Branwen, Xan, Yeslick BG2 end date 06/17/07 (Level 25); Haer’Dalis, Mazzy, Jan, Xan, Aerie ToB end date 11/23/07 (Level 37); Haer’Dalis, Mazzy, Jan, Xan, Aerie It took me slightly more than 7 years to finish Nargol’s run through the game, which I suppose tells you a lot about how fun bards are to play in BG2. It’s not so much that they’re bad, because they aren’t, really, it’s that, […]


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Hall of Heroes
By Dwip November 20, 2007 at 8:05 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

With a nod to FR7. Firstly, a couple of blog changes, namely: 1. The front page now displays the last three entries as opposed to the last two, to make easier times like this when I spam my blog. 2. Comments now open in a new window, although they do not do this properly, and I cannot for the life of me figure out WHY. But this at least half works. Anyway. This post has a pretty lengthy and circuitous route to existance, being rooted in an almost post about great gaming moments. Then I got to thinking about the character of Jon Irenicus, and said “You know, I bet people would find a post about great characters more interesting.” […]


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Worldbuilding
By Dwip November 18, 2007 at 9:21 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

In that general theme of Very Tired of School, I’m going to pretty much ramble about the D&D world I’m working on, which is so far unnamed. This is going to be pretty disjointed, but I need to scribble, it might be interesting to the gamers, and parts of it I think are way cool. If you see a bit you especially like, let me know. – Unsure on cosmology. Leaning towards very living gods/immortal god-kings type of deal. This might change depending on my whims, but I kind of like the idea that if you were very very powerful, you could become a god, or kill one. Change of pace. Then again, I might change. – Four of these […]


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Life In the Fast Lane
By Dwip November 18, 2007 at 5:17 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

My weekend: – I am officially burnt out on ILS papers and projects. I need a vacation. Fortunately, that is soon. If you’re in OR and I didn’t tell you the dates, ask me about it. – On Thursday, apparently some punk decided to smash in my driver’s side window on my car. Didn’t take anything, didn’t wreck anything else. Just smashed the window. Rather fortunately, my insurance paid for it all, and they sent a guy out to repair it at my place. However, shattered auto glass, while cool-looking, is enormously annoying to pick up. – OTOH, I got taken to hear the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and then I got fed steak. This steak was on order of […]


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Conceptual
By Dwip November 15, 2007 at 12:40 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

As Whir can attest, tonight was a pretty active night for my mind. Discuss, as you like, the following: 1. Plaid fire; 2. Space cheetahs; 3. Drow sleep poison as a hallucinogin; 4. Plaid treants; 5. Illithids with barbed tentacle arms; 6. The utility of halucinated-reality flutes as weapons. Keen readers will of course point out that plaid fire is hardly new, and they would be correct by about ten years. I am fairly certain that space cheetahs have not previously been concieved by mankind, however.


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In That Epic Struggle, Part Two
By Dwip November 11, 2007 at 6:01 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Post one in this series is here. Let us return, then, to those D&D yore and the Forgotten Realms, and the continuation of that epic struggle against the forces of STD ogre mages and perhaps also evil. The year is 2000. It is the dawn of 3rd edition D&D, and the people were, well, excited. I wonder, sometimes how I didn’t wreck the car getting home from taking everyone to pick up the PHB, considering that we all wanted to see it at the same time. Including the driver. Following the disappearance of our previous heroes into the Calimport Muzad, our roster has changed just a bit: Magnus, Half-Orc Barbarian/Cleric (Cole). An exile from an orcish tribe, and continuing Cole’s […]


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In That Epic Struggle, Part Three
By Dwip November 11, 2007 at 3:29 pm Comments Off on In That Epic Struggle, Part Three RSS Feed for this post

Part one is here, and part two is here. In previous episodes, we learned how, in two months in 1370 DR, the merchant kingdom of Amn was saved largely through the efforts of two groups of adventurers, one of whom saved the city of Murann from almost certain plunder, then went on to slay the feared pirate, the Black Alaric; the second of whom raided the city of Esmeltaran, disrupting its monstrous occupants, then fighting a climactic battle in the ruins of ancient Shoonach which killed the leaders of the Sythillisian Empire. The year is 2006. The edition is D&D 3.5. The time is Mirtul, 1371 DR. Spring has come to Amn. Its fortunes are on the rise, though its […]


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Wikithreading, Revisited
By Dwip November 4, 2007 at 9:33 am Comments Off on Wikithreading, Revisited RSS Feed for this post

Because Wikipedia search histories are fun. This one starts with me watching Gladiator, a movie which, unlike Braveheart, has perhaps not aged as well as it should have, but which serves to start us off with me looking up Commodus. Commodus Augustus Marcus Licinius Crassus Battle of Carrhae Sino-Roman Relations Daqin Seres Roman Trade With India Buddhism and the Roman World Thence to Augustus, a few other places, and on to the possibility of Roman soldiers captured in the Parthian wars being sent east and coming into contact with China. Not to mention embassies being sent between Rome and China, a flourishing trade with India, and a discussion of Buddhism in the West, wherein the assertion is made that Buddhists […]


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Back To The Future
By Dwip October 31, 2007 at 7:20 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

Well, we’re back up. Sort of. Of note, I still need to: – Close comments on old entries. Thanks for not auto-doing this, MT. – Re-add a couple of quotes. – Fix various quote category tags, not to mention categories in general. – Re-add Marius’ Rants of the Day. – Fix all image links (sigh) – Reconstruct the new-style blog format. Thanks, backups. — Archives, this means you and your probable iframe. Wish I had backed this up. — You too, search. Diediedie. Stay tuned. [edit] As of 2:15am, we are back to the old functionality, with the exception of category archiving, which is going to have to wait until I can sit down and go through 600+ entries, and […]


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Quote
By Dwip October 1, 2007 at 7:50 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

We are living very fast. —William Manchester, Goodbye, Darkness


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Not Actually Homework
By Dwip October 1, 2007 at 7:48 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Which I should be doing right this instant. However, first, some good old-fashioned IM quote action, showcasing our bizzareness to the Internets, which is after all why they exist. Well, one of the reasons why, anyway. [22:25] TontoMarius: I mean, as much fun as watching you pwn a bunch of Sims might be… [22:25] serenadingwords: lol [22:25] serenadingwords: I don’t pwn. I am a nice omnipotent deity to my characters. [22:25] TontoMarius: lol [22:26] TontoMarius: So you’ve never trapped them in swimming pools or made them pee themselves or any of that? [22:26] serenadingwords: Nope! [22:26] serenadingwords: I make them happy! [22:26] TontoMarius: Bright shiny happy people? [22:26] serenadingwords: Shiny happy people, holdin’ hands… [22:27] serenadingwords: (does it come as […]


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Do Not Want
By Dwip September 28, 2007 at 12:41 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Dear people of the early 1990s: While I recognize that every decade is going to have its own unique fashion styles, and I actually have no problem with that, I should appreciate it if you could explain a couple of things to me, which I shall ask by way of showing pictures of Richie Ryan from the first season of Highlander. If you could all explain to me what you were all thinking at the time, this would be of great help to me. That jacket, in particular. But wait, there’s more. Note that there’s a hood on the back of that…what? Vest? Sweatshirt? But wait, there’s MORE. The words fail me. They do. I just don’t understand. Help me, […]


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Hax
By Dwip September 18, 2007 at 6:41 pm Comments Off on Hax RSS Feed for this post

So, imagine you are sitting at your work computer, peacefully surfing Amazon like you’re getting paid to do. Or at least as peacefully as can be accomplished without the aid of a scroll wheel, which contrary to Samson’s beliefs really is the best computing invention ever. Suppose you see a screen like, say, this one. This is good, right? But then, every second or so, it flashes to this one. Yes, watching it do that all day was pretty much the high point of the day’s humor.


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Ninja Squirrels and Samurai Rabbits
By Dwip September 17, 2007 at 3:16 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

1. Allow me to assure you that getting paid to surf Wikipedia and Amazon for manga and comics AS MY JOB is every bit as awesome as you might think it is. 2. AND I got to do so in my Silent Nut Attack shirt, thanks to Sarah reminding me I OWNED such a thing. Because apparently I forgot about it in my luggage since Christmas break. Keep in mind that it’s one of my favorite shirts. Some days, I don’t even understand myself.


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The System of the World
By Dwip September 15, 2007 at 10:21 am Comments Off on The System of the World RSS Feed for this post

Finished The System of the World last night, and as the reading has proved to be something of an Undertaking, I feel as if I should talk about it a teensy bit to you all. I say Undertaking, because the entire Baroque Cycle weighs in at something like 2,600 pages and too me something like 3 years to complete, of which Quicksilver took me three years to read from 2004-2006, counting a reread of the first third, the Confusion was worth a couple of months in 2006, and The System of the World took about 6 months in 2006-2007. The length it took to read them isn’t because they’re bad. On the contrary. But they’re packed with intensely dense prose, […]


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Ten and Seven
By Dwip September 12, 2007 at 3:30 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

September 4th, 1997: The Lands of Solan launches on a Smaug 1.2 codebase, with Samson and myself the initial staff. Over time, we will become Alsherok, and our heavily modified Smaug 1.4 code will become the influential AFKMud base. Here I will hone my proficiencies in area building, game design, and even write a few lines of code. September 12th, 2000: I join Tonto Clan, the last of the third wave of membership. Here I met a lot of great people. While I played a lot of great games of Age of Kings as a Tonto, I also had debates, offered advice, and ranted a lot. Indeed, you’re reading this because my Rants of the Day series prompted Whir to […]


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PE 1117
By Dwip September 1, 2007 at 2:30 pm Comments Off on PE 1117 RSS Feed for this post

That being the base call number for readers and perhaps spellers, of which the SCSU rare books collection has quite a great many of, and which I spent a great deal of time this past week putting in some semblance of order. But I get ahead of myself. When last we left off, I was withdrawing various flood damaged books from the system, and stacking them in boxes to be taken away to wherever it is books go when they die. I am thankful to say that that project has finished. In its place, we started work on dealing with the art gallery books (the ones that were in 7 feet of water, as you may recall). As withdrawing all […]


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Brainstorming
By Dwip August 28, 2007 at 10:09 pm Comments Off on Brainstorming RSS Feed for this post

I really need to sit down and make my combat map for my Friday game, but I actually don’t really want to right now, and reading way too much rec.games.frp.dnd, so instead I’m going to sketch out an idea I just had, so as I don’t forget it. Mainly, we’re changing spellcasting. The idea is that we’ll take all wizard/cleric spells and split them up into domains that are loosely based on the PHB cleric domains. We’ll want to end up somewhere above the number of wizard schools (to incorporate unique druidic and clerical magic), but somewhere below the current number of domains, so that a spellcaster forced to pick two or three of these isn’t totally SOL, which makes […]


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“She’s hot. She’s pissed. She’s got a katana.”
By Dwip August 27, 2007 at 8:57 pm Comments Off on “She’s hot. She’s pissed. She’s got a katana.” RSS Feed for this post

With a nod towards this and something I said to Sarah the other day. And it sort of describes my week, only I’m not a she, I wasn’t THAT pissed, and all my weaponry is in OR. But you get the idea. And I quote: [22:38] TontoMarius: It occurs to me I should figure out when class starts for me. [22:38] serenadingwords: Yeah. [22:39] TontoMarius: Southern email, you are astonishingly useless to me. [22:40] TontoMarius: What the? [22:40] TontoMarius: Shit. [22:40] serenadingwords: What? [22:40] TontoMarius: 2 of my classes got canceled. [22:40] serenadingwords: Oh, snap. [22:40] TontoMarius: Like today I guess. [22:41] serenadingwords: Better look into THAT real quick. [22:41] TontoMarius: Hey, Southern? Seriously? Fuck you. [22:41] serenadingwords: At least […]


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In That Epic Struggle
By Dwip August 17, 2007 at 12:28 am Comments Off on In That Epic Struggle RSS Feed for this post

I’m going to talk about Civ for a little bit, but first, a word from our sponsors, directing you here, for some good and happy news, for which the participants are to be congratulated. This is Friend Wedding #2 for the year, and the second one I wasn’t able to be at. I shall make this up to you all. On a rather different note, something for the Civ players in the audience: Meet Pachacuti and Pizzaro, cavalry generals of renown amongst the Khmer. They’re byproducts of a particularly long and vicious war against Genghis Khan and his vassals, Hatshepsut, Isabella, and Peter. To impart upon you the enormity of the situation, a map: The lighter blue with the white […]


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Killer In Me
By Dwip August 13, 2007 at 10:00 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I have nothing to say in particular, it being that time of year… The first, in particular, is quite amazing.


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Quote
By Dwip July 30, 2007 at 8:10 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

[14:12] Whir: When the going gets hot, the hot get ice cream-cicles.


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View From The Window
By Dwip July 22, 2007 at 5:03 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because living here has its slight compensations from time to time.


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Draconic
By Dwip July 20, 2007 at 11:53 pm Comments Off on Draconic RSS Feed for this post

A slightly out of context transcript from tonight’s D&D game, because playing Anglaspark the dragon was quite amusing for me. Extraneous bits trimmed. Wherein previously, Our Heroes have charmed an orc, questioned it, and sent it to summon the huge blue dragon Anglaspark to a parley… *Anglaspark lands* GM: So he’s a huge-sized dragon, bigger than a lot of buildings you’ve seen. Curious sort of look on his face. Little tarnished brass crown on his head. Dinendal: Greetings Great Anglaspark! Anglaspark: Why, adventurers! And you’ve charmed my orc! How CUTE! *Anglaspark claps his forelegs together.* joesf (Tanner): does he leap into the air to do it? Erik: He kinda does, yeah. Anglaspark: Now, who might you chaps be, and what […]


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Armor
By Dwip July 18, 2007 at 6:57 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I was reading about random panzers this morning for no real reason, got captivated by this thing and the concept, and ran with it in CBT support vehicles rules. The old ones, mind you, as I haven’t the new ones. Type: Wiesel Mass: 1,100 kg Speed: 5/8 ICE (tracked, amphibious) Range: 200 km Armor: 6 points BAR7 (2 front, 1 L/R, 1 rear, 1 turret) Weapons: See below (all have basic fire control) Primary: 1x Support MG w/900 rounds, 1x Semi-Portable MG w/960 rounds Cost 7,417 Alt A: 1x Support MG w/1200 rounds, 1x Light TAG w/Military Power Pack (40 shots) Cost 48,802 Alt B: 1x Heavy Recoilless Rifle w/14 rounds Cost 8,693 Alt C: 2x SRM Launchers w/24 […]


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In Our Youths
By Dwip July 8, 2007 at 9:11 pm Comments Off on In Our Youths RSS Feed for this post

First, on that blog technical note, you will find that the archives are slightly reworked (that whole iframe presentation was seriously pissing me off), the comment window now behaves like it did in Days of Yore, and entries dating back to the beginning of 2005 are now categorized. Each step on the categorization front gets harder – 2005 had more entries than 2006, 2004 has more than 2005, and 2003 even more than that. But we’re getting there. That’s not actually what I wanted to talk about, though. I actually want to talk about my 4th of July, which is a useful springboard for a number of topics. Here’s what I did. I checked out the Ken Burns PBS documentary […]


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Summer In the City
By Dwip July 1, 2007 at 12:10 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I did not, as was my plan, spend Saturday in the DMV taking care of business. This came as a surprise to me, as I’m sure it does to you, who in like fashion had no idea I was going to DMV, let alone anywhere else. But let us quote a late Friday night conversation between Sarah and myself: [23:33] TontoMarius: That having been said, I am frightfully bored off my rocker right now. [23:34] serenadingwords: Well I think we can fix that. [23:34] serenadingwords: You doing anything tomorrow? [23:34] TontoMarius: I might be going to DMV, but probably not. [23:34] TontoMarius: As I have no actual desire to wake up at 8am. [23:34] serenadingwords: No, I think you want […]


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Titular
By Dwip June 29, 2007 at 8:47 pm Comments Off on Titular RSS Feed for this post

Wherein I’m going to talk some more about the whole book disposal thing, providing you with pictures and titles I’ve jotted down for your amusement. Yes, dear readers, I did this all for you. Pictures first. As a counterpoint to the Royal Society cover, we also have: Somebody was…irate… Our entire collection, and yes Sarah this is for you, of Phillip Pullman books was gutted by the Flood. I think we maybe still have The Amber Spyglass, and that’s it. I also destroyed our entire collection of Robin Hood books. We now have ONE, which I know because I reshelved it today. The following is in Chinese. There are in fact about ten of these books, which I guess are […]


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I, For One, Welcome Our New Air Conditioning Overlords
By Dwip June 28, 2007 at 11:02 pm Comments Off on I, For One, Welcome Our New Air Conditioning Overlords RSS Feed for this post

Which has nothing to do with anything other than I said I was going to use it as a post title, and I did. Because 87 degrees with high humidity? Just say no. Friends do not let friends experience this sort of thing, and where this leaves my friendship with Sarah, I don’t know. On the other hand, she took me to this comedy show at Yale a few months ago, and I’ve been telling a joke from that ever since. Well, she found a video of it, which you should watch, because OMFG. Also, I should note the whole Talks At Google thing, which is basically Google saying “Hey, awesome or important person, come talk to our people!” John […]


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Quote
By Dwip June 28, 2007 at 6:53 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

[21:53] TontoMarius: Well, I cooked dinner. That was a mistake. [21:53] serenadingwords: This is why around here, we keep mothers.


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Readable
By Dwip June 26, 2007 at 7:49 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Let’s do some before-work story discussion. First, by nodding at this post of Regina’s, which in its last moments asks a question that I think is particularly interesting. That aside, I finished two things last night. The first of them is Trigun, an anime about which some of you may have previously heard, and which I watched for the second time. It’s a bizzare show, in that the first thirteen or so episodes are just generally …there, and one gets the sense that they could have made a much better series at about half the length, since the second half of the series is, well, quite good, if sometimes nonsensical. It also puts me in the position of utterly disagreeing […]


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Samurai Bears
By Dwip June 24, 2007 at 9:45 am Comments Off on Samurai Bears RSS Feed for this post

Because some insanity needs sharing with the world. [22:57] serenadingwords: *clutches my bear* I will take Yuki and her bear ON. [22:57] TontoMarius: “Bearfight!” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. [22:58] serenadingwords: Magical bear fight? [22:58] TontoMarius: It’s got more of a “bear vs guy with pocketknife” feel to it. [22:58] serenadingwords: Ew. [22:58] TontoMarius: Than “catfight”, which is, well, yes. [22:59] TontoMarius: Magical bears fighting would be like…care bears going apeshit with katanas. [22:59] serenadingwords: You just won today. [22:59] TontoMarius: Which, actually, I want to see that now. [22:59] serenadingwords: Ask Suzanne. :P [22:59] TontoMarius: *laugh* [23:00] serenadingwords: I’m still laughing, not least at the fact that katanas are like 4x the size of Care Bears. […]


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New Damage
By Dwip June 22, 2007 at 12:33 pm Comments Off on New Damage RSS Feed for this post

With regards to everyone who sent me a link to today’s xkcd, thanks. I laughed. In a kind of evil way, evilly. Because, well, it turns out that, as I have discussed previously, a large part of my job has me acting as what amounts to the curator of a death camp for books. If there are ever war crimes trials for this, I’m probably going down. Because, let us examine: Here’s a typical box of children’s books that comes to me for disposal. I like dealing with these because they’re lighter to move and generally can be disposed of faster. This is a box of oversize books. I don’t like these as much because, while there are less books […]


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I Has A Work
By Dwip June 20, 2007 at 7:38 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

In that vein of telling everyone about our awesome library jobs, I’ll just go ahead and tell you about mine. Originally, it was supposed to be an internship, which, mostly due to my being lazy, didn’t happen in a timely fashion, which turned into a conversation between my department chair and I along the lines of: Her: So how’s the internship? Me: Well, actually, I’ve been a little slow, and don’t really have one, and… Her: Oh, well, we’ll just line you up with some work downstairs in the library! Come with me! …a short time and 3 floors later… Her: Tech Services people! This is Erik! Hire him! Them: We are powerless to stop your Jedi mind powers. And […]


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Alive
By Dwip June 19, 2007 at 7:45 pm Comments Off on Alive RSS Feed for this post

The management would like the readership to know that it IS alive, though rumors may have suggested otherwise. I should have a couple of posts worth of material here…shortly, since: 1. I’ve been playing BG2 again, and I know you all love hearing about it. 2. In addition to taking an online class, I have two jobs, one of which I’ve started and one of which I have not. The one I HAVE started involves tech services work in the SCSU library, which is wildly interesting thus far, but I’m only on Day 3 as of about an hour from now. I promise I’ll have much to say later. Also pictures, hopefully. Let us ponder the transcendant greatness of kittens. […]


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Butt-Kicking, For Ludicrousness
By Dwip June 11, 2007 at 6:28 pm Comments Off on Butt-Kicking, For Ludicrousness RSS Feed for this post

Brought to you by a vicious bout of insomnia last night before I had to be up at 8:30 am, I bring you Yesmalin, Child of Bhaal and my favorite BG2 PC, converted to 3.5 edition D&D stats. Yesmalin: Male moon elf Ran19/Rog10; CR 29; Medium humanoid (elf); HD 19d8+10d6+116; hp 238; Init +9; Spd 30 ft.; AC 28, touch 15, flat-footed 28 (+5 dex, +10 armor, +1 feat, +2 items); BAB: +22; Grapple +31; Atk Flail of Ages +38 melee (1d8+1d6+1d6+1d6+1d6 plus poison); Full Atk: Flail of Ages +35/+30/+25/+20 melee (1d8+16+1d6+1d6+1d6 plus poison) Celestial Fury +33/+28/+23 melee (1d10+14+1d6); SQ: favored enemies (vermin/undead/dragons/evil outsiders), wild empathy, woodland stride, swift tracker, improved evasion, camouflage, hide in plain sight, trapfinding, trap sense […]


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Quote
By Dwip June 10, 2007 at 12:54 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

You must gather your party before venturing forth. —Baldur’s Gate


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In Time
By Dwip May 26, 2007 at 10:28 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

And so, to quote the movie, another year passes. How is it with you? Because, having finished Spring semester and going now into Summer, I feel like I should talk a little bit about the past year. But first, let’s give it up for air conditioning, and its presence in my room. Because heat with humidity sucks the suck fantastic. It’s another way in which Oregon is vastly superior to the world – hot? Maybe. Humid? No. The tornado warning (!) last week was interesting, too. Anyway. About this time last year, I was freaking out a lot, trying to figure out if I was getting into SCSU, realizing that otherwise I was going to need to move to Rhode […]


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Quotable
By Dwip May 15, 2007 at 8:56 pm Comments Off on Quotable RSS Feed for this post

We’ll start with the actual IM conversational stuff, then move on to the funny D&D stuff. [15:24] Whir: Dried ramen? So you cooked it, then let it dry? [15:24] Dwip: No. [15:24] Dwip: I crunched it up into small pieces in the package, dumped it into a glass, dumped the seasoning packet in, shook vigorously, then ate it. [15:25] Whir: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!!?! [03:00] Dwip: I’m going to drive to your house and beat you up. [03:00] Whir: Fine. Then we can game. [03:01] Dwip: *laughing helplessly* [20:50] serenadingwords: No! Not the Futon of Orangeness! [00:27] TontoMarius: And he’s right. But the version we got was so anti-sucking. [00:28] serenadingwords: you have interesting phraseology. [00:28] TontoMarius: […]


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Pushing the Boundries of Reality
By Dwip May 12, 2007 at 7:31 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

[02:00] Whir: [neogeek] Well, not gaou, but the noise vampire dinosaurs make because it’s like sucking the blood out of consumers. Still trying to figure out what the sound would be though. [Mael] You’re not a vampire, or a dinosaur, or a vampire dinosaur. [neogeek] Of course not, it’s not a full moon tonight. [02:01] Dwip: Vampiric weredinosaur? [02:01] Whir: Don’t give him any ideas. [02:01] Dwip: I should stat one of those for D&D. [02:02] Dwip: Like, you walk into the cave and get assaulted by a pack of vampiric werevelociraptors. [02:02] Whir: Hm. [02:02] Whir: I bet you could do it with eTools. [02:02] Dwip: I’m sure I could. Well, it turns out that velociraptors in D&D are […]


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Wikithreading
By Dwip May 9, 2007 at 12:01 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

A partial list of my Wikipedia search history for the day. Madame de Pompadour List of French Royal Mistresses Catherine Henriette de Balzac d’Entragues Francoise-Athenais, Marquise de Montespan Poison Affair Also 15+ assorted other mistresses. Fanny Hill Pope Pontian And about 10 more popes. Hippolytus of Rome Antipope Sedevacantist Antipope Zladko Vladcik Colonial America North of Rio Grande St. Augustine, Florida Castillo de San Marcos Basilica Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA Pope Benedict XVI and Islam The thread, such as it is, starts with Whir and I talking anime, goes to Madame de Pompadour, then to my amazement at a list of French royal mistresses existing on Wikipedia, down through several of them, a couple of plots, […]


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Evocative Of the Tapeworm Kingdoms of Yore
By Dwip April 28, 2007 at 10:36 am Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

My thoughts on that new Guy Gavriel Kay book, Ysabel, may be summed up adequately by the following communications: 4:30pm – wherein Sarah calls and mentions she’s like 50 pages or so in, and by the way it’s really good. 1:42am – wherein I respond to Sarah’s email and mention that I am like 50 pages in or so, and by the way it’s really good. From: Erik Subject: Re: Late-night encouragement Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 05:17:06 -0400 To: Sarah So it’s a pretty good book, yknow? All tapeworm-evokey and stuff. —Erik About 4 hours or so for 421 pages. One sitting, no breaks. Haven’t done that in a while. Felt pretty good. Needless to say, and I don’t […]


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Waitastic
By Dwip April 22, 2007 at 4:58 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

First, I should like to acknowledge Tali and Laurent, who should be rather married at this point in time. I think this is a perfectly great and excellent thing, and couldn’t have happened to two better people. So congratulations, you two. Now, I was not on the other side of the continent yesterday (teleporter broke again…sigh), but I WAS in New Haven with Sarah, celebrating birthdays, watching plays (Our Town = good), playing frisbee, hanging out, and generally Enjoying Life, which I also think is a perfectly fine and excellent thing. However, a certain imbalance in the present giving arose. Among other things, I got our resident Great Artist, Suzanne, to do me a couple of drawings, which can be […]


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More Tales Of A Scorched Youth
By Dwip April 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

With a nod towards my dad’s comment on the previous entry, which can be found here, I think, for the record, that this marks the first time anyone related to me has posted here, so let’s just all pause and appreciate it for a moment. Because I started writing this as a comment and said “Actually, there’s a post in here…” let’s just talk about this for a bit. Starting with Hemingway, the comment relating to whom amuses me greatly, since hey, who else in the family wears flannels? ;) I understood, at the end of the month or so we spent reading Old Man and the Sea, pretty well what Hemingway was trying to say, and how he was […]


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Shivering Isles In Review
By Dwip April 14, 2007 at 11:26 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I realize I’m behind the curve having just finished this yesterday, but I’ll make up for that by being the first Alsherok blog to review it. Or something. Thar’s spoilers in them thar hills! Now then. 1. Graphics. I trust that you won’t be surprised when I say that they’re really great, really supurb, because it’s Oblivion. Bethesda’s art people basically conquered the Internet with Morrowind, and have ruled it with an iron fist ever since. We exist as slaves to worship their greatness. It’s ok, we like it. Our screenshot posts tell us this. Speaking of Morrowind, SI sure does make me want to go load up some Morrowind and play my Telvanni guy. Little Diablo II Act 3 […]


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Tales Of A Scorched Youth
By Dwip April 5, 2007 at 9:41 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

You get the reference, and you know you do. So I was doing my homework for my public libraries class today, which dealt with youth/outreach services. And I started thinking about it, because I kept reading all these articles which were along the lines of “Wow, young adult lit these days has themes like death, and sex!” Wow guys, who knew. I just turned in a homework assignment with about that same level of sarcasm, if not worse. And, well, lots of reasons for that, really. Let us examine: 1. I’m pretty seriously out of touch with the normality of this whole YA lit thing. I mean, the first time I read Shogun, not to mention Roots, I was like […]


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Over the Hills And Far Away
By Dwip April 3, 2007 at 12:02 pm Comments Off on Over the Hills And Far Away RSS Feed for this post

Because I’ve been playing a stupid amount of Oblivion lately, I figured I’d share with you all and post some screenshots. I realize that most of you PLAY Oblivion, and so have seen things like these. However. To you people, I say, post your own screenshots. We can get at least three blogs in on this! We can RULE THE INTERNETS! Anyway. Pictures. Baurus, who has been shot by an arrow. I’m not sure how he managed to get shot like that, but I bet it hurts a lot. My Crusader character, who, dare I say it, looks utterly ridiculous in that pose. But he looks awesome otherwise. Some of the best-looking armor in the game right there. As we […]


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Quote
By Dwip April 3, 2007 at 1:55 am Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

You know what I’d like to be? I mean if I had my goddam choice, I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” —Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


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By Dwip March 27, 2007 at 8:27 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

She’s living next week now you know she’s gonna pay it back somehow she hasn’t been to bed in a week she’ll be dead soon, then she’ll sleep —U2, Last Night On Earth


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Redefining Our Relationships With Technology And Word-Usage Paradagims: An End-User Case Study
By Dwip March 26, 2007 at 10:37 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

[23:56] Dwip: And God damn all research papers anyway. [23:57] Dwip: It’s a bunch of shit I can already talk about for myself. [23:57] Dwip: But no, I have to have done research so I can blather about what other people have done. [00:04] Dwip: All we’re saying, Internet, is give page loading a chance. [00:22] Dwip: I AM A CSU STUDENT, YOU MOTHERFUCKING COMPUTER. GIVE ME MY MOTHERFUCKING ARTICLE YOU PIECE OF SHIT [00:22] Samson: That’s the Dwip I know! [00:23] Dwip: *laugh* [00:24] Dwip: I think I’ll wear Dad’s old RTS t-shirt to class. It’ll make just the statement I want. [00:24] Dwip: Duck holding this hammer over a computer. Yes. [00:25] Dwip: Patience, my RTS. Yes. [00:25] […]


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The Return of the Evil Paper of Doom
By Dwip March 25, 2007 at 6:24 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So, check this out. I’ve got a paper to write. Little 3 page thing, but I have to have ~6 journal sources, which means research. 3 times, I have done the necessary research. And each one of those times, somewhere in the middle of things, the power has gone out and I’ve lost all my notes. In this latest instance, it even somehow obliterated my saved notes for about four articles. These are the only 3 times the power has gone out in months. This should not be this hard.


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AI Sentai Paperkomanzu
By Dwip March 25, 2007 at 11:17 am Comments Off on AI Sentai Paperkomanzu RSS Feed for this post

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The Other War
By Dwip March 19, 2007 at 6:38 pm Comments Off on The Other War RSS Feed for this post

I swear to you, BF2 is the most mod-unfriendly game I have ever seen in my life. I realize that much of this has to do with being concerned about cheating. However, this is ludicrous. Let’s hear it for installs, I guess. On the other hand, it’s that much better than BFV in this regard, because BFV, well, it could be pretty bad. However. In any case, allow me to commend a book unto you, called Japan At War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook, which is, yes, an oral history of Japan during World War II. I found it to be a phenomenal book, covering as it does everyone from soldiers to workers to […]


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Deer Materialism
By Dwip March 17, 2007 at 11:26 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Seen in my public libraries textbook: “Most society members have been led to believe that life in society is a competetive struggle for existance and that material progress can be realized through technological and economic growth. Students of society, however, have identified a gradual paradagim shift away from these positions and a spreading pessimism. The futurist Alvin Toffler, for instance, contends that there is an assumption that moral, aesthetic, political, and environmental degredation will overwhelm society no matter the material or technological progress it enjoys.” Yeah, and you know what? When money is evil, we’re gonna cavort with some fucking deer while our robot slaves grow us free food. Yes, Halor conversation of old, we love you too.


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Quote
By Dwip March 17, 2007 at 1:12 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Enjoy the bath in a normal way. Normally. —Sousuke


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Fiddling To A Burning Blog
By Dwip March 15, 2007 at 5:38 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Various and sundry changes abound. 1. The Rabbit Classic style is pretty much where it’s going to be, bar an improved title graphic. I’ve made it about as readable as I can make it with this current setup without making it look horrific. 2. However, this is not to say that it won’t change some more shortly. We’re currently kicking around several ideas, among which are: – Moving to WordPress, which maybe has dropdowns and things. – Moving to MT 3, which may or may not have anything at all but at least isn’t dead. – Creating a new archives page where a single link gets you to a page with all category/monthly links AND displays posts. If this method […]


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To Build the Better Blog
By Dwip March 13, 2007 at 12:21 pm Comments (11) RSS Feed for this post

The astute observer will notice that, yes, we’re rampantly under construction around here. In time, it is possible that we will see a new, improved blog, with things like search, categories, auto-archiving quotes, and themes like Whir has. Unfortunately, rumors that it will also do your housework and walk the dog are lies. I’m about to go do dishes right now, in fact. Suggestions, by the by, are welcome.


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Quote
By Dwip March 13, 2007 at 11:25 am Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

[22:21] Maelfactor: Omatase. [22:21] serenadingwords: meaning? [22:21] Maelfactor: Sa… [22:21] TontoMarius: “I speak bizzare Japanese words so that nobody can understand me.” [22:22] TontoMarius: It’s an imprecise translation, mind you.


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Least Worst Of, Volume II
By Dwip March 12, 2007 at 12:48 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Because the blog turns, as an MT blog, 4 today. Happy birthday, blog. I say “as an MT blog,” because I’ve been blogging, if not always on a blog, for far longer. I’m talking, of course, of that famous Tonto series of yore, Marius’ Rants of the Day. These have always been available (mostly), from my Writings page. However, for this birthday, I decided to do a few site changes. 1. The Writings page is no more. In its place on the Things To Do list is a direct link to the Quotes page, which is all I’ve kept. The stories are no more, but I don’t think anyone read them anyway. 2. Marius’ Rants of the Day have been […]


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Dancing In the Dark
By Dwip March 4, 2007 at 12:39 pm Comments (15) RSS Feed for this post

A few ponderances upon the events of yesterday: – As Sarah was saying to me in the line for Little Shop of Horrors, Soviets make everything funnier. Which is why I have a mix CD here emblazoned with “In Soviet Russia, CD Plays You!” – Little Shop of Horrors was surprisingly unbad. In spite of my passionate hatred of musicals, which are the spawn of Satan and must be destroyed, I actually unwound enough to enjoy the thing. Ph34r teh plant ones. (I should now make Sarah watch Day of the Triffids. Except the movie totally sucked, so) – We watched a lot of Full Metal Panic. Among other observations was this classic when Gauron showed up in his silver […]


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Quote
By Dwip February 24, 2007 at 1:10 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“Oh…will save vs almond roca! …failed…” —Brian


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When the Snow Comes
By Dwip February 22, 2007 at 10:40 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

I’ve got a whole ton of work to get done today, so it is likely I shall be unresponsive. To assuage your anguish over this, I give unto you pictures, possibly to be joined later by better pictures Sarah is putting up. We shall see. From our recent snow week: The house. Later all that snow near my car turned into a 2 inch sheet of ice I couldn’t get out of. First Street looking towards Dixwell. Warren Street looking away from the house. And from the balcony across the backyard.


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Mi Mi Miracle Mikaru-rin
By Dwip February 20, 2007 at 12:55 pm Comments Off on Mi Mi Miracle Mikaru-rin RSS Feed for this post

I’m just going to blatantly copy Whir’s latest post, here. First, however, a message from our sponsors: Enjoy sleep in a normal fashion, normally. If you thought that that was my favorite line from Fumoffu, you’d be mostly right. “Fumoffu!” beats it out, but only because it’s accompanied by the appearance of Bunta-kun, who wins all comedy known to mankind. However, if he didn’t win something, it would likely be won by Suzumiya Haruhi, whose anime wins on enormous levels. Just trust me on this. I also watched the Shogun miniseries again. As many of you know, I like the story just a little bit. A touch. Some. Maybe. All I’m saying. Except that one of these days I want […]


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Under a Dark Grey Sky
By Dwip February 17, 2007 at 2:57 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

In a bizzare mood today. Not enough sleep, thinking. Caught the view out my window, and kinda liked it, so I decided to share. This is Sarah’s fault, though she doesn’t yet know it.


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The Edible Ways of Food
By Dwip February 15, 2007 at 11:53 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

Just because I did this tonight and I think I’ve worked it out, let’s talk about food and the cooking thereof. 1. For pepper steak marinade, you need about a packet and a half or maybe two packets of marinade. Two is probably enough to cover the steaks properly. Probably need about 2/3 of the vinegar they recommend – tonight’s came out pretty vinegary, though good. 2. Shaw’s thin steaks are definitely not as awesome as Safeway’s. 3. Broiling is totally the pro move on my oven. Unfortunately my oven sucks. I miss electric. Now, on the supposition that you were going to fry some potatoes to go along with these steaks, no problem. If you start frying them about […]


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On Hunting
By Dwip February 13, 2007 at 7:57 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

[22:20] Tonto_Marechal: No. The ONLY DOS games I ever played were Doom (i & ii), Duke Nukem, and Wolfenstein … might have been two of those too … but yeah. Only DOS games I ever played. Unless Oregon Trail counts. =p [22:20] Dwip: Apple IIe Oregon Trail for the win. [22:21] Dwip: Your attempt to ford the river has failed. [22:22] Tonto_Marechal: lol. Lotta memories… not so much of making it to Oregon though. [22:22] Dwip: Do it by the end of lunch if you didn’t mess around hunting too much. [22:23] Dwip: OTOH, hunting WAS that fun. [22:25] Tonto_Marechal: Hunting was amazing. Like … like as amazing as the first time you liberate Holy Jerusalem from the despotic, godless, […]


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Life Or Gaming Like It
By Dwip February 9, 2007 at 12:48 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So in the discussion threads for my management class, I spent a fair amount of time talking about my job at CC in relation to how management through fear does not, in fact, keep the peasants in line. Fair enough, I guess. Nice actual job experience. And then, in the thread about participatory management, I wrote quite a bit detailing my experiences as Head Builder for Alsherok, and how to motivate one’s employees to contribute ideas and suchlike. I can tell you right now, when I was 17 and getting my assistant KL gig on Shard, I did not think to myself “Wow, this will totally be valuable management experience later on in life!” For that matter, I didn’t exactly […]


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On the Booklist
By Dwip February 7, 2007 at 11:16 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Since I kind of talked about doing this in the last entry, and since the last entry has descended into a food fight, well, I’m just going to blather about what’s on my reading list these days. The rest of you can just feel free to pimp your own reading lists or something. In the recently read pile: Joe Haldeman, The Forever War – An interesting little book, sort of Starship Troopers-esque, though parts of it remind me of Ender’s Game. Our protagonist spends, well, a long time fighting in space. I liked it, though as with all SF of the same sort, I always giggle at the obligatory coed infantry units which are rampant orgies in the off time. […]


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Clickage
By Dwip February 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

I’m really typing this so I don’t need to read my homework, so be warned I guess. [05:49] Dwip: *sigh* Mac people. [05:50] Dwip: Also Linux people. [05:50] Whir: Eh? [05:52] Dwip: Oh, reading people talking about Vista. The comment thread is overrun with people going “omg win0wz is teh sux0rz lol” [05:52] Whir: Pft. [05:52] Dwip: Mostly people going “Yeah, OS X is the shit.” [05:53] Dwip: You know, I’ve used OS X about twice. How people actually get anything done on Macs is beyond me. [05:53] Dwip: Then again I have the most bizzare desktop setup known to man. [05:54] Whir: You do, actually. [05:54] Whir: I can do stuff in OSX, it’s not too bad. [05:56] Dwip: […]


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In the Future Of Mapping
By Dwip January 28, 2007 at 12:59 am Comments Off on In the Future Of Mapping RSS Feed for this post

I’ve more or less finished my first map with Campaign Cartographer, and so feel qualified to comment on it now. So I’ll just be doing that for a time. I realize I’m probably the only one who cares, but for the rest of you, here’s a nice map to look at. 1. Bitmap symbols and fill styles are, for the most part, a huge plus. They look stunning, are easy enough to use, and generally have good-looking varicolor fills and so give you a wide variety of looks possible. Randomized symbols within a category is also highly useful, though there seems to a bug where it sticks on one symbol a lot. On the other hand, load and redraw times […]


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Speechifying
By Dwip January 23, 2007 at 9:43 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

[22:59] Samson: Wow. I actually beat you to the obligatory State of the Union blog post? :P [23:00] Dwip: I didn’t even know it was tonight. [23:00] Dwip: I suppose I’ll need to go find a transcript. Yeah, oops. This is what happens when I stop paying attention to the news, because the news proves itself to be increasing irrelevant every single day. So I guess I’ll blather about it a bit, since Samson did. And I shall do so using Sarah’s favorite Thomas Friedman quote: Some things are true even if George Bush says they are. Going down the list, here, and for those of you following at home, the transcript is here. Whatever else, giving the nod to […]


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Why We Fear Projlist
By Dwip January 21, 2007 at 5:06 pm Comments Off on Why We Fear Projlist RSS Feed for this post

An approximate conversation from last night: Me: *surfing through old late-90s email* Man, I sure did say fuck a lot back in the day. Samson: Don’t you still have a great big pink blinking FUCK on your projlist board? Why, yes, I do. Five high ASCII art FUCK in bright pink with a blink tag. Why did I do that? I have no idea. But I think it’s funny.


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Blast From the Past
By Dwip January 21, 2007 at 4:58 pm Comments Off on Blast From the Past RSS Feed for this post

So in one of those things where you sit up and say “Hey, 11 years about today I started playing MUDs!” Samson and I were up until about 6am last night (or this morning if you prefer), trying to figure out which areas we wrote when. This is not exactly a trivial exercise. Alsherok has, at present, 103 areas by various authors, counting various storage and otherwise backend areas, and not counting the four or five areas that have been scrapped for one reason or another over the years. I am, for better or worse, the author or significant rewriter on 24 of those various zones over the course of about ten years, plus a few of them that have […]


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Return of the Jedi Rabbit
By Dwip January 18, 2007 at 2:00 pm Comments Off on Return of the Jedi Rabbit RSS Feed for this post

Actually this has little to do with Jedi or rabbits, but the title I wanted was too long. Suffer. The management would like to remind all of you to have a well January, which is definitely one of those “do as I say, not as I do” things, because I slept for like 12 hours earlier, and I’m not so sure I won’t do some more of that. Assuming I can breathe. Anyway. So the title I actually wanted was this quote from last night while Sarah and I were watching Last of the Mohicans: “I am Magua. I am angry. And you have Cheerios.” You maybe had to be there. Also the observation by Sarah that Last of the […]


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Season’s End
By Dwip January 12, 2007 at 4:24 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And so, here we are again, with me off for Connecticut once more at an ungodly hour tomorrow. I’ve had a fun break, if a perpetually exhausting one, to which I have a whole host of people to thank – you know who you are. One last thing, with regards to 2006: ILS 501 Intro to Info Sci/Technology – A ILS 503 Foundations of Librarianship – A- ILS 504 Reference Resources/Services – A So in almost all respects, I’m pretty much dominating the internet right now, as it were. More of this to come in CT in about a week. I’ll see you all on the flip side.


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*slashslashcuthackgack*
By Dwip January 5, 2007 at 1:43 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So, Samurai Champloo. 17 eps in so far, and it’s good times. Anime with wandering samurai, flying squirrels, and a hip-hop soundtrack that should be giving you Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai flashbacks (and if you haven’t seen that, either, you should). It also teaches you lessons: 1. It’s bad to be a random bakufu flunky. 2. You’re going to need an awesome soundtrack to win at life. 3. You must ph34r plucky and intrepid 15 y/o girls. With great ph34r. If manga and anime teach you nothing else, learn this lesson. (Hi Yuki!) “Oh, I see you’ve converted your palanquin to a lowrider.”


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Ohnoes Iguanadons Flee AAAAA
By Dwip January 2, 2007 at 12:01 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

For those of you who didn’t notice the promotion, it looks like Samson’s page is, well, more different and blog-like than before. Given that we are all part of Samson, this was bound to happen at some point, but we must still fear it with appropriate fear. Please flee in terror in an orderly fashion. Rabbits and squirrels first. Save yourselves.


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