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By Dwip December 31, 2008 at 5:31 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“Poor old 1861 just going. It has been a gloomy year of trouble and disaster. I should be glad of its departure were it not that 1862 is likely to be no better.” —George Templeton Strong


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By Dwip December 25, 2008 at 12:27 am Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a… AAAAH CHEETAHS HELP —Sarah


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As Further Regards Projlist
By Dwip December 23, 2008 at 3:41 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Harking back to the days of yore, and giving me an excuse to test extended entries…


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Deep Gas Thought
By Dwip December 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I just filled my tank for less than $20. Holy shit, guys. Also I am pirating Sarah’s internets. Yearg, me mateys.


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ObBears
By Dwip December 13, 2008 at 8:11 pm Comments Off on ObBears RSS Feed for this post

In random news, I appear to be 28. Quite tired today. Kind of figured that bit started at a slightly more advanced age, but then, I’ve always been a tad broken. Anyway, let’s quote some bear emails, in which Sarah is funny. From: Erik Subject: Now With 100% More Bears Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 01:42:36 To: Sarah http://www.thingsbearslove.com/ The boomboxes one is made of pure genius and win. From: Sarah Subject: Re: Now With 100% More Bears Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:06:57 To: Erik Faced with the rising popularity of the humor site www.thingsbearslove.com, the Ursine United Front (UUF) today released a statement. “While websites such as ‘Things Bears Love’ appear to be comical, their stereotyped pictures of […]


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Architectural
By Dwip December 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

In which I’m going to ramble a bit about blog design issues, because I’m in that mood right now. Issues with current MT install (3.34) 1. Templates are a giant mess, many of them have been ported forward from my version 2 install, and have become unwieldy. I am now in a position where I need to re-include large amounts of functionality that is either missing or got stripped out. 2. The MT search script varies between OMGWTF and shitty, and I see scant possibility of fixing that. 3. Automatic comment closing largely fails. I have it via widget, but there’s no automatic about it – I have to beat on it by hand to work. This is annoying. 4. […]


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As Further Regards Highlander Fashion
By Dwip December 8, 2008 at 1:12 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

For our special end of Season 2 episode of exploring certain bad costuming decisions on the part of the Highlander crew. Because, while on the whole this show is filled with epic levels of awesome, and Duncan MacLeod runs around generally looking like the awesomest man on the planet (ask my girlfriend if you doubt this), some days, his dress sense is…off. Wifebeater Mac drinks beer, then beats his wife. On his apparent crack barge. Some days, the period flashbacks involve awesome costuming, such as this one of Amanda and Rebecca, which made my girlfriend swoon. Other days, not so much. Here is Romance Novel Mac, dressed in his Romance Novel Scotsman garb. With a headband. It would be easy […]


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As Regards Being Funny On the Internets
By Dwip December 6, 2008 at 1:22 pm Comments Off on As Regards Being Funny On the Internets RSS Feed for this post

[19:00] TontoMarius: The cheetah book abducted my brain. [19:00] serenadingwords: what?! [19:00] TontoMarius: I blame all of today on the cheetah book. [19:00] serenadingwords: …i should get you a shelf cheetah to match shelfcat. [19:01] serenadingwords: Link [19:02] TontoMarius: Total false advertising. [19:02] serenadingwords: oh? [19:02] TontoMarius: I expected like, cheetahs with pistons or something. [19:02] TontoMarius: internal combustion cheetahs [19:02] serenadingwords: Heh. [19:02] TontoMarius: with little nitrous injectors for MOAR SPEED Then, via Facebook: So, I dunno. I guess sometimes I get to be funny today, as opposed to back in the day? I think this is kind of a lie, but hey.


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By Dwip December 5, 2008 at 12:24 am Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more. —General Eric Shinseki


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Various and Sundry
By Dwip November 30, 2008 at 11:10 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

End of November random ponderances: 1. Wait, it’s the end of November? Where DOES the time go? 2. As I type, there is snow on the ground. Not enough to mean anything, except that we get to say there was snow in November. 3. As not really relates to the first two, you lot in Oregon should be aware that I will not be coming back for the holidays. School for one, lack of money for another. That sucks a lot, I agree, but is what it is. 4. As regards filling that time, one of my I’ll-spend-an-hour-over-food-doing-this projects was having a look at exactly how hard doing modeling and texturing for Oblivion is, for possible use in future non-Weye […]


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On the Punditocracy
By Dwip November 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

A brief, utterly inappropriate to the day ponderance on reading too much post-election political bloggage. In which the raging far left suddenly realizes that OMG Obama is keeping Gates as Secretary of Defense WTF Bush appointee OMG Iran-Contra AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!11111one!! and may, you know, not declare unilateral peace and withdraw us from the Middle East over the space of five hours in later January. This was apparently not what they thought they were electing the man for, but hey, at least they get Hillary. Whereas your rightists get to be puzzled, because while everybody expected that OMG Hillarycare socialism massive gun control abortions Muslim terrorists aaaaaaaaaa, nobody expected that the man might actually do reasonable things as regards foreign policy, like, […]


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New Crossroads of Path of Winter’s Knife of Reread Spring
By Dwip November 23, 2008 at 8:42 pm Comments Off on New Crossroads of Path of Winter’s Knife of Reread Spring RSS Feed for this post

In which dinner and a practically debilitating headache compel me to finish my reviewing of the the last four Wheel of Time novels and the prequel, New Spring, finishing the series begin here and continued here. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, but spoiler warnings remain. THERE ARE ENORMOUS WORLD-ENDING SPOILERS HERE. The Path of Daggers This book begins the “new” books for me, as contrasted to the “old” books which are 1-7. I think a lot of the old guard fandom, being the folks I read on rasfwrj back at the time, think this way too, although depending on who you talk to, Book 7 counts here as well. In any event, there’s a reason […]


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Blog Updates (Insomnia Version)
By Dwip November 20, 2008 at 3:20 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

In which, fueled by a poorly timed influx of instant cider, I perform various blog maintenance and updates. In bed. In the true tradition of pajamas blogging. I do these things for your benefit, O Readers. Mostly. Various things of note: 1. Entries on the main page have increased from 3 to 5, because they were shooting by pretty fast, especially if I posted 2 or so things on a given day. This should strike a decent balance between speed reading and endless text walls. 2. Offset the archives link on the main page so it can be found easier. I never can find the thing. 3. Both category and date archives on the archives page now have a count […]


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They’re Only Castles Burning
By Dwip November 19, 2008 at 3:09 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

In which, brought about by this and pretty much all related bloggage and photos thereof, via Mike Hoye, a man who does not know me, but who I have been reading since back in the day on rasfwrj because I find him amusing and interesting and who indirectly provides me with things such as what I linked above, and you’ll forgive the run-on sentences because it’s 3 in the morning and I’m tired but I want to talk about some shit, so there. Also brought to you by Neil Young, who I have been listening to approximately all day and who fits the mood. Anyway. So that first post and other collected photos and musings have me doing thinking of […]


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By Dwip November 19, 2008 at 2:45 am Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“…it may be that a devoted band of Cavalry…I can force my way across the Mississippi. and if nothing can be done there…then I can go to Mexico and have the world from which to choose a location. Dear Wife this is not the fate to which I invited when the future was rose-colored to us both; but I know you will bear it even better than myself and that of us two I alone will ever look back reproachfully on my past career.” —Jefferson Davis, April 23, 1865


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With the Great Pumpkin (live)
By Dwip November 17, 2008 at 1:19 pm Comments Off on With the Great Pumpkin (live) RSS Feed for this post

In which, to complete the two concerts needed to see my two favorite bands, Sarah took me last night to go see the Smashing Pumpkins at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on their 20th anniversary tour. …you, there in the back, with the Last of the Mohicans jokes. Go ahead. We thought them too. As I say, this is the second of two concerts needed to see my favorite bands. The first, for U2, took place in 2005, and was notable among other things for being the first time we’d met in person. And now here we are. A word about the Mohegan Sun, which is a Really Large Casino, and that word is “Oi.” Not so much the […]


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Nuclear Cheetah Eats Your Hard Drive For MOAR POWAR
By Dwip November 15, 2008 at 11:39 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

[This will be long. However, there will be random animal imagery and computer shenanigans, for your amusement if not mine] The title having little to do with reality, except insofar as I have decided that this imagery now needs to be a comic book, and the following comments I made to Whir: [11:34] Dwip: I’m fairly sure my next move will be to go out in the forest, capture a number of wild and hungry bears, and unleash them at the Acronis offices. [11:35] Dwip: Having done that, I will capture entire prides of lions to unleash at Microsoft for giving me a gimp version of Vista. But I get ahead of myself. In the beginning, circa 2002, when dinosaurs […]


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Fires of Reread Chaos
By Dwip November 6, 2008 at 11:28 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

In continuation of this entry, wherein I reread Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and ponder upon them for a time. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, but spoiler warnings remain. THERE ARE ENORMOUS WORLD-ENDING SPOILERS HERE. The Fires of Heaven I always sort of forget about this book, which isn’t new – I did it back in the day, too. Its problem is being stuck between the best book in the series – The Shadow Rising, and the second best book in the series, Lord of Chaos. That it also ranks among the best is slim consolation. And make no mistake, it’s good. I forgot how much great stuff happens – Rand beats down Couladin, […]


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Obama
By Dwip November 5, 2008 at 12:27 am Comments Off on Obama RSS Feed for this post

Via the NYTimes. There’s a lot of things I could say about tonight, and perhaps I shall say them anon. For the moment, let me say this – I got brought up on a lot of ideas of what this country was about, and what it could be, who we could be. And here we have elected a man who makes me feel, makes a great many of us feel, that we can be that place. This is a pretty amazing moment in history, and I’m profoundly grateful that I’ve been here to seen it.


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Rabbit Voting
By Dwip November 4, 2008 at 12:16 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

In which I vote in my third presidential election. I’ll have more to say, likely, as the night goes on, and polls actually close and the like, but for the moment, a few notes on the voting experience in a non-Oregon state. Via Andrew Sullivan, this is how it could have been, and via myself, some blathering on the OR Voter’s Pamphlet, which in 2000 ran to 430 pages in 2 booklets and was instrumental in saving my sanity. On the whole, a civilized way of voting for a civilized age. I am less enthusiastic about my having gone to the polls today. On the one hand, I had very little idea who half the candidates were and their positions, […]


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Because It Had To Be Done
By Dwip November 4, 2008 at 10:23 am Comments Off on Because It Had To Be Done RSS Feed for this post

Because, as you may have surmised, sometimes geekery is a strange place. And even the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court is not immune to this. Not, mind you, that I am suggesting that said Chief Justice, in his non-cyborg state, actually drank the blood of small children. Rampant dickholery? Yes. Infantile vampirism? Not so much.


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By Dwip November 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Insurrections are inconvenient things. It is inconvenient to the people of one State to have their houses burned by means of incendiary missiles projected from behind the secure legal shelter of the boundary line of an adjoining State. —Attorney General Caleb Cushing, 1857


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Irreverancy
By Dwip November 1, 2008 at 7:29 pm Comments Off on Irreverancy RSS Feed for this post

By request: [19:22] serenadingwords: And now, it is time to read Plutarch’s Life of Marius! [19:22] TontoMarius: I can save you time. [19:23] serenadingwords: lol [19:24] serenadingwords: sounds good, but i feel i should read the plutarch just to have done it [19:25] TontoMarius: He shows up. He pwns some dudes. Some other dudes are like “Whoa, wtf. We must pwn you.” So he pwns them. So then everybody’s like “Shit guys shit, you need to go pwn these other guys rsn” and so he goes and pwns them. And everybody’s like “Dude, mad hax.” And then he kicks it for a while. And then these other guys leap out, and he’s like “Dude, I can pwn you with one […]


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The Eye of the Great Reread Reborn
By Dwip October 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

In which I take a break from rambling about metadata to rambling about something I don’t have to think so hard about while I wait for my head to stop killing me. So I did a blog search just now, and was a little surprised that I’ve never really talked about Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, considering that, not only have I been reading it for fourteen years now, coming up on fifteen by the time Book 12 comes out, it was and remains a pretty big influence on the way I look at world creation, fantasy, and what have you. I recently started rereading the books – I needed something to read on work breaks, and in any […]


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On Current Political Discussion
By Dwip October 20, 2008 at 10:33 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

In which I am going to continue refraining from actual political discussion on this blog, because I still feel slightly nauseous about things said in 2004, and in any case we have Samson’s blog for that. This blog is for discussion of our alien overlords, and perhaps also rabbits and squirrels, who may or may not be the same as the forementioned alien overlords. They are very clever. That having been said, via Sarah, this bit from the archives was true in its time, just as it’s true today. And in other news, Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for president. I encourage you to spend the fifteen minutes of your time to watch the videos I linked. Not because […]


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Under A Blue Sky
By Dwip October 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm Comments Off on Under A Blue Sky RSS Feed for this post

An approximate conversation from today: Sarah: OMG, fall! Pretty colors! Me: Yes. Sarah: We should go climb West Rock! Me: My back hurts. Sarah: But we’ve been talking about it for two years! Also, it looks amazing out! Me: There’s that, I suppose. So after a brief trip to UPS, which is a rant in itself, we paused to admire the view on the local streets, and see that picture of North up there, which is, oh, approximately 50 feet from my house, we headed up to West Rock. And then we froliced in the woods. There were squirrels. Instead of talking about it, which would be superfluous, I will show you pictures. Most of them can be clicked for […]


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Nrrrrrrrrrrrr
By Dwip October 16, 2008 at 12:49 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

My God IV, that totally sucked. I’m too old for this 3am paper writing shit. I’m going to bed. Wake me in a few days.


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As Refers To My Feelings Towards My Current Paper
By Dwip October 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm Comments Off on As Refers To My Feelings Towards My Current Paper RSS Feed for this post

I wish to do this. We will perhaps discuss this more later.


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By Dwip October 11, 2008 at 10:00 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Duty is heavier than a mountain; death is lighter than a feather. —Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors


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When Cliff Racers Ruled the Internet
By Dwip October 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm Comments Off on When Cliff Racers Ruled the Internet RSS Feed for this post

Apparently, we have learned this evening, this image or images like it, are responsible for something like 17 GB of bandwidth usage on this site. Moreover, if you believe Google, that single image has been linked to on a fair number of gaming forums, not to mention 4chan of all places. Crazy. Via Googling my site URL, this, which is whatever it is. See about halfway down the page. The internets. They are watching you.


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Electronica
By Dwip October 6, 2008 at 5:38 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Via Megatokyo, my computer upgrading experience this weekend: Remember, kids – when connecting your new IDE drive, you must have one slave, and one master. IDE does not believe in democracy, and doing things such as, say, accidentally leaving the jumper on your new drive set to master and putting it in the slave position ends…badly. Which is a long way of saying I forgot to set jumpers correctly, and Windows completely failed to see my drive. But I fixed that, and now I have a DVD burner. Ho ho ho. Yes, I realize that I’m about 5 years behind the times here. However, to make up for that, I now have a shiny new external hard drive. A ONE […]


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On Highlander Fashion
By Dwip September 24, 2008 at 10:23 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Continuing on this vein, let us further elaborate on why it is often a good idea to watch Highlander inebriated (Grey Goose, it turns out, fills plot holes excellently). It also helps with the…somewhat questionable costuming choices. To quote Sarah, “The 1970s! They flee! In terror!” This would be the same episode where Mac randomly changes outfits mid-scene, and our azn gangsta friend up there has the same godawful shirt that he likes so much, he has it in both blue, and puke yellow. And no, I’m not going to post that, because you just can’t handle the horror. Trust me on this. And just to throw in a couple of oldies but goodies from Season 1: Smug Mac is […]


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*chitter chitter squeak*
By Dwip September 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Another reason why we must love GalCiv is, it allows me to do this: Not that I’m actually playing this particular game, mind you, as I have ridiculous amounts of work to do, but. You know. If I DID have time.


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Booktastic
By Dwip September 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

[21:49] Dwip: Now then, box. What goodies did you bring me from Amazon? [21:49] Dwip: Textbooks? Enh. But oh, what’s this? New Scalzi? And new SM Stirling? Yes please. [00:05] Dwip: Now we are faced with questions. Questions like “So, do I want to read a lot? Which book? Or do I want to finish conquering the universe?” [02:57] *wins enormously easy game of GalCiv* Well, I’ll just read Zoe’s Tale for an hour or so. [06:30] Man, that book was awesome! Also man, I’m tired. What time is…ohshi- Thank you for that, John Scalzi.


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Savior of the Universe
By Dwip September 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

In which three factors converge: 1. I just spent the last week sick, so I played video games. 2. I haven’t blogged on a new game in a while. 3. My current game (and the one before it) of Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor is indescribably awesome. So, the game. It’s a turn-based 4x space strategy game. If you played Space Empires III or Master of Orion or such, you know what I’m talking about, here. Aliens driving around in spaceships colonizing brave new worlds and blowing the bejesus (or alien equivilent) out of each other with exotic weaponry. Rarely has this been done in such a polished manner, however. I mean, this game has everything – custom […]


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Quote
By Dwip September 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

[23:50] TontoMarius: I almost want to sign up for the free 3 month Amazon Prime, but then I don’t. [23:51] serenadingwords: What does Prime do again? [23:51] serenadingwords: Besides beat down Amazon Megatron a lot.


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On Poliblogging
By Dwip September 3, 2008 at 11:52 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I think my last couple of days can be summed up sufficiently with this xkcd: Mainly in response to this post of Samson’s. Still thinking I will more or less avoid the political stuff here, however. Last time I did…it was bad. Real bad. Hopefully I have learned something since 2004. Maybe.


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On the DNC
By Dwip August 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm Comments Off on On the DNC RSS Feed for this post

Watching speeches from the DNC right now. Lots of things I could say about it – Kerry was actually pretty good, the Clintons somewhat less so, Biden really really good, about holy crap do they script these things or what – but I’ve pretty much given up blogging politics these days, and I think that’s probably a good idea. That having been said, you know what I think is really really interesting about this thing, and what’s really cool? Here we are, in 2008, with a bunch of mostly white dudes, many of whom are from former slave states, standing up to give big speeches in support of a black dude running for the highest office in the nation. And […]


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Dear Philadelphia
By Dwip August 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Your Interstate system is completely fucking ridiculous. Please stop this immediately. You do not need I 95 and I 295 to work like that. For real.


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Smash
By Dwip August 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

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AFK_Weye Update
By Dwip July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm Comments Off on AFK_Weye Update RSS Feed for this post

Version 2.1 fixes a few problems, including: – Issues with the AddTopic bug; – Issues with the manor alchemy chests; – A bad container in the upper manor. Get it here.


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BF2 SP Packs
By Dwip July 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm Comments Off on BF2 SP Packs RSS Feed for this post

[EDIT – Previous method was a lie. This way really does work though] Because I’m probably going to want to know how to do this again, here is the procedure for making BFSP64, BF2AF64, BF2EF64, and the Unlocks678 mods work with each other. 1. Copy the levels from your BF2EF64 levels dir to your BF2SP64 levels dir. They’ll work, just like that. 2. Copy the levels from your BF2AF64 levels dir to your BF2SP64 levels dir. These won’t work at all yet. 3. Copy booster_server.zip from your BF2AF64 dir to your BF2SP64 dir. 4. Extract all files from booster_server.zip into your BF2SP64 dir. Delete the zip. 5. Move the newly created Vehicles folder from your BF2SP64 dir into Objects_server.zip. Delete […]


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Phone Boothing
By Dwip July 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Despite my general aversion to this sort of thing, but because it’s so utterly me, and because I was encouraged to, let us play a little game. Suppose, for a moment, that you have a phone booth. With this phone booth, you will travel through time, collecting 8 historical figures to help you deliver your oral report on their time periods, and to help review the world of San Dimas, 2008. (And yes, I’m talking about what is now a 20 year old movie. Oi.) In the original film, these 8 were: 1. Napoleon 2. Billy the Kid 3. Socrates 4. Sigmund Freud 5. Beethoven 6. Joan of Arc 7. Genghis Khan 8. Abraham Lincoln Now as for my list, […]


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Quote
By Dwip July 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Now is the time To prove What we know to be true: That we shall conquer all. —The Rememberance (Clan Ghost Bear), Passage 155, Verse 2, Lines 45-48


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Maps of Worldbuilding
By Dwip July 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm Comments Off on Maps of Worldbuilding RSS Feed for this post

A little bit of worldbuilding work, here. Firstly, the map: Click for a larger version. This is the third version of this particular map. The first, which got referenced a couple of times previously in this series, was in the default CC3 bitmap style, which is one that I quite like, actually, but one that just wasn’t cutting it for this particular project for some reason. Went through a lot of ideas after that, including trying to make up a style based on the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms map (which is probably the best the Realms have ever looked, but trying to match that style…holy crap), before settling on ideas out of the Cartographer’s Annual 2007, one of which was […]


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Declaring Victory Over Memory
By Dwip July 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm Comments Off on Declaring Victory Over Memory RSS Feed for this post

Because I’ve had this song stuck in my head for like 5 years now, but always as music. And then last night I remembered part of the lyrics, and thanks to the Power of Google, I am victorious. On that note, would somebody care to explain to me why my default memory for about 2002-2005 is driving in cars in Corvallis? Because I didn’t think I did all THAT much of it, and I definitely didn’t do a whole lot of driving on Highway 99 out by Bi-Mart (always cut over on Harrison/Van Buren), but sure enough there I am. Wonder why.


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Uphill Both Waysism
By Dwip July 15, 2008 at 10:25 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because I’m having about 2 minutes in every 10 of internet connection right now. Which is something I remember pretty well from my days in the 90s of dialup, and also how it took about 9 years to download a megabyte. And, I dunno. Has broadband shortened my patience, here? Were we all just ignorant in 1995, and willing to put up with the repeated attempts to refresh to make things work, the slow speeds, the dropping out, because that’s just how it was, man? Or is that, you know, that sort of thing was ok in 1995, but this isn’t 1995, it’s 2008, and seriously, what the Jesus here people? I’m tempted to go with the latter. Hey, working […]


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Also On That Civ Note
By Dwip July 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I don’t think I’ve ever shown this one, and I’m not sure anybody but Whir has seen it. So behold, the worst start ever: Remember kids. Highlands does not like you.


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Ponderings On the Great War
By Dwip July 15, 2008 at 1:04 pm Comments Off on Ponderings On the Great War RSS Feed for this post

Because I haven’t really talked Civ for a while, and I just played a pretty epic game. Every so often, you have this desire, when playing world maps, to conquer the world. This is the unquestionable natural order of things. The world is there, we desire to conquer it and bend it to our wills, preferably while killing several million of its other digital inhabitants. I had not previously done this, preferring to win instead by space or culture or what have you, becase do you know how much land you need to conquer to go from this: To the winning 51% land? Quite a lot, as it turns out: During the not quite 5,000 years it took to do […]


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More Civil War
By Dwip July 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm Comments Off on More Civil War RSS Feed for this post

Since I was thinking about this earlier, a little bit more blathering on The Civil War. Which is going to be mostly YouTube clips of the thing, hitting what I think are some of the emotional high points, starting with: This clip from Episode 1, which lays out the basis for the thing about as well as anything can, I suppose, or at least gives you enough graphic reason to convince you that slavery is a bad, bad thing. As to these next three, the first 1.5 are the bittersweet ending, and the second 1.5 cover Lincoln’s assassination, a topic I will return to in a moment. This clip from the end of Episode 1, which contains a letter you […]


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Quote
By Dwip July 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Tall ships and tall kings three times three what brought they from the foundered land over the flowing sea? Seven stars and seven stones and one white tree. —J.R.R. Tolkein


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Uneditable
By Dwip July 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

In that continued saga of looking at the possibility of editing for various games, let us take a brief glimpse at Civilization IV’s editor. A very brief glance, since, so far as I can tell, the editor that has been provided with the game may as well not actually exist. It turns out that, for something like half of the editing I do, which is random civs in specific spots on a specific map, it turns out that the easiest, most efficient way to make any changes I have is to open the file in Notepad and edit a bunch of random things that look like this: BeginPlot x=19,y=49 BonusType=BONUS_GOLD FeatureType=FEATURE_FOREST, FeatureVariety=0 TerrainType=TERRAIN_PLAINS PlotType=1 EndPlot Deriving the proper X and […]


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Happy Patriotic Explosives Day
By Dwip July 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm Comments Off on Happy Patriotic Explosives Day RSS Feed for this post

As fireworks are called in some parts. In honor of the thing, two versions of a quote, and a little blather. As is my wont from time to time, I’m rewatching that immortal Ken Burns epic, The Civil War. I’ve talked about this series before, and last year at this time, no less, and others have said a lot about it too. And I could say lots more about it, like how the first episode is perhaps the finest piece of documentary filmmaking ever done, but instead I’ll just say this: For the last 15 years or so, I’ve had The Battle Cry of Freedom stuck in my head. It’s my default humming music. Now, as to the quote: “Whence […]


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Editable
By Dwip June 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Since I finally appear to have found a way to do this that is not ridiculous, here’s the proper way to get one’s textures to stop checkerboarding in the BF2 editor: 1. Go to the Texture tool in the terrain editor. 2. Go over and pick the texture you want, and select it’s layer over on the left. 3. Change your LowDetailMap to 0 in the tweak bar. 4. Go over to the editor bar on the right, and hit Set Low Detail Texture, select the default one, and generate. Do this for each texture layer. Now, having said that, I’m going to heap scorn upon the BF2 editor for a bit, because Jesus Christ, this is bad. It’s so […]


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They Must Learn Anew The Meaning Of Ph33r
By Dwip June 27, 2008 at 12:11 am Comments Off on They Must Learn Anew The Meaning Of Ph33r RSS Feed for this post

I have much work to do.


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In Which We Discuss The Future of 1930s Clothing
By Dwip June 13, 2008 at 9:08 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Via Flash Gordon: Friends don’t let friends dress like…well, any of these people, really. But Dr. Zharkoff, what were you thinking? This is just awesome.


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In Which Librarians Are Proven To Be Serious About Internets
By Dwip June 9, 2008 at 1:24 pm Comments Off on In Which Librarians Are Proven To Be Serious About Internets RSS Feed for this post

Which is my reading list for my current assignment. Which I should probably save because I’m sure I’ll want it later.


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Son of Worldbuilding
By Dwip June 8, 2008 at 9:56 pm Comments Off on Son of Worldbuilding RSS Feed for this post

As continued from…the post below. That aside, I really must start categorizing my posts again. Basically because it’s about time I need to start referring to this stuff, a brief reference for various things I’ve actually decided on (or close enough), followed by some actual crunch in the form of races. Races: Aischroi (kulloi/deinoi) – Two subraces, one region. Humans (humans) – With no subraces, but four different regions (Sanagos, Free Cities, Kingdom, Northlander) Ossith (lizardfolk) – Slaves of the Ssithil. One region. Peretoi – slightly changed human nomads. One region. Ssithil (yuan-ti) – The inhabitants of Great Ssithilos. One region. Vargrans (hobgoblins) – The inhabitants of the northlands. Two regions. Gods: Sanagos – In Healer/Watcher/Traveller/Ruler guises. Worshipped in Sanagos. […]


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The Return of Worldbuilding
By Dwip June 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

In which we return to the world I keep jotting notes for, previously detailed in posts here and here. This time with two maps: Overview showing the whole continent, with my rough notes on who or what is going where. Note the awesome CC3 graphics, about which I shall perhaps discourse on another time. Regional map showing the whole continent, this time roughly broken down by races and regions. Eventually, this will become the basis for a Forgotten Realms-style region list, or perhaps something stuck directly into the racial rules when I get there? Let’s go over each of those and talk about them some. Black: Uninhabited Which is probably off by a little bit, but at the least uninhabited […]


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Under An Orange Sky
By Dwip May 31, 2008 at 5:28 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because apparently we needed to have a thunderstorm. At sunset.


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The Fantastic Bookshelf
By Dwip May 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm Comments Off on The Fantastic Bookshelf RSS Feed for this post

In which I’m going to pretty much post a list of what’s on my (now mostly in storage) AD&D bookshelf, and then (and in between items) I’m going to talk about it a fair bit. If that’s not your thing, stop now, before things get ugly. ====================== AD&D – First Edition: 1978 – Player’s Handbook (1st Edition) 1985 – Oriental Adventures (1st Edition) 1986 – Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide 1986 – Wilderness Survival Guide The 1st Edition PHB is pretty much the book that started me in this hobby. I found my brothers’ old copy right about the time I was really getting introduced to fantasy literature in a big way (Thanks for the Eddings stuff, Jason), and I basically said […]


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Quote
By Dwip May 24, 2008 at 7:48 am Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“You and I have witnessed many things, but nothing as bodacious as what just happened.” — Bill S. Preston, Esq.


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Bedriffic
By Dwip May 10, 2008 at 9:59 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Let us, for a moment, talk about home improvement, as we have so many times previously. Though usually our discussion topic is decks, let us move into the realm of interior decorating. First, the before shot: And now the after shots: My air mattress dying has brought changes, as you can see. The bed, well, that was obvious. As it turns out, I need a soft bed, or I can’t sleep well. Combined with my need for storage space, it was clearly time I broke down and bought a bed. Meanwhile: Sarah: You know, those blinds are crappy and falling apart. You should get curtains. Me: Yes dear. One of these days. When I have time and money. And maybe […]


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Update
By Dwip May 4, 2008 at 7:40 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Rumors of my demise are slightly exaggerated. Rumors of my enemies’ demise by way of large barrels of exploding pitch and naptha, however, are not. Make of this what you will. I can promise you much more extensive updating later, once the events necessary take place, which should be in, oh, 20 minutes or so. For now, two things: 1. On the blog technical note, entry permalinks (which you may access by clicking the date in an entry) now lead to a page for each individual entry, rather than the monthly listing. I did this because it was impossible to link reliably using said monthly listing. This way is better. You can still browse the archives via the monthly pages. […]


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Civilized
By Dwip April 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

First, for you Weye followers, you may find the version 2 beta here. Please note that this is liable to be updated as bugs are found, and if you do find anything busted, please do let me know about it. On an entirely different note, if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a pretty big fan of S.M. Stirling’s body of fiction, but especially the trilogies that start with Island In the Sea of Time and Dies the Fire, and his new one that starts with The Sunrise Lands. Now, lately I’ve been doing a reread of those in a sort of bizzare order where I read Sunrise Lands, then went back […]


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Cartographica
By Dwip April 9, 2008 at 8:36 am Comments Off on Cartographica RSS Feed for this post

One of those things about me that most people don’t actually know is that I’m something of a map geek, especially when it comes to gaming maps. Now, most of you, my faithful readers, pretty much know this – the whole Cartographer’s Guild thing for one, and I’ve posted plenty of Campaign Cartographer doodles up here. One of the things that really really doesn’t get talked about is the fact that, in amongst my D&D things, I have a box that, once upon a time, back when they were the height of technology, contained an external 100 MB Zip drive. Now it contains AD&D poster maps. 81 of them, to be exact, ranging from the 3rd edition FRCS map of […]


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DLC
By Dwip April 5, 2008 at 9:11 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

In which I, having not done so previously, shortly review the downloadable content for Oblivion. I’ll go through each one, then I’ll talk about the series as a whole. DLC1: Horse Armor Which gives you the ability to buy armor for your horses, allowing them to live longer in combat, and also look cool. Which is fine, and all, if you want your horse to look cool, but considering it’s more expensive than all but two of the other DLCs (Mehrunes Razor and Knights of the Nine, both of which are very large), I’d expect more, and do anyway. Let us be clear, here: Oblivion’s mount system stinks. It’s a gimmick, and with the exclusion of actual mounted combat, a […]


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Know Your Enemy
By Dwip April 4, 2008 at 9:59 am Comments Off on Know Your Enemy RSS Feed for this post

How do you know cataloging is pain? Notice, if you will, the multitide of 2″ thick books, the 2″ binder that’s full, and yes, that’s so totally a flowchart there. Yes, I AM crazy, why do you ask?


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Champions of Cyrodiil
By Dwip March 27, 2008 at 6:22 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Which not all of them are, but never mind that. So a few people now have asked me about my various Oblivion characters, and since I’ve played enough of them, I’ve started forgetting who they were. So I checked. And you, dear reader, can be the beneficiary of some show and tell. Valerius: Male Dunmer Custom Class, Level 29 Playing Time: 70h, 2m Skills: Blade 125, Alteration 47, Destruction 75, Mysticism 59, Restoration 56, Light Armor 100, Sneak 72 Factions: Mage’s Guild (Arch-Mage), Fighter’s Guild (Master) My first character, who also beat the main quest, explored a LOT, and did two factions worth of quests (Fighter’s Guild? It sucks. Trust me here.). As you can see, primarily a light armor […]


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Worldbuilding, Again
By Dwip March 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Some of you may remember this post from a time ago, in which I discuss D&D worlds and the building thereof. As I am in a creative brainstorming mood, and as I need a break from beating my head against a certain part of Weye for a moment, allow me to ramble. Coming up with unique countries that aren’t direct representations of Earth stuff is pretty hard. Just saying. So most of this stuff needs to be preliminary until I can figure out how to put my own spin on it. There’s a spot in the east, a couple islands and some coastline, that I always sort of earmarked as “Put some wizard artificer types here”, and I sure don’t […]


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Spoon Bending (Pictorial Version)
By Dwip March 15, 2008 at 12:54 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I promised you Weye pics, so here they are. Enjoy. This is essentially what I see in the editor.  The big orange boxes are either effects or trigger zones.  In this case, butterflies.  The yellow box things are door markers, where you appear when you pop out of a door.  The red ones are alternately map markers (the things you see on the world map and can fast travel to) or things called X Heading Markers, which are markers you can tell guys to go to and face a certain way.  The red Xs on the ground are X markers, which are the non-facing specific version of same. For what it’s worth, most of this shot is stock, and most […]


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Spoon Bending (Playtest Version)
By Dwip March 14, 2008 at 2:35 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, Weye, or the main quest thereof, or should I say the, oh, five quests or so that comprise it, are now in playtesting, which I’d like to say a brief word about. It’s a funny beast, developing something this large and complex. You think you’ve got something that should work pretty well on the face of it – you planned pretty well, and the scripts all went together and compiled, and you didn’t see any glaring issues with your item placement. So you go to test it, thinking “This shouldn’t be too bad, right?” Nothing, I assure you, could be further from the truth. Reality looks something more like this: This is the result of forgetting a couple of […]


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Spoon Bending (Talky Version)
By Dwip March 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

In which I wax wroth at Oblivion dialogue editing, because, well, why the hell wouldn’t you, as I will now describe. First thing you need to know is, Each line of dialogue, called a response, is contained in a topic, which is the smallest unit you can actually, say, assign to somebody. Topics, in turn, must be contained in quests, which leads to nonsensical things like the creation of quests that aren’t really quests, but containers to hold dialogue. If you didn’t understand that, don’t worry, because nobody else does either. Back to responses. Now, if you accept that this whole dialogue scheme is kind of clever and actually quite powerful, and while I hate it, you may believe me […]


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Nuts and Bolts
By Dwip March 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

By now, most of you gaming types in the audience will have heard that Gary Gygax has died. I don’t want to dwell on this a whole lot, but it should be obvious to anyone who knows me that his great creation, Dungeons and Dragons, has had a great and profound effect on my life since the day in 6th grade when I found my brothers’ old 1st Edition Player’s Handbook and started running around in my Macbeth costume for the summer. Thankfully, I no longer have the costume, but I do have that PHB, shipped to me at some expense from accross the country, sitting on my bookshelf next to some 3.5 Forgotten Realms books. But I’ve told that […]


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The Orange Box
By Dwip February 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Wherein I’m going to superfluously talk about a set of games everyone’s already heard about, and probably already played. With the exception of Team Fortress 2, a multi-player game I have essentially zero interest in, I’ve now played the whole thing, and the short of it is that you should run, not walk (be careful crossing the street), and go get it right now. Because it’s supurb. All of it, too, though some parts are better than others. Half-Life 2 + Episodes 1-2: The meat of the box, and together about one and a half games worth of shooter goodness. And there’s a lot to like here. For one, there’s a plot, and, for a shooter, it’s quite something. We’re […]


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By Dwip February 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm Comments Off on RSS Feed for this post

A few random ponderances on Valentine’s Day, now that I’m celebrating it with somebody, rather than spending it thinking about how I’m not doing that. 1. In the store buying flowers and chocolate yesterday, I observed that the age gap between me and the rest of the guys doing the same thing was on order of 15 or 20 years. Coupled with Sarah’s observation that there didn’t seem to be a lot going on at Yale, and I’m left somewhat confused. Certainly OSU was pretty rampant with people doing Valentine’s stuff, which is part of the reason why it was so annoying. 2. Thursday is a really retarded day for a holiday. 3. As a holiday, I’m fairly certain the […]


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Call of Shooters: Modern Gameplay
By Dwip February 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

In which I shall now review some games and a movie, because I have points to make about them. Also, for those of you accustomed to slightly more…timely blog updates, rest assured that I am indeed thinking along those same lines. It’s just that, having spent the last few weeks recovering from messed up sleep cycles brought on by my flight home, combined with transcendently ludicrous happenings with school, I frankly haven’t had the energy. And when I DID have energy, well, you all don’t need to hear about exciting times with the girlfriend. However, this has changed. As part of my gaming haul over Christmas, I recieved both Medal of Honor: Airborne and Call of Duty 4. Now, I’m […]


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Ponderance
By Dwip January 22, 2008 at 12:19 am Comments (15) RSS Feed for this post

I wonder if Ron Paul realizes how much he sounds like Halor. For that matter, I wonder if anti-regulation free market capitalists in general realize, given the realities of history, how on crack they sound. There’s a bit in that video where he basically says that it’s ok that poor people get a bad education. That’s fairly impressive. Not that I need to be beating on Ron Paul of all people, since he’s running neck and neck with Dennis Kucinich for ignorance of reality. But seriously. There’s some special kinds of crazy going on that video. On the other hand, this particular Google video features Barack Obama, who seems to have, if not totally, at least gone a long ways […]


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Technologica
By Dwip January 19, 2008 at 11:30 pm Comments Off on Technologica RSS Feed for this post

I’m going to ramble a lot in here, but bear with me. There IS a unified theme here, and his name is Neal Stephenson, whose book Snow Crash is both the prompter of this post and the destroyer of a day or so of my time. In a good way. In a way that tells you to, honestly, stop reading now, and just go read the book, because it’s awesome. The fact that it discusses what it does in 1991 is, as my Dad points out, pretty amazing. Without going into too many plot details, because that would reveal too much, and would be, you know, telling, apparently the future is a dystopia, wherein corporations have replaced national governments, and […]


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The Power of 400 Baby DVDs
By Dwip January 11, 2008 at 5:05 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And you may go to YouTube and search on “Powerthirst” if that title makes no sense to you. So, as the beginning to a particularly excellent Smashing Pumpkins album says, you know I’m not dead. Nor was I living in my head. Instead, I was having one of those idyllic vacations, filled with wine, women, and song, only with root beer in place of the wine, as I particularly dislike it. Perhaps more fir trees than palm trees, not so good on the island part of it, and the rain was, I assure you, not in the least tropical, but as vacations go, it’s been right up there. And as it still has a further 4 days remaining, it can […]


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