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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Quote
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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Quote
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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