AFK_PrayerIdles
By Dwip December 30, 2009 at 3:19 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In which I notice that the NPCs in chapels don’t ever pray, and good athiest that I am, I decided to fix the problem. Mod #2 is now available at Nexus.


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A Brief Social Commentary In A Picture
By Dwip December 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Uravesa Othrelas: Devoutly praying. Varon Vamori: Pervily checking out Uravesa. Olava the Fair: Not entirely impressed with Varon. Ursanne Loche: Totally in the good part of her book.


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I Saw the Sign
By Dwip December 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

In which I’m going to describe a process to create roadsigns for Oblivion using GIMP and Nifskope, because at least one of you cares about this. 0. Take either one of the 512×128 city sign textures from textures/clutter/signs/ and use the clone tool with a relatively small brush size (circle 5 or 7) to blot out the existing names, being careful to preserve the color of the wood if not the grain. Blotchiness isn’t critical, as most of it will be overwritten anyway. 0a. Or you can use your own base texture, which should be some multiple of 512×128. 0b. Whatever texture you use, make sure you load it WITHOUT mipmaps. 1. Using the text tool, change the options to […]


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Quote
By Dwip December 22, 2009 at 1:24 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

“They say syndicates of wizards have led a boycott of Imperial goods in the land of the Altmer.” “It seems Summerset Isle has become a much more dangerous place.” —Oblivion


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Break Time In Cheydinhal
By Dwip December 16, 2009 at 1:41 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Meet the new Count and Countess. Not the same as the old Count and Countess.


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7777
By Dwip December 14, 2009 at 11:19 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As further regards that most excellent Oblivion mod, AFK_Weye: Now at 7777 downloads at Nexus. Which is cool. Also fairly comfortably in the top 8 cities, towns, and villages at Nexus. Which is likewise cool.


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Your Guess Is As Good As Mine
By Dwip December 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

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Because I Am Obligated By Law To Blog This
By Dwip December 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Click me! Also, since I totally forgot at the time, this is for the squirrel/anime crossover crowd. (chitter.  chitter chitter squeak squeak chitter squeak.)


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Technologically Random
By Dwip December 8, 2009 at 9:32 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Since Samson prodded me for a new post, and it has in fact been a while since I’ve said anything, let us fix that.  As I have been mostly boring lately this may be fairly random and unexciting, but. As to my extended absences, it would seem that my body is now in the habit of waking up at 7:40 AM each day, essentially no matter what.  8 hours of sleep?  Great.  3 hours of sleep?  Still going there.  This is less fun than previously imagined, and means that by 6 or 7 each day, I’m pretty much done with life.  Sleep schedule, I don’t know that we can go on like this.  I just can’t keep living a lie […]


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Pensive Kitten: Set Backups To Stun
By Dwip November 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I know that you all so enjoy hearing about my intermittant sagas of technological woe, I shall endeavor to regale you with yet another tale in the epic Pensive Kitten Is For Serious Tired Of 2009 Because Jesus Oh My God Holy Shit saga.


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Supercatchy Cool Song of the Day
By Dwip November 24, 2009 at 12:13 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

It’s Beck.  Covering one of the greatest Velvet Underground songs of all time.  For the win.


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Oblivion Installation
By Dwip November 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Because I was giving some Oblivion advice to Conner over at Samson’s, and realized I didn’t really have a useful and easy to follow Oblivion install guide, which may be of use to some people, including me because I’m dumb and forget things. I’ll talk about general setup stuff first, then I’ll reprise my load order listing from here in some detail. More after the jump:


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Steam Interfaces Are Ruining Everything
By Dwip November 17, 2009 at 5:42 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

With a nod towards this blog, which has nothing whatsoever to do with anything but has the coolest title ever. A couple of interface quirks I’d like to talk about for a bit here.  Two of them are quite brief: 1. Dear GIMP people. I would enjoy using your program more if it included such basic features as line tools and basic shape drawing.  Please also note that if you have to resort to the level of elitist sarcasm shown in this tutorial (official, no less), you have failed.  On that same note, I would enjoy using your program more if your user interface didn’t suck the good suck, but let’s stick with things that are changable, here. 2. I had […]


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The Gathering Storm
By Dwip November 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Because I didn’t actually get around to doing this prior to the blog update, so let us discuss for a moment that latest in the many Wheel of Time novels, the Gathering Storm, taking our cues from the Tor.com reviews by the esteemable Leigh Butler, in both spoiler and non-spoiler versions. Here’s my basic point about the thing: Having recieved it from Amazon thanks to the labors of my most excellent girlfriend, who indulges my addictions despite not quite getting it, I sat down, read avidly for a couple of hours, reluctantly played D&D until 2 am, then sat down and finished it at 7:30am, ignoring several suggestions by my body that perhaps we could do some of this tomorrow, […]


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DLC: Wasteland Edition
By Dwip November 10, 2009 at 12:00 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

My dearest America, it’s time we had a chat. I know that it’s been some time since we’ve talked, but you should know that I’ve been hard at work, doing my part to rebuild our great nation. And I thought I’d let you know, sweet America, about some new opportunities for you to do your part to restore our beautiful country to what it once was. [/President John Henry Eden] Fallout. DLC. All you need to know. [/Three Dog] Because I enjoy some of the characters in Fallout, as you may have noticed. What’s that? You noticed? Well, I try. I do try. Anyway, so I picked up the Fallout Game of the Year Edition, which coincidentally has all five […]


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Her Brand New Skin
By Dwip November 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I promised you all that eventually, one day, there would be a revamp of the blog using WordPress as opposed to Movable Type, and one that would fix the comments, fix some nav issues, fix some backend issues, provide real plugin support, unite the clans, walk the dog, and cook waffles all at the same time. With the exception of the clan uniting, dog walking, and waffle cooking bits (there were no plugins for these, sadly), I’m happy to note that the day is here. Here’s the parts that will matter to you: 1. New Commenting System Comments work much differently than in days of yore. They’re now completely inline with the posts and have much more robust editing […]


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Great Moments In Television
By Dwip October 27, 2009 at 3:25 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

As we all know, one of the missions of this blog is to share excellent or not so excellent fashion statements on television shows. In that vein, I feel that I would be remiss if I did not share the following with you: The first bit of this is also quite informative for other such fashion statements, as well as amusing ass kicking moments and dialogue.


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Something Cool
By Dwip October 26, 2009 at 4:56 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This blog, which offers up various iconic photographs with commentary. Super cool.


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Quote
By Dwip October 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Lay on, Macduff, And damn’d be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!” —Macbeth, Act 5 scene 8


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Bumper Cars
By Dwip October 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

In which Sarah and I, driving down Dixwell, get whomped by a car behind us stopping just a little too late at a red light. Humans are fine, no worries. Cars, maybe not so much, as you can see. Offhand, I’d say I need a new bumper. Teal’c says, remember to drive and dress safely, kids.


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Champions of Cyrodiil: The Return
By Dwip October 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm Comments Off on Champions of Cyrodiil: The Return RSS Feed for this post

In homage to my original post on the subject, and because I just got Astarius about where I want him to be, let’s do a little more show and tell, and bring that last post up to date. Really new stuff at the end, some scattered updates throughout. Valerius: Male Dunmer Custom Class, Level 29, Sign of the Lady Playing Time: 70h, 2m (144 game days) Skills: Blade 125, Alteration 47, Destruction 75, Mysticism 59, Restoration 56, Light Armor 100, Sneak 72 Factions: Champion of Cyrodiil, Mage’s Guild (Arch-Mage), Fighter’s Guild (Master), Blades (Knight-Brother), Knights of the White Stallion (Knight-Errant) My first character, who also beat the main quest, explored a LOT, and did two factions worth of quests (Fighter’s […]


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Things I Have Recently Learned From Stargate SG-1
By Dwip October 5, 2009 at 12:42 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

…I clearly am not ready for interstellar conquest, as I do not possess the proper levels of totally crazy metal snake armor, nor do I possess the proper amounts of laser staves. This is all the fault of John Scalzi, who linked us all to the pilot for Stargate: Universe on Hulu. It was good. I liked it. I apparently have a whole lot of backstory to catch up on. On that note, let us hear it for Hulu.


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On Annoying XML Design
By Dwip October 3, 2009 at 4:31 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Let us take a brief moment and discuss module handling in Fantasy Grounds II, if for no other reason than the time is going to come when I’m going to want to remember the fix I just did. So, it’s possible to import data into an FG2 game using modules, which are basically archives with a big XML file and some random images and things. When FG fires itself up, it loads up all these individual XML files, categorizes them, and displays the parsed results. Which is good. Very useful for writing adventures and the like. However, there’s a problem. See, in a module XML file, each individual entity, let’s say an encounter, has a unique name, expressed as a […]


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On the Quirks of Level Scaling As Applied to Loot
By Dwip September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

But first, here is an awesome picture of an Oblivion tower: So, ok. I’m about level 20 or so at this point, and I’m running around this one dungeon in Lost Spires where there’s…actually I’m not quite sure, but let’s say it’s a LOT of bandits. And since it’s level 20, they’ve got some stuff. How much stuff? About this much stuff: That’s (and yes I am crazy enough to calc all this) 2,194.1 lbs of gear, which ended up earning me 83,540 gold, 4 mercantile increases, and took 7 trips to haul in. Among other things, there are 2 full suits of daedric in there, something like 7 mostly complete suits of glass, a mostly complete suit of orcish, […]


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On Dragon Cape Making
By Dwip September 28, 2009 at 3:47 am Comments Off on On Dragon Cape Making RSS Feed for this post

Because I was just talking to Samson about this and because I’d really rather not forget, let’s talk briefly about how I went about recoloring that cape. Basically I followed the tutorial here with some subtle differences. Basically, the sequence was this: First, I fired up GIMP and loaded up the pre-existing cape texture, which was one .dds file that covered both sides of the cape. I only wanted to recolor the outer part and not the gold border (which was part of the original image), so I cut that part out and pasted it as its own image and put the stock texture away for the moment. Then, in the bit I cut out, I went and did layer/color/desaturate, […]


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Widescreen Shiny
By Dwip September 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm Comments Off on Widescreen Shiny RSS Feed for this post

I’ve been meaning to do this since my new monitor got here, but you want to know about how awesome my new monitor is with Oblivion? Well, I’ll show you, but first, a note on characters: This is Astarius. Male Imperial, currently about level 15. Heavy armor blades fighter with a bit of restoration and alteration as well as block, athletics, and mercantile. He’s ok. He got even better after I gave him a dai-katana with 20 frost damage on hit, but he’s ok. He’s also sporting the effects of a plugin I made for myself to give out effective Blades eq at higher levels. Stock graphics and all, but it’s nice, since Blades gear is styling. However, do you […]


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Giant Anniversary Rock
By Dwip September 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Not actually what you may think, although if you guessed that Sarah’s and my second anniversary was a short time ago, you would be correct. As to the giant part and the rock part, it was decided that, in honor of the occasion and since we first met in person for the purpose of seeing U2 on tour in 2005, we ought to go see them on tour in 2009, because really why wouldn’t you do this. And by decided, I mean that it went about like this: Her: U2 is totally playing at Giants Stadium! We are going! Me: I guess I could fight you about this, but why, really? So we hopped the train out there, which is […]


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Random 4e Ponderance
By Dwip September 21, 2009 at 1:49 am Comments Off on Random 4e Ponderance RSS Feed for this post

So we just had this combat in 4e. Probably the biggest thing we ever ran. On the one side: 5 PCs 1 Hobgoblin Captain 3 Hobgoblin Archers 6 Hobgoblin Grunts 1 Macetail Behemoth ——– 16 total On the other: 1 Gnoll Captain 2 Gnoll Marauders 1 Cacklefiend Hyena 1 Gnoll Huntmaster 2 Gnoll Claw Fighters 11 Gnoll Hunters 11 Gnoll Raiders 7 Hyenas ———— 36 total For 52 total combatants. 4793 total XP and level 4. Took us about a session and a half to run, which they did with no rest at all. Probably that’s the most epic fight I’ve ever had, or run. Lots of good moments, from Caradoc’s duel with Sir Robert of Norgood to Ziiran’s criticaling […]


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Pensive Kitten: Now With More SHINY
By Dwip September 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I may now confidently inform you that the Matrix looks REALLY GOOD on my new LG 24″ widescreen monitor. In case you were really worried, or something.


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Pensive Kitten: Now With White Screens of Death
By Dwip September 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Dear Toshiba Laptop, In case you were feeling put out about my leaving you in the corner for all that time, and in case you were put out about my using my desktop more than you, do not fear. I know who loves me, and that’s you. After all, who saved me after my hard drives went out last November? Why, you, Toshiba Laptop, you did. And who saved me when my whole desktop killed itself in January? Yes, Toshiba Laptop, that was you too. And who saved me for whole months at a time while I replaced defective part after defective part? You, my dependible Toshiba Laptop, you. So once again, Toshiba Laptop, here we are. Just the two […]


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Shiny
By Dwip September 13, 2009 at 2:38 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I started up Oblivion again, and I need to get all those picture posts off the front page, we’re going to have an Oblivion post. In which there will be shiny pictures. Because I need to get all the pictures off the…yeah. IT ALL MAKES SENSE. STOP LAUGHING. …anyway. So I finally decided that I wanted to take shiny pictures like Samson does, and since I put a ginormous video card in this thing during the last upgrade, I can pretty much do that thing. After a sojurn reading the helpful advice at TOTO, I finally ended up with this assortment of things: – Oblivion, SI, and all the DLCs; – The Unofficial Oblivion Patch and its various SI […]


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In Case You Thought I Might Not Do It
By Dwip September 1, 2009 at 3:18 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

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5000 & 1.21
By Dwip August 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

For those of you who follow the progress of that most excellent Oblivion mod, AFK_Weye, here rather than at Nexus or Bethsoft, there are two things of note. – Current download counter is at 5,082. I passed 5k Saturday night or so. – Versions 1.2 and 1.21 have been released since last I talked. They fix many many things, including very nasty bugs that will kill you and make you very very sad or very very angry and which will make you want to hurt things. I went and fixed these things for you, so please do not hurt me. Instead, go get the patch.


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Ye Olde Historick Epick Carre Trippe
By Dwip August 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Being Part 2 of the two-part photo record of the trip Sarah and I took through western Massachusetts back in July. As of this post, it’s been exactly a month since we went, which I guess tells you how good I am about getting these things done. Part 1 is here, and is the post right below this one. Can’t miss it. As opposed to certain places in Massachusetts, but more on that in time. When last we left off, we had arrived in Deerfield for the night, which bills itself as being Historic Deerfield, as well as the home of the Deerfield Academy, which I am told by my girlfriend who knows these things happens to be a prestigious […]


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We Need Guns. Lots of Guns.
By Dwip August 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Being Part 1 of a two-part photo record of the trip Sarah and I took July 11-12 through various parts of Western Massachusetts. This part looks at the sights of scenic downtown Springfield, MA. Why Springfield, you may wonder? Well… That’s one reason. If you know anything about guns at all, you may know that Springfield is the home of the Springfield Armory, which along with another place you may have heard of named Harper’s Ferry used to make a good chunk of the federal government’s small arms. You may know them for such iconic rifles as the M1 Garand: The M1903 Springfield: And the Springfield rifled muskets, M1855, M1861, M1863, and a few others: They tell me that at […]


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Too Good Not To Share
By Dwip July 30, 2009 at 11:09 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Via James Fallows.


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Because Sometimes You Must
By Dwip July 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

A brief Civ interlude told in pictures: Corporations make you do funny things.


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Quote
By Dwip July 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

“What a shame,” Kalten sighed. “So many good ideas have to be discarded simply because they won’t work.” —The Sapphire Rose


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Photographic Corrections
By Dwip July 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Since it was pointed out to me that the previous post’s Obligatory Girl In Front Of Nice Natural And Man-Made Scenery, Thus Combining All Aspects of Human And Natural Beauty In This One Awesome Photograph Shot was, in fact, missing an aspect, I have corrected this thing. Don’t say I never listen.


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Patriotic Dinosaur is Patriotic
By Dwip July 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Or maybe it just wants to stomp you flat: So you may remember a few entries back when I was talking about accomplishing things over the Fourth. I shall now proceed to tell you about them. There are bears. Really. Originally, our plan for the weekend was pretty grueling: Sleeping Giant State Park on Friday, followed by museums on Saturday and the waterfront parks on Sunday. In thinking about this, we realized our legs had no such stamina, and decided to do Sleeping Giant a week early, which turned out to be wise, as it seems that Large Hills + Legs + No Exercise = Owowow. College, folks. It makes your SMRT. Anyway, I know what you really want is […]


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A Quick Note Regarding HTML Logging
By Dwip July 18, 2009 at 1:58 am Comments Off on A Quick Note Regarding HTML Logging RSS Feed for this post

Supposing that you’re running a D&D game online and that there happens to be logging enabled for this game. Supposing also that you want to use the logs to create a summary of each game session, because doing this helped the last game a lot. It’s probably better if you do this, say, after each session instead of, say, after five or six sessions and a meg and a half of log to wade through. Just saying. Also: Caradoc the Mad: so then I made a ranger for the christmas seson Caradoc the Mad: who was cool but died in 1 session to dire weasels Caradoc the Mad: dire weasals Erik Caradoc the Mad: you attacked us with dire weazels


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Bookbookbookbook
By Dwip July 15, 2009 at 11:44 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Thank you, $1 book sales and people getting rid of their book collections. That will be all.


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Traipsing
By Dwip July 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm Comments Off on Traipsing RSS Feed for this post

On the larger blog note, you can expect bloggage for the next while to consist of pretty pictures, since I’ve had…one? weekend in the last month where I haven’t been out and about in New England, enjoying the lack of ridiculous humidity and heat. I assure you that this idea seems much more strange to me than it must to you, given previous utterances on the subject. In any case, back in June Sarah and I drove up to Sleeping Giant State Park, which is one of 3-4 in the immediate New Haven area. Hiked up to the top and generally enjoyed the day. I think the trees more or less speak for themselves, so I’ll just shut up and […]


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Quote
By Dwip July 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Largo: Junpei! I need your help! You’ve got to help me destroy the evil! Junpei: Junpei cannot leave until “NHL 2K” season is finished. —Megatokyo


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Happy 233rd
By Dwip July 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm Comments Off on Happy 233rd RSS Feed for this post

I’ll talk about this more later. For the moment:


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Pictures of Matchstick Tachikomas and You
By Dwip July 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So, I have no real content for you right yet, because I am currently in the midst of accomplishing things so that I can tell you about them. And while I have accomplished other things I could tell you about, I cannot tell you about them yet, because I am accomplishing still other things. Feel the accomplishment. So instead of other things I want to show you, here are some pictures of tachikomas. Enjoy. Yes, that last one is what they close the SAC season 2 discs with. It’s about as kawaii as you think it is.


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Thar’s Gold In Them Thar Hills
By Dwip June 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

For today’s ludicrous Civ lolwut:


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On Fixing Vista Explorer Behavior
By Dwip June 20, 2009 at 8:27 pm Comments Off on On Fixing Vista Explorer Behavior RSS Feed for this post

But first, a brief message from our sponsors regarding hand-editing XML: *facepalm* We now return you to our regularly scheduled program. So, on the assumption that you, like me, are 1) using Windows Vista; 2) Really tired of popping open Explorer windows only to have them go to your Documents folder, which is slow and obscures things like your C drive you may have wanted to get to, there’s a couple ways to go about this: 1. Create a shortcut to Explorer.exe, and use the command line switches in this MS article to set the start directory you want. 2. But supposing you’re like me, and actually want to mirror the functionality of the Computer button in the Vista Start […]


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Thoughts On Iran
By Dwip June 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, in case you haven’t been paying any attention, or have been watching CNN which is apparently now become about the same thing, millions of people in Iran are out in the streets protesting the apparently government rigged election of our old pal Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his reformist challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi. I’ve been pretty much reading Andrew Sullivan and the New York Times Lede blog 24/7 this whole time. It’s crazy stuff. Millions in the streets, brutality by the police and militia, universities raided, you name it. I’m not sure if I have anything to really add, other than to salute a bunch of people who are putting their lives on the line for their own democracy and freedom, but […]


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Brief Historical Ponderances
By Dwip June 12, 2009 at 1:36 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, recently, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who blogs at the Atlantic and who is somebody you maybe ought to read, picked up James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom on the history of the Civil War, and was talking about it. And in reaction to him I’ve got a whole bunch of random thoughts percolating about, so I’m just going to throw a few of them out to the rest of you: 1. Pretty much all of what Coates is saying on the subject is at the least interesting, but this one was really interesting, and I quote: “I’m coming to finally, at long last, admire Abraham Lincoln. I am almost ashamed to admit this. It feels cliche and silly. But its true. […]


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3000
By Dwip June 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

As regards that most excellent Oblivion mod, AFK_Weye: That’s 3,000 downloads at Nexus. To be fair, only a little over half of those downloads are Weye itself, with the remainder being patches and what have you, but still.


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Address Change
By Dwip June 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

For today’s Important Announcement: As of about 10 minutes ago, the new URL for this blog is http://dwip.arthmoor.com/ instead of http://dwip.alsherok.net/. For the moment (read: until the end of the month or so), the old Alsherok URL will still work, but you should update your bookmarks appropriately.


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A Brief Note on VATS
By Dwip June 3, 2009 at 1:35 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

One of the great thing about VATS and a little applied weapons fire is that it makes dangerous mutated bear attacks go from this: To this: And yes, the full screen of that second one is as completely awesome as might be expected, considering the bear in question is flying over me at about 20 feet.


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Accessorization
By Dwip June 1, 2009 at 7:14 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Dearest America, it’s time we had a chat. Yes, it’s time we had a chat about a subject near and dear to the heart of every gamer. That subject, you ask? Why, fashion, sweet America. Bright, warm fashions for this cold, cold world. “But how can I possibly look my best?” You cry. “All I have is this dreary brahmin skin outfit!” Fear not, sweetest America. You see, thanks to the greatness of American capitalism, all over the Wasteland you can find all manner of pre-war clothing, made from the finest synthetic fabrics. Just clean them up a bit, and look forward, dear America, to a brand new you. With your help, we can brighten up America, one outfit at […]


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Time, Forward!
By Dwip May 27, 2009 at 12:24 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

A brief episode of “You know you may have been using computers too long when…” Consider the following: – My MUD stuff is all stored in C:Solan (the actual MUD named changed to Alsherok circa 1998) – I still have C:Temp dir (fashionable in about 1995) – All my D&D bookmarks are in a folder labeled “AD&D” (and half of them were circa 1997) – My Battletech bookmarks include David Low’s page (for various rec.games.mecha things circa 1995-6) – Not to mention Sarna.net as Slayer’s Battletech Page (circa 1997) – My Games bookmarks are great for this? Cyberjag? 1998. Caesar II – The Ultimate Site? I’m not even sure. 1996? Earlier? Apparently at some point I updated my Apolyton link […]


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So Long, And Thanks For All The Books
By Dwip May 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So Wednesday, as it happens, was my last day working at Buley. Rather unlike some other jobs I’ve had, I’m going to miss the whole tech services gig, although I can in some sense look forward to similar work anon, thanks to my hopefully-coming-soon degree, but more on that later. Got a bit of a party thrown for me on Monday, and they gave me a very nice pen and a very nice mug, and I got my picture taken with people, and that was all good. Various people were pretty impressed/enthusiastic about my special project paper (Nancy: “Have you seriously ever thought about teaching/academia? You’d be great at it!”), which was nice. It’s one thing to get good grades, […]


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The Sound of Silence
By Dwip May 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

I can no longer hear my computer at all. This is a strange experience, but I assure you that, unlike several of our previous technological adventures, this one ends quite well, and not in spasms of computerized agony such as you may be used to, given the last 6 months or so. So, for the last three computer builds, the first of which was so long ago (2002) that it got written as a forum post at Tonto, I’ve been using a Lian-Li PC-61 case. It’s a damn fine case – lightweight, everything easily removable, looks great, and so on. It has a few big sins, however, chief among them that it was louder than hell and didn’t actually cool […]


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Editionitis
By Dwip May 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm Comments (14) RSS Feed for this post

Today’s post brought to you by viral invaders, which are at this very moment having a nice chat with my immune system. As of right now, my immune system appears to be getting the better end of the deal, thanks to our friends Advil and Robitussin. So instead of doing what I set out to do last night, namely find some 4th edition D&D tables to speed my prep work, I got sucked into a bunch of people talking in various places about the various editions of (A)D&D, why they were good, why they were bad. Since it occurs to me that I have yet to talk about 4th edition in any meaningful sense, I’ll use that discussion as a […]


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Proliferatory
By Dwip May 4, 2009 at 12:11 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So it turns out that it’s been quite some time since the last time I did a history post on here, let alone an Iraq post, and for a guy with a history degree that spends a good chunk of his day following foreign affairs, that’s probably a bit odd. Let us turn our leporidic gaze to that issue, then, and use as the vehicle for the discussion a book by a man named Charles Duelfer, who you may know from the Duelfer Report on Iraqi WMD. Turns out he has a recent book on the subject by the name of Hide and Seek: The Search For Truth In Iraq. Just to get this out of the way, it’s an […]


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Categorization
By Dwip April 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm Comments Off on Categorization RSS Feed for this post

For those of you inclined to such things, my old posts dating back to 2000 now have category tags/archives. Want all of my CT posts? You can do this. Small forest animals? You can do that too. Marechalisms? _of course_ you can do Marechalisms. Try not to have too much fun with it.


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Quote
By Dwip April 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Bill: Ted, while I agree that in time our band will be most triumphant, the truth is, Wyld Stallyns will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar. Ted: Yes Bill, but, I do not believe we will get Eddie Van Halen until we have a triumphant video. Bill: Ted, it’s pointless to have a triumphant video before we even have decent instruments. Ted: Well how can we have decent instruments when we don’t really even know how to play? Bill: That is why we NEED Eddie Van Halen. Ted: And that is why we need a triumphant video. Both: EXCELLENT! *air guitar riff* —Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure


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Those Wacky Japanese
By Dwip April 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

More coming, but for the moment I will protect my fragile internets by linking to you the following: Via Tor.com, we preview the coming cyborg apocalypse. My reaction – they named their company Cyberdyne? Really? Secondly, something for Samson. If I had known previously that my president was going to wield a lightsaber and fight Darth Vader…well, I voted for him anyway, so. For serious, peoples. The second link. Click it.


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Pensive Kitten: The Saga Continues
By Dwip April 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

*much, much earlier today* Me: Yay, it’s a new day. I will work on CC3 maps, and play games, and the people shall rejo… *computer BSODs* Me: I guess maybe not so much on fixing the nVidia bug then. *computer reboots and BSODs* Me: Man, that’s bad. I guess it’s time to do that really super time-consuming fix for the thing. I shall now do this. *epic ages of humanity pass, during which it is discovered that 10 clicks is probably a pretty unreasonable number just to set file permissions. Also, it is wondered why I have 15 copies of 2006 versions of nvlddmkm.sys in various places* Me: Well, that sucked. Maybe it’ll work now. Computer: Ohnoes! AVG has crashed […]


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Quote
By Dwip April 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Our new look says, simply, “Either let us drag you willingly into the future, or be impaled upon the shiny, metallic spikes of our awesomeness.” —TÖRdötCÖM


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Browncoats
By Dwip April 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So, Sarah and I sat down and watched all of Firefly, and then we watched Serenity, courtesy of the Collector’s Edition of it I bought her at (not really) random, because I am a devious bastard like that. She’d like me to tell you all what I thought about it, so I will do so. Short Version: Well, yeah, it was pretty good. Not All That, but pretty good. Long Version: Well, arright. I’ll skip the recap stuff, since if you don’t know what Firefly is by now, where the hell have you been living? Like I said, it’s pretty good. It is what it is, which is the first season of a TV show with a pretty good premise, […]


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AFK_Weye Version 1.1
By Dwip March 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Has been released, which fixes many many bugs. If you have AFK_Weye, I encourage you to get it. Either via TESNexus or by contacting me in one of the usual ways.


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Ringrolled
By Dwip March 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

I really haven’t got the heart to tell you all about the latest edition of Pensive Kitten Is, For Serious, Really Goddamn Pensive, because between the broken internets, biffed RAM slots in the same spot as the other biffed RAM slots, biffed video card drivers, and who knows what else, I haven’t got the energy. However, there is one thing I want to get on tape: [19:27] Dwip: And fuck both MS and nVidia for shipping bogus drivers with Vista. [19:27] Samson: Actually that should read more like fuck nVidia for shipping bogus drivers. [19:28] Dwip: Well, yes. But then MS went and included the damn things, so whatever. [19:28] Samson: Well, and I can’t beleive I’m saying it, that’s […]


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Pensive Kitten: Still Slightly Pensive
By Dwip March 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

It is sad, because I have not yet given it my password. Or my credit card number. On the other hand, it is somewhat less sad than previous levels of sadness, because I have fixed several longstanding issues with my desktop, and appear to have returned to the land of stable computing once more. But there’s more to this story, so let us discuss. For those of you living under rocks, the new system that I put together in January was never entirely stable, which is to say that at any given moment of the day it maybe or maybe didn’t decide to randomly throw up a BSOD, crash some program, or entertaining combinations of the two. In addition, my […]


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Least Worst Of, Volume III
By Dwip March 12, 2009 at 12:01 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Following the once per two years tradition begun here and continued here, with further thanks to Type O Negative for the title and for the song Wolf Moon, which got me through today, because book processing Jesus. As it happens, the Alsherok portion of this blog turns 6 today, although if you throw in the Tonto bits, it’s running up on 9. Either way, that’s significantly longer than I expected to be doing this. Usually about this time, I like to tell you about the significant blog improvements I’ve made for your further enjoyment of the site, but alas, this year they are few, as I have been very busy doing things for my survival. That said, the blog is […]


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Butt-Kicking, For Mods
By Dwip March 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Oh, you know you love Baldur’s Gate posts. I mean, the game’s like 10 years old and I’m the only who still plays it, so how can you not love that? Anyway. Insofar as I keep meaning to put this down on paper (of a sort), and because BG/BG2 happen to be about the only games installed on my laptop, let us talk mods and new parties for a sec, as I have a few things I wish to do yet. First, the outstanding games: Najah (NE Elf Male Assassin) BG1 Tutu end date 12/12/05 (Level 10) BG2 stop date 09/11/06 (Level 16) I think he may actually be slightly better than this now, and I’m going to load him […]


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Things Which I Require
By Dwip March 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And not just because my car is currently under ridiculous amounts of snow. Click me! Watch me!


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Quote
By Dwip February 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Me: I need to find a way to work the phrase “epic epoch” into a sentence. Sarah: Epic epoch fail – the end of the Cretaceous.


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AFK_Weye Public Release
By Dwip February 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Well folks, it’s out. The long-anticipated third version, which will rock your world, AND make you waffles. You may find it here at TES Nexus. Or, for those of you without Nexus accounts and who don’t want them, drop me a line and I’d be happy to set you up. I will have more to say on this subject in coming days. For now, go have fun with it.


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Once More On Paper Writing
By Dwip February 25, 2009 at 1:39 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

As of about 5 minutes ago, I just sent off what amounts to my Master’s thesis to get graded. While I am fairly confident that I did good work, and that what I did actually amounts to interesting and original research which may one day actually mean something, ohshitohshitohshitfuckfuckfuckIreallyhopethisworks. Ultimately, the whole thing is 55 pages doublespaced, 12,035 words worth of highly complex technical jargon about MUDs, libraries, metadata, and everything in between. Before taking on this project, I do not believe I was previously aware that you could pack so much meaning into sentences. I’d quote some for you but my brain would explode. For the record, a little bit of context. My final paper for HST 407, the […]


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A Brief Paper-Writing Note
By Dwip February 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Currently writing the last bit of my special project paper. Can I hit 10,000 words? Probably. We will discuss this later. For the moment, however, I am doing data analysis while listening to the stirring and dramatic Last of the Mohicans soundtrack, which you should own. Specifically to Promontory, which is the music from the climactic scenes. Never before, in the history of life, has talking about metadata ever been so epic. Can metadata defeat Magua? The world wonders.


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On That Wheel of Time Reread Note
By Dwip February 12, 2009 at 2:30 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

For whatever Wheel of Time readers are in the audience besides me, Leigh Butler, who is behind the awesome WOT FAQ, is doing a reread of the series at the Tor site, which has become a hotbed of awesome commentary on the books as well as something of a rasfwrj reunion, not that anybody cares but me. I, however, will sit here and squee. Albeit I shall do so in a fashion becoming of an Evil Overlord, as opposed to making me look like a particularly excitable 16 year old girl. Because while I have been many things, I have never been a particularly excitable 16 year old girl, nor do I intend to start. Yes, it is 2:31 in […]


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I Don’t Want To Set the World On Fire
By Dwip February 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

My dear readership, it’s time that we talked about something near and dear to the heart of every gamer. That subject? Baseball! [/President John Henry Eden] Or maybe we should talk about Fallout 3 instead – a game where there is less hitting of balls with sticks, and more hitting of supermutants with plasma rifles. And gatling lasers. Oh yes, the gatling lasers. Since I’m late to the party, I’ll build off Samson’s review of the game. Since this is essentially Oblivion with guns, if you for some reason never played it, my review of that is here. I’ll do some non-spoilerish comments first, then talk about some stuff in more spoileriffic detail later. The Good – The graphics are […]


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As Regards Current Weather
By Dwip February 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Dear winter: I quit you.


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Picking Up Your Room Could Save the World
By Dwip January 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Via here, a 1950s tale of 1950s societal conformity gone horribly…amusing.


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One Last Computer Note
By Dwip January 28, 2009 at 1:21 am Comments Off on One Last Computer Note RSS Feed for this post

One last brief commentary on computer upgrading, and then I swear to you I will talk to you about something that isn’t my computer – squirrels, or snow, or something. If you’re well and truly done with computing, go check out the lengthy political discussion at Samson’s blog. For the rest of you, a couple observations. 1. So it turns out that all of my stability errors were pretty much due to the third RAM slot on my motherboard being bad, which was…bad. Switched everything out, works great. I am abreviating 3 hours of RAM testing here, which was actually kind of fun because of the oldschool ASCII interface and the blinking sequence of . / to make it seem […]


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On That Cooking Note
By Dwip January 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm Comments Off on On That Cooking Note RSS Feed for this post

In case you ever find yourselves wanting pepper steaks, but can’t find Durkee’s black peppercorn marinade, and instead think you should just sub in the better part of a bottle of ground black peppercorns, I encourage you not to do this. The outcome is wildly unoptimal. You have been warned.


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Electronic Bear Fights Nuclear Cheetah For Possession Of Your Computer
By Dwip January 25, 2009 at 3:28 pm Comments Off on Electronic Bear Fights Nuclear Cheetah For Possession Of Your Computer RSS Feed for this post

Brought to you by this picture here, which is a movie of a bear frolicing in water as my Windows Vista background: One more story in the continuing saga of computer death and rebirth, as discussed here, here, here, and here, and in the tradition of the upgrade stories of yore here, here, and here, I present to you…an upgrade story. The old computer at time of death: PSU – 420W Enermax Motherboard – Chaintech somethingoratother CPU – AMD somethingoratother 3.2 Ghz RAM – 2 GB G.Skill DDR2 Video – EVGA GeForce 6800 GS w/256 MB Sound – Soundblaster Audigy 2 Hard Drives – 1xWestern Digital 320 GB, 1xWestern Digital 250 GB, 1x Seagate Freeagent Pro 1 TB external Media […]


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Connection Lost
By Dwip January 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

In the continuing computer upgrade saga, I present you the following picture, displaying the ruins of my computer, completely disassembled, next to the pile of boxes that contain the parts I will soon use to rebuild it to be bigger, faster, and stronger, now that I possess the appropriate technology. Except for the DVD drives, which are apparently in Massachusetts somewhere, and except for the fan filters, which are apparently in Tennessee, but you know, tomorrow. Yes, my case is made of awesome, why do you ask? Also on that note, pop is hard to get off LCD screens. Also, clean your keyboard more than once per 15 years. Just saying. For our other picture, well, every self-respecting computer geek […]


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Upgradeitis
By Dwip January 18, 2009 at 1:10 am Comments Off on Upgradeitis RSS Feed for this post

So I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, 2004 vintage. Great machine, had an HD death once upon a time but has otherwise been rock solid since I got it. It is, however, not my as-of-right-now-dead-and-in-pieces desktop, which is bad. Which brings us to several related issues pertaining to my new desktop upgrade plan, which will get ordered as soon as the bank gives me my money: 1. I have a box of old computer parts. In it are old DVD drives, splitters of various sorts, adapters, lengths of cat5 and coax, an old 5 port hub, and an analog MS Sidewider joystick that has a date of like 1995 on it. I love that joystick, although it’s now useless. What […]


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On That Excitement Note
By Dwip January 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Re: That whole issue with nothing happening for me to talk about – About 10 minutes after I posted the nice picture, my desktop decided to brick itself. Surfing along happily, bam, dead. I’ve got fans and a power light and that’s it. On the plus side, at least I really wanted to upgrade my computer.


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Housecleaning
By Dwip January 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm Comments Off on Housecleaning RSS Feed for this post

In absence of actual content, which is coming, I promise you, but not, I think, just yet, I offer you this picture, which may be slightly contextualized by my telling you that my kitchen doesn’t ever really get heated: Yes. I am wearing my NINJ4 hoodie with bright yellow dish gloves. I am l33t. Or something.


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the_revenge_of_keyboard_death_sucks
By Dwip January 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

click_me (and_click_this_if_you_missed_the_first_one)


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Empty America
By Dwip January 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm Comments Off on Empty America RSS Feed for this post

With a nod to the glory days of shwi and my desire to read the whole thing through again now that it’s being written again after a 3 year hiatus, and so I can not go digging through the hell that is the Google Groups interface: Empty America Parts 1-36 Dictionary posts (read before Part 37+) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 37 Part 38 Part 39 Part 40 Part 41 Part 42 Part 43 Part 44


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Dreaming
By Dwip January 7, 2009 at 12:06 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

In talking with Jason about his having repeated dreams about werewolves, never mind zombies, I made mention of the fact that I myself am pretty prone to having dreams about some pretty crazy shit. Since I tell Sarah about these, because they amuse her, I figured I may as well amuse the rest of you, too. So, quoted at (great, be warned) length from email: …I know I have strange dreams, but why did I have a dream about Jason and Brian running a rescue shelter for, get this, small dogs and poisonous snakes?  What’s the connection?  Why do we need rescue shelters for poisonous snakes?  The world wonders. Your guess is as good as mine. And, leaving aside that […]


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Purgatorium
By Dwip January 4, 2009 at 3:49 am Comments Off on Purgatorium RSS Feed for this post

In which I assure you, dear readers, that I have not actually fallen off the face of the planet, simply that I have been snowed in for most of the last three weeks, and there’s little to talk about. Or, more precisely, little to talk about that I feel like sharing. To run down the list: – On that blog note, WordPress appears to be the upgrade winner by the simple fact that 2.7 is pretty good and because MT 4.23 won’t so much as install. I have a fair number of plans on this front, but that whole project is going to need to wait for a time for various reasons. – School varies between the ludicrously awesome and […]


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