December Medialogging
By Dwip December 31, 2014 at 12:22 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

We are now closing out year two of this little experiment, which I suppose moves it from the realm of experiment into something I’m actually doing for like, real now, especially considering I wrote a whole subset of Highlander posts and wrote real, actual software for it that is now in its second major version. I’m a little surprised by that, and a little surprised at the continued evolution of this blog over the almost twelve years of its existence. But the day has been fun thus far, so I think I shall continue. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : […]


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Dishonored
By Dwip December 27, 2014 at 8:01 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Apparently it’s been a year since I’ve done a computer game post. For that you can probably blame Payday 2, which I should also probably blog one of these days, but for the moment let’s talk about Dishonored, another game entirely. You are Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress…I don’t even remember because she dies in the first five minutes of the game but her last name is Kaldwin I think and probable father of her daughter Emily who does not die in the first five minutes. After your sovereign and lover is killed randomly in the first five minutes of the game to unleash a somewhat predictable coup by sinister elements of the government, you must defeat them using […]


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Highlander: Conclusion
By Dwip December 3, 2014 at 11:13 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

And here we are. The Highlander has gone into the mists. I have just finished writing in excess of 20,000 words about a late night TV show that ended almost 20 years ago, for a blog audience who mostly haven’t watched the show and who probably aren’t even reading this anyway. Maybe it’s useful to ask why I have done this thing.


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Highlander: Season 6
By Dwip December 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Oh God I can’t believe I’m about to do this. Why did I do this.


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Highlander: Season 5
By Dwip December 1, 2014 at 2:11 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Season 5 is the strange beast of Highlander. On the one hand, herein are the absolute best episodes filmed in six years of the show, all one after the other like, in the best string of creative energy the show ever experienced. The writers experimented with comedy and epic, with plenty of the deep, introspective plots that are the best part of this series. Unfortunately, they also experimented with some stuff that wasn’t so hot. There’s a lot of magical and mystical elements in Season 5, and as I’ve said previously, most of them don’t work very well in a show like Highlander. That has not changed. Unfortunately, nobody told the writers that. Oh, how I wish they had. Oh […]


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November Medialogging
By Dwip November 30, 2014 at 3:24 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This month, we finish off Highlander once and for all, and make a triumphant return to books. Get used to that – I’ve got another large book series coming down the pike I want to catch up on for this series. More on that next month. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : 5 books; 1 graphic (136 p.); 4 fiction (1,269 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (6 h.) May: : 8 books; 5 graphic (1,352 p.); 1 fiction (465 p.); 2 non-fiction (829 p.) / 2 videos; 2 TV seasons (11 h.) June: : 17 books; 5 graphic […]


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By Dwip November 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Samson says ‘2008 me, document your shit better. 2014 me is lost.’


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Glow
By Dwip November 21, 2014 at 1:56 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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Late Afternoon
By Dwip November 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In my quest to avoid being murdered over pictures.


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Highlander: Season Four
By Dwip November 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

After the focused arcs of Season 3, Season 4 seems to flounder around a bit. There’s no master villain, none of the defining episodes of the last season. The major two-parters seem disconnected from the other episodes, which can seem disjointed at times. That said, we’re at that point in the show where everyone understands the characters enough to really get into them. And so we get episodes that focus on Mac, Joe, Richie, and Methos, and what makes them who they are and why they tick. We get into why and how they play off each other, and where the fault lines in their relationships are. It’s a bit of a lull between Seasons 3 and 5, but man […]


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Highlander: Season Three
By Dwip November 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

By the third season of Highlander we’d made it beyond the rough days of the first two seasons onto much firmer ground. It’s clear that by Season 3 the writers of the show had a much firmer idea of what they were trying to do – backstory episodes, several multi-episode character arcs, writing in and writing out characters that just weren’t working, and trying a bunch of new things. Some of the best episodes of Highlander are in here, including probably the best multi-part arc. By the end of the Paris arc, most of the pieces that will define the rest of the series have made it into play. THERE ARE SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT


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October Medialogging
By Dwip October 31, 2014 at 1:29 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

A bit short this month, because on the one hand these massive seasons of television take ages to plow through, but on the other because I was kind of busy going outside. You may have noticed the odd post with pictures in it. Yeah. It’s raining and crappy out now. Take that how you will. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : 5 books; 1 graphic (136 p.); 4 fiction (1,269 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (6 h.) May: : 8 books; 5 graphic (1,352 p.); 1 fiction (465 p.); 2 non-fiction (829 p.) / 2 videos; 2 TV […]


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Bunnies In Darkness
By Dwip October 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

I was told to go take a picture of bunnies in the dark. Here you are. Don’t say I never do anything for you.


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Clouds
By Dwip October 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Because if I don’t post pretty pictures I will be mauled to death by lions.


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I Have Orders to Post These
By Dwip October 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Apparently, if I don’t give the ladies who read the blog for the pretty pictures more pictures, they get angry. I’m not really into the whole anger thing, so here we are. Took another trip to Finley, because Hana wanted texture pics. Most of them look like that one up there, and there’s only so many of those I feel like showing you.


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On the Highways and Byways
By Dwip October 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

“Oregon has excellent LOD“, Hana tells me, and since she’s half the reason I’m out doing all this photoblogging for you all, let’s show off a bit more of it. These are something of a grab bag of sources – my Canon, the loaner Samsung, in cars, out of cars, multiple days, what have you. Any graphical disparities you may see are actually the subliminal messages taking hold. Soon, rabbits shall rule the world!


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I Saw an Owl On Woodpecker Loop
By Dwip October 14, 2014 at 10:54 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

…but he flew away before I could get a picture off. Sorry. Today we’re going to Finley Wildlife Refuge, which is directly between Corvallis and Monroe, and a place I have been many, many times given that it’s just about in my back yard. I’ve been there for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, school, just because Dad wanted to go, and a couple times just because I wanted to go. And now you can go too.


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I Got Stung Here Once
By Dwip October 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the latest in a now fairly long line of things I want to show you in Oregon, brought about by the arrival of a loaned camera of a rather newer vintage than my 5 year old Canon. I’ll talk more about that in another post. Alsea Falls is, if not literally down the road from where I grew up, not all that far away. Consequently, I was here many, many times in the 80s and early 90s, but it’s probably been 15 or 20 years since I’ve been back. Dumb, considering how close I lived to it, but there you go.


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ISO 80, Daylight, Vivid
By Dwip October 10, 2014 at 7:05 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, there’s a bit of a thing with my camera (a Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS) where the Auto settings don’t quite generate the picture quality you might hope for – lots of noise. So I decided to play with camera settings a bit. Setting ISO to 80 gets rid of most of the noise outdoors, and so that problem solved I decided to play with some more things – what does setting the white balance to Daylight do? How about color balance to Vivid? So I spent most of the day wandering around taking random test shots. Here are some of them. ISO 80 is staying, but Daylight and Vivid get you intro trouble with clouds.


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Wetlands in the Mist
By Dwip October 9, 2014 at 8:13 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Seen the Ocean, Part 2
By Dwip October 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Part 2 of my excursion to Newport. This is the tunnel leading from a parking area under the roadway to Agate Beach, which is one of the closest to Newport and one I went to many times as a kid. I’ve got fond memories of that tunnel.


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It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Seen the Ocean, Part 1
By Dwip October 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Guess I should. So, in a fit of insanity brought on by my crazy sleep schedule lately, I decided to take a 50 mile trip over the mountains to Newport and the Oregon coast. This has been a while coming – despite our many, many trips to the coast when I was a kid, I think it’s probably been ten years since I’ve been back, and about five since I’ve seen the ocean in any capacity. I just needed the right day to fix that. That was today. Oh man was that today.


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Highlander: Season Two
By Dwip October 2, 2014 at 5:43 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Season 1 of Highlander was a fairly rough affair. While the premise and the characters were quite compelling, its low budget, uneven writing, and sometimes wooden acting made it a lot less than it could have been. While Season Two isn’t ever going to make a Highlander fan’s list of best seasons, you can see everything and everyone maturing rapidly over the course of the season. It’s a much more serious show than Season 1 ever was, and most of the camp elements from days of yore have fallen by the wayside. In particular, Highlander has moved away from the truly awful costuming of Season 1, and most everyone is not only wearing something recognizable as post-1989, they look pretty […]


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Highlander: Season One
By Dwip October 1, 2014 at 8:44 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As I tried to convey in my little discussion of the movie, while the cheesy parts of Highlander are cheesy as hell, the compelling parts of Highlander are equally compelling, and it should come as a surprise to nobody that the powers that be decided to retcon the hell out of the movie and do a TV show instead. As I will hopefully convey to you over the course of what is likely to be a lot of words, this whole TV experiment used 5 of its 6 seasons to rather great effect, exploring all of the complex interactions, feelings, emotions, and what have you when you have a mortal world with a shadowy population of people who live forever […]


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September Medialogging
By Dwip September 30, 2014 at 8:39 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Not so many books this month, I’m afraid. Combined with the just completed 22 part series on my Europe trip in 2004, this has been a pretty visual month, though one I have a lot to say about – we’re trying something new this time around, with breakout posts for the two Highlander series. We’ll see how it goes. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : 5 books; 1 graphic (136 p.); 4 fiction (1,269 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (6 h.) May: : 8 books; 5 graphic (1,352 p.); 1 fiction (465 p.); 2 non-fiction (829 p.) / […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 22: Ostia
By Dwip September 29, 2014 at 9:59 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is a street within the Necropolis of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome at the mouth of the Tiber. In absence of the ability to make the trip to Pompeii, I visited the ruins of Ostia on 6/27/04 as my final side trip from Rome. I talk about it here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 21: The Vatican
By Dwip September 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As noted by famous authorities the Stone Temple Pilots, there really is a Vatican gift shop on the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica. This is it. I took a side trip to the most important site in Catholicism towards the end of my Rome trip on 6/26/04, as chronicled here. I say side trip, but the home of the Pope is actually just across the Tiber from everywhere I had just been, so it wasn’t all THAT much off to the side.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 20: Rome, Part 2
By Dwip September 27, 2014 at 11:52 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is my second post on the wonders and oddities of Rome and my time there. As previously, there are two blog entries that describe things in more detail here and here The guy on the horse is Marcus Aurelius, a replica of an original Roman statue from the 170s AD. The pedastal and the plaza around it are all designed by Michaelangelo. It’s just about the only thing Roman still left in site up here – most of the buildings are Renaissance or Enlightenment-era work.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 19: Rome, Part 1
By Dwip September 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus – The Senate and People of Rome. Once upon a time it was a symbol of the power and authority of Rome. These days, manhole covers. This is it, folks. Rome, the Eternal City. This was my last major stop, and as we’ll discuss shortly, one of my major reasons for coming on this trip in the first place. I was there from 6/24 to 6/29/04, longer than anywhere else except London, and I still only scratched the surface. There are two posts for this part of the trip, The Power and the Glory and Sleep Now in the Fire. Biblical references, Rage Against the Machine references, it’s all the same thing, right?


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 18: Ravenna
By Dwip September 25, 2014 at 10:18 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As these things go the city of Ravenna, whose Piazza del Popolo we are looking at, is not the most major city in the world. Its central city is fairly small, and it lacks the reknown of the more major Renaissance cities. But looks can be decieving. Ravenna was once the capital of the Roman Empire for its last 75 years, and then it was one of the main cities of Byzantine Italy for 200 years until the Lombards took it over in 751. Remember how I’m big into the Romans and the Byzantines? I think you see where this is headed. After originally planning to only spend a day, I filled up 6/23 and 6/24/04 with sightseeing after my […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 17: Venice
By Dwip September 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the Grand Canal in Venice as seen from the Ponte di Rialto, one of the four bridges that cross it. This is Venice. Everything has a name. I was in Venice for all of 6/21/04 and for portions of the day on either side of it. I had scheduled myself for two days there and one in Ravenna, but as I describe in some detail in the blog post, Venice and I did not get along particularly well. That said, I think I did the best I could with the time I had.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 16: Stockholm
By Dwip September 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the Nordiska Museet or Nordic Museum, a building that looks cool but which I did not go into when I was in Stockholm 6/17 to 6/20/04. I was there to visit a friend from my then-current Tonto days, who went by Toast/toasty here on the blog and whose family lived in Stockholm. I chronicle the experience here. I didn’t really need a lot of excuses to check the place out, you know?


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 15: Paris
By Dwip September 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

On 6/16/04, as part of the Erik and Stephanie Conquer Europe Tour, we took a train trip down to Paris to spend the day, as discussed in this blog post. I would like to impress upon you at the outset what a monumentally Sisyphean task this was, the idea that we were going to see much of Paris despite death marching our way through it. Nevertheless we gave it our best go, and managed a fair chunk of things in exchange for our leg muscles and supplication before the merciless gods of the unwavering ticket gate. That, for the record, is why you get a picture of me in front of the Louvre but none of anything inside – we […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 14: Brussels
By Dwip September 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is part of the Grand Sablon square and Sablon neighborhood in Brussels, as viewed from my hotel room. Just out of frame to the north is a very nice 15th century church. I was there from 6/13 to 6/17/04 to visit Stephanie, who you may recall from the London posts. I chronicle the adventures here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 13: The London Eye
By Dwip September 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel with observation cars that give you a great view of the London skyline. This was my very last group excursion with AHA, on 6/9/04, as part of our celebration at having finished our finals.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 12: Brighton
By Dwip September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

That beach rock at Brighton beach is actually somewhat more comfortable than you might imagine. I was there on 6/4/04 as part of my very last AHA excursion outside of London proper, discussed here. Our time in the British isles is rapidly coming to an end.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 11: Fishbourne Palace and Chichester
By Dwip September 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

These are the restored gardens at Fishbourne Roman Palace, once the largest Roman villa north of the Alps and an absolutely massive sort of affair. I was there as part of a weekly AHA trip on 5/14/04 where we bussed down to Fishbourne and then explored nearby Chichester for the day. I discuss it all in this post.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 10: Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall
By Dwip September 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is Carlisle Castle, one of the major features from my trip to Carlisle and along Hadrian’s Wall, 5/6 to 5/8/04. This was the last and longest leg of my Spring Break trip through England, as chronicled here. This is one place I recommend the attached blog post be read – there were Adventures had here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 9: York
By Dwip September 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In which I discuss my trip to York, where no dogs are allowed on the city walls. This was the middle part of my Spring Break trip around England, and marks both my first multi-day (5/4-5/5/04) journey outside of London as well as the first leg of a longer journey through York, Carlisle, and Hadrian’s Wall that I discuss here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 8: Winchester, Norwich, and Canterbury
By Dwip September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Right on about the middle of our time in England was Spring Break, where we got a week off and were heavily encouraged to travel wherever we wanted in Europe. Some people went to Prague, a group went to Pompeii, and various other trips were taken. Personally, I knew I was going to spend a month traveling Europe, so it was time to get a little bit more England in while I was here. I describe the entire trip here and here. I ended up taking day trips to Winchester, Norwich, and Canterbury, with longer ones to York and Carlisle, each of which will get their own posts.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 7: Oxford
By Dwip September 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Why indeed, Oxford gargoyle. Why indeed. We did this as an AHA group trip the week after Stonehenge and Bath. Trooped up to Oxford for the day by bus, checked out the university, wandered around, failed at punting down rivers. Enjoyment was had by most, most of the time. I talk about it in this somewhat mistitled post.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 6: Stonehenge and Bath
By Dwip September 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Our second Friday trip as an AHA group was to Stonehenge and the town of Bath on 4/16/04. This was our first trip outside London proper, and we spent a couple of hours taking a bus 90 odd miles to get out to Stonehenge. I discuss it all here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 5: The Tower of London
By Dwip September 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The guy whose statue you see giving the “I don’t know” shrug is the Roman emperor Trajan, and behind him is some of what remains of the Roman city wall around London, which back in the day marked the boundry of the city, but today is just sort of in the middle of everything next to Tower Hill Tube station.


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Europe Photoblogging Part 4: The British Museum, Part 2
By Dwip September 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is that one statue of that discus thrower as seen on a staircase in the British Museum, of which this post documents the second half of my sojurns there, mostly in the Greek and Roman galleries rather than the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian ones.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 3: The British Museum, Part 1
By Dwip September 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is going to be a series of two posts on the wonders of the British Museum, which I visited many, many times both for class and on my own initiative while in London between April and June 2004. While my own visits to the museum were pretty meandering, I’m going to break these next two posts up roughly by subject. So expect a lot of Egyptian and Middle Eastern stuff in this post, with more Greek, Roman, and Medieval stuff to follow.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 2: London
By Dwip September 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Being various photographic evidence of my time in London from 3/27/04 to 6/13/04. That’s the Royal Air Force Memorial on the Thames. My very first picture taken for this trip, and more to say about that in a moment.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 1: London Life
By Dwip September 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Before we kick off the great mass of awesome touristy stuff, I want to take a moment and talk about where I was and what I was doing from 3/27/04 to 6/13/04 while I was in London.


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By Dwip September 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. — Percy Shelley, Ozymandias


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Europe Photoblogging: Overview
By Dwip September 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So the big news is that after the better part of a year of not having much to say, we’re going to do some posts. In fact, for the better part of September, it’s going to be photoblogging all day every day.


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August Medialogging
By Dwip August 31, 2014 at 11:59 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

A short month this time. Though I do love the non-fiction, it does have the potential to be extremely slow going at times. Getting through it, it must be said, was unhelped by the appearance on the holds shelf of two seasons of Breaking Bad and the never-ending search for gainful employment. And a few other things. We’ll talk about those later. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : 5 books; 1 graphic (136 p.); 4 fiction (1,269 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (6 h.) May: : 8 books; 5 graphic (1,352 p.); 1 fiction (465 p.); 2 non-fiction […]


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I Can See My House From Here
By Dwip August 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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Because I Like This Stuff
By Dwip August 10, 2014 at 1:50 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is one of the best things in Samurai Champloo, for the record. More on that in time.


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This Seemed Obligatory
By Dwip August 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

It’s way harder to get an appropriate Panda Bond image than you might think.


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July Medialogging
By Dwip July 31, 2014 at 10:56 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

And so, another month passes. Lots of Dresden Files. Lots of film and TV. I thought we were actually going to be going through a bunch of non-fiction, but apparently it was very important to watch some things. So it goes. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : 5 books; 1 graphic (136 p.); 4 fiction (1,269 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (6 h.) May: : 8 books; 5 graphic (1,352 p.); 1 fiction (465 p.); 2 non-fiction (829 p.) / 2 videos; 2 TV seasons (11 h.) June: : 17 books; 5 graphic (1,584 p.); 12 fiction (4,483 […]


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Idiosyncratic Humor
By Dwip July 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

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June Medialogging
By Dwip June 30, 2014 at 2:33 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Whew. This month is some kind of record, I think. Catching up on series I really enjoy is like that, I guess. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (15.2 h.) April: : 5 books; 1 graphic (136 p.); 4 fiction (1,269 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (6 h.) May: : 8 books; 5 graphic (1,352 p.); 1 fiction (465 p.); 2 non-fiction (829 p.) / 2 videos; 2 TV seasons (11 h.) June: : 17 books; 5 graphic (1,584 p.); 12 fiction (4,483 p.) / 1 videos; 1 TV seasons (4.8 h.) Year to Date: 34 books; 11 graphic (3,072 p.); 21 […]


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I Couldn’t Have Said This Better
By Dwip June 20, 2014 at 1:56 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Quoting Dale Favier via Andrew Sullivan: When I was young and foolish, I thought I could learn all of history and have it all available in my head, or at least a lot of European history, or at least a lot of English history. Now I know that almost all this stuff will fall right back out of my head again. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth doing. There is another kind of knowledge building up, a synoptic sense of what people have done and will do, what sorts of organizations have succeeded, what sorts have failed, and some of the common notions of why. It’s all terribly vague and unsatisfactory, and the more you read the more you […]


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By Dwip June 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

“How can it be a drill if it ain’t drilling?” —Wise Philosopher Chains


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May Medialogging
By Dwip May 30, 2014 at 2:43 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

I seriously swear to you all that there’s going to be something on this blog every month besides me talking about books, but unless you guys really want to hear about how my health still sucks, my microwave died, my chair snapped in half, and I’m sure I can find something about dogs and trucks and women sung with a bad country accent to describe all that, I got nuthin’. It’s looking more and more like this is going to be me taking a break for most of the year. But we’ll see about that. In any event, I have books to talk about. Good books, that you should read. Seriously kids, reading is cool, and you should do it. […]


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April Medialogging
By Dwip April 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This one’s coming in a bit late. Blame a week straight of migraines and writer’s block resulting from same. Too, if you’re wondering why there’s been almost zero content here all year, blame the fact that I’ve been sick almost the entire length of same. No, it has not been particularly fun. Spent most of the month with Uhtred of Bebbanburg, and I’m wrapping that reread up. I have a whole massive SM Sterling reread to get through too, but I think I’m going to wait a tad on that, as there are some other things of interest I’d like to read this month. Gonna be a whole lot of fiction this year, I think. Lots and lots of series […]


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March Medialogging
By Dwip April 7, 2014 at 12:46 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So this one took a while longer than I expected it to. Most of that can be blamed on my medialogger program taking months longer than I expected (I’m typing this in a beta version right now – almost done, I hope!), the other big part is that I’ve been essentially catatonic and/or binge gaming for most of the year thus far. So we’re off to a bit of a slow start. Bigger things are coming, but if you’ve been wonder where I’ve been, that’s the deal. Coding, gaming, or sleeping. I hope to return to slightly more regular programming soon. YTD stats: January: February: March: : 4 books; 4 fiction (1,450 p.) / 3 videos; 1 movies (2.6 h.); […]


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Some People Don’t Believe In the Rabbit Shrine
By Dwip April 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

But this thing exists. Believe.


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By Dwip March 6, 2014 at 2:15 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

“They’ve stolen a dinosaur!” “I can see that!” —Doctor Who


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Soon The Yetis Will Arrive To Kill Us All
By Dwip February 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

It’s seriously the snowpocalypse out there right now. I don’t think I’ve seen this much snow around here in a decade or more.


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