The Beginning is the End is the Beginning
By Dwip December 23, 2015 at 11:50 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Well, we’re back. As pretty much everyone should know by this late date, the whole Army thing didn’t work due to massive ill health and ill fortune by the author, and while that’s pretty tragic, one of the good things is that this blog will be coming back to life. Yay. As it turns out, I’ve got quite a lot of things to talk about, which I’ll hopefully be doing over the next while. It’s good to be alive again.


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The End of All Things
By Dwip July 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, this is going to sound a bit sudden to many of you, but as of somewhere in the middle of August, The Ravings of Demented Rabbits will be coming to an end. This blog and all its archives will be erased, and though this domain will live on, it will primarily exist so I can keep my email. The reason for this rather unfortunate occurance is because, as of mid-September, I will be reporting for United States Army basic training, followed by about 6 months of AIT and a 3 year contract. That too is going to sound a bit sudden to a few of you, so by all means drop me an email or a text or something […]


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Long Time Passing
By Dwip March 12, 2013 at 5:47 am Comments (12) RSS Feed for this post

It has come to pass, slightly to my surprise, that ten years have now passed since that moment in 2003 when Levi persuaded me, on the strength of my frequent posts to forums that have now been dead and gone a very long time, to start my own blog. As has been previously chronicled, we’ve gone through a lot of evolutions over the years, and I’ve rather enjoyed the experience. For those of you who encouraged all of this back in 2002 and 2003, thanks for that. By now, you’ll probably also have noticed that things look just a little different around here. The Rabbit Classic theme (or the deerhunter scheme, as some have called it) has served me well […]


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A Brief Pictoral Comment On Hosting Changes
By Dwip May 10, 2011 at 2:32 am Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

I have no real point to make here, but this is my Google Analytics traffic graph for the entire period I’ve been hosted at dementedrabbits.net:


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Welcome
By Dwip April 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm Comments (14) RSS Feed for this post

Welcome to the new home of The Ravings of Demented Rabbits, now with 100% more shiny new domain name! After close to ten years of living on Samson’s servers in one form or another, it’s now time to venture forth into the brave new world of web hosting, which appears to have changed a very great deal since I last looked at it in the 1990s. A couple housekeeping notes: – If you were a registered user back in the day, you’ll need to re-register by using the Log In link up top, then clicking the Register link on the page it brings you to. Likewise, you’ll probably need to re-enable your avatar if you had one. WordPress isn’t so […]


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Backend Changes
By Dwip March 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

I’ve upgraded WordPress to version 3.1, along with 10 or 12 of the various plugins. Let me know if anything breaks. There will likely be a bit more tinkering under the hood as time goes on.


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Statistical
By Dwip March 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

So on Saturday, the blog will be turning eight. As I won’t be around for that, I thought I’d say some things by way of celebration now instead. Usually this is the point where I’d bust out the bi-annual best of list, but I think I’ll do something different this time about – I’ve now been running Google Analytics on the blog since 2007, and I thought it might be interesting to pull a Samson and do a bit of looking at the statistics after the jump.


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WordPress 3.0.1
By Dwip August 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm Comments (49) RSS Feed for this post

In keeping with the technological breakthroughs of the age, this blog is now running WordPress 3.0.1. This is a fairly significant change under the hood, and things are bound to break somewhere. If they break for you, leave a note here and I’ll look at it.


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Housekeepery
By Dwip May 29, 2010 at 12:16 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

A couple of brief notes: I’ve changed the way comments work slightly – old posts are now open to comments instead of being closed after 2 weeks. I can’t find a way to let registered users comment on closed posts, so that’s how it will be. If I end up getting a ton of spam, we’ll change things around again, probably to a registered users only commenting system. Second and more fun, you’ll now notice a new thing on the sidebar – a Twitter feed. Yes, I’ve finally given in. You can find me as afk_dwip. Since I’m sure you’re all wondering, I’ll explain it this way. Back in this blog’s days of yore, there used to be a ton […]


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Upgradable
By Dwip March 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

A few things that may interest you, my readers, regarding several changes you may or may not have noticed: 1. This is now a WordPress 2.9.2 blog. I know that you care deeply about this, and have been clamoring. Well, maybe not. On the other hand… 2. This blog’s relationship with the Search Everything plugin has been terminated, and we are now running a different animal called Search Unleashed. You should note several vastly positive improvements, such as: – The end of that ridiculous business of returning hits on parts of words; – A vastly improved search bar, which you will see to your right, with the ability to search within categories; – The ability to use multiple terms and […]


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In My Day, We Called It “Belligerent Dwarfing”
By Dwip March 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Darths & Droids clearly explains a mainstay of my HS and college gaming experience: In an in-character argument, the characters naturally need to apply the logic of the game world. The logic of the real world, however, may be very different. Being both a player and the incarnation of a character means you have to weigh your statements doubly carefully to avoid ridiculous assertions. This also has application to player versus GM arguments. If the GM strikes down something you want to do on logical grounds, you should argue that it makes sense in the game world. After all, your character just tried it, didn’t he? A character who is familiar with how reality works in the game world surely […]


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It Was Seven Years Ago Today
By Dwip March 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

That Sgt. Pepper taught the…no, wait. So today marks the 7th anniversary of this blog, which now means that I’ve had a blog for just about the same length of time that I had a website of some sort before it, which is to say that I had webpages before this blog started up in 2003. I’ve been crudely hacking together HTML of one sort or another since 1997, when the web was a much wilder place, and I got infinitely more web provider spam than I do now. I’m going to talk about that for a little while, so bear with me.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Serial Experiments: Blog
By Dwip March 13, 2006 at 6:17 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

First off, the blog turned 3 yesterday, about which I can only say that Whir overcoming my skepticism and getting me to start this thing was probably one of his better ideas. On another note, I watched pretty much all of Serial Experiments: Lain over the weekend, because it’s about that short and about that good, and I THINK I pretty much know what was going on with it now. It makes a lot more sense the second time around, much like Fight Club, if Fight Club were more like LSD than not. On the other hand, Lain’s trying to say some fairly profound stuff, I think, or maybe it’s not, because I still haven’t quite figured it out yet. […]


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It’s Aliiiiiiive…
By Dwip July 22, 2005 at 1:48 pm Comments Off on It’s Aliiiiiiive… RSS Feed for this post

*maniacal cackling* So we like, live and stuff again. This is good. I’ve gone ahead and blogged what I had to blog and backdated it. The easiest way to see it all is to just go to the July archives page, and read all of it. I’ll talk about even more stuff later, when I decide what to say.


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Dwip’s Addiction
By Dwip July 13, 2005 at 12:41 pm Comments Off on Dwip’s Addiction RSS Feed for this post

This whole Alsherok being down thing has really sucked, not in the least because I’ve lost both the blog and email, and I’m kind of wondering where the hell my MAT scores are. The application process for grad school is kinda freaking me out. It’s hard, and it’s bloody expensive – I just spent $205 on a couple Praxis tests, and there’s like 3 more I have to take before it’s over. And if I fuck this up, well, I’m not sure what happens then. It’s scary. Beyond that, this is the first time since I was in Europe that I’ve been typing up entries beforehand and posting them later. I still have a big text file with all my […]


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Least Worst Of
By Dwip March 9, 2005 at 3:05 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Exceedingly long-time readers and/or Tonto members will remember Marius’ Rants of the Day, posted to the Tonto boards at random intervals over the course of about two years, from 9/00 to 12/02 or thereabouts. Somewhere in there, and I’m going to call it about December of ’02 or maybe January ’03, Whir decided that I ought to have my own blog. “Bah,” I said to him. “I’ll NEVER be able to generate this much amusing crap on a daily basis. It’ll never work!” And there I sat for a few months, because as my mother would love to tell you, I am exceedingly stubborn when I have the mind to be, especially about tech sorts of things. I was, after […]


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Medieval: Total HTML
By Dwip July 22, 2004 at 8:33 pm Comments Off on Medieval: Total HTML RSS Feed for this post

Yeah. So I have an M:TW page now. Or I’m beginning one. Or something. You’ll also notice that the never-completed Morrowind page has vanished into the mists of history. Ten Paws really tried to keep it going, but no. But no.


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Alien
By Dwip July 21, 2004 at 1:46 am Comments Off on Alien RSS Feed for this post

Cole, your sheep do not care about you. They have left you here to die. Cole, your sheep fall from the sky like broken birds. Little in joke there. Also, Blue Shift is WAY the hell too short. Only took me 3 hours to beat. Ah well. Now I’ll just have to play Thief or something. Also, a slight bit of info, for those of you who actually email me: Email is changed to dwip at afkmud dot net, for values of net = com. And the spammers in the audience can just go fuck themselves. It doesn’t need to be longer, and it doesn’t need to be harder. I don’t need any more xanax. I don’t need to refinance […]


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Hrm.
By Dwip August 15, 2003 at 2:57 am Comments Off on Hrm. RSS Feed for this post

Hopefully things all work again.


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More Updates
By Dwip May 9, 2003 at 2:42 am Comments Off on More Updates RSS Feed for this post

All the short stories, the quotes page, and ROTD 1/2/01 and 3/17/01 have the new better look and linking. Slowly but surely, things get better.


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Working Pages!
By Dwip May 5, 2003 at 11:25 pm Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Until a really weird CSS error shut me down, I was doing some good work on getting my webpage back in the running… All the links should at least partially work now. The D&D and BT sections such as they are are now up, the Writings section has at least a working front, and the About section is fixed up a bit. More to come.


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Victory!
By Dwip May 5, 2003 at 5:27 pm Comments Off on Victory! RSS Feed for this post

Well, the cold is getting worse and worse, and I skipped class to sleep through the damn thing, which sort of worked. Going through fluids like mad. You’d think I was actually sick or something. On the plus side, I’ve finally figured out an acceptable workaround to the image border problem I was having and which was preventing me from doing more site work. It’s not the one I wanted, but might well turn out to be better in the end. We’ll see. And I’m all but finished with Epic 27, Epic 28 opened today and looks like it’ll be a blast, and I just finished a solo game with the Vikings whereupon I got stuck in the most ass […]


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Greetings, O Faithful Readers…
By Dwip March 28, 2003 at 4:42 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

Of whom I am curious to determine how many of you there are… Encouragement to post on the tagboard over on the side there, or to leave comments. Make your poor, unloved blog writer feel a sense of worth and satisfaction with the world.


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And In the Beginning…
By Dwip March 12, 2003 at 9:44 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And Dwip said, “Let there be blog.” And there was blog. And one or two people cheered weakly. It’s sort of custom to blather a bit about what what you’re going to blathering about in these things, so… Gaming, probably. History, ’cause I’m a history major. School, ’cause I’m in it. People. The usual. It will all, in the end, sound like pretentious drivel, but that’s ok. I’m a professional. I had sort of figured on having a site that actually worked before actually writing this, but, well, no. Some giant part of the site is still utterly broken as of the moment, but I’ll be working on that. And now, for the pretentious drivel part. I’ve been up all […]


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Marius’ Rants of the Day
By Dwip September 15, 2000 at 11:26 pm Comments Off on Marius’ Rants of the Day RSS Feed for this post

This is not the beginning of this blog. That is in March of 2003. But this is A beginning. The entries for 2000, 2001, and 2002 comprise Marius’ Rants of the Day, which were originally posted to several sets of now defunct Tonto Clan message boards. They were my blog before I had a blog, and indeed, they’re part of why Whir got me to create my this. These entries stretch almost the length of my Tonto career, the first being a mere four days after my 9/12/00 join date, and the last of them being a few months previous to the creation of this blog. Many of these appeared previously on my Writings page, but some appear for the […]


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