May Medialogging
By Dwip May 31, 2015 at 4:28 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This was a lighter month than I expected it to be, given the aftereffects of the pneumonia, never mind the great deal of personal tragedy I may or may not end up talking about in detail. I also listened to a whole bunch of music after watching It Might Get Loud, but of course I don’t ever do album reviews. Suffice it to say I’m a bit of a Jack White fan now. YTD stats: January: : 5 books; 5 fiction (2,398 p.) / 2 videos; 2 movies (4.8 h.) February: : 11 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); 3 fiction (1,079 p.); 1 non-fiction (12.7 h.) / 2 videos; 1 anime series (5.4 h.); 1 movies (2.0 h.) March:: 1 […]


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April Medialogging
By Dwip April 30, 2015 at 10:28 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

I was going to talk about this being a short month, on account of the entire second half of it being consumed with my epic bout of pneumonia, which I encourage you all dear readers to never contract in any form because it’s awful, but on second thought I did a lot here. Couple of very solid books, some really good visual entertainment, and a bit more outside that. Too, this is an important month in the history of this project. Some big things in here. YTD stats: January: : 5 books; 5 fiction (2,398 p.) / 2 videos; 2 movies (4.8 h.) February: : 11 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); 3 fiction (1,079 p.); 1 non-fiction (12.7 h.) / […]


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March Medialogging
By Dwip March 31, 2015 at 3:58 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Less books this time around, way more TV and movies. I don’t think it’s manifested itself on this project yet, but I tend to have giant pendulum swings one way or the other. One month I just want to read, one month I just want to watch TV, the next month it’s video games all the time. I’m fickle and capricious that way. Also, I mean, I just blew through like 4 seasons of Stargate here. I gotta switch it up a bit. YTD stats: January: : 5 books; 5 fiction (2,398 p.) / 2 videos; 2 movies (4.8 h.) February: : 11 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); 3 fiction (1,079 p.); 1 non-fiction (12.7 h.) / 2 videos; 1 […]


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February Medialogging
By Dwip February 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Another month, more stuff gone through. As these things go, this was a pretty good month. I’m starting to work back through some of the things I haven’t read and watched in a few years, and I think I’ve managed to say some things about some very important stuff in my life in ways I’m happy with. This pleases me. Expect more of this in the coming months. YTD stats: January:: 5 books; 5 fiction (2,398 p.) / 2 videos; 2 movies (4.8 h.) February:: 11 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); 3 fiction (1,079 p.); 1 non-fiction (12.7 h.) / 2 videos; 1 anime series (5.4 h.); 1 movies (2.0 h.) Year to Date: 16 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); […]


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January Medialogging
By Dwip January 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Weirdly enough this is the first time I’ve actually posted one of these for January. Usually I’m on a post-Christmas video gaming binge, but in my post-surgical, plague-ridden state I’ve got a lot of time for reading, so reading I did. Analysts predict this trend to continue. Details for January after the jump.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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December Booklogging
By Dwip December 31, 2013 at 9:42 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, a paradox of sorts. On the one hand, if Google Analytics is to be believed, absolutely nobody is reading these posts except me. Which is a drag but not altogether unexpected. On the other hand, I am fantastically happy writing these posts, as they give me the opportunity to write something on all sorts of books and all sorts of topics. In particular, I’m very happy with the discussion of strategic bombing and air power in my September post, and feel it’s right up there with the best things I’ve done here. And, on a historical note, I’m enjoying the ability to look back on the things I’ve read and the things I had to say about them. It’s […]


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November Booklogging
By Dwip November 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Another month, another post. I honestly thought I was going to get a whole lot more read this month, but really, where does the time go? Maybe in December when we hit the year mark on this little venture. Also, boy did I not mean for this to be my only post in November. Seriously, where does the time go? YTD stats: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) April: 7 total; 2 graphic (1,200 pages); 2 fiction (1,776 pages); 3 non-fiction (1,244 pages) May: 1 total; 1 fiction (1,040 pages) June: 5 total; 5 fiction (2,480 pages) […]


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October Booklogging
By Dwip October 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

I think we can sum this month and the collected works of John Scalzi up with the following quote: Tyler Durden: Oh I get it, it’s very clever. Narrator: Thank you. Tyler Durden: How’s that working out for you? Narrator: What? Tyler Durden: Being clever. —Fight Club YTD stats: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) April: 7 total; 2 graphic (1,200 pages); 2 fiction (1,776 pages); 3 non-fiction (1,244 pages) May: 1 total; 1 fiction (1,040 pages) June: 5 total; 5 fiction (2,480 pages) July: 5 total; 5 fiction (1,934 pages) August: 4 total; 1 fiction (608 […]


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September Booklogging
By Dwip September 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

September was a surprisingly busy month, as it happens. You’ll notice that I’ve been plowing through a lot of World War II topics the past few months, as it’s been quite a while since I’ve looked at it in any detail. Thus, there are a couple of topics I’m going to blather on that I’ve been meaning to discuss for about 15 years now, and a couple of other things that date back even longer than that. Nostalgia’s fun. In other news, for a program that I’m using to generate blog posts that barely anybody reads, I’m becoming happier and happier with Booklogger, which I gave a fairly major rewrite earlier in the month. It’s really saving me a lot […]


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August Booklogging
By Dwip August 31, 2013 at 8:57 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

I’m backdating this to August, but we’re a bit late this month, for which you can blame XCOM, about which I will undoubtedly have something more to say later. About this month in reading, well, let us just say that the non-fiction reading goes slower than the fiction reading, and some non-fiction goes slower than other non-fiction. Video games have nothing to do with this, of course. YTD stats: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) April: 7 total; 2 graphic (1,200 pages); 2 fiction (1,776 pages); 3 non-fiction (1,244 pages) May: 1 total; 1 fiction (1,040 pages) […]


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July Booklogging
By Dwip July 31, 2013 at 4:50 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In which it’s going to be all about me talking about lemurs, all the time. Sorry. But hey, lemurs. Less lemurs next time, I promise. The other thing I did this month especially was wrote a program to generate most of these posts automatically. In an imaginative turn of mind, I called it Booklogger, and I’m confident that it will soon win all sorts of awards for fantastic and beautiful UI design. Actually, I’m kind of proud of this one – treeview controls are kind of a bitch to work with in any way that makes sense, and while there are still a few bits of polish I’d like to put on, I’m fairly happy with how it worked out, […]


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June Booklogging
By Dwip June 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Insofar as I’ve been spending most of my free time preparing for my parents’ impending and apocalyptic move, I thought this was going to be a hard reading month, but it turns out that being stuck in your old bedroom with nothing to do at night is fabulous for your reading ethic. An update on the YTD stats: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) April: 7 total; 2 graphic (1,200 pages); 2 fiction (1,776 pages); 3 non-fiction (1,244 pages) May: 1 total; 1 fiction (1,040 pages) June: 5 total; 5 fiction (2,480 pages) Year to Date: 32 […]


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May Booklogging
By Dwip May 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

A light month, I think we can agree, though fairly dense on the page count. An update on the YTD stats: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) April: 7 total; 2 graphic (1,200 pages); 2 fiction (1,776 pages); 3 non-fiction (1,244 pages) May: 1 total; 1 fiction (1,040 pages) Year to Date: 27 total; 12 graphic (3,632 pages); 8 fiction (5,990 pages); 7 non-fiction (2,632 pages) Details for May after the jump.


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April Booklogging
By Dwip April 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

A bit lighter in terms of sheer volumes read, but we’re rolling right along in page count, thanks to the easy to read nature of most of this material. An update on the YTD stats: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) April: 7 total; 2 graphic (1,200 pages); 2 fiction (1,776 pages); 3 non-fiction (1,244 pages) Year to Date: 26 total; 12 graphic (3,632 pages); 7 fiction (4,950 pages); 7 non-fiction (2,632 pages) Details for April after the jump.


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March Booklogging
By Dwip March 31, 2013 at 1:05 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, we’re still at this thing. Picking up steam, even, since this project may be causing me to read a little bit more than I was. A few stats, just because I’m amused by these things: January: 3 total; 3 fiction (1,712 pages) February: 3 total; 3 non-fiction (1,098 pages) March: 13 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 2 fiction (1,462 pages); 1 non-fiction (290 pages) Year to Date: 19 total; 10 graphic (2,432 pages); 5 fiction (3,174 pages); 4 non-fiction (1,388 pages) Details for March after the jump.


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Booklogging
By Dwip February 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, here’s a project I’ve been thinking about for a while: making a note of every book I read this year. Not something I’ve ever done, and while I’m not reading anything like what I used to, I still read a fair bit more than most, so there’s probably enough going here for a, say, monthly feature. Make a note of a book, say a few words, give an Amazon link or an ISBN or something on the decidedly off chance somebody decides to pick it up. Could be cool, dunno, we’ll see. January/February log after the jump:


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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
By Dwip December 28, 2012 at 1:19 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

In which I finally, after three years or so, finish all 1,147 pages of Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which is about precisely what it says on the cover. Tried reading it once in grade school, put it down, picked it back up in the later stages of my stay in CT, and here I am writing a blog post to mark the occasion. I don’t think it’s taken me this long to finish a book ever. Not, I note, because it’s a bad book – while long, it’s well-written enough, though Shirer is heavily biased (and fond of ad hominem), and informative – but because it’s a depressing subject. One wants to point out the […]


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Impulse Buying
By Dwip March 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So, this is a thing that happened this week: Some Website: Yeah, there’s this Destroyermen series that’s pretty good. It has destroyers. And alternate earths. Me: That sounds interesting, I should check it out. Oh hey, it’s kind of like The Final Countdown with evil velociraptors, asskicking giant bipedal lemurs, and dinosaurs? Hook me up with some of that. I should see if the library has it. Library: Yeah, checked out until April 5th. Me: APRIL 5TH! That’s like a week from now! I want it NOW. Kindle: (seductively) Hey… I have them all… All you have to do is click once… it’s really easy… Me: Oh, Kindle, you know I love you baby, but my budget for this month… […]


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Of Dresden and Kindles
By Dwip January 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

I haven’t gone all professional librarian reading mode for a while, so maybe we should do a little of that. Spurred on by our pretty awesome Dresden Files RPG games and some copious amounts of encouragement by everyone else who had read the books and watched the show (I haven’t), I figured maybe I should pick up the series and read it. Since a good chunk of them are sitting on Jason’s Kindle, I ended up borrowing that, and I think you see where we’re going with this post.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Hall of Heroes
By Dwip November 20, 2007 at 8:05 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

With a nod to FR7. Firstly, a couple of blog changes, namely: 1. The front page now displays the last three entries as opposed to the last two, to make easier times like this when I spam my blog. 2. Comments now open in a new window, although they do not do this properly, and I cannot for the life of me figure out WHY. But this at least half works. Anyway. This post has a pretty lengthy and circuitous route to existance, being rooted in an almost post about great gaming moments. Then I got to thinking about the character of Jon Irenicus, and said “You know, I bet people would find a post about great characters more interesting.” […]


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The System of the World
By Dwip September 15, 2007 at 10:21 am Comments Off on The System of the World RSS Feed for this post

Finished The System of the World last night, and as the reading has proved to be something of an Undertaking, I feel as if I should talk about it a teensy bit to you all. I say Undertaking, because the entire Baroque Cycle weighs in at something like 2,600 pages and too me something like 3 years to complete, of which Quicksilver took me three years to read from 2004-2006, counting a reread of the first third, the Confusion was worth a couple of months in 2006, and The System of the World took about 6 months in 2006-2007. The length it took to read them isn’t because they’re bad. On the contrary. But they’re packed with intensely dense prose, […]


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Evocative Of the Tapeworm Kingdoms of Yore
By Dwip April 28, 2007 at 10:36 am Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

My thoughts on that new Guy Gavriel Kay book, Ysabel, may be summed up adequately by the following communications: 4:30pm – wherein Sarah calls and mentions she’s like 50 pages or so in, and by the way it’s really good. 1:42am – wherein I respond to Sarah’s email and mention that I am like 50 pages in or so, and by the way it’s really good. From: Erik Subject: Re: Late-night encouragement Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 05:17:06 -0400 To: Sarah So it’s a pretty good book, yknow? All tapeworm-evokey and stuff. —Erik About 4 hours or so for 421 pages. One sitting, no breaks. Haven’t done that in a while. Felt pretty good. Needless to say, and I don’t […]


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Waitastic
By Dwip April 22, 2007 at 4:58 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

First, I should like to acknowledge Tali and Laurent, who should be rather married at this point in time. I think this is a perfectly great and excellent thing, and couldn’t have happened to two better people. So congratulations, you two. Now, I was not on the other side of the continent yesterday (teleporter broke again…sigh), but I WAS in New Haven with Sarah, celebrating birthdays, watching plays (Our Town = good), playing frisbee, hanging out, and generally Enjoying Life, which I also think is a perfectly fine and excellent thing. However, a certain imbalance in the present giving arose. Among other things, I got our resident Great Artist, Suzanne, to do me a couple of drawings, which can be […]


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More Tales Of A Scorched Youth
By Dwip April 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

With a nod towards my dad’s comment on the previous entry, which can be found here, I think, for the record, that this marks the first time anyone related to me has posted here, so let’s just all pause and appreciate it for a moment. Because I started writing this as a comment and said “Actually, there’s a post in here…” let’s just talk about this for a bit. Starting with Hemingway, the comment relating to whom amuses me greatly, since hey, who else in the family wears flannels? ;) I understood, at the end of the month or so we spent reading Old Man and the Sea, pretty well what Hemingway was trying to say, and how he was […]


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Tales Of A Scorched Youth
By Dwip April 5, 2007 at 9:41 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

You get the reference, and you know you do. So I was doing my homework for my public libraries class today, which dealt with youth/outreach services. And I started thinking about it, because I kept reading all these articles which were along the lines of “Wow, young adult lit these days has themes like death, and sex!” Wow guys, who knew. I just turned in a homework assignment with about that same level of sarcasm, if not worse. And, well, lots of reasons for that, really. Let us examine: 1. I’m pretty seriously out of touch with the normality of this whole YA lit thing. I mean, the first time I read Shogun, not to mention Roots, I was like […]


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The Other War
By Dwip March 19, 2007 at 6:38 pm Comments Off on The Other War RSS Feed for this post

I swear to you, BF2 is the most mod-unfriendly game I have ever seen in my life. I realize that much of this has to do with being concerned about cheating. However, this is ludicrous. Let’s hear it for installs, I guess. On the other hand, it’s that much better than BFV in this regard, because BFV, well, it could be pretty bad. However. In any case, allow me to commend a book unto you, called Japan At War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook, which is, yes, an oral history of Japan during World War II. I found it to be a phenomenal book, covering as it does everyone from soldiers to workers to […]


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On the Booklist
By Dwip February 7, 2007 at 11:16 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Since I kind of talked about doing this in the last entry, and since the last entry has descended into a food fight, well, I’m just going to blather about what’s on my reading list these days. The rest of you can just feel free to pimp your own reading lists or something. In the recently read pile: Joe Haldeman, The Forever War – An interesting little book, sort of Starship Troopers-esque, though parts of it remind me of Ender’s Game. Our protagonist spends, well, a long time fighting in space. I liked it, though as with all SF of the same sort, I always giggle at the obligatory coed infantry units which are rampant orgies in the off time. […]


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Interlude
By Dwip July 10, 2006 at 6:51 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So sorry, but during my entire week off from work, I really had better things to do than blog. Things like play a lot of Neverwinter Nights and Civ, and read lots of books. But I shall describe these things unto you, O readers, and that’s pretty much going to have to hold you for a while, though I will mention that it was hard not to just up and quit today at work, after tasting all that time off. If I wasn’t leaving in 3 weeks anyway, I may have. So, Shadows of Udrentide, here. The first Neverwinter Nights expansion, which I’m pretty much playing because Cole was like “Dude, the NWN xpacks are so cool!” Because to say […]


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Paradise In the Sun
By Dwip June 26, 2006 at 8:39 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Having finally finished Quicksilver, let me just talk books for a bit, but not before noting that today was REALLY REALLY hot, and sucked a lot, in the following fashion: [18:15] Dwip: So we’re all kicking it at work, and Satan walks in, right? [18:15] Dwip: And he’s like “Crap, dude. It’s HOT in here. I’m going back to Hell, where it’s cool.” [18:16] Dwip: And since Hell is, you know, ON FIRE, you can imagine how work was. [18:16] Maelfactor: Neat! [18:19] Dwip: Because I guess it’s upwards of 104, and work is a big metal building. [18:19] Dwip: With no insulation or anything. [18:19] Dwip: And no air flow. Also, this picture, thanks to Suzanne, who’s graduation party […]


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Multimedia
By Dwip June 4, 2006 at 12:21 pm Comments Off on Multimedia RSS Feed for this post

No, not dead, just not with the time/energy to blog much. Been doing lots, though, which we’ll just go ahead and talk about. I’ve seen a whole bunch of movies lately. MI:3 was, well, not bad, which was surprising, given how badly MI:2 sucked the good suck. A reasonable plot as these things go, good twists and turns, fights, and what have you. OTOH, Tom Cruise is starting to creep me out, for what should be the obvious non-movie reasons. The Da Vinci Code was actually surprisingly good, though again it’s not like I had high expectations for it, considering how much I’m not a conspiracy theory fan. I turned my brain off and went with it, which worked out, […]


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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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Knife of Dreams
By Dwip October 19, 2005 at 11:09 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Which it certainly was, because I stayed up until like 4:30 am to finish it. Your discerning Robert Jordan reader what hasn’t read the book yet might want to skip this one, as well as you lot what don’t read the books. Thar’s spoilers in them thar hills. You have been warned. Yes, I realize that means more or less nobody will read this ever. But it’s my blog, and I’ll rant if I want to, rant if I want to, rant if I wa…sorry. So I read the whole thing in one sitting, which is like 800 pages in hardcover. It’s been a pretty long time since I could say I’ve done that, probably as far back as 1997 […]


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On Reading
By Dwip August 25, 2005 at 2:00 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I guess I should probably, you know, say something here every so often. Apologies. I started playing Diablo II again, and then I dragged Whir into it, and, well…yeah. You know how it goes. Working at the library Wednesday, as I am wont to do from time to time, I ran into a delimma, and it was this. Working check-in, as I do, it is astonishingly easy to come across books than people have checked in that sound like books that you may like to read. And since you’re right there and all, you can set said book to the side and check it out for yourself. Figure I check in a few hundred books each day, and you perhaps […]


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OBEY THE BIG VOICE.
By Dwip August 18, 2005 at 5:43 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

For you Wheel of Time readers in the audience, I encourage you to read these plot summaries, because they are funny. In fact, I encourage you all to read them, because much of what goes on is universally amusing. If nothing else, you need to browse down to the Lord of Chaos one and read the first part, because it’s the funniest thing on the Internet since the WWII as an RTS thing. Anyway. So I had a day today, which is aptly described by a conversation I had with Whir earlier: Me: You know, today was considerably less fun than it could’ve been. Whir: Oh? Me: Yeah. So I’m doing more mowing up the hill, see. And it’s all […]


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Bookshelves
By Dwip August 16, 2005 at 2:48 pm Comments Off on Bookshelves RSS Feed for this post

In one of those events where it becomes obvious that my mind works a bit strangely, I was cleaning my room today, and I was like “I wonder how many books I own?” Turns out it’s about 500, counting everything from my multi-thousand page history of the world to play manuscripts. As a conservative estimate, you can further figure that I’ve read somewhere between 3 and 5 times that number of books I don’t own, be they borrowed, loaned from the library, or things I used to own. So I’ve probably read something between 1500 and 3000 books of all types over the course of the, oh, 20 or so years that I’ve been able to comprehend the written word. […]


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Can’t Believe the News Today
By Dwip August 15, 2005 at 1:47 pm Comments Off on Can’t Believe the News Today RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, on the topic of Ghost In the Shell SAC, I have two things I want. The first is a video game, and the second is a Tachikoma of my very own. If I could drive the second around in the first, that would be spectacular. On the one hand, summer is conspiring to piss me off a lot. On the other hand, the AC in the house seems to be working so well that I’ve been resorting to my NINJ4 hoodie, which, while l33t and all, as it were, is something I didn’t expect to do for another few months. On a totally unrelated note, today’s blog surfing seems to have involved a lot of people talking about assorted […]


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Ph34r!
By Dwip August 3, 2005 at 7:58 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

You scored as Yuki. You are Yuki! Kimiko 70% Yuki 70% Miho 70% Erika 65% Piro 60% Seraphim 60% Dom 55% Largo 25% Which Megatokyo Character Are You?created with QuizFarm.com Yeah, I don’t know what I think about that, exactly. Yuki or Kimiko… Or Miho of all people. [edit] And I quote: Me: Ph34r t3h bloggage! Ph34r! With great ph34r! Whir: Neg. I’m too busy breaking my skull on sub timing. Me: This will amuse you a lot, I promise. Whir: If I don’t get this done, I’ll be packed into a 2lb coffee can and set adrift in the arctic sea. Me: Sweet! Me: I’m pretty sure you’ll laugh your ass off, though. *time passes* Whir: OMFG Whir: OMFG […]


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Comicage
By Dwip July 28, 2005 at 3:29 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So we read the latest Megatokyo. And we say to ourselves, “Archie Meets the Punisher? This I must see.” So we browse random forum threads on the subject. Damned if it ain’t true. But then we dug deeper. And we were horrified by what we found. I mean, you know, at some point, words fail. These are worth browsing through for a laugh. And you know, it’s not like comic book reading was at all a part of my childhood, here, and it’s not like I read anything vaguely like them except MT and Penny Arcade, but yeah. I dunno. I just dunno.


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Ph34r T3h Cute Ones
By Dwip July 22, 2005 at 2:54 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

With the obligatory homages to Megatokyo and my desktop. Also known as “Wai~ for detergent!” Yes, you pretty much had to be there. In fact, I’m sure that unless you’re Whir and maybe Cole, this entry will totally make no sense to you. Suffer. So, as long time readers will know, I am addicted to Megatokyo. Despite its making a ton of references to assorted manga/anime, I have never felt overly compelled to pick any of it up. Possibly I fear turning into the second coming of Whir the Anime Zombie. But then Fred’s like “I’m going to do a Haibane Renmei omake after Chapter 6 is done!” After a page or two of me going “Dude, this owns. I […]


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Insomniac Musings
By Dwip June 14, 2005 at 4:03 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Because, well, I can’t sleep. So instead of laying around in bed going “Dude, this totally sucks” a lot, I figured I’d do something useful, like blog. So Regina’s silly little quiz (you can find my answers somewhere in the comments) got me thinking, funnily enough, about, well, what IS my favorite book? And while I ended up saying something like what Regina said, namely that there are way too many to list, the thought hasn’t gone away, and I think it’s interesting enough to post about. If not about my favorites, then at least the most influential, which may be one and the same. The first book I can remember reading is James Clavell’s Shogun, and this would’ve been, […]


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The Rabbit Candidate
By Dwip April 26, 2005 at 12:36 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

As it happens, yesterday was a fabulous day. Bright sunshine, warm, perfect day to blare music and drive down the road a lot, which is what I ended up doing. This was prefaced by an excellent weekend wherein the parental types left for the coast, and I had the house to myself for three days, which as you can imagine was just fine by me. I also watched the remade Manchurian Candidate, which was exceedingly cool in a very creepy way. Kind of reminded me of Fight Club, in a way. I shall now need to acquire and watch the original. I also read all the way through Watership Down, which although it contained no actual rabbits in space*, was […]


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Signs of Life
By Dwip January 11, 2005 at 5:59 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Yeah, ok. Not dead yet. Not much to talk about, but I’m not dead. Pretty much accept that I’ve been doing a bit of reading, a bit of gaming, and a bit of random other stuff, like torturing myself on the hill out front. So, the reading. Omar Bradley’s book isn’t bad. It’s not like you didn’t know all of the stuff he says already, but it’s interesting merely because he’s saying it. By contrast, Hans von Luck was a Wehrmacht officer who, amongst other things, was with Rommel a bunch, which is pretty interesting. He also had the misfortune to get captured by the Russians, where he spent 1945-1950 working in POW camps. Which sucks for him, but is […]


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The Good Life
By Dwip December 19, 2004 at 3:32 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Considering the subject matter of most of the day, the title is perhaps a bit odd, but whatever. It’s been a pretty good day. For one, Regina was kind enough to hook me up with Pratchett/Gaiman’s Good Omens, which I hear is a pretty awesome book, and we’re all about awesome books in these here parts. For another, today’s mail included an envelope with a thin cardboard sleeve inside, and inside of that was the Discotheque single. And while there’s a slightly remixed version of that song on there, we’re more concerned with the b-side, Holy Joe. This song is cool. Cooler than, say, 90% of the latest album. It rocks a great deal. Pop kind of rules like that. […]


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Insert Catchy Title Here
By Dwip December 17, 2004 at 7:06 pm Comments Off on Insert Catchy Title Here RSS Feed for this post

So, in a strange twist of fate, I find myself reading a number of books on World War II, playing a WWII FPS, and playing a Civ 3 succession game of the WWII in the Pacific scenario all at the same time. Go figure. In any case, I just talked about MoH:PA, and you can read the Civ game for yourselves, so I’ll talk about books. I don’t remember offhand the history of the Pacific war I read. It was, well, the standard US vs Japan history. And, while this is all interesting, and I needed a refresher on the course of the war, what interests me is not American-centric history from the American POV, but in what the Japanese […]


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Keep Moving, Nothing To See Here
By Dwip November 22, 2004 at 4:59 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Right. So I guess it’s about time for another update. Rather unfortunately for you, I have almost nothing to talk about. Maybe when the new U2 album comes out tomorrow, but since we all know I hate U2, maybe not. Really about the only thing worth talking about for the moment is books. I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately. Considering the amount of BG42 that’s gotten played lately, it ought to be rather appropriate that most of it is WWII reading. Since I exhausted about every WWII book imaginable back when I was, say, 8, I’ve been trying to take a little bit of a different approach this time. See, most of what’s on the shelves is […]


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Until the End of the Page
By Dwip October 31, 2004 at 6:14 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

We’re having title issues today. Can you tell? So we’re going to take a break from BFV mapping for a second, and talk about books. Because, really, there’s only so many files with things like GeometryTemplate.create StandardMesh EuroCarpet2_m1 GeometryTemplate.file EuroCarpet2_m1 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 0 0 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 1 10 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 2 20 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 3 30 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 4 60 GeometryTemplate.setLodDistance 5 100 ObjectTemplate.create SimpleObject EuroCarpet2_m1 ObjectTemplate.geometry EuroCarpet2_m1 ObjectTemplate.setHasCollisionPhysics 0 that you can take at one time, you know? I mean, there’s only so many times you can see the debug exe not find the template EuroCarpet2_m1 before you go mad gibbering crazy, you know? What? Knife? I’m not holding a knife. *hides knife* Anyway. Books. We’ll start with the latest Guy Gavriel Kay offering, […]


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All Apologies
By Dwip September 2, 2004 at 4:55 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

As was so aptly pointed out by Laurent in a comment to the last post, I need to actually, you know, reply to my email once every so often. I’ve been pretty lax about it lately. Sorry. I’ll see what I can’t do to correct that. In a more general updatish type sense, I’d love to tell you witty and entertaining stories about my life, but I’m thinking that rather than make up a bunch of shit, I’ll just tell you that job hunting sucks, and being micromanaged by parental authority while doing so is even worse by large orders of magnitude. So the end result is that we all get pissed off and nobody acts altogether rationally, and it’s […]


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Long Way Home
By Dwip August 26, 2004 at 8:01 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

A post, they say. A post. Well, I guess I could talk about the new MWDA xpack, Falcon’s Prey, just came out, and how it’s fairly good, and how Jade Falcon was better than we thought they’d be, and how playing pure Jade Falcon I came in second in the tourney last night, but since all of one of you plays MWDA on a regular basis, I think I won’t. Or I could talk about the Rome: Total War demo is awesome, except I don’t actually know that yet, because I can’t install it because Service Pack 2 is taking like an entire epoch to download, let alone install. Nevertheless, you must go to http://www.totalwar.com and download it, for it […]


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American Gods
By Dwip May 31, 2004 at 11:49 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I wish I could say that I had a good weekend, but of course I had a fairly miserable one – coughing and hacking up bits of green crap, the usual fun of being sick. Still, I felt well enough to go back to school today, which resolved itself in an excessively random coughing fit in the bathroom at AHA, which turned out to be the coughing fit of the gods – went on for a good five minutes, brought tears to my eyes, the whole deal. Also left me standing there with one of those feelings one gets from time to time, along the lines of “I’m standing in a tiny little trapezoidal bathroom, painted red, and furnished in […]


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Samurai William
By Dwip December 19, 2003 at 1:51 pm Comments Off on Samurai William RSS Feed for this post

How long have I been hyping this book, totally unread by me, now? 6 months or something, anyway. Well, I got ahold of the Corvallis library’s copy of it the other day. It didn’t last longer than a day. 350 pages, read essentially straight through. Damn fine writing. Tells the story of William Adams, a sailor upon whose life John Blackthorne of Shogun is modeled. The truth, it seems, is just as interesting as the fiction. Less involved in epic warfare than you might think, Adams was infact an advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu, and participated in lots and lots of interesting trade stuff. In fact, after reading it, I’m inspired to go out and find a history of the East […]


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Another Time, Another Place
By Dwip December 2, 2003 at 9:44 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

When I orginally applied for college, I wanted to be an architect. I focused on going to the University of Oregon, because it was the only place in state to get that degree. The observant reader will note that I go to Oregon State University these days – in fact I never went to U of O for more than the abysmal summer term where I destroyed my life with Latin. So what changed? Two things – I can’t draw, and I hate Eugene. So at the comparative last minute, I switched and went to OSU as a business major. See, the art one’s important – you need mad art skillz to be an architect, and I haven’t got them. […]


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Sleepless in Sea…Corvallis
By Dwip November 25, 2003 at 8:51 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

One of these days, I swear I’m going to stop going to bed the instant I get tired, then wake up 2 hours later. I mean, I like 4am, but not when it’s being a dick about things. Anyway. Instead of, you know, actually doing my homework last night, I ran into a thing called Megatokyo and read the whole thing. It’s sort of warped, but good in its own little way. Probably if you’re into Japanese pop culture more than I am, you will enjoy it even more. Maybe not. Who knows. Also, I finished HTMLizing the writeup for the latter half of the Tonto Succession Game for Civ. Those of you in Tonto might remember this from about […]


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Forward to the Past
By Dwip September 21, 2003 at 4:15 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

For those of you who remember the little review of a book called 1632 a bit back… Picked up 1633 yesterday. Read it pretty much in a day and a half. It’s bigger than the first book. This is good, in ways. The world is much more fleshed out, now, along the lines of Island in the Sea of Time. And there are plans for an obscene number of new books. This can be nothing but good. OTOH, the story sort of dragged. I suspect it’s a setup book for 1634, but… Oh well. Good times. Also, before the Blakist whacking rituals, we saw Terminator 3. This was good. T3 is good times. But not as good times as T2 […]


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Interesting Times
By Dwip September 8, 2003 at 9:59 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I finished David McCullough’s biography of John Adams last night. Call it 3am. Good times. It won a Pulitzer, and for good reason – it’s a very informative book, while being a good read in the bargain. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and came out more knowledgable for it. Can’t say better, I think. Go forth, acquire it, if you’ve got any interest in the subject at all. So, Adams lived in some very interesting times, in the Chinese sense of the term. ’76, the Revolution, the diplomatic troubles of a new nation, serving in the almost useless VP spot, and finally as President in his own right, and then doing the whole Cincinatus thing. Quite a […]


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Stuff
By Dwip August 20, 2003 at 12:28 am Comments (18) RSS Feed for this post

Much to say. For starters, Epic 32 is up over in the Civ section. Much funness. Now on to Epics 35 and 36. Also playing some HRE, and it’s going…harshly. Byzantine rampages, the French… bad times. Bad times. Also, a few Tonto blogs to advertise. Some of you with blogs already read here, so no use advertising to you, but… Regina Simfish Mobely Regina, as has been noted, has started a fad. On another note, I FINALLY[1] finished Norman Davies’ The Isles: A History today. Overview of the UK and Ireland from earliest times to 1999. It’s a good read, does just what one expects it to do, though it misses a few gaps here and there, but it’s only […]


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Bookage
By Dwip August 17, 2003 at 6:22 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So a day or two ago I was like “Dammit, enough of this computer game crap. I need a NOVEL.” This after watching the Star Wars Ep II commentary in lieu of an actual movie. I know. I know. Really. So I eventually decided on a McCullough. Morgan’s Run, as it happens, which I had thought was pretty decent the first time around, and decided to make sure. It’s pretty decent. It is, however, not an action-packed book. It’s only a marginally suspenseful book. And you can tell that McCullough likes Richard Morgan perhaps a tad too much. But that’s ok, really. The cool bit is the descriptions of everything. Prisons, Norfolk Island itself… Everything. McCullough’s always been great at […]


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The Reviews of Books and Movies
By Dwip July 1, 2003 at 12:45 am Comments Off on The Reviews of Books and Movies RSS Feed for this post

So Laura and I saw The Hulk tonight, and it was, uh. Um. Something. It had good parts, and the story went ok right up until the end, except for the parts that, well, didn’t go ok. It looked damn cool. And it felt like every second of the two and a half hours I sat watching it. Also finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt. It’s one of those books that you like without really liking, I suppose. I mean, for starters, the premise is totally whacked – 99% of Europe’s population dies off in the Black Plague, nobody else feels a thing. Sorry, thanks for playing. Also, he uses this funky reincarnation thing as a […]


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Hello Out There…
By Dwip June 26, 2003 at 6:52 pm Comments Off on Hello Out There… RSS Feed for this post

Guess I’m not entertaining y’all enough, hrm? Except Whir, but Whir has no life, so he’s allowed. Not that much has been going on, lately. Job hunting sucks a whole lot. It’s like “job market? You mean Oregon has a JOB MARKET!? You LIE!” But the extracurricular activities go strong. Such as, yknow, the Kings of the French, which I have another reign report to write for, having finished my all of 9 year kingship. Played some more Mechwarrior: Dark Age last night, and sucked the first time, had a close battle the second time, and dominated so hard the third time I cleaned him off the map without losing a unit. That was cool. Did some reading, too. Finished […]


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Websites of Leetness
By Dwip June 18, 2003 at 4:53 pm Comments Off on Websites of Leetness RSS Feed for this post

This site rules all. From it I have picked up Ultima IV, F-15 Strike Eagle II, and the original 1985 version of Empire. Having grown up on the latter two, my life is now good and happy. And Bloodmoon rules. And I think, being as how this is about my 20th or 25th reading of Shogun, I have in fact sucked the life from it. But not quite. It’s kind of like an old friend. You might not have anything to say to each other, but there’s still something there anyway. *shrug*


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Stuff
By Dwip June 17, 2003 at 2:24 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Yes Whir, here’s a blog update. Let’s see… Not much happening, really. Finished my latest Kings of the French turn finally, after decades of vicious slaughter in the east, and will now need to write up a story for it. RBP-10A finished as well, with us winning by a surprise UN victory. Just finished my Sirian’s Sandbox turn. *shrug* Also, I played some Bloodmoon. I like it. There’s a lot of snow, a lot of Nords, dead and otherwise, a lot of wildlife, most of it now dead, and a lot of nifty quests and items and stuff. About everything one would expect. Good stuff. On the real life front, well, I need a job. I really, really need a […]


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Oh So Tired
By Dwip May 26, 2003 at 2:51 am Comments Off on Oh So Tired RSS Feed for this post

The dangerous thing about books, and I mean the good ones here, the really good ones, is that they make you think. Worse than that, they make you FEEL. End of a really good book, you sort of put it down, and you get kind of sad, and you kinda dwell on it a bit, dwell on yourself, that sort of thing. And then you go to bed, and you wake up, and nothing’s changed in your life, and it’s all back to the same old thing. Yeah. Guess who’s been reading way too much today? The worst part of it is, it left me with a realization that I am very very tired of my life at the moment. […]


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