Stargate SG-1: Season Six
By Dwip June 17, 2015 at 1:33 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The immediately obvious thing about Season 6 is the move from Showtime to Sci-Fi, along with a switch to HD and some way better visual effects. The writing also got a significant level up, and while the last two seasons were pretty decent, Season 6 takes Stargate to a whole new level as far as the main plot goes. These episodes are almost uniformly excellent, with several (most notably Abyss) being some of the best of the entire series. There’s a lot to like here. The biggest change, of course, is the replacement of Daniel Jackson with Jonas Quinn in a move that a lot of fans weren’t particularly pleased with. Myself, as much as I’m a Daniel Jackson fan, […]


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Stargate SG-1: Season Five
By Dwip June 16, 2015 at 1:15 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Fresh off the climactic confrontation at the end of the last season, this one wraps up a couple of plotlines…and then mostly just keeps the others running, with no completely galaxy shaking events until Between Two Fires and Summit. That’s not a bad thing – there are plenty of really good one shots in this season, including 2001 and Proving Ground, and a couple that aren’t so hot. Individually, these episodes have a lot going for them, but it’s not until the last half of the season that things start to really pick up, and it won’t be until next season when things get really crazy. JAFFA, KREE! THERE ARE SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT


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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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Stargate SG-1: Season Four
By Dwip May 5, 2015 at 10:59 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is one of my favorite contenders for best season of this show. While it lacks the main plot arc of some of the seasons, and mostly consists of one offs and juggling existing plotlines in various ways, almost all of these episodes are extremely strong, with only a couple of real clunkers in the bunch. Some of them, like Window of Opportunity, The First Ones, and 2010, are some of the best episodes of the whole ten season run. The only fault I can really give it as a season is the introduction of the character of Anise, an apparently network mandated “sexy” character who mostly just serves to drag down every episode she’s in as I struggle to […]


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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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Stargate SG-1: Season Three
By Dwip April 19, 2015 at 4:00 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Season 3 is a bit of an oddball – less cohesive than Season 2, a return to the spate of one-offs that marked Season 1, mixed in with some excellent episodes that wrap up old plotlines and introduce some new ones in interesting ways. It’s a mixed bag that somehow manages to work out, even when the main villain isn’t the main villain and the last part of the season has more to do with the next season than this one. On the other hand, no clip show, so there’s that. JAFFA, KREE! THERE ARE SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT


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Stargate SG-1: Season Two
By Dwip April 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Season 2 is something of a transition from the primarily Apophis and going boldly where no Tau’ri have gone before feel of Season 1 to the much larger in scope episodes of later seasons. A truly massive number of new lore elements are introduced in these episodes, which will resonate through the rest of SG-1 and on into Atlantis and Universe. Although Season 2 has some serious clunkers in spots, episodes like The Fifth Race, Serpent’s Song, and 1969 represent some of the absolute best episodes in all of Stargate. Unlike Season 1, where an enormous chunk of the episodes were out of broadcast order for no apparent reason, Season 2 survives mostly intact, with two pairs of episodes swapping […]


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Stargate SG-1: Season One
By Dwip April 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As should have been hinted at by my review of the movie in last month’s log, my next big review project is going to be Stargate, starting with SG-1. I’m a pretty late arrival to the whole thing, with my first watch being in 2009, and I’ve been through the whole lot a couple times since then. But it’s been a few years, so maybe it’s about time to check them out again. From the first, this is a pretty exceptional show. The writers and the people in charge pretty clearly had some ideas of the scope and potential of Stargate as a television series. Worlds to discover. Grand ideas to explore. This is science fiction in the greatest traditions […]


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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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Serial Experiments: Lain
By Dwip March 3, 2015 at 11:20 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Present day. Present time. AHAHAHAHA. We’re going to try another experiment here, and I’m going to discuss all 13 episodes (layers) of Serial Experiments: Lain. And I’m going to attempt to sound intelligent about it. This prospect fills me with terror. If you’ve seen it, you know why. This is very much one of those pieces of art where you take the journey and when you emerge from the journey you have gained wisdom but the only way to gain the wisdom is to take the journey and everyone must take their own journey, and all that. It starts off simply enough. Lain Iwakura is a middle school girl in Japan. Her classmate jumps off a building. Then people start […]


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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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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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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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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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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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Apropos of Daleks
By Dwip April 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Ah, Dalek humor.


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Meanwhile On Doctor Who
By Dwip March 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

“You’re not exactly nuns with guns, you’re not even armed!” “Who needs arms…when we have claws!”


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Also I Did Things In November
By Dwip November 22, 2012 at 2:35 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

All of which keep me busy, but almost none of which are actually worth talking about. There’s only so much Mass Effect 3 multiplayer or dental horror stories you can really bear on one blog, and I’m pretty sure I’ve hit my legal limit on both topics, which means this place is currently less the ravings of demented rabbits and more the existential wasteland of bored rabbits. Which may be slightly overstating the case, but nevertheless, the lack of content may continue until morale improves. Or something. That said, I have been, and thanks due to Rema for this, watching a fair amount of television lately, catching up on a decade full of what appear to be a bunch of […]


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Stargate Commentaries
By Dwip February 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So, having finished up all of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis, I figure I ought to say something about the experience. This is going to ramble a little. Or a lot. Because I am me, and this is 15 seasons of television plus three movies I’m talking about. You have been warned.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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As Further Regards Highlander Fashion
By Dwip December 8, 2008 at 1:12 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

For our special end of Season 2 episode of exploring certain bad costuming decisions on the part of the Highlander crew. Because, while on the whole this show is filled with epic levels of awesome, and Duncan MacLeod runs around generally looking like the awesomest man on the planet (ask my girlfriend if you doubt this), some days, his dress sense is…off. Wifebeater Mac drinks beer, then beats his wife. On his apparent crack barge. Some days, the period flashbacks involve awesome costuming, such as this one of Amanda and Rebecca, which made my girlfriend swoon. Other days, not so much. Here is Romance Novel Mac, dressed in his Romance Novel Scotsman garb. With a headband. It would be easy […]


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On Highlander Fashion
By Dwip September 24, 2008 at 10:23 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Continuing on this vein, let us further elaborate on why it is often a good idea to watch Highlander inebriated (Grey Goose, it turns out, fills plot holes excellently). It also helps with the…somewhat questionable costuming choices. To quote Sarah, “The 1970s! They flee! In terror!” This would be the same episode where Mac randomly changes outfits mid-scene, and our azn gangsta friend up there has the same godawful shirt that he likes so much, he has it in both blue, and puke yellow. And no, I’m not going to post that, because you just can’t handle the horror. Trust me on this. And just to throw in a couple of oldies but goodies from Season 1: Smug Mac is […]


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More Civil War
By Dwip July 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm Comments Off on More Civil War RSS Feed for this post

Since I was thinking about this earlier, a little bit more blathering on The Civil War. Which is going to be mostly YouTube clips of the thing, hitting what I think are some of the emotional high points, starting with: This clip from Episode 1, which lays out the basis for the thing about as well as anything can, I suppose, or at least gives you enough graphic reason to convince you that slavery is a bad, bad thing. As to these next three, the first 1.5 are the bittersweet ending, and the second 1.5 cover Lincoln’s assassination, a topic I will return to in a moment. This clip from the end of Episode 1, which contains a letter you […]


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Happy Patriotic Explosives Day
By Dwip July 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm Comments Off on Happy Patriotic Explosives Day RSS Feed for this post

As fireworks are called in some parts. In honor of the thing, two versions of a quote, and a little blather. As is my wont from time to time, I’m rewatching that immortal Ken Burns epic, The Civil War. I’ve talked about this series before, and last year at this time, no less, and others have said a lot about it too. And I could say lots more about it, like how the first episode is perhaps the finest piece of documentary filmmaking ever done, but instead I’ll just say this: For the last 15 years or so, I’ve had The Battle Cry of Freedom stuck in my head. It’s my default humming music. Now, as to the quote: “Whence […]


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In Which We Discuss The Future of 1930s Clothing
By Dwip June 13, 2008 at 9:08 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Via Flash Gordon: Friends don’t let friends dress like…well, any of these people, really. But Dr. Zharkoff, what were you thinking? This is just awesome.


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The Power of 400 Baby DVDs
By Dwip January 11, 2008 at 5:05 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

And you may go to YouTube and search on “Powerthirst” if that title makes no sense to you. So, as the beginning to a particularly excellent Smashing Pumpkins album says, you know I’m not dead. Nor was I living in my head. Instead, I was having one of those idyllic vacations, filled with wine, women, and song, only with root beer in place of the wine, as I particularly dislike it. Perhaps more fir trees than palm trees, not so good on the island part of it, and the rain was, I assure you, not in the least tropical, but as vacations go, it’s been right up there. And as it still has a further 4 days remaining, it can […]


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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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Do Not Want
By Dwip September 28, 2007 at 12:41 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Dear people of the early 1990s: While I recognize that every decade is going to have its own unique fashion styles, and I actually have no problem with that, I should appreciate it if you could explain a couple of things to me, which I shall ask by way of showing pictures of Richie Ryan from the first season of Highlander. If you could all explain to me what you were all thinking at the time, this would be of great help to me. That jacket, in particular. But wait, there’s more. Note that there’s a hood on the back of that…what? Vest? Sweatshirt? But wait, there’s MORE. The words fail me. They do. I just don’t understand. Help me, […]


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In Our Youths
By Dwip July 8, 2007 at 9:11 pm Comments Off on In Our Youths RSS Feed for this post

First, on that blog technical note, you will find that the archives are slightly reworked (that whole iframe presentation was seriously pissing me off), the comment window now behaves like it did in Days of Yore, and entries dating back to the beginning of 2005 are now categorized. Each step on the categorization front gets harder – 2005 had more entries than 2006, 2004 has more than 2005, and 2003 even more than that. But we’re getting there. That’s not actually what I wanted to talk about, though. I actually want to talk about my 4th of July, which is a useful springboard for a number of topics. Here’s what I did. I checked out the Ken Burns PBS documentary […]


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Readable
By Dwip June 26, 2007 at 7:49 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Let’s do some before-work story discussion. First, by nodding at this post of Regina’s, which in its last moments asks a question that I think is particularly interesting. That aside, I finished two things last night. The first of them is Trigun, an anime about which some of you may have previously heard, and which I watched for the second time. It’s a bizzare show, in that the first thirteen or so episodes are just generally …there, and one gets the sense that they could have made a much better series at about half the length, since the second half of the series is, well, quite good, if sometimes nonsensical. It also puts me in the position of utterly disagreeing […]


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AI Sentai Paperkomanzu
By Dwip March 25, 2007 at 11:17 am Comments Off on AI Sentai Paperkomanzu RSS Feed for this post

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Dancing In the Dark
By Dwip March 4, 2007 at 12:39 pm Comments (15) RSS Feed for this post

A few ponderances upon the events of yesterday: – As Sarah was saying to me in the line for Little Shop of Horrors, Soviets make everything funnier. Which is why I have a mix CD here emblazoned with “In Soviet Russia, CD Plays You!” – Little Shop of Horrors was surprisingly unbad. In spite of my passionate hatred of musicals, which are the spawn of Satan and must be destroyed, I actually unwound enough to enjoy the thing. Ph34r teh plant ones. (I should now make Sarah watch Day of the Triffids. Except the movie totally sucked, so) – We watched a lot of Full Metal Panic. Among other observations was this classic when Gauron showed up in his silver […]


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Mi Mi Miracle Mikaru-rin
By Dwip February 20, 2007 at 12:55 pm Comments Off on Mi Mi Miracle Mikaru-rin RSS Feed for this post

I’m just going to blatantly copy Whir’s latest post, here. First, however, a message from our sponsors: Enjoy sleep in a normal fashion, normally. If you thought that that was my favorite line from Fumoffu, you’d be mostly right. “Fumoffu!” beats it out, but only because it’s accompanied by the appearance of Bunta-kun, who wins all comedy known to mankind. However, if he didn’t win something, it would likely be won by Suzumiya Haruhi, whose anime wins on enormous levels. Just trust me on this. I also watched the Shogun miniseries again. As many of you know, I like the story just a little bit. A touch. Some. Maybe. All I’m saying. Except that one of these days I want […]


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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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*slashslashcuthackgack*
By Dwip January 5, 2007 at 1:43 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So, Samurai Champloo. 17 eps in so far, and it’s good times. Anime with wandering samurai, flying squirrels, and a hip-hop soundtrack that should be giving you Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai flashbacks (and if you haven’t seen that, either, you should). It also teaches you lessons: 1. It’s bad to be a random bakufu flunky. 2. You’re going to need an awesome soundtrack to win at life. 3. You must ph34r plucky and intrepid 15 y/o girls. With great ph34r. If manga and anime teach you nothing else, learn this lesson. (Hi Yuki!) “Oh, I see you’ve converted your palanquin to a lowrider.”


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Otakuism
By Dwip November 26, 2006 at 12:33 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I’d love to say I got a lot done this Thanksgiving break, but I really didn’t. My sole human interaction was with the mail lady yesterday, and I’m currently hard at work on my Access database for ILS 501. Every so often you have to do an Access project, just to remind yourself how much databases just totally suck. They’re the Antichrist. So what I’ve actually done with my week, besides spending a couple days so far on this database, is watch a crapload of anime, and work on a bunch of D&D stuff. Well, some D&D stuff. The most awesome-looking maps nobody will ever see, because I am, as Whir told me, a perfectionist. I’d love to tell you […]


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*lightsaber noises*
By Dwip September 28, 2006 at 7:29 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Reveling in my newfound gain in internet connectivity, which I say newfound because Comcast died on me for like three days, I shall give unto you, my faithful readers, a blog post. I could talk about school, say, but I just had two classes on searching, pretty much in a row, and it’s not THAT interesting a topic. I did some work for my assistantship today, but that was, if you count the half hour I spent BSing with Sarah on the phone, about 4 hours of putting things in envelopes. So instead I’m going to talk about Star Wars, because I just sat down and watched all six movies consecutively (not in the same day, mind you), and have […]


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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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Rabbits On Film
By Dwip March 6, 2006 at 8:53 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Though no rabbits were, in fact, filmed in the making of this post, I’ve still got Duran Duran stuck in my head. Thanks, Speed Grapher. Thanks, Whir. More on those in a minute. First, a word from our Battletech sponors. Remember: In the 31st century, life is cheap. Battlemechs are expensive. This is why, in Friday night’s BT game against Cole, I found myself, in our long-delayed debut of the epic Bridge War map, facing off against, yes, 4 Warhammers and an entire reinforced battalion (15 platoons) of 0 gunnery elite jump rifle infantry riding unarmed VTOL transports, who dropped all over the place in my backfield and annoyed my side a lot. And then, after my guys killed all […]


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Minion Equipment
By Dwip August 31, 2005 at 8:43 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Having watched Last Exile, I have realized several things about the future equipment of my evil minions. First, the whole black and silver theme the Silvana officers had going on was pretty nifty looking. Also, my minions must fly around in those fighters the Guild had. Because, ok. Not only does it fly pretty much wherever it wants to, it can also walk around on land like a spider, or float in water. The only downside is the weaponry. Because, while quad MGs may have been respectable in the whole Sky Captain and the Chivalric Combat of Tomorrow world of Last Exile, or the 1930s, and while I have all confidence in my men’s abilities to defeat Tom Cruise in […]


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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 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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Sith Sith Revolution
By Dwip May 28, 2005 at 12:43 am Comments (12) RSS Feed for this post

You folks what haven’t seen Episode III yet, know that there will be spoilers. So, beyond discovering the horrible truth that Laurent has not seen ANY Monty Python, Men In Tights (or any Mel Brooks movie), Spaceballs, or Bill and Ted, we all went and watched Episode III. Which, as we all know, would determine the fate of George Lucas, because if it was as bad as I and II, I was going to drive down there, kill him, and stick his head on a pike. I fully expected to go do that after the movie got out. Boy was I ever wrong. That movie rocked. The bad points: Well, George still can’t write dialogue, and he can’t write romance […]


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LOTR Geekery
By Dwip May 22, 2005 at 2:10 am Comments (14) RSS Feed for this post

Tali, Laurent, Laurent’s friend Chris, and I just watched the extended editions of all three LOTR movies, back to back. It took like, 12 hours. And it kind of dragged for a while at the end, because, well, let’s face it. That’s a lot of movie watching. But now I can say that I’ve done it. And that makes me glad. Random commentary during the film involved such things as: (during the Balrog scene) “The Balrog sure does look like Diablo.” (randomly during the Balrog/Gandalf falling bit) “…and the IRS always gets you.” “So when the IRS gets you, you have to fight Diablo?” Also, there was various discussion about the sexual orientation of hobbits, as has oft been a […]


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Cavort to the Music (Live)
By Dwip May 17, 2005 at 6:30 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

We might even find some robot slaves, too, if we’re lucky. Because, as we all know, we’re all about robot slaves and free food and all that. However, we are not all about driving on I-5 between semis, nor are we about Continental Airlines, which is perhaps the worst airline I have had the misfortune to take in recent memory. But the tickets were cheap, and I got to sleep on the plane, so whatever. As it happens, I ran into a couple of guys from Portland while trying to make the train ticket machine spit my $3 back up, both of whom had made the same midnight flight from Portland to Houston, then to Philadelphia. Small world. To make […]


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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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The Media War, Revisited
By Dwip November 16, 2004 at 2:21 am Comments (16) RSS Feed for this post

Watched a film, a documentary, called Control Room tonight. Watched it three times back to back maybe, given that there are commentary tracks, too. Might watch it a fourth time. Needless to say, I think it’s good and you ought to watch it. For those of you who have no idea what I was just talking about, it’s a film that tries to examine the coverage Al Jazeera gave to the invasion of Iraq in ’03. Lots of AJ folks talking, of course, but also a few others, including a certain US Marine lieutenant named Josh Rushing, who you may remember from an NPR interview I linked to. Now, obviously if I just watched it for 4.5 hours straight, I […]


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Frivolity
By Dwip November 13, 2004 at 4:27 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

To quote Regina, “Everything I am writing about seems really frivolous in light of the discussion on Dwip’s blog.” So, because we can’t be putting on pseudo-intellectual airs ALL the time, let’s indulge ourselves for a while. We’ll start with a quick note that this fortune cookie I just ate tastes disgusting, and just as quickly move on to, say, Star Wars. *cue theme music* Because, well, that lone guy in the Amazon rain forest is now alone. I too have seen the Special Edition Star Wars original trilogy. Hollywood Video is having this 99 cent per movie deal right now, and we’ve been indulging. So. And really, you hear some really excited stuff about the SEs. Things like this […]


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Killed Bill
By Dwip April 25, 2004 at 2:30 am Comments (18) RSS Feed for this post

Well, Kill Bill Volume 2 basically owned in gargantuan ways. Big big gargantuan ways. All the while being a totally different sort of movie than the first one, but still owning despite. You must end whatever pathetic mortal work you may happen to be doing, and go see it, for it is good. Along those lines, Troy comes out while we’re here, which pleases the girls to no end simply because of Brad Pitt. And pleases me for the whole concept, but. And for the guys, King Arthur may or may not come out, which means Kiera Knightly goodness. And for everyone, the Day After Tomorrow looks cool, even if it does remind me of a particular Heinlien book. Anyway. […]


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About a Sword
By Dwip March 9, 2004 at 5:07 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So, I basically only have one thing to say about Kill Bill: ph34r t3h cute ones. Probably only Whir will get that. Ah well. So, the paper is almost done. I’m almost about to collapse, too. The darkness, it’s beautiful… *zonk*


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We Create Worlds
By Dwip February 15, 2004 at 2:20 pm Comments Off on We Create Worlds RSS Feed for this post

It’s been a busy sort of weekend. Saw Fight Club again on Friday with Tali and Laurent, which as always was entertaining. Fight Club rocks. Yesterday involved a whole lot of sucking at pool, and a whole lot of D&D, as Kyle’s being shipped off to Korea for a year or so. And later on tonight, I have the OTHER D&D game, whereupon we all ponder our new level 1 existances. On another note, I’ve been working on my world again, which is really going to suck come schoolwork tomorrow, but ah well. I shall need to attempt to post a map at some point, because I think my new map is pretty awesome. But. Also, there has been much […]


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And In the End…
By Dwip January 9, 2004 at 12:52 am Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

Being a review of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King. Yeah, I FINALLY saw the thing. After being snowed in, sick, and whatever else, Suzanne and I went, saw it, and had an entirely enjoyable evening, one of the better I’ve had lately. Anyway. Like, damn. DAMN. Words practically fail me to describe this movie, this series. The best I can come up with is to go find Peter Jackson and grovel before him for a while until he unceremoniously boots me out into the street as being an embarrasment. I suspect I might need to fight some other people to get there, though. I’ll take a few shots at the really good stuff, first: […]


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Sympathy For the Devil
By Dwip January 3, 2004 at 1:20 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Much to say, now that I am once more in a place to say things. Firstly, throat, whatever your problem is, stop it. Stop it right now. I am REAL tired of your attitude. Like, WAY tired. So unless you want to be sent to bed with no supper again, cut it out. Anyway. Much going on on the Civ front. I finally have a successful Succession Game in RBC4a, in which our 5CC Mayans do quite a lot of sacrificing, and quite a lot of math. Just what any game needs to be highly entertaining, right? Blood, sweat, and calculators. And, something like 4 new SGs having started today*, I’m now in RBC9 (NINE!), and am up next, as […]


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Let It Snow
By Dwip December 30, 2003 at 9:40 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or let it melt, actually. Bloody snow. Hasn’t snowed here in like, 4 years or something to that effect. A little bit last year, but other than that… Trying to figure out at what point I became hostile to snow, too. I mean, it’s snow. You frolic in it and play and throw it at people. Fun times, right? Well, at some point, D&D became much more important. Don’t ask me how, maybe I grew up (wince) or something, but there it is. As snow prevented me from going to the weekly D&D game yesterday, I am…displeased. I’ll be even more displeased if it prevents me from going out tomorrow, too. *grumble* I might not be going anywhere besides that, […]


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Fukoku kyohei
By Dwip December 18, 2003 at 7:55 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Rich country, strong army, even. Or maybe sonno joi (Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians). Take your pick. But I get ahead of myself. Finally more or less recovered from being sick. My parents aren’t, but I’m better. That’s excellent. Too, I apparently did well for myself this last term. Worked half to death, but I managed three Bs and an A-, which may well mean I go to England this spring. That’s great. Lot of movie watching these days. Watched Pirates of the Carribean Tuesday with Tali and Laurent, and there was much rejoicing. It was, as I said after the movie, “a suitably rediculous movie.” Fun, didn’t take itself seriously, good times. Not necessarily more than 3/5 aliens […]


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Wooden Ships and Iron Men
By Dwip November 22, 2003 at 9:31 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Where, as a saying I heard recently goes, men are men, and sheep are scared. But anyway. Watched Master and Commander today with Tali and Laurent. It was good times. Probable spoilers ahead, Cap’n! You wonder about massive historical epics, some days – are they going to deliver something of appropriate goodness? Uphold the glory of the profession, and all that? Fortunately, recent ones have – Braveheart did, in it’s way, Gladiator did in it’s. This one keeps up. Not as well, but it does. I went in, I guess, expecting an epic. What I got wasn’t particularly epic, but once I realized that, I was happy with it. I mean, what I was expecting was along the lines of […]


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More Matrix: Revolutions
By Dwip November 15, 2003 at 6:52 pm Comments Off on More Matrix: Revolutions RSS Feed for this post

So I went and saw the movie again with Cole and Brian last night. And then in reply to a post of Sanjab’s at Tonto, I wrote the following analysis. Be warned that this will pretty much spoil the whole movie if you read it. On one, fairly shallow level, I enjoyed it. The special effects were excellent, some of the scenes very well done. On another, deeper level, it’s a travesty. Others have analyzed this in far more detail than I, but I’ll note a few things. 1. The total abandonment of about half the plot threads from the first two movies, among other things the entire character of Morpheus. 2. Neo’s magical powers. Yes, you’ve been setting him […]


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In the Arms of Sleep
By Dwip November 12, 2003 at 10:02 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

So I went to bed at 1am because I’m really tired, and wake up at 3am. What the hell? Stop that, self. Stop it right now. I’d love to have something fun and interesting to report, but no, ‘fraid not. But I’ve remembered an episode from the weekend. So we’re in the theater for the Matrix. Before the movie, they play this little clip with this Hollywood stuntman talking about how making movies takes all this time and effort and how piracy totally cheapens that. So some guy shouts out “I’m gonna go home and download that!” Vast applause erupts in the theater. Did I mention that our showing was like all college kids? Yeah.


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Ain’t It the Life
By Dwip November 8, 2003 at 2:23 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I saw Matrix: Revolutions last night, but we’ll talk about that later. So Dad’s hobby just so happens to be photography. And, as it so happens, he was part of a local show at LaSells here on campus last night (or is, I should say, as the pics are still there, but). And he wanted me to come for part of it. So I, with my devious mind, got an idea. “Hey, Tali, Laurent. Come see Dad’s photography, and meet the parents who you haven’t despite my having been friends with you for 5 years, and we’ll go see the Matrix after.” Ok, this works. So they come, I come, we all hang out at the show. So there’s […]


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The Perfect Drug
By Dwip October 27, 2003 at 12:28 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Or it comes pretty damn close, anyway. Lotta gaming lately. Lotta studying, too, but lotta gaming. I feel like I’m taking that whole work hard/play hard thing to heart now. Other night, Thursday I want to say, Whir introduced me to Vampire: The Masquerade. That there, and pardon my French, is some fucked up shit. But it’s fun. Being as how I didn’t even know the rules or anything, I just made a character up something or another like me. We start in Corvallis. Walk out of my dorm room, get, uh, recruited by a vampire to be his, um, archivist. I get a nice gory death scene. This is good. There’s a nifty scene in which he’s like “Well, […]


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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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Passing Over the River
By Dwip August 23, 2003 at 11:54 pm Comments Off on Passing Over the River RSS Feed for this post

It’s been a good weekend, we note. The parents are gone at the coast. The bowl of pasta I didn’t quite cook right is nonetheless good. Cole came over and we played a ton of Civ and some MWDA. This is good. Watched Gods and Generals tonight. Reviewed it a bit on Tonto, will do more here. On a plot level, it sucked. Skipped around a lot, tried to cover too much, and should’ve stayed focused on Stonewall Jackson the entire time. The token black folks needed a LOT of help. Jackson the religiously fanatic military man who loves his family and such a lot was interesting. Watching random guys march around on battlefields for 4 hours, not so much. […]


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Movieage
By Dwip August 19, 2003 at 12:03 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

So Laurent, Laura, and I got together for the “Have fun in Europe, Laurent you lucky bastard” farewell tour. Watched Chasing Amy, which means I have now seen every Kevin Smith movie. This is good in one way, bad in another. Kevin Smith needs more movies. At any rate, I’ll say that it’s a good movie, without dwelling on that because I haven’t quite figured it out yet. In any case, it’s a romance and I’m a guy, thus if I like it something must’ve gone right, I imagine. Also spent the time dwelling, as I often times do when I’m tired and have a headache for some reason, as I do now, on the fact where my friends and […]


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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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Star Wars, Attack of the Humor
By Dwip August 15, 2003 at 3:22 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Whir will recognize this, as I’ve copied this from an ICQ conversation we had. Me: Linkage Whir: The Palpatine Rabbit. Heh. Me: *grin* *shoots lightning* Er, drat. You didn’t see that. Can’t let my secret out yet… Me: As I’ve got this imagine of this gigantic rabbit, made up in Darth Maul colors, wielding a big red light saber and kicking ass. Darth Fuzzy, if you will. A gentler, kinder Sith Lord. The choice of a new generation, perhaps. I mean, gotta get all those kids up into the Empire, right? Whir: Did you take some medication, or something? Me: Just utilizing my twisted mind for the betterment of rabbits everywhere. Well, ok. Considering Palpatine gets tossed off the balcony, […]


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The Utility of Old Boxes
By Dwip August 5, 2003 at 3:41 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

“Huh?” you ask. But more on that later. Firstly. It’s been a boring enough week. Finished both Epic 32 and Epic 33. Reports will happen when the closing dates arrive. We may or may not see one for Epic 34, given that I’m now up for my second reign in the HRE MT:W game (You Tonto readers – read. Give comments!) and needing to work on the Redoran Mod. So, over the weekend, we had relatives up from CA. Not sure what they are, cousins or something. Nice old couple. Talked geneology with Mom a lot. A generally sat around and finished Epic 32 and stayed out of their way. Totally unexciting, actually, except for Dad breaking out some of […]


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*yawn*
By Dwip July 11, 2003 at 5:20 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Not that anybody but Whir is around to be reading this anyway, but oh well. New page stuff – linked to a bunch of Civ 3 Epics that’ve been around for a while but not linked. Did that in preperation for Epic 31, which I shall go play in a few minutes. Saw The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen today with Mom. Spent the first half of the movie thinking “This movie is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cheesily bad.” Then about halfway through, I shrugged, realized that it was a fairly enjoyable cheesily bad movie for all of that, and sat back and enjoyed it. Not the height of great cinema, but worth watching on video if you need something. OTOH, all the […]


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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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Spoonman
By Dwip May 23, 2003 at 4:29 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Did, in fact, see Matrix: Reloaded last night. I shall simply say that my speculations on whatever the hell is going on are going to wait until the third movie has been seen. Until then, I can always listen to the blather on rasfwrj about it. Movie kicked ass, though, even if I have no idea where it’s going. The very long fight scenes were maybe a bit too long, though there is a certain part where I was thinking that, and Neo grabbed a pole, and I went “Nah…” And I’ll make the comment that everyone has been making, that, Neo, Trinity, couple others are like, the token white guys in the film. We can but speculate on the […]


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Nothing to Say
By Dwip April 28, 2003 at 12:38 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Just ’cause I’ve always wanted to do this. Nothing, nothing, nothing but the one thing Someone said my words are out of balance nothing to say, you’ve got nothing to say dying words I bury every day nothing to say, I’ve got nothing to say nothing but the one thing you’ve got nothing, nothing to say nothing but the one thing big bad word, spell it with four letters nothing to say, you’ve got nothing to say Oh my God, your words are out of balance nothing to say, you’ve got nothing to say nothing but the one thing nothing, nothing You’ve got nothing, nothing to say nothing but the one thing nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing And there you […]


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Three Kings Lives
By Dwip April 16, 2003 at 4:10 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I’m sitting here, with my modern armors racing through the ruins of Greece’s cities in the Middle East and into North Africa, and Queen is blaring in the background, and I’m having this weird vision like something out of Three Kings: The Sequel. It’s like this: Column of M1A2s racing through the desert, cloud of dust behind them, big American flag flying on one of em, and in the background We Will Rock You is playing. And somewhere in there is some bullshit thing like, yknow, the C4 football shooting scene or something. The mind is a funny object.


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