Graduatory
By Dwip May 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

In which I’m going to talk about Sarah having a Significant Life Event for a while. A good one. There are pictures. You may see them below the fold.


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This Magic Moment
By Dwip December 14, 2007 at 4:09 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I’m coming fairly late to this, having found in roundaboutly via Scalzi, but for the gamers in the audience, I encourage you to go here, and download the audio of Wil Wheaton’s keynote speech from PAX ’07. Because he fairly effortlessly sums up why I’m a gamer, and also because it’s cool to have somebody say “You have died of dysentery” and have a crowd full of people roar in approval. He talks a lot about great moments in his life that are tied to games, and the social aspects of games – arcades in his generation, LAN and console parties and online gaming in mine. And, as I do from time to time, I got to thinking about my […]


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Ten and Seven
By Dwip September 12, 2007 at 3:30 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

September 4th, 1997: The Lands of Solan launches on a Smaug 1.2 codebase, with Samson and myself the initial staff. Over time, we will become Alsherok, and our heavily modified Smaug 1.4 code will become the influential AFKMud base. Here I will hone my proficiencies in area building, game design, and even write a few lines of code. September 12th, 2000: I join Tonto Clan, the last of the third wave of membership. Here I met a lot of great people. While I played a lot of great games of Age of Kings as a Tonto, I also had debates, offered advice, and ranted a lot. Indeed, you’re reading this because my Rants of the Day series prompted Whir to […]


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In Passing
By Dwip February 27, 2006 at 7:14 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I’m posting a lot today. It’s been a sort of busy day like that. So I got home today to find an AIM from Regina saying “Check the Phoenix forums.” I could pretty much guess what I was going to find, but checked anyway, and, yes, sure enough, Ken Wood, aka tonto_real, had passed away. Not unexpected at all, really, considering that he was very, very sick, and not altogether sad, even. I’ve seen the whole prolonged illness thing before, and it’s just not good, yknow? Some of you knew _real, being Tontos as you were, but I imagine most of you don’t, because I really didn’t and don’t talk about Tonto that much. How to describe him? He […]


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In The Old Tonto Fashion
By Dwip February 8, 2006 at 9:07 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Since Simmy keeps asking me to dig up my old Tonto college posts, which pretty much no longer exist, and since he went and ranted about college in the last entry, well, we’re just going to create ourselves a college post right now. Let us, shall we, talk about the whole 18 credits deal, since I think it lies at the root of our problems, here. So, flashing back to the fall of 1999, we have my final grades for my first term: ALS 111 OSU ODYSSEY 1 credit, Pass BA 131 BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE 2 credits, A HHP 231 *LIFETIME FITNESS FOR HEALTH 3 credits, B+ MB 230 *INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY 4 credits, B MTH 111 *COLLEGE ALGEBRA 4 credits, […]


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Blast From the Past
By Dwip February 2, 2006 at 9:05 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Anybody who reads here and actually cares already knows that DS has, in Godlike fashion, caused the old Tonto forums from days of yore to rise from the dead. Thus providing us with endless Marechal quotes, of course. One of which I will relate to you momentarily, as I am too preoccupied with fixing my laptop and trying to make my desktop not shoot blue flames from the fan port upon the release of Oblivion, which I guess has specs so high only about five people are going to be able to run it. I garuntee to you that Whir, Samson, and I will be among them. Save your spot now. If presented with a choice wherein the HD on […]


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What’s My Age Again?
By Dwip December 12, 2005 at 11:33 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

25, apparently. To quote Regina’s card, “Just think! Soon, you’ll be able to do ‘back in my day’ shpiels!” Little does she know. But she got me a neat book, so that was all good. And I got another neat book from my parents, as well as shoes and a new pair of BDU pants to work in, which A) means I no longer have work pants that are pushing ten years old (or my old BDUs, which were more like Gulf War vintage), and B) is the first time I’ve recieved clothes as a gift in…many years. But I need these things, so. Too, Cole came over, and we played a bunch of MP Civ with Whir, and then […]


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Sparkle and Fade
By Dwip November 30, 2005 at 11:31 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Talked to _real for a time tonight. This was, in general, good, because we haven’t talked for a while, and Ken has always pretty much been the Man. This does bring me to a sort of strange place, though. I think I’m tired, because these things always happen when I’m tired. At any rate, I guess Tonto Clan, as heard through _real and assorted conversation on Regina’s blog, is going to die the final death on December 12th or so. Happy birthday, me. This is all fairly strange, because I haven’t been able to get to Tonto in I don’t know how many months but a lot, and had assumed it was already dead. To find that it was apparently […]


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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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In My Time of Dying
By Dwip February 12, 2004 at 1:33 am Comments (12) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’ve gone and resigned from Tonto. First time in 3.5 years that I haven’t worn the Tonto_ prefix. I won’t elaborate on it here, it’s all in the post, but it was time for me. *shrug* On another note, we played some pretty good Mechwarrior down at the shop. As I’ve always wanted to take some pictures of the thing, I have done so. They follow. Me Getting Stomped: Me getting thrashed. The mech getting shot in the back is mine, the two infantry by the tank in the middle are mine, the rest is either his, or dead units of mine. That little orange mech in the center is a killer. It’s also mine now, thanks to a […]


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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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Vast, Vast Amusement
By Dwip August 31, 2003 at 2:38 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Everybody who reads this except Whir is probably a Tonto and can see it for themselves anyway, but I happen to think this is freaking hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Go Blackadder.


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Happiness Is A Warm Gun
By Dwip August 22, 2003 at 4:50 am Comments (20) RSS Feed for this post

Holy crap am I tired. But more on that in a sec. Wednesday was MWDA night, of course. Liao Incursion xpack is now out, and we had a sealed booster to get in, which meant $30 and a random army because you could only use what you drew in the boosters you bought. So I get a pair of uniques out of my first two boosters. There’s, I dunno, 5 or 10 uniques per case, like 50 boxes a case if I remember all this right, and I got 2. Rock on. But it shortchanged my army, which meant I got stomped hard – 1 kill all night and it was a defenseless scout chopper. But I cleaned up on […]


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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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Oodelaly, Oodelaly, Golly What a Day
By Dwip August 12, 2003 at 8:41 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Robin Hood and Little John, running through the fore…no, wait, that’s not it. So the enormously large news of the day is that I’m now, get this, His Excellency, Tonto_Marius, Viceroy of the Empire, Minister of Gaming, Baron of the Other Games Fief. IE, I help run Tonto now. Congratulations are also in order for Regina, who’s also quite high up these days. Can’t say as how I’m glad to be there, though. Those of you who’re there understand what I’m talking about, I think. In other news, Epic 33 is up on the Civ page now. Hella hard. But fun. Played some MWDA down at the shop on Monday for kicks. 2 games. Won the first one, which was […]


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ROTD XXXI: Dogs and Dentists
By Dwip December 18, 2002 at 11:02 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXXI: Dogs and Dentists RSS Feed for this post

So we’re in Eugene, driving down the road, and here’s this lavender Oldsmobile, the really big kind that looks totally 50s in a 90s sort of way, and there’s these two old people, like 60s or 70s, sitting straight-backed, looking straight ahead, and they’ve got this his-hers lapdog thing going on, and I’m just staring at them until they turn off on an onramp and I’m able to close my mouth again. Come the Revolution, we’re outlawing lavender Oldsmobiles, and we’re DEFINITELY outlawing his-hers lapdogs. On another note, I think I’m gunning for some sort of Most Dental Work Ever award. More fillings, the kind that require pills to dry out your mouth that last for hours and hours and […]


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ROTD XXX: Who?
By Dwip June 17, 2002 at 11:02 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXX: Who? RSS Feed for this post

Aieeeeeeeeeeee. The proper place to begin this is Saturday, I suppose. The occasion is a family friend’s graduation from Western Oregon University. This is good. Unfortunately for me, who hates such things, there was a party beforehand. One of those things where I wander around amongst a ton of people I really don’t know, alternated with people I know but don’t really care about, attempting to be reasonably non-depressing. I think I failed. I always do, because, really, I don’t care about any of these people, and if they ain’t gonna talk to me, I’m not talking to THEM. Although one person DID talk to me, as it turns out… *random blonde walks up* Me: I know this girl… who […]


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ROTD XXVIX: Dude. Duuuuuuuude.
By Dwip June 9, 2002 at 10:59 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXVIX: Dude. Duuuuuuuude. RSS Feed for this post

Like, dude. (and there’s much gloating going on here. Be warned.) Oh, and to be formal about this, let’s call it Marius’ ROTD 6/9/02. It’s only kind of a rant, but let’s not let THAT trivial detail stop us. So it’s been this really crazy couple of days. Our story begins Friday night at, oh, close to midnight, anyway. The EPoD had been vanquished, turned in, and class was over, except finals on Monday and Tuesday, and checkout Wednesday. Something like 3 hours worth of time over 3 days. Oh, and a 5 page paper on this guy’s statement that *giggle* “American history is the march of progress of equality and freedom.” applied to the colonial period. Yeah, no problem. […]


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ROTD XXVIII: Registration
By Dwip May 28, 2002 at 10:58 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXVIII: Registration RSS Feed for this post

I should have registered for classes last Friday. Which is the root of all of this. At the time, I figured hey, no problem, just wander down to the history office and get my PIN number that I need to register, and go do it. Or not. Turns out they changed it so you hafta see your advisor first, and have THEM get it. Except my advisor isn’t in until today, so I’ll hafta register late. Well, that sucks, but I can deal with it. I always forget things. Things like EVERYONE comes to this particular guy, so there are always 5 or 6 people waiting. Actually, I remembered that, so I went half an hour early. I figure no […]


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ROTD XXVII: Dogs
By Dwip April 3, 2001 at 10:57 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXVII: Dogs RSS Feed for this post

Mammoth rants, Marian rants, hey, it’s all good, right? Today’s topic is very important, and most of you have probably been affected by it in one way or another, possibly traumatically. Reading this rant might just change your life forever. Or… not. I’m talking, of course, about dogs, and dogs that own people. You have seen them. You have probably been annoyed by them, just as I was 2 days ago. It started innocently, with me taking the trash out. I got almost to the end of the driveway, when I notice in the neighbors yard, running as fast as it’s short little stumpy legs would carry it, a small dog. Looking surprisingly similar to the RCA dog. Not only […]


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ROTD XXVI: California
By Dwip March 25, 2001 at 10:57 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXVI: California RSS Feed for this post

Yup, I’m back. But where did I go, many of you may be asking. I spent the last 3 days traveling to/in/getting out of California. In specific, San Jose and that area, for my grandpa’s funeral, among other things. The trip, of course, was quite interesting, so you all get to hear about it (aren’t you lucky?) Let’s see… We start at 8 or so at night on Thursday. I had been up since about 6 at that point, had taken 2 finals, moved a ton of stuff to my car, and hadn’t eaten much. But I was out for Spring Break, so Life Was Good. Dinner came in the form of the spaghetti I made a while back, which […]


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ROTD XXV: Pictures
By Dwip March 19, 2001 at 10:56 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXV: Pictures RSS Feed for this post

Ok, this isn’t a rant, really, but hey. It’s been a strange day… On one hand, I had to do a bunch of work in preperation for finals. That was bad. But then it got better. Tired of being uncomfortable, and needing more furniture for my room, I went for a drive home (didn’t hurt that today was a nice day). Whereupon I got involved with looking at old family pictures with Mom. This was, of course, very entertaining (I thought so, at any rate). It did look sort of strange seeing pictures of my grandparents when they were really young, not to mention baby pictures of my mom. Not to mention various random pictures of people from like the […]


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ROTD XXIV: Labeling
By Dwip March 17, 2001 at 10:55 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXIV: Labeling RSS Feed for this post

Right. I have something of a headache (I knew at the time that having pepper jerky for breakfast was a stupid plan, but hey), so I snagged this unopened bottle of Aleve. Upon opening it, I realized 2 things: There was an instruction manual, the bottle was short, stumpy, and looked altogether strange, and that there was a label you could peel off. Curious, I peeled the label. Which is actually some sort of (get this) restickable label, and has 3 sides filled with tiny print warnings and things. Then I looked at the instructions. This is great. Two pages, small print, with directions on how to open the bottle (duh) and (I love this) how to peel and repeal […]


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ROTD XXIII: New Year’s Day
By Dwip January 2, 2001 at 10:46 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXIII: New Year’s Day RSS Feed for this post

How not to spend New Year’s Day. Lessee… hafta begin this one on New Year’s Eve, whereupon I had a massive headache, crashed at 7pm, woke up at 11, and was up until 5:30 or so. Which was really bad, since I had to be in Corvallis by 10 to go to Portland (2 hour drive). I somehow managed to get up, make it to my car, and get into Monroe, only to realize that not only was the gas station NOT open, but I had no gas to go anywhere. So I went home and borrowed mom’s car. Which is a 1998 Mustang GT. See where this is going yet? Yup. Marius is in a hurry, and he has […]


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ROTD XXII: Room Cleaning
By Dwip December 28, 2000 at 10:46 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXII: Room Cleaning RSS Feed for this post

Cleaning my room. Yes, I did this of my own initiative. It was to the point where I could no longer move around anywhere without stepping on something possibly vital. So I said to myself “Dammit, it’s getting clean, RIGHT NOW.” Heh. Little did I know. First step: The bookshelf. Which is actually something like 3 bookshelves comprising an entire wall of my room. 10 feet or so of bookshelves. Which were currently stuffed with computer game boxes, manuals, random books, flashlights, suntan lotion (!), and mom’s college stuff from 15 years ago. *digdigdigtossthrowohcrapavelanchedigshovethrow* And the heinous army of computer game boxes fled before me, leaving only five. Mom’s college stuff from 15 years ago was banished downstairs, to be […]


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ROTD XXI: Playing Santa
By Dwip December 15, 2000 at 10:45 pm Comments Off on ROTD XXI: Playing Santa RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, I think there was a ROTD XIX, but I can’t find it anywhere. Any clues? I forgot to archive it. But on to today’s topic: The amusement of wrapping Christmas presents. Mom and I are sitting around wrapping the things, and it comes up to wrapping one of dad’s presents. Mom: What wrapping paper should we use on Dad’s present? Me: It has to go with a gold bow (running out of bows at this point) Mom: Well, um, how about this crappy paper over here? Me: *busts up laughing* Mom: That didn’t sound good, did it? Me: No, not really. And then it gets down the Christmas Eve movies (we generally have 5 or so movies each year). […]


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ROTD XX: Fun With VCRs
By Dwip December 9, 2000 at 10:44 pm Comments Off on ROTD XX: Fun With VCRs RSS Feed for this post

Or, how to run a VCR. I decided this morning that yknow, I’d really like to watch Last of the Mohicans. Unfortunately, the only VCRs in the house are A, in my parents’ room, and B, downstairs. Now, I’m not fond of camping in my parents room to watch movies, so I went downstairs. The problem here, of course, is that the new VCR (year or two old) is pretty much shot. It has this little habit of eating tapes that kind of irks me… thus necessitating find another VCR. No problem, I figure. There are, after all, two older VCRs sitting around down there. So I hook up the first one, plug it in. WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Ruh-roh. Yank the plug […]


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ROTD XIX: Sir Not Appearing In These Rants
By Dwip December 7, 2000 at 10:43 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIX: Sir Not Appearing In These Rants RSS Feed for this post

PRINCE JOHN: Do not try to look for the 19th rant. That is impossible. Instead, try only to realize the truth. BADGER: What truth? PRINCE JOHN: There is no 19th rant.


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ROTD XVIII: Food and More
By Dwip December 6, 2000 at 10:40 pm Comments Off on ROTD XVIII: Food and More RSS Feed for this post

18? Oh dear. But anyway. Unlike the last one, this one IS amusing, so have fun with it. What a day, what a day… I’m running on 4 hours of sleep right now, having gone to bed at 12 last night, and waking up at 4. Had I been following the normal pattern of things, I would have been waking up about now after crashing at 10 or so. That didn’t actually happen today for a number of reasons. For starters, there was some freaking heinous LOSER outside with a freaking LEAFBLOWER. *crashes* WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Uggghhh… What’s that noise? Oh, a leafblower. If only I had an assault rifle… *thunk* *lies around in a semi-coma for a bit* WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! *gets […]


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ROTD XVII: In the Life
By Dwip December 2, 2000 at 10:39 pm Comments Off on ROTD XVII: In the Life RSS Feed for this post

Entry purged by State Security.


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ROTD XVx: Stone Age Computing
By Dwip November 19, 2000 at 10:38 pm Comments Off on ROTD XVx: Stone Age Computing RSS Feed for this post

(there was an accidental misnumbering here) Or, the trials and tribulations of making Ye Olde Ancient P133 work again. Our tale begins about 6 months ago or so. With my good comp at college, I wanted something to play around on when I was at home. And my old computer was still running, so I decided hey, let’s use that. And Life Was Good. Then came the idea “Hey, let’s put Win98 on it!” Oops. The problems involved in this were legion, of course. The monitor was a replacement for one that sort of…died a couple years ago, and the CD-ROM is a new one. Then there’s the new hard drive I slaved in. Actually getting all of this required […]


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ROTD XVI: 2+2=5
By Dwip November 14, 2000 at 10:37 pm Comments Off on ROTD XVI: 2+2=5 RSS Feed for this post

Today’s topic: The Oregon State University Mathematics Department. Sucks, quite frankly. I’ve said it, and I have friends who say the exact same thing. And my friends are and large engineering majors with A and B averages. You do the math (ok, ok, I know, that one was bad… ;)). To illustrate my point, let me give you my history with said department. My first class was MTH 111, or College Algebra. The easy stuff. Linear equations, exponential equations, and the like. Well hell, I had just done this in HS, not to mention I had a pretty good teacher and an at least decent TA. I ended up getting like a B in the course. Second class: MTH 241, […]


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ROTD XV: Election Night
By Dwip November 8, 2000 at 10:36 pm Comments Off on ROTD XV: Election Night RSS Feed for this post

In the aftermath(?) of Election Night. I’m very tired right now. I was up until 2+ in the morning last night listening and tracking the elections. Very, very crazy night… I and a number of others were alternately clicking the refresh button on cnn.com and other places while talking in the Bush Won!!!! thread on AOKH OD. The vote now hinges on a couple of thousand people in Florida, and at one point it was down to 210 people. There are 210 people on my FLOOR practically. Really amazing, huh? Really gives one a great sense of faith that your vote DOES count, that you DO matter. When 2,000 people in one state can elect the next president… yikes. I’m […]


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ROTD XIV.V: Encyclopedia Oregonia
By Dwip November 4, 2000 at 10:35 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIV.V: Encyclopedia Oregonia RSS Feed for this post

Or something like that. I suppose this could have easily gone in my last rant, but I didn’t feel like it. Indulge me or something. Today’s topic: The Encyclopedia Oregonia, otherwise known as the Oregon Voter’s Pamphlet. Although calling it a pamphlet is something of an understatement. Volume 1 (the measures) is 400 pages long. Volume 2 (people) is more to the tune of 20 or 30. The ballot itself was 2 pages front and back with people and measures. One for the people, one for the measures. That’s like the biggest thing I’ve seen yet. Yikes. But back to the book. There are something like 11 different proposed constitutional amendments for the state constitution. Plus a bunch of taxes […]


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ROTD XIV: Politics and Eye Doctors
By Dwip November 3, 2000 at 10:34 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIV: Politics and Eye Doctors RSS Feed for this post

Anybody been missing these? Today’s topics: Marius gets in a political debate and Marius goes to the opthomoligist (anybody know how to spell that?). Let’s see… politics first. For starters, I didn’t recieve my ballot to vote with. This, you understand is baaaad (sheep impression time). So I walked the 10 odd blocks down to the courthouse to get it. And yes, I have a car, and I could have driven. I felt like walking for some reason. I fear that there might well be something wrong with me now. The other political thing was a very long (like 3 hours) debate with a friend over A, who to vote for president, and B, Oregon’s Measure 9. Without going into […]


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ROTD XIII.V: Everclear Spoke. I Was There
By Dwip October 27, 2000 at 10:33 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIII.V: Everclear Spoke. I Was There RSS Feed for this post

An after-action report from the Everclear/Democratic party rally/concert thing. I knew they were coming, and was going to go. Got to try and take my history midterm through them soundchecking… “Yup. Yup. Yup.” went on for a while. Which of course made me want to get the hell out of class and on over to the MU where they were playing. Unfortunately I got out of there so fast that I got to stand around for an hour. Luckily about half my friends were there, so I got to BS for a while and generally hang out waiting while dodging various people with flyers and things telling me how to vote. It was primarily a Democrat thing, but a bunch […]


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ROTD XIII: Philosophising
By Dwip October 26, 2000 at 10:32 pm Comments Off on ROTD XIII: Philosophising RSS Feed for this post

Entry purged by State Security.


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ROTD XII: Boredom
By Dwip October 20, 2000 at 10:31 pm Comments Off on ROTD XII: Boredom RSS Feed for this post

And it’s a beautiful day here in Oregon, rain everywhere, my clothes are soaked, and I’m so very very tired. Which of course is the result of my ignoring Marius’ First Rule: Stay up until exhausted, then sleep like you’re dead until you wake up again. Because trying to go to sleep when you aren’t exhausted is dangerous. Because then I start thinking. And the bad thing about thought is, you can’t stop it very easy once you start. So from my somewhat bizarre late night ponders, I bring you the next installment of Marius’ Rant of the Day. Today’s topic? Friends. They’re good things of course, but. You see, I’m sitting here with this book behind me. In specific, […]


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ROTD XI: Ain’t It the Life
By Dwip October 17, 2000 at 10:30 pm Comments Off on ROTD XI: Ain’t It the Life RSS Feed for this post

It was time for another one, I figured. Let me start by saying that I hate being tired. I’m really, well, tired of it. Possibly because of the fact that over the summer I got into the habit of sleeping during the day and staying up all night. Which my parents absolutely hated, thus forcing me to try and change it around. All summer. Bleh. Here, of course, it’s because of my IDIOT HEATER that starts going crashrattlebangsmashclangpingpingping at odd times during the night, thus forcing me to wake up for half an hour at a time each time. Raarg. Compounding the problem is the fact that I live on the 5th floor of Callahan Hall. The elevator sucks, so […]


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ROTD X: You Know It’s Monday When…
By Dwip October 7, 2000 at 10:29 pm Comments Off on ROTD X: You Know It’s Monday When… RSS Feed for this post

RoTD X, I suppose. Am I up to 10 already? Eek. You know it’s Monday when… 1. Due to insomnia, you get to sleep at around 4:30am, and you have to be up at 9:20am to go to class. 2. The phone you borrowed because yours sucks gets a low battery warning and starts beeping once a minute, and because you’ve never had it happen before, you spend 15 minutes looking for the thing and plugging it in, ending the problem. This causes the loss of another hour of sleep. 3. Soon after, random loud people in cars start driving around, which you can hear even though the window is shut. Looking at the clock, it’s 2 hours before you […]


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ROTD IX: Corvallis Weekends
By Dwip October 5, 2000 at 10:26 pm Comments Off on ROTD IX: Corvallis Weekends RSS Feed for this post

Alternately known as How to Have Fun on the Weekends in Corvallis. Or how not to, I suppose. It’s dead around here. We have a total of 3 theater…whoops, make that 2. They just closed the cheap re-run theater, so we’re left with two, one of which is pretty crappy. What’s that leave to do on the weekends? Well, there’s always homework, but cmon, besides my fanatic engineering major friend, who does homework on Friday night? Parties? Hordes of drunk people and horribly loud horrible music don’t appeal to me (minus one or the other depending on some parties). We are now left with one last option: Watch movies at home. Which is actually a pretty good idea, considering the […]


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ROTD VIII: More Randomness
By Dwip October 2, 2000 at 10:25 pm Comments Off on ROTD VIII: More Randomness RSS Feed for this post

Entry purged by State Security.


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ROTD VII: Randomness
By Dwip October 1, 2000 at 10:23 pm Comments Off on ROTD VII: Randomness RSS Feed for this post

This is probably a bit too early and close to the other ones, but hey. It sort of seemed appropriate, given the events of the day. Notably, I have discovered something. If you do 7 straight hours of homework, your mind burns out at some point. Isn’t that an amazing thing? Went from math straight to history, then on to more of the same history, then on to MORE history, then I realized that as cool as it was, I was VERY tired of reading about what dead people did. Then I decided to play BG2. I decided to play BG2 for about 5 hours, with a dinky break in the middle so I could fake dinner. I love this […]


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ROTD VI.V: On Computer Gaming
By Dwip September 30, 2000 at 10:21 pm Comments Off on ROTD VI.V: On Computer Gaming RSS Feed for this post

Can you do decimals with Roman numerals? I guess I just did. Whee! While BG2 installs, I figured I’d go for a bit more ranting. Or semi-ranting, or whatever. First off, Oregon State Football. I’m glad that our football team finally doesn’t suck. After not winning a season for like 23+ years, we’re finally getting somewhere. Even for a sports non-fan like me, that’s sort of nice. The downside of this is, of course, that there is NO PARKING SPACE AROUND HERE on game days. Which means I had to drive around the parking lot twice to find something. Compare this to last year, when I was routinely able to find parking fairly close to the dorm with no effort. […]


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ROTD VI: Stories From the Tonto Bash Night
By Dwip September 29, 2000 at 10:20 pm Comments Off on ROTD VI: Stories From the Tonto Bash Night RSS Feed for this post

I know you’ve all been eagerly awaiting VI. The alternate title for this is Stories From the Tonto Bash Night. We got war stories, and we got some commentary. Let’s start off with the war stories. And since I’ve played like 6 games or something, I’ll only hit the high points. Lemme see. First game I remember is Czar, Desert, and I (Marechal co-oped with Czar for a bit, then left) against Andy, Sammy, and Stick. Features of this game include me getting my base utterly squashed by Andy’s Mongol scorpion hordes (Ghengis really needed a few of these), me relocating to Czar’s town while Czar/Desert pretty much squashed Stick and Sammy. Andy dropped most of the way through, after […]


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ROTD V: Dorm Life
By Dwip September 27, 2000 at 10:19 pm Comments Off on ROTD V: Dorm Life RSS Feed for this post

Oh dear, am I up to five already? That’s bad. I should probably cut back. But, since it’s 12:30 in the morning, I’m totally bored, and I really should go to sleep because I have 2 hours of utterly boring econ lecture tomorrow morning, I’ve decided to grace you all with another rant. Today’s subject? Dorm life. There’s some good stuff about it, definitely. There’s tons of people, so it’s (sort of) easy to meet people, and I’m all of five flights of stairs and 50 feet of walking between me and all sorts of unhealthy food like pizza, burgers, and pasta. I also live in a single room this year, so I’ve got lots of space and no roommate […]


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ROTD IV: I’m Baaaaack!
By Dwip September 26, 2000 at 10:17 pm Comments Off on ROTD IV: I’m Baaaaack! RSS Feed for this post

*watches hordes of screaming Tontos running for the nearest exit* Anybody miss me? No? Didn’t think so. Yes folks, after a full week with no internet connection period (oh the horror), I’m finally back. I had an appointment with the tech folks to come fix it, and said appointment would have happened in a couple hours, but fortunately it just sort of started working earlier today. I’m now the proud possessor of a nice fast college ethernet connection. Yeah! Now then. Browsing the forums, a lot has happened this week, hrm? Welcome to all the new (what is it, 5?) tontos, and welcome back to _badkitty. I’m sure you’d all be entertained by some college life trivia, so pull up […]


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ROTD III: Marius Goes To College
By Dwip September 23, 2000 at 10:13 pm Comments Off on ROTD III: Marius Goes To College RSS Feed for this post

As various of you may or may not know, I moved into the dorms at Oregon State 3 days ago. Seemed like a good topic for a rant, especially since I haven’t been here for 3 days (this gets better). Moving in was surpsingly easy. I was the first person in the checkout line, and it was vastly simple to get all the cards and things, which it most certainly wasn’t last year. Moving myself in was semi-easy. One of these days Callahan Hall is going to get 2 elevators, and then watch out world… Only problem: Some beat up the little panel that tells you what floor you’re on last year, and nobody bothered to replace it. They painted […]


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ROTD II: More Tales of Home Improvement
By Dwip September 17, 2000 at 9:42 pm Comments Off on ROTD II: More Tales of Home Improvement RSS Feed for this post

The last one was funny, this one’s serious. But we’ll start it out with an amusing part anyway. Me: *just woke up, wanders down into the laundry room to find something in the freezer, steps in a puddle of water on the floor* Say, wait a sec… *looks up, sees the water filter spurting water everywhere* Um. Hey dad? You might wanna have a look at this… Dad: Uh-oh. *starts playing with hoses and pipes>* Now for the serious part. Fun with chemicals. I got to play around with that oil you weather seal decks and other wood things with. Did the majority of a deck today. Well, this stuff SUCKS. Right at the moment I’m light headed, working on […]


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ROTD I: Tales of Home Improvement
By Dwip September 16, 2000 at 9:34 pm Comments Off on ROTD I: Tales of Home Improvement RSS Feed for this post

Ok, it’s not really a rant, but… it’s funny though, in a weird sort of way. The topic? Home Improvement. We start with our old 15 foot satellite dish in the back yard that somehow died a while back. Dad decides to rip it out. First try: Chain from the tractor around the pole. *yankyankpullpulltugthump* Nope. Dad’s next idea? PUSH the thing. The end result ended and sounded something like a rape attempt on a donkey in a metal shop. It also didn’t work. Next idea? *digdigdigdigdigdigdig* After a couple feet of hole got dug, we tried the push thing again. Nah. Well, what if we take the dish off? Dish comes right off, leaving the pole. Except during this, […]


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

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


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