Dec
17
2017
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Steam has a terrifying Star Wars sale going on…

…terrifying because it’s so, so good.  The Force Unleashed stuff in particular is calling to me.  It says, just one game, Moe.  You’ve always wanted to play it.  What harm could it possibly do?

:pause:

This would be a lot easier to justify if I didn’t need to sleep.

Moe Lane

PS: The X-Wing and TIE Fighter games were ZOMG good.  So, so good.  Good enough that I almost want to buy a joystick, or hook up the XBox attachment… oh, crap, I have one of those.

Dec
17
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, @Rianjohnson Is A Big Ol’ Nerd edition.

A big ol’ drunken nerd who had a 220 million domestic opening weekend.  This is at least from 2012, and dear God but the irony abounds. Weird Al Yankovic has an absolutely unique finger on our cultural pulse, you know?

Moe Lane

PS: I can think of worse things that getting drunk and belting out Yoda, so kai Rian Johnson. He probably would get that reference, too.

Dec
16
2017
0

‘O Christmas Tree.’

I normally look askance on celebrity Christmas songs but it’s Aretha* so my objections are irrelevant.

O Christmas Tree, Aretha Franklin

Moe Lane

*As I have long noted, there are three kinds of people in the world: people who like Aretha Franklin, people who are wrong, and Communists. (Yes, Communists are wrong, too, but I won’t call somebody that just because they have sub-optimal tastes in music.)

Dec
16
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, Shameless Self-Promotion Alert edition.

Never fails, huh? The stuff that you work on, people shrug.  The stuff that you toss up on Twitter after thirty seconds in Paint (to cover up the names), people look at.

Ironically, I need a new dentist, and this guy is local.

Dec
16
2017
5

Book of the Week: The Anubis Gates.

Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates is one of the best time travel novels ever written. I don’t say that sort of thing lightly. What makes it stand above most of the rest of this particular genre is in Powers’ uncanny ability to find hollowed-out places in the historical records where one is able to pour in a story or three. You are left with the sense that while things might not have turned out the way that he portrayed them (usually a safe bet, since he writes fantasy novels), but they should have turned out that way and there’s no way to disprove it now anyway. This was the first one of his that I read, and I’ve been buying Tim Powers on sight ever since.

And so, adieu to Carter and Lovecraft.

Dec
16
2017
0

Dashiel, Seraph Angel of Hipsters.

Dashiel, Seraph Angel of Hipsters – Google Docs

Dashiel

Seraph Vassal of Stone

Angel of Hipsters

 

Corporeal Forces: 4 Strength: 8 Agility: 8

Ethereal Forces: 4 Intelligence: 8 Precision: 8

Celestial Forces: 4 Will: 8 Perception: 8

Word-Forces: 2

 

Vessel/6 (human male, Charisma +2)

Skills: Artistry/3 (bookbinding), Chemistry/3, Detect Lies/3, Dodge/4, Electronics/1, Emote/3, Fighting/6, Knowledge/6 (Trivia), Large Weapon/3, Move Silently/3, Musical Instrument/3 (guitar), Savoir-Faire/1, Seduction/3, Singing/3, Stealth/3, Tactics/1.

Songs: Motion (Corporeal/3, Ethereal/4), Numinous Corpus/3 (Claws), Shields (Corporeal/2, Ethereal/3, Celestial/4)

Role: “Cobi” (Bartender/4, Status/3)

Attunements: Seraph of Stone, Cherub of Stone, Ofanite of Stone, Vassal of Stone, Angel of Hipsters

Angel of Hipsters: Dashiel has access to David’s Expanded Rite “Bring more than 20 people together for the first time in a good cause” (In Nomine Superiors 1: War and Honor, page 10).  If the gathering becomes a weekly affair, he gets an extra Essence for attending it. Dashiel can get only one Essence per day this way.
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Dec
16
2017
3

UFO Story from 2004 hits New York Times.

Straight-up, too.  Two Navy FA-18 pilots doing routine training off of the coast of San Diego* back in 2004 got interrupted:

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander [David] Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the [USS] Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.

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Dec
15
2017
0

Screwed-up Schedule today. [UPDATE]

The school — for reasons which are not entirely clear — decided to let the kids go ninety minutes early.  Which was a rather alarming development for me, given that I didn’t check my email until about 1:30 PM because I was in, you know, a movie and it’s rude to have your phone on during a movie.  And everything went weird after that.  You know how it goes; change one little thing and the schedule goes to the devil.

So that was my day.

[UPDATE: Geez, what is it about this day?  I just had to go change some passwords in a hurry. Nothing bad had happened yet, thankfully, but screw it: this is officially a mulligan and I’m going to stop feeling bad about it.]

Dec
15
2017
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Dec
14
2017
0

The new ‘Annihilation’ trailer.

Yeah. Based on this trailer, they changed things around from Annihilation the book. Heck, according to this interview director Alex Garland didn’t actually have a chance to read the rest of the trilogy before writing the screenplay and he doesn’t seem all that worried about that.

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