Feb
19
2018
1

Night called tonight on account of life.

Not gonna get into it, and it’s nobody’s fault here. There are good days, and then there are bad days. Today, personally, was not a good day.

Feb
19
2018
2

Tweet of the Day, I Can’t Argue With The Evidence edition.

Seriously.

It’s even funnier because this is about the only time in your life that you’ll see a basset hound’s fangs.  They are, shall we say, not exactly the most aggressive of dogs. Unless you count drool — well, it’s a hound, so you have to be ready for that.

Feb
19
2018
0

Moss (TL13) [GURPS 4e]

Moss (TL13) – Google Docs

Moss (TL13)

 

It came as a shock to Terran scientists when they discovered moss on every Earth-compatible planet with a viable biosphere.  It terrified them when they realized that they were all a recognizable variant of Terran moss.  Finding out that all moss, everywhere, are Precursor artifacts ended up sending some of those researchers out for psychological restabilization.  But then, how were humans supposed to realize that the Precursors were all around them all along?  They grew up around moss, after all.

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Feb
18
2018
0

I have a confession to make about Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches.

Every time he does one and it makes the news it always seems like it’s coming out of a technothriller.  For example:

Back in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that the founder of SpaceX and Tesla was figuring out how to launch small satellites into space to create a high-speed network with the capability of reaching everyone on the planet.  This week, SpaceX will take a significant step forward in their mission to turn that dream into a reality. The company will be launching two test satellites on February 21, after initial plans to begin on February 17 were delayed to “perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing.”

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Feb
18
2018
3

Elk takes out helicopter in midair collision.

No, really:

 An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday.  The elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet (3 meters) above ground in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on the elk, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

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Feb
18
2018
1

Microfiction: “Billions and Billions.”

Billions and Billions” demonstrates why you should always ask about the fine details.  Also, the importance of remembering that not everything’s a nihilist.  Many fictional nihilists make this mistake, honestly.

PATREON/PATREON-PATREON! (Imagine that’s in harmony)

Feb
18
2018
0

Group Seed: The Crowley Memorial Society.

Crowley Memorial Society – Google Docs

The Crowley Memorial Society

 

It has had many names.  The ‘Crowley Memorial Society’ is merely the latest alias, and it will probably switch again in the next two decades.  When you’re operating a fairly clandestine group to help demons on the run, you tend not to invest too much in fancy letterheads.

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Feb
17
2018
3

The Princess Bride RPG Kickstarter.

I may pass on this one, honestly.  Not that I don’t like the idea of a Princess Bride RPG Kickstarter, but I’m up against the limits of my budget as it is. Fifty bucks for the print version is a bit dear for me these days.

However, it is a Princess Bride RPG.  Official, even. So check it out.

Feb
17
2018
0

Item Seed: The Amulet of Georgiana Appelo.

Amulet of Georgiana Appelo – Google Docs

The Amulet of Georgiana Appelo

 

Description: a moderately heavy gold amulet, in a gaudy Rococo style. The front is inscribed with the Appelo coat of arms (a Guineaman, centered in a triangle of three apples).  The back has two moveable rings of characters, in no known alphabet.  The Amulet of Georgiana Appelo always feels just a little too warm for full comfort.

 

It’s a tragic tale, in its way: but it’s one of those tales where the pathos is tempered by the fact that virtually everybody involved in it got precisely what they deserved.  That’s what brought the Amulet of Georgiana Appelo to the relevant authorities’ attention, in fact. Normally real life is, ah,  sloppier.

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Feb
17
2018
3

Book of the Week: The Great Book of Amber.

The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 is a collection of Roger Zelazny’s ten Chronicles of Amber novels (but not the short fiction).  Back when I was a kid, when I joined the Science Fiction Book Club (it did not end well) I got a collection of the first five Chronicle of Amber novels as part of my introductory package; I read the other five… later. These are definitely books that you need to read if you want to understand how the fantasy genre developed post-Tolkien.  They’re also, you know, good.

And so, adieu to Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories. (more…)

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