Jan
31
2017
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So, may Patreon short story and latest RPG installment are both up.

Here and here. Patrons only, I’m afraid, but that’s easily fixed, yes? Yes.

As you might imagine, lonnnnnng day today. Mostly because of all of the driving (errands to run). Between that and the pay copy stuff I’m ready to crash. Heck, I’m eager to crash.

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Jan
31
2017
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Tweet of the Day, What’s The Joke Here OHHHH edition.

It will take you a moment.  It took me a moment. Just look at it again.

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Jan
31
2017
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Lava in Kilauea.

It absolutely looks like a cartoon or CGI, but no, that’s actual lava at Kilauea:

I thought that I went to see that volcano when my wife and I went to Hawaii in ’08, but Wikipedia has convinced me that we were actually at Haleakalā National Park. Either way: volcanoes are fascinating places. If you have a chance to go look at one, take it.

Jan
31
2017
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So I have heard of this thing called the ‘British Burrito.’

Basically, you take a Yorkshire pudding, roll it flat, and then wrap the roast beef of Old England inside of it.  Gravy on the side.  …This is a cruel concept for anybody trying to watch his diet.  Which I am unfortunately finding it more and more necessary to do, these days.  Why could nobody have suggested that I learn to fry up a bread with meat fat when I was, say, 25?  I had the metabolism for such things back then!

[pause]

Sorry.

Moe Lane

PS: I probably will try the meatless pudding, at that (using butter for the fat). It seems reasonably easy enough to make, and I have all the ingredients close to hand. Flour, milk, eggs and butter, essentially.

Jan
31
2017
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In the e-Mail: Silver Stars.

Weird… I thought that I had mentioned this series by Michael Grant (first book: Front Lines). It and Silver Stars are set in an alternate timeline where the US Supreme Court had ruled in the 1930s that not only were women eligible for combat duties; they were subject to the draft.  And yes, let us dispose of something, right off the bat: the premise that the Depression-era Supreme Court would even contemplate such a thing blasts right past ‘absurd’ and goes right into ‘Have You Seen The Yellow Sign?’ levels of insanity. So noted.  It’s more or less fantasy, only without the elves and magic spells. (more…)

Jan
31
2017
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One hopes that the ‘Slice of Life’ people learned from Axanar’s mistake.

As in, making sure that the copyright holders of Blade Runner won’t mind them raising money to make a twenty-five minute Slice of Life movie. Let’s not have another Axanar, shall we? The last one caused a lot of hurt feelings, all around.

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Jan
31
2017
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So now my kids’ homework literally requires Thaumatology 101.

No, seriously.  Here’s the situation. My youngest gets sent home with a book each day to help with his reading; and yesterday’s book involved a bear who had a magic pot.  He’d say a phrase, get a pot full of maple syrup, then say another phrase (“Thank you, pot,” or something like that) and the pot would stop making syrup.  So the bear’s sister gets the pot, utters the first phrase, but doesn’t remember the second phrase. The pot overflows the town until the first bear can show up and turn off the flow. (more…)

Jan
30
2017
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‘America.’

Nope, actually, feeling a bit chipper right now. Got a story out the door today; sure, it’s not its first time on the circuit, but it still feels pretty nice to send it off. So the mood is good, actually. Why were you asking?

America, Simon & Garfunkel

Jan
30
2017
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Oh, and if you were trying to remember where that online Pac-Man thing was…

…it was the Google Doodle for May 21, 2010. Link here: there doesn’t seem to be any way to get it to embed, sorry. But, hey: we can play it on a browser tab, these days! Funny old world and funny old future shock, hey?

Jan
30
2017
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Masaya Nakamura has passed.

He was 91.  For those who don’t know: Masaya Nakamura was the CEO of Namco, which is of course the company that gave us Pac-Man. It is not that video games would have never been created if Namco had stayed exclusively in the amusement park ride business; it is that the entire industry would be different today if Namco had. Arcade games shaped them from the start, and arcade games are the way that they are based on decisions made by Nakamura.  That’s a powerful influence to have on popular culture.

My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Jan
30
2017
1

The Final ‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailer.

They might just pull this one off.

If so, go them. I’ll feel a lot better about the live-action Mulan WHICH THEY HAD BETTER NOT SCREW UP. In particular, this scene must be perfect. I have used this scene for decades as an illustration on how you use your Intelligence stat in a game: (more…)

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