Jun
30
2017
3

Book of the Week: The Day of the Triffids.

John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids is of interest to me not just because of the book, but because for some reason I thought that I was thinking of the 1962 movie version of it when I was actually thinking of the 1981 BBC miniseries. Which makes more sense, because I was wondering how 1962 could have possibly managed to make a movie that was actually faithful to the book. Short answer: it didn’t, of course.  Anyway, good book, well worth revisiting’ but just remember that it was written in the 1950s.

And so, adieu to A Civil Campaign. (more…)

Jun
30
2017
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Church of the Brazen Serpent [Day After Ragnarok]

Church of the Brazen Serpent – Google Docs

Church of the Brazen Serpent

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

 

Three years ago it was just another snake cult — actually, three years ago it was just a pair of minor medical Greek organizations at the University of Kansas. Then the Serpentfall happened, and the brothers at the local chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon soon discovered that certain of their rituals seemed to have rather more real-world medical relevance than they had had before.  Meanwhile, the sisters of Sigma Theta Tau discovered something similar, only in the field of prophecy and divination. Fortunately for them, in the chaos that gripped Kansas City — along with the rest of the Poisoned Lands — anyone with demonstrable medical skill could be forgiven minor foibles, such as ‘honoring’ the brazen serpent of the Old Testament and favorably mentioning the Witch of Endor in sermons. After all, it really was all in the Bible.  

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Jun
30
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, I Would Go To This Production Of Hamlet edition.

This would be genius.  Genius.

I’m not one for modern-clothing productions of Shakespeare — this is solely aesthetic on my part; I’m well aware that it’s a tradition that dates back to, well, Shakespeare — but I’d watch this. I’d watch the heck out of this.

Jun
30
2017
8

House Armed Services Committee votes to create US Space Force.

I’m just going to toss out this bit of current affairs out there and note that, while this story itself is (barely) not political, virtually all of the fallout is going to be: “As part of its version of the 2018 Defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday night to create a sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces: the U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s current space missions.” Go look up the names of everybody in that article who is talking about it, if you’re not wise in the way these things go. Anyway: yes, we’re overdue for a branch of the military dedicated to space. We are massively overdue for one*.

Via Glenn Reynolds.

Moe Lane

*Full disclosure: my wife is a civilian engineer working for the Department of Defense, in a capacity that is relevant to this story.

Jun
30
2017
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Long Fourth of July weekend this weekend…

…gonna be up the country without a reliable cellular signal. And the wi-fi ain’t gonna be great, either. And, heck, I should just probably relax and eat hamburgers off of the grill until Tuesday anyway. And do go-carts.  My kids remember that there are go-karts up there.

So, quiet posting this weekend.

Jun
30
2017
1

Hollywood actor hires another black dude to play him at Hollywood premiere…

…and guess what happened?

Hannibal Buress portrays Coach Wilson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he apparently wanted to skip the premiere so he hired an imposter instead. I’d like to say it was a look-alike, but that was definitely not the case here because the guy looked nothing like the comedian…

For the most part, it seems that nobody noticed, which is strange because [hired impersonator Joe] Carroll looks nothing at all like Hannibal Buress except for the fact that they are both black and have shaved heads.

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Jun
29
2017
2

24 hours left on the Torg Eternity Kickstarter…

…which means 24 hours to go, and then I can stop resolutely ignoring the $200 tier.  I mean, i know full well that I’m not playing Torg Eternity any time soon.  The thirty buck level should be fine, given that I have half the PDFs from the old line already.  Still, it calls to me.  Callllllsssss…..

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1216685848/torg-eternity/description

Jun
29
2017
3

This Batman v. Superman clip makes me want to play Arkham City again.

Even though I could never finish the last boss battle.  Maybe if I started over, and learned how to fight properly in Arkham City?  It’s a thought…

Jun
29
2017
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I suspect Bioware itself of originating the Mass Effect Andromeda DLC rumors.

Seems easy enough: first, set up a rumor from a shop purporting to be doing Mass Effect Andromeda DLC that there actually won’t be any story-based DLC (which everybody is largely assuming to be true, so why is it a rumor).  Then, let the rumor spread.  Finally, put out a response saying:

Boom! Instant buzz.  Or not.  I don’t care: if reporting this gets interest up in ME:A DLC, now that they’ve patched the animation bugs and everything, I will happily report away. I want to know what happened with the quarian Ark, dagnabbit.

Jun
29
2017
4

Quote of the Day, You Can Maybe Relax About Spider-Man: Homecoming edition.

Currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes (read here for Wired’s declaration of kanly against Rotten Tomatoes, largely for its ability to generate phrases like that).  Anyway, the reviews are starting to come in, and this line is particularly good:

Marvel movies succeed because they’re not just superhero movies. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a ’70s conspiracy thriller; Guardians of the Galaxy a space opera. Enter Spider-Man: Homecoming, a frothy and witty John Hughes high school comedy that just happens to feature a superhero or two.

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