Jul
31
2017
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‘Turning Japanese.’

Because it’s 1980s, and because my Secret World Legends character will be kicking down the door to Tokyo soon. SOON.

Turning Japanese, The Vapors

Jul
31
2017
3

In Nomine Revisited: Salem, Mercurian Archangel of Civics.

This is over a decade and a half old at this point; it’s also based off of the canonical Angel of Cities for In Nomine. Nice to see that I was sensible, even back in the day.

Salem, Mercurian Archangel of Civics – Google Docs

Salem

Mercurian Archangel of Civics

 

The world is built from all of us.  Build it anew each day.

She is the newest Archangel; and from her point of view, her apotheosis comes none too soon.  For too long Heaven has permitted human governments and politics to develop and evolve without specific, Superior-level oversight.  This is not a criticism of the Host, of course: there is a War going on, and when one’s back is to the wall one is well-advised to emphasize utility over elegance.  Still, the matter required rectifying, and Salem is the avatar of that rectification.  There will be changes made, wrongs redressed — and not a few of the Enemy are about to suddenly discover that their control of human society is perhaps not so secure as they may have thought.

These are indeed interesting times.

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Jul
31
2017
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And thus ends The Fermi Resolution on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/MoeLane

Personally, I think that The Fermi Resolution is some of my best work.  Which you can check out on Patreon, for as little as a buck a month!  Plus short stories and microfiction!  In fact, I just posted a short-short story there this evening!  Take a look!

Jul
31
2017
1

Secret World Legends’ Steam Launch today, Whispering Tide Event starts tomorrow.

If you have Steam, Secret World Legends is integrated into it. However, if you already have an existing Patron account for Secret World Legends, don’t link it yet.  They’re having integration issues tonight.

As for Whispering Tide: I’ve been looking forward to doing this one for a while.  When I started playing The Secret World, they had just begun to wrap up that particular event, and I missed it.  I’ve wanted to play it ever since.  Gonna be fun!

Jul
31
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Outback Is Actually Controlled By The Gnomes of Zurich edition.

There’s a lot of third-hands on this one: that link leads to a People article that references a tweet by a random Commie who is apparently convinced that Outback Restaurants are tools of the Bavarian Illuminati because you can draw five-pointed stars on Google Maps.  Because that’s the world we live in, now.  Ah, clickbait:

Still, Steve Jackson Games’ Illuminati is excellent.

Jul
31
2017
2

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS SEQUEL” comic oh never mind.

Yeah, sure, that’s OK.

A sequel to Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion film The Nightmare Before Christmas is on the way, but it’s going to be in comic form, according to THR. Manga publisher Tokyopop has nabbed the rights for the film follow-up. In Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey, we get a chance to catch up with arguably everyone’s favorite character, Zero the ghost dog, Jack Skellington’s loyal companion. The story will be about Zero’s adventures while lost in Christmas Town.

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Jul
31
2017
2

Warner Brothers Wants Oscar Gold for Wonder Woman.

Well… as my father used to say: it’s good to want.

Variety reports that the studio is considering a “formidable awards-season campaign” for the film, targeting both a Best Picture nomination for the film and Best Director nomination for Patty Jenkins. To date, only four women have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar: Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), with Bigelow being the only winner. Jenkins’ first film, Monster, secured Charlize Theron her own Best Actress Academy Award.

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Jul
31
2017
1

The Killer Klowns Orchestral Soundtrack Indiegogo.

I was tipped to the Killer Klowns Orchestral Soundtrack Indiegogo by Constant Reader BigGator5. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I’ve never seen the flick.  But, well, this fellow is in some indefinable way firmly Of My People:

Tribal obligations cannot be denied. Besides, I suspect that this will indeed tickle some of my readers’ fancies, or at least their wallets.  Certainly there’s some enthusiasm about having a new Killer Klowns soundtrack kicked up a notch…

Moe Lane

PS: Deadline’s in a week.

Jul
30
2017
2

Item Seed: The D-Day Bullet

D-Day Bullet – Google Docs

 

The D-Day Bullet

This item was the first bullet from a German Mauser rifle fired at Utah Beach that killed a member of the American military. There is a lot of occult discussion as to just who was the first real casualty of D-Day; as a result, there are several items that can be plausibly claimed to represent the first fatal shot made against the Allies that day.  This particular Bullet, however, is so powerful that it almost glows in the dark for non-magic users, so there’s that.

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Jul
30
2017
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Western Civilization decides not to fall: Dunkirk tops the Emoji movie.

OK, lemme just say: yes, I am being a snob here. I admit that.  I think that making a movie out of a bunch of the pictographs that you have on your smartphone starts out as a dumb idea, and that I am not giving the movie anything like a fair chance, and that people who liked the movie and it’s OK that they like it because who the Hell am I to judge them? might be justifiably suspicious that I am being a snob about them, too. I cop to all of this.

But it still would have been a bit personally unsettling to have one of the most fascinating movies about war in the last forty years not beat out a movie that has a talking poop icon in it, second week or no. Fortunately for my sanity, Dunkirk beat out Emoji, so I can stop being an elitist jackwagon about it.  You can’t really expect a flick like Dunkirk to hit #1 three weekends running, especially in the summer.  And, as a lot of people noted, there aren’t that many movies for kids out there in the cinemas right now.

So there’s that.

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Jul
30
2017
4

A Chicken and Dumplings Day.

Honestly, it was a slow day. The most interesting thing? Chicken and dumplings. We were figuring out what to do with dinner. I had tossed in some fresh corn to boil because we accidentally had forgotten about the last batch of corn until it was kind of terrifying, and we had some leftover chicken. My wife mused about that for a moment, murmured “Chicken and corn. Chicken and dumplings? Do we have chicken broth?”

Of course we have chicken broth. There’s always several different kinds of broth in the pantry, because I mostly do the shopping at this point (which is why there’s also always one-use Emergency Pork and Beans) and if you have broth you are halfway to recycling your leftovers. As it was in this case. Came out good, too. I do not know how to dumpling well, alas, but my wife does, so I left it to her and it came out nice, with a good heavy gravy. It could have only been better if we were eating it in November, but the weather’s been nice, so… eh?

And that was my day. Chicken. And dumplings. Not very exciting, but tasty.

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