Jan
19
2017
4

Welp, this was not the path we expected to be taking…

…at least, it wasn’t the one that I was expecting to be taking. But it’s the one we all ended up on; and we all seem to have gotten through it with our personal honor intact.  Thanks for keeping me company on the road, now and hopefully for a good while yet in the future. As I said, back on New Year’s Eve:

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Jan
19
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, Cows Eating Skittles edition.

…I got nothing, folks.

Jan
18
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, @Arbys Has A Credibly Geekish Social Media Wing edition.

This is remarkably well-played. Shoot, Arby’s social media people apparently even have a small budget. Or at least somebody good at cutting up cardboard.

Jan
18
2017
0

So, the Netflix/treadmill thing might actually work.

I walked for a half hour while watching the beginning of the pilot for Supergirl.  Actual exercise was had and it’s obviously better for me than obsessively doing the social media click cycle looking for responses, likes, shares, and — God forbid — people signing up for my Patreon. Oh, and processing rejection slips: I’m finally starting to get some of those.  I was starting to worry that I was sending this stuff out and they were hitting the equivalent of a brick wall, or something like that*.

So, productive day, in its way.

Moe Lane

*Sure, I’d rather cash checks. But one of the submissions got bounced because the magazine was going out of business, which isn’t the story’s fault, at least. Which is a morbid way of looking at it, to be sure, but then: ‘morbid’ describes the publishing industry right down to a T.

Jan
16
2017
6

Tweet of the Day, A Big-Ass Alligator Deserves No Less edition.

Yup, that’s a real alligator, from the real state of Florida. Which is to say, very very far away from me and I’m all right with that.  I understand that it’s apparently an amiable sort of alligator, seeing as it walked right past a bunch of photographers who seem to have a classic GURPS Horror-style Delusion about how having a camera makes them invulnerable – but what if the alligator changes its mind?

Jan
15
2017
8

I need some techie eyeballs on this monitor scheme.

Short version: I’ve got a spare monitor which I want to hook up with a Roku and maybe a set of speakers so that I can watch Netflix while I’m exercising.  Because I need to exercise more.  And no, I’m not shelling out a couple of hundred bucks for a new TV; worst comes to worst, I can just prop up an iPad or something. (more…)

Jan
14
2017
3

Not a great day.

Miserable weather and kids on either the edge of a growth spurt, a cold, and/or boredom meant no game today for me, which is a shame. I spent most of it feeling vaguely dull and uninteresting, too. And the recent departure of sugar from my coffee creamer and soda consumption is JUST FINE, REALLY.

So, basically, I’m going to lurk in a corner of grump.  Grump grump grump.

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, I should have written ‘lurk in a corner and grump.’  But ‘corner of grump’ actually sounds pretty witty. Well… witty, at least.

Jan
13
2017
4

Joerg Sprave has created the full-auto crossbow.

And it is just as beautiful as anyone could ask for.  Mind you, it is electric — Sprave’s taken a power drill and is using it to power the rack and pinion mechanism that recocks the crossbow — but it’s still gorgeous.  Heck, it’s understandable.  Watch this a few times, and you really get how the mechanism works.

Seriously: this is why the single most powerful spell in GURPS is Dancing Object (used to be called Air Golem). You can use it to fuel an entire Industrial Revolution. …But I am getting far afield, here. Suffice it to say that Joerg Sprave really has a gift for this stuff.

Jan
12
2017
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If you are a fan of the Pyrates Royale, check out this GoFundMe.

The Pyrates Royale were a favorite local band that did the Renn Faire circuit; as you might guess from the name, they were pretty heavy on the shanties and the nautical songs. A personal favorite of mine, in fact. And it turns out that one of the former band members is now in some financial trouble, so I dropped some cash her way.

As I said: it’s a good band, with good people. This is one of their albums, and it’s good. Worth tracking down.

Jan
12
2017
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Tweet of the Day, In Accordance With The Prophecy edition.

You all knew that this day would come.

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