Jun
22
2019
4

‘Danegeld.’

Danegeld, Michael Longcor

Link’s to his Kipling set to music CD Norman & Saxon, and you absolutely need a copy why have you not bought a copy yet here’s a link to the album on Firebird Arts and Music I don’t get a referral fee for this but you should buy it anyway geez.

Jun
22
2019
4

Scenes from the Coming Golden Age of Cyber-raiding.

I cannot possibly see how this can end badly for anyone.

 A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses.

The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it wanted to retrieve its records, which the hackers encrypted. The council already voted to spend almost $1 million on new computers and hardware after hackers captured the city’s system three weeks ago.

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Jun
22
2019
8

Is Just Cause 4 any good?

I ask because I just watched this about the second Just Cause

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Jun
22
2019
0

Book of the Week: Between Two Scorpions.

Just grabbed it now: Between Two Scorpions is from my old buddy Jim Geraghty from the Life*. If you haven’t figured out yet that it’s an espionage thriller… um, it’s an espionage thriller. I look forward to finishing it.

Moe Lane

*Since such things must be said, these days: Jim hasn’t sent me a copy of the book, or done anything to shill it to me. I’m putting this up because I want to.

Jun
22
2019
0

Tin Cup [GURPS 4e]

Tin Cup [450 pt]

Attributes [150]: ST 10/25*, DX 13 [60], IQ 14 [80], HT 11 [10], HP 10, Will 14, Per 14, FP 11

Basic Lift 20/125*

Damage 1d-2/1d; 2d-+2/ 5d-1*

*When wearing Tinman Suit.

Basic Speed 6, Basic Move 6, Ground Move 6, Water Move 1

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Jun
21
2019
0

Item Seed: Stradwolb.

Stradwolb

Description: they look like normal blow darts, although the faint blue glow is a little disconcerting if you have a background in nuclear physics.  Yup, Cherenkov radiation! But don’t worry, that’s just a reaction from all the tachyons. There’s a small hollow section that can be used to fit a small note in.

There’s a lot of double talk about time travel and quantum entanglement and closed temporal loops involved, but the process itself is simple: you insert a stradwolb in its specially-made blowpipe, and shoot it at someone or something. When it hits, it uses up all of its stored energy to travel back in time for a variable amount; the average human being, if he blows really, really hard, can send stradwolb back about five minutes.  It will reappear loosely attached to whatever or whoever it was shot at (not enough to cause damage, but enough to not immediately fall off, either).

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Jun
21
2019
4

Red Sonja movie back on track for some reason.

I dunno. As a project Red Sonja’s been kind of cursed, innit? It’s been in development hell for a decade and the previous director (Bryan Singer) got yanked after he got accused (again) of having sex with minors. So now they’ve brought in Jill Soloway to replace him as director. Now, I’m not going to say “Jill who?” because for all I know, everybody watched Transparent. But this Hollywood Reporter passage is fascinating, in its way:

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Jun
21
2019
1

Quote of the Day, EA Killed, Gutted, And Wore Shame As A Face Mask edition.

I’d like to think that, underneath the ambient sounds in the panel room, a keen-eared observer could maybe hear the flack’s soul dying a little.

“That is what we look at as ‘surprise mechanics,'” EA Legal and Government Affairs VP Kerry Hopkins told the panel when asked about the ethics of loot boxes. “It is important to look at this. If you go to—I don’t know what your version of Target is—a store that sells a lot of toys and you do a search for surprise toys, you will find that this is something people enjoy. They enjoy surprises. It is something that has been part of toys for years, whether it is Kinder eggs or Hatchimals or LOL Surprise!”

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Jun
21
2019
0

The ‘Shadows of Hyperion’ Kickstarter.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I don’t red Ryk E. Spoor. But I’ve heard his name, and he’s definitely one of the guys that my regular readers might read, so check out his Shadows of Hyperion Kickstarter. Old-school Sci-Fi, from the looks of it, and needs that final burst in the last week. So take a look.

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