Jun
18
2017
5

Item Seed: Beer Gun.

Beer Gun – Google Docs

 

Beer Gun

 

This thing, to put it simply, is a monster of mid-20th century engineering.  The Beer Gun looks roughly like a drastically scaled-down version of a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon; while it is light enough to be fired by a person, there’s a handle on the top to grab while firing. The user frankly needs it, given that this thing kicks like a mule. The Beer Gun has six muzzleloading barrels: each barrel can fit one standard-sized can of Budweiser beer from the 1950s (the US Army manual that accompanies each Beer Gun is adamant that only Budweiser is to be used).  The firing mechanism is one heavy-duty titanium spring per barrel: once a chamber has been fired, it takes a total of one minute of steady ratcheting with an included jack to cock the spring back. There are no electrical or chemical components to the Beer Gun at all, and all of the mechanical parts are designed to be as rugged as possible.

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Jun
18
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, You’re Not Going To Believe That These Sculptures Are Real edition.

But apparently they are.  If these are fakes, then they’re fakes that have managed to survive over a century’s scrutiny, which is impressive all by itself.  But, seriously, this is real:

Jun
18
2017
1

Patreon microfiction: “Can’t Catch Me.”

The alternate title to “Can’t Catch Me” ought to be Parents: THINK Before You Tell Your Children Fairy Tales.  Then again, that’s a pretty dang bad title. Or even a worse word than ‘dang.’

Jun
18
2017
2

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s a nice day for doing nothing.  Or so I hear: I’ve been cleaning the house. I had my Father’s Day last weekend, you see.  Beer and Japanese hibachi steak and the house to myself for a couple of days, so don’t feel bad for me.

Jun
18
2017
8

Gal Gadot sings about her breasts, Chris Pine comes clean on armpit hair controversy.

I thought that I was going to roll my eyes on this one, but Gal Gadot and Chris Pine beat me to it. It would seem that Ms. Gadot is happy to write songs about her breast size (she’s pretty pleased about it*) and Mr. Pine started the entire armpit hair controversy as fodder for his application to a PhD. program.  All in all, this entire clip is pretty funny: it’s what you get when two actors are basking in the glow of knowing that their movie just brought in half a billion in two weeks. I approve.

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Jun
18
2017
5

RIP, Stephen Furst.

He passed too young.  Stephen Furst was, of course, Vir Cotto… and a bunch of other things, sure. But it’s as Vir that I’ll remember him.

My prayers and condolences to his family and loved ones as he goes beyond the Rim.

Jun
17
2017
6

Book of the Week: The Hunt For Red October.

I got turned on to Tom Clancy novels by a buddy in college. The Hunt For Red October was maybe the first one I read, because of the movie (which is, of course, excellent, and not least because it boasts a remarkably good cast). It was about then, I think, that I started coming to the (at the time) uncomfortable realization that maybe Ronald Reagan wasn’t an amiable dunce after all.  …Much followed, from that.

And so, adieu to Hard Magic. (more…)

Jun
17
2017
1

So, Free RPG Day was a total whiffleball for me.

The store opened at 10 AM, and when I was there in 2016 when I got to the place at noon-thirty or so there was still tons of stuff left. So I figured getting there at quarter after 11 would be OK, right? Nope! Cleaned out within fifteen minutes.  I’d feel worse about this, except that I had two kids in tow and I wouldn’t have enjoyed standing in line with them for a half hour at 9:30 AM or so. (more…)

Jun
17
2017
0

Group Seed: Reasonable Metahuman Solutions.

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions – Google Docs

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions

 

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions (RMS) is in the metahuman employment business; which, in a world where superheroes and supervillains exist, is not particularly unusual. What does make RMS unusual is that they almost exclusively hire ex-convicts (both villains and henchmen).  The company will even hire violent ex-convicts, provided that they have served their sentences and have no outstanding warrants.  The employee demographics tend to skew towards older metahumans and henchmen, but RMS gets its fair share of younger ex-cons who had a taste of prison, and who aren’t eager to go back.

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Jun
17
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, “Launch Photon Torpedoes” Is Rarely The WRONG Answer edition.

At least, that’s been my experience in gaming.  If they give you a full torpedo load, they’re expecting you to shoot them in the very near future.  And if you do shoot them off too early, they typically give you a reload. So, yeah, “Launch Photon Torpedoes.”

Jun
17
2017
0

It’s Free RPG Day!

I almost missed this! Fortunately, somebody was talking about it on Facebook. Anyway, today is Free RPG Day, and there’s a enough publishers participating in it with gaming supplements that I want to justify my getting the kids dressed and over to Games and Stuff. Might as well: it looks like it’s going to spit rain today, and I gotta get ’em out of the house and doing something.

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