Sep
16
2017
0

Movie of the Week: Wonder Woman.

Sure, it comes out next week (on International Talk Like A Pirate Day, by the powers!), but if you’re going to use Wonder Woman as a quick-and-easy Christmas present for your nieces or whatnot you might as well order it through this site.  Besides, it was a good movie.  And a good superhero flick, which is not exactly the same thing.

And so, adieu to Kong: Skull Island.

Hmm.

Hey! (more…)

Sep
16
2017
1

Book of the Week: The Mucker.

The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs is frankly speculative. S.M. Stirling casually referenced it in his new book The Black Chamber — which promises to be a text guaranteed to make people’s teeth grind in a most ecumenical fashion — and apparently it’s supposed to be one of ERB’s underrated works.  So, hey, I grabbed it, and I’ll read it after I finish the latest Eric Flint EARC. Why not?

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Sep
16
2017
0

Creature Seed: Psionic Tongue Zombies.

Blame this.

Psionic Tongue Zombies – Google Docs

Psionic Tongue Zombies

 

Install a chip in people’s tongues to help them with their sleep apnea, they said.  Bathe their craniums with regular doses of electromagnetic energy, they said.  Make it all accessible via the Internet Of Things, they said.  You can probably see where this is going, right?

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Sep
16
2017
1

Has anyone tried “Beyond Skyrim: Bruma” yet?

I mean, Beyond Skyrim: Bruma looks very pretty. And I have a fondness for the obsessive labors of love that Bethesda modders* can bring to a new lands project.  But I also don’t want to spend two days getting the loadsave to work.  Anybody try this yet?

Moe Lane

*Both Skyrim and Fallout.  Indeed, I came across this while checking up on the Fallout 4 Cascadia and Capitol Wasteland projects. I’m looking forward to both, particularly the former.

Sep
15
2017
0

September Showcase: September 15th.

We got an upped pledge on the Patreon!

Accordingly, today’s September Showcase is a short piece (The Long Lost Friend) I put together tonight for the express purpose of noting just how much I love Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John stories.  That’s pretty much it.  I liked writing it so much I wanted everybody to read it right now.

But I always won’t do that, so get in on the Patreon today!

 

 

 

Sep
15
2017
0

Item Seed: Tennis Shoes.

Tennis Shoes – Google Docs

Tennis Shoes

These magic items subtly alter the path of projectiles, thus aiming them at the person wearing the Tennis Shoes.  It won’t unnaturally curve the trajectory of a projectile, but ‘in the general direction of’ is usually good enough to ensure a hit.  If somebody is actually aiming the projectile at someone, a hit is almost assured.  The top velocity of the projectile must be no more than about one hundred miles an hour, which means that it works on baseballs — but not, say, arrows. Also, the projectiles generally aim for the center of mass; this is not a spell for headshots.

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Sep
15
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, Jamie Lee Curtis Returns To The Halloween Series edition.

So they’re making another Halloween movie.  Yes, Jamie Lee Curtis’s character died onscreen in the 2002 movie in this series.  And apparently they’re just going to ignore everything that happened after Halloween 2 and go on from there.

Which isn’t what of interest to me.  And what is?  Well, I’m gonna be honest, here.  The phrase ‘won the genetic lottery’ comes to mind:

Sep
15
2017
1

In the Mail: @SJGames’ GURPS Dungeon Fantasy.

Isn’t Dungeon Fantasy pretty-looking? Basically, this is everything that you’d need to run a much more modular fantasy RPG adventure campaign while at the same time using the GURPS system (hence, the entire ‘Powered by GURPS’ thing).  It looks real nice, but I’m the wrong person to ask about that. I may not speak Fourth Edition, but I understand it well enough that I’d just sort of paper any problems over in my head and just keep on going.

So why did I buy it?  Gee, well, it has GURPS in the title.  That should be a pretty strong hint as to why, yes?

Sep
15
2017
4

*Finally* saw ‘It.’

Short version: It – heh – Did Not Suck! Always nice when that happens with a Stephen King movie. If you like the book, this adaptation will not grate on you.  Even if you were originally raising an eyebrow at how they broke up the book.

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Sep
15
2017
2

Chrome to put hard limits on video autoplay.

It won’t be perfect, but the news that “Chrome is to block automatic play of videos with sound unless the user has indicated they are interested in such clips” is welcome anyway. It’s a trickier problem than you’d think to do anything except a flat ban of the process.  Particularly since those who inflict autoplay videos on the rest of us in the first place are also the sort of people who will actively try to get around any restrictions.

I don’t want to judge people who code autoplay videos into their pages.  There’s been a time or two where I didn’t have a choice but to put up something that autoplayed, although I always tried to put it up after the fold. But if you’re one of those advertisers or content providers… please stop, OK?  You’re increasing the amount of grimness in the universe.

Sep
14
2017
1

‘Fanny Power.’

My favorite Japanese Celtic band in the whole wide world.

Fanny Power, Sheena

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