Uncoalesced

Uncoalesced

Have a couple posts mulling in my head that are not yet ready to be put down, nor to have a chunk broken off to post (usually later figuring out that’s all I need to be said). One topic is from several recent articles of SJW’s in tech and a couple of old postings over at Eric Raymond’s Blog. The second link is an article on Kafkatraps well worth reading on its own… and if you search for the articles, the usual suspects get their panties in a bunch. Another relates to GM style, rules, and campaign worlds from a Read more »

Materialism – it’s About the Experiences Too

Materialism – it’s About the Experiences Too

Return of Kings has an interesting article on what they call the “hedonic treadmill.” titled “Are You On A Treadmill Of Materialism That Goes Nowhere?” Prepare yourself because it is only going to get worse. The giant marketing machine that is the modern media will become even more pervasive and insidious as technology continues to evolve. There will be nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. If you live at all in the digital world the drumbeat for material consumption and accumulation will never stop. Through electronic tracking and sophisticated algorithms you will be increasingly targeted. The goal, of course, Read more »

Star Realms – the Game

Star Realms – the Game

Well -tried the game out finally. I’m not a huge fan of deck-builders generally – the kind where you build your deck in-game – but have been reasonably successful playing my friends in the DC comic themed games, and seriously considering buying Core Worlds. Overall, I liked it, despite the usual huge frustration at watching opponents grab up the cards I want and then trying to figure out how they’re chaining together 30-40 points of damage when I can’t stop my 1-point scouts from popping up. For those who aren’t familiar with how the game plays, you start out with Read more »

Temples of Iron and Searching for Dragons

Temples of Iron and Searching for Dragons

I stumbled across this a while back, and haven’t known how to present it. All I can tell you is that it has given me a lot to think about, a lot to reflect on, and little that I feel I can add. Go look up the blog “templeofiron.org” – originally “searching for dragons” – and especially this post on why it was called searching for dragons. An excerpt: Jordan continues ONE OF THE OLDEST DRAMATIC REPRESENTATIONS WE KNOW OF, NOT THIS SPECIFIC PAINTING, THIS IS ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON. THE DRAGON LIVES IN THE GROUND… CHASED THERE BY Read more »

Crazy Cat Ladies R Us

Crazy Cat Ladies R Us

On Saturday the Frisky Pagan reviewed a Hugo-nominated story called Our Talons can Crush Galaxies, by Brook Bolander. He was not kind. I had no intention of reading it for myself to see if he was fair. First, the quotes he provides already make my skin crawl. No, I’m not kidding. I’m used to some grade-A solipsism and narcissism out of feminists, but rarely do I read things that, if the person writing them were in the room with me, I’d be looking for an escape exit and never, under any circumstances, be alone with them. Some examples, you ask? Crap. Read more »

On Seagulls and Greatness

On Seagulls and Greatness

Over at Seagull Rising Jon Mollison discusses Cora Buhlert and her lack of awareness of what she refers to. Cora B in bold…. *Does anybody else find the idea of a rabid puppy taking inspiration from Jonathan Livingston Seagull of all things as funny as I do? Of course she thinks it’s funny.  She doesn’t know what you’re talking about.  Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the story of a seagull whose unwillingness to conform to the demands of the crowd results in his expulsion from the flock.  It was adopted by the hippy-dippy movement in the 1970s as they struggled to Read more »

Weaponized Autism

Weaponized Autism

Vox Day had recently posted on the controversial teaching methods of a certain college professor who has some rather controversial teaching methods involving anti-free speech rioting and bike locks. It was noted how it was the 4chan guys at /pol/ that tracked down the professor from various images of the event. Two comments I found interesting. /pol/ = weaponized autism I f*cking love these guys. Their ongoing persecution of the Le Barf fool, and the ease with which they’ve run rings around him, is just … delicious. May they never grow up. This is of course referring to the earlier Read more »

Alt-Star Wars, and Childhood

Alt-Star Wars, and Childhood

Bradford Walker has suggested we fork Star Wars, and then proceeded to suggest some other sources to look at – and said sources immediately tugged at some truly nostalgic memories. First – Yamato. While I’d had some exposure while visiting the grandparents via Boston channels to the giant-robot cartoons out of Japan, “Star Blazers”, as it was released in the states, was truly something else. Sure, the Battleship was awesome, but instead of a giant, and even then, sortof cheesy robot (despite also fondly remembering “Shogun Warriors”, you had a spaceship that looked like a battleship, interesting characters, nail-biting action, Read more »