Traveller Spaceship Combat

Traveller Spaceship Combat

On the one hand, the Squadron Strike variant for Traveller is not out yet, but even that, which explicitly went for fleet-ship combat rather than player-scale combat, is a completely different beast from old-school traveller. Traveller was created and conceived before blockbuster space movies. It’s a product of the ethos running through a great many science fiction novels from the fifties and sixties, so things just don’t play out like what you see in Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek II. A High Guard fleet battle will run for days as the titanic battlecruisers slowly grind each other down. And the small ship engagements depicted Read more »

Choose the Nature of Your Doom

Choose the Nature of Your Doom

I almost laughed at the latest periscope “Darkstream” by Vox Day. I had just mentioned the other day that people familiar with actual narcissists and their inability to admit fault, their utter unwillingness to be seen as less than perfect, would never mistake Vox for one insecure in facing his failures – and in a marvelous bit of synchronicity, Vox does a bit of life coaching using his own failures as examples for how and why one should learn to face, and not be ashamed of, their failures. The Darkstream itself is worth listening to, but one other point jumped Read more »

More NFL Stuff

More NFL Stuff

Dave Rubin often gets it, but being the dedicated – if reasonable and honest – liberal that he is sometimes has his blind spots. I left this as a comment to his recent video. Everything you said, I generally agree with. However, I think you missed something. The sacred. It’s an aspect that appears to be a blind spot of yours, and per Haidt, is a common blind spot among those who self-describe as liberal. If they were JUST protesting police brutality, and systemic racism, say by making comments on TV interviews, etc. or wearing badges, or helmet stickers, or Read more »

Not Quite Cognitive Dissonance – aka “Teh Stoopid, it Burns.”

Not Quite Cognitive Dissonance – aka “Teh Stoopid, it Burns.”

Cognitive dissonance is sometimes described as “the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.” I’m not going to claim I’ve never been in that position, but one legacy of my grandparents is the ongoing quest for something like truth, and testing what I believe – checking my assumptions and what Eric Raymond would refer to as “killing the buddha.” No, change and admitting one was wrong is still not comfortable or easy – any belief you’ve come to through trial and error, especially a major change in outlook, will Read more »

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

First of all, love the shirt. “Better dead than red” indeed. And an aside on the whole NFL thing… “And, you know, when I think about his whole thing is when was Amer-, make America great again. Now we see that 1817 is more likely when he’s thinking about America being great. As opposed to us kneeling on behalf of righteousness and justice, he wants us to be kneeling in the cotton fields again.” Actually, I think Trump is asking them to stand up like men. They expect respect and aren’t showing any in turn. In other news, in case Read more »

Retrospective

Retrospective

I’ve been cleaning up old posts now that I’m using WordPress, mostly in order to catch misformatting between the css at google and here that causes weird issues like text flowing through various vids. It’s also resulted in me finding a few posts worth revisiting, where there’s a little more to add. First, in the light of McCain voting, again, to shut down repealing Obamacare with that grin of his, and the republican establishment in general proving themselves opportunistic liars regarding their willingness to take out government control of the economy (funny how suddenly leftists like Colbert are concerned about Read more »

NFL-tards

NFL-tards

I’d been inclined to skip this entire topic but the post by Peter Grant is well worth reading. A critical point from it: I think there are a great many Americans who do understand the meaning of our flag and our national anthem.  To see NFL players deliberately disrespecting that, putting identity politics over nation, is not just upsetting to us – it’s flat-out disgusting.  If they do not respect the symbols of our nation, they should just get it over with and give up their citizenship.  We don’t need them wasting our oxygen, consuming our resources and trashing what we hold dear. Read more »

Indeed, One Does

Indeed, One Does

In a post titled “One Has to Ask” Peter Grant looks at the current results of the drug war. given the abysmal failure of the War On Drugs:  is it time to just let this stuff come in, and allow the drug addiction problem to solve itself through natural selection?  After all, drugs – particularly ‘hard’ drugs – are today much easier to find, and far more affordable, than they were at the start of the War On Drugs in 1971. Keep in mind, he’s a preacher, and one of the more compassionate people I know in terms of his willingness Read more »