We Had a Word For Them

We Had a Word For Them

“Convergence” is the process through which SJW’s infiltrate an organization, to the point at which it can no longer perform it’s ostensible primary job because time, effort, and attention is being given to things like “representation”, demographics, etc., rather than actually being productive (ostensibly on the theory that “diverse” people via skin color, different body parts, whatever, despite being just like anyone else, are so amazingly different that including them automatically improves things). So, we have a new case. D&D and the RPG community, hell, all of hobby boardgaming for the most part, is so thoroughly progressive that finding anyone Read more »

Conflicting Impulses

Conflicting Impulses

One of the trends I’ve seen over the last few months is the increasing number – outside of die-hard neverTrumpers like Bill Kristol, who are becoming resigned to the fact that the left is going absolutely nuts. And yes, we’re not at the levels of active violence that we saw in the 60’s, but we’ve got a large pool of snowflakes with fragile egos that are currently screaming, often literally, in incoherent rage, and the media and companies firmly buying in to “conservatives don’t deserve to live.” Sure, they don’t use those words – most of the time – but Read more »

Triplanetary – Astrogation

Triplanetary – Astrogation

I mentioned that one of the tests – all solitaire – I ran to try out the game and rules was a three-ship setup of the solar system “grand tour” scenario. One of the ships started on Ganymede, and a photo I’d included showed the course. Here’s an explanation of the course. In retrospect, it was bloody brilliant. Above is the overall course from the beginning through turn 13, as the corvette begins to make speed to shoot a gap in the asteroid belt on its way to bypass Mars. A requirement was that you had to go through the Read more »

Art Monday

Art Monday

Art is not merely in the eye of the beholder.  Also – we’ve come to conflate “high art” with art – and worse, “art” with things that are neither beautiful nor requiring skill, nor even comprehensible without referencing the world around them at the moment instead of a work in and of themselves. Brian Niemeier in an epic set of tweets defines the responsibility of the artist, which Bradford Walker gathers up and adds some more insightful commentary. A reality check for writers who may have been taken in by Chuck, The-Evil-That-Devours: The correct definition of “art”, universally known before Read more »

Triplanetary

Triplanetary

The usual art post may slide into Tuesday as I got a bit distracted. I finally received my copy of the third edition of Triplanetary, brought back to life by Steve Jackson Games via a kickstarter project. Unlike the designers edition of OGRE, they’d learned their lessons and didn’t suffer from a year delay which the previous project had due to its near-catastrophic success. The game has a long history – and is one of the first games designed by Marc Miller of Traveller fame (also, the author of the excellent Agent of the Imperium set in the same universe). Read more »

It’s Just a Rogue [Whatever]

It’s Just a Rogue [Whatever]

One of the aspects of 4th gen and distributed warfare is how easy it is to dismiss individual attacks as just “rogue actors”. It’s not like the Tzarnev brothers, or your random joe jihad driving a truck of peace, or using a knife of peace, or (even in Europe, though less often) a gun of peace to enthusiastically greet the nearest snackbar with an “aloha!” are part of a military organization with a strict hierarchy, regular drills, and uniforms. It lies in part in the “unseen” – or what Eric Raymond (at least I first heard it at Armed and Read more »

Taking Sides

Taking Sides

Despite leaving the states, and currently taking some time off in Russia, the Didact is knocking it out of the park with his Fathers Day post, and this one… Then there is only one side. His side. With Him, or against Him. That is all there is to it. The nations of Mankind are inventions of ours – created for very good reasons and designed to keep different peoples apart, as they should and as they must. But ultimately, they succeed or fail based on their ability to comply with the laws of Nature, and therefore of Nature’s God. Think upon this for a moment and you will Read more »

It’s a Pretty Cake, But Do I HAVE To Eat It?

It’s a Pretty Cake, But Do I HAVE To Eat It?

Cake. The Band. Walked into somewhere recently and was reminded how much of a love-hate relationship I have with these guys. Musically, tight as hell, but with such a toxic degree of hipster cynicism that it’s no surprise I haven’t listened to them in years. The first song I’d ever heard was “Frank Sinatra” – and for those of you familiar with Peter Murphy’s solo career, at first I wondered if he had a new album out (I recall this being shortly before he actually did release a new solo album, but…) Shortly after I heard “The Distance” and, having Read more »