In September...

In September...

The title is not original, but inspire by Walker's post. Since I don't hang out on Twitter anymore, he pointed me to this post by ACKs creator Alexander Macris: On the 11th of September, 1683, an army of 150,000 Ottoman Muslims under Kara Mustafa attacked Vienna, defended by only 11,000 Christian soldiers. The defenders held out until King John Sobieski III of Poland arrived with a relief force. Sobieski led the largest cavalry charge in history, his force of Winged Hussars charging down Bald Mountain to route and destroy the Ottoman forces. The glorious victory of Christendom is…

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NOT an Intro to Anime

NOT an Intro to Anime

"You've never watched anime? You have to watch Akira!" Eh.... no. Before some idiot gets his panties in a wad and proves that I should block him for being an insofferable git, I can fairly say I've been hooked on some form of anime since at least the broadcast of Space Cruiser Yamato as "Star Blazers" in the early eighties, and in high school was swapping videotape copies to watch everything from Megazone 23 to Area 88 with no subtitles or dubs. Some of us with two VCR's were starting to edit to gether bits and pieces to music -…

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Kenosha Games

Kenosha Games

It's been busy the last couple weeks, and when not occupied with work, I've been catching up on a lot of reading. Also - things have been changing so fast that it's been futile to spend too much depth on any current event as by the time I mulled it over, the sundry details were beaten to death, and something new came up. Stepping back - this isn't even about Kenosha. There have been a number of office-related shootings in different towns since then, but the attempts to make something of them have furtively fizzled out. I am not sure…

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RPGs - Shared Power

RPGs - Shared Power

Over the last decade, I've run and played Pathfinder (I know...), played Dungeon World, and run ACKs and Classic (1st gen) Traveller. I've also had a fair bit of exposure to FATE, the recent version of Paranoia, and the world of darkness vampire setting. The less said about the latter, the better. So what did Pathfinder get right? Mostly, a lavishly filled out game world and background, with solid art and production values, as the core system was "d20," a reskinned open-source D&D 3.5 which took off as Wizards of the Coast completely - in the opinion…

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The Three R's

The Three R's

Reading, Ritin', 'Rithmetic. It's long been noted that homeschooling is not just a good idea because it's a better option than current public schools are supposed to be - instead it could now be a matter of life, death, or sanity. In case you needed a reminder: First of all, even when indoctrination is back burnered, it is likely that teaching to read using proven effective methods is not a priority - following the latest teaching fads is. For decades, reading instruction in American schools has been rooted in a flawed theory about how reading works, a theory that was…

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"Did you hear about what happened in Minnesota?"

"Did you hear about what happened in Minnesota?"

I had a surreal experience recently that displayed a total lack of awareness among the midwit, "educated" liberals who believe CNN. First, a digression to an excellent, relevant article I discovered via "Further Reading" over at Decline and Fall - I am remiss in adding the Unz report to my reader stream, but regularly get passed good articles there. In it, Antony Karlin shows what it means to deal with average, and below average IQ, and what the consequence is for something as simple as differentiating greater from lesser. Only 52% could do item AB30901, which is to look at…

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Roundup

Roundup

It's been a while, and I've accumilated a few odds and ends that don't call for a full post. Hate is bad. So we are told. Of course, the same people will gladly tell us that "White Lives Don't Matter". I know, I know, they'll tell you that it's not "white lives" as in "the lives of white people," but instead "white lives" as in "lives lived as if you were white" - she even somewhat clarified it.  Leaving aside you'd think that a college professor would be aware of the implications of her choice of words, AND that if…

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Panzerkampf

Panzerkampf

The largest tank battle fought started on July 5th, and ended on August 23rd of 1943, between the the German army, and the Soviet army, at Kursk, in the USSR. Of course Sabaton has a song for it. And a history episode. While we're at it, a cover. I think the art is fanart, for Girls und Panzer.…

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