The Doom that Came to My Computer

The Doom that Came to My Computer

It’s been a while. I generally avoid shooters these days. Age has caught up, my reflexes aren’t what they used to be, and the disconnect between head-snapping turns and reality often left me queasy after trying Borderlands 2 for a while. So. I ran into this review of Doom 4 by the inestimable Razorfist. And immediately shilled out the twenty it currently runs. It. Is. Glorious. But first…. please feast on this headline… It’s taken me two years to finally face the new Doom. You see, violence makes him queasy. I can’t remember if it was…

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Self Defense, and Writing About It

Self Defense, and Writing About It

Ben Cheah, author of the fantastic No Gods Only Daimons, reviews Marc MacYoung’s series on writing about fighting. I believe I’ve mentioned the site nononsenseselfdefense.com before. It’s dated, marginally organized, but utterly invaluable in its insights. Writing Violence 1: Getting Shot is all about surviving a two-way shooting range–or not. More than just a technical discussion of the effects of gunshot wounds, MacYoung shows how experienced and inexperienced characters would react, tactics characters would use in certain situations, and skewers common Hollywood myths. Writing Violence 2: Getting Stabbed covers the art of the knife–and,…

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Shaving

Shaving

Seven years ago I bought this double edged safety razor – a Parker 96R that opened like butterfly wings. That razor ($28), a $25 brush, $150 in shaving creams (I’ve tried a number of different ones) and $70 in blades and I still have 60 – odd Derby-brand double-edge blades ready to use. $250 in shaving supplies has lasted me for over 7 years. Compare that to the cost of the typical Gillette Mach3 package of 8 blades. Granted, I shave mostly every other day – the sharp blades shave close and I’ve had more stubble left behind by electric shavers…

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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,…

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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…

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I am tempted to try this out

I am tempted to try this out

Home brewing. From Art of Manliness: If you’re wondering why you need an article on how to make beer from a kit, if it already comes with directions, know that while the kit simplifies and streamlines the brewing process, there are still sticky points the first time you try it. While the first batch of homebrew I made a few years ago was okay, I was pretty clueless about the whole operation. I didn’t really understand what the various supplies were for, I didn’t understand the process enough to know how to troubleshoot any issues, and I…

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How To Act as if You're Actually Intelligent

How To Act as if You're Actually Intelligent

…and not a caricature of what normally think a smart person is (sortof like Colbert used to play a caricature of what liberals *thought* conservative commentators believed, when parodying what they actually did would have been both more honest and funnier). Eric Raymond was encouraged to view a clip of the Big Bang Theory, [and wasn’t impressed](http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=7451): Bleagh. This is supposed to be a show about geniuses? It’s not. It’s a show about a dimwit’s idea of what bright people are like. The slowest person in my peer group could…

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Lifting Technique

Lifting Technique

I’m far from the world’s greatest lifter, but over the last few years have come across a few things that seem to make sense. While “Art of Manliness” is a hit or miss site for me, they certainly have provided a few useful insights in the past. Here’s a series of vids they did with lifter and coach Mark Rippetoe.…

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