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( May. 2nd, 2009 09:22 pm)
I went to the Dr.'s this morning.

Basically, my immune system played a practical joke on me. I got a cold that affected my asthma, which mimicked the H1N1 flu strain with everything but a fever. Relieved, I came home and vegged. I still feel like crap. You know that thing how guys will shrug off most physical pain, but become babies when they're sick? Guilty as charged. This fucking sucks.

Because I've been house-ridden, I missed Free Comic Book Day! I was going to stop by Chuck's Comics today and pick some stuff up. That Buck Rogers comic sounded hella sweet. Stupid fake flu.

I've been loafing a lot, reading lots of Vonnegut today, and I'm patching City of Heroes because I need something to do. I might have to miss Shadowrun tomorrow, too. God dammit.

Kat came over today and gave me chicken soup from Chick-Fil-A. She was like an angel of mercy, clad in work clothes, bearing the gift of delicious healing remedies and love. I could not have asked for a better fiancee, even if I had created her in a lab and given her life in a thunderstorm.

I hope I don't make you sick, Kat!
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( May. 2nd, 2009 02:00 pm)
"If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I'm reading through Armageddon in Retrospect. Once I'm done I think I'll re-read A Man Without A Country. Then I think I'm good to write a few stories I've been kicking around in my head a while.
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( May. 1st, 2009 11:01 pm)
I'm seriously sick. Dizziness, coughing, difficulty breathing, sore throat, ears messed up, nose messed up. Sometimes it feels like I'm breathing fire.

I don't think it's swine flu, but I think I'm going to get checked out anyway.

I'll start panicking when Randall Flagg shows up.
There was a Starship Troopers anime in the 80's.

Starship Troopers! Anime! 80's!

Would you like to know more?

Fuck yes!
My group has decided that they want to do a Police Procedural game set in Cthulhutech.

My job is now to concoct a bunch of particularly heinous crimes that they will have to solve. These can't be any normal heinous crime, either. They have to be cosmic horror heinous crimes.

This is going to be fun.
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I can't get this song out of my head.

Please send help.
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( Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:57 pm)

Now I kind of want autotune. Maybe Melodyne.

And hot damn if this isn't the unofficial theme for my Shadowrun game.
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( Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:15 pm)
1. Choose one or a few of your own characters.
2. Make them answer the following questions.
3. Feel free to go ahead and add some questions yourself!!
4. Then tag three people.

I'm doing two of these. One for my FFXI character, and another for my most successful Shadowrun charcter.

Cutcutcutcutcutcut )
Since I apparently have a readership that ranges from raw milk conspiracy theorists to famous science fiction authors, does this mean that I could maybe get a gig as a science fiction journalist? I'd be good at it. I'd certainly be better than the folks at io9. I mean, if I happen to land an exclusive interview, even a short one, with the man who might produce a new movie adaption of Dune I will not ask dumb questions like "Are they still going to have the blue spice-eye?"

There is such a thing as a stupid question, and that is one of them. Especially when you've got like THREE questions and that's what you come up with.

I know, most of io9 is crap, just like Wired. I hate them both, but they churn out a nugget of good journalism or interesting stories enough that I check them every now and then. I don't know what's worse. Their atrocious attempts at being the Rolling Stone magazine of their respective fields or that I care enough to check them out in spite of their ability to piss me off.
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( Apr. 21st, 2009 12:40 pm)
Japan is weird. We know that. Linux fanatics are weird. We know that, too.

When you combine the two, you get "Ubunchu," a romantic comedy manga about the joys of running Ubuntu on your computer. No, really. You do.

Personally, I'm waiting for the ero doujins based on the manga. I've got a few good titles I could suggest, like "modprobe -v aic7xxx."
I just finished listening to the audiobook of Ender's Game. What can I say about Ender's Game that hasn't already been said? I enjoyed it a lot. I think it says something about me that I would have LOVED being in Battle School at that age. Hell, I think I'd love being in Battle School now. I didn't like the whole thing with Peter and Valentine at first, but once they got into the whole Demosthenes and Locke thing I was sold on it.

Also, I want to name my son Andrew and call him Ender. Is that wrong?

I'm really glad I listened to the audiobook on this one because there's a part at the end where Orson Scott Card talks about how he came up with the idea and the process, and then says that the audiobook version is the way he wants people to experience Ender's Game. I was happy to have experienced it like that. It was really well done. It wasn't quite dramatized, but it had a reader's theater quality to it that was nice.

Will definitely read the comics now.
SO, first things first. I'm getting a good mortgage at a crazy low interest rate with money provided by the Federal Home Loan Bank's first time home buyer grant for part of my down payment. The total monthly payment comes out to less than the rent for a two bedroom appartment. You have NO IDEA how excited I am by this. After seven months of anticipation, hard work, and penny pinching, I'm just glad that the home buying process is moving along, let alone working in my favor. By the end of May I can finally start enjoying the fruits of my labor.

Now, since that's not really what I tend to talk about in this LJ, let me talk about something that I normally do talk about here, and that's role playing games!

Yeah! )
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( Apr. 12th, 2009 12:53 am)

I've been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan lately. This is one of my favorites.
I read this article about Dune RPers in Second Life getting a cease and desist order. I think the justification for this *might* (IANAL) be that things in Second Life is considered the property of the user who created it. I mean, imagine if a Second Life user named Paulyloveschani makes a Second Life version of a Thopter. Does Paulyloveschani get the copyright or does the Herbert camp? I have no idea, but I think I'm siding with the role players on this one. Role playing does not violate copyright, mang.

What's even better is that in his post Cory Doctorow says this:

Good going Trident! There's 130 Herbert megafans who won't be so quick to enjoy, proselytize and spread your client's work next time. Keep it up and you'll soon have the whole world turned off Dune!

So basically, Trident's doing the job that even the rest of the Dune series couldn't do.
Last night I decided to take some time and start reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. I wanted to start on it and maybe go to bed a little on the early side for a change. Well, I didn't go to bed until 1:30 a.m. because I didn't want to put it down.

The book touches on a lot of important things, and I wish that I knew a teenager that I could give this book to when I'm done with it. I'm 24 and still prone to fits of rebellion. This book moves me. I guess because I remember being 17 on a certain September day and wondering why the world had gone so crazy. I still wonder at it sometimes, and I feel terrible for someone who only knows the world as this crazy, paranoid mess. Or have I only been naive, and the world's always been this way and I was oblivious to it before? Either way, I'd like to pass this book on to a young person, because I feel it teaches an important lesson about civics and why liberty is something worth holding on to even in the face of danger. I think that's where this book can do the most good.
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That is a good question. Prepare for a ramble. Also, possible spoilers for Twin Peaks and Fables. Ye be warned.

First, let's assume that Sherlock Holmes is unable to help you at the moment. If you need a fictional detective and you don't rush for Holmes you're not even trying to be helped. But, if he's busy there are plenty of good fictional detectives you can choose from.

The next famous detective Hercule Poirot is a fine choice. He's a brilliant and pleasant fellow who values matters of the mind above all things. Sometimes, though, investigations can get a little physical. Poirot is not the toughest guy around, and those little gray cells will be useless if they're splattered on the pavement. There's always Jane Marple, Agatha Christie's other famous detective. She's an amusing lady and competant detective. I think she'd find that my hometown of Dundalk is rather much like her English village, but with less money and a tiny bit more urban. Again, she's an old lady and might break a hip, but I expect few people would ever get physical with her anyway. I imagine people would tend to disregard her, and that would turn out to be her biggest boon. She's kind of a proto-Jessica Fletcher, who, by the way, is also an excellent option.

Then you have more modern detectives. Gil Grissom, Horatio Caine, and all the CSI guys, but they're only good if you're dead. There's one modern detective who has a very special place in my heart. That's Special Agent Detective Dale Cooper. The guy's brilliant, and projects some quantum weirdness field that I can totally get behind. He's the only guy who uses a dream about Tibet as a method. There's only one problem. Dale only ever fails. He comes close. Always comes close, but never succeeds. He might have succeeded if Twin Peaks had gone on longer, but I like the way the show ended so I'm just going to say he failed. Frank Drebin also projects a slightly different quantum weirdness field. He would solve the case by just kind of stumbling onto it. Hey, whatever works. I'm sure if I'm ever caught up in a plot to shoot the Queen of England at a baseball game he'll come in handy.

There are also a few less common detectives I'd consider. The first being Loki. Yes, that Loki. There's an anime where he comes down to earth and acts as a detective. It's pretty entertaining, and he proves himself as a good detective. However, this is also the same guy who screwed over Baldur for not showing some courage and self-sufficience, so I doubt he'd help me out if I asked. And speaking of unintuitive detective choices there's always The Big Bad Wolf. In the Fables comics, he turns out to be freaking brilliant. He figures the whole thing out immediately, then still goes through the motions of doing the rest of the necessary detective work just because he feels like he maybe should? I don't know that I'd appreciate being jerked around like that. If you know then go for it, man. Don't make people trash and apartment and cover it in blood just because it's funny.

In short, I think my choices are down to Miss Marple and the Big Bad Wolf. I could deal with either of them, really, and know they'd get the job done. Though, I think Miss Marple has better tea, so I'd probably go with her.
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( Mar. 30th, 2009 11:17 am)
So, some of the folks I play Final Fantasy XI with have caught the Phantasy Star Universe bug and took me with them. Which is a lot like saying some of the folks I huff paint with have caught the crack bug and took me with them.

I'm enjoying the bright, colorfulness of it all, appreciating the novelty compared to the mundanity that FFXI has become over the years and making mental comparisons between PSU and The World from .hack. Wow, there are a lot of them. Why didn't I notice that?

Since it's a science fiction game, I feel a little more comfortable with it than I did with FFXI at first. I know it's a stupid, stupid comparison to make. They're practically the same thing as far as hack and slash RPGs are concerned, but if you give me straight up orcs to kill I'm going to play the game until it wears thin on me. If you dress those same orcs up in tinfoil hats and give them laser axes or something, I'm suddenly going to care a lot more. I don't know why, I'm just crazy, I guess. I'm sure there are people who feel the same way, only they prefer fantasy. It's just a matter of taste.

Plus, I get to be all refferential with my names and do things like naming my characters after science fiction authors. I can only imagine the chewing out I'll get should Harlan Ellison ever discover that I've named a sexy robot girl Har-LAN Ellis-ON.
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( Mar. 29th, 2009 01:59 am)
What the hell kind of fucked up state of mind do I have to be in when "Mr. Tambourine Man" fills me with a sense of Lovecraftian dread? This one.

Holy fuck.
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( Mar. 28th, 2009 08:35 pm)
Which one of you registered THIS?!

Whoever did it is a fucking genius.