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Rangers and Robots [Sep. 22nd, 2016|03:46 am]
StClair
[Mood |geekygeeky]

I haven't kept up with things D&D, so to speak, in years; my last solid point of contact was looking over the new books and noting the irony that, in an attempt to recapture market share, they were transforming the mechanics to make the game play more like the massively-popular computer games which were originally inspired by it. (Very snake-eating-its-own-tail, there.) I gather that a more recent edition has since dispensed with this and gone back to something more traditional, but that's about as much as I know.

But today, as a result of a friend's offhand mention of a bit of background from the official Pathfinder setting, I had cause to consult a wiki for same. And I was much amused, after a bit of wiki-walking, to learn that this fantasy world (yet another analogue for Earth, where the continents are differently shaped but all in the right places, and the cultures are likewise fictionalized but familiar) has had several starships crash-land on it.

It's so very Blackmoor, y'know? (See also Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, et al.) Forty years on, and we're still handing out laser pistols to barbarian warriors and having them make saving throws to point the right end at the monsters, some of which may be "metal men."

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Netflix, go home, you're drunk [Sep. 17th, 2016|10:18 pm]
StClair
[Mood |amusedamused]

It sounds like their category list is having some... problems tonight:

[Wonderslug] Under the heading "Crime Movies": What Women Want, 50 First Dates, Maid in Manhattan...
[Wonderslug] "Kid's TV": Jackass 2.5, White Chicks, Scary Movie 2...
[Wonderslug] Ah yes, and the well known British movie, Sixteen Candles.
[Wonderslug] Under "Thrillers" we have The Little Rascals and Winnie the Pooh.
[Wonderslug] http://i.imgur.com/OTpgT1a.png
[Wonderslug] I am weeping.
[littlepinkbeast] that's pretty impressive
[sptrashcan] That's one heck of an off-by-one error...

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It's all relative [Sep. 15th, 2016|10:03 pm]
StClair
[Mood |geekygeeky]

Seen on a message board - tw: tolkien nerdery ;)

(poster 1)

No one else is gonna step in here? Okay.

Sauron did not craft the Silmarils. You're probably thinking of Morgoth, who was once Melkor, the Great Enemy to whom Sauron was a mere lieutenant. However, while youd then be closer, you'd still be incorrect. It was the Elf Feanor who crafted the Silmarils to capture the light of the Two Trees in Valinor. Morgoth became obsessed with possesing them and eventually stole them - which is what lead to the Elves leaving Valinor and basically every awful thing that happened from then on.

(poster 2)

And in doing so, and then refusing to part with them when their destruction could have saved the Trees of Valinor, and then letting his thirst for revenge for their theft consume him utterly, more or less caused everything else that would come later.

If you ever feel like a complete fuckup, take heart - no matter how much of a disaster you have caused, no matter how many lives you ruin, you can at least take consolation on this one fact: you will never fuck up as hard as Fëanor son of Finwë fucked up.


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It's been said before, but still true [Sep. 15th, 2016|10:00 pm]
StClair
[Mood |okayokay]

Overheard from a passing group of fellow bikers just now:

"Eugene* has two seasons, Winter and Construction."

(* and by extension, the rest of the Willamette Valley)

Me, I tend to describe them as Cold Rain, Cool Rain, and a month or so of OH GOD THE BURNING.

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Generations [Sep. 10th, 2016|05:34 am]
StClair
[Mood |geekygeeky]

So, the latest episode of Star Trek Continues, "Embracing the Winds", is up, just in time for the anniversary. And aside from it trying to explain the whole "lol, a woman as a starship captain?" thing - which is embarrassingly dated a mere 50 years later, to say nothing of hundreds - I was struck by the span of time represented by the guest stars in this one.

You have Erin Gray, best known for a show on the cusp on the 80s (Gil Gerard, Buck himself, showed up in a previous ep); Marina Sirtis, who needs no introduction, as the voice of the computer (taking over from her mother, as it were); Clare Kramer, Glory from Buffy, which straddled Y2K; and Beau Billingsly, the voice of Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop, contemporary with the last; all appearing in a YouTube series which seeks to continue/reproduce a show that was made and broadcast in the latter half of the 60s.

To quote a time traveller who once visited the distant future of last year, this is heavy.

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Looking back, and back, and... [Aug. 19th, 2016|09:18 am]
StClair
[Mood |geekygeeky]

Thought of the day:

MAME is now, itself, as old or older than the classic arcade games were in '97.

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Being fictional is hard [Aug. 18th, 2016|08:03 pm]
StClair
[Mood |amusedamused]


Me while reading: Noooo! My poor sweet babies! AUTHOR, WHY MUST YOU TORMENT YOUR CHARACTERS SO?
Me while writing: This character has been orphaned, whipped, sentenced to death, thrown overboard by pirates, captured by enemy soldiers, near-fatally poisoned, put on trial for his life before an angry mob, tortured in front of his best friend, and thrown into prison again.
Me while writing: ...
Me while writing: Let's stab him.


(from fialleril, via tumblr)

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Time for your meds, Anno-san [Jul. 26th, 2016|07:33 pm]
StClair
[Mood |cynicalcynical]

The first screening of Shin Gojira (aka Godzilla Resurgence), the new Japanese Godzilla (written by Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno) was shown in Japan yesterday, and since then a lot of news has started flooding in... with some of the movie's alleged details being really weird.


This is my utter lack of surprise.

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On gold sellers (and their customers) in STO [Jul. 7th, 2016|11:40 pm]
StClair
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[Mood |cynicalcynical]

"But surely these people engaged in a shady enterprise (as it were) will deal with me honestly and fairly and not try to steal anything that's mine."

And then your captain wakes up naked in a bathtub full of ice and "CALL AN EMH" written on the mirror.

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Speaking of old dreams... [Jul. 5th, 2016|07:24 pm]
StClair
[Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

Here's a thought I had today:

When we say "so and so has/had a Dream", it's generally understood that we don't mean that they literally dreamed about it one night and woke up with the idea. Rather, that is how we contextualize the act of imagining a situation that Is Not, but Could Be (and Should Be).

I wonder if that idiom holds true in other languages, and/or how far back it goes. Did Bronze Age peoples, or Stone Age, have a concept or context for imagination and inspiration - looking at a thing, and thinking about how it could be different - outside of visions and hallucinations, whether divinely granted, nocturnal, or both?

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