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Probably not what Eliot had in mind, but [Jul. 18th, 2014|05:38 pm]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

The phrase "I will show you fear in a handful of dust" takes on new meaning when the dust is carbon-fullerened antihydrogen.

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First I was :( , but then... [Jul. 16th, 2014|11:41 pm]
[Mood |amusedamused]

From a friend's fantasy campaign (background):

<sptrashcan> Someone asked about how the dwarves fared during the orc campaigns. [think "Mongol horde rolling through" - zoom]
<sptrashcan> The mountain dwarves were pretty much unaffected. The hill dwarves weren't hit as hard as Byzuareo, and certainly less hard than the Osman satrapies, but they had their own problems.
<sptrashcan> They stuck to their strong points, defense and engineering, and basically holed up and waited for the tide to pass. And the orcs didn't actually kill many dwarves in open warfare.
<sptrashcan> The problem was that they plundered and burned all the farmland.
<sptrashcan> Quite a few dwarves starved that winter, and many more cut off their beards rather than record [in the knots and plaits] what they did to survive.

<Brick> "We ate *celery*, dammit! Are ye happy now?! We ate *lettuce* and *cucumbers* like we were damn elves!"

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for all my fellow English majors [Jul. 16th, 2014|11:28 pm]
[Mood |pleasedpleased]

Preach it, Al.

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Heyooo! [Jul. 6th, 2014|08:16 pm]
[Mood |geekygeeky]



(from the front page of swtor.com, promoting their new "Tatooine Homestead" player housing option)

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"Peggy" [Jun. 17th, 2014|08:45 am]
[Mood |sadsad]

she's his best girl
      the compass of his heart
      his one regret
and every time he looks away
      to get her a blanket
      or a nurse
      or a glass of water
he loses her again.

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an odd sci-fi peeve of mine [Jun. 1st, 2014|08:46 am]
[Mood |crankycranky]

I dislike stories in which the reason for sending out an interstellar colony ship is that some calamity (often an asteroid strike or something similar) is going to wipe out life on Earth. Because the stars are so far away, and the resources/effort required to reach them is so ridiculously high, in any scenario in which the entire solar system is not affected (say, by the Sun going nova), it will always be more efficient and productive to instead send ships (plural) to the Moon, or Mars, or even the asteroid belt or outer system. An interstellar ark is truly the very last resort, when absolutely no other option exists, and IMO most authors are lazy in establishing its necessity - resorting to cheap handwaves, or not addressing it at all.

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and YHVH was His name-O [May. 23rd, 2014|03:55 pm]
[Mood |sillysilly]

[seebs] And eventually, after four hundred years and a lot of killing, a council declares that Bingo is both fully farmer and fully dog.

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"O, for a muse of fire..." [May. 17th, 2014|04:13 pm]
[Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Not for the first time, it occurs to me that this whole speech is essentially Shakespeare wishing that he had modern cinematography at his disposal.

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My mother would have loved these [May. 14th, 2014|06:03 pm]
[Mood |impressedimpressed]

She was into history, costuming, and Disney...

Since I can't share these with her, I'll link them for you.

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