On the road again

Leaving on vacation Tuesday in the RV. Will be heading all the way west to San Francisco. I believe I will use this space as a travel blog.
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    Bleach - My Pace

Not dead

Been working on something. IT IS A SECRET TO EVERYONE
(except the people who are likely to actually be reading this)
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    Supertramp - Breakfast in America


Holy fucking shit, Batman.

This thing is so good it makes my teeth ache, and Maximum Impact 2 (KoF 2006 for us here in whitey-land) very defiantly does not suck.

I need to get hooked up with King of Fighters XI badly. God dammit SNK, release it in the US.
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    KoF2003 soundtrack - Styx


Hooray for the return of an actual system of checks and balances on Presidential power.

Book meme!

In absence of an actual update:

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert*
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas - This is Halloween

Legacy for the future

Credit to innocent_man.

It's been five years since September 11th, and I am finally scared.

Even if you believe somehow that our president is a good man who will not abuse the abhorrent power he's granted himself— the Military Commissions act had the rider attached to it that required it to be renewed every three years struck down. What kind of guarantee do you honestly believe you have that Bush's successors— likely elected from among the pack of criminals who knowingly shielded a pedophile and kept him in contact with teenage boys to protect their reputations— will be responsible, or good, or sane?

The Weekly Round Report, volume I

I kind of idly mentioned maybe doing a Round Report last week— and to my surprise, people have actually been bugging me to put one up.

I guess the proper 'industry' term for this would be Actual Play notes, but man that sounds dumb.

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    Nelly Furtado - Powerless (JOSH - desi remix)

Civil War

Just plowed through 56 issues of Marvel's ongoing Civil War story arc.

This is probably the single most serious, relevant, and bold story the company has ever done, and I salute them for having the balls to not only stand up and tell it, but to carry it out with as much fairness as they have.

If you're not the type to go in for the Big Marvel Events like House of M and whatnot— well, neither am I. Pick this up anyway. You need to read it. This is the superhero comic as it was meant to be executed— the hopes and fears of the day in written large in epic strokes.
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    Jeremy Enigk - Been Here Before


Despite a late start, the first Vampire session went off pretty well, according to the players. The amount of prep necessary for a no-rails Requiem game is absolutely bizarre, at least compared to, say, Exalted or another such comparably structured game. But the first session's finished, it went well, and that has me happy. Maybe I'll post session notes later.
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    Powerman 5000 - Free