Month: September 2012

today’s amused observation

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I woke up this morning with many things to do, only to realize I was out of coffee.  So, en route to the laundromat, I stopped at 7-Eleven.  I didn’t realize it was Free Coffee Day until I was inside…

My Conjecture Schedule

Fri 10/5  3:00 PM: The Normality Field: Why Isn’t It the Future Yet? Special note!  John and I will be on this panel together.  Watch me talk circles around him! In 1993, William Gibson said “The future is already here—it’s…

awesomecake

CAKE

From the “this is why I’m fat” files, I give you my birthday cake, made by my awesome girlfriend.  This is a Chocolate Stout Cake, with buttercream frosting, and the decorations are done with Nutella-infused buttercream, which is just genius,…

Wikipedia: Human

I find wikipedia’s article “Human” to be utterly fascinating.  Because of the ‘neutral point of view’ style requirement the prose reads like it was written by an alien intelligence.  For instance, there’s lines like this “Humans are uniquely adept at…

Black Mesa Machinima

  Hey, did you know that fans recreated the Original Half Life with a modern engine and graphics (via source) in a project called Black Mesa?  Also, did you know now they’re using the work to make delightful videos like this…

Godzilla Haiku

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While it’s old news for most of the internet, I want to reaffirm my love for the tumblr Godzilla Haiku. They even featured one of mine once upon a time.

San Diego Public Market

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Recently, there was a Kickstarter that floated past my awareness for a Public Market in San Diego.  As with so many Kickstarters, it flew past its goal and was raved about by supporters.  Unlike many that we’re starting to hear…

Miss Feathers

courtesy flickr user sea-turtle, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

As many of you know, I’ve been playing a lot of Pathfinder Society lately. One really amusing thing that I encountered again this past weekend is a character available for GM use in a two-part scenario set in the intentionally…

Fan Film of the Day: Grayson

I can dig it. Too bad it’s too awesome to ever be made. Side note: Whenever I see Robin in bright yellow and reds, I can’t help but think his McDonalds funland color palette undermines the whole ‘terrify the criminals’…

Rejection Letter of the Day: Tor.com

(cross posted at www.strugglingwordguy.com) I’m proud that I’ve advanced as a writer to the point that, when a story of mine is rejected, the response tends to be personalized and encouraging as opposed to the former form rejection standard.  As…

Destination_Moon_DVD

A while back, somebody–probably Scalzi, this seems like his sort of thing–published a list of science fiction movies that shouldn’t be missed by any fan of the genre.  As I recall it included really good ones and really bad ones, and…

Webcomics I Love: Subnormality

Subnormality!

Subnormality! is a webcomic I enjoy and follow religiously. I love this comic because it is philosophical, verbose, witty, and fun. More importantly, I can’t think of anything else like it.  While there are a couple recurring characters with arcs, the…

The Rise of Administrative Subpoenas

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In the decidedly non-awesome news department, Wired has an article about the use of a legal tactic called ‘administrative subpoenas.’  Under conventional interpretation of the 4th Ammendement, US citizens are secure from searches unless 1) Law enforcement has a Warrant…

Republicans: Get in My Vagina

This made me laugh.  Also, I just want to say–for the record–that watching the ‘West Wing’ on DVD, switching to Clinton’s DNC speech, and then reading The Presidents Club is mixing me up somewhat. Republicans, Get In My Vagina! from…

SCP-Wiki

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At my monthly book club, my choice for September wasn’t another novel (although I have an awesome one for sale in case you’re interested).  Rather, my pick was that everyone read five random entries from the SCP Foundation Wiki.  If…

Gif Sound

Instead of posting what Patrick refers to as LOLcat Macros (or pretending this site was called Patrick vs the Word of the Day) I’m going to share one of my new favorite things with you: a reddit community dedicated to…

Anamnesis

I’ve been a little busy between school and trying to fix the podcast that John broke, so instead of trying to come up with some cat macro like John would, I’m going to introduce you to a word that amused…

Richard the 3rd

the san diego old globe produces richard the 3rd

One of the awesome parts of residing in San Diego (an aspect that almost makes up for our Patrick infestation) is the Old Globe theater. Tonight I watched ‘Richard the 3rd.’ The performances were great and the production was arresting (tonight’s…

PS3 might suck after all

Modified Dawnguard Banner

It wasn’t that long ago that I decided to switch teams: I traded in my 360 for a PS3. On the whole I’ve found that to be the right decision. While PSN is less popular with my friends than XBL,…