Sigh.

May. 17th, 2008 11:36 am
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Now that classes are over for the next few weeks (for those of us motivated enough to take classes in the summer :-P ) I really have no excuse whatsoever to put off cleaning my room. On the bright side, the greatest web comic in the history of the medium has returned!

Oh noes!

Apr. 8th, 2008 08:03 pm
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Behold the sheer mind-rending terror that is The Atheist Apocalypse!
edit: More web comics: The Smashing Adventures of the Bottomleys, Mangled Stare, Looking for Group, Backward Compatible. Other linky things: 17 month old toddler can read, The truth behind 1980s video games revealed, Is society ready for a pregnant husband?, "Civil forfeiture" really &*$%ing sucks, Gygax inspired motivational posters, In Regard to Surviving in a World With James Caan, Tin Can Optimus Prime, and finally, just for giggles, a really cool pirate wench corset

Also, Just a random thought: If you allow a friend to address you as "Asshole", does that mean you forfeit any right to complain if anyone else in the whole world does too? 'Cuz that's the exact same logic that "But black people call each other 'nigger', so why can't I?" type idiots use.
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Wendy and Richard Pini are putting all the back issues of Elfquest up online. Personally, I already have all of them, but most of you don't, so you know what to do...
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... Is going to have the most motivated, hard-core crew EVER:
Ship built with WTC steel christened. The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened Saturday as a source of strength and inspiration for the nation.

Other news: This is both fucked-up as Hell, and perversely awesome: A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.

This, on the other hand, is just fucked up: Judge jailed for refusing to sit in court with crucifix. An Italian judge was sentenced to a year in prison for refusing to sit in a courtroom with a crucifix on the wall, his lawyer said. Sad that stupidity like this should take place, but at least it's not happening _here_...

While I find the whole concept of "aristocracy" deeply abhorrent, even I have to admit that Prince Harry's one of the "good ones".

Random thoughts: I wonder how long it will be before the purveyers of the "Black Confederates" meme notice that Nazi Germany's military had a small number of ethnically "Jewish" soldiers in their ranks, and therefore conclude that the Nazi's weren't really anti-semitic?

Also, peoples should read Ctrl+Alt+Del, Divalicious, and Sketchies.

update I am a bad boyfriend, as I did not credit the wonderful and awesometastic [livejournal.com profile] nanimo for Ctrl+Alt+Del. Forgive, Mistress! Forgive! (sob)

Ha!

Jan. 1st, 2008 04:37 pm
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The latest Rant by Foamy the Squirrel was brilliant, though not safe for work, children, or poor drivers who may be offended by his ideas of rough justice. Also, at some point I will add linkies to some of the following comics: Cool Cat Studios, Marry Me, God Mode, Subculture of One, No Pink Ponies, I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space, The Superest, +ev, Wicked Powered, Masters of The Art, Yu+Me, and Jetpacks and Time Machines. Until then, enjoy.
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Apparently, There's gonna be a Discworld movie out on DVD soon. Joy! Also on the Christmas front, learn The secret truth about Santa, get ready to vote for the Robot Overlords ("They'll know if you didn't"), learn that Candyland is racist, read Head Trip and watch The Midwest Teen Sex Show. It's edutaining!
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I have the coolest money-making scheme posthumous memorial idea ever: FOSSILIZATION! How awesome would it be to have your bones permeated or replaced with the mineral of your choice? So awesome it's a shame you'd have to wait till death, _that's_ how awesome. But at least your descendants can admire your stony skeleton in the living room, posed in a tastefully dramatic diorama.

Also, me add linky to El Goonish Shive. All the gender-bending furry action that's possible while still maintaining a g-rating. That didn't come out right...
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... But Petraeus is a DAMNED cool name. It sounds positively _heroic_. Could you possibly come up with a more martial-sounding-yet-noble name for a general? Come to think of it, the way this administration operates, it's entirely possible he was appointed to his current post solely because of that name. And it's also possible he had to spend long hours talking Shrubya out of having him appear before Congress in full Centurion regalia, but still, it's an awesome name.

Also, me added link to Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. It funny.
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Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water.

ERIE, Pa. - An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century.

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

Excellent, we finally have a suitable deterrent against the Squid Invaders.

In other news, Shrubya Snubs War Widow, Trans-Simianism debunked, and Anarchy Explained. I'm also adding a link to Chugworth Academy, the strip is currently on hiatus, but you can start reading the archives here. Also, can anyone recommend a good, cheap, preferably free photo-editing program?

Blah.

Mar. 31st, 2007 12:50 am
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As I inch further and further into decrepitude and senility, I find myself seriously considering the virtues of sterilization. It seems increasingly unlikely that I'll ever actually get married, leaving the only possibility of reproduction being a drunken tryst, and that would just be plain irresponsible. I have enough relatives that most of my genes have already been passed on, and if I ever _do_ get hitched, there's always adoption.

Anyway, here's linky things: Marvel at The School Prayer Riots, thrill to Bootleg Jack Chick Theater, be amazed that Abstinance-only doesn't work, Be electrified at the Secret Wars Re-enactment Society, goggle your eyes at Transformers Cosplay, and faint with glee while watching Transformers Movie Trailers. Man, if this movie somehow _doesn't_ rule, there'll be hell to pay, by Primus!

Edit: More linky things, this time permanent ones. Read the blogs Pam's House Blend and Pandagon, then look at the pretty pictures in Candi and Home on the Strange.
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According to the U.S. Copyright Office, Palladium Books' legal position that "Posting conversion rules violates our intellectual property!" is wrong. To quote exactly, "Copyright protects only the particular manner of an author’s expression in literary, artistic, or musical form. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, system, method, device, or trademark material involved in the development, merchandising, or playing of a game. Once a game has been made public, nothing in the copyright law prevents others from developing another game based on similar principles." See that, Kevin? Rules systems are FAIR GAME. At some point in the future, when I actually have time to finish writing up a Rifts/D20 conversion, I will post it for the world to see! MWAHAHAHAAA!!!

The only question is, should I use regular D20, or d20 Modern? Modern lends itself to multi-classing easier, but really hoses any character type that relies on magic, psionics, or any other type of 'special effects'. Come to think of it, regular d20 screws over multiclassed spellcasters too. A Fighter10/Barbarian10 is every bit as effective a combatant as a 20th level single classed fighter or barbarian. A Thief10/Scout10 is just as stealthy and skilled as a 20th level thief or scout. But a Wizard10/Cleric10 is far weaker than its single classed counterparts. This injustice cannot be borne, but how to fix it? Hmmm...

Other linky things: Charles Stross explains what's wrong with the ebook market, L'il (Trans)Formers, Meth addict documents own demise, and Blogger gets death threats. That last one is just incomprehensible. It's a damned _techie_blog, how could anyone get worked up enough about a techie-blog to send death threats? Only a true madman would do so...
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I figure I'm about 3/4 of the way through with organizing my Legos. Soon as I'm done, I shall embark on a great-yet-relatively-modest project: a more or less minifig scale, transformable Logan from Robotech. For accuracy's sake, it should be tan, but some of the pieces I'll need for it don't come in that color. Or do they....?

In other geeky news, I'm enjoying the current series of "Transformers" comics more than I thought. They lack the campy fun of the originals, but they're actually intelligently written, and as realistic as a comic about giant transforming robots can be. For example, Megatron and Optimus Prime actually behave like _real_ leaders. Megs doesn't cackle or engage in mindless malice, and Prime understands the concepts of "acceptable losses" and "collateral damage". Simon Furman seems to have overcome his earlier limitations as a writer... Can I, then, do less?

Elsewhere, Bloggers vs brownshirts, God hates _a_ fag, How the Ex-gay movement really works, Crazy Harry plays with electricity, Some HONEST televangelists, Welcome to Law School, and finally, use condoms.
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Some scurvy charlatan on Wikipedia was foolish enough to contradict my extensive comic book knowledge. Moreover, he/she/it DARED to accuse _me_ of vandalism. So, to prove my assertion that Issue #75 was when Ninja High School started being printed in full color, I present the following pictures:

LJ-Cut for your convenience )

In conclusion, if you're going to argue with me, don't be a jackass about it. I'm half tempted to dig out the "Perfect Memory" specials and rewrite the whole damned article out of pure spite, but it's late.

Addendum: You may think I was unreasonably harsh in correcting the bozo in question, but believe me, it was necessary. Wikipedia is like prison: If you show weakness, the other editors will shiv you and steal your pudding cup.
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My car is absolutely covered in plant semen. The perverse flora of northern Virginia has spewed its pollen all over it. So far, it's nothing that I'm allergic to. But it's only a matter of time...

Update: I have discovered the worthiest cause that a geek could possibly devote his/her/its time and energy to: The Master List of Comic Book Stores! THe goal of this site is to list every comic store in the US, and, eventually, the world! However, this can only happen if comic fans send in info on their local stores. I, personally, just contributed four. So get cracking people!
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Originally posted December 23, 2004, but I'm adding links today.

The Devil's Panties. A light hearted, silly, and occasionally very strange comic. Requires no thought whatsoever to read, yet still entertains. I met the cartoonist at Dragon-Con, but she didn't write me into the strip (Sigh). This is what I get for restraining the urge to expose my tattoos to new people. Traumatic, meyhap, but if I had, I'd have been a bit character in a dozen comics by now. I succumbed to the urge last Dragon-Con. She said the tats were cool, but I still haven't been written into the comic :-(. I may have to resort to public antics or somethin'.

Queen of Wands. Somewhat soap-operatic at times, but still funny. Currently in 'reruns', with commentary by the cartoonist. The main character has been adopted into the next comic.

Something Positive. Very, VERY evil. Something to offend everyone.

It's Walky. One of the best web comics ever. It's now come to an end, and is only periodically updated with filler cartoons. Start reading from the beginning.

Short Packed, by the same creator. Revolves around the lives of toy store workers...

Fans. A very long running cartoon, soon to end. Sadly, accessing the archives require a subscription to Graphic Smash. Since ended, alas.

Penny and Aggie. Also requires a subscription to view archives, but the strip is currently on "rerun" status. It now lives, and no longer requires a subscription.

Sluggy Freelance. Can't describe it. Nor will I try.

Sinfest. Don't want to describe it, 'cuz it'll sound a lot stupider than it really is.

PVP. The madcap adventures of the staff at a gaming magazine. Features a large, kind-hearted and stupid troll.

Krakow. This one actually is kind of stupid. Read it anyway.

Dykes to Watch Out For. Not actually a web comic, but the strip gets archived on the web, so it counts.

Dork Tower. Gamer geeks in Mud Bay, Wisconsin. created by by [livejournal.com profile] muskrat_john

Errant Story. Not as funny as Exploitation Now, which is written and drawn by the same guy. Still worth reading.

Radioactive Panda. Mad Scientists. Need I say more?

Added on April 11, 2006:

Order of the Stick. Stick figure DnD comic. Very funny, highly recommended.

Punks and Nerds. They're Punks. They're also Nerds.

Rob and Elliot are just idiots.

Girl Genius and Finder are both continuations of independent comic books, but Finder hasn't updated in a while.