Category Archives: Geeky/Nerdy Stuff

As Seen on Slashdot: III

In an interesting article on slashdot today, I found a couple of equally interesting responses:

Although I didn’t expect much from a military man.

That’s ok – he’ll still put his life on the line to protect your right to continue to whine.

thrillseeker (518224)

Cool.  Good answer to a bit of cynicism, I respect our military, and the people who serve in it. However, that doesn’t mean I must by neccessity respect all the decisions the military makes as a whole, or the decisions of all military personell.  To that point, the following answer was seen on the same slashdot comments page.
That’s ok – he’ll still put his life on the line to protect your right to continue to whine.

Yawn. This is the stock answer to any criticism of the military, and it’s crap. Yes, the military is important. Yes, military personnel take risks that most civilians don’t, and should be honored for their service. But this does not mean that civilians — you know, the people the military exists for — shouldn’t be able to criticize the military in general, and certainly doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t criticize individual military personnel when they retreat into bureaucratic doublespeak instead of giving a straight answer to a question. There’s a lot that’s right with the military. There’s also a lot that’s wrong. It is the right and duty of the people to call bullshit when they see it, WRT the military or any other part of the government.

There are countries where this isn’t the case, of course. I doubt you’d want to live in any of them.


comic of awesomness

Advanced Technology

Today’s Comic of Most Awesome Awesomeness.   xkcd of course.

happy non-denominational cupidy mass-market holiday

I’ve been sending Sam lolcards.  You need to check these out.  I haven’t sent any to anyone who isn’t sami, so don’t get sad that I didn’t think of you.

PS.  Did I mention these things are hawesome?

because I’m being creative lately

I found this article today at Man Bytes Blog, one of the blogs on my reading list.  It contained a very astute observation about the relationship between creative people, those who review their work and those who try to disect it and find the ultimate “meaning” or “message” hidden within.

There has always been an uneasy love triangle between the artist, the critic and the academic. It is a tempestuous relationship, often fraught with violent sulks, bitter recriminations and vengeful silences. There is nothing new about an artist claiming their work contains different themes, or no themes at all, than that which an academic claims to see, just as there’s nothing new about the artist accusing the critic of not being deep enough, or sensitive enough, or intelligent enough, to understand the true import of their novel, play, movie, sculpture, or what have you. Likewise, the critic is often hampered by their own limited understanding of the creative process or frustrated over their own failure to produce works that captivate the public. The academic may, in their examination of the artist’s work, be more focused on impressing their peerage with convoluted insights or insecurely scrambling to bury their own ignorance under a mound of obfuscation. Those who are but tangentially involved in this codependent ménage à trois, the audience, probably wish they’d all just shut up and get back to buggering each other, because that’s what they’re paying their hard earned shekels for in the first place.

I just thought you’d enjoy that, and perhaps that some who read this would enjoy the blog of an indie game developer who comes up with such insights.

Crofton Forks – a Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Setting

I’m working on an adventure setting for Dungeons and Dragons. Sami and I are planning on playing for the first time in a long time, so I started thinking about a place to run some really simple adventures. As so often is the case, the idea has blossomed and grown. Now I’ve got a few cities and towns built, and idea, and I’m working on the background.

So much for a simple “go kill some orcs and re-learn D&D combat before we play with our group” adventure. Actually – that’ll still happen. This is just the setting building blocks – giving me a setting of my own to tell my own stories in.

If you like it, you can use it yourself, or modify it for your use. I’m going to be releasing it under a Creative Commons licence – so it’ll be free to use as long as you give attribution where it’s due.

You can go check out my Crofton Forks blog if you like, that’s where I’ll be organizing the information. This is in a way I guess, my first foray into self publishing – however, it’s not for pay – just a way to stretch my legs a bit.

Let me know what you think.

My lolz.

A photo of a cat doing a seemingly-innocuous thing, with large text superimposed. Sort of an offshoot of the orly owl. Also called cat macros

“I made you a cookie but I eated it”, “ceiling cat is watching you masturbate”, and “I see what you did there” are good examples of lolcats.

My first lolcat attempt.
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A photo of a child doing a seemingly innocuous thing, with large text superimposed. Sort of an offshoot of the lolcat.

My first attempt at a lolkid.
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My second attempt:
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Feel free to comment with links to your lolz.  You can upload a photo and make them at Since I discovered lolcats and also discovered how cool children are, I’ve been wanting to get the ball rolling on this whole lolkids idea I have.

If you like lolcats, you need to check out this post @ livegranades.  It’s called loltrek, and you’ll giggle.  I almost guarantee it.


The video…

of the ending song in Portal. Not the cover by cupcakesandtea, you can find the link to that in my last post. I should find a video of actual gameplay for those who haven’t had a chance to check out this amazing game.

Lyrics below the video.

This was a triumph.
I’m making a note here:
It’s hard to overstate
my satisfaction.
Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there’s no sense crying
over every mistake.
You just keep on trying
till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are
still alive.

I’m not even angry.
I’m being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a pyre.
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data
make a beautiful line.
And we’re out of beta.
We’re releasing on time.
So I’m GLaD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are
still alive.

Go ahead and leave me.
I think i prefer to stay inside.
maybe you’ll find someone else
to help you.
maybe Black Mesa…
Anyway this cake is great.
It’s so delicious and moist
look at me still talking when theres science to do
when i look out there
it makes me glad I’m not you
i’ve experiments to run
there is research to be done
on the people who are
still alive.

and believe me I am still alive
I’m doing science and I’m still alive
i feel fantastic and I’m still alive
while your dying ill be still alive
and when your dead i will be still alive
still alive
still alive