Sword Camp 2008 reminded me how much I enjoy fighting. I’m not speaking abstractly, here; by “fighting” I mean physical hand-to-hand combat. Now, on one level, this revelation shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows what I do for fun. I’ve trained to black belt level in tae kwon do, studied… Continue reading On Enjoying a Fight – a Genetic Speculation
Most what-kind-of-X-are-you quizzes are superficial jokes. I just found one that seems better constructed than the average, and as an old-time D&D fan I couldn’t resist it. Here’s the paste from my results, with a link: I Am A: Neutral Good Human Wizard (7th Level) Ability Scores: Strength-14 Dexterity-10 Constitution-16 Intelligence-15 Wisdom-14 Charisma-15 Alignment:Neutral Good… Continue reading What D&D character am I?
It’s no news to any serious strategy gamer that Race For The Galaxy has rapidly become one of the most popular and frequently played designs of recent years. My gaming group plays it often enough that we’ve developed our own slang terms for certain frequently-occurring tactics and situations. In the hope that other players may… Continue reading Slang for the Galaxy
I think I know how to save the music business. There’s a dead-simple business model that will funnel money to talent, work with the Internet’s capability for zero-cost distribution rather than fighting it, and allow the record companies a role without “intellectual property” protection or DRM. I call it SPAT for short. This can have… Continue reading SPAT: How to Save the Music Industry
A reader suggested that I should take a look at an article I wrote back in 1997, Five Myths of New Media, and consider how those predictions panned out. Good idea, here goes…
OK, I’ll admit it: six months ago I was very near buying into the whole Obama thing. That was when he was in his post-racial phase — before Jeremiah Wright, back when voting for Obama seemed like a way of putting an end to the unhealthy obsessiveness about race that disfigures liberal politics.
I’ve had time to think about the impact of the Heller ruling on the 2008 elections now, and I’m concluding that a pro-gun-rights ruling with a 5-4 split was absolutely the worst possible outcome for Barack Obama’s campaign.
I’ve just read the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Heller handgun-ban case, issued this morning. It’s a somewhat better result than I was expecting.
Yes,. there is a good reason that I disappeared for two years. As soon as a certain lawsuit now in court wraps up, I’ll even be able to explain it in detail. But I’m back to blogging. Starting now.
I deleted a coment this morning. This is not something I normally do, except for comments that are both anonymous and content-free — abuse and invective do not count as ‘content’ for this purpose. The comment I deleted this morning was not anonymous, and it could be argued that there was some content in it.… Continue reading My Comment Policy
You Are Lightning Beautiful yet dangerous People will stop and watch you when you appear Even though you’re capable of random violence You are best known for: your power Your dominant state: performing What Type of Weather Are You? This is incorrect in one respect. I do not engage in random violence.
I haven’t posted for a while because my blogging energy has been going to the debate over at Cato Unbound. I may write an essay about Gramscian damage in the near future, however.
A correspondent wrote me to object to the fact that that-which-was-Pajamas-Media has launched as “Open Source Media”.
This is a request for help from my readers. I’m trying to find out how to hack WP so that it will never insert <br> tags in my entries. I want it to ignore hard newlines, treating them as soft.
Having discovered that my WordPress 1.5 upgrade broke the CSS and customized template I had designed for WordPress 1.2, I’ve been shopping for a new theme at the WRC Theme Viewer site. I’m looking for something clean and simple that I can customize to my taste. Having browsed through over a hundred and fifty themes,… Continue reading WordPress theme designers annoy the crap out of me
A commenter writes, in reference to my letter to the Microsoft recruiter, BTW, I think abrogating to yourself the status of MS’s worst nightmare might be seen as presumptious, considering that FLOSS depends on a big community, and a lot of what FLOSS is about precedes your 97 work, but far be it from me… Continue reading Microsoft’s Worst Nightmare?
The following is, verbatim, a letter I received a few minutes ago from a Microsoft recruiter.
OK, I’ve read “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and enjoyed it I have a theory about what will happen in Book 7. Potential spoilers about Book 6 follow!.
The WordPress update is now complete. Unfortunately, I deleted some recent comments while clearing out comment spam. Comment spam is now blocked using a simple and clever method which I will not disclose in public.
OREM, UTAH — In a startling and unexpected joint press conference, CBS and SCO, Inc. charged today that President George W. Bush had conspired with IBM to steal Unix code while Linus Torvalds was AWOL from the Finnish army. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the podium, Dan Rather and Darl McBride flourished what they said was documentary… Continue reading CBS and SCO Charge: Bush stole Unix!