May 2004

In reference to the wedding party that was attacked; There is an interesting take on the Belmont Club the media is spinning this as a horrible tradegy. Does anyone besides me think that the media is devolving into the same anti-establishment bs that used to be reserved for coverage of the Vietnam war? There were civilian casualties there but this was a long planned raid on a highly survielled target. Those troops knew exactly what they were doing. In shooting at women and other non-combatants, I would suggest you read an account by an Army specialist Jarob Walsh here. His convoy that was attacked was the same one that Thomas Hamill, the KBR hostage who escaped, and Mat Maupin was captured in. Particularly scarey is Walsh’s account of being shot at and hit by two little boys weilding, albeit awkwardly, AK-47s. Did a wedding party take place there? yeah, it seems so. Were there “other” guests at this party and were there suspicious activities going on at this home, yes and yes. Hmmmm…

On the gaming side the is a really good interview with Ryan Dancey up at Silven’s RPG section. Ryan was the main force behind the OGL and the team that developed 3ed. D&D. I am not quite sure just what he has against GAMA but he has some excellent points about it becoming to dependent on the revenues from Origins.

Genny is such a good kitty. I am so glad we adopted her. She spent most of the day either watching the birds or following us around.

Finally took the plunge and bought a digital camera. Got a good price on a Olympus D-390. Only 2 Megapixel but for the price this is a great deal. USB port just plugs into my Linux boxen and Viola! i can access the files to save ’em. When I get enough of them I can save the pictures to a CD thanks to my burner.

Talked to the people at Silven Crossroads and they will host my pictures from the Origins Game Convention. So this year I get to be a roving reporter at my favorite game convention! I need to ask about getting a press pass. It will make things a lot easier for me when I need to ask permission to get booth or game photos. Hopefully I can even get a scoop of the other news websites and persuade Kenzer to let me get a few pics of stuff for the upcoming Aces & Eights game! That would be very kewl indeed!

Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings movies is going to be a Guest of Honor at Origins this year!

Following the blogs is getting to be my best way of getting the news, the guys at Tacitus and Glenn Reynold’s blog Instapundit are my favorite places. Print media is too biased and simply ignores anything which does not advance their agenda.

I read this quote on a Tacitus comment forum and it really sums up the way I feel right now. Especially the parts about the Saudis and the Leftists and Chomskyland:

I’m pissed at the terrorists for today’s beheading, Hamas for everything they do and represent, the Syrians and Egyptians for going to war with Israel 30 years ago, the Israelis for using counterproductive tactics and for subsidizing illegal settlements instead of reverting to the ’67 borders, the Palestinian Authority for being a bunch of corrupt terrorists who can’t keep a bargain, the Saudis for being a bunch of perfidious whiners exporting a hateful ideology.

Regarding Abu Ghraib, I’m pissed at the Leftists for going bonkers and descending into Chomskyland. I’m pissed at the Rightists for making excuses and in some cases, justification. I’m pissed at the 800th for dealing a heavy blow to our moral authority and making Americans less safe. I’m pissed at the Bush administration for being incompetent, blind, and loosening important legal safeguards.

And so forth.

Yep, couldn’t have said it better myself.

I am a little speechless right now. The beheading of an American “civilian contractor” (just what the heck was this guy contracting for, that American soldiers needed to detain him in Iraq, anyway??) and now we are going to have to listen to constant rhetoric about why the Abu Gharaib scandals led to the beheading of a American citizen. This just makes me want to throw up. Beheading is a ritualistic crime with relegious and symbolic meanings to Islam in a similar way that stoning a person does in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the stupid proletariat sheep in this country will never figure that out. The Islamic extremeists that the US is fighting are not going to be like good Christians and love their neighbor. They are extremists and will use every quirk and twist of the relegion to justify whatever horrible crimes they want to commit. Sigh, I really honestly am at a loss for words. I feel the most sorry for the Berg family. I wonder how many good intentioned people suddenly realize that they are in a war zone over there and leave? Al Zaraqi was the head of the Islamic extremists who held a small valley in Northern Iraq until the Kurds/Partroopers wiped it out? Hmmmmm,wish someone would have got him then. It is a bit sad to say that I am not really surprised by this, it was only a matter of time before something similar happened.

I think I am going to play with my cat now….

Do not delay and remember to sign up for your Origins events right away! There were still some open Aces & Eights demos, but they will not last long.

Leo Laporte blogs that the entire TechTV staff has been fired. He reports that 100 jobs will be open for those willing to relocate to LA. Sad day for my fav network.

There is a new open source command line application being developed with Domino’s pizza to order pizza. Pizza Party will allow you to order a pizza just by typing a command, even better when you make it a hot key. This is a really kewl idea. pizza_party -p -m 1 medium thin press enter, and hey presto! pie is on the way. Very kewl indeed! 🙂 Open Source means that it is being distributed free of charge and can be developed and contributed to by anyone with the inclination. This will make into every Linux distro out there in short order.

Had a really nice discussion with a colleague about the Iraq situation today (which seems to be a rare thing, how many level headed discussions have you seen or partook of on political grounds recently?). To sum it up:

1. The problem with using WMD’s as justification for an invasion is that you are completely dependent on finding them. Fail to find them and you look like a liar or worse, find them and you are golden. Saddam and his cronies had WMD around. They used them against the Iranians and the Kurds and even the Shiia got gassed. But the question becomes whether they actually did destroy them all or just hid some really well. Hiding a pile of chemical artillery shells in that desert would be relatively easy I think.

2. Saddam and the regime were a tremendously destabilizing influence in the region. Saddam used his military to invade other countries, Tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of (if not millions) his own citizens, supported various extremist groups in their endeavours to kill innoncent people, and used his position and power to enrich himself and his cronies at the expense of the rest of the country’s people.

3. it does not make sense to use humanitarian crimes as a justification for invasion and occupation. Every government has committed humantarian crimes against its own populace. Just ask the American Indians about the Trail of Tears sometime. Trying to be moral at gunpoint is hypocritical, of course.

4. The Iraqi people will not be converted to representative democracy at gunpoint. They must change from within, on their own. Muslims tend to resent non-muslims in their respective countries. So as long as the US is there occupying it there will be violence and pressure on us to get out. Any government the US helps set up will not be trusted. It will be seen as a puppet and will not last long without support from the West and therefore will fail eventually. The Iraqis must set up their own government as free from our influence as possible.

Saw a baby bird in the yard yesterday when I cut the grass. Hopefully, it will learn to fly before one of the neighborhood cats makes a snack out of it. It must have fallen from a nest in our tree.

Tomorrow, I will comment on the Abu Ghraib situation. I thought the Army already relieved the commanding officer months ago? Why were none of the perpetrators punished until now? Could it be that the Army was already investigating it? Briefly, I agree with Tacitus about disbanding the 372 Military Police Company and scattering the remaining soldiers to the furthest posts that can be found.


Russ Kick is going to be the guest blogger at Boing Boing. Russ is the editor of the Disinformation series of books, and is the maintainer of the The Memory Hole web page which has lots of good info that the media does not want to reveal.

My friend Todd is quitting Asheron’s Call to start playing Lineage 2. Never thought I would see the day when Todd gave up his beloved AC.

One of my favorite online comics is PvP.

Well its a bit voyueristic but I really like reading Cecile Dubois’ blog Sky Watching My World. Its a treat!