Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Zelazny: Real Life Ghostwheel



I'm not the biggest fan of the Merlin series, but I do like some of the concepts introduced therein, and chief among them is Ghostwheel.

"It riffles through Shadow like the pages of a book-or a deck of cards," I said. "Program it for whatever you want checked out and it will keep an eye on it for you. I was planning it as a surprise. You could, say, use it to determine whether any of our potential enemies are mobilizing, or to follow the progress of Shadow-storms, or-"

      "Wait a minute," he said, raising a hand. "How? How does it flip through shadows that way? What makes it work?"

      "In effect," I explained, "it creates the equivalent of multitudes of Trumps in an instant, then-"

Someone wrote a program to procedurally generate Tarot cards. Can Ghostwheel be far behind?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"We need to stop Cthulhu - right meow!"

As hard as it is to believe now, Dungeons & Dragons was once a mainstream activity. It’s what the kids were playing in E.T. and I’m old enough to remember D&D clubs in my grade school. Someone once remarked that President Obama probably tried it at least once as an undergrad. Its ascendance was due to a confluence of circumstances that are never going to be repeated, but for a while it was HUGE.

D&D’s Golden Age is over, but role-playing still persists. The internet has been the perfect medium for Indie RPG projects and while none of them have a fraction of the market penetration that early Dungeons & Dragons did, the variety of games out there is mind-bogglingly staggeringly bonkers, and I for one am pleased beyond words that I live in a world where I can choose from several independently developed games where I can play as a cat fighting the forces of the Cthulhu Mythos.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Incredibles Debate: Meet the speakers



Good evening. I'm Josh, the super-great owner of this blog. Over the next several days, I will be debating the merits of the Incredibles 2 with my daughter Lily. I will present my argument and then Lily will have the opportunity for a rebuttal. There may be a little bit of further back and forth if we think it's funny.

Lily's replies are in CYAN

The Debaters! 

Josh



Chiefly known for failing to be incredibly wise and awesome. Weaknesses: Too modest. Has bad grammar because GREEK STATUES don't go to SCHOOL. 

Lily



Hobbies: Falling over. Being wrong about things. Being cute and great and right forever and always.

Also, is better than Josh because this candidate...
  • Can change facial expressions (That's just the way my face looks!)
  • (Only recently became potty trained) 
  • Understands that the statement above is both untrue and irrelevant
  • Once ran face-first into a wall. It was hilarious. 
  • It was pretty hilarious...Hey! Stop interfering!
  • Is not made of marble
  • Is SMRT
  • Was the captain of a debate team
  • Even falls down adorably
  • Just made you look :)




Cuter than this face?



I think not!
Lily, at the end of this debate


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Josh, 100% of the time.
Like, absolutely ALWAYS
24/7
Right now, actually

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Coming Soon: Josh and Lily debate The Incredibles 2


Who is right about the movie?

Josh?



Or Lily? 


Stay tuned to find out!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A dream about a Zelazny post

I woke up from a dream last night where I was ranking all of the characters named John or Jack in Zelazny's writing. I feel that I need to make this post now.