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but when I do I don't have much to say.
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Jonathan Coulton celebrates the First of May (NSFW).

entp2007: (angry beavers)
DW has completed the import. It took a few days, so if you are thinking of moving from LiveJournal, be prepared for your import to take 3 or 4 days. I reviewed some past posts and some pictures and videos are missing, but I can restore them. I may have to do so manually, but so far the vast majority of them transferred properly which I'm happy with.


dog carries off stuffed animal bigger than it
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My entries from LiveJournal have been imported, but I see that there are a lot of missing items. No big deal. Some are embedded videos, others are pictures. I may have to go back through them manually and fix them. I would like an archive of my LiveJournal entries with all the content intact. I'll have to look to see if that is also possible. Anyway, I'm happy with the process so far. Now all that's left is to import comments.
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I am a refugee from LiveJournal. I left it because of their new discriminatory terms and conditions. I started the migration process and waiting for my old entries to import. Dreamwidth said it could take a day for for it to be finished. I suspect I am not the only LiveJournal refugee in the queue.

I did leave a farewell message for my LJ peeps to let them know where I was going and that they could join me here if they like. Glad that the process has been pretty seamless. Not glad for the reason. Anyway, howdy.
entp2007: (mumra)
LiveJournal has come out with new terms and conditions that are unacceptable. Unfortunately, I had to agree to them to access my content even though I was given the option not to. So no I really do not agree to them because they are make you agree to be subject to Russian anti-LGBT laws. I'll let Charles Stross explain why this is the shits.

I am in the process of migrating to Dreamwidth. I'm keeping the same username. So you can find me at entp2007.dreamwidth.org. It's a fairly straightforward process. This account may end up going away, but it will no longer be updated, though I may respond to any comments posted here. I suggest anyone else looking for a new LiveJournal home check out Dreamwidth. It's made by some of the original founders of LJ.
entp2007: (bandit)
Here's something you didn't know you needed to watch. I know for some people Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" it is one of their favorite albums. I certainly rank it pretty highly.

entp2007: (bandit)
Today we get to experience an equal number of hours of day and night.



Oh, and our temperamentally unfit man-baby of a president thought it would be a great idea to antagonize North Korea. Have a nice life.
entp2007: (angry beavers)
The first 30 days have gone swimmingly. I can only imagine what the next 30 days hold in store for us.

I'd celebrate Presidents Day but there aren't taco trucks on every corner.
entp2007: (bandit)
I'm feeling somewhat more optimistic after the record low turnout at the inauguration and the record high turnout at the women's march (in DC, all across the country, around the world including Antartica).



This group joined the Women’s March from Antarctica
entp2007: (bandit)
Today is the last day of President Obama's term of office. I haven't decided how I will spend it. Some of it working to be sure, but I want to make it something joyful, something memorable for the dark days, dark weeks, dark months and possibly dark years ahead.


entp2007: (bandit)
I have a habit of naming years. If I didn't call 2016 The Year the Chickens Came Home to Roost, I should have. I don't remember what I called previous years, and I'm too lazy to go back through my posts to find them nor to even see how long I've been doing it. I didn't pick the name 2017, I got it from Obama's anger translator, Luther, farewell address sketch. The actual address starts at 2:57.

The video will not embed here so you must view it at Comedy Central.
A Farewell Address from Obama's Anger Translator

By calling 2017 Orange is the New Black year it is apropos on so many levels. President Obama has done a remarkable job despite the enormous amount of shit thrown at him. There were things he did that I strongly did not approve of (like expanding the use of armed drones). Perhaps no president coming in how well intentioned can avoid being compromised by the office. It's not right, but that's the way it is. We already know how compromised our incoming president is going to be. We just don't know how awful it's going to get nor how quickly it will turn awful. It could all go south in less than 100 days. I'd like to be very wrong about what might happen. Better for me to be ridiculed than to see millions of people harmed (like losing health insurance coverage by repealing the ACA).

Update 30 Jan 17: It went to shit pretty fast with the Muslim ban. I'm thinking about changing my mind and calling it The Year That Went to Shit. And the thing is we haven't see the worst yet. I'm going to revise my 100 day time frame to 30 days.

Boxing Day

Dec. 26th, 2016 06:28 pm
entp2007: (bandit)
This is perhaps my favorite non-American holiday. It's the day after Christmas. It's celebrated in Canada and the UK and probably Australia and New Zealand. I don't know all the details, but it seems to be their equivalent of Black Friday after our Thanksgiving. A huge shopping day. I'd heard it was the day you exchange unwanted gifts. That sounds more fun. You get a gift you didn't like and exchange it with someone else who got a gift they didn't like. However, it was traditional to give money and gifts to the needy and that sounds a lot more worthwhile. The Boxing Day event I attended once was basically a decompressor with friends. Yes, we love our family, but family at holidays can be stressful. A decompressor with your friends who don't have the same expectations or baggage seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

8 Days

Dec. 11th, 2016 12:32 am
entp2007: (mumra)
And it will be official or we'll have a constitutional crisis. Either outcome is not good.

Update: 5 days now. We shall soon know if political courage still exists.

Update (Jan 2, 2017): And no it does not. The electors gave absolutely zero fucks about the Constitution. Zero.
entp2007: (revere)
My NaNoWriMo hadn't been going well, and now it's been completely derailed after Black Tuesday. I can put it back on the tracks and will, but I probably won't meet the goal of 50,000 words. Onward.

Meanwhile 3/4 of America is reeling from the outcome of the US election, 1/4 is positively gleeful. I knew this outcome was a distinct possilibilty after Brexit left much of UK reeling. Much of the same mindset that voted for Brexit was the same mindset that voted for him. I simply had not prepared enough for the shock. It's going to take me time to come to terms with what just happened, what may happen now, and how to move forward in the event of a worse case scenario. And if things don't turn out that bad, I'll consider that time well wasted.
entp2007: (bandit)
I've thought about participating, but I've been too lazy. I did start unofficially one year, but gave up after a few days. On the other hand if I don't give it a shot this year, I may never do it. And I want to write a novel.

If you are thinking of giving it a try you also only have a day to decide. Here's the link: http://nanowrimo.org

Update: Apparently, I'd signed up for an account in a previous year. I'd forgot. I reset my password and I had signed up four years ago.
entp2007: (bandit)
This is the best Charlie Brown special ever. Happy Halloween folks!

15 + 8

Oct. 16th, 2016 07:06 pm
entp2007: (bandit)
23 days until the election. I don't know how it's going to turn out. Odds are Hillary Clinton will win, but by how much? It needs to be by a good deal more than the margin of error and a comfortable lead in the Electoral College. There will be chaos, there will be violent incidents, but let us hope they will not reduce the vote. Not one of the pollsters seems to have taken into account or acknowledged voting suppression efforts by various Republican controlled states. Courts have ordered a number of them to restore voting rights but have refused to do so. Herr Drumpf is organizing "poll watchers" to scare away or intimidiate minority voters. If it is a close election, close as it was in 2000, it could lead to a constitutional crisis.

Herr Drumpf has overshadowed all the other things, dark money from the likes of the Koch brothers, downticket candidates. The two most important things goin on right now are the protests in North Dakota against the DAPL going through the Standing Rock Reservation and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) ratification process. It needs to be stopped too. Locally, Democrats need to retake the Arizona state legislature or win enough seats to create a gridlock to prevent Governor Ducey from continuing to turn this state into another Kansas or Oklahoma, a financial ruin.

It's not over til it's over. I'll probably do some heavy drinking on election night, but I hope it will be celebratory in nature.

RinCon 2016

Oct. 2nd, 2016 07:18 pm
entp2007: (bandit)
I attended my first gaming convention ever this past weekend. I've known about it since moving to Tucson but was hesitant to go. I was worried that I'd be twice as old as the other games and feel out of place. There used to be one in Tulsa but I never attended. I did game at a few conventions back in the late 1980's (mostly Star Fleet Battles) and gamed at one convention in 2000. I did a lot of gaming in the mid to late 80's (again mostly Star Fleet Battles). I have attended literary science fiction conventions off and on since 1978, so there's a lot of overlap. I haven't done much gaming since the early 90's, but I still have most of my games (I did get rid of Star Fleet Battles though).

Anyway, there were plenty of gamers my age and all age groups seem to be represented, about a quarter of the gamers were women and there were some people of color. Most of the attendees were local and there was a fair contingent from the Phoenix area, but people came from El Paso and Los Angeles. If I were to guess there were probably about 200 people in attendance.

A lot has changed in the gaming world. I pretty much stopped before Magic The Gathering took off. I never really got into role playing though I did try D&D very early on in high school when it was brand new. I got introduced to Star Fleet Battles in college plus some other games, Car Wars, OGRE/GEV, Illuminati, Kingmaker, Titan, Talisman, Cosmic Encounter, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Globbo, Call of Cthulhu (The only roll playing game that appealed to me. I got tired of 80th level dark half-elves in D&D. CoC was self-limiting, the more powerful a character became the more insane he became. I only played it a few times). Battletech had become pretty popular back then too but I never got into it. I was spoiled by SFB which was a better gaming system, but I had a fair number of gaming friends who got into BT.

I didn't want to be that gamer who hated all new games because he thought the old games were better. There were plenty of older Napoleonic minitiatures/Avalon Hill Games folks who didn't like the new games I was playing at the time. So I tried a bunch of new games this weekend. I didn't pre-register, so I had to sign up with what was available. I'm glad I did. None were combat games. That's mostly what I played back in the day were combat tactical games, very few builder or cooperative games.

Most of the games I played were in beta, getting ready to go to Kickstarter, Castle Mania, CO-OP, Excavate! and Capital City. I also played Gangster Dice, and Viticulture. GD had been a Kickstarter. All except Viticulture played in less than an hour and were card based games. Viticulture was what is known as a euro game. It was a new term I learned. It could also be called a German game. These are resource based games that are more with building things and economics than with combat. I like to call them German games because they had lots of rules and were no fun. Viticulture was interesting, you ran a vinyard in 19th century Italy. It was the most complex game but not as complex as  SFB.

Some of the old games I would like to play again. I could use the old versions I have or get new versions. Some of them are still in print from different game publishers. They are Tales of the Arabian Nights, Talismen, and Cosmic Encounter. What I'm trying to find out is are the new versions worth buying? How do they compare to the new versions/editions? And now that I'm likely to get plugged back into gaming culture, I'll be able to find other people to play with.

Gettysburg

Sep. 27th, 2016 08:55 pm
entp2007: (bandit)
So this past summer I visited Gettysburg for the second time. It was a more in depth visit this time. The takeaway was that it was the turning point of the Civil War and it could have gone either way. It wasn't until the third day and Pickett's Charge was stopped and the Union won. It was the high watermark of the Confederacy and from then on it was a matter of grinding them down.

Last night was the first presidental debate between the two main candidates. It wasn't a decisive win for HIllary Clinton, but she did what she needed to do and got in one very good hit. There are two debates to go. They may not decide the outcome of the election. However, what she did told me she has the skills to land several more hits including the knockout blow. Now, we cannot understimate Herr Drumpf, he of tiny hands, expensive hair weave, and spray-on tan, but he can be defeated and the consequences of not doing could easily play out at best what happened in Italy with Berlusconni, or slighly worse in the Phillipines with Duterte, or even worse what has happened in Russia with Putin.

Now, you have to ask yourself why do I think Clinton is a better candidate? I'll let John Oliver explain. He does not gloss over her defects. All I'm going to say is that Oliver deserves an Emmy for best use of raisins as a metaphor.


Gettysburg-Debate connection: The battle of Gettysburg lasted 3 days; there are 3 debates. The consequences of that battle lives with us to this very day and the consequences of this election could equally last as long. I await Drumpf's Charge.

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