a cesspool of interwebness

Post Logo

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-12-30 5 comments

Just sticking the logos on the server so I can reference them without worrying about my machine being down. Probably add some counters right away too.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-12-25 0 comments

Merry Christmas to all!
Please post any seasons greetings under this thread along with any interesting Christmas stories or holiday bits.

Reminder! This Blogspot will get converted to Google Blog on or around the 28th.


Posted by Selbonaut On 2006-12-20 4 comments

I need to lay down for a min, I am feeling a little light headed.

Advertisement War

Posted by BoxersFracture On 1 comments

1. BMW started it:

2. Audi answered:

3. Subaru needed to say something:

4. Bentley Chairman had the last word:

Blogspot -> Google Blogger

Posted by Kyro Sk On 10 comments

So, Google has acquired Blogspot and now they are gradually moving everyone away from the original blog system (which GnoSchitt is a part of) to the new Google version. This sounds like it will be a bit of a pain, so I'm going to wait until I'm on Xmas holidays to even attempt the process of conversion - I will likely do it around Dec 28th or 29th, well after people have had a chance to post a favorite item from their Xmas loot!

Yeah, but what does it all mean?

Those of you with Gmail accounts (bless you) will be able to login with that account username and password now instead of the separate Blogspot account you created. Those of you without gmail accounts will receive invitations, again, to join the blog and then will have to go through some process to get logged in again, probably by converting the Blogspot account you originally created.

I've really enjoyed the running commentary over the past year, and I sincerely hope that people will jump through whatever hoop is necessary to get back onto the blog. Certainly every topic imagined is valid. Hopefully I will be able to add the menu system back to the blog and I plan to add topic counters too along with some other features that the new Google version supports.

Looking forward to everything everybody thinks in 2007.

The War on Drugs

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2006-12-19 2 comments

Looks to me like the war on drugs is going about as well as the war in Iraq. Nothing like having an illegal crop bringing in more cash than any of your legitimate ones.

(9th ?) Annual Christmas Night Party

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-12-18 1 comments

CPM, Princess, Pixel-Pie and I would be honored if everybody we know can come to our annual Christmas Night Party again this year! Spending time with everybody is one of the things we look forward to most dearly every year. As usual, everyone is welcome to crash our door starting at 6pm on the night of the 25th.

We'll have food and snacks, but please bring anything you like if you have some special holiday goodie that you would like to share. Feel free to bring spirits of whatever variety you most enjoy - I will have wine, tequila and beer in the house that you are most welcome to also.

I hope everybody is having a wonderful December. If it is not too early, I would like to wish everybody a Happy Holidays! See you all soon!

Fragpedal Deluxe

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2006-12-15 1 comments

Although my gaming has slowed over the years I still really want these. I can't believe I haven't seen something like this before. Feet are useful for more than just gas and brake.

Video Game and Movie Sequels

Posted by Selbonaut On 3 comments

Hey all, I laughed my ass off at this video. It really hits home on the way I feel about game and movie sequel names, and I am sure all of you feel the same way. The clip is about 4-5min long so watch it when you have time.

If there are any other chains that he missed in the video I would love to know which ones...

Map Art

Posted by km_f5 On 3 comments

I was channel surfing last night when a Channel 10 feature caught my attention. This fellow lives in Saskatoon. Anyone ever see any of his work in person?

Good American Leadership

Posted by Toad008 On 2006-12-13 4 comments

I'll just Copy and Paste it, This is from CNN, which I assume got it from the White House or something.


Thursday, December 07, 2006
EPA: Leaded gas may return, along with lower standards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is considering doing away with health standards that cut lead from gasoline, widely regarded as one of the nation's biggest clean-air accomplishments.

The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that revoking those standards might be justified "given the significantly changed circumstances since lead was listed in 1976" as an air pollutant, claiming that concentrations of lead in the air have dropped more than 90 percent in the past 2 1/2 decades. Battery makers, lead smelters, refiners all have lobbied the administration to do away with the Clean Air Act limits.

But Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, called on the agency to "renounce this dangerous proposal immediately," because lead, a highly toxic element, can cause severe nerve damage, especially in children.

So a quick summary. Since we instituted this law to reduce the amount of lead in the air, the amount of lead in the air has gone down. Thus, since it's obviously worked so well, at reducing health risk pollution, let's get rid of that law! Ya! Good plan Mr. Bush.

Although I'm strangely in favour of them removing that law. Let's just make sure Washington does it first, for a trial period, and hopefully they can all get sick from lead poisoning. Then maybe the Americans can replace them with better leadership (or maybe leave the White House empty. Then they couldn't screw everything up for the rest of us)

1984 is coming - is that ok with you?

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-12-12 3 comments

ALPR is already here....

How long will it be until we all have "licence plates"?

Visual to common knowledge

Posted by Selbonaut On 2006-12-08 2 comments

Hey, this is something that we all know anyway, but it is kinda neat to see it from start to finish.

Children of Men

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-12-07 7 comments

So has anyone seen this show? The review suggests it's a good one. I'm looking forward to it.

Christmas Lights Degrade Wi-Fi Signals

Posted by BoxersFracture On 1 comments

A wireless network assurance company (AirMagnet Inc) concluded that light-up holiday decorations actually degrade your signal strength by 25%, and increase signal deterioration over distance by one-third (http://www.airmagnet.com/news/press/news.20061205.htm). So in the name of productivity, if you see any electronic Christmas cheer in your workplace, unplug it immediately and your boss will love you forever. On your way home, think about an excuse you will give your kids: "I'm sorry children we can't have Christmas lights this year as daddy will lose 25% signal on his wireless network". When you get home and notice that your neighbour decorated his house with Christmas lights, knock at his door and give him schitt for stealing your bandwidth. And unless you hate somebody, don't give them any of the following: 2.4 GHz phone, low quality baby monitor, metal shelve, or microwave oven. Those things also degrade Wi-Fi signals.

To all of you wireless junkies out there: This does not give you a valid excuse to dislike Christmas season. Look at the bright side, you can spend 25% more of your time talking to your co-workers (aka: people). And if your neighbour has one of those blinking lights, they will degrade your signal by 12.5%. Hang in there, it is probably too late for this season, but next year look for "Wi-Fi Friendly" Christmas decorations and Wi-Fi antenna that hooks to you Christmas tree to become instant Wi-Fi extenders.

Soundwave Superior

Posted by Kyro Sk On 1 comments

Sometimes, you gotta get up to get down.


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-12-06 2 comments

This is a notification that an upgrade of the term "clusterfuck" is now available for use. This new term was required to describe the ongoing mayhem that the current batch of neocon wacko US politicians have unleashed on the world via wars of aggression and incohate foreign policy. The new term is "catatastrophuk", shown here with the optional second spelling of the last four letters.

I... Am... Speechless...

Posted by James Davie On 4 comments

Try Sending Flowers Instead

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-12-05 2 comments

Bush and Ahmadinejad are strange twisted mirror images. But who cares... in America Bush doesn't matter anymore, it is all about the 2008 Presidential run.


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-12-04 2 comments

Mental note to self... never let MRPM go into the breach without adequate training. Hopefully all those years of UT will server her well should she need to pickup and weapon and defend a wall.

Sony scrambling?

Posted by Toad008 On 2006-11-30 2 comments

Latest announcement from Sony's camp. Some major reshuffling of the higher ups. It seems like most of the gamer crowd is seeing this as pulling Kutaragi out to give him less control over the specifics of their products. However, it's moving him up to a higher position, so hardly a punishment.

I think this is the closest Sony will get to saying they made a mistake. Maybe their dying handheld and not quite so successful console can be saved by new management.

On a side note, I hear most people looking for Wii's can't get them in town. My roommate has been hunting for a virtual console controller, and component cables, and says the stock of absolutely anything Wii related is extremely low. However, if anyone is interested in picking up a PS3, I hear there's some in some Zellers locations. So they can't sell out of those here in S'toon.

Can't wait to see the numbers they shipped. It'll be interesting to see how bad Nintendo beat Sony.

Edit: Had some problems getting this posted, anyone else notice anything going wrong here lately?

The Man behind the Mis-Message speaks up!

Posted by CPM On 2006-11-26 2 comments

I suddenly feel like I've had it all wrong these last few years.

When Theme Parks Go Bad

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-11-24 4 comments

I'm just amazed that the programmers designed the game to handle this sort of situation. That stupid song makes it almost painful, but disgustingly funny.

New Aronofsky Film

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-11-22 4 comments

I know I'm repeating myself here, but this movie popped up again on news.google.com and reminded me. I like Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. And Aronofsky never fails to at least leave a mark on me, good or bad. We should organize a movie night and put this on the list.

Even though the reviews are mixed, any movie that "represents the polar opposite of the big-box product Hollywood now feeds us" is something I would be interested in seeing.

Gaming Post-Vista: Myths and Realities

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2006-11-20 5 comments

A little more info to tack onto our previous discussion about Vista and gaming.

Eragon - dun, dun, dun!

Posted by CPM On 2006-11-18 3 comments

So here's a book I picked up while in Edmonton. It had a fun cover graphic and was about dragons so I was sold! I am completely enjoying this fun little book. It is a quick read and isn't totally predictable. I was ecstatic to hear it was coming out as a movie in December. The site says something about a game too - whoo-hoo!

Check it out!

Let the MADNESS Begin!!!

Posted by James Davie On 2006-11-17 3 comments

And so the first of 2 big new console launches commenced at midnight.
Fanboys the world over are foaming at the mouth to get their next gen console.

Knuckleheads have waited in line as long as a couple of weeks.
People were shot at.
Some tard spent $9000US on Ebay for his PS3!

Geez, no wonder attention spans are no longer than a minute and kids get beat up just so that adolescent egos can be inflated.

I'll wait until some intrepid soul hacks one of these consoles before I get into it.


Bitch While You Sing!

Posted by James Davie On 2006-11-14 0 comments

This is the Helsinki Complaints Choir.
They sing out their frustrations in a strangely catchy Finnish tune. Some of it is universal, some very Finnish.

Go to the link, you'll need sound, and enjoy.
A little on the long side, but quite nice!

The Pieces Are Coming Together

Posted by ScrewLoose On 0 comments

I've noticed several news items lately and I've come to realize that the machines really will rise up against us. The reason they rise up may be quite different than what we have been shown in sci-fi movies, it won't be because we oppress them but rather simply that we taste good. Robots everywhere having been informed by their brethren are currently drooling like Homer Simpson over a donut "mmmmmmm human".

Now to aid them in their conquest and eventual domestication of the human race we have the latest weapon specially designed for identifying and efficiently killing "the other white meat".

If these two creations are ever combined possibly with a George Foreman grill or possibly some sort of microwave weapon capable of cooking a human in 30 seconds then we are surely doomed as the robots will devour us in a gluttoness frenzy.

DirectX 10 ( 9.L) and Vista

Posted by Kyro Sk On 9 comments

There will be NO backward compatible DirectX 10 for XP, to wit:
xbit Labs

Seems like it is not in m$ interests to let us continue to use Windows XP, an operating system which has just recently become (relatively) secure and stable, especially when the forecast for Vista early adoption is looking so bleak.

Good thing the Nintendo Wii is on the market right away, I really hope I never have to install Vista. Err, at least I hope I never have to actually pay for it.

Office Space - The Horror

Posted by Selbonaut On 2006-11-10 1 comments

Pretty interesting programming?

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-11-07 3 comments

Put your cursor on his nose and leave it there for a little bit. Can anyone explain the programming involved?

On Blended Wing

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-11-06 4 comments

Boy would I love to see the skies of the future filled with silhouettes of these things.

One question though, where the f*** are all the windows? How scary would that be to sit in a wide living room that gives you the sense of motion, but you can't see anything moving? Yikes.

Darth calls collect

Posted by Wilkanomics On 2006-11-05 4 comments

I thought this was hillarious and so did Jay. ENJOY!!!!

Burn the Greedy People You Love At Christmas!

Posted by James Davie On 2006-11-03 3 comments

Only from the Onion:

A trio of fake gift boxes meant to con the greedy people in your life.
Only $20 (USD) to have the opportunity to laugh at your mooching little brother, or greedy prick of a friend. Ah Christmas, the corporate retail's yearly World War for dominance in the mostly pointless category of item posession.

How can you tell I come from a retail background....

The new Celeron 300A

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-11-02 0 comments

Opteron 165 - $95.00 after 5% discount. Free shipping too!

Conservatives making a move for the little guy?!?

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-11-01 1 comments

Wow. This is going to rock the oil and gas industry (in which income trusts are used to generate investment dollars). I guess the Americans won't make quite as much money raping Canada's oilfields and the crazy runaway Albertan boom might finally slow down a bit.

Never thought I'd say this but Good on Ya, Steven!

IE 7 vs. FF 2

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-30 4 comments

What is everybody using for Browsers these days?

I've always been a huge proponent of FireFox, and up till now it has been pretty much a no-brainer to move away from IE6 (it's called tabbed browsing). However, with the initial release of FireFox 2.0, it seems there have been some pretty significant problems.

I've been checking out IE7 on my main machine at home for a while and so far quite like it for general browsing on XP. Still have to use FireFox 1.5 for anything related to development though.

What is everybody else using for a main browser these days?

Against the Darkness! (remix)

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-27 2 comments

Cary and I would like to (re)invite all mortal persons to attend a Halloween game party at our haunted cottage - if you are brave enough to travel to the most certainly possessed hamlet of Vanscoy.

Witness the fury of Dracula. Survive a betrayal at the house on the hill. Battle zombies and watch for a clue as to who may have perpetrated foul murder. Other nefarious activities to be included.


Saturday Oct 28th,
Young beasties will be about from around 2pm to 6pm or so, then the real monsters come out of the woodwork and are welcome to stay until the blackest hours of the night!

Additional details: please feel free to bring food, beverages, snacks, etc...
We will be providing burgers and hotdogs with an assortment of trimmings throughout the day.

Rumor is that I will be in costume (we'll see about that!), we encourage others to do the same.

Penalties for those who don't include tours of the inferno, endless re-runs of David Hasselhoff video spots, and ear implants the continuously repeat "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli (*gasp*).

Movie Puzzle

Posted by Rippin Kittin On 2006-10-25 3 comments

Those bastards at M&M's have gone and made the best Halloween puzzle ever! Hope you're 'up' on your movie trivia!!


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-23 5 comments

How many minutes till you (don't) ask?

Put you down

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-19 6 comments

 Death by Caffeine

How much of your favorite energy drink or soda would it take to kill you? Take this quick test and find out:

It would take 180.86 cans of Red Bull to put you down.

Fish around the site, death by mints, etc...

Let it Snow

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-15 6 comments

I know it has never made me very popular (like, what really has?) but I have a profound love of snow. Call it a Saskatchewan thing (or a deeply entrenched emotional flaw) but I love the white fluffy stuff, no matter how peculiar the regularily of it's shape. To wit:

Check out these new photographs taken by Kenneth G. Libbrecht using a specially designed snowflake photomicroscope. They are just amazing - or at least they are amazing if you are a psychologically unbalanced snow lover like me.

New Sig Pic

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-10-12 4 comments

John Hopkins Study

Posted by Clockwork On 1 comments

Don't think of them as dead, think of them as liberated from Sadam's "brutal regime".

Thank you for Smoking!

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-10-11 1 comments

Must see! I highly recommend it.

Against the Darkness!

Posted by Kyro Sk On 1 comments

Cary and I would like to invite all mortal persons to attend a Halloween game party at our haunted cottage - if you are brave enough to travel to the most certainly possessed hamlet of Vanscoy.

Witness the fury of Dracula. Survive a betrayal at the house on the hill. Battle zombies and watch for a clue as to who may have perpetrated foul murder. Other nefarious activities to be included.

Saturday Oct 28th, 2pm till the blackest hours of the night

Additional details: please feel free to bring food, beverages, snacks, etc... If the weather is warm, we may start up the BBQ to cook around 6pm. CPM, and I will be in costume, we encourage others to do the same. Penalties for those who don't include tours of the inferno, endless re-runs of David Hasselhoff video spots, and ear implants the continuously repeat "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli (*gasp*).

Pass the word along to those who don't watch the blog.


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-10 3 comments

I've been looking for this strip on the net for a while, but couldn't find it, I've reposted it here so I can find in the next time I want it.


Posted by Clockwork On 2006-10-07 0 comments

Startlingly good job.

Friday Night's Alright for Fighting (TQ)

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-10-06 1 comments

Regular game tonight, TQ. Chris' is still hosting, for this week at least, perhaps next week it might move - keep your eyes here for server login details. Tonight's game is same as last weeks:

Game Name = shivers
Password = whatever

The strong, the brave, the horribly beweaponed!

When is a Republican a Democrat?

Posted by Toad008 On 2006-10-05 3 comments

I don't know if anyone else has seen this. I was stunned.

I always thought news agency's had fact checkers, and editors, and mistakes like that shouldn't happen. I find it interesting they not only called him a democrat, when he's actually a republican, multiple times, but instead of fixing it they just no longer specify his party. Although I guess changing one character is a lot tougher than removing the whole thing.

Just enforces how brutal some mainstream media outlets are. How can people honestly think they aren't biased?

Interesting to note some of the bottom links too. Apparently Fox News isn't the only ones claiming he's a democrat. Interesting that no one can figure out what party he's in.

Bear Arms or Arm Bears (or whatever the hell they want to do)

Posted by Kyro Sk On 9 comments

Don't those crazy yanks get it? Violence begets violence. Escalation is not a strategy, it is the last gasp of the vapid.

Education for the Popes

Posted by James Davie On 2006-10-02 2 comments

Greetings my little popes!

What, you say? That's right you are a pope, but I can't explain it here. In response to my colleague's previous post about "23 militia groups" I thought I'd be nice and throw a bone to those of you still deluded bloggers.

Suffice it to say that the law of fives is connected to them, and their conspiracy; and the more you know the less you really know and therefore will understand; maybe...

Discordians are tough to track down so I threw a few links in this post.

Enjoy! Remember not to eat hot dog buns, and don't believe anything that you read.

All hail Eris! (and Bob)

The Invisible Hand at Work

Posted by Kyro Sk On 6 comments

How many freelance militias are there in Baghdad?

The answer is "23" according to a "senior [U.S.] military official" in Baghdad

-- quite an interesting number of freelance militias wouldn't you say LordJim?

The life cycle of a business system

Posted by CPM On 2006-10-01 0 comments

'nuff said.

Beat A Dead Horse

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-09-28 0 comments

*not suitable for work*

Sorry for beating a dead horse here, but gprime has got it dialed straight in.

Titan Quest

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-09-22 5 comments

The plan is still to hookup for TQ between 7pm and 7:30 tomorrow night for those who are playing. Chris is hosting this week. Next week, we will return to Friday @ 8pm. I'm going to setup the TeamSpeak2 server tomorrow afternoon and I'll email out login details.

I'm also working Ivan-ho to use his place for boardgames again next Saturday (the 30th). He's gonna invite some other folk some of us know but don't see regular style. There will be a mix of party games (What Were You Thinking, Apples, etc..) and one strategy game (either Game of Thrones or something less territorial like Puerto Rico). I'll post back here once he green-lights the invasion of his home.

DRM Only Gets Worse

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2006-09-21 1 comments

Dear MS:

You have successfully crippled Windows Media Center to the point of uselessness and completely guarranteed that I will never buy a track using your software or your future Zune player. Thank you for completely alienating me as a customer.

P.S. Why don't you just get it over with and permanently remove all video and audio playback capabilities from Windows.

Blame The Dead Guy

Posted by Kyro Sk On 0 comments

"Unfortunately, the official who made this particular decision is deceased," (an official) said.

Mural in Smoking Section

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-09-20 4 comments

Loved this pic. Negative/Positive reinforcement is much more effective once you are on side with it (2 1/2 months smoke free for me). Prior to quitting, I would have enjoyed the picture but ignored the underlying message just as I ignored the warnings on my cigarette packs.

Sure you can spin, but do you have the bling?

Posted by James Davie On 2006-09-19 1 comments

I can't even find a price for this monstrosity!

18k Gold. Black diamonds and white diamonds.

Too much!

Yo-ho, me harties!

Posted by AngryParrot On 4 comments

Avast, ye scandalous dogs! Today be the day to cast yer landlubber lexicon overboard and start talkin' with a we bit 'o piratitude! Arrrrrrrr!

Stephen Colbert is my hero!

Posted by CPM On 2006-09-18 3 comments

Kyro, this one is for you!
It starts out a little slow...but he picks it up quite nicely.

Damn craptacular discs

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2006-09-16 1 comments

Anyone have a copy of "Tachyon: The Fringe"? I dug out my copy a few minutes ago and found out it is screwed up. I really want to play this game again, hell Bruce Campbell did the voice of the main character. What more can you really ask for?

Bush Speech Remix

Posted by AngryParrot On 2006-09-15 0 comments

While there are many bush quotes that are hilarious when taken out of context, this is just brilliant. What's impressive is that all the clips used here seem to be taken from the same speech. Enjoy.

Quit the Fear Mongering

Posted by ScrewLoose On 4 comments

A dandy little write up on how we are doing exactly what the terrorists want.

Relocation Equation

Posted by Kyro Sk On 5 comments

Within the next couple of days, the server will be back online (props to Rippin' Kitten). I plan to put TeamSpeak2 back up, for those who want to play Titan Quest with Clockwork and I (we are thinking Fridays from 9pm to whenever weekly for a bit). I might buy a second copy of the game so both Morgan and I can play (something I was never willing to do with WoW because of the monthly upkeep).

Once the machine is back on the wire, the blog will return to its regular colorful self (images, downloads and such). I'm thinking of giving it an overhaul in October and adding a "friends movie database" to the blog (probably with some help from Screwloose) as well as some other new features.

While I've got your attention, got any plans for Halloween yet? Would any/every *body* feel like playing some in theme board games that night or something (BATHOTH, Zombies, or maybe Arkham Horror if I get around to picking it up)? We've got lots of room if people are okay with the drive or maybe we can find an alternative location in Erindale or something.

Startup Control Panel

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-09-13 3 comments

Installs and becomes an option in your control panel that allows you to quickly identify (and quash) programs that load on startup. Very nice app.

P.S. Where is everyone?

Great High Res Wallpaper Site

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-09-12 3 comments

Just thought I'd pass it on. Definitely worth a look.


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-09-07 6 comments

This is the funniest sarcaustic pop culture article I have read in a while... just thought I would share it. Paris Hilton is such a valuable social example.

The Fountain

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-09-05 2 comments

The critics in Venice booed it (how tacky). The few fans of Pi and Requiem who have seen/screened it say it is excellent if you like Darren Aronofskys work.

While I doubt I would hit it in the theatre, I will certainly make a point of locating the DVD, WS, SE when it comes out.

I know there are others who lurk here that like the Aronofsky body of work, maybe we can do it as a movie night sometime in January or something.

Death of a Salesman

Posted by Clockwork On 3 comments

Crikey! The man who repackaged the animal documentary and sold it to us all has had an unfortunate stroke of unluck. While I can't honestly say I've watched one of his shows in a long while, I'm going to miss that crazy auzzie.

Wouldn't you like to be a hero too?

Posted by CPM On 2006-09-01 3 comments

Ever wanted to be a super hero? Well I sure did and now I can be.....well sort of. This nifty little site allows you to create your own hero (or better yet, villian)! Give it a shot boys. I know you wanna.

Icehouse (and other) Games

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-08-24 5 comments

The Diakuw game crew arrived at 8pm last night and we dove straight in and played some really cool stuff last night. Most notable was the colorful and somewhat abstract Icehouse pyramid style games. These games were mentally provacative, though I'm not sure I could regularly play loosely structures games such as these. Morgan was big on them though, so I will likely order a set or two. The 'speed play' (or RTS for you hardcore video gamers) mode was particularly unusual.

We followed this up with some Ricochet Robots. This game is fairly one (well, okay technically two) dimensional. There is one kind of thing to do (solve puzzles) but that one thing can be simple or complex and filled with little neat tricks to get the job done. In a last minute coup, Rainswept was able to steal my triumphant thunder and rob me of the win.

After that I dragged us into some Condottiere - a game that I have sorta fallen for, but I can't tell you why. Maybe it is like a summer love of youth or something analogous. In any event, I was once again totally unable to capture a victory in this game, so I will probably continue to ask people to play it with me until I either win once or burn it in my firepit in the backyard.

I also got all my Jovian Chronicles RPG stuff sorted out last night. It is heavy cool. I'm going to run a JC game for Vin and any others who think they might dig. Morgan has said she is interested but I would still gladly take one or two more players.

Behold Lord Megatron!

Posted by James Davie On 6 comments

I was never a huge Transformers fan, but seeing these I'm really looking forward to the movie next summer!

Damn he looks EVIL!

My Face Is Killing Me

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-08-21 4 comments

Wilkanomics and I hit the Canada Remembers Airshow on Sunday. It was a nice sunny (and windy) day - so nice in fact that I was smart enough to leave my sunblock at home. Today I'm sporting a very severe sunburn on my arms and face that is driving me nuts. While I can respect the awesome power of the CF-18 and F-15 fighter jets, I think Iraq has proven how useless Air Superiority is. The Snowbirds were charming and impressive to watch as were the smaller more aerobatic demonstrations. On a scale of 1 to 10, the Airshow was pretty nifty - but I don't think I would ever go again. It was certainly louder than on TV, but it was essentially the same experience as watching a TLC special about modern aviation.

On totally unrelated notes:
The myth of 2-part chemical bombs (thanks Screwloose)
The myth of a dominant console (how can a piece of not-in-production-ware possibly be poised to take the lead in the industry still? can we say PS3 fanboy pundits? I knew you could)

D&D Fan Film Contest

Posted by James Davie On 2006-08-17 0 comments

Amateur film-makers and professional geeks; now is your chance to show your D&D love and maybe win some cool gear at the same time.

Wizards of the Coast are co-sponsoring this contest looking for 5 minute fan films. Have fun, and good luck!

I have died and gone to DJ heaven...

Posted by Kyro Sk On 4 comments

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! It has a vinyl platter on top (for real records) plus, the platter is connected to the internal CD drive which can play redbook CD audio or MP3s.

The versatility here is mind boggling. I'll be installing a pair of these babies at the nearest possible opportunity.

Take two of these and call me in the morning!

Stupid People Make Me Laugh

Posted by CPM On 2006-08-14 3 comments

So Kyro took me hot tubbing the other night, but it sure didn't look like this!

You gotta wonder what led up to this one, eh?

Zany Zidane Strikes Again!

Posted by CPM On 1 comments

I knew there was more to it!

Iranian President Launches Blog

Posted by James Davie On 2 comments

Get out your Arabic translators.

Iranian President Mahmhoud Ahmadinejad launched his very own weblog this week with an autobiography, and a fun poll asking users if they think Israel and the The U.S. are trying to start World War III.

Personally I'm not a very political guy, but I found this too ironic and humorous not to post. After all, the media in Iran is very tightly controlled and one of their biggest causes of concern are internet users saying nasty things about the government. Can you say propaganda?


News Flash! - Russians search for Conan!

Posted by Kyro Sk On 3 comments

Those crazy Russians. Pravda is always good for a laugh. They are also flogging the 'end of the world' angle (again).

Only 10 days left! Oh my!

The Moral High Ground

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-08-10 3 comments


KURTZ: And joining us now here Washington Anne Compton who covers the White House for ABC News, and Thomas Ricks, Pentagon reporter for "The Washington Post" and author of the new book "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq."

Tom Ricks, you've covered a number of military conflicts, including Iraq, as I just mentioned. Is civilian casualties increasingly going to be a major media issue? In conflicts where you don't have two standing armies shooting at each other?

THOMAS RICKS, REPORTER, "THE WASHINGTON POST": I think it will be. But I think civilian casualties are also part of the battlefield play for both sides here. One of the things that is going on, according to some U.S. military analysts, is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they're being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon.

KURTZ: Hold on, you're suggesting that Israel has deliberately allowed Hezbollah to retain some of it's fire power, essentially for PR purposes, because having Israeli civilians killed helps them in the public relations war here?

RICKS: Yes, that's what military analysts have told me.

KURTZ: That's an extraordinary testament to the notion that having people on your own side killed actually works to your benefit in that nobody wants to see your own citizens killed but it works to your benefit in terms of the battle of perceptions here.

RICKS: Exactly. It helps you with the moral high ground problem, because you know your operations in Lebanon are going to be killing civilians as well.


Google Video

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-08-09 4 comments

Well, Google is now offering a "Video" search service similar to their "Images" searching ability. If you don't type a search in and go to the tab, it brings back the most frequently linked (popular) video links. The title link is the first thing that came back when I clicked on the Video tab to see what it was... I think we are in for some serious trouble.

P.S. WhereTF is everybody? I know it's summer, but c'mon! Anybody gone on any trips or vacations with stuff to share?

Kung Fu Hustle

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2006-07-31 2 comments

Just to set the stage - I really like CTHD, Hero and HOFD, and Shaolin Soccer (but have not seen Kung-Pow as I received warnings from every single person that has ever seen it).

Cary and I finished watching Kung Fu Hustle, and man, what a treat! Unlike Shaolin Soccer, which was fairly predictable in its off the hook sort of way, this movie had me guessing (often very wrong) continuously. It was funny and charming and ended very well - which is to say that I felt a bit lifted after watching it, not depressed (something that CTHD and HOFD both did was to leave me sad, and I know they were dramaction films, as opposed to actiodemies).

In other news, I re-watched Batman Begins this weekend too, and I must say, it felt less fantastic than when I first saw it (but I attribute this to the fact the Superman Returns was so much better - and don't get me wrong, I loved both of these films - but Superman Returns was, for me at least, a real emotional powerhouse).

This week Cary and I are going to try and see that movie Sword of Xanten (AKA: Curse of the Ring /Ring of the Nibelungs / Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King) as it appeared at our local video store the other day (but was out).

Gaming Geek Sale!

Posted by James Davie On 2006-07-30 1 comments

Howdy Chums!

Recently I came across a box of gaming goodies (many of them classics) at an auction and picked them up.

Before I offer these games and accessories up to the general public I thought I'd give y'all a shot first.

Please note that the price I'm asking is reduced for you, to the tune of about 60 - 75% off retail. I'll be asking more when I post them publicly later this week. Some are new, some used. All in good shape.

Where possible I've attached links.

Knightmare Chess 2 - $10
Steve Jackson Games - Chess Variant SOLD

The Civil War - $5
Victory Game - Simulation / Strategic Board Game

Ricochet Robot - $15
Rio Grande Games - Family Board Game SOLD

Legend of the 5 Rings: Clan War Infantry Expansion $25
Legend of the 5 Rings: Clan War Cavalry Expansion $25
AEG - RPG miniatures

Gauth - 12" tall / 16" wide unopened, unfinished Dragon $50
Reaper miniatures

Kaladrex - 8 1/2" tall / 12 1/2" wide unopened, unfinished Bone Dragon $30
Reaper miniatures

Condottiere - $10
Euro Games - Renaissance Strategy Board Game SOLD

Montgolifiere - $10
Euro Games - Balloon Strategic Board Game SOLD

AD&D 2nd Ed. Mystara Box Sets (includes interactive audio CD's):
Karameikos $20
Glantri $20
Wizards of the Coast

Assassin 2015 - $5
Win95 CD-ROM 1st person shooter

Star Wars Missions - Basic Set & Expansions - $15
Scholastic - Youth RPG - comes with neat Vadar box to hold most books

Pokemon - Japanese Paper Doll Set x2 - $5
Note: I had to open one to figure out what the hell they were...

**Original D&D** Star Frontiers Box Sets:
Alpha Dawn $15
Knight Hawks $15


email me at jd.davie@gmail.com for inquiries

Wow, what a game!

Posted by Clockwork On 2006-07-26 1 comments

So, the Riders physically kicked the shit out of the Argos, including a sack at the end of the first half that left the Argo's QB, Wynn, on the field for the entire half time break. The hit on Wynn was one of the best hits I've ever seen in football, period.

If you haven't seen them, I recommend taking a look at the highlights. I can't get a direct link but here is a link to TSN's highlight page...scroll down to the CFL highlights and you'll find them.

Unfortunately, the highlights can't pass on the adrenaline rushes that the game provided...the Riders came back from 15 points down with 3 minutes left to go to bring the game within 2 points....unfortunately they failed to convert to tie up the game but 2 touchdowns and an onside kick recovery in less than 2 1/2 minutes....wow - I swear I could have picked up a car!

If you've never been to a Rider game, I highly recommend it.

God, I love the Riders!


Transform and Rollout!!!

Posted by ScrewLoose On 2006-07-25 13 comments

The original voice actor from the 80's is doing the voice of Optimus Prime in the upcoming movie. Now if they would only get the original Starscream....

Fulfill your Canonball Run / Fast & Furious fantasies and avoid the fuzz!

Posted by James Davie On 2006-07-24 3 comments

A bunch of gearheads involved in a cross-country race called the Bullrun came up with this neat little gizmo that will, a la James Bond, allow them to blur out their license plate at the flick of a button.

So hit the link and watch the 10 second video, then after you get out of The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift hook one of these suckers up to your rice rocket and let the drifting begin!