Thursday, June 30, 2011

Game Changer Vs. Primary Colors

* = Apparently this is a T-Shirt. A T-shirt that I, OR Dave, OR 'Mighty' Mike MUST OWN!

I’m not sure I’ll have time to get any bloggin’ done tomorrow since it’s going to be crazy busy and I’m starting to feel the high anxiety of having my sister & my mother visiting. Don’t misunderstand, I’m excited, but out of my family I was closest with my father. Next would be my brother, who although we are in no way shape or form really close we, have an understanding and some bizarre form of respect for one another. My sister is an enigma to me. Sometimes we get along amazingly well, other times she makes me want to punch babies. I’m never sure what I’ll get and I’m not good with that uncertainty. As for my mother, it’s just strange and subtly strained. I’m not really sure that I’ll have a real relationship with these people. I know I think I want to. I get the impression they are also trying, but it’s so awkward, and the reality is it’s all just a barb in the side, a reminder of the fact I’ve lost my dad, one of my best friends.

I’m full of anxiety over this. Anxiety over bringing them into my home, of being a good host, but more than anything anxiety over hating the time we’ll spend together. It’s silly, but it’s what I’m feeling.


Here are a couple things you can enjoy!


Interested yet? I certainly am!


Most of you know I’m obsessed with The Guilded Age, it’s because it’s FRIGGIN’ amazing. Now I’m invested in Elspeth. It’s a webcomic that is playing the long game story wise while having some stunning pencil work. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a neat little riff on a fantasy world. I whole-heartedly encourage everyone to go give it a try.

On the reading front, I finally finished G. Xavier Robilard’s book Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves (** ½ out of 5).

It’s an interesting little book wrapped in the idea of a fiction super hero writing a tell all biography. It isn’t really a good book; instead it’s a series of semi-humorous situations. What can I say it was a superhero book and it was a dollar.

I also finished Clive Barker’s Cabal (**** ½ out of 5). My only real complaint here is why didn’t we get any more books? The set-up is fantastic, I’m interested and invested in the lead characters, and the setting is ripe with possibility. This book will turn into one of those gems that I revisit often. In fact I'm starting to plot my next visit to Midian.

Now I just need to sit down and re-watch the film adaptation Nightbreed, since my memory of how close they adhere to one another is a tad hazy.

Last night I stayed up later than I should have to finish Old School Doctor Who The Reign Of Terror’ (**** out of 5).

The political intrigue kicked up into overdrive the last two parts of the serial with Robespierre FINALLY getting what was coming to him, and a glimpse into the future of France with Napoleon Bonaparte showing up. We again see Barbara rail against the idea of history being inflexible, we also see another potential love interest for her disappear. Ian continues to sort of be the muscle and viewer’s desire for action given form. I’ve grown to like Ian as a Companion, I’m still not sold on Barbara, but she’s grown tolerable. The Doctor is The Doctor; he’s pragmatic, smart, sneaky, and always three steps ahead. Susan became more of a plot device this serial than a character, which was a bit unfortunate. This was the last serial in Season 1, so I’m off to the next season and according to my stack of episodes another battle with Daleks VERY soon!

Let’s all move on with our lives, in fact as a show of peace I give unto you…


- F’ you state government. No scratch that, F’ you Government. Seriously? You can’t figure out the budget? And before some random ‘Culture Warrior’, Conservative, Neo-Con, Liberal, Tree Hugger, or any other obnoxiously loud vocal minority jumps in it’s EVERYONE’s fault, so get off your pre-written talking points and think for yourself for a change. It’s getting to the point where I’m so flabbergasted to watch what’s occurring by these elected thieves that I can’t even bother to pay attention. From the budget battle at the state level, where our GOP controlled legislature flat out refuses to tax the rich and our Democratic governor is more worried about a football stadium than compromise, to the national level where it’s just a fear and lie fest, to finally being insulted intellectually by seeing Michelle Bachman speak. It’s a no win situation. WE CAN’T WIN! They don’t care about us, and by us I mean those of us that aren’t a corporation, don’t make six figures a year, don’t march for their cause, don’t pray to their god, and have & use their own brain. I’m disgusted, I’m insulted, I’m fed up, and I’m actively rooting for some type of calamity to befall these enemies of common sense and common human decency. When did we forget that regardless of our affiliation, or beliefs, and our personal dogmas that we are still members of the greater tapestry of a nation that was built on compromise and an effort to build something enduring? The petty posturing of not only the elected officials, but also their pundits, and their more obnoxious vocal minority of constituents is deplorable. The finger pointing, the lack of perspective, the lack of honesty, and the unmitigated greed are sickening. How much is enough? How much power, how much authority, how much money? Can we come to a consensus to how much it is? So we can finally pay your blood-sucking bastards off and move on with our lives. The reality is there are good ideas, merit in policies, and solid people doing the right thing on BOTH sides of the isle. Unfortunately those pushing an agenda that is personal, while giving platitudes to their vocal base, and wrapping themselves in the flag, out number them. If someone as dumb as I am can see it, and call for it to end, why can’t they figure it out, and why are so many of my fellow Americans so blind?
- I like Paul Allen, he seems like a good guy, his show on KFAN is good, but fuck dude, the shut down’s effect on horse racing is so minor compared to how it will affect SO many other real services is idiotic. I know it’s his ‘thing’, but c’mon man, get some perspective & leave your personal politics out of it.
- On my last political note allow me to give to Work Joe what I KNOW he really wants…

- My copy of ‘D&D The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought & Beyond’ came yesterday. I’m starting to dig through it, and it’s chock full of amazing stuff. I’ve been plotting and planning to use the Shadowfell heavily in my current campaign, and this will be the perfect tool to flesh out these adventures. The ‘Despair Deck’ that came in this box set will also help to set the mood, and hopefully have a significant impact on role-playing. My next two purchases for D&D will be the two Monster Vaults, which look fantastic, now if I can just find them cheap.
- I’m starting to waver on whether or not I’m going to actually brine and grill a turkey this weekend. I guess it’ll just depend on whether or not I get off my dead ass and get things done.
- Last night I made friends with Black Bean Burgers, a baby, & a dog. It was a good night…

I’m off to be disgusted by this continuing debate that has now spilled onto sport’s talk radio, my frustration at the ‘common person’s’ impotence in their own representative Democracy, bur more than anything the inability for those folks who WE elected to get anything done.

“Man walks along the railroad track
He's Goin' some place, there's no turnin' back
The Highway Patrol chopper comin' up over the ridge
Man sleeps by a campfire under the bridge
The shelter line stretchin' around the corner
Welcome to the New World Order
Families sleepin' in their cars out in the Southwest
No job, no home, no peace, no rest, NO REST!

And The highway is alive tonight
Nobody's foolin' nobody is to where it goes
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
Searchin' for the Ghost of Tom Joad

He pulls his prayer book out of a sleepin' bag
The preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag
He's waitin' for the time when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
In a cardboard box 'neath the underpass
With a one way ticket to the promised land
With a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
Lookin' for a pillow of solid rock
Bathin' in the cities' aqueducts

And The highway is alive tonight
Nobody's foolin' nobody is to where it goes
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of old Tom Joad

Now Tom Said; "Ma, whenever ya see a cop beatin' a guy
Wherever a hungry new born baby cries
Where ever there's a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me ma'
I'll be there
Wherever somebody’s stuglin' for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helpin' hand
Wherever somebody is strugglin' to be free
Look in their eyes ma,
You'll see me!
You'll see me!
You'll see me!
You'll see me!
You'll see me!
You'll see me!
You'll see me!
You'll see me!

And the highway is alive tonight
nobody's foolin' nobody is to where it goes
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of Tom Joad.”

* = Fantastic!

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