Monthly Archives: February 2012

Happy February 29th

It is leap year and today is the bonus day we get once every four years. You’d think they would make this an automatic day off for everyone, but no, our corporate overlords can’t allow us to have too much fun. Sigh!

Oh io9, how I love thee

I believe this is proof positive that Farts are in fact very funny, in spite of what mainstream culture tries to force on us as “Appropriate”.

http://io9.com/5886529/japanese-fart-scrolls-prove-that-human-art-peaked-centuries-ago

Dinosaurs I am a bit meh on, but bikini babes will always draw me to a website.

http://io9.com/5886428/dinosaurs-%252B-confused-bikini-models–the-internets-new-strangest-site

My Mom has a computer now

For almost 2 decades my mothers method of sending me an email has been to tell my sister to email me about whatever subject she needed addressed. This worked well for us. However, recently my sister got the brilliant idea of getting my Mom a computer and turning her loose on the Internet. It is not bad enough that my Aunt Doris is on the Internet and I had to friend her on FaceBook, but now my Mom is there too. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my mother, she a living saint, she raised 5 children as a single mother and none of us to my knowledge is an axe murderer. I am just somewhat unsettled about about the whole thing, I mean can’t we pass a law or something that forbids people who have children to get on the Internet after said children have reached the age of 21?

 

Mr Beer, Batch Two

So my second batch of beer was officially ready today, The first this is I am grateful I went for the smaller bottles this time, those huge 32 oz bottles are sometimes a bit much. Second, this beer has a much heavier taste than my first batch. Of course that is to be expected, the first batch was a light pale beer made more or less exactly the way the instructions told me to. The second batch is a dark Oktoberfest beer and I used honey instead of sugar to give it a heavier more earthy flavor. I am very pleased with the results. Unfortunately, I am going to have to hold off on making more beer for a while, I have a refrigerator full of it and I don’t drink beer all that fast.

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New Theme

After a recent update, my old theme did not display correctly under Firefox, everything seemed to shift to the right for some reason and I was unable to alter the style sheet in such a way as it looked good and fixed the issue. WordPress frankly has so many themes there really is no reason to fuck around with one for too long before just switching to another one that looks better. And anyway, I am really not all that concerned about theme anyway, I have just a one or two real concerns, which are mostly about readability.

The Suck

Hot on the tail of the suck that was the Star Trek:TOS/Legion of Superheroes Comic book cross over, the same company is getting set to do a Star Trek:TNG/Dr Who cross over.

http://io9.com/5884067/a-doctor-whostar-trek-comic-is-coming

Please!, for the love of god, STOP. This is going be bad, REALLY REALLY BAD. I implore you IDW please don’t do it. I know you think this is going to make you millions and the writer who is vomiting this garbage out thinks he is going to get a movie deal, but neither of those things are going to happen, because this idea SUCKS! The Star Trek:TOS/Legion of Superheroes cross over would have been considered bad even if you had posted it to a fanfic site instead of convincing DC to let you use their intellectual property.

Stop, Just Stop.

Big D-Bags of History

So here is my question. How big of a douche bag does one have to be to demand to see a manager of the restaurant before you have even been seated? Seriously, the wait time was exactly ZERO, it was a family restaurant on a busy Friday night, so there were some noisy kids, but frankly, there was nothing obvious to complain about. As far as I can tell, this guy was either an asshole or could see the future. Either way, I wish he would have went to a different place.

RE: Second batch of beer

My second batch of beer went into the refrigerator yesterday to start the cold lagering process. This process will take another 2 weeks. PezWitch stole one of the bottles before it went into the frig to use in her new sourdough starter. I am very much looking forward to this batch, I hope it is as good as I think it is going to be. If it is decent, it will probably be my last for a while, as I still have more than half of my first batch left and I want to clear out everything before I start on #3.

Magic in the modern environment

I realize of course that none of my decks are street legal anymore. In the Vintage style games, Necropotance, Hymn to Tourach and Black Vice are all either banned or restricted.  Even in the newer formats many of the cards I depended on have been rotated out. So I sat down today and went through the current card lists and came up with a couple of decks I think would be fairly competitive.

First I have a white weenie deck, although not all the creatures are small, I included Serra Angels as finisher cards. I was a bit disappointed to see cards like Swords to Plowshare and Disenchant were gone, so I concentrated on cards that helped my creatures break through and do damage. This deck cost $25, including shipping.

4 Elite Vanguard
4 Gideon’s Avenger
4 Gideon’s Lawkeeper
4 Stormfront Pegasus
4 Serra Angel
4 Mighty Leap
4 Pacifism
4 Stave Off
4 Greatsword
4 Throne of Empires
20 Plains

My next deck is a modern take on the old mono red Sligh decks. This deck should function very well on 2-4 mana and with a tad bit of luck push the mid game back from turn 6 or 7 to turn 3 or 4, which will make it very difficult for slower blue and white decks to develop before being overwhelmed with creatures and burn.This deck cost $52, including shipping. You could bring the cost down by replacing the Adaptive Automaton’s and the Grim Lavamancer’s with less expensive cards.

4 Adaptive Automaton
4 Goblin Fireslinger
4 Goblin Piker
4 Grim Lavamancer
4 Lightning Elemental
4 Act of Treason
4 Incinerate
2 Fireball
2 Lava Axe
4 Reverberate
4 Shock
20 Mountain

One of the things I learned from my first go around in Magic, it is much cheaper to buy singles than it is buy a box of booster packages and hope you get everything you need in the set. My experience was, that you ended up with 17 Wall of Air and no Jesters Cap. In this day of the Internet, I can literally, have a deck overnighted to me if I needed to. Of course PezWitch brought up the counter to this, buying a box of booster packs and spending 2 or 3 hours opening them and sorting them out and building your first tentative decks was part of the fun.

Another Generation as passed

This year will be the 30th anniversary of my graduation from High School. Being a middle aged man, I am prone to bouts of nostalgia and while I do not miss High School at all, there are some things of the 80’s I do miss, it was after all my coming of age period. However, I digress, This post is not really about the 80’s, the 80’s was just what made me think about the 90’s.

What occurred to me was, how little society has changed in the last 20 years. If you compare 1952 to 1972, culturally, those are very different time periods. The clothing, the music, movies, car designs, nearly everything. Same thing with 1972 and 1992. I am pretty sure this is also true of 1932 and 1952, as well as 1912 and 1932. However, if you look at the last 20 years, 1992 to 2012, there really has been very little change in hair and clothing styles, music, TV and movies. Seriously, if you watched a mainstream chick flick movie from 1992, could you tell if it were made in 1992 or 1999? Has music really moved very from when the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pear Jam were all the rage in the Alternative Rock scene?

Keep in mind, I am not really complaining about this, I am simply making an observation. It seems to me, considering all the things that have happened in the last 20 years, that our culture would be far more transformed than it is. I suppose much of it has to do with Television and the mid-westernization of the country. Regional dialects have been dying for more than just the last 20 years, when was the last time anyone heard a deep southern drawl. At least I know T-Shirts, blue jeans and tennis shoes will still be in style in 2032.