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Archive for July, 2004

Excruciation

The only good thing about having menstrual cramps is the massive amount of barbiturates that my doctor prescribes in his vain effort to overcome my pain.  I’m fairly certain this stuff has street value. Other than that… Cramps suck.

July 18th, 2004

Death Pile

Deathpile

You know you’re a nerd when you walk through one of our nation’s most prestigious art museums, and a painting reminds you of a role-playing game. When I came across this painting my very first thought was, “Hey, that reminds me of Aurora returning to get her death pile.”

For those of you who haven’t played D&D or Mud or Muck or Mush, that’s when your make-believe game character is slain by some lucky (or superior) opponent, and you walk back nearly naked to finish off your enemy and retrieve your gear. And when my eyes met that picture, that’s exactly what I saw. Sick and sad, I know.

I don’t even remember how I got involved in text-based RPGs to begin with. I think it was because everyone on the BBS disappeared from teleconference. There was a mass exodus from chat when SysOps started installing games like Farwest Trivia, Tele-Arena, Legend of the Red Dragon, Trade Wars, and God help us… MajorMUD.

When I started playing Mud, I’d never played any kind of RPG before. This was all a totally foreign concept. I remember the learning curve being excruciating. Thinking back, I laugh out loud over some of the ways I got killed in the beginning. And of all the characters, I picked one of the most difficult at low levels – an elf mage.

Over the last ten years, I’ve played every many characters, in many games, on many BBSes. This year I haven’t had time to play anything regularly. I tried my hand at MUME a little, but couldn’t take it seriously because I didn’t have time to dig deep and build a good character. As much as I like having a game going, life no longer permits.

I’ve been trying to figure out if I really miss playing RPGs or not. The only conclusion that I’ve come to is that I miss the interaction and teamwork. My deepest, darkest secret: I married a guy that I met playing MajorMUD… Hi, my name is Kiki, and I’m an undercover GEEK.

July 15th, 2004

Whoa…

If you liked The Matrix… You’ll love THIS
Also check out versions TWO & THREE

July 14th, 2004

Uncle Phil

Phil

Some relatives you appreciate more than others. My uncle Phil is bloody brilliant. I could sit at his feet and listen to him tell stories forever. The man is a riot. A software engineer back when nobody knew what software was, he later went on to law school, graduated with honors, and then became a state rep for New Hampshire. He’s recently taken to building, excuse me… FABRICATING an airplane.

This week’s update says: “Milling details on brackets has added to quality of the effort I would never have gotten using drills, files, and a dremel tool. The numerical control software I goofed around and developed has really been a hoot to use on this project. The second photo is a shot of the fusalage taken from the rear looking forward. It’s definitely gotten heavier. I forgot some 5/8 inch holes for the rudder cables and had to make a tool to adapt my 3/8 drive step drills to run on my 1/4 inch air drill. Why buy what you can make.”

Uncle Phil, you rock!

July 10th, 2004

Chicks Are Evil

Hazardous

Man vs Woman

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

July 9th, 2004

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