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  • What I’m Reading: Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds

    What I’m Reading: Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds

    A couple years ago, when this came out, I read like a paragraph, and then realized I needed to reread the entire Revelation Space sequence (2000-2003), including the Prefect (2007) & Elysium Fire (2018). I haven’t at this time reread Chasm City (2001), even tho that’s the best book of the series, and the one … Continue reading "What I’m Reading: Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds"Read More »
  • Moo! LambdaMoo.

    Moo! LambdaMoo.

    Re the lispygopher chat, just a few thoughts longer than a toot. I played the hell out of MOO back in the ’90s, as well as ran my CircleMUD (D&D-like combat-oriented) for a while, and my own CloudMUD system which was a Java chatter with rooms you could put images in. I have my more … Continue reading "Moo! LambdaMoo."Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Monarch Legacy of Monsters

    What I’m Watching: Monarch Legacy of Monsters

    Eagerly awaited, because we have a long tradition of great Godzilla TV shows It alternates between a 1950s origin story, and 2010s post-G-Day. Somewhere in between is Kong Skull Island. SPOILERS In 2010s: “San Francisco was a hoax. I have a podcast.” is the most realistic reaction here. Love the Godzilla evacuation plans & defenses, … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Monarch Legacy of Monsters"Read More »
  • Cyber Future Saturday Music

    Cyber Future Saturday Music

    Deltron 3030, by Del tha Funky Homosapien, etc. Cybrid, by Deathline International Software, by The Cassandra Complex Hardware, by The Cassandra Complex – Wetware, it’s Rudy Rucker’s Ware tetralogy! Mechanical Symphony, by In Strict Confidence The Plague, by The Cassandra Complex Voice of the Echo Chamber, by Flesh FieldRead More »
  • What I’m Watching: Renfield

    What I’m Watching: Renfield

    I’m not doing the 31 days of horror thing this year (look at news, I’m no longer in the mood). But a few will be seen, and today’s is Robert Kirkman’s Renfield (2023). So Robert Montague Renfield (Nicholas Hoult, the shitty young Beast from X-Men) is attending 12-step codependency meetings to get out of his … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Renfield"Read More »
  • Fallout Friday Music

    Fallout Friday Music

    Moral Hygiene, by Ministry – guest singing by Jello Biafra on “Sabotage is Sex”! Lies Inc 30th Anniversary, by Snog Candy Rewrapped, by Pig Streetcleaner Remastered, by Godflesh Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism, by Napalm Death “New” music as in two newish albums†, a bunch of 1990-era remasters. Still sounds like the … Continue reading "Fallout Friday Music"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Who Is Erin Carter?

    What I’m Watching: Who Is Erin Carter?

    Over on ‘flix, somehow the English were allowed to leave their island and film in sunny Barcelona! Alas, they don’t use a lot of local talent. Two of the actors are Spanish-English, one is actually Spanish, the rest are all very British and in many cases so pasty they can’t have been there more than … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Who Is Erin Carter?"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Rings of Power

    What I’m Watching: Rings of Power

    So… I’ve been reading a lot of RoleMaster Unified and Shadow World books, which is of course very Tolkieny, “Iron Crown”, after all. I finished a Good Omens ep (will review when I’m done, I’m taking my time), and Rings of Power is suggested to me. Well, why not, just one Tolkien fanfic show. As … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Rings of Power"Read More »
  • What I’m Watching: Deadloch

    What I’m Watching: Deadloch

    Over on ‘zon. Bodies start piling up in a little mostly-lesbian resort town in Tasmania, currently having a “Winter Feastival”. The local cop, Dulcie (Kate Box) used to be a detective in Sydney, which passes for civilization, so she investigates. Soon a bizarrely drunk, stupid, unwashed, hairy, probably-Human (much like Nobby Nobs from Discworld) detective … Continue reading "What I’m Watching: Deadloch"Read More »
  • Dungeons & Falling

    Dungeons & Falling

    As noted in Review: Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised, there’s no rules for falling damage. Never have been. Referees just rely on folklore and other games to figure it out. Researching OD&D sources is frustrating, but if I’ve read all this, you should too! It never clearly says in OD&D (books 1-3, supp 1-4, nor … Continue reading "Dungeons & Falling"Read More »


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