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Words of wisdom [Feb. 20th, 2008|09:37 am]
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Second Life is DOOOMED in the face of this! [Feb. 15th, 2008|12:23 pm]
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Money Quote for Orac [Jan. 3rd, 2008|08:14 am]

"Over the last seven years, I've come to detest the Bush Administration, which combines hubris and incompetence into a toxic brew unlike any that I've seen since I started following politics some 30 years ago."


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If you want to read my blog on Live Journal... [Dec. 9th, 2007|07:28 am]
Vaklam has set up a LJ syndication at http://syndicated.livejournal.com/rknop_blog/.

Of course, the original site works just fine, but is perhaps a bit harder to add to an LJ friends list....

Thanks Brian's syndication, I will not set up echoing of my blog to here. The syndication serves the purpose just fine! I may still occasionally post something here instead of to the main blog-- things that are intended primarily just for the group of friends who read this, that sort of thing.
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Go see my new blog! [Dec. 1st, 2007|10:45 am]
Galactic Interactions shut down a couple of months ago. However, I've started up a new blog which I'm calling Second Thoughts. I will work on installing that wordpress plugin Panya told me about that echoes the posts directly here.

Bonus points if you recognize to what the title of the introductory post refers.
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What I did with my Thursday and Friday [Nov. 13th, 2007|01:45 pm]
...is documented here. Even what I spent 1/2 hour on at Jim's house when we were all supposed to be playing Amber is there.

The worst part : the mention of the typo that caused a bunch of people to be kicked offline? That was my typo. Oops.
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Free Orchestra Concert this Tuesday at TSU [Nov. 10th, 2007|04:30 pm]
[mood |artistic]
[music |see post]

This Tuesday, the Nashville Philharmonic will have a concert at Tennessee State University's Performing Arts Center Theater. This is an all-volunteer community orchestra in which I play the viola.

We'll be playing Shostakovich's rousing Festival Overture, Beethoven's jolly 8th Symphony, and the double concerto for violin and viola by Mozart, played beautifully by Rebecca Dorsy (the NPO concertmaster) and Chris Farrell, both members of the Nashville Symphony (the professional one).

All of NPO's concerts are free (though, of course, we always love donations). This concert will be at 7:00PM on Tuesday.
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More ammo against DRM apologists [Nov. 7th, 2007|12:35 pm]
If you are one who think that Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) is something that "consumers" should have to accept so that artists can "protect their work", you're either an apologist or you've been bamboozled.

Buying something digital with DRM on it is foolish. I mean, I've done it. At some level, all DVDs have it, although there are easy cracks for DVD movies out there now that will let you watch them even if you don't have a DVDCCA-blessed player.

Here is a story at BoingBoing about a coming true the kind of warnings anti-DRM people like myself say is one of the hazards of DRM -- in response to which we're often told that we're being chicken little. (I remember saying the same thing about DriveThruRPGs DRM, and I think a similar thing happened there-- though DTRPG didn't completely screw over their customers the way MLB is.)

The sky really does fall if you're using DRM. And it doesn't even work. All DRM really does is tell people that they're much smarter getting things off of greymarket or blackmarket free networks than actually buying the stuff, since what they get is crippled.
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Things that make me grouchy [Nov. 1st, 2007|01:53 pm]
[Current Location |Nashville]
[mood |cynicalcynical]
[music |Shostakovich Festival Overture]

This : http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=313156

"ZOMG, Second Life, pedophiles can act out their fantasies and hide behind this virtual world!"

Sound familiar? I remember the same spectre being raised for the Internet, cryptography, social networking pages.

I think for perspective, we should take the last sentence of the article and make one noun substitution:

Giving paedophiles something to hide behind is what makes [the priesthood] so dangerous, Marie Fox of Abused Children's Group said.

It's so sad to see the media echoing cries of "Look, something new I don't understand! It must be terrorists and child molesters! Fear! Fear!"
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Relative Pressure Website Updated [Sep. 29th, 2007|06:29 pm]
[mood |procrastinatory]
[music |Haydn, Symphony No. 64]

Yeah, yeah, yeah, so I'm gonna see y'all in an hour or so, which means I'm doing this at the last minute and even still have more to do. Shoot me!

The Relative Pressure website has been updated. I've put a few more of Francis' journal entries online, as well as the family tree drawn by Melissa and descriptions of the PCs. I've also put Melissa-drawn trumps of the PCs online where I have them. Everybody pile on Melissa and convince her to draw trumps for the rest of us.... Just like everybody should pile on me and convince me to get the rest of the website up there!

(Todd, if you have a Narn trump you want to send me, do so!)

Still to do : construct the list of significant NPCs, and put trumps of them online. (I have a lot that Melissa sent me!) Also, get my journal *really* up to date.
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