NerdLife 10: Most Interesting Times

Not much to say this month so let’s just get straight down to business.

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A quick Geekdom is under attack manifesto from what appears to be a fairly new site.

Remember fam, it’s all one big nerdwar. Focus on the battleground that you know best but remember that Alt-Culture is a combined arms operation. Do your duty and together we can push back the poz.

http://www.geekybugle.com/2017/10/11/united-we-stand-geekgate/

 

And in that note Space Ranger Jon Mollison gives a little pep talk to all us eager young space cadets.

http://jonmollison.com/2017/10/12/energizing-inspiration/

So grab your gyrojet carbines and get to your scout ships, boys because those space princesses aren’t going to just escape from those alien doom dungeons without somebody lending a hand, tentacle or other biomechanical grasping device.

 

Epic Viking squirrel music.

This almost seems to be two separate songs blended together. Definitely high energy and very squirrelly.

 

J D Cowan Discusses what actually made the X-Men good.

https://wastelandandsky.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-truth-about-x-men.html

If you asked anyone in the 1990s why they liked the X-Men you would have few answers beyond the obvious. They had awesome powers. They were cool. They were distinct individuals with their own talents that backed each other up and meshed well in a group. They always take on the bad guys and put aside their own personal grudges to do so. The stories are explosive and fun.

Whatever politics the X-Men were created with were secondary to what kids enjoyed out of them.”

 

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Justin Knight reflects on what drove him to write his latest novel, Praxis.

http://grandmasfloor.blogspot.ca/2017/10/the-journey-to-praxis.html

I loved the original Alien movie, because it was basically truckers in space. With Praxis, I wanted to do a warehouse in space.”

 

Diversity and Comics reviews Shirtless Bear Fighter [22 mins]

And he’s not really a fan. This comic seems to have wasted a perfectly good concept, in favor of cramming in lame jokes and completely ham-handed sarcasm.

Edit: Oh Look Somebody decided to DMCA the video in question. How stunning and brave!

 

Interplanetary Baseball Commissioner Jon Del Arroz discusses the rise of alternative culture [13mins]

 

Brian Niemeier weighs on Comicsgate

http://www.brianniemeier.com/2017/10/comicsgate-diversity-is-conformity.html

 

Yakov Merkin‘s second article on writing non-human characters. He gets into the nuts and blots a bit here.

https://yakovmerkin.com/2017/10/02/writing-non-human-characters-part-2-pitfalls-to-avoid/

“The first pitfall is obvious. Most readers won’t question a non-human character, but, if by the middle of the book they’re wondering what exactly is alien about this character, you have a problem.”

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Looks about right

 

Paul Lucas reflects upon a Robert. E Howard poem and does an in-depth breakdown.

https://paullucaswriter.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/entropy-and-the-barbarian/

The climax of the poem is striking – the Dark Barbarian literally towers over all. He is a massive god looming over the remnants of a crushed civilisation, not just in our minds but literally.“

 

Forging a French Nail (Early WWI Trench Knife) [6 Mins]

Weapons don’t need to be fancy in order to be deadly. It’s also very sobering to contemplate that a great deal of World War I fighting was done with knives, sharpened entrenching tools or even clubs.

 

NotJohnDaker muses over how to work Vikings into the ACKS system.

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/vikings-for-acks/

As per this blog’s standard policy MOAR Vikings is better than less Vikings and I must applaud all efforts towards that noble goal.

 

Outward Bound: Colonizing Titan [31mins]

This is Titan the frozen flammable gold mine of the solar system.”

Exactly what it says on the tin. Amazing series. Certainly much better Sci-fi than Star Trek Discovery, especially when you consider that its budget could probably be calculated in ramen noodles.

 

Rawle Nyanzi gives us a post briefly discussing various highly romantic weapons that are in fact quite impractical but always seem to capture the imagination of the audience.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/romantic-weapons/

Swords, Spacefighters and Giant Robots sounds like a pretty awesome time.

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Anyway that’s all I got for now. People do seem a little interesting in further “Ice Moon Corrigan” writing so I’m trying to plan a little of that out. Corrigan was supposed to get a passing mention in Decisive Action but it’s such an interesting idea for a society that it would be a shame not to play with the ideas just a bit more. We just don’t get enough Christian fanatic super-preppers turning entire moons into heavily fortified monasteries in modern Science Fiction.

But that’s another thought for another day until then For Breyland and for glory!

—Wolfman Out–

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NerdLife 10: Most Interesting Times

Nerdlife Eight: Bonus Rant Included

Nerd Life Eight: Sperg War Now!

Opening thoughts: The possible rise of Overedgy SF

Most if not all social, cultural or political movements tend to take the form of a youthful rebellion to what the previous generation held as their standard; an over-correction to the errors that generation made or a panicked attempt to avoid a repeat of a recent tragedy. French Humanism for example came about as a direct result of the French Wars of Religion and the horror that resulted from christian fighting christian over small matters of heresy.

So what will be the reaction to the curse that is Pink Slime Science Fiction? The obvious answer would be some form of self-consciously anti-SJW science fiction. The Pulp Revolution does contain some elements of this as “Write whatever the fuck you want, hombre. Just don’t make it boring.” is in fact quite opposite an mantra from anything Tor books would choose to associate with. The problem here is that new movements tend to overreact when the pendulum swings. So what I expect to see is something I for the lack of a better term am, dubbing Overedgy SF; where offending and mocking the progressive gatekeepers of the previous era is front and center.

Now we are already seeing quite a bit of this but its mostly limited to what are clearly parody stories but if an Overedgy SF movement actually begins in earnest we can expect to see some fairly serious works purposely offend and directly attack the progressive sacred cows at every beat. Instead of virtue signalling these authors will be vice signalling. Sadly this too will be a form of message fiction and detrimental to storytelling but we should as least see some better dialogue than your typical John Scalzi novel.

Even if authors don’t want to be shitlords there is going to be a temptation to work in offensive or questionable content that the author wasn’t originally going to go anywhere near simply to kick the SJW gatekeepers while they are down. Every action in nerd culture produces an equal and opposite (if slightly more autistic) reaction and the CHORFs have had their cold clammy hands on the vitals of Speculative fiction for far too long for fiction lovers to simply let them walk away unscathed.

So expect we’ll see a five to ten year literary wave of Overedgy SF before it gets boring and played out. While it should an absolute blast to read after the creative drought of the last few decades it is important to note that Overedgy books are not likely to age well.

And what will I do? Not sure? While there is no way I can keep politics out of my writing I decided a long time ago that is would be best to let the reader make the judgement call and not simply preach right and wrong to them… that said I never expected to write a chapter about throwing Communists out of a helicopter and yet here we are.

Interestingly the rest of the book will probably be quite apolitical but this does fit into the bipolar madness that is the Beautiful Terror.

A Proven Solution

 

Anyway on to our main program.

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New comics news site run by Nate Winchester.

http://www.comicsdispatch.com/2017/08/14/how-did-we-get-here/  

Right now he’s mostly doing daily video links and summaries but that’s a start. He also did a review of Defenders S1 a few days back. Again it’s a start.

 

And here’s an article by the same Nate Winchester making a plea to storytellers to keep politics out of their stories.

http://www.superversivesf.com/2017/08/23/keep-political-messages-out/

 

Full Metal Hope [5mins]

Take two of the best moves of all time and blend together. Simply too awesome for words.

 

And speaking of Star Wars…

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com.convey.pro/l/VXQWr6Z

So it appears that circumbinary planets do exist. Must make for some weird orbital mechanics.

 

Wargaming tactics: Skimishers 101 [8 min]

Decided to throw this one in as I didn’t have anything for the tabletop constituent. Also a good apolitical channel for anyone who’s into Battletech or Warhammer 40K.

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Five reasons why Zeon lost the One Year War. [7 min]

All makes sense. Mind you I’ve only watched the original series once.

 

The final part of The Mixed GM’s six part retrospective on Solomon Kane

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/solomon-kane-retrospective-final-post/

 

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The most awesome-est thing ever. (Old Jeffro post)

https://jeffro.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/the-skeletons-of-scale-scorch/

A strange treasure unearthed from the deepest darkest monster filled catacombs.

 

Bradford Walker on the fighting-man; the most basic hero archetype there is.

http://www.pulprev.com/2017/08/writing-your-protagonist-fighting-man.html

 

Nordic Folk Music — Heimdall

Perfect for mead and chill.

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Imperia by Antti Martikainen

Okay you had me at EPIC SPACE WAR MUSIC. Add this to your writing playlist. Trust on this one fam.

 

Rawle Nyanzi explains the appeal of ‘action girls’ in fiction.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/fighting-females/

-Men like hot chicks.

-Men like violent entertainment.

-Why not combine the two?

Also there is the videogame aspect in that if a gamer has to stare at a character’s butt for hours at a time it helps if that butt belongs to a hot chick rather than a fat hairy dude in a fedora. (Author inserts are never good.)

 

Jimfear138 preaches the gospel truth about what makes a good Sci-fi movie

http://jimfear138.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-best-science-fiction-movie-of-all.html

 

Insensitivity readers might just be a growth industry; especially if I’m right about the rise of Overedgy science fiction. You just can’t think of ways to offend everybody without an ever bigger Shitlord watching your back and pointing out missed opportunities to drive the knife in just a little deeper.

http://delarroz.com/?page_id=1387

 

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Jews Vs Nazis beer pong?

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http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/students-suspended-expelled-for-playing-jews-vs-nazis-beer-pong-off-campus/597074550

Where can we find the rules for this game? Cuz it sounds awesome; especially the beer part.

Wait? This happened OFF CAMPUS? And how much are your parents paying for this…?

 

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/608712/a-thorium-salt-reactor-has-fired-up-for-the-first-time-in-four-decades/

This sounds like very good news. A much more promising future than putting windmills in soyfields to power our iSlavecollars.

You will see mentions of thorium reactors in the Breyland stories as it’s one of the few neearhorizon technologies that I’m actually excited about. Big game changer and a lot closer than practical fusion.

and will that I fear I’ve rambled enough for one night.

Nerdlife Eight: Bonus Rant Included

NerdLife Seven: Get To The Wookie

Well my social media holiday turned out to be a complete disaster but it’s nothing any of you would care about so let’s just get straight down to business.

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Brian Niemeier discusses the difference between the Superversive and the Pulp Revolution literary movements.

http://www.brianniemeier.com/2017/07/superversive-pulprev.html

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I do think it is important to remember that these two movements overlap and are not in direct conflict; even if certain people do seem to get strangely butthurt about it.

I initially supported the Superversive SF movement and I stand by the goal of countering the nihilism and hopelessness that is all pervasive in modern literature and “entertainment.” As for the Pulprev? I have the much better reason that all my cool friends are doing it and putting entertainment back into things that are supposed to be entertaining just seems like a good idea.

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Huge folding knife; which turns out to be a surprisingly good weapon.

 

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Jon Del Arroz on writing character. Lot of good tips here.

http://delarroz.com/?p=1210

The final thing I’ll note is the protagonist especially needs something for someone to root for.”

Remember if the audience begins to cheer for the bad guys, you either haven’t fleshed out your heroes properly or you may be writing some kind of horrible message fic.

 

An in-depth article about viking shields; from both a historical and a gamer (GURPS) point of view.

https://gamingballistic.com/2017/07/12/vikings-shields-and-game-rules/

Interesting thing about this – a properly made shield, when struck at with a sharp sword, will catch and trap the blade of that sword. Nearly every time. The thinner, the easier this happens, but even with the thicker wood with no rawhide edging, a good shield bind was obtained.”

 

Sabaton and Girls und Panzer

Sabaton makes everything better.

 

Injustice Gamer brings up a niche product that might just fill your gaming needs.

http://injusticegamer.blogspot.ca/2017/07/adventure-boardgames-to-fill-gap.html

Mice and Mystics is the most family friendly entry here. You’re playing as the king’s heroes after they’ve been turned into mice by an evil wizard. Try to avoid the cats and bats, get the cheese, and save the king.”

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Your kids will live on Mars. Mixed feeling about this piece. On one hand it’s important to be optimistic on the other hand the name Elon Musk triggered a red flag. Still worth a quick read.

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2017/07/03/kids-live-mars/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

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The only map that matters.

 

Fully Explaining Lunar Calendars. [10min]

Here’s a video for the truly obsessive fantasy writer.

 

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Why Female Action Heroes suck.

Steven Crowder makes the case that female action heroes aren’t really that believable and do so in a fairly hilarious manner.

NerdLife Seven: Get To The Wookie

Nerd Life: Aim Away From Face

Nerdlife Six: Random thoughts and prayers to RNGsus.

Okay I got a bunch of links and a nice quiet peaceful day to collect my thoughts.

Mostly writer, old school tabletop or pulprev links this time. As that is the crowd I’m hanging out with recently (even if I’m not actually getting any writing done.)

So if even for a brief moment let us set aside the tunes of war and play instead the tunes of chill.

 

An older piece about how we tend to take for granted the modern ease of travel. Something to keep in mind when writing or gaming in a medieval fantasy setting.

http://harbingergames.blogspot.ca/2014/06/modern-minds-and-medieval-distances.html

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Your inner six year old just screamed ‘fuck yeah’

 

The Injustice Gamer delivers on his promise to examine the role of Kickstarter and how it has effected the boardgaming market.

http://injusticegamer.blogspot.ca/2017/06/boardgaming-trends-kickstarter-good-and.html

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The soul of a gamer.

 

Skyrim Theme by Leah

Awesome song + vidya +hot chick = winning.

 

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Anti-tank rifles are for legitimate sporting purposes only.

A very interesting piece of kit.

 

Do you even scorpion bro? Is this what CNN editorial staff are doing behind the scenes.

(Put your drink down before you click this link)

https://www.dawn.com/news/1252264

Great, great now I need to add scorpion smoking fanatics into Brothers in the Dust. Well I guess that would raise the stakes a little.

 

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Yes please!

 

An article by Jesse Abraham Lucas highlighting a very bad habit some writers (particularly movie writers) have of misleading the audience and wasting the tension built up in a previous scene.

http://www.pulprev.com/2017/06/bad-habits-bait-and-switch.html

 

 

Diversity and Comics reviews the Batman/Elmer Fudd Crossover.

DC seems to be absolutely winning with these looney tunes crossovers. The lesson here is that if you start with a stupid gimmick you need to fully commit to it and then follow through with everything you got.

 

The Alt Right DM makes one of the best pitches possible for Old skool gaming.

https://gamingwhileconservative.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/3179/

This brings up the possible and very awesome scenario of all the heroes getting wiped out and their low level henchmen having to finish the quest while being completely over their heads.

 

In science news, practical water harvesters are getting closer and closer.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/harvesting-clean-water-from-air/

What I want to know is what happens when they ditch this boring ecologically responsible stuff and hook up one of these babies to a thorium fuelled reactor or two?

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Just an awesome piece of comic book history.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/secret-history-j-jonah-jameson-comics-greatest-supporting-character/

ebertwasright.jpgHuh? What’s that? movies are supposed to be fun?

 

The MixedGM makes an impassioned plea and a strong case in favor of the Pulp Revolution.

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/why-we-need-the-pulprev/

When we sit down to crack open a book, we need an escape, even a short one. We do not need more darkness thrown in our face. We need hope. Light. Joy. That is why we need the Pulp Revolution.”

I think that’s a good positive note to end on.

Nerd Life: Aim Away From Face

Nerdlife Five: Just Here For the Catgirls

Nerdlife Five: Just Here For the Catgirls.

Sort of rushing this one but I have enough links for a post and I’m too caffeinated to sleep.

Quick fictional interlude: No idea where I’m going with this…

Zeps or (zeproru in Codteki) were difficult to describe in Terran biology terms. Seiko kept thinking of them as horse-dog-lizard-things. The nekoites had never figured out what planet the zeps came from or even if they were a natural creature at all or perhaps rather a genetically engineered animal creation of a distant alien race still completely unknown to the clans. The strange mammal-like reptiles had quickly become the low tech mount of choice on the rare niche occasions that such animals were called for. Zeps were intelligent, easily trainable and able to eat plants from a half dozen protein profiles. In addition they were tough, loyal to their handlers and had a nasty enough bite to fend off most local predators but their best trait (from the nekoite perspective) was that unlike Earth-horses, they responded well to being cryogenically frozen and could safely be put in storage aboard starships until needed planetside.

Of course getting them off the spaceship wasn’t always easy.

Come on Fluffy. Easy does it,” Seiko crooned as he tried to lead the confused creature down the offramp.

 

World Building: Gas giants and habitable moons

Lot of heavy geek math here but still a fun watch for us soft scifi plebs.

 

Yakov Merkin on why the Pulp Revolution will win.

https://yakovmerkin.com/2017/06/16/why-the-pulprevolution-will-win/

 

Important piece of history

Here… fishy, fishy.

 

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It’s big beautiful world full of wonder and surprise.

 

Treas… errr… Reason Magazine goes over Gary Gygax’s FBI records.

https://reason.com/blog/2017/06/15/dd-creator-gary-gygaxs-fbi-records-make

 

Skiltron Bagpipes of War

Starts a little slow but this one’s worth the wait.

 

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Bradford Walker discusses the principle of simplicity in gaming. He uses WoW as his main example but then applies the same principles to tabletop gaming.

https://bradfordcwalker.blogspot.ca/2017/06/revealed-preferences-in-gaming.html?spref=tw

I do see some of this while say playing Aurora 4x (which is about as complicated a game as there is.) Fighters in Aurora are very effective, and extremely cost efficient but I don’t use them because it’s too much micromanagement and I’d rather focus my efforts elsewhere. Player attention span is also a resource in 4x games.

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Steampunk Author and airship mechanic Jon Del Arroz on character voices and dialogue.

http://delarroz.com/?p=1136

 

JimFear138 makes an compiling argument that Manowar is THE band of the Pulp Revolution.

http://jimfear138.blogspot.com/2017/04/manowar-is-pulp.html

In much the same fashion, Manowar came out with a specific mission. They were going to play HEAVY METAL, they were going to sing about whatever the fuck they wanted, they were going to play fast and loud, and anyone who had shit to say about it could get fucked.”

 

Electric Cars bad for the environment?

https://theoldcontinent.eu/electric-cars/

 

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Seems legit.

Nerdlife Five: Just Here For the Catgirls

NerdLife: Rest and Retardation

NerdLife Four: Relax and Enjoy the Madness

I need a break from politics and I guess this will count. This was supposed to be my one day to relax this week and I spent most of it on social media yelling about throwing reporters out of helicopters. Therapeutic perhaps but hardly productive.

I try to cover a good spread of topics in these… things so that there is something for everybody. Still end of the day it’s whatever shiny internet thing catches my eye, and I’m not exactly the most organized individual.

Writing out the two Breyland Notes pieces seemed to have helped but yeah… the flesh is willing but the mind is sperging.

So here we go.

Black Marketing: This a ten minute long 1944 US propaganda film that is oddly well acted and compelling. I’m a big fan of these archive channels.

Very well done little film breaks down that how a typical black market scheme is run. Might be of interest to both history buffs and the Pulp Revolution crowd. A lot of fun if you like old style gangster movies.

 

Indie author and cosmic madman Jon Mollison breaks down the possibilities of donut shaped planets.

http://seagullrising.blogspot.ca/2017/06/donut-shaped-planets.html

I’ve gone ahead and subbed to the Youtube channel in question and it looks like there’ll be plenty of materiel for future posts.

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Yes once Captain America was an American.

 

Injustice Gamer discusses the nature of complexity in boardgames. Not much I can add but his next article is going to be about Kickstarter and how it’s effected the market. That should be a fun read. Might as well start hyping now.

http://injusticegamer.blogspot.ca/2017/06/boardgame-trends-complexity-at-multiple.html

 

Volcano of Doom (Music)

With a title like that I had to click on it.

Hmm… geothermal powered underground lair… alien jungle planet… brave adventurers on a desperate mission…

 

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And where the hell is this videogame?

 

Awesome Viking discovery. Once again we see the ageless theme of a man and his dog.

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/archaeologists-n-iceland-discover-viking-age-chief-buried-ship-his-sword-and-dog

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The Bechtloff Presents: The Legend of Indiana Mario. A fascinating tale of a videogame urban legend. Also shitting on MovieBob is never offtopic.

Those happy meal toys rocked!

 

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People tend to forget that Burt Reynolds was a legit action star at one point.

 

Gitabushi on the hard/soft science fiction debate. About a month old but I didn’t see it at the time.

https://pcbushi.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/hard-sf-v-soft-sf/

and another great thought provoking article about the different views on peasants.

https://pcbushi.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/are-your-peasants-men-or-mice/

NerdLife: Rest and Retardation

Nerd Life Three: Life Is Suck

Nerd life for May 29th 2017

This will be mostly older links as I had an unusually rough month and this piece was delayed because of it. Of course I don’t really have a set deadline for these sort of things. Maybe I should set one?

Anyway since this happened during Space Opera Week I just want to start by pitching my favorite novel of all time. H. Beam Piper’s Space Viking.

It’s a classic, almost archetypal space opera; with a central revenge plot and focus on the questions of civilization versus barbarism, the nature of leadership and the duty of men. Very 1950’s and oddly in hindsight rather Alt-Right to boot. I literally cannot recommend this book more.

(AudioBook here)

https://librivox.org/space-viking-by-h-beam-piper/

 

Rick Stump having fun with a certain underused trope.

http://harbingergames.blogspot.ca/2017/05/i-love-earth-as-space-australia-trope_1.html

He’s got about three or four of these but think this is the funniest one.

 

Raging Golden Eagle on Marvel choosing DEATH before de-convergence.

 

PowerWolf- Army of The Night

Urge to Deus Vult rising! Powerwolf has this very interesting thing going on where they introduce just enough Catholic Horror themes into their Black Metal to provide a sense of contrast. A spot of light to accompany the darkness.

 

“Evil Queens are Princesses who were never rescued.”

https://www.erindorpress.com/2017/05/villains-made-not-born-j-m-robison/

A very interesting writer’s article on how villains have an origin

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Remember GamerGate happened for a reason. This piece hit a little to close to home for me.

https://buildingboys.net/how-the-war-on-video-games-is-hurting-your-son/

 

Actual Science? This is apparently a big deal. Let’s see how Greenpeace finds a way to bitch about it.

http://wallstreetpit.com/113389-fusion-power-first-plasma-achieved/

 

How to pronounce German Military words

Not only is this video very useful for wargamers it turns out that IRL Trolls can shout random German words in order to trigger snowflakes and confuse the normies.

 

Jon Mollison discussing his latest novel (at the time, I think put out another one since then.) In the course of which Jon goes over the difference between natural diversity and forced diversity and how the former can develop over the course of writing a proper story.

http://seagullrising.blogspot.ca/2017/05/accidental-diversity.html

 

Russell Newquist touches on an interesting piece of Medieval myth.

http://russellnewquist.com/2017/05/the-peluda-dragon/

 

This here is wizard country but y’all need to be careful throwing that magic around.

http://therpgpundit.blogspot.com/2017/05/did-i-just-unintentionally-alter.html

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Nerd Life Three: Life Is Suck