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

 

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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

NerdLife: Space is Big

Nerd Life Two: Space is big edition. April 28th 2017

Sorry about the delay on this but I keep getting distracted by shiny things. Also watching a fair amount of anime lately which is somewhat out of character I suppose. However with most western entertainment consisting of nothing but SJW infested crap a man does get desperate from time to time.

If anyone cares the shows in question are:

Tiger Mask W (definitely worth watching if you’re any kind of an old school wrestling fan.)

Heavy Object (7/10 but had a satisfying ending. Recommended for the giant robot fans. The rest of you can leave it be.)

Arslan Senki (has a very Sun Tzu-ish feel to it. Prince Arslan’s not much of character but you’re really watching this because his companions and advisers are awesome.)

 

Let’s start things off with some mood music.

Damn this guy’s good.

 

Not entirely sure what this thing is… but hey shiny radishes.

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/04/a-bionic-leaf-could-help-feed-world-by.html

Also more food is better than less food.

 

Now this is interesting. You remember those moisture farmer tower thingies from Star Wars? This might be the first step to making that happen.

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-device-air-powered-sun.html

 

Early American Whiskey (pre-bourbon)

A lot of good history here. Although something tells me most of the people reading this would already know about making Kentucky white whiskey.

 

Space Section: Been playing a lot of Aurora 4x lately.

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1972 NASA short film on Mainframe computers and manned spaceflight.

Amazing what they were able to accomplish with computers that were basically as powerful as a modern wrist watch.

Related: The space shuttle runs on one megabyte of RAM. I think you could play Doom on that but I’m not sure. Definitely Wolfenstein 3D.

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2010/03/27/did-you-know-the-space-shuttle-runs-on-only-one-megabyte-of-ram/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

 

A few concepts for future space exploration. The comments section does not seem impressed.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2017/04/03/boeing-unveils-deep-space-concepts-moon-mars-exploration/

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Oh shit! Yes something like that would be a problem.

 

A BBC article lamenting the increasing problem of space junk.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39521406

Reminds of a story idea I had where an alien race blockaded Earth by releasing trillions of ball bearings into Earth orbit. Sadly I wasn’t able to think of an ending for that story as if somebody did that to us we’d probably be completely fucked.

 

Enceladus? I suppose that’s a reminder that we really don’t know that much about Jupiter or Saturn’s larger moons.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-announcement-today-alien-life-exist-saturn-enceladus-cassini-hydrogen-plume-hydrothermal-a7681821.html

 

The search for new Earth-like planets continues… and this one looks promising.

http://thefifthcolumnnews.com/2017/04/newly-discovered-exoplanet-may-be-best-candidate-in-search-for-signs-of-life/

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WANT

 

Midnight’s Edge on why some movies open early or later than the US market.

Yeah I was curious about that. I’d always assumed it was some sort of anti-piracy measure.

 

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ!!! (for the tabletop crew)

http://therpgpundit.blogspot.com/2017/04/dcc-campaign-update-like-that-scene.html

 

Giant what?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39626131

 

Declan Finn‘s most recent rant about Marvel comics; which is probably a good thing to end with.

http://www.declanfinn.com/2017/04/marvels-nick-spencer-works-for-hydra.html

I’m not a comics guy but most of my friends are so by default I’m forced to keep up on comic news in order to still in the conversation.

 

Well that’s all I got for now. Good night my Magic Space Aryan brothers and remember the bosun’s refrain. “Space is a cold, cruel, dark bitch of a mistress and she is always trying to kill you.”

NerdLife: Space is Big

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NerdLife for March 31st 2017

Not too sure what direction I’ll be taking this blog in the future. I’ll probably be doing a bit of A/B testing over the next month or so. This is supposed to be a writer’s blog but I never seem to get any writing done…

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I know right.

Rolling a 98 (Found randomly on Youtube)

Hey sometimes RN Jesus thanks you for all the prayers. Moments like these are why gamers game.

The STAR WARS is serious business section:

Of course Han shoots first. To think otherwise is heresy!

http://kestifer.blogspot.ca/2017/03/why-han-shooting-first-matters.html

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Good life advice in general.

A brilliant retelling of Star Wars that highlights just how toxic and counterproductive strong female characters can be when trying to tell any sort of heroic story.

https://monalisafoster.com/2017/03/29/double-standards-a-strong-female-character-retelling-of-star-wars/

Bradford Walker breaks down the important of Grand Admiral Thrawn as a Star Wars antagonist. While I still have mixed feelings about Rebels there is absolutely no doubt that they nailed Thrawn character and that his mere presence greatly improved the show.

https://bradfordcwalker.blogspot.ca/2017/03/my-life-in-fandom-in-praise-of-thrawn.html

Rawle Nyanzi breaks down the new power rangers movie and highlights the paint by numbers progressive nature of the heroes.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/manufactured-rangers/

Declan Finn goes down the list of upcoming Hollywood remakes. It’s not a pretty picture.

http://www.declanfinn.com/2017/03/hollywood-screw-ups.html

Uadate: Related an article on the CHIPS remake which IMO doesn’t look like a bad movie in and by itself but is probably going to be a horrible remake.

http://fragsandbeer.com/hollywood-even-watch-chips/

Wasn’t sure where to put this… but you know how much I love conspiracy theories. Besides Machiavelli is pretty required reading in these troublesome days.

https://qcurtius.com/2017/03/29/machiavellis-principles-of-conspiracies/

“I’ve never clicked on anything so fast in my life.”

Sad news everybody.

https://www.evolutionnews.org/2017/03/remember-those-exciting-earth-like-planets-of-the-trappist-1-system-the-honeymoon-is-over/

Now if anyone needs me I’ll be in the bathroom cutting myself and listening to My Chemical Romance.

—Wolfman out.

Still rocking in the fading memory of the Free World.

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