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…

 

sonicgetsserious

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!

 

nowitmakessense

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

Breyland Notes: Ultra-Christianity the Final Temptation

Ultra-Christianity the Final Temptation

Remove the Traitor, Bleed the Cuck, Free the Nations. Vengeance is the Lord’s we are but his instruments.

Motto of the Holy Order of St. Brevik.

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I’m clearly overthinking this but I’ve run into a rather hilarious writer’s problem. One of the core elements of the Breyland stories is going to be the constant struggle between the Celtic Pagan majority and the large Christian majority for the cultural and philosophical soul of the nation. The single greatest fear of the Breyland patriot is that of a religious civil war tearing apart the Homeworld just as their colonies and allies abandon them. While such a war is unlikely, it could happen and lingers over the political landscape like the sword of Damocles.

This means the religious landscape is going to be far more important then I had originally imagined. The vague handwaved notions of Energetic New Age-y Celtic Pagans and Stoic Steady Determined Christians I had five years ago simply aren’t going to cut the mustard. I need to actually sit down and work out what are the major sects? and how do they interact?

Somewhere around this time I learnt that the Saxons around the time of the migration viewed Christ as a warrior god who had conquered Death. Which I suppose is definitely one way to look at it. So I incorporated that idea into a vaguely defined “Church of the Warrior” a militant sect of Christianity popular among the military. Since this was about the time I was losing my own faith I sort of left it at that and didn’t think any further on the idea.

Several years and many, many red pills later I’m picking the idea back up and finding the Church of the Warrior to be actually rather tame and not anything I can get a reader to be alarmed about. What I need is a church so outrageous, so hardcore and unforgiving as to be a legitimate threat to the status quo; with centuries long history and absolutely no doubt to the righteousness of their cause. A group so hardcore that they border on heresy but without going into cartoony supervillan strawman territory like the Masadans in David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. The Church Militant and Unrepentant needs to be both a hyper-competent threat to the heroes and a moral temptation. The temptation of course is to join them, for is not their cause righteous? Do we not seek the salvation of the nations? Must the works of Satan not be opposed? Did we not save Western Civilization once before?

The looming tidal wave of Reconquista 2.0 is causing a great deal of havoc with my original timeline. Predicting the future is always tricky but the problem is that while I know something is going to happen I don’t know the scale of the event or how much it will alter the fictional plans. A maximum scale Reconquista 2.0 event would leave a huge mark on human history (continent sized ethnic cleansing wars will tend to do that.) The rapid growth and entrenchment of a church like the CMU and the Templar style orders that would be created during such a conflict would simply not go away afterwards. So it makes perfect sense to keep an element or two around a couple millennium later. If we’re still talking about the Romans, there’s a good chance the Breylanders might still be talking about us.

The Church Militant and Unrepentant is going to be a special challenge to flesh out as no matter what I do to make them extreme and “they go too far” I can’t help shake the feeling that most of my internet friends and potential reader base would immediately join such a church if it existed. For the lulz as much as for salvation.

Assassin-monks calling themselves the Order of St. Brevik?

Hey it could happen? And isn’t speculative fiction supposed to be about speculation?

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Related: Musing about the effect of feral pigs as a ecological threat.

Breyland Notes: Legacy of the Oinkkrieg

Breyland Notes: Ultra-Christianity the Final Temptation

Breyland Notes: Legacy of the Oinkkrieg

Feral Pigs in Breylandspace

Colonising an alien planet is far more difficult than most people realise. The colonists need to either create an entire ecosystem from scratch or very carefully incorporate terran foodcrops and livestock into an existing completely alien biosphere. Unbalances aren’t just possible they’re practically expected. The key thing is not to allow ecological unbalances to become disasters that threaten the existance of the colony. In the modern era with established interstellar trade aid can be acquired from off world. This was not the case with the earlier distant colonies and the failure rate was very high; in fact it was amazing that any of these colonies survived at all.

Breyland owes its superpower status to one main factor. They got there several centuries earlier than their near neighbors and the first colonists somehow survived. However one early event left an notable mark on Breylandic culture and folklore; all the pigs died. As it was centuries before Breyland reestablished contact was the rest of humanity, these animals could not be replaced and for this reason pork did not become part of the traditional diet. Pigs however did become highly symbolic in folklore and national myth with magical winged pigs often appearing in Golden Age children’s cartoons. By the time pork could be cheaply and easily imported from other nearby worlds pigs had become practically holy animals; far too sacred and precious to actually eat. It took several centuries to overcome this attitude.

As a result of this cultural baggage it is very difficult for the Breyland born intellectuals who make up the core of the Colonial bureaucracy to take the problem of a feral pig population explosion seriously. After all the solution to any ‘highly problematic free range unprocessed bacon surplus’ is both obvious and delicious. Even in the case that the government acts the go to solution is to import apex predators like lions, tigers, or yargis. This usually ends rather poorly for the hapless colonists. So as a result at any one time there are five or six planets in Breylandspace that are experiencing a feral pig problem.

The Oinkkrieg:

The most famous feral pig explosion occured on the planet Brandenburg (now one of the Four Worlds) and cuminated in the legendary Oinkkrieg (or oinkzkrieg) a sixty year epic struggle for survival between Man and Pig. The Brandenburgers did eventually get the pig population under control and redomesticated but there was a very real risk of humanity getting pushed off the planet. As this event happened early in the colony’s history it left a mark of the Brandenburger sense of humor. For example exclaming “for victory!” or humming a patriotic song before taking the first bite of a pork sausage.

The Situation on Mzab:

Mzab is a interesting case. The feral pig population which was once a mild annoyance to farmers and ranchers, is in recent years rapidly approaching oinkkrieg levels. As Mzab is a Muslim majority world (roughly 85%) the normal measures commonly taken to cull a feral pig explosion could not be taken without causing significant unrest. Successive governors simply ignored the problem and hoped it would go away. This put several noteworthy tribes in a bind between breaking Islamic teaching in order to deal with the pigs and the risk of angering their more fundimental and warlike neighbors. As the crisis deepened it begin harder and harder for outsiders to feel any sort of sympathy for the beleaguered locals as the workers of the nearby mining colony of Hammerfall were living on 3/4ths and sometimes even 2/3rds rations; and yes they would very much like some pork sausages.

The call thus came for the finer citizens of Mzab to put aside their hashpipes and their ridiculous barbarian customs and turn the ongoing crisis into a profit opportunity. While some Mazbians were indeed willing to shallow their pride and get their hands dirty in exchange for cold hard cash the tribal warlords and fanatical clerics of the northern provinces were not. The latter in perticular were in no mood to risk their social status and political power (only recently gained.) As social and economic pressure begin to build the Islamists, the Tribal Chieftains and the secular nationalists gathered into a strange uneasy alliance against their colonial overlords.

The pig crisis was not the leading cause of Mustafa’s Rebellion but the growing sense of unease through the colony caused by it and the disconnect between the population and the government made the ground very fertile for any seed of rebellion to take hold. The crisis would also lend a certain absurd character to the war.

As for how the pigs got there? No one knows. The Mzabians claim that the pigs are in fact an lost colony of Jews that were turned into pigs by Allah to punish them for their sins. No colonial admistrator takes such hashish fueled claims seriously, of course. Mzab is a place that lends itself to absurdity as anyone who has spent any time there can readily attest.

Related reading:

“Harvesting 66% of the total population per year is required to keep the Texas feral pig populations stable“

https://infogalactic.com/info/Feral_pig

https://infogalactic.com/info/Emu_War

Thirty minute video on how to butcher a pig. Remember fam, either we eat the pigs or else the pigs will eat us.

End Note: Breyland refers to both the Capital or Homeworld and the larger political entity (The Viceroyalty of Breyland.) There are approximately eighty billion people in Breylandspace roughly one quarter of which are ethnic Breylanders.

The star and thus the system is named Hammerfel. The main planet (a Mars-like) is named Hammerfall. This state of affairs confuses the hell out of everybody, much to the amusement of the locals.

Breyland Notes: Legacy of the Oinkkrieg

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

Excuse of the Day

I’m currently nursing a rather embarrassing “lower body injury” which unfortunately has me in just enough pain to break my concentration. So once again there will be no writing on this here “writers blog.” Honestly I’m started to get rather frustrated and discouraged.

And then to add insult to injury some Random Torling declared this Space Opera Week. Space Opera Week was then IMMEDIATELY co-opted by friends of this blog (ie people who actually LIKE space opera.)

So for a least a few days I’m going to have to sit here and not write space opera during Space Opera Week. Hurrah!

The proposed battle anthem of the Viceroyal Breylandic Navy

 

Which bring me to another point I’ve identified a rather glaring flaw in the Breylandverse; the stories don’t seem to be very fun (too much serious business, like saving Breylandic civilization) and there really isn’t that much room for fun pulp Traveller-type adventures as the smallest civilian starship is a roughly eight hundred thousand ton tramp freighter with a crew of about three hundred.

So while I have no intention of abandoning my ridiculous collection of world building notes (I might start sharing a few here and there) I’ve also started playing around with something that for lack of a better term I’m calling the Nekoverse designed around TIE Fighter/Wing Commander dogfighting; MechWarrior style ground combat and genetically engineered catgirls fighting to liberate an enslaved humanity from evil pink space bunnies.

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It’s an idea so stupid it might actually work. Or at least it will be fun break from time to time.

So anyway I’ll get back to you guys once I can think straight and have stopped feeling sorry for myself.

Until the end. For Breyland and for Glory. Wolfman out.

Excuse of the Day

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/

Spaceisscaryasfuck

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