Pretty sure this is total ear candy, 
2008.08.10 00:01 - Entertainment, Music
but it's really nice ear candy.

A complete switch is this, which relationship is that it's another song I've been listening to today.
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I guess there's a new KotOR rumor flying around? 
2008.07.18 01:29 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity
Allegedly, the CEO of EA is telling people that, oh yeah, that BioWare/LucasArts project is totally a KotOR MMO. Well, sort of. See, there's no independent confirmation, no confirmation from LucasArts, and, apparently, no confirmation from BioWare. And it's not actually clear from the article at Portfolio (linked above) that Riccitiello actually said that BioWare is working on a KotOR MMO, only that the game BioWare is working on for LucasArts is highly anticipated and is the same project as the one rumored to be the aforementioned MMORPG.

I suppose it will be interesting to watch, but I'm not actually stoked about an MMO (because monthly fee, roving player-killing jerks, and various levels of interpersonal Drama! from people I don't actually know), even one set in the Old Republic, which is looking like the last interesting bit of the Star Wars universe.

Also, also: BioWare's MMO studio is, apparently, mostly ex-SOE devs. If Portfolio isn't misinterpreting Riccitiello's statements, there's still the potential for this to be a rehash of Star Wars: Galaxies, which has infamously managed to be a failure of a game operating with a concept that shouldn't have been able to fail.
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I hope you all had a fine weekend. 
2008.07.07 02:18 - Guns, Miscellanea
In celebration of the United States declaring independence from its colonial overlords, I ... did nothing. Well, I visited my parents and helped out a very little bit with some yardwork on Friday. I don't exactly cut a dynamic figure, you understand.

Back around Memorial Day, I volunteered to take my Dad down to the range. Owing to various complications involving various schedules and weather conditions, I finally got around to doing that on Saturday. Lots of fun was had attempting to blow the ever-loving crap out of the plastic bottles I'd been saving for just such a purpose.

Dad, God bless him, is actually a worse shot with a pistol than I am, though it's hard to say exactly how much worse, if only because terrible and terribler are kind of hard to distinguish. After three hours and about $90 worth of ammunition (bullets are expensive, folks), we left for home. Good time had by all, etc.

Anyway, here's hoping you had a happy 4th.
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Stupid linkage 
2008.06.22 01:17 - Entertainment, Internet Stupidity
Star Wars Crawl generator.

Found over at RedState.

I'm about creatived out for the time being, but you guys have fun.
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Jury Duty: IT'S OVER!!!! 
2008.06.15 03:10 - News and Politics
Pretty uneventful, all things considered. I've been through voir dire0 three times, once for a disability case and twice for criminal cases. I sat on the jury for one trial, which was almost immediately declared a mistrial because of a "novel" and, to my mind, somewhat irrelevant technical argument being used by the defense.

Last Wednesday, they called my number for jury selection on a criminal trial, so off I went with thirty-odd other people to be winnowed out and sent back to the jury pool room to play some more of The World Ends With You, or read some more Plantinga, or chat with the other potential jurors, or stare at the wall until dismissed for the day. It's exciting, let me tell you. Judge and attorneys asked the jurors to be extra-responsive during voir dire, because being talky gives them a better handle on which people are likely to hold out for the death penalty for jay-walking or be unable to make up their minds in lieu of fingerprints, DNA, and video footage clearly showing the defendant committing the (alleged!) crime. Anyway, the prosecution asked for our opinions on firearms.

Now, my mouth gets away from me, sometimes. Though my self-restraint can be positively admirable at times, once in a while, I find myself saying things I probably shouldn't. Wednesday afternoon, having been solicited, in a courtroom, as to my honest opinion on guns, I responded, into the silence, "They're awesome."1 They were a few laughs, some people squirmed a bit in their seats2, and the prosecuting attorney gave me a funny look.

The real kicker is that was the trial for which I wound up in the jury box. Go figure.

0. Voir dire is a fancy name for the stage of the trial process when the attorneys for the prosecution and defense interrogate the potential jurors to determine which lucky individuals get to sit in judgment of the evidence and arguments presented. I'll be using the term mostly because it takes less effort to type or say than jury selection.
1. As you can imagine, this came out flippant, but I did mean it as a mostly serious answer. Shooting makes for a neat hobby. Steve H. once explained (I'm paraphrasing) that guns are the perfect toy3 for grown men: they're expensive, heavy, loud, dirty, destructive, and dangerous, they have many moving parts and require a small number of specialized tools to keep in working order.
2. I keep forgetting that this sort of behavior can get one investigated for being a dangerous lunatic, because there are people who get genuinely upset at the very idea of civilian gun ownership.
3. I feel like I ought to clarify that a real gun is not a toy the way an action figure or a toy gun is. A firearm is a potentially dangerous device, a lethal weapon. Used the wrong way, it can cause serious harm to another object or person. Used properly, they can be really, really awesome.

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