Tag: Thunderdome

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You’ve done it now; you’ve wandered into international waters. You just had to ignore common sense, common decency, and even the sailor’s superstition that these are cursed shores. And what do you find? Behold the PIT. Like our very own libertarian billionaire’s model island state nestled away in the howling back country of the Member […]

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If the USA and the USSR let loose with the ICBMs, what would the world look like after? While I’ve read plenty of post apocalyptic literature, the game ATOM RPG constitutes the first serious study of what life might be like in the burned remnants of the old Soviet Union. (And if you were hoping […]

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Notes on the Cosmere

 

Way back when I put up a post reviewing this novella. Get to reuse the image.

Brandon Sanderson has been writing fantasy series that are distantly connected with one another. Each series is set on its own world, with its own system of magic, that works according to its own rules. And yet each world is connected in a totality named the Cosmere. The underlying novels and series stand on their own, but you see the occasional character show up in more than one world. There are hints at a meta plot spanning the different books. In this post, I’m speculating about that meta plot.

I’ll endeavor to avoid spoilers for the individual books in question. Oh, and I’ll be confining my sources to the fiction. I could go scouring the internet for things he’s let slip in his podcast or hints from his creative writing courses. Too much bother.

On Crises, and the Wasting Thereof

 

First, I will admit that I have, perhaps, not been paying as much attention to the coronavirus (or as I like to call it, the ‘Rona) as maybe I should.  But crass as it may be, it also seems that there are opportunities here.

I’ve been thinking about the quote by Rahm Emanuel, “never let a crisis go to waste.” When it came out, it was much maligned by conservatives, and rightly so, for many reasons, foremost of which, as seen most recently with Nancy Pelosi, is that it isn’t a great look to be seen to attempt to advance political goals when in the midst of said crisis.

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Sit back for another edition of Ricochet Silent Radio! Once again it’s time to check back in with the knuckle-dusters of the intelligence community, the six-shooter samurais that protect our way of life, Whiskey Sam Dagger Hate! Turn your mind to that flashing rhinestone of the desert, Las Vegas, […]

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What Have I Got in My Pocket?

 

This isn’t the actual question I’m looking for an answer to today, but it is where it starts. Friday morning, I found something on Twitter that had me thinking all day and has generated more than its fair share of discussion, so I’ve decided it needs a post of its own. The line was “I don’t always carry all the groceries on one arm, but when I do, my keys are in the wrong pocket.”

Now, this was quite frankly shocking to me. I mean, who changes up the location of where their keys are? The items I carry every day go into the same locations every day. Apparently this is not universal behavior, so one does when faced with such a problem, I decided to take it to Ricochet.

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It’s that season some of you love to hate: Pumpkin Spice Season. Some people seem to have definite opinions of what should and should not be infused/contaminated with pumpkin spice, so let us go to the extremes of the national conversation. Pumpkin spice BBQ sauce: yea or nay? Preview Open

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We have some very bright people on Ricochet. We have some people who are experts in their field, or who can bring new insights into the most abstruse of topics. Then there’s the rest of us. As I am perusing the current first page of the Member Feed, in the twenty-five visible conversations, there are […]

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Quote of the Day: How to Get Killed

 

…One night a wild young cowboy came in,
Wild as the West Texas wind.
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved.

So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden.
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
My challenge was answered in less than a heart-beat;
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.

Forgotten Debates

 

With all the focus on current issues, I was reminded recently that it is possible to lose focus on the timeless debates, that might not have a true answer but must be considered in order to have perspective on where we’ve come from to where we’re going.

I’m speaking, of course, on the ancient struggle between “Great Taste” and “Less Filling.” Now, I can’t say which is the correct perspective, nor would I presume to tell other people what they should think. What I can do is provide information on how great thinkers of the past considered the question, and thereby perhaps help others gain insight on the question.

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Due to the success of last year’s Milwaukee Meetup 1: The Sprecherung and by popular demand* we’ll be having another meetup in the Cream City. Following the pattern established last year, the tentative dates will be July 26-28.  The itinerary, such as it is, will also be following last year’s patterns, though it is subject […]

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On the Nature of Reality

 

It’s digital. And not fancy digital like your modern computers. Sort of like an old Atari game, where you only get one color, and life is defined by the spaces between. Only compressing it to a two dimensional screen loses so much. You’re not just looking at three dimensions, you’re looking at the angles between dimensions.

Somewhere, in a lower, unimportant corner of my consciousness I knew there existed a hospital bed. There was stuff going on there, a buncha doctor types working around it. I could understand it was important, in a theoretical sense, I just couldn’t muster up the energy to care. Never mind that it’s me down in that hospital bed; I was getting the straight dope on the nature of reality here.

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Willie: Welcome to another edition of Thunderdome! Boy oh boy this time we’ve got a real treat for you! We’re broacasting live from the History’s Sneakiest Bastards Connive-Off Invitational, and let me tell you we’ve seen some really underhanded dealings today. The skullduggery is only going to get better from here so stay tuned! As […]

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Why a Wall?

 

“…and I’ll make Mexico pay for it!”

Who cares if Mexico pays for it? We’re arguing over $5,000,000,000 in the budget; it’s an unimaginably huge amount in terms of my pocket book but the federal government wastes that much money on nothing every day. Yeah, I darn well would prefer if the feds didn’t waste all that money all the time. Border defense constitutes one of the fundamental duties of the government, and I’m willing to pay for it. The question then becomes what’s the best way to go about it?

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Recently the comment was made that if Ricochet ends, we won’t be figuring out who was the winner, and my thought was “Well not with that attitude it isn’t.” I followed that up with some more thoughts about how I would go about determining who is in fact winning Ricochet, and this post is the […]

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