Well I guess that settles it. It’s the iPhone Tennis! I was pulling for Xs being pronounced Excess. Or even better INXS.
Well I guess that settles it. It’s the iPhone Tennis! I was pulling for Xs being pronounced Excess. Or even better INXS.
I was always fascinated by the BeOS, and “what could have been” if Apple had bought Be instead of Next. Haiku is something I’ve looked at before, but it never seemed to be ready to try out. Maybe that’s about to change? Beta Release Nears for BeOS-inspired Open Source OS Haiku
I’m not sure how many folks on micro.blog are into tabletop roleplaying games, but it’s one of my interests so I’m going to write about it here from time to time.
I’ve been reading up preparing for a Lord of the Rings themed trivia night tonight and it’s had me thinking again about a role playing game my group played not too long ago; The One Ring. This was one of the best games, and one of the best campaigns, I’ve ever played in. We played through the Darkening of Mirkwood campaign written by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan. Much like the Great Pendragon Campaign for King Arthur: Pendragon (another all-time favorite of mine) the campaign provides a framework for the adventures to take place in, letting the characters be part of the big events of the campaign, but having a certain momentum all it’s own. Though there are a lot of decision points that can change the directly of some things in various ways, ultimately some things are going to happen as the forces in the world work their plans, and the characters will just have to deal with them as they will.
Also like The Great Pendragon Campaign it’s ultimately a bit of a tragedy. It’s called the darkening of Mirkwood, and one way or another, by the end Mirkwood is going to be a darker place (though the actions of the players can help lessen that a bit and provide some hope for the future). I won’t spoil too much, but at the very end in the final climactic scene every one of our characters fell, but we fell gloriously in battle for a just cause. It was pretty epic and it was a lot of fun, and it very much felt like something about of a Tolkien story.
The system itself is pretty ingenious, it really does capture the mythic quality of Tolkien’s works, and really helps give the feel of fighting for hope and goodness against an increasing and encroaching evil. There’s a mechanic by which your characters use and gain hope, and a similar parallel mechanic where characters gain “shadow.” Shadow manifests differently depending on what kind of character you are playing. Some characters will become more melancholy as they gain more shadow, others more angry, and still others more greedy. Hope is an important resource for characters allowing them to do amazing things, or resist terrible effects, but it’s also a finite resource, and running out of it can have dire consequences for the character. Managing hope and shadow are an important part of the game and really help drive home a lot of the feel of playing in middle earth. It’s a game mechanic, but when playing it very much feels like a role-playing element too. The combat system is also pretty innovative and interesting and helps support the feel of the battles in the books. It provides some tactical depth but doesn’t take forever and doesn’t dominate the game.
The game and campaign are also FULL of bits of lore and references to the other works of Tolkien which was a lot of fun for us nerds. It’s carefully researched, but set in a time period that hasn’t been detailed too much (between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books, in the area around Mirkwood). This meant it was perfect for those of us who enjoy researching and reading up on Middle-Earth lore. Reading up on stuff helped enhance the experience for us (but wasn’t necessary by any means), but didn’t really cause any problems for the campaign. You aren’t going to find bits of lore that conflict, or spoil things. We all got pretty into it and I think most of us did a lot of reading about Middle-Earth lore. I re-read The Hobbit, and two of The Lord of the Rings books in my spare time while the campaign was going on (I’m finishing The Return of the King now) and spent a lot of time combing through various LOTR wiki’s and fan sites.
We’ve moved on to other games for now (we just played a bit of Urban Shadows which was a lot of fun, and last night we officially started Mutant: Year Zero ), but I would definitely like to play The One Ring again some day. We could play in another part of Middle Earth with a very different set of characters, and play in a different era of Middle Earth.
Anyway I give The One Ring a very enthusiastic thumbs up. If you like the work of Tolkien and you want to play a game in that world I don’t think you’ll find a better system for it.
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How do people feel about things like affiliate links in posts on micro.blog blogs? (with a clear disclaimer of course) I don’t see anything in the terms of service that jumped out as forbidding it, but I could have missed something. Would it be frowned upon by the community?
Over on Mastodon Scott McNulty asked “Who is your favorite Star Trek character, across all movies/series/properties?
Mine is definitely Garak. I love the slow reveal of who he is and his history. But I think what I love most about him was his sense of humor, and the way he tried to always project an air of detachment, but every once in a while you’d get a look at the depths beneath that cover and realize he was someone who really did care deeply about things, even if he wished he didn’t. #MyFavStarTrekCharacter 🖖
If anyone is looking for a good domain name for a Mastodon instance, Hover currently has .club domains on sale. Seems like a natural fit.
Happy Birthday Jack Kirby! Remember, Jack wouldn’t tolerate Nazi’s and Fascists and neither should you!
I’ve recently gotten really into the Jazz artist Kamasi Washington. A track from his most recent album Heaven and Earth showed up in my Apple Music recommendations a few weeks back and I’ve been exploring his work ever since. It’s innovative yet accessible. Highly recommended!
Homer: HEY, WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME THE NEW ISSUE OF WEIRD WAS HERE? I LOVE THEIR HILARIOUS SEND-UPS OF HIT MOVIES. Lisa: DAD, IT’S NOT– Homer: ”GIGABYTES.” ( laughing ) THEY’VE DONE IT AGAIN. “GIGABYTES.” WAIT-THIS ISN’T WEIRD. WHY, THERE’S NO MAGAZINE CALLED WEIRD, IS THERE?
Are there any plans to add cross-posting to Mastodon to micro.blog? I have no idea what’s involved in doing that, but it would be a nice addition if it’s possible.
So, I’m now on Mastodon (email@example.com). No idea how much I’ll use Mastodon, but you can find me there now! There seem to be lots of twitter alternatives cropping up. Trying out a bunch of them!
My buddies on my desk at home. Welcome to the crew R2!
I’ve been rewatching a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation recently (since I finally got the boxed-set on Blu-Ray!) and I’ve been surprised by how long the intro sequence is. The whole thing is a little under 2 minutes, which isn’t that long in absolute terms but feels very long to someone who’s gotten used to modern shows. I was especially surprised by how long the opening shots of space and the entrpise, and picards monologue are. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great opening sequence, I just hadn’t remembered quite how long it was.
I’m enjoying using micro.blog so far. I was originally looking at it mostly as a way to replace twitter, assuming I’d mostly just make short posts like I do over there, with only occasional longer posts. But I’m actually finding the interface and such have led me to feel more interested in writing up longer posts than I expected. This maybe what finally gets me back into more regular blogging.
Which brings me to the issue of what to do with my old gaming blog. I started it years ago to try to talk and think about tabletop gaming more. As a place to sort of collect my thoughts and share that sort of content in a more open way than somewhere like Google+ (which has a weirdly large and active tabletop gaming community). But I didn’t really keep up with it and it’s languished there for a while.
I don’t want to get rid of it, and I’d like to keep talking about that sort of stuff, at least form time to time. But I think one (small) part of the reason I never really got too regular about posting to it was the interface and trying to do too much with the site. I don’t really like the web I interface for posting to blogger, and I never really found any iOS clients that worked well for me. But as mentioned above I’ve been enjoying micro.blog and it’s got me excited about writing again. Anyway, I’d like to move the old blog away from blogger, but I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with it.
For now I may just move my old gaming blog to wordpress and see how that goes. I used blogger at the start because it seemed simpler, but I’ve come to not really like the interface too much, and the options for posting to it from iOS aren’t great (or weren’t the last time I was at all regularly posting). It seems like there are a lot better tools for posting to/managing wordpress blogs at this point (including some of the same tools which I can use to post to micro.blog!).
Longer term I’m not sure. I might eventually end up just importing the posts into this blog, or I might eventually set up a second micro.blog hosted blog to take over, or if I like wordpress well enough I might just leave it there.
I’m not sure if it makes sense to keep it as a separate blog, or just consolidate the posts into one blog here that’s more general in nature. Anyway, it seems like moving it over to wordpress will give me more options in the future and seems like it’ll be a necessary intermediate step if I do want to move it over to micro.blog (in either scenario), so I might as well do that soon.
Anyway, this is really just me thinking out loud to myself about my options and what I want to do, but doing so in semi-public somehow seems to help me sort things out, but if people have specific advice I would be happy to hear it!
I kind of live and die by spellcheck…
Another micro.blog question: I’ve noticed the web interface is set up in such a way that the spell-check function built into firefox (which I use at work) doesn’t work there. Is there somethign I can do to get that working? Or some other option I can use for spell check?
Does anyone have any tips or information on moving a blog hosted at blogger to micro.blog hosting? There’s lots of info on moving from wordpress, but I haven’t found any on moving from blogger. (The emphasis on wordpress makes sense, it’s just not very helpful in my situation.)
Something I’m trying to understand about micro.blog: If someone just wanted to try it out and see what the community was like etc, would they be able to without hosting a blog here, or setting up an external site? If they stay within the 280 character limit is there anything stopping them from just using that part of the platform? Basically using only the “twitter-ish” parts of the platform without any of the additional featureas that hosting/linking a blog brings?
This podcast episode was really interesting and smart. The discussion is more nuanced than the title would suggest. Building online communities is hard! Greater Than Code - Federation is Bad
I’ve been enjoying this season of The Venture Brothers, but it wasn’t until this week’s episode (which I just watched) that I felt like it really came together. Now I’m not just enjoying it. I’m loving it.
Every season at the start I feel a little worried that it’s just going to be ok. The first several episodes are always funny and good, but also taken on their own are just good, but not as great as you usually expect from the show. But every season at some point it all comes together and the season really takes off. Those early episodes were set up for what comes later and in hindsight they usually get even better. I’m very excited to see where the season goes from here.
This season they’ve added a lot of history to the universe in the last several episodes, and I’m starting to see a real arc forming that should be the mix of hilarious, smart, and poignant that I love about The Venture Brothers.
Anyway, Season 7 just came together for me. I can’t wait for the rest.
Go Team Venture!
I hear people like this thing? I guess we’ll see what I think!
Alright, set up a custom domain and am now hosting a micro blog on micro.blog. Expect lots of changes (including playing around with the URL) as I play around with this. Still exciting to try it again. Micro.blog seems a lot less confusing than when I tried it the first time. I hope to see it continue to evolve and get easier to use!
Also, I’m always looking for escape hatches from places like Twitter, so maybe we can build this into something really interesting!
Testing micro.blog again.
Something I’ve been wondering about: Could the W1 chip be used in reverse for broadcasting bluetooth? Could vastly improve range.
Trying to figure out this micro.blog. I seem to have manage to get rss working from my regular blog, but the posts don’t show up publicly? I know it’s still rolling out and still in beta so I’ll keep checking in, but right now it’s… not easy to use.