Thursday, November 09, 2006


Still don't feel much like blogging: big doin's at The Store tomorrow (involving a visit by the very folks whose name is in big letters on the side of our building), for which we've worked very hard all week; fatigue from all the impromptu dancing I'm doing whenever I remember that the Democrats beat the snot out of the Republicans on Tuesday (guess that loony Howard Dean knew what the hell he was doing with that 50-State-Strategy of his, eh?); and general tiredness from putting up with a cold for the last few days.

So, just some more quick stuff:

:: Interesting stuff, as always, by Matthew Yglesias on the myth of Karl Rove (noting that Rove has often made errors of electoral strategy that always came close to failing, and finally failed spectacularly) and the myth of this election as a rise of Democratic conservatism (noting that in just about every case, Republicans were beaten by someone to the left of them, which can only serve to ultimately push the political tone in this country to the left).

:: If you haven't been reading Shamus's "DM of the Rings" comic, you really gotta. In this installment he notes that for a role-playing game fanatic, a new set of gaming dice is always a new event. It's like getting a new box of Titleist golf balls, I guess. Even though I haven't played AD&D in over a decade, I still have my dice in my desk somewhere; they're in one of those nifty little drawstring bags that those small bottles of Crown Royal whiskey used to come in.

But my favorite dice were my DM's. His dice all had pointy vertices, as opposed to the rounded ones like the ones that adorn the masthead of Shamus's blog. With those pointy dice, you could hold the D8 between two fingertips and spin them like tops.

:: Film composer Basil Poledouris has died. He was a sadly underrated composer, and he will be missed.

That's all. More blogging when I feel like doing more blogging.


Anonymous said...

Dude! I can't believe Basil is gone. His scores were the best: Robocop, Hunt for Red October and especially Conan, classics all. He was one of my all-time favorites. (Yes, much to Jayne's chagrin, I am a film score junkie). Sad news indeed.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

The return of Blue Dog Democrats from extinction has actually served to simultaneously move both the Democrats and the country as a whole to the center. This can only be a good thing for the long-term prosperity of the country.

Now, if they can only move the Republicans to the center as well...

Simon said...

Any ol' gamer worth his d20 has a little purple bag with a yellow drawstring. I have one. My current dice set, though, is stashed in a chain-mail bag, which is even better!

Anonymous said...

I, too, keep my polyhedral dice in a Crown Royal bag (which should scare at least one of us). They come out when I teach probability.

Anonymous said...

The D20 and D10 have always been spinnable, too.

Remember the D30? That was a fad for awhile. I never had one of my own, and I haven't seen one since the eighties. I always thought that was a bit ostentatious.

I usually played with the least number of dice possible: D20, D6, and only the D8 if I really felt like it.

-Mark Cuthbertson