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War in the Skies: A Hope, Rekindled

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

It is a time of war.
Colonial dirigibles, striking
from hidden camps, have won
their first victory against
the evil German Empire.

During the battle, colonial
spies have managed to steal
designs for the Empire’s
ultimate weapon: the Himmelschiff
von Zerstörung, a giant sky
ship with enough power
to level an entire city.

Pursued by the Empire’s
sinister agents, Lady
Lianna races home aboard her
dirigible, custodian of the
stolen designs that can save
her people and restore
freedom to the British Empire
and its colonies…

Set in the Edwardian era, the German Empire has taken over the Royal Republic of Britain and Her Colonies. Its Kaiser and his loyal Erzmagier — both of whom are steeped in dark druidic magickal arts — lead death squads of Sturmkriegers who are routing out the strains of rebellion in the outskirt colonies of the last vestiges of the British Republic.

A German Träger-schiff has tracked down and boared a Colonial dirigible in search of the stolen designs. A royal family member is on board feigning a mission of diplomacy. She is captured by the Erzmagier and is to be taken to the Kaiser, but not before she is able to hide the designs for the dread ship inside a nondescript automaton who escapes the notice of the Erzmagier.

Fate brings the designs of the now operational Ship of Destruction to a Kansas farmboy with the arrival of two automatons. He meets up with a former paladin who is an old acquaintance of the lady of court. They decide to return the plans to London, not knowing that the lady has been captured.

This rag-tag group heads to Carson City, Nevada where the book passage on a rickety pirate airship helmed by a brash outlaw and his firstmate, a sideshow freak. They head for Londontown but find it already has been destroyed as show of power by the German army.

The young farmboy has a novel idea of rescuing the lady of court. So they attempt to smuggle themselves aboard the death ship. They rescue the lady, and are able to escape due to the paladin, who sacrifices own his life in an epic swordfight with the erzmagier.

They find their way to a colonial encampment hidden deep in the Northwest Territory. And, after an exhaustive analysis of the ship’s designs, a fatal flaw is discovered. A plan is hatched to launch a small squad of balloon busters against the death ship. A small hatch at the top of the ship is without armor. A precisely placed bomblet would cause a such a vibrational dissonance that the entire airship would shake itself apart from the inside out.

The young farmboy, having been learning martial arts from the now-deceased paladin and launches the bomblet that destroys the ship of death (with some timely aid from the swashbuckling outlaw); falling from the sky in a fiery explosion.

Or, something like that…

So, this was an idea that popped into my head and has been plaguing me for the better part of the day. Had to get the thoughts out of my head. Maybe I’ll flesh this out a bit more. Who knows.

By the way: I HATE fan fiction.

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Stirring the Pot

April 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Fair warning: This post has nothing to do with food.  It does have everything to do with social networking.

Facebook recently unleashed another new service. The ability to “like” content from third party site. And then the media stirred the pot about how Facebook is now sharing all of your personal information across the web  and without your consent. And I cry foul. Loudly.
First off, Facebook is a social networking site. It’s heart and soul is sharing information about you with other people. In Facebook’s case, they are VERY upfront about what information of your’s they will share and will always give the opportunity for you to opt-out. But, at the end of the day, they put YOU in charge of what information YOU will or will not share.
Every time Facebook adds a new feature, folks on Facebook freak out. If you don’t want to share information on the internet, stay off it. You will leave your electronic footprint all over the web as you engage in various blog discussions, forum discussions and social networks.
Here’s what Facebook posted on the page when notifying users of the newest change:

You can easily opt-out of experiencing this on these sites by clicking here or clicking “No Thanks” on the blue Facebook notification on the top of partner sites. If you opt-out, your public Facebook information can still be shared by your friends to these partner sites unless you block the application.

and:

To learn more about the different ways you can find Facebook across the web and manage your privacy on these websites, visit our Help Center.

Be responsible for your personal information. But don’t be a “chicken little”. Read the fine print. Make appropriate changes. But don’t be a doomsayer. If you don’t want to share information, then don’t.

Sorry, but I’m ticked at the moment and needed to vent.

Scoots.

You are only limited by your imagination…and other such nonsense.

May 9, 2009 2 comments

Yes. Nonsense.

I cannot STAND motivational sayings. They bother me. A lot. They are meant for the masses who are easily swayed into action and in dire need for a scooby snack. But at their core they are just a mass of nonsense and gibberish. Let me give you some examples:

“Positive attitudes = positive results”. Give me a pile of horse manure and a shovel.  If I start at the top and dig down to the bottom, no matter how positive I am that at the bottom there will be a pony, the results will be somewhat less than positive.

“Life is not how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away.” I understand the sentiment behind this. But, by definition life IS how many breaths you take.  You stop breathing, you stop living.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard. Folks, this is why drugs are bad. I am at a loss of words to describe how incredibly stupid and nonsensical this statement is.

“There is no ‘I’ in team.” Wow.  Glad you can spell. There are two “I’s” in “individual”, tho, making that two times better.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” Um…if you were aiming for the moon and missed, you’ll be floating adrift in space…until your oxygen runs out.

“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.” Or a really fast running start.

“Limitations live only in our minds. But, if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” No. Limitations are often imposed by physical, natural or other laws. No matter your imagination, somethings are still not possible. One can still not break the speed of light, no matter how imaginative we may be. Einstein’s theory of relativity, expressed as E=mc^2, basically states that, as an object’s velocity moves closer to the speed of light, it acquires more mass.  This, in turn, requires more energy to keep it moving. There comes a point where the energy required to keep an object accelerating towards light speed… oh hang it all. Just accept that somethings, no matter how much we imagine them to be possible, are not possible. Period. Deal with it.

“Fate is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not something to be waiting for, it is something to be achieved.” The dictionary defines fate as: that which is inevitably predetermined. Therefore, it is, in fact, a matter of chance or happenstance and not of choice. 

Basically, most of these little pithy sayings are matters of mixed metaphors and pie-in-the-sky-type thinking that energizes and rouses the rabble. But, if one ponders these little “gems”, they are just plain stupid.

Yes, I realize this posting is somewhat disjointed.  It’s just a pet peeve of mine.  These little sayings irritate me.  And I’m confronted with them daily, so I just needed to get them off my chest.

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Unbeerlievable.

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

First off, let me note that I am new to beer drinking. Probably traces back to the time I was 4 or 5. My folks took me and my sister on a trip around the western states. While in Colorado, we stopped by the Coors brewing facilities. That smell of rotting (okay, fermenting) hops stayed with me for a very, very long time.

Fast forward to 19 and working at a pizza chain in my hometown. I’d work bar on occasion and one night decided to down a half pitcher of American-brewed pisswater. I found out a few things. I have a very low tolerance for alcohol. Certain things should not be attempted while under the influence of said alcohol. And, I still thought beer tasted pretty rank.

Fast forward another twenty years. Yes, twenty. I’m pushing forty. We’re having a family get together and my brother-in-law has ordered a Widmere Hefeweizen. I tried a taste. WOW! What is this stuff? It actually is consumable. Real good stuff. The wife likes it, too.

We decide to pick some up the next time we go shopping. We enjoyed the six pack we got, so we decide we’d pick up a big case the next time we’re at Costco. Except, Costco does not sell the widmere. They do, however, have some Weinhards. We pick up a case. Note: Not all hefes are the same. HW was rather bitter. Too much bite. Did not like.

I noted my findings to some coworkers. They suggested I try a Blue Moon. Not a true hefeweizen, but is a Belgian wheat beer. The flavour of the  Blue Moon made the Widmere taste like a Weinhards. The Blue Moon was refreshing and without a bite. And now I’m finding that I may have a taste for beer.

This all brings me to the title of this post. The wife and I are in Costco. I see that Costco has their own line of beer under the Kirkland name. After making fun of the concepts, I actually check out the case. It has 4 types: A German Lager, an Amber Ale, a Pale Ale, and a Hefeweizen. At about $18.50 for 24 bottles and Costco’s return policy, I figure I can’t really go wrong here. And I was right. At least, so far. I popped the top to the German Lager. WOW. Really liked that one. And now I’m looking forward to trying the other three kinds of beer in the case.

Scoots

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