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“Before he talked to me about comics, he gave me something approaching an oral examination on 1950s EC Horror comics, and challenged me on using a phrase of his in an issue of Miracleman I’d written.”

“Farewell to George Thomas Thornton, an American visionary who understood that few dreams are worth pursuing that don’t involve dynamite and the rotting carcasses of charismatic megafauna.”

“A lot of people who’ve been through my experience would be wanting their money back, but my goodness have I gotten my money’s worth.”

It’s called necromology.”

“If your faith is so fragile that the mythic bogeyman can destroy it, then it is nothing more than a child’s blanket fort easily crumbled to begin with.”

“Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn.”

“What’s needed here is not just Biblical literacy, but historical competency.”

“If I were to dress up as Satan, I would probably wear a $600 suit, manicured fingernails and go as a banker.”

“‘That’s nice Mr. LaBarbera,’ replies the visibly uncomfortable manager, ‘But what experience do you have making lattes?‘”

“For business, planning for a 2C world is about business resilience. Planning for a 3C or 4C world is about business and societal survival. It’s not a world any of us should be planning for.”

“Having some liberal academic in the White House tell you what to do, and whether you can use asbestos filler in toys, goes against the spirit of independence that made our country great.”

“The whole idea of mainstreaming references to Star Wars prequels is pretty disheartening. But if you’re going to do it, at least think about what you’re saying.”

“‘I love my pets.’ the woman said, as if someone had questioned it, or as if this was somehow an unusual or praiseworthy way to feel about pets.”

“Add broccoli, cover and let cook for an additional 7 minutes. Meanwhile, go back outside and tell the story about the train with the coal-burning engine that stopped in a barren, dust-filled landscape on a moonless Yugoslavian night in 1965.”

“Church Sign Epic Fails: ‘Jesus, Not Boobs‘”



NRA: Fulfilling our evangelistic duty
When fantasy role-playing replaces faith (cont’d.)
Southern Baptist leaders call for war … or something
Shoveling snow and drying off the dog
  • Alex Harman

    Imagining an encounter between Star Wars ships, with their ridiculously slow and short-ranged combat capabilities, and the creations of an author better-versed in the realities of speed and distance in space is amusing. For example, a single superdreadnought (or, for that matter, a single destroyer) of the Royal Manticoran Navy would classify the entire Imperial, Rebel, New Republic, Chiss Ascendancy, and Yuuzhan Vong battle fleets under the heading “target practice.”

  • FearlessSon

    Yeah, but considering that even modestly-sized demilitarized Culture ships still pack enough armament potential with their utility effectors alone to render a planet uninhabitable, and that a Mind has a brain the size of several planets (which is why they stuff most of it into extra-dimensional folds in spacetime) there is pretty much no contest. They are operating at such widely discrepant power levels that this would not even be an issue.

    There is a reason the phrase “Don’t fuck with the Culture” is a widely held axiom in that universe.

  • FearlessSon

    “Target practice” maybe, but keep in mind the logistics of the situation. Modern RMN ship-to-ship combat doctrine involves being able to pull off the most massive missile broadside fire possible to overwhelm enemy counter-measures and shift the battle decisively in the opening salvos. Unfortunately, that also means that they burn through a lot of ammo, with only a fraction actually hitting the target, and ships can only carry so much in their magazines.

    Sure, an RMN ship would chew apart a ship from the Star Wars ‘verse in range alone, but consider how many individual targets they would have to face and how quickly their primary armament would be exhausted. They have great “burst” damage potential, but they cannot sustain it long without resupply.

  • FearlessSon

    While I do not think as highly of the prequels as I do of the original trilogy, I do think that the Clone Wars does make for an interesting setting in the Star Wars mythos.

    On the military sci-fi lite side, I found the game Republic Commando to be ideal, as it does show the universe from a perspective not often seen. It is a game about trudging through muddy fortifications, wiping your enemy’s ichor from your visor, and having to be shocked back onto your feet with emergency bacta applications when you fall with an inevitable smoking blaster hole in your armor.

    You are each a piece of a whole person, and the Republic will call you to defend and give your lives if need be…

  • mistformsquirrel

    I’ve always wanted to get that game, I think I’m going to have to do so after Christmas most probably.

  • FearlessSon

    No version, but there is a Steam version for ten bucks.

    One of my favorite moments in the game is when Delta Lead (you) are moving through a derelict Republic cruiser and come across a discarded lightsaber. He quips to himself, “An elegant weapon for a more civilized time? Well, guess what, times have changed!”

  • mistformsquirrel

    Yeah, I’d seen it on Steam hehe, was planning to snag it someday; I’m figuring around Christmas there’s even a chance it’ll be on sale so I can get it for a song. (Not that 10 bucks is a lot, but I have a bad habit of buying games that are cheap-ish like that and then not playing them.)

    Right now I’m kinda psyched as heck about the new XCOM expansion – loved old X-COM, love new XCOM too. So much alien blasting fun Soon to be with mech suits!

  • FearlessSon

    Already pre-ordered. :)

    Interestingly, I never bought the base version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I was in school then and had to carefully control my luxury costs. It interested me, but not enough that I could justify dropping fifty or sixty bucks on it under my budget. However, Bioshock Infinite interested me more, and that is where I put the fifty or sixty bucks I budgeted on entertainment.

    If enough people pre-ordered the later, then everyone who pre-ordered got a free copy of the former. Fortunately, the quantity of people pre-ordering was sufficient to pass that threshold, getting us all free copies.

  • mistformsquirrel

    Gotta love that hehehe; that’s how i got into Civilization V myself. I preordered XCOM: Enemy Unknown and so did… everyone else apparently lol; and that netted me a copy of Civ V, which I hadn’t really had any interest in up to that point.

    Now I’ve logged (according to Steam) – 165 hours of Civ V to date; and I own all the expansions now too, and all the DLC… it’s a really really good game and I almost let it pass me by!

    And yeah, I preordered Enemy Within too just 3 and a half days to go now I think.

  • Carolyn

    I used to be a huge fan of the Star Wars EU books, to the extent that they were pretty much all I would read. Both of my sisters and my dad were also really into them, and we had a lot of fun reading them and talking about them. When the New Jedi Order (the Vong series) came out I had reservations (not a big fan of the “let’s kill main characters just to prove how serious things are now), but for the most part I was excited, as most of the books were written before I was born, and this was a new series that was coming out that I could read and speculate about with my dad without him knowing everything in advance. I managed to make it about two-thirds of the way through before I was so disgusted that I simply refused to read any more, and have read no new Star Wars books since then. My dad has read them sporadically ever since, and occasionally tells me things from the newer ones, but for the most part I simply pretend that the EU post-movies timeline was finished with the Timothy Zahn duology, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future (huge favorites, because Mara Jade is awesome).

  • mistformsquirrel

    Yeah I always liked her – that’s part of why I was so utterly ticked when I heard she was killed in such an absurdly stupid way. I haven’t read that duology yet though – I kinda fell out of Star Wars for awhile and I really need to read some of the books I missed on my way through them cause I know there’s a few good ones that i haven’t hit yet.

  • Alex Harman

    Against Star Wars ships, though, it would be more a case of “one missile fired, one target destroyed,” even with the weapons available at the time of On Basilisk Station. Heck, the beam weapons that Honorverse ships use at what they term “knife-fighting range” outrange Star Wars weaponry by multiple orders of magnitude. The original H.M.S. Fearless with Sonja Hemphill’s experimental weapons mix could probably polish off both sides of the Battle of Yavin for breakfast and demolish the entire Yuuzhan Vong invasion for lunch.

  • Alex Harman

    Warning: this comment contains multiple links to TVTropes.

    The trouble with the Star Wars EU is that they apparently felt that they had to keep making it Darker and Edgier to keep the readers’ interest; follow that path far enough, and it inevitably devolves into a Crapsack Universe. Killing off Chewie in the first New Jedi Order novel was a flashing neon sign warning that the series had Jumped the Shark; the subsequent death of Anakin Solo, Sith-conversion of Jacen Solo into Darth Caedus, murder of Mara Jade Skywalker by the new-minted Sith lord, and death of Darth Caedus at the hands of his twin sister more than confirmed that judgement.

  • Original Lee

    This was a pop-psych book written by a psychology PhD, for those of you who were wondering. Allegedly a “popularizing” of actual research.