Archive for February 27, 2009

When we last left our intrepid heroes…

Posted: February 27, 2009 by datechguy in gaming
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…My old friend the rightwinggamer fills us in on his D&D campaign:

The Campaign: A home-brewed world which grows adventure by adventure. No real map to it as I didn’t really feel like it, and it sort of changed in scope as I continued. So far the players claim to be having fun, and I hope that is the case. It is a Polytheistic world, which means many religions, and in some cases, it’s a farce of many different games, since the idea isn’t really sticking to the rules, or being so deep that we must obey, but having fun. Elements of World of Warcraft, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, and several other influences have filled the game.

He is playing version 3.5. I’m an old foggy and still prefer version 1.0 or 2.0 if I play at all. In the last adventure I was running we saw the consequences of Christianity being introduced into a D&D world but that campaign has been suspended for a year. But enough of the past, if you are interested in a current D&D adventure read on.

Arthur Carter Watch: Obama on a Roll!

Posted: February 27, 2009 by datechguy in arthur vs carter
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Looks like the president decided he wanted to score some serious points:

White House aides told Jewish leaders on a conference call today that the United States will boycott the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism over hostility to Israel in draft documents prepared for the April conference.

The aides, including an adviser to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Jennifer Simon, and longtime Obama advisor Samantha Power, said the administration will not participate in further negotiations on the current text or participate in a conference based on the text, sources on the call said.

Hotair is impressed:

Well, well, well. I’m not sure whether I’m more surprised to see Obama change his mind or Samantha Power take the side of Israel. Okay, I know I’m more surprised about Power going quietly from Durban II.

Yourish had this to say:

Well, there goes my subject for next week’s SNN. Now I need to find a new one.

Hey I guess Martin Perez a bone sometime.

I can’t help but think of Ken Burns telling us that Nathan Bedford Forest quit the KKK when it became too violent even for him in the last episode of the Civil War Series. I guess the conference is too anti-semitic even for the Obama administration.

We’ll be generous, we will not only give him an Arthur point but we will remove this Carter point for not objecting to a draft as well!

Carter 10 Arthur 5

Now lets see if he acts on the Zombie Unemployment issue!

UPDATE: Accidentally put this under the Amazon reviews catagory instead of Arthur/carter

That sounds right doesn’t it

Posted: February 27, 2009 by datechguy in local stuff, opinion/news
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Was listening to the radio on the way home from picking up my son from school and heard an interesting story concerning fees at U-Mass:

Tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts system will rise by an average of nearly 16 percent following a vote by the UMass board of trustees’ finance committee.

The committee approved the fee increase with a 7-2 vote today, although the increase still needs final approval from the full board of trustees, which meets next on Feb. 27 in Dartmouth. The proposal would increase the average annual tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates to $11,048 from $9,548 at UMass schools in the next academic year, an average increase of $1,500. The increase is aimed at partially offsetting an anticipated $102 million reduction in state funding in the coming fiscal year that starts on July 1.

An interesting tidbit follows:

The UMass committee approved language that would allow for a rebate, depending on the amount of federal funds the university receives from the recently-passed federal economic stimulus package.

In other words UMass is using the Stimulus package like every other Federal Package, as an excuse to increase its own fees and take the federal funds as their own.

The primary reason why college costs have gone up so much is that the taxpayer is footing the bill, as federal monies go up so do the fees. Instant liberal cash cow.

If you wonder why colleges are so liberal and so in favor of government spending, this is why.

I must confess I didn’t realize …

Posted: February 27, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who
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…that John (Captain Jack Harkness) Barrowman was in the new version of the Producers: