Archive for July 1, 2009

Talisman Dungeon 1st impressions

Posted: July 1, 2009 by datechguy in fun, gaming
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talismandungeon Just picked up the Talisman Dungeon expansion. Since game night was yesterday I likely won’t get a full blown game in for at least a few days but here are some impressions at first glance:

The first thing that jumps out at you in the rules is the statement that the dungeon is the first of four surrounding regions that you can explore. That gives me high hopes for a city expansion.

The board’s 29 spaces are 4 more than the old dungeon expansion. Other than the treasure chamber and the summoning circle the spaces and effects are basically the same as the old game.

Instead of a straight teleport you battle a 12 strength/craft Lord of Darkness at the treasure chamber your teleport result is directly related to how you do. If you have great stats but just can’t get your hands on a talisman to save your life it’s an alternative choice to win, otherwise the extra treasures aren’t worth the risk.

One problem that might turn up is the size of the board, it is already a good size and this expands it from kitchen table size to dining room table size in my house. Basically a 9″ x 9″ square added. When all 4 expansions are made it will be one killer board.

This expansion really makes the game easier when you play with more than 6 which we always do.

More info is available online at Fantasy Flight Games or the ever popular Talisman Island sites.

Only two possibilities on Palin

Posted: July 1, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Considering the absolute fits the media have concerning her, particularly Andrew Sullivan (for whom blogger Alzheimer’s aka Sullivan’s Syndrome is named) there in my opinion to sources for this.

The first and most obvious is fear. If Sarah Palin was the hack and the idiot that Sullivan, vanity fair and Morning Joe (except for Mika) pretend she is they would not be constantly on the attack?

Her brand of fiscal conservatism and common sense is the absolute antithesis of the current administration. This is recognized by the Obama administration, its MSM enablers (and potential 2012 republican opponents) Thus she must be destroyed and destroyed quickly. If she is allowed to become the voice of opposition to Obama then 2010 then the administration will be deprived of what it most wants; a stuffy white male as this president opposition.

The second thing is actually more primal and Pundit and Pundette almost has it. Sarah Palin is the living embodiment of not only conservative but traditional pre-Vietnam American values. Her family could be dropped into the 1940’s or 1950’s and would fit in perfectly, a manly husband, a strong wife with many children one who is serving overseas during wartime. Strong believers in God, Hunting, fishing and loving their children even when they make foolish mistakes.

At the same time she is the ultimate modern woman, THE feminist example. She is clearly as strong as her husband yet doesn’t emasculate him. She has one of the most responsible jobs in the country , she is a powerful woman sure of herself and sure of her decisions. She leads and she fights She is exactly the type of woman that liberals have dreamed of for years…

…yet she rejects liberalism and its sacrament of abortion, she rejects victimhood as her means of advancement preferring merit. Her very existence makes a lie of much of the left’s orthodoxy. I know grown men who hate her for what she is. Those same men get along with me even though I have similar views on most issues with her but they hate her with a passion so unbridled that it boarders on mania.

She is both an example and a rallying point for the many who believe in those values that she stands for because she lives them. She destroys the happy constructs of reality that sustain her foes. Like a vampire before the crucifix they can’t bear the sight. For them to continue she must be destroyed.

I don’t think they will succeed.

Update: Jim Geraghey and Hugh Hewlett come too the same conclusions a few hours later in front of a much larger audience. He expands on my point as follows:

Today almost everyone faces some sort of challenge in balancing work and family; I don’t know too many people who believe there are sufficient hours in a day. And then along comes this woman who’s made all of these “conservative” choices and now has an amazing career, a supportive husband, a beautiful family, and great health and appearance, and she bears it all, including the inevitable hard times, with pluck and a smile, as far as we can tell. (For all we know, perhaps behind closed doors, Sarah Palin screams into a pillow when it all gets to be too much. But what we know about her suggests she relieves her stress by shooting moose.)

Yup that’s it.

Update 2: Allahpundit and Krauthammer disagree. They’re smart guys but they’re wrong.

Update 3:
Not surprisingly Joe Russo at conservatives 4 Palin gets it.

Apparently, Krauthammer doesn’t like candidates who speak in simple language — like this:

On the Foreign Policy:
“We win, they lose.”

On American values:
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

On Economics:
“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

That Reagan guy was just not a “serious candidate” for the presidency. It is clear from Krauthammer’s takes on Palin, when the subject comes up on the panel, that he doesn’t follow her career at all.


Update 4:
More here

Update 5: The Anchoress is even better on this with this truth:

The truth is, if Sarah Palin had a “D” after her name, instead of an “R”, they’d adore her, and they would be falling all over themselves to showcase her as “the successful product of feminism and the opportunities provided by progressivism!” Hell, they’d even tolerate her having allowed Trig to live, as they could then prop her up as a “big tent, pro-choice Democrat, and you know, a Christian…ist…no, she’s an Evangelica Christian! And that’s…okay!”


I started reading Andrew Sullivan back in the year 2000. It was one of the first blogs I ever read and it was the source of a lot of good opinion and observation.

I have watched his blog degenerate into the morass it is today, it shows flashes of it’s old self but mostly it is not worth a person’s time.

As I have observed Mr. (Dr?) Sullivan for considerably longer than he has observed Trig Palin I feel competent to diagnose the problem. After years of observation I have concluded that he suffers from an acute case of Bloggers Alzheimer’s hereafter known as Sullivan’s Syndrome.

The syndrome is characterized by a singular obsession with a particular issue that causes all other issues to be viewed from that prism. Once the trigger is activated the subject views and opinions on any and all subjects can only be judged from the view of the particular issue.

In Mr. Sullivan’s case the trigger was gay marriage. Once this because an issue anyone who dissented from said issues motives were not only not to be trusted but were to be attacked.

At the syndrome progresses the issue shapes one writing on everything until even friends on the base issue might be rejected due to acceptance or agreement with any previously rejected party. (Re: Glenn Reynolds) The subject himself will believe himself totally unchanged.

In its later stages a person who poses any external threat to the base issue becomes an obsession to truther conspiracy levels. (re: Trig)

Like regular Alzheimer patients some brief periods of lucidity may emerge (re Iran) but when exposed to the “external threat” again (re: Palin) the syndrome re-asserts itself. And the patient will often make an object of adoration of any opponent of the external threat.

No current treatment is known for Sullivan’s syndrome but readers are advised to avoid prolonged exposure to the subject as the syndrome can spread to the point where the infected person can become the trigger for the syndrome in others.

Update: Diagnosis confirmed!


Posted: July 1, 2009 by datechguy in tech

Glenn point out that windows XP is still alive and Slashdot says it will remain so at least for another couple of years.

I’ve run Vista since week one, it has a lot of pain in the rear stuff but as a computer guy it wasn’t all that hard. I “upgraded” an xp system to vista for experience reasons and found it went from damn fast to ok.

The debate at slashdot ignores several things:

When I purchased my finally dead Inspiron 1150 my 512 ram and Pent 4 was more than fast enough, now even a cheep machine is at least dual core and 2 gig of ram. With that kind of firepower XP flies.

The systems that will be running windows 7 will be at least this strong or stronger, how fast do you think XP will run on those by comparision?

For business it is a capital expense to replace computers and a large expense to re-train people and software for their use.

As a person who once ran a business let me tell you this:

Computers are a TOOL, they are there to make their business run faster and better, if a computer or system doesn’t do that its not worth the expense. Business owners don’t give a DAMN what operating system they are running, they give a damn that they are able to use the applications that allow their business to make a profit at a minimum of expense.

And as for windows 95, they were the first computers really in a lot of homes, people accepted the problems because they didn’t know any better. XP is now the best known operating system among people that don’t know computers.

It will take a really big shock to force business off of this comfort zone, I don’t know that windows 7 is going to be big enough to do it but we will see.

Finally to most people a computer is an appliance. People may want to know how to use them in the abstract but they don’t want to put a lot of effort into doing so.