So I was thinking about Corwin’s terrible fashion sense vis-a-vis the fact that everyone making this book was probably cracking up over inside jokes the entire time & seriously imagine them in Zelazny’s living room, slightly drunk, on words, if not on alcohol, because if you read the introduction, that is where they were & anyway, now I have decided that Corwin would be a homestuck bard. Of light, probably, because 1. references, 2. dude’s got some serious destiny hanging around, and 3. codpiece.
Now I want to do the entire cast, damnit. They’re just about the right number for the current homestuck lore and everything! >:X
Time to go to sleep, clearly.
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Can I be a manic pixie dream-villain? Is that a thing? It should be a thing.
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Okay, okay, okay fine, MAYBE there’s a purpose for twitter after all.
I cannot post pictures right now, because my phone is at work, but I HAVE ACQUIRED A COPY OF “ROGER ZELAZNY’S VISUAL GUIDE TO CASTLE AMBER" AND IT IS WONDERFUL.
I will show you revenge
A President of Hell, Chaim gives men understanding of the voices of birds and dogs. He likes to appear with a sword and in the guise of a black bird: when answering questions he seems to stand in flame.
(available as a sticker)
Seriously, this is the demon that my alien meteorite mining robot / warlock in training character summoned. Tiny adorable bird with a sword (and in the game, also a nice sash) and it just rode around on my shoulder and was irritated that it could not figure out a good way to communicate with a robot.
I should get my GM a sticker.
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Over the Edge for game night today and it was glorious. NPCs included a man in a large-brimmed cowboy hat and trenchcoat who’s some mysterious intelligence’s fleshpuppet, a depressed detective who may or may not be the one honest man in all of Al Amarja, and the goetic demon Chaim.
As for us PCs, Elion the con man and cards seer beaned cowboy-hat with a wine bottle for a ton of damage, proving the flexibility of a party animal trait, Kenzo the psychic Japanese cop was impressively organized and competent (given how much bizarreness he was dealing with anyway) and my character, YAGA, in the words of the others “mostly trolled people.” I mean I also retrieved my initial plot item, but oh man, purposefully failing at natural human interaction is so much fun.
"Okay, the character I’m interested in is leaving? I will walk a precise distance behind him, step for step, stopping every time he stops and turning every time he turns. Who needs acting naturally? At least my character’s figured out doors!" "You just smashed through a wall even though the door was open and unlocked." "…mostly figured out doors.”
My current inventory is one (1) Giant Rat (slightly maimed) and one (1) human skeleton covered in goop and wrapped in a shower curtain. Glorious is absolutely the word.
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Biodiversity conservation, promotion of sustainable rural production systems, infrastructure for the production and marketing of rural products, and diversification of local economic activities, all on a budget comparable to a medium-to-small tech startup. (I mean, hopefully they’ll get more money as they go, but damn.) Hit the link above for more connections to things like the site of the official cross-nation agency for the project (who are hiring, by the way) or you can check out this BBC article on some of the issues the Green Wall project has had to deal with so far.
& for comparison, there’s the Green Great Wall a.k.a. Three-North Shelter Forest Program to contain the Gobi desert in China: 4,500 km long to the African project’s 7,775km and the Great Plains Shelterbelt for the dust bowl in the US, which is apparently 29,900 km (!) long. Not sure how all of these compare on width, alas— the great plains one in particular does not map neatly, but looking at the history, this is a half-century+ sized type of project. Issues faced by these other project include monoculture plantings being vulnerable to disease and close-spaced trees competing with each other to the point of not growing properly.
I can’t believe I never heard about any of these projects before- huge artificial forests are really cool, and unlike the idiot who dumped iron into the ocean off California back in 2012, these are legal terraforming projects, going ahead even with all the setbacks and slowdowns involved with the way we organize ourselves.
Humans will now be forever inscribed into the Earth’s geological history. Our everlasting signature? Plastic-infused stones. The newly identified stone, according to a report from The Geological Society of America, has been officially named plastiglomerate. It is formed when plastic trash melts and fuses together with natural materials such as basaltic lava fragments, sand, shells, wood and coral, resulting in a plastic-rock hybrid. Researchers say the new material is likely to last a very long time, possibly becoming a permanent marker in Earth’s geologic record. In the photo above: An example of clastic plastiglomerate found on Kamilo Beach. Clastic type is a combination of “basalt, coral, shells, and local woody debris” that are “cemented with grains of sand in a plastic matrix.” (via Plastiglomerate: The New And Horrible Way Humans Are Leaving Their Mark On The Planet)
Gotta say I take objection to the title of the source article— this is an awesome biomineral. And humans were going to be a part of geological history already anyway— we’re changes in soil nutrients, atmospheric composition, mixing of species across continents that’ll change the fossil record, everything from moving glacial boulders for aesthetics to roadcuts blasted through mountains that’ll still be in use as long as they exist, even if humanity was wiped off the face of the planet tomorrow. It’s something we’ve been doing since the first tool, the first bit of fire— those caves with 20,000 years of ashes are the geological record too.
And we’re hardly the first species to change the planet either. It was cyanobacteria that brought oxygen into the atmosphere and they wiped out basically all the anaearobic species around when they did it, which was oh… every single species except them, more or less? It was the first land plants that created soil, how’s that for a geological record change?
Nothing is constant in geology except change (and physics). You can’t escape being a part of the geological record. You shouldn’t want to! But of course geological change doesn’t give a shit about producing environments that people and animals can live in. There’s plenty of examples of species causing extinctions… and there’s plenty of examples of species going extinct too. Change or die, change into something so different it’s as if you died, change and die. But don’t be afraid of change.
Source: The Huffington Post
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One of the funny things about /r/rpg, is that any time there’s a Paranoia thread, people will start posting in character for the setting. Doesn’t happen with any other rpg, only Paranoia.
A beautiful silver mounted miquelet musket crafted by a gunmaker named “Kahli” for a man named “Ismail Hussein”. Originates from Algeria, circa 1801.
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