August 20th, 2004


Evil ideas

phoenixflame and I were sitting around last night chowing down and this idea occurred to me: Fans are getting older, and a lot of the ones we know best to put this...relics of the 60s. Tie-dyes, drug use, rejection of capitalism, all that noise. What's going to happen with these folks when they get old enough to retire? I'm thinking there's a short story or sitcom concept in this, some ugly combination of Absolutely Fabulous, The Golden Girls, and Trekkies. I'm thinking Christina Ricci for the part of Arwen, the conservative daughter that fills the Saffron role.

Once more up the hill...

Good weigh-in this week, which is a little surprising since I usually gain weight over the weekend of a convention, but since I porked out to 415 last week before Diversicon, discipline reasserted itself over the weekend. Or maybe it was just disgust at having spent a week eating like a P-I-G hog. Anyway, the scale read 409.2 this Friday, down almost six pounds from last week but still 3.2 pounds more than I started August with. I don't think I'll dump all of those pounds before Labor Day, but it's not impossible.
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The stars my destination

I was poking around online looking for something that would keep me from having to do all the star maps for a Traveller campaign by hand and stumbled across Heaven and Earth, which looks like a dream come true for SF/gamer fans like yours truly. The program allows you to generate maps of entire sectors with world profiles, trade lanes, notes and a whole pile of other stuff you'd want for your campaign. It was apparently developed back in the days when Traveller was all little black books and whatever SF story universe you wanted to recreate with it, before GDW got all wrapped up in the Third Imperium universe.
I'm looking forward to doing some extensive system-tweaking in support of an alternate history for Traveller, one that splits from the Official Traveller Universe during the Nth Interstellar War. Instead of a futile attempt to prop up the First Imperium, my timeline proposes that Terra and the Vegans allow it to collapse under the weight of Vilani cultural sclerosis, Vargr invasions, and Terran diseases spreading like plague through populations that have no immunity to measles, boy bands, tuberculosis, idol singers, and similar infectious annoyances. I also want to do a map for the Space Viking campaign I've been threatening to do for a few decades now...we'll see how this all works out. In my copious free time, of course.
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