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Promote science and the arts.
Hey, folks, this is the
old layout for my site. It still has lots of good stuff, but it
is non-dynamic in nature.
When the future folds into a thousand origami beasts
it bends my heart along with it
and the shadows of my soul reflect within their menagerie
and illuminate the movie screen of our lives
where some god watches us play out this drama
yet does nothing to relieve the pain
that consumes the set where our world is captured
and threatens to crush the love of many years.
One of my friends has put together this unique collection of horror
imagery, sound and poetry. Check out his work on his MySpace page,
or get the CD. (Horror poems, horror poetry, whatever you call it,
it is art and horror.)
Horror music and poetry for Halloween, the dead, the damned and the
gothic and for anytime your feeling evil. In independent studies 95%
of all goblins, ghouls, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and monsters
say they prefer the sound of Halstead's Horrific Poems.
Horrific Poems MySpace page - http://www.myspace.com/halsteadshorrificpoems
Buy the Halsteads Horrific Poems CD - http://cdbaby.com/cd/mrhalstead
yeah life goes on, and the rest of that little ditty
This is one of those things about which I have no idea what to say,
but I feel like I should say something. On June 4th, 2007, my wife
Rachel (aka Bunnie) left me while I was out of town on a business
trip - she trashed my house and took a ton of my stuff. At GenCon,
August 16th, and thereabouts, she showed up at the convention with
another dude. I love my now-estranged wife, and I had hoped that her
repeated statements that we could work things out might mean something,
but time seems to suggest that working things out is not what she
has in mind. I feel like I need to say something on my site, to offset
the "now" element of the pages that talk about us.
Obama in Atlanta
April 14th, 2007: I went
this morning to see Barack
Obama speak at Yellow Jacket Park on the Georgia Tech campus here
in Atlanta, Georgia. A friend of mine told me that he was speaking,
and initially I thought that she meant the town meeting thing I read
about on MoveOn.org.
She quickly made me understand he was speaking in person, right here
in Atlanta. I had just recently watched his appearance on the Letterman
show, so the opportunity to see Obama speak in person seemed pretty
cool. Unfortunately, it meant getting up at 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday,
so I could take the MARTA (Atlanta's answer to the "subway")
and then swap to a GA Tech shuttle and still make it there by 10 a.m.
I stay up late a lot, writing on freelancer projects, but luckily
I also get up early to take my wife's little one to pre-K. Anyway,
I dragged my tired butt down to the MARTA station, and took a train
to the Midtown station, and eventually a shuttle arrived. The shuttle's
late arrival was its own funny story, but maybe I'll tell that another
time. Anyway, I eventually reached this Yellow Jacket Park, where
I had never been before, and the crowd was huge. Reportedly it was
20,000 strong. Luckily the stage was high enough that you could see
the Senator over other people's heads, even from pretty far back,
if you craned your head a bit and, if you are relatively short like
me, stood on your toes a little.
Joseph Lowery, famous civil rights leader and Martin Luther King's
"main man" (as the announcer put it), started off with an
prayer/speech. I had never seen Lowery in person either, and I thought
his prayer speech was pretty cool even if I remain agnostic-aspiring-to-be-ethicist
in my personal beliefs. With Lowery, and the national anthem, and
some pre-speech Democratic
rally talk, Barack Obama didn't hit the stage until shortly before
noon. He spoke for 36 minutes (according to news sources, I lost track
of time when he was talking, personally), and was charismatic, energetic,
intelligent and inspirational. Even as tired as I was, I woke right
up and felt the spirit of the whole event. I was reminded of footage
speaking, but more relevant to my personal lifetime. Hopefully they
will post footage of his speech soon, somewhere legit, on the net.
If/when they do, I'll try to get a link to it posted here. Meanwhile,
you can read this
story about it in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Also, Obama
has a MySpace
page set up, and you can add him as a MySpace friend, or watch
some videos of some of his speeches there. Channel 11 had a news
story about Obama's appearance as well. There is a short clip
of his speech included with pictures of the event on Barack Obama's
I've set up a limited Wiki for my home RPG troupe's games. The folks
I game with every weekend are joining me in posting various stuff
about our ongoing chronicles. You can see it here: Conrad's
The Art of Melvin Davis
of my friends does a lot of artwork, some of it for our games and
some of it just for his own amusement. I've been putting together
a Gallery of
work he has done for the Hundred Kingdoms and chronicle. In recent
months he has done some concept drawings for the Far
Shores chronicle. He's working on his own web page, www.shiztewerks.com,
so you can see more of his work there. Anyway, his Far Shores pictures...
Wanna see them? Check them out here >>>>>
I have updated my old idea for the Exalted calendar with a new concept.
NEW Calendar - OLD
Material I wrote which was cut from the World of Darkness title Second
Sight. Somehow, the title ended up on the Merit list
in that book, even though the Merit itself was cut from the final
draft. The Last Spell
with Artifacts: Lightning Torment Hatchets
Recently, one of the characters in my Far Shores Dragon-Blooded chronicle
came into possession of a pair of Lightning Torment Hatchets. These
are standard, by the book items found in Exalted. I tinkered with
them just a little though, and thought others might appreciate the
change. I made the hatchets be composed of blue jade chased with moonsilver
designs. Blue jade seems more fitting for an item which is invoking
lightning, and it gave the item a different feel without doing anything
that required rules changes.
Theory about House V'neef .
Thus far, this isn't any sort of official thought on the matter, but
it's my view of House V'neef for those Exalted fans that might care
(especially you Dragon-Blooded fans). V'neef
I try to post links to anti-abuse groups when I find ones that seem
useful to people. One I discovered recently that doesn't apply to
me but I think could help a lot of young people is T.E.A.R. (Teens
Experiencing Abusive Relationships) http://www.teensagainstabuse.org
Hours in a Day
Exalted authors often mention 24 hours as a time period for durations
and activities, giving the impression that there are 24 hours in a
day. A few years ago, when he was still in Atlanta, I believe, I mentioned
the idea that I thought Exalted should have 25 hour days to Grabowski.
As I recall he chuckled and said he liked it, but I never saw it in
print. Nonetheless, my game has used 25 hour days ever since I first
mentioned this to the early game developer. If you check the Autochthonians
book, you might see that my theory may have come to be after all.
Page 24 (funny that page number) of the Autochthonians book does ascribe
a 25 hour day to the artificial machine world of the Autochthonians,
although it has never been explicitly assigned to Creation. I would
argue that the fact that the Autochthonian calendar seems to remain
in sync with the 4,878 years since they departed creation suggests
that Creation must also have a 25 hour day, or the 4,878 years of
Autochthonian history would represent about 5,077 of Creation's years.
Of course some Storytellers may prefer those lost two centuries to
be somehow possible. [Longterm
Location for this Article]
My home troupe is currently playing two different games on a weekly
basis. Friday's game, Far
Shores is a Dragon-Blooded chronicle set in White Wolf's epic
anime world of Exalted. And Sunday? Well Sunday is not as stable.
We tend to play different things for a few weeks at a time.
Just a whacky little unofficial theory
of mine as to why the Malfeans are called thus, despite Malfeas being
A new Artifact for Exalted. The ultimate way to free up your Twilight,
or any Exalted craftsman for that matter, and still have time to adventure
with everyone else: the Sleepless
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