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You are… August 31, 2014

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : Poetry , add a comment

You are so ridiculously beautiful to me that watching you move through the world is like seeing the launch of a thousand love stories.

Darklord of Rookhausen August 19, 2012

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : RPGs , 2 comments

Did you ever play in the Rookhausen chat, hosted by Sword & Sorcery, using 3rd edition d20 rules and the Ravenloft setting version published by Arthaus? I designed the original idea of that chat, although it was of course expanded by volunteer DMs and many players. I was kicking around some of the old web pages on my site, trying to give some of them the cleanup they desperately need, when I ran across these old hidden pages, which I had only shared with a select few back then.

Darklord of Rookhausen pages:
Janisar 3.5
Janisar 3.0
Curse of Janisar

This stuff was never official or canon. It was merely material designed for an online setting we hosted at Sword & Sorcery. Nonetheless, I thought some players out there who are Ravenloft fans might be interested.

Wiki Rather Than Blog? March 6, 2012

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , add a comment

I started thinking about that this evening. I wonder if I should simply start moving everything on my website into a wiki and stop doing anything in any sort of linear blog fashion. My site is currently split between: old hard-coded html files and images which have lots of archived but outdated creative efforts, a WordPress blog (that I rarely use relative to), a Wiki. Hypothetically, the blog setup should be inspiring me to write every day. However, it seems to fail in that regard, and I post to the Wiki far more often.

Silliness for Shane and Stacey on Facebook March 6, 2012

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : Poetry , add a comment

Shane posted that he was watching a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills interview with Kim Richards, and Stacey said to him, “Could you possibly turn these thoughts into a poem and share it on Facebook?” I couldn’t resist.

Stacey Eustice
likes this Kim miss
wants a poem on it
will not get a sonnet:
Kim deserves the best in life
for being a real housewife
that captured fame
enraptured Shane
oh, I mistook that post,
Stacey’s Facebook roast,
as a real request
when it was just a jest.

Netflix Split September 19, 2011

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , 1 comment so far

Maybe they are doing this for publicity, in which case I guess they are winning. However, I do not understand the decision that Netflix has made to intentionally spin off their DVD division into some other company. For people who get both services: streaming and mailed DVDs, this seems like a reduction in ease of use. Having your queues, billing, customer service, etc all split up onto two different websites seems inconvenient. At very least, imagine having to login twice just to check the same stuff you logged into once. Netflix argues they are doing this to be better and more competitive with other streaming services. It seems to me that one way they could brand themselves as better would be to advertise that they also offer this huge DVD service in addition to their streaming one. Strange stuff. Maybe it will work for them, but I don’t see how, and I don’t look forward to the extra logins and credit card entries.

Happy Birthday Deva April 13, 2011

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Nine years ago, Deva Alyssa Winter was born, and I was there to witness it. I just wanted to say happy birthday, Deva. I wish I could say it in person, but for whatever reason your mom will not let me. I hope you had a good birthday anyway! If you ever want to talk to me, and you find this, feel free to contact me.

War Manses February 17, 2011

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I added a short article detailing an idea I had for how the War Manses might work in Exalted. The idea is meant to give the Manses a lot of power which does not derive from the N/A power attributed to the Imperial Manse.

Equality and Military Service January 16, 2011

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , 2 comments

Active military service has not been a consequence of mandatory draft registration since 1973. Nonetheless, every male in America must legally register for the draft within 30 days of the age of 18 or suffer serious legal penalties including lengthy imprisonment, large fines and lack of civil rights on a state and federal level.

I was reading an article today on CNN about the movement to “allow” women to serve in combat duties in their military service in order that they might be treated equally to their male counterparts. Frankly, I wish that nobody had to serve combat duty. However, there is a strangeness to this approach to “equality” in my view. To me, equal means equal for bad and equal for good.

As such, it seems that real equality is not limited to those who choose something when others are forced into something. To me, real equality in this case would require that all men and women should be required to register for the draft or that no men or women should be required to do so. All or none. Equal or not equal.

Exalted Ideas June 3, 2010

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I haven’t finished them yet, but I posted some stuff about a couple of ideas for Exalted. One is an idea for the Convention on Oversight. Another is a god called Echeneis.

More Posts April 22, 2010

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , add a comment

Lately, I have fairly consistently failed to meet my own ideas of what I should be doing as regards new creative works. I have this sense that I am supposed to be writing things, and posting them online, way more often. I think that part of this stems from the fact that I don’t currently have a close confidante that is sharing my day to day thoughts. In the past, I was fairly satisfied to tell my love what I was thinking. In absence of such a presence, however, I have an urge to tell the world if I cannot tell the most important person in my world. I think another part stems from the fact the fact that my brother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and this makes me feel extraordinarily mortal. When I was a teenager, I was struck by a car while bicycling to track practice. This permanently damaged my left leg. As I grow older, that leg has gradually caused me more and more trouble. My brother has been brave about dealing with his condition, but finding out about it has given me self-induced cause to dwell upon my injuries and their longterm effects. Hm, this feels a bit like personal bitching to excuse lax behavior. I am going to leave it that way, though, as recognition that I might be doing exactly that.