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Game Material: Blog vs Wiki November 21, 2008

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : RPGs , 1 comment so far

I originally set up my Wiki to allow my roleplaying game group to share details of our weekly game sessions in a format that was easily searchable and interlinked. When I added the WordPress blog code to my site, I was initially just experimenting with the code because I was also working with it through my day job on the White Wolf website. Over time I have been conflicted over how to best present game material that is not specific to my group. Part of me wants to post it on my blog. Part of me wants to post it to my wiki. It seems like posting game related articles on my blog gives them greater overall exposure at the time of posting, as they are temporarily given top of page position. However, the searchable and interlinked nature of the wiki seems to suggest that a game fan might have better longterm luck searching through its contents. If there was some way to post material to both places without coming off as repetitive and “repost” oriented, that would be preferable. Anyway, my reason for posting this is to see if folks that read my pages out there in internetland have any thoughts as to which approach is better.

Those Who Lost Again in 2008 November 8, 2008

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , 2 comments

Although the civil rights movement took a large step forward on November 4th, due to the election of Barack Obama to the position of President of the United States of America, it also took another step backwards at the same time. Three more states passed constitutional amendments against gay marriage and joined the 11 states that turned out in 2004 to declare that gay citizens were second class citizens. Sadly, even a voting body that finally decided to overcome the racism of more than two centuries also decided to reinforce the sexist bigotry of centuries.

A majority of voters in California passed Proposition 8, with the purpose of “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry” and the constitutional text of “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Political groups spent nearly $36 million to win their campaign to discriminate against gay citizens. The vote count is disputed for various reasons.

A majority of voters in Arizona passed Proposition 102, similarly attacking the rights of gay citizens. The proposition reads, “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.” The state had already defeated a similar proposition in 2006. There were apparently some shenanigans with the legislative vote on 102.

A majority of voters in Florida passed Amendment 2, also denying gay citizens of the right to legally marry. The margin of this vote was sadly reminiscent of those from 2004, too. This amendment declares that, “Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”

Decades ago, our country refused to recognize the marriage of couples of different races. Eventually we evolved into the realization that our racist actions of the past were misguided, immoral and deserving of reversal. Sadly we have yet, as a society, to recognize our sexist bigotry against gay citizens for the misguided, immoral mistreatment that it is. Hopefully, we will grow up, as a nation, and finally cast off the hateful sexism of the past, just as we have finally moved beyond our national federal support of racism.

There is another horizon for us to cross, as evolved and progressive human beings, and it is the boundaries of sexism. It is time to put sexism aside, in all of its forms. Heterosexual men, heterosexual women, bisexual men, bisexual women, homosexual men, homosexual women… we are all human beings and should enjoy the same rights.

New Election December 2nd November 7, 2008

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

We all got out there, and did the right thing this year by electing Barack Obama as the next President of the United States of America. If you were one of those who helped the cause, you should find satisfaction in the efforts we made towards improving the future of our country, human relations and the world.

For President-elect Obama, many challenges await. He is going to need a truckload of Charmin to clean up all the messes the Bush administration and the mishaps of the world have left behind. The more people that are willing to help him do the right things, the better off we will all be.

Certainly, the declaration of one’s political party is no guarantee of correct behavior. This has been proven by miscreant politicians on every side of the aisle. However, political affiliations do sometimes cause people to be belligerently obstructive for reasons other than logic or morality. As such, it seems that we should try to put as many Democratic candidates into the Congress as we can, with the hope that they will be less obstructive for reasons of mere politics. Hopefully, even Democrats will constructively oppose Obama if he makes a mistake, but we don’t need bitter politicians who are going to fuck with him just because they lost an election.

On November 4th, Senator Saxby Chambliss scored slightly more overall votes than Democratic challenger Jim Martin. Under Georgia law, however, a Senator must get at least 50% of the state’s votes. This didn’t happen. Martin and Chambliss both lost votes to other candidates. Thus, on December 2nd, a runoff election between Martin and Chambliss is scheduled. If you want to help Obama face fewer belligerent obstructions, you should go out and vote for Democrat Jim Martin. You might just be helping improve the future.

Voted! November 4, 2008

Posted by Conrad Hubbard in : The Chip , 2 comments

It is 8:35 AM. I am back home after managing to get to my polling booth at about 6:20 this morning. It took about 2 hours to get through the line, although the poll didn’t actually open until 7:00 and the line was shorter when I left than it was when I got there. Now, the wait to see the results tonight… Anyway, time to get ready for work.

Hope For Tomorrow November 3, 2008

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

Tomorrow, I plan to wake as early as I can drag my body out of bed, and head off to vote at my local poll. Anybody who is a friend of mine, or who has followed my blog, knows I will be voting for Obama on Tuesday. I suspect that the vote counting will run far into the night, and that we won’t have a definitive answer about the winner of this November 4th until perhaps Wednesday morning. I hope that answer will be the change that our nation needs, and that the world craves.