Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
–William Butler Yeats
This latest round in LJ Drama makes me profoundly sad.
That is all.
Since one of the normal AD&D group was away this week, and because we’re about to start a new campaign, we ended up playing Space Munchkin this week. I won, looking for trouble against a level 1 Janibot and there really wasn’t much anyone could do about it.
Best moment of the night: making three consecutive runaway rolls to escape the Space Vampire, his clone, and the wandering Great Cthulhu. Yeep!
Dave: I go looking for trouble against the Space Amazons. I’m beating her by five.
Me: (plays card) Sadly, there are no more Space Amazons. She’s the last of her race. You’re now losing by 5.
Dave: (plays card) But she’s misunderstood. That gives her -5.
Me: So you’re tied. She wins ties.
Dave: (examining hand) (deadpan) Oh well.
(break as everyone else falls out laughing)
Dave: So, what’s the bad stuff
Me: (still laughing) You get sodomized by the Space Amazon. You get sodomized by the Last of the Misunderstood Space Amazons!
I love a game where “Last of the Misunderstood Space Amazons” has a useful context.
And that’s most of the news that’s fit to print. On the whole, it’s mostly positive, and what isn’t positive isn’t really more than annoying. So I declare it, on the whole, good.
I’ve been a member of BMG Music Club for some time, and while I rarely order anything from them on purpose, I get a lot of interesting music from them by accident, and as a result, over the years I’ve accumulated a number of free music points. I decided to cash some of those in last week, and the box came today.
Below is a sample of why my mp3 shuffle tends to give people whiplash:
Sam’s Town – The Killers
The Crane Wife – The Decemberists
30 #1 Hits – Elvis Presley
White Lilies Island – Natalie Imbruglia
Painted From Memory – Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
The Best Of Sessions At West 54th – Various Artists
Lilith Fair – A Celebration Of Women In Music – Various Artists
Redemption’s Son – Joseph Arthur
Perfectly Frank (Remastered) – Tony Bennett
(Part two of the order comes next week, and includes Frank Sinatra, Richard Thompson, Soul Asylum, and Geroge Gershwin.)
And I still have 24 “free” cds to order. So, what should I go looking for? Bear in mind that I’m limited to what http://www.bmgmusic.com/ actually carries, so really outfield stuff is usually not an option.
Open thread: Recommend me some music.
The new issue of Aphelion Webzine went up on Wednesday, right on time. Of particular interest to my friends list may be :he conclusion of On The Corner of Galaxy and Fifth, the novel that hejira2006 and I wrote in 1998. If you’d been holding off reading this because you don’t like reading serialized stories until you have all the parts, It’s all up there now:
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five
Also appearing in this issue are a review of Ookla the Mok‘s reissue of “Less Than Art” by cadhla and an essay on writing by telynor — both of which appeared in their journals and you may have already read, but if not, here’s a second chance.
And of course, there’s a whole mess of original fiction and poetry, a book review, and even a con report.
Aphelion is, like most fanzines, always looking for new material, and more importantly, for comments. If you read something that strikes your fancy, or something that you could lend some constructive criticism, please drop a note in the Aphelion Forum!.