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Writer's Block: The Walking Dead [Jan. 7th, 2012|02:48 pm]
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In case of an impending zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice, and why?
My first thought is of one of my swords, or an axe.  Though the crowbar would be generally more useful.

For killing a lot of zombies close up, I'd like a pneumatic penetrating captive-bolt pistol.  I'd need a compressed air tank; but that can be refilled with a hand pump.  It's relatively quiet, and doesn't use up bullets.
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Writer's Block: Subtitles please [Jul. 14th, 2011|03:29 pm]
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What is your favorite foreign film? Do you think there should be an American remake?

Hard to pick just one.  Maybe "Smiles of a Summer Night."  And, no.
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Writer's Block: 10/10/10 [Oct. 10th, 2010|08:55 pm]
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What is your opinion on numerology? Do you think number sequences can reveal future events?

1) It's a pseudoscience.  2) No.
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Writer's Block: Power of expression [Sep. 6th, 2010|08:25 am]
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If you were given the chance, what one thing would you tell the entire world?

Stop having babies for at least 30 years.
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Writer's Block: Childhood Memories As A Kid [Jun. 29th, 2010|01:28 pm]
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Backyard games, summer camp, trips to the pool… what's your favorite childhood memory of summer?

Who the hell wrote the title?  "Childhood memories as a kid"?
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Writer's Block: Future forward [Jun. 28th, 2010|08:15 am]
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What is the best science fiction movie of all time, and why?

2001: A Space Odyssey.  Why?  Well, visually it's the most incredible.  Thematically, it deals with all the really Big Questions without ever having to state them explicitly.  If some of it's a bit baffling, it's because we're glimpsing Arthur Clarke's and Stanley Kubrick's ideas of beings as advanced beyond us as we are beyond our Australopithecine ancestors seen at the beginning of the movie.

Further, it's a pure cinematic experience.  If you ever get a chance, see it on a big screen, projected from a good 70 mm print.
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Writer's Block: Planet friendly [Jun. 27th, 2010|05:45 pm]
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How concerned are you about global warming? Do you believe it's possible to reverse the climate trend?

Anthropegenic Global Warming (AGW) is an unintended consequence of the Industrial Revolution.  Even though its effects on human civilization are likely to be catastrophic, they're minor compared to the single overwhelming problem of overpopulation.  This drives every single environmental problem, and unless we can get our population in check, it won't matter a damn what we do about anything else.
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Writer's Block: The Geneva Conventions & the War on Terror [Apr. 3rd, 2009|08:40 am]
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In 2002, the Bush Administration declared that the detainees of the War on Terror were not eligible for rights under the Geneva Conventions. Do you agree with the Bush Administration's decision? How might you have handled it differently?
No, I didn't agree with it.  How would I have handled it differently?  By upholding the Presidential Oath to support and protect the Constitution.  Bush is a war criminal.
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Dead Cat Caligula [Dec. 28th, 2008|07:06 am]
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Getting back in shape so I can keep hitting people with sticks [Jul. 9th, 2006|03:12 pm]
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Hi! I'm sure there are plenty of other SCA folks here on LiveJournal. I'm 45, and have been hitting people with sticks since 1980. I'm overweight, and recovering from leg surgery (for a severed quadriceps tendon), but I'm working hard to get back in shape. I'll be up at Pennsic in five weeks; if you're not familiar with the Pennsic War, check it out at www.pennsicwar.org, or www.pennsic.net.

As my username implies, I fight without a shield. A lot of fun, but hard work, requiring stamina and coordination.

I'm new to blogging, but I've been looking around; a little amazed that so many people are not only willing to make the details of their lives public knowledge, but apparently assume that other people will be interested in their records of every scrap of minutia of their existence. It's as if all the teenage girls in the world stopped locking up their diaries, and instead began insisting that strangers read them.

I've also read some truly bad attempts at poetry and fiction. I don't understand fanfiction at all; why would you want to use somebody else's characters and imagined milieu? Perhaps it's just that I feel very protective of my own writings; I hope something I create takes off and becomes popular someday, but I really don't want some 16-year-old's sticky hands all over my fiction.

I won't be presenting the quotidian details of my life here, nor publicly agonizing over my hopes, dreams and disappointments. However, I'll occasionally post on subjects that might be of genuine interest to others.

December 30, 2012: Okay, now I'm 52.  Still fighting.  Also still writing (using the pen name Manuel Royal).  Some short story sales.  Starting a novel.

"Come, wind! Blow, wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back!"
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