Sometimes I forget how long it’s been since Lord of the Rings.
Then The Hobbit premieres happen and I just…
Any #Mechwarrior fans out there—Can someone tell me how I can get Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries working on Windows 7 (64-bit) with the Inner Sphere & Clan Mech Paks installed? It’ll run fine without the Mech Paks installed, but once I install them, then the game crashes back to the desktop immediately after I try to launch it, whether from the CD autorun or by using the desktop shortcut icon.
"It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo…"
For several years now, it’s been a tradition of mine to commemorate the historical significance of July 20th in an E-mail to family and friends, or as in recent times, blog posts to my friends on Twitter & elsewhere.
Last year, I did not do so because the tragic events of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting took place on that day, and I chose to remain silent in mourning of the innocent lives lost.
This year, however, I feel that it is appropriate to have a post about it, so that we can all think about a positive reason to remember the date July 20th.
I will now present a quote of a brief but eloquent passage written by Mr. Shane Johnson as an introduction to Volume 2 of the Star Wars Technical Journal, in May 1994, without further comment:
“July 20. That date means little to anyone anymore, it seems. The day usually passes each year with the obligatory casual mention at the end of the evening newscast, but the average person on the street–-even if that person is a dedicated fan of Star Wars or other science fiction–-seldom remembers the vast significance of that summer day.
“At the time, it was said that the event of July 20 would forever be the crowning achievement of human science, a proof that nothing man set out to do would be impossible for him. It was said that every other date in history would be but a footnote by comparison.
“It was a simple thing, really. One man, bracing himself against a fragile, hollow aluminum ladder, turned a little to his left, reached out with one foot, and took a step.
“A small step–but at the same time, a giant leap.
“This July 20, please go outside on that summer evening. Listen to the rustle of the trees. Feel the warm, gentle breezes that only your home planet knows, and look up at a world that has never known them.
“Look up at the Moon.
“And remember, if only for a moment, that  years ago we were there.”
Because I’ve been thinking about all of this a lot lately, and I decided I should probably channel that thought into something.
I originally wrote this because I wanted to get it out of my head. But I’m hoping sharing it will help someone else who might have the same thing happen to them.
So last night I was assaulted at an after hours party at San Diego Comic-Con. I’m not going to say which one, but let’s just say…
I really hope you all have an awesome, fun time! I sadly won’t be able to make it this year, strictly because I’ve got far too much to do to get ready for my move to Virginia for my new job (and until I’ve been at the new job for a while, I really shouldn’t spend $ on stuff like roundtrip airfare & a hotel room if I don’t need to). However, barring any unforeseen negative circumstances, it is my firm intention to finally make it to San Diego Comic Con & Nerd HQ for the summer of 2014!
On another, very serious, note, I’d like to address the matter of misogynistic behavior at comic/gaming/pop culture conventions. I’m sure the guys who I talk to regularly on Tumblr & Twitter are decent enough to not treat women with anything but the utmost courtesy & respect. Having said that, if you see anyone perpetrating acts like this (http://exile-wrath.tumblr.com/post/55467912505/judgementscythe-credit-to-whoever-is-in-charge) or any other misogynistic behavior, do whatever you can within the confines of the law & convention rules to put a stop to it. And to the ladies going to the con this weekend, I say this: Please stay safe, and don’t let any jackass ruin your fun!
That’s all for now. Take care, everybody, have fun, and I’ll see you all next summer! :-)
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Oh, Lord, Have Mercy! O_o