Archive for July, 2007

Happenings

It has been quite a socially active season at House Fu.  Social game night, GURPS game night, and CAP bowling tonight.  This has been interspersed with bouts of utter collapse and mindlessly moving large amounts of compacted clay soil around the yard.  Obviously the mindless moving large amounts of compacted clay soil around the yard often leads to a bout of utter collapse.  Mr. Fu does not suppose that there is ever a time that swinging a pick repetatively ever gets fun.

Social game night saw the playing of the Steve Jackson Illuminati card game.  Interesting, but the shear dependence on randomization makes Mr. Fu long for the utter incomplexity of Yatzee or Bunco.  Fatigue may have been a factor but the idea that the FBI beats the Local Police Department does not make more interesting the fact that under the rules a roll of five two’s beats a roll of five one’s.  Put then Mr Fu hates Risk as well.

Yes, once when Mr. Fu was playing Risk and had an accumulated army of twenty units or so absolutely destroyed by an army of one unit, all due to the randomness of the system, well, Mr. Fu gave up on the system.  DIM MAK’s crew elected to play Risk a while back.  Mr. Fu chose his traditional alliance with EMET LOEW and added an alliance with NINJATOE.  Mr. Fu sacrificed all to hold Northern Asia and Alaska to allow time for the alliance to build forces, crushing the enemy out of South America, America, and finally Europe.  Risk is much easier to play when one has no investment in the outcome other than dying well.

There is an inverse correlation between the complexity of a game and its compatibility with socializing conversation.

Anyway, recent social events have evidenced the return of HE WHOSE CALLSIGN IS LOCKED AWAY ON ANOTHER HARD DRIVE AND MR. FU CANNOT REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS, or HWCILAOAHDAMFCRWIW for short.  It is good to see HWCILAOAHDAMFCRWIW on the gaming scene.  Especially since his last wade through the GURPS gaming waters precipitated the great Re-Stealing of the Holy Grail Incident.  Every group has it’s Eric and the Dread Gazebo tales, and while not an example of cluelessness, the Grail Incident is none the less a defining story of party member trust.  HWCILAOAHDAMFCRWIW  left us all with a memory.

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Animal of the Day – 20070731

The Orca, Killer Whale, Whale Killer, general oceanic bad-ass.  These are complex creatures, in many instances highly socially organized.  They are intelligent, employing complex hunting behaviors and they teach these behaviors to their young.  The Wiki article mentions that orcas have been known to hunt deer and moose on the islands off of the northwest shores of North America.

To an Orca, the world is black and white, you are either a source of food, or a potential source of food.  Mr. Fu likes ’em!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Killerwhales_jumping.jpg

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Animal of the Day – 20070727

The Cat.  If they packaged coolness it would come in a package with a head, two eyes, two ears, four legs, a tail, and covered in fur, looking something like this:

Ivan the Terrible

Yes, that is our very own Ivan the Terrible, King of Cat Cool.

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Animal of the Day – 20070724

The American Bald Eagle, national bird of the United States of America, symbol of our great nation, and bird of prey.  <sigh> Mr. Fu pauses while the Star Spangled Banner plays in his head.  <Sousa> And now the Liberty Bell March.  </Sousa>  Then the musical interlude passed…..

Mr. Fu has been pleased to note that over the years the Bald Eagle has increased in population along the Missouri and Platte Rivers of his native Nebraska.  TUFF McFu was know to fly along with the eagles along the Platte during his days as a Huey pilot.  The birds have become quite a tourist attraction.

More could be said, but the carnivore speaks for itself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Haliaeetus_leucocephalus2.jpg

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Animal of the Day – 20070718

Perhaps this should be an Animal of the Week feature instead based on posting frequency?  Bah!

The animal of the day is the American Badger.  Ha, Mr. Fu’s favorite line from the regular Badger article:

Aside from Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) and Humans (Homo Sapiens), Badgers are thought to be the only animals which attack without provocation.

Wow, if a regular badger is aggressive, you can bet that irregular badgers are even more so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Badger.jpg 

Mr. Fu advocates the breeding and distribution of badgers to all urban areas, at a ratio of one badger per one thousand people.  That will help eliminate some useless thinking and day dreaming when you have to pay attention to the next badger attack, around the corner.  And it will be illegal to shoot these badgers, only approved badger sticks or bare hands would be allowed in defending yourself against the badgers.  That should also contribute to the exercise program of several Americans.  Perhaps we could introduce polar bears at the ratio of one per 10,000?  Mr. Fu supposes firearms would have to be allowed then.

Think of the fun this could generate!  Because badgers are fun.  Oooo, snakes would be good to add to the mix as well.  Perhaps cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus)?  They motivate because they are aggressive and a bit bitey.

UPDATE:  The computer guy just objected to having inappropriate pictures on a work computer.  Mr. Fu reponded, “You idiot, that’s a badger not a beaver!”

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Day Ten

Piles of paper and megabytes of presentations, the material available to process to copious.  SPITFIRE has indeed returned and has provided additional insight into the system.  Full access and required computational equipment have both been acquired, making life just a bit easier. 

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Animal of the Day – 20070713

Yes, Mr. Fu should probably post these daily to really qualify for some “of the Day” status.  Perhaps Mr. Fu cares not.

The Polar Bear is the animal of the day.  What can be said about this wonderful predator?  An apex predator as the Wikipedia article says (with an interesting list here).  They get bonus points just for being bears, moreso for being on the level of (if not surspassing) really cool bears like the related grizzly and kodiak.  Cool facts and observations are included in the article, RTWT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ursus_maritinus.jpg

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