Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

My comments on the 'war' in the Middle East

I am not  trying to undermine the efforts of our brave young people over there in the Middle East. With that being said, I observe disturbing trends that are happening as I write this and seem to be predicted thousands of years ago by a man who never saw our version of warfare, even modern warfare. To me all war is the same. 
"All war is based on deception." -Sun Tzu
I believe the American people are being deceived not by the enemy but by the government by whom it is supposed to serve. We are not told why this war is not completed or even the end result of such an action. They use euphemisms instead of the explaining plainly why our military presence is there.

Look, I am for a legal war where our conditions of victory are simple and clear.
"In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns." 
Sun Tzu
How long has this war been going on, President Obama?
"Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril." 
Sun Tzu
Is Obama making this war to increase his ratings (to get re-elected) or is he truly trying to put an end to this conflict and bring peace to this region? 
What are our nations's victory conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan? 
I really wish to know!

Sun Tzu comments on war that even apply to our modern conditions of warfare:
"On the on hand, the proximity of an army causes prices to go up, and high prices cause the people's substance to be drained away." 
- Sun Tzu
Have not oil prices skyrocketed? 

"Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain." 
- Sun Tzu
Has the economy gotten better since we entered this mire of war?

Again, Sun Tzu comments of the effects of war on an a country who wages it:
"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."
Sun Tzu
So, again, I ask our president: 
What are our victory conditions? 
Future generations deserve to not grow up where there is perceptual warfare, especially where few benefit and many suffer.
One thing does bug me. In Africa there are multitudes of wars. Why are we not there putting an end to those wars where oil does not seem to be present? I would really be scared if the only reason we are in Afghanistan is because of oil. I would then be part of a nation who is waging an illegal war for the purposed of material gain. This scared me more than many things I can think of. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

A new disturbing view on web searches?

Whatever this means, the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act could be interpreted many many many ways to limit our freedom of speech, our search choices for the internet, even the songs we are 'allowed' to sing. Oh where oh where we were we before this 'saving' legislation was in place? DMCA is an organization that does not wish to change with the times and would that people that do not agree with them are rounded up into camps and punished. They want control of the internet and we will not let them. Power to the people and their freedoms, as many are we have left. That makes me think about being forced through humiliating scans at the airport, being 'randomly searched' my mom, (in a wheelchair was obviously no THREAT to anyone) while proving to both the under-IQed people who are hired and the poor passengers that have to suffer this crap all know that if some terrorist wishes to blow up something at an airport all he or she (or it) need do is hop a gate on the outside of an airport?
Another thing, why don't they subject the illegal invaders to our country through the same scrutiny? I believe the politicians wished for a Latino vote to stay in power and it back fired on them BIG TIME. I thank God every day I don't have to live in that waste-land that is lower California.
It's going to be another up-side-down decade for us all - where evil people are looked upon as saviors and people who are actually honest are looked down on as trouble makers.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

This is for Gary (Traveler flowchart)

Gary, there is an example of the flowchart I created. I shrunk it down a little so you can click on it for full size.
The skeleton of an adventure that is skill based. As the group fails each 'test' or 'locked door' the chances of receiving a greater reward diminishes but the adventure does not. This is one of the reasons I like to shy away from combat in role playing sessions. Combat situations should be used to express emotions and motives, not to titillate the group in wanton destruction, cheap excitement and looting. In fact in my sessions combat almost always ends in the group getting less than they otherwise would have gotten if they chose not to use discretion (like stealth, diplomacy, concession, compromise, etc.). I believe that role playing games are not war simulations. If someone wants that there are plenty of FPS available to satisfy that.

Randomly generated adventure flow-chart. Use your imagination on what the skills would be used for and what situation would necessitate them.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fallout 3

A review of Fallout 3. I know, not many reviews come from my blog and I really don't do very many reviews, especially when it comes to the nature of this blog. 
What I liked about this game:
The graphics and story line are interesting. The differing weapons effective against differing types of enemies. The trait and abilities progression enabled someone to choose their path and it actually matters. You choose one path and some of the game content is a mystery to you until you start a NEW game and it is revealed.
What I dis-liked about this game:
Having to connect to big brother to actually play saved games (M$ Live). I firmly believe that any game bought by a consumer should have the rights to play the game as they wished. The gaming industry is alarmingly becoming more invasive into our personal lives. Who knows what they transmit to M$ headquarters when LIVE goes online. Yes, I know, "don't play if you don't like our product" excuse. That is what that is: an excuse. What M$ is trying to do is to collect market data instead of trial and error that produces wonderful games and some stinkers. What they try to do is tailor a game without catering to us as consumers.
Secondly, the crashes. I am playing the game and all of sudden everything freezes and I have to RESTART my computer. Any game that does this should be shelved until fixed. With this LIVE big brother thing they should at least give us fixes for that sort of thing. But as M$ has proven in the past, their fixes are as effective as putting wings on a Pinto to make it go faster. It adds bulk and slows it down.
Too easy. The A.I. was stupid and unimaginative. I could put down traps that any dog would evade and they would walk RIGHT INTO a stack of frag mines.
I give this game a solid 6/10. Points lost due to freedom being taken from the player who do not wish to play while online and to the multitude of crashes experienced.
Microsoft, you are too big now to give a crap about people who buy your monopolistic operating systems that work some of the time and give us partial functionality. Why should your games be any different?