May 19th, 2005


Because shooterroo Requested It...

1) Total number of books owned:

Um ... a lot. 0.o laurie_robey and I have what is nominally a bedroom upstairs that is lined with bookshelves, and down here near the computer I have shelves with gaming books and art books. Without even trying to count, I'm going to throw out "a thousand." Edit: Laurie says it's closer to three thousand, and I'll take her word for it.

2) Last book you bought:

Just mentioned them the other day, actually ... Four To Go by Rex Stout, The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, and an audio edition of Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P.G. Wodehouse.

3) The last book you read:

Hrm ... if you mean the last one I opened up and read bits from, that would be The Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook by Wizards of the Coast. If you mean the last book I sat and read for pleasure, that would be Not Quite Dead Enough, by Rex Stout.

4) Five books that mean a lot to you:

I'm gonna cheat and combine some related books here, listed in no particular order.

  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams. Much as I love the Hitchhiker's Guide books, I love the Dirk Gently books more.

  • The Conan Chronicles: People of the Black Circle (Volume 1), by Robert E. Howard. This is a recent collection of Howard's Conan stories, restored to his original versions rather than later edited or "posthumously collaborated" versions. There are two volumes; I chose this one because it has most of my favorites in it.

  • Tarzan of the Apes by Burne Hogarth. This is one of the books that made me want to draw comics.

  • Love Hina by Ken Akamatsu. By this I mean the entire manga run.

  • The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh. That woman really needs to lay off the caffiene, but I love the Chanur books anyway. My Star Hero campaign was basically an attempt to do "Chanur: The Roleplaying Game" without being quite so derivative.

5) And tag five people you want to see do this quiz...

Um, I would prefer not to. Anybody who wants to do it, however, is more than welcome to!

-The Gneech
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That Really Takes the Biscuit

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From the "Who's Gonna Snark Snarky Since Snarky Can't Snark Himself" department, I'd just like to toss out a random "Yo!" in regards to yesterday's Gossamer Commons, because I feel his pain. Every creator wants to be Mozart; most of us barely even rate Salieri. It's a cruel, cruel world to the midlist types.

There's always the suspicion that the story is in there somewhere amongst all the junk, if we could just find it, polish it, and make it shine for the world to see. Of course, it's easy to forget that most authors/artists/whatever who create something that endures through the ages, aren't "discovered" until after they're already dead.

So even if Keith is given a muse, he's not likely to find out about it -- he'll be dead from an acute case of Fairy Murder, and suddenly some piece of dross he wrote in college will be a huge hit.

Alas, the ennui of it all!

-The Gneech, marked for death since 1969

EDIT: Check it out, Snarky's Snarked the Snarkers Who Snark Snarky. How recursive can you get?
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Today's Forgotten English

Today, I am full of ennui. Or is it angst? I forget. Whatever it is, instead of whining about it, I'm going to post Today's Forgotten English, because it seems to star Brigid and Greg's great-grandparents.

To insult or offend.
--James Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1855

Birthday of Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor (1879-1964), a Virginia native who in 1919 became the first woman to serve in Britain's House of Commons. There she championed numerous social causes, most notably temperance and women's suffrage. She enjoyed stirring up an audience with feminist humor, once joking, "The first time Adam had a chance, he laid the blame on a woman." On another occasion she issued the mock plea, "We are not asking for superiority, for we have always had that; all we ask is equality." Astor often locked horns with Winston Churchill, whom she helped become prime minister. She once gave a costume ball, and Churchill asked her to recommend a disguise. She responded, "Why don't you come sober, Mr. Prime Minister?" One foiled attempt to insult the verbally nimble statesman began, "Winston, if I were married to you I'd put poison in your coffee." He retorted, "Nancy, if you were my wife, I'd drink it."

-The Gneech