I guess the crappy network today is due to something else.
Tja, wo finde ich noch mehr Spieler? Auf meinem Doodle sind im Moment fünf Leute eingetragen, aber besser wären natürlich zehn! Dann könnte man nämlich wirklich jede Woche in wechselnder Besetzung spielen.
Leider funktioniert die SpielerZentrale nicht wirklich. Schade!
Heute habe ich im Rien Ne Vas Plus im Oberdorf vorbeigeschaut, und auf dem dortigen Anschlagbrett keinen einzigen Zettel gefunden. Scheint alles vom Laden selber aufgehängt worden zu sein. Wie deprimierend.
Den da hier habe ich nun im Quartierzentrum vom Kreis 4, im Restaurant B in der Bäckeranlage aufgehängt:
Für ein Papier & Stift Rollenspiel alter Schule muss natürlich auch eine Papier & Stift Einladung sein…
Before starting on the Japanese-inspired Kitsunemori campaign, I was planning to do a Pirates campaign. I now discovered on EN World a thread with a campaign diary, Pirates of the Caribbean: A Skull & Bones Campaign. I shall read some of it for inspiration.
I’m having a hard time finding a big selection of Japanese traditional music at cede.ch – the online shop I usually use. And ArcMusic seems pretty limited.  I didn’t find any Ainu music, for example. I’m just scanning for keywords, of course. But shouldn’t I be seeing Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku, Gagaku, Bugaku?
A friend of ours put up some pictures from somewhere in Switzerland. I think those are the kind of pictures that made Claudia’s brother’s wife’s aunt & uncle exclaim “It looks just like the Shire!!” when they saw Switzerland.
In der Wohnung hat es keinen Platz für einen Pingpong Tisch. Aber ein “Töggelichaschte” würde sicher noch irgendwo reinpassen…
Nur CHF 560 für das Einsteigermodell!
Update: It seems that I am not alone.
The game Oblivion still looks awesome. It makes me a bit sad that I have never played it ever since my little brother came to visit, interrupting my Oblivion routine.
Today I was to meet Claudia after she had been shopping for presents at a Tram stop, but then a friend of her needed keys to a room, and I was about to go shopping for flower pots, and then I met her, and we were all in a rush, and she handed me a present and her bag and asked me to carry it home while she helped her friend. And then I realized two things: 1. This was my present, and 2. the packaging looked exactly like the present I had bought for her. Later that evening, I told her. She wanted to see it. I fetched it. And so it was. We opened the presents then and there and had a good laugh. 14¾ years and a day can do this to you…
The Oddmuse:Journal RSS Extension produces an RSS feed with the same pages in the same order as on my Diary page. Thus, pages should be sorted by the date in their title. If I make minor changes to the pages, their timestamp is updated, however. And the timestamp is passed on to the RSS feed (as pubDate element), and Planet Emacsen resorts all pages received based on their pubDate.
What should I do: Take it like a man, or lie about the pubDate by providing the pubDate of the last major change?
Assuming I could design my own feed aggregator that expected to deal with wikis, how would I design it? Wikis really don’t afford strict chronological reading. As pages are edited, you need to provide some context for the edit. And most people don’t like to read a steady stream of diffs coming their way… So it would have to send edit pages, or parts of pages, maybe highlighting the changes inline instead of providing a diff at the beginning? I’m not sure. I like the diff at the beginning when browsing pages from Recent Changes. And from there I can always go back and click on the history link. Perhaps I should link to the history from the diff at the top of the page. (You only get to see the diff if you click on the diff links on RecentChanges, or if you include diff=1 in the parameters for the RSS feed!)
Currently the default for Recent Changes is to list only major edits. This would suggest that my feed for the planet should also use the pubDate of the last major change.
Update: I decided to lie. Now all my pages starting with a date (and those are the only ones considered by the Journal RSS Extension) are published with a pubDate of 0:00:00 on that same day.
(Some discussion about RssVisualization moved…)
Update: It turns out that if I create new pages for past events, such as our holidays in Bangkok 2006, these pages no longer turn up on the planet – as the pubDate is now the date of the event being talked about. It doesn’t get any easier, does it…
Update: I changed it again. Now I’m serving the date of the last major edit as pubDate.
For my roleplaying pleasure, I’m reading through some Japanese folk tales. Basically I’m using Japanische Volksmärchen by Horst Hammitzsch (Hrsg) at the moment. Today I stumbled upon the Texts website. They have all sorts of texts, including various Nō plays such as Ukai or translations of the Qur’an and the Hadith – but they basically want you to purchase a CD costing around USD 40. How strange. Did he produce these e-Books? Or did he use texts from the Gutenberg Project?
While googling for “Ukai” I ended up on the QuirkyJapan website. Should I ever visit Japan, I’ll have to come back and study it in detail.
Some more googling found the list of suggested literature to read for degree in Japanology at a German university (Studienberatung Japanlogie Uni Trier). Also something to come back to if I want to learn more about Japan. Then again, I haven’t finished The Making of Modern Japan by Jansen.
Gestern hätten wir ja eigentlich Rollenspielabend gehabt, aber einer der Spieler hat sich krank gemeldet. Also sind ich und Zeno in den Spielclub an der Zentralstrasse 34 gegangen (Quartierverein Kreis 3). Genial! Für CHF 5 kann man Kaffee trinken, Kekse essen, und spielen. Es waren einige Leute da (inkl. Beat Liechti, der Inhaber vom Rien Ne Vas Plus, der früher zu seeligen AD&D 2nd ed Zeiten im Jackpot und später im Nordliechtli gearbeitet hat), auch M. ist noch gekommen… Ich habe mit Zeno, R., und D. zwei Spiele gespielt: Himalaya und Samurai. Beiden waren recht interessant, und insbesondere Samurai hat dann noch den Anstoss zu einer Spieldesigndiskussion gegeben. Sehr unterhaltsam. Machen wir wieder einmal. Jeden zweiten Mittwoch habe ich ja leider im Moment auf Claudias Wunsch ;) einen Rueda Kurs. Und eigentlich habe ich ja lieber Rollenspiele. Sollte das aber ausfallen, werde ich gerne wieder gehen.
Die anschliessende Bemerkung von M., dass er an einem Web Spiel arbeite, hat mich dazu bewogen, meine GermanAtlantis Seiten von meinem Geocities Archiv auf diesen Wiki zu zügeln. Das waren noch Zeiten… Ich spielte Kensanata, den Anführer der Jünger des Blauen Mondes, einem Gründungsmitglied der Bruderschaft Hekolats. Von dort kommt mein nick “Kensanata”, den ich online so oft verwende.
Looking for some information on Japanese armour, I came upon the Nihon Katchū Seisakuben – “An Online Japanese Armour Manual”. Should you ever be inclined to produce your own Japanese armour, or the names used for the various parts, that would be the place to start, I guess.
I want to produce an armour equipment list suitable for my game, similar to the Kitsunemori weapon list (PDF) I wrote.
A while ago I mooched two books… Relevation Space by Alastair Reynolds and Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds. I’m not sure what to make of them. Both were books around six hundred pages or more. I enjoyed them, and nevertheless I feel a little cheated at the end. There’s an emptiness being left behind. Perhaps the books were too long. The plot was good, but not perfectly executed. There would be passages too long or to inconsequential, time spent constructing hooks that would not be resolved. Perhaps Reynolds plans to use them for future books. It’s hard to put into words. I think I’m going to switch away from Science Fiction books for a while and return to Japanese stuff. I’ve got some books here waiting to be read…
I’m trying to think of a good architecture for one of the items on my Oddmuse:Plans page:
Think about replacing the “slurp” access to the RC log files with a mechanism seeking from the end of the file.
The problem is that the array of raw log lines is an interface I’m using for several extensions. So that’s tricky. Using a callback is also tricky, because there’s filtering of log entries that has to be done, and there’s the rollback entries that are supposed to mask things that happened in the past. This seems to suggest an approach where you start reading the log files from the end. I’ll have to think about this some more…
I’ve been to another Flickr meeting. New faces! The blonde girl on the picture is also called Claudia. So if you’re going to click on it and explore some of the related pictures, just keep that in mind. ;)
I only spent about an hour there, since I had to leave for Rueda classes. I think Claudia likes it so much, we’ll have to go every second week. They’re alternating between “intermedio” and “show”. A friend of ours loves to go there as well. He’s been doing this for a long time now, and goes every week. Claudia thinks she might go with him every other week. As for me: Too… much… !! I really recommend Salsa dancing. It’s fun. Movements flowing easily, the music guiding you, it’s wonderful when you can get lost in it. At first, I didn’t want to learn it and I didn’t like the music. By now, however, I think it is one of the best things that has happened to me.
For all the geeks out there who cannot decide what to give to their girlfriends, here’s something that I did a few years back that worked really well:
Whenever Claudia wants to use one of these cards, she quietly hands it over and I solemnly tear it to pieces, and do as I am told. She was quite impressed.
I don’t know how I ended up on David Bull’s Woodblock Printing page. I was researching Japanese castles for my RPG, I guess. I came upon some wonderful drawings of castles, and while recycling some new terms in both text and image searches, I ended up on David Bull’s Encyclopedia of Woodblock Printmaking, started to look at some of his favorite prints. Be sure to read how you can “subscribe” to his production if you are interested in purchasing prints. Or just start browsing the Mokuhankan Catalogue, looking at the prints, reading the comments that go along with them… I then decided to send the artist an email, telling him how much I appreciated the site, and got back a reply pointing me to his Surimono Albums Download Page – where you can download 150 dpi images of his prints and PDF files with the accompanying texts. And all of this under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license! He is so obviously getting it – how to reach out to people on the Net, how to write about his work, how to practice his craft, how do share it, how to use copyright, how to make money – I wish him all the best! And now forgive me as I spend some more time browsing his websites…
To be honest, I’m considering becoming a subscriber.
What a fortuitous turn of events. It reminds me of my first expedition into Google Space trying to find some information on Tengus (2006-11-29 Finding the Tengu) which led me to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) – “one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting” according to Wikipedia. And as is wont on Wikipedia, external links luring me on to the Kuniyoshi Project. Here’s an example:
And some time later, David Bull sees the reference to Kuniyoshi and asks me whether I know Moira Hahn. I didn’t. But her strong colors and Japan-inspired furries are fascinating.
I enjoyed Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka, an American of Japanese descent born in Hawaii. The story involves a Great Lord with a prophetic gift, Americans in Japan, love and deceit, and except for two scenes of unnecessary cruelty it was a good read. In fact, it was a better read than I was expecting, as I only mooched these books because they turned up as results for a search of mine – I was looking for Genji Monogatari, The Tale of Genji. The “Background” page on this last site contains recommendations for a few books. Before I get started on Genji Monogatari I should make sure to get a better background in Heian Japan…
I spent Christmas with Claudia’s parents, aunt, cousines, and grandmother and forgot my new camera there… But all is not lost! Before leaving, I copied some new pictures to my harddisk, and now I uploaded them to Flickr.
Hm… Flickr links to QOOP for picture books. When I went through the motions, it cost me USD 12.99 + 10.71 shipping. Ouch. I hate it when shipping is so expensive. If only there were a better service in Switzerland that had as nice an interface as QOOP! Since USD 23.70 is CHF 29.91 and similar sized orders in Switzerland (printmyphotobook.ch, bookfactory.ch) start at CHF 39, I decided to order from QOOP and pay shipping charges… Globalization ahoi!
Since I must be the only geek up early with his beloved still asleep, I get to monopolize PlanetEmacsen. All your posts are belong to us!!
Shame on you if you bought a single CD from Sony BMG, EMI, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Arista Records, or Capitol Records. Unfortunately, that includes me.
I guess it was to be expected after this one:
The difference being that the US legal system is totally fucked as well. Wikipedia:United States copyright law says “Statutory damages range from $750 per work to $150,000 per work”. And I guess it’s true: “In a case where the copyright owner sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that infringement was committed willfully, the court in its discretion may increase the award of statutory damages to a sum of not more than $150,000.” – Copyright Law of the United States of America, § 504 c 2
And so the music industry is trying to grab 150k per infringing track. And we’re paying them to do it, in a roundabout way. Shame on us.
Copyright grants a monopoly. Where have the checks and balances gone that are supposed to go with them?
A sudden spell of food poisoning after Christmas allowed me to read Autumn Bridge by Takashi Matsuoka. I liked it. Samurais and Geishas followed me into my feverish dreams.
There was less cruelty than in Cloud of Sparrows. I also liked how the continuous jumping back and forth in time provided for a peaceful resolution to the matter of fate & death. Reading future chapters makes it possible to empathize with the characters when reading past chapters. It was quite intriguing. And the arrangements of the chapters was certainly no easy task, for it was captivating until the very end.
Recommended – if you fancy some cliché Japan-fiction…
Remember the woodprints I wrote about? (2006-12-23 Japanese Woodprints) Here in Zürich we have a museum – my favorite museum – specializing in “non-European art”, the Rietberg Museum. They are also publishers of their own catalogues. And that’s where I ordered Masterpieces of Ukiyoke from the Rietberg Museum Zurich, the catalogue for the exhibition from 1993-10-22 to 1993-11-28 at the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan. I loved the service. I ordered it a few days ago, and received it in my mail today – even though this is the holiday season and I fully expected to wait two weeks…
Yesterday we went to see another movie from Ghibli studios: Nausicaä (1984). When it started, I was surprised to see the WWF logo for a second. As the movie progressed, I understood. I loved how the heroine strove hard to find a third way – a way that does not support one aggressor or the other, but reaches beyond. She understood what I’ve said on this site again and again, paraphrasing Christa Wolf: What good is it to fight your enemies if you have to become like them in order to win?
I really need to see more movies from Ghibli. I’ll take a look at the Ghibli Fansite and head over to my local DVD exchange website…