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Once again I will be retooling this website to do something else.

It had sort of turned into a 40k blog, but I am putting up my 40k stuff for a while. And also I deleted a metric ton of 40k posts because they were a mess. I am really fatigued with the state of the game right now. I started playing seven years ago, and I have mounds of the stuff, but it was sort of an unending mania, and now Primarchs are coming back and the game system has gone a bit nuts and I’ve no idea where 8th edition is going, and I’m just a bit tired of it.

I want to focus this website more on my creative writing, which is something I don’t do enough of anymore. All of my energy for a long time was going toward weird 40k fanfiction on the B+C, and I’ve recently gone on hiatus there, so here I am trying to focus on my original projects.

Who knows what will happen?

I sure as hell don’t.

But I know one thing:


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But Then Again…

Yesterday I talked a bit about Christopher Hitchens’ book about how religion poisons everything. It’s been rattling around in my head to say something about this Indian fellow who was assassinated a couple of weeks ago, and I guess it ties in to that.

If you missed it, and with American news it would have been easy, a man by the name of Narendra Dabholkar was shot in the chest and head as he was walking down the street by men on a motorcycle who were looking specifically for him. Why? He was a sort of Indian combination of Penn Jillete and Richard Dawkins. What he did was this: he went around finding “holy men” who gained followers by “performing miracles” and showed these followers how they were using common parlour tricks to bamboozle them. He introduced a bill several times to outlaw “black magic”, which was more or less an attempt to reign in charlatans, not some kind of atheist attempt to criminalize religion entirely. He was a rationalist who didn’t want to see his fellow Indians being taken advantage of, and I imagine wasn’t at all pleased with the sectarian violence.

It’s been reported that “Hindu nationalists” are the ones who shot him. The violence between Muslims and Hindus in India is something that doesn’t get a lot of air play in the US, except when it relates to tensions between Pakistan and India because of the nuclear aspect. But some pretty heinous sectarian shit happens in Indian. Like old women beaten in their homes, children set on fire, neighbors beating each other to death, and this time one of the sane people trying to make life safe for everyone gets shot in the face. I don’t want pictures of that kind of stuff on my blog, but it’s out there for anybody who wants to see if I’m talking shit or not.
But of course, India is a strategic ally of the United States, part of the “pivot” to the Pacific to contain Chinese influence, and where many firms are outsourcing to. It makes sense that nobody in power wants Americans to feel uncomfortable about what’s going on there.I don’t really have any commentary for any of this. It just has been on my mind since I read of Dabholkar’s murder, even more so following writing about the Hitchens book.

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The Art of Random Pictures With Your Phone

I call this photograph, “Night Shift Gas Station Clerk Having a Cigarette Break While Leaning on the Propane Storage”, subtitled “The Reason That Populism Is Doomed to Failure and the Iron Law of Oligarchy Inevitably Destroys Everything Idealistic”.

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Whenever I am in retail stores, grocery stores or chain department stores and the like, I am always fascinated by products that are out of place. You know, the kind where someone carried the item around in their basket and then found something they liked better. Most people don’t take the time to put things back where they got them when they change their mind about buying them. Maybe I am the only person who actually does this. But anyway, sometimes you find whacky things that make you think, “they decided to buy a baby car seat instead of contact cement?” Being stuck at a major retail chain while getting my oil changed I decided to walk around the store and document this phenomenon, because what else was I going to do for the next forty-five minutes?

5 gallons of oil instead of a cell phone holder for the car.

Kid doesn’t need talking trains, he needs a baseball!

This kid’s mother was obviously down to her last nerve.

This one too.

Hand tools in the toy department?

Now it makes sense. This sort of stuff drove me nuts when I worked at the lumber yard…

A lot of times it’s just stuff kids drag around.

And sometimes you reckon some woman just can’t decide against new bowls or a doormat.

I have no idea if this giant clothes pin was part of this curtain or if it is sold by itself, but what is remarkable is that they are selling giant clothes pins for any reason if you think about it.

The bath rugs didn’t make her behind look as big as these jeans.

Sunglasses. Someone was carrying around a half dozen sunglasses and decided that maybe a half dozen poster prints was a better idea?

No novelty bowl for you. You get couch covers.

Someone made a real mess out of some photograph frames, fairly far from where they originated. Maybe they were overcome by the liquid incense bottles?

This was likely a wise idea.

These things were all over the place, plastic “Easter Eggs”. It’s just that time of year.

A tooth brush instead of a stethoscope.

More camouflage eggs in strange places.

Abandoned dinosaur, victim of another ill tempered mother and misbehaving child.

Clean clothes are obviously more important than clean dishes.

This also makes a certain kind of sense.

More Easter stuff.

More Easter stuff…

I wasn’t making this up, the implications are disturbing…

Doggy toys in the doggy food section.

I stand behind the concept of books instead of toys.

Who needs to go outside and fish when you can just buy the video game?

We will flourish again!


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