Memorial Day 2017

He has been very frightened and thinks himself a great coward and therefore feels no pride; but he has done everything his duty demanded and perhaps a bit more.
. . .One moment it seemed to be all our world; the scream of bombs, the fall of houses, the stink and taste of high explosive on the lips and in the lungs, the feet burning with weariness, the heart cold with horrors, the brain reeling, the legs aching; next moment all this was gone, gone like a bad dream, never again to be of any account.

-CS Lewis, the Screwtape Letters

To all who served past and present, thank you.

Supernatural vs Dean – Death’s Murder

Ladies & gentlemen of the jury [dear reader], I come before you today to present the case that that man sitting before you, one Dean Winchester has, in fact, committed a murder and that the State [or the fictional show & its story in this case] cannot allow him to continue forward without being brought to justice [have SOMEBODY bring up this big deal in the show]. (got the theme of the post? from here on I’m going to use the show terms instead of “official” court terms to lessen confusion)

–At time of writing, I am two episodes (11.13 & 11.14) behind so if any defense wants to present the defendant as having been punished during one of them, now is the time.–

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Still Alive Report – Sept 2014

Yes, yes doctors have confirmed that I am still living.  I pointed out my blogging activity but they said that was of less health concern than something called a “pulse”.

What is up with all these ponies on the blog?  It’s like I was babysitting my niece and she logged onto my wordpress account when I wasn’t looking.  Yes that’s what I’ll say under oath.  No I don’t see how my being an only child is relevant.

Elsewhere on the web:

Reviews of the Serenity comics issues 3 and 4, 5 and 6.

(that is my copy of the latest Firefly RPG – those interested in adventuring drop me a line somewhere)

If my H-Day fic was a little too much to digest all at once, I put it up on WFB in smaller pieces.  Part 1 is here and at the end of each part is a link to the next.  By all means, drop a comment even if it’s harsh, I won’t get any better otherwise.

There were some cons in Louisville I attended and I wrote up SPN-specific accounts of them at WFB as well.

Hunting at DerbyCity Comic Con.

Hunting at Fandomfest.

2 vids from the later are also up on my youtube page.

Now pardon me, I need to see if I can finally get something resembling a rough draft of episode 5 hacked out.  Have a happy labor day weekend everyone!

the Whole Truth this Time

Please, come in.  Have a seat.  Oh don’t mind this, it’s fake.  I find that holding cigarettes encourages others to believe me.

You’re here because you think you woke up; that you can see the way things really are.  Don’t be silly.  Do you know what the most effective lies are?  The ones closest to the truth.  If I told you there were no bombs in here, you might be suspicious.  But if I tell you there are four bombs in here, you’ll think you’re safe after you’ve found them, even though there are actually five.

I’m kidding, there’s no bombs in here, that was just a metaphor.  Hopefully you now understand how you’re always lied to: told just enough truth to keep you from being a threat.  Yes, I know what you’re thinking before you even say it.  The conspiracy theories are true.  All of them.  Except they’re all wrong too.

Stop.  Remember the previous lesson.  Those groups and organizations… those are just the proxies, the “four bombs” to keep you from finding the fifth.  Look deeper.  Look wider.

No not aliens.  Time travelers.

Stop.  You’re over thinking it again.  Don’t lie, I can see it in your eyes.  They don’t travel that far back.  Why?  Like crossing distance in space, the more distance you cross in time, the more energy it takes.  Also nobody wants to touch any history poorly recorded; not even to research it for a proper record.  If you want to mess with time, you do it very carefully.

Yes, all of them.  Yes, the moon landing was faked the first time, until World War 4 became bad enough that travelers had to go back and tweak a few things for it to succeed.  Like a calculation here, or an inspiration of chemical engineering there.  Trust me, you want the history where Buzz Aldrin is still around to punch you.

Actually… Kennedy isn’t exactly a conspiracy, more like a drunken prank some travelers pulled that’s being cleaned up the best anybody can.

No no.  You’re thinking too small.  Remember that lies are most effective showing you only a partial truth.

Take global warming.

Yeah, I haven’t heard that joke before.  You’ve heard that skeptics of it are corporate stooges.  That’s right, but which corporation?

See, you believe “oil companies” and your mind accepts the lie.  The real answer you’ll never believe: Disney.

No, not today’s, tomorrow’s.  Oh yes they’re still around down the road.  See in a few more decades they’ll finally be able to accomplish what they’re trying to do at this moment: create the ultimate family theme park.  Now think a moment, what would you need to make the best, most ultimate theme park ever?  One word: Dinosaurs.

Of course something went wrong, but never in an entertaining, big-blockbuster way.  They’ll all die, because the world’s much colder than they prefer.  So you hire a few travelers to help an inventor here, pass an idea there… few decades later and you’ve got a future warm enough to host childhood dreams.

Oh the oil companies were invented from the beginning for this.  The technology they create, digging they do, and research they’ll develop all will play great roles in bringing those big guys to life.

Stop worrying.  You’ve got fifteen, maybe twenty years at most before the global cold snap.  Yes, that will also be the work of travelers.  Like all fads dinosaur-mania will pass and then the life from the ice age will be ‘in’.  Also we’ll need to bring glaciers down on Canada before their domination plot comes to fruition.  If you can excuse the pun, the timing on everything should work out perfectly.

What?  Of course the idea sounds silly.  The best defense is to be ignored.  You laugh at them at your peril.

Well it’s getting late, I should be going home.  No, we will not speak together again.

Yes, there are more out there, but I won’t tell you of them.

That isn’t the worst of it, you know.  Remember the metaphor?  If I told you about that fifth bomb, would you sleep easier after finding it?  Or would you always wonder if there was a sixth waiting for you?

You’ll seek answers, and you’ll find them, but you’ll always wonder if there’s more.  You could seek out others but how will you know what they are?  Are they completely honest or telling you another partial truth?  Will you fight the travelers?  Let people know about them?  Who could believe your words?  Some out there will probably say time travel is impossible.  You might convince yourself they are travelers, when they’re innocent.  Innocent people who had an idea whispered in their ear telling them a half perspective that can only see problems, not the whole vision that sees the solution.

You would probably go mad trying to figure out the ripples from their causes.  You’d rant in an effort for somebody – anybody – to hear the whole truth.  But nobody listens to a madman, and they’ll dismiss your words as fiction.  Even if somebody presented evidence, they’ll all claim it faked because it’s all madness.

One could almost say it was all… a conspiracy.