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Hello all!

I don’t have too much to say today, because I’m extremely busy. However, I didn’t want to start off on the downward spiral of not writing. Therefor, I’m going to throw out a discovery I made today, with the help of http://www.stumbleupon.com/

http://www.lookatbook.com/

It’s an interesting art project, created by four artists from New York and N. Ireland. I’d encourage you to check it out – the art is astounding, and some of it extremely thought-provoking.

Now that I’ve made this small contribution, with which I have shifted the responsibility of entertaining you over to said art project, I will clear up a small issue.

You are probably wondering why “Ubiquitous” proceeds “Academicians” – there are two of us, and we live very close together. Therefor, the ubiquity is not physical. Neither are our posts anything close to ubiquitous – sparse is much more accurate. This makes ubiquitous almost the opposite of what we actually are. So, why is it there? Well, for one thing, we like the flow of the title. For another, we like to consider ourselves ubiquitous. Thirdly, at some distant point in the future, we may have far more academicians writing for us, to the point at which our writing staff become ubiquitous.
Call it foresight.

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Written by Ethan

April 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm

News to break your Heart

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In the midst of various activities this week, I didn’t really get a chance to keep up on the current events – much less write about them. In any case, I apologize for my desultory posts.

 

A great loss has been sustained by the role-playing community this week: Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away on the fourth of this month.

 

Born Ernest Gary Gygax in 1938, Mr. Gygax – along with Dave Arneson – created the first Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. He played his entire life, faithfully Dungeon-mastering right up until his death. He has been a fixture in role-playing culture, often known affectionately as “The Great Gygax.” He attended many conventions and other events, and loved to receive feedback from D&D Players from around the globe.

Among his other accomplishments are co-founder of Tactical Studies Rules (with Don Kaye), International Federation of Wargamers, Gen Con mastermind, Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association, and co-author of Chainmail.

Needless to say, he will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace, occupying a throne overlooking the Blessed Fields of Elysium, his faithful dice beside him.

 

This ends the nerd section of this post.

 

As I mentioned in my introduction paragraph, I didn’t really catch much of the news this week. I did, however, notice two blows to the American political scene.

 

First, Sen. Hillary Clinton won strong enough support to keep her a definite factor in the Democratic nomination race.

Ouch. How could you do this to the rest of us? Ohio, Texas – I’m ashamed of you! Rhode Island? You people are asking to be pushed off into the Atlantic!

In all seriousness – she claims to “know and love” Texas. Remember, the state that gave us George W. Bush? Sure, she loves Texas. Like I love her. Or Bush.

 

Second, Sen. John McCain has the Republican nomination. Nomination. This means he has the support of roughly half of the citizens of the U.S. right now – scared? This is the man who wants to be at war. Wants to be fighting, killing, ruining lives, displacing families – and not just the people of Iraq, but Americans too. Do we really want him sitting at the controls?

I think not.

 

That’s all for now – I’ll write again soon. And I won’t use so many – dashes.

 

Written by Ethan

March 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm