McCain and his first wife

McCain and His First Wife – Nicholas D. Kristof – Opinion – New York Times Blog
Nicholas Kristof asks if McCain’s treatment of his first wife should be a campaign issue or not?
My answer is glib but true:
It may be a trite answer, but the answer is IOKIYAR.
It’s Okay if You are a Republican.
With the “we’re not liberal!” mainstream media and press bending backwards to prove that, negative stories about Republican candidates get soft shoed so that they aren’t accused of liberal bias.
If Sen. Obama had a first wife whom he treated in this way, it would certainly be a campaign issue.

TBR 2008 Report

Rather than going into uninteresting minutae about the game, I will be the soul of wit and be relatively brief, rather than extensively and arrantly garrulous.
Pregame: I mentioned previously that I managed to get a ride in with Michael, Ginger and Karen Alfrey. That was a good way to start a low-key con.
Slot 1: Shadow Earth 2020
Small game (3 players), Spirit of the Century rules, PCs were non-Pattern initiated Amberites who were seeking the JOJ…and discovering that Earth had turned into a hellish cyberpunk shadow. As Raollin, investigator son of the Blood, I played straight man to the pyromaniac sorcerer and the shapeshifting son of Caine. Good fun.
Slot 2: The Fiona Affair
My first run game of the con and the only Amber-rules game I participated in. I had the PCs investigate Fiona (and her son’s) disappearance, sending them to a shadow desertifying thanks to a loss of magical equilbrium, and from there, into a version of John Myers Myers The Commonwealth. The PCs met Shakespearean characters, swung through the jungles with Indiana Jones, rode the waves with Captain Barbarossa against a Cthulhuian monster, and more. Once again, I overplotted and cut out stuff. I think I probably should have made the adventure in the Commonwealth longer, but I wanted to show how messed up Fiona’s unexpected departure could be–and the PCs *had* to be cautious.
Slot 3: Fortune’s Fool: Jumping at Shadows
Michael Curry’s SOTC game with zeppelin flying Pirates. I was given Spooky Jim, Navigator and Witch doctor, although I pressed heavily on the later. I managed to get Kevin Allen’s PC to throw a dismembered arm at me for pimping the use of my “special brews” (which did help with an interrogation).
Slot 4: Journey to the Center of Amber
The other game I ran, an SOTC game, with the PCs finding a journal of a long lost relative of an elder Amberite, and taking a long trip to the center of the Earth, finding said PC, dino-men, crystal towers, and oh, a Vampire queen. Again, left out cool bits and probably should have made the climatic stuff in the Castle longer. C’est la vie.
Slot 5: Harry Potter and the Secrets of the Blood.
No system, playing HP characters 10 years after the novels, discovering by accident links between Hogwarts and something much older…including a broken Pattern, Amberites coming out of cards, and the revelation of where the wizardry families came from. I think I played okay as Neville “Plant man” Longbottom. I thought Karen’s portrayal of Draco was great, in particular, and Arlene’s daughter had her first RP experience playing Ginny Weasley.
Sunday after the slots, I had lunch with Brian, Carolyn, Bridgette and a couple of others, and spent time in Michael and Ginger’s get together, too, so I got a good dose of social time all around. It was great to see you all!
And that was the con. I do have ideas for my next con, be it ACUS, TBR or somewhen else.

Books Read so Far this year (as of July 3 2008)

Since we’re halfway through the year…
33 Whiskey and Water, Elizabeth Bear
32 Axis, Robert Charles Wilson
31 Selling Out, Justina Robson
30 The Shadows of God, Gregory Keyes
29 The Code Book, Simon Singh
28 The Last Dragon, J M Mcdermott
27 The Gist Hunter and Other Stories, Matthew Hughes
26 Majestrum, Matthew Hughes
25 Dzur, Steven Brust
24 Galactic Empires, Gardner Dozois (editor)
23 The Twisted Citadel, Sara Douglass
22 Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
21 The Martian General’s Daughter, Theodore Judson
20 The Gate of Gods, Martha Wells
19 A World too Near, Kay Kenyon
18 In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, S.M. Stirling
17 Reaper’s Gale, Steven Erikson
16 The Merchants War,Charles Stross
15 Silverlock, John Myers Myers
14 The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
13 The Dragon’s Nine Sons, Chris Roberson
12 A Shadow in Summer, Daniel Abraham
11 The Eternity Artifact, L.E. Modesitt
10 Wolf Who Rules, Wen Spencer
09 Hiding in the Mirror, Lawrence Krauss
08 The Stars my Destination, Alfred Bester
07 Opening Atlantis, Harry Turtledove
06 Death by Black Hole, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
05 Now in Theaters Everywhere, Kenneth Turan
04 Never Coming to a Theater Near You, Kenneth Turan
03 Plague Year, Jeff Carlson
02 Writers of the Future Volume XXIII, Algis Budrys (editor)
01 The Trojan War a new history, Barry Strauss

Houses of the Blooded

Some of you may be familiar with John Wick.
7th Sea?
Legend of the Five Rings?
A pre-publication PDF for those who pre-ordered the limited edition was emailed to them today. After some difficulty, I managed to download it.
I didn’t need the temptation, with TBR work to do, but its irresistible to read through this. I will definitely post my thoughts.
So, first, what’s it about?

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