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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
12:31 pm - Dear Lord...

I was randomly inspired to look up something I knew I'd posted in LJ several years ago, and my account is still here. Furthermore, I noticed that my last entry from... more than 2 years ago... is basically saying what I'm thinking right now: Wow. Livejournal.

So, instead of just saying "OMFG-- LJ! U stil hereya?", I would rather ask how y'all are doing, who's using LJ still, and why?

No judgement. No mockery. Just curious. Besides, I miss LJ from time to time... it was a big part of my life for years and years, and was the primary conduit for Internet Stuff for at least 6 years. I'd say I used LJ frequently from 2001 to the very end of 2009, when Sharon (wife) and I split up. That was just over 4 years ago now.

My, how time flies.

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011
2:11 pm - Hell-0 Livejournal....

Has it really been two years since I posted in this thing? Hmmm... maybe I should change that. Or least post occasionally.

How's everyone doing?


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Sunday, November 1st, 2009
9:40 pm - Victoria Comic Con...
...was kind of a disaster in many ways. It seemed poorly planned, organized and executed, to be brutally honest. Though, I should note that this doesn't cast a bad light on the vendors and creators who attended-- all fine, enjoyable people! Looks like many of the VIPs, people who spent hundreds of dollars for cool things like a dinner show with celeb guests and such, were incredibly disappointed with how things were handled. Also, I had to buy a program so I could see the schedule-- not that it mattered, as nothing was really planned out. That said: The volunteers I talked to, while selected very last minute I hear, are top folks (with one exception). The attendees were a good bunch. The gamers really helped make the con shine, too, as did the local indie comic book talent. I only had a really good time because of my friends there. It was pretty cool to see persons completely new to cons getting into it a bit.

I'll try to fully sum up my thoughts for a possible blog post somewhere else... somewhere where the site's host is someone who should've went to the con, but his media pass was never sent (though promised). He's, well, not happy, to say the least.

This "comic con" was only two days, and today I spent the entire time running the GURPS Hellboy RPG. The people who played seemed to really enjoy themselves; and they ended the game by immolating the shape-shifting lizard posing as the German mad scientist lady they were at the lost Teutonic castle (in Finland!) to retrieve, subsequently launching her at the getaway zeppelin... which then crashed into the gate-wall, leveling things just a bit more. It was glorious. There are also exploding robot children who obsessed about the human-brained-cat player character, Nazi lizard people, assault-cannon wielding robots who had see-thru heads (and fantastic electro-brains!), and, of course, zombies. Judging from the squels and hoots of glee, I think it all went quite well.

Some loot I looted: Little Ghost (a cool Steve Rolston self-printed comic), Zombie Jesus vs. Robot Hitler and The Crucifier comics, lots of sushi and Mexican food, an olive drab t-shirt with a Super Veritech (from Robotech) on it (see the image they copied to make it below), dice from the now defunct Advancing Hordes (finally got me some GameScience dice and dice-within-dice) and some other things. ETA: Ah! And I forgot to add that I was given three lonely books from the gaming room... I dunno why, exactly-- but I sure as heck gladly took them in! The Yellow Sign and Other Stories: The Complete Weird Tales of Robert M. Chambers (!!!!YES!!!!!), The White People and Other Stories: Vol. 2 of the Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen (*SWOOOOON*), and The Strange Cases of Rudolph Pearson: Horripilating Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (Neat!). Score!


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I enjoyed talking to Robert Picardo, too. Super sweet guy!

That's it for now... Oh, and hey, you can read the entire first story of The Secret Cross comic (which I co-created and wrote) for free RIGHT HERE. So, yeah, read it!! It's only 12 pages and it's oh-so-good for you.



I should really try to update this thing more.

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009
10:28 am - Happy Halloween!
It's been too damned long since I've updated, eh?

I'll do a less promotional entry soon... but since I'm out the door in a few minutes to Victoria Comic Con, I wanted to make sure you got your Halloween Treat!

CLICK ON THIS and you'll be able to read all 12 pages of the first Secret Cross story free! Or you can just click on the following image:




"What is The Secret Cross, Steve?"

Put simply: It's a Weird War One comic which stars special German units who fight unnatural, sanity-blasting, flesh-rending horrors.

Let me know what ya think! Enjoy. :)

(Did I mention I've been selected to co-run a ten week long creative workshop? And they'll even pay me-- suckers! :P But, yeah, YAY!)

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
3:30 pm - Moar Dork Dungeons...
Hey, it's been a little while since I posted here. I suppose I could talk about PAX, how awesome my friends are (especially Matt and Nicole; and Daniel for being a trooper), but I really don't have much time. Instead, I will show you these "Dork Dungeons" strips I threw together using (naturally) Chick Tracts. I call this one "Rise!" for some reason. Enjoy!

And don't worry, I'll talk aboot PAX soon!





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I guess this gives you a little insight into how my mind works. Well, I suppose "works" is not the apt term, but I guess it will do. I don't even know if this strip makes sense to anyone other than me. It may just read like a slap-dash collection of obscure jokes and weird humor. Regardless, I had a good laugh making it. I do plan on putting these up on the Orcusville site at some point.

"And that's what counts, kids", as our boy Jesus would say.


(Comic assembled from the remains of BACK FROM THE DEAD.)


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Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
12:00 pm - Today is P-Day
Okay, so I'm heading to Seattle later today for a lovely weekend full of friends and PAX. It's a been a crazy last couple of days, and I can't see it getting any less crazier.

Due to me being a fool, I ended up thinking I could buy a 3-day PAX pass at the door Friday. This was not to be, as all passes are sold out and the convention will not be open to anyone who isn't pre-registered. Yeah, it's pretty fucked when you think about it, especially if you're in the videogame industry and were denied the proper amount of passes needed to man your booth; or expected to get one through your company, didn't, and now can't go due to it being sold out.

But that's another story for another time for other people to tell.

Anyhow, I didn't get a pass. And I wouldn't have a pass if someone local wasn't going and I wasn't hooked up with him... crap, I just lost what I was saying. Basically, my bacon was saved thanks to a couple awesome local buddies who rule. So I'm going to PAX.

Idiot flesh redeemed most miraculously.

Jesus, I'm tired.

For those of you looking to meet up tonight, I'll be at the Elephant and Castle downtown at around 10pm, as the Clipper gets in at 9.45. It's supposed to, anyway. We'll see. After E&C, who knows. Maybe there will be cakes and seals involved!
NOTE: The seating has been reserved under "Steve". Extra points if you say something like "I WISH TO BE PLACED IN STEVELAND, PLEASE" when you arrive.

If you want to hook up over the weekend, you best drop me a line before I leave-- though I'll be checking my email throughout the weekend, I'm sure: synabetic (at) gmail (dot) com

I won't have a phone with me... Yeah, I planned on going through the fun of getting a phone specifically for the US, but I got busy, forgot, etc. Hell, I thought I had a 3-day pass for a couple months, for fuck's sake.

Sometimes I write posts in this manner to piss off a couple or so people who hate this format. I blame Evil.

I wonder if I can work in a quick game of HackMaster Basic over the weekend. I better bring the book and dice, just to be sure. It's also quite heartbreaking to explain to the boys that I'll be gone all weekend. Vance insists on coming along-- quite possibly by trying to pass himself as a robot horse, while Drake is determined to bring Seattle here with a special aircraft of some sort. Robots may have been involved with that, too. One day, my children will rule your universe. You just watch and see.

It's always weird how things seem to work out for me and the people I choose to associate myself with. I'd say I was lucky or blessed, but I don't believe in that hokum. I do believe in wonderful people, which is a blessing in itself.

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Friday, August 28th, 2009
1:40 pm - Cull of Christhulhu
Because some of you asked for it, and because I'm having a nice relaxing day, here is my  quick and dirty "remix" of Li'l Susy for Dork Dungeons.



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I hope you've enjoyed these as much as I've enjoyed throwing them together.



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8:59 am - Everyone's gone this morning...
So I decided to make some quick "Dork Dungeons" comics to start my day. Now I have some time to show them to you. Yeah, I got up pretty freaking early.



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See my previous entries for the strips I slapped together yesterday. I'm glad that a few of you are amused. :)

Maybe next time I'll throw in Call of Cthulhu...

Direct Links:
Strip 1: D&D Leads to Ruin
Strip 2: "Yes, Matt: Baby Hearts"
Dork Dungeons 1
Dork Dungeons 1.5
Dork Dungeons 2: For Sigmar!


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Thursday, August 27th, 2009
11:40 pm - Okay, one more strip...
I can't help myself. This time with moar Jesus.





Right. I should go to bed soon.

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11:11 pm - Dork Dungeons
Being one with a little time on his hands a few minutes ago, I thought I would revisit Dark Dungeons with my own "Dork Dungeons" spin. I do retain the same names as the classic Chick Tract, however.

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Alright, well, I find them amusing. Your mileage maaaay vary...

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4:30 pm - "Yes, Matt: baby hearts."
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/synabetic/babyhearts1.jpg

This particular comic is dedicated for you select few who were in my last D&D campaign.
I don't think cleaver404 ever quite recovered. Muahahaha...

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12:16 pm - D&D Leads to Ruin
I just felt like throwing something together while playing around with some new Orcusville ideas.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v309/synabetic/DnDLeadstoRuin1.jpg.jpg

Maybe later I'll clean it up some. Still, it was fun to slap together. :D
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Friday, August 21st, 2009
12:10 pm - As it always was it shall always be...
Heya! Thanks for the nice responses to my last post (both public and private). It's always neat to see folks from all parts of the political-social spectrum getting into something. One thing I would like to address, which may or may not be of interest to you, is how I feel on Republicans.

Check it: I don't hate US Republicans. Well, not REAL Republicans, anyway.

You probably don't know this, but when I was waaaay younger (in high school) I was in the JSA. That's Junior Statesmen of America, which, regardless of what the internet currently says, was-- in my school, anyway-- Young Republicans (but under 18). The few of us in the program there at school were Republican or Republican-leaning. Another interesting thing was that we were almost all atheists or agnostics. Anyhow, as time went on (a couple months seems like a long time to a 15-16 year old kid), some new folks joined and they identified with being Republicans, as well. Except they were hardcore Christians.

And I mean HARD. CORE.

"Whatever", I thought. I was enlightened enough to accept people for who they were and what they believed in. I did have blue hair, after all. I did wear a leather jacket and play sports AND roleplaying games. I was weird in my own right. "To each their own" my father, a wonderful man, taught me my entire life-- and that is how I've always lived. So, yeah, it should be noted that while my fellow JSA kids were mostly non-religious and into separation of church and state (well, until the hardcore Christian types showed up), I was rather outspoken. While I like the whole "live and let live" thing, I was horrified by how atheists were treated sometimes in America.

This, as it turns out, was sheer folly on my part.

What I SHOULD have done was keep my mouth shut, like the other guys did, until I hit college. "I'm in college part of the time anyway", is how I think I justified myself at the time. I didn't hate on Christians (that came later), and I wished them all the best on their chosen life path. However, they had other ideas. Eventually, I was "outed" in the middle of World History class by the very teacher who was our JSA guy. He didn't mean anything by it, of course, and it it was mentioned rather offhandedly in regards to a discussion on old religions. But the damage was done. I was done. And the New Republicans who were my JSA "fellows" campaigned hard to, well, fuck me hard.

Before I knew it, my Scoutmaster (a Mormon) started making my life a living hell and I left the Boy Scouts-- oh so close to Eagle. Later some other kid would sue the Boy Scouts for a similar thing... I both wish I had thought of that and am glad I didn't. Kids at school, the more socially active ones I mean, started to treat me like shit and my hate for them grew. I was never fond of the people I went to school with, anyway, which is amusing now as many of them are trying to add me on Facebook...

I watched in horror as something that people like McCarthy and Nixon started began to fuck up everything I believed in. All those arguments with my dad over how I liked Ike and he didn't (as Ike "turned his back on Eastern Europe" he'll say; I thought it was a shrewd and necessary move) were for naught. And the one other thing he taught me, aside from "To Each Their Own. Live and let live", of course, was proven to me beyond a shadow of any doubt: "Politics and organized religion is bullshit for assholes".

I quietly quit the JSA. I became more withdrawn and concentrated on band and some sports. Eventually I would spend my last fraction of school at some gifted alternative school, cursing long 30 minute bus rides between my college classes and the wonderfully ineffective "own pace" supposed "high school" I attended. I tried to hold on to my Republican beliefs while I was there, by the way, as my classmates were the polar opposite of those attending my former high school. Freaks, geeks, gays and punk fucking rockers. I adopted a more conservative look and bonded with the one other guy there who thought like I did. Don't get me wrong, I loved that school. Those people in that short year of my life were the best schoolmates I had had since I'd lived in West Germany.

Sorry, I'm rambling. These memories flood back and are more painful than I remember, you see. A short few years later, I would also become less stringent about social welfare when only a year or so after becoming diabetic I couldn't work for a few months and had to apply for general assistance. Ah, memories.

But do I hate Republicans? No. I quite admire Colin Powell, Susan Eisenhower and PJ O'Rourke and they count as some of my favorite public figures, currently. These other yahoos? Reagan worshiping, gawd-obsessed false Republicans? No. I have no respect for them. None. They seek to rape and maim my precious golden rule of "To Each Their Own. Live and Let Live". And do I hate Christians? I'll admit I went through a period where I would abuse passionate Christians whenever I could. Nowadays I'm more in tune with my own rule. Remember: Criticism is not abuse. Some of the best people I know are Christians, in fact.

While I'm a more socially liberal person, I can get behind some traditional Republican fiscal sensibilities. And just because I'm socially liberal doesn't mean I'll side with Democrats. In fact, I loathe a two-party system. I used to be a Libertarian back in the day, but that party was totally fucking wrecked by nut-jobs, delusional freaktards and Stealth (New) Republicans. However, I still like Jesse Ventura quite a bit... but I don't think he's in the party, is he?

This post has veered all over the place, like a drunk driving a high performance rocket sled. I assure you that I am not drunk-- merely operating on high performance teas. To sum it up: I don't hate real Republicans. I may disagree with many of their points, but I encourage them to speak out and have their voices heard. I feel that everyone is entitled to an opinion-- yes, even the freaktards and doucherakes out there. Instead of silencing them, we must make reason the vocal majority... Yup, shout them down. Just shout them down politically*. And shut them down, too. Seriously, why the fuck do moon hoaxers and birthers get coverage anyway?

Oh, that's right, the news media is not much unlike the movie and TV industry in that profit is king. Hey, I'm cool with heartless inane cockscrapings being huge at the box office, but what I'm not cool with is the news media, people we should trust, dishing out cockscrpaings that would make the most vile and unforgivable producer scumbag hesitate on touching it. Yeah, I mainly looking at you, Fox News; but the rest of you are just as fucking guilty. Sure, you weren't in on the rape session of Truth, Fact and History, but you are more than happy to cover it for your viewers' perverse please and then have the gall to claim the moral high ground.

Fuck. Rambling again. I blame tea. Can I do that?

It's really sad when I consider Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show to be my TV news/pundit sources. I will admit that I don't usually want to punch Joe Scarborough in the face... then again, I only ever see him in short clips.

I, uh, have no idea where I'm going with this anymore... and I have some work to do.

(* Note: I mean this politically, and in a "metaphoric" way. Debate should always be somewhat civil, even if it gets passionate. In a best case scenario, a hybrid of both/more ideas is formed, and the problem or issue at hand is solved or improved in some fashion.)

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Thursday, August 20th, 2009
1:20 pm - Because it has to be said.
Occasionally I like to have my Stick of Hate (plus a few pounds) self look at the current US political climate and take notes. Here are just some...
Note for those who don't know me: I am an American citizen who votes. You know, just in case you think I'm canadian and should shut the fuck up based on that notion.

The following works like this: I present the result first, and then the factors second as a list-- well, you'll get it.

Result: You are a fucking idiot.

Factors: If...

- You watched the movie Expelled and thought it was a good and reasoned documentary.

- You think Obama is a Nazi or anything like Adolf Hitler.

- You bring firearms to a public demonstration and take issue with people saying that you should be locked up / suppressed. (See comment section below for a nice, slightly modified version of this!)

- You hold the "Founding Fathers" in a godlike regard and think that rich white men who wanted to rule their own country in the later 18th century are absolutely infallible and everything they said is the "word of Gawd".

- You think Obama is a tyrant and plans to subjugate the American people under his mighty black boot heel (which has a goldfish living inside it, naturally).

- You think Canada is a socialist or communist nation.

- You believe that Obama should show his birth certificate. (This counts double, by the way.)

- You believe the moon landing was hoaxed.

- You think the Earth is 6000 years old.

- You believe that Christianity needs people to "stand up" for it. (Worth triple if you think Christianity is threatened in any way, or that Christians are oppressed.)

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
7:33 pm - Hoody Hoo!
HackMaster Basic


I haz eet.

First impressions: It's much much simpler than the last edition of Hackmaster. Characters can be rolled up in less than a half hour, and that's including explaining things. Compare that to a couple hours (less if you were fast) with the last HackMaster and this is quite the improvement/blessing. Waaaay less complicated also means it offers less, too, until HackMaster Advanced is released. You only have four races-- Human, Elf, Dwarf and Halfling. There are only four classes-- Fighter, Thief, Mage and Cleric. Still, it looks like it's rocking.

I'll be running this game on Sunday at the local shop and I'll try to get my thoughts up on how it runs and such at a later date.

But today has been a great day, aside from worky work stuff I probably shouldn't talk about... New HackMaster, new Knights of the Dinner Table and new freaking DICE (smoke gray translucent; Sharon picked them out).

How y'all doin'?

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Monday, August 17th, 2009
11:30 am - Soooooon...
Yes, you can click on it.


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Thursday, August 13th, 2009
1:41 pm - Bwahahahaha
I've seen shitty roleplaying games with more thought put into them than this fine example of "science":


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I'm looking at you, World of Synnibarr and FATAL.
Image courtesy of PZ Myers' blog.

And hey, if stuff like this post offends you, I recommend you do a better job of trying to modify your mythologies to fit with modern times. It's not my fault if a good number of people out there want to "explain" their take on things with something more than "it's magic, alright!?" and fail, fail, fail. Fail Flail -7, y'know?

Also: Mongoloid.

Also also: Booty time on the ark must have been WEIRD.

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Monday, August 10th, 2009
1:45 pm - Secret Cross and FTL Goodness
Well, the time has come to put yer monies where your finger-mouths are. FTL #2 is available at DriveThruComics.com for only 99 cents! That's 35 pages of full-color madness to be enjoyed almost instantly after clicking a few buttons. What makes this UK anthology even more special to me is that this marks the first comic book appearance of THE SECRET CROSS, which has the first 6-page part of a 12-page story in FTL #2!!

What's Secret Cross? It's the WWI horror title me, Stephen Lindsay and Dominic Vivona cooked up. Later on Jeff Balke, awesome colorist and outstanding guy, joined our ranks.

So what are you waiting for? Get some!

Here's some copy:

"FTL is Orang Utan Comics' flagship anthology series! Expect the very best quick fire stories in these pages, from some of the most exciting creators working in comics today. This is the comics anthology where anything goes! Vampires! Dragons! Robots! Ninjas! Knights! Vikings! Cheerleaders! You name it, you'll find it in the pages of FTL!

The second stunning installment of FTL brings you a heady mix of post-apocalyptic visions, super heroics, werewolves and creepy ancient myths as we continue in our quest to bring you the best mix of comic book short story goodness available. Hmmm...or should that be "badness"? Anyway, this issue we've also teamed up with the fine people at Nightmaera to bring you the first part of their period horror tale, Secret Cross!"

Oh, and there's a print version of FTL #2 here. It's black and white, but looks great nonetheless!

And the blog HYPERGEEK reviewed FTL #2 in a very nice and detailed manner. Read it here.

Enjoy!







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Thursday, August 6th, 2009
11:50 am - Random thought
Whenever I hear or read the phrases "grow up" or "act like an adult" I tend to think the following, no matter who's saying it and why:

Grown ups commit war, theft, genocide, destruction, murder, rape, as well as a litany of other very nasty things. When was the last time you heard of a little kid going mad and chopping people's heads off and having sex with the corpses? How many pre-teens have created nerve gas and nuclear weapons? And our Godwin moment: The last time I checked, all the worst Nazis were adults. Oh, I could go on and on and on... But yeah, those common sayings don't really work with me.

Example:
"Steve, you are an asshole... you should just grow the fuck up!"
"So you want me to bayonet you to death and euthanise your dog? Crazy!"

See? It makes no sense to me and never has. Even as a kid I would look weird, and I mean weird, by this line of thinking.

Does anyone else feel this way? Or is just me and my mind-gerbils?

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11:15 am - Hey sports fans...
I know some of you lot are Packers fans, so I found this tidbit interesting:

As quarterback Michael Vick continues to look for a job and here teams turn him away, one team has not quite ruled out the possibility of signing him yet. That team is the Green Bay Packers. Team GM Ted Thompson has experience dealing with quarterback controversies. He has also recently said he "hasn't ruled out the possibility" of signing Vick. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Packers have had "serious discussions."

(Follow this link for more.)

That's right, the Green Bay Packers-- according to this site-- are considering a guy who ran dogfights and is a Grade A felonious douchebag for the team.

Thoughts?

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