Friday, January 28, 2011

Dungeons & Dragons: A Threat to Prison Security

Sometime you read a story and it takes a lot of re-reading and double checking before you can bring yourself to accept it truly is legitimate. This is one of those stories.

The seventh circuit of the United States Court of Appeals has just published a ruling on a case heard last September. Let us peruse the opening line and consider whether this may be the greatest legal ruling in history:

After concluding that the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons (“D&D”) represented a threat to prison security, officials at Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution took action to eradicate D&D within the prison’s wall.
There is more at this story on

This reminds me of the crap press that lead to the negative public perception that AD&D was "a game of the devil" where kids cast spells on each other and the figures are possessed by demons. As usual it is/was the players that are to blame. Players that forget ITS A GAME, caused the rest of the players to lose their game playing privileges in this example and the in the past caused all the negative press.

Not one of mine
I proudly continued to play AD&D all the way through 1991 when the responsibilities of family and lack of time forced us to retire the campaign. My friends save one didn't take the game all that seriously. It was important to keep perspective. I lost many a character in many a campaign but I didn't threaten to commit suicide or burn down the DM's house, I said, "well shit" and started a new beer and a new character.

My friends all turned out successful. Three doctors, owner of an engineering firm, an owner of an IT company, me (whatever it is that I do), director of IT, owner of a green house, lawyer, magazine publisher/editor, insurance salesman, and that is just one of the groups I played in.

So on behalf of a former AD&D player...don't lose your head, and remember its just a game.

Hors d'Oeuvres, 15th Level Grand Druid
Nigel Knockwurst, 23rd level Halfling Thief

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dressed to Drill

A German dentist is dressing to drill by ordering low-cut dresses for herself and her nurses to distract patients as she works on their teeth.

Dr. Marie Catherine Klarkowski whose practice is in Munich in southern Germany said that she came up with the idea after watching the way male visitors to the local Oktoberfest enjoyed looking at the traditional low-cut Dirndl dresses.

So she ordered for herself and her 10 staff similar frilled blouses in the same style with low cut cleavages and tight bodices that work like a push-up bra.

I wonder if they take Healthchoice Dental? I'll bet she is the most popular dentist in least as far as men are concerned.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Real Genius Movie Coming True

The Navy has passed a major milestone in its quest to build an incredibly powerful new anti-air raygun.

Scientists with the Navy's Office of Naval Research have demonstrated a prototype system capable of producing from thin air the electrons needed to generate ultrapowerful, "megawatt-class" laser beams for the agency's next-generation system.

"The injector performed as we predicted all along," said Dinh Nguyen, senior project leader for the Free Electron Laser (FEL) program at the Los Alamos National Lab, N.M. "But until now, we didn't have the evidence to support our models. We were so happy to see our design, fabrication and testing efforts finally come to fruition."

He said the group is hoping to set a world record with the futuristic new weapon -- which could be the Holy Grail of military lasers.

It looks like the movie Real Genius (1985)is coming true. I guess the Navy has Chris Knight and Lazlo Hollyfeld and Mitch Taylor buried in their work and have finally figured out how to make a quantum leap with their laser. Good work guys.

There were some great quotes from this movie. Deborah Foreman whom I've had a thing for every since I saw her in Valley Girl (1983) had a fun exchange with Val Kilmer playing Chris Knight in the movie...

[Chris Knight is trying to hit on Susan, a beautiful woman he finds in Professor Hathaway's house]
Chris Knight: So, if there's anything I can do for you, or, more to the point, to you, you just let me know.
Susan: Can you hammer a six-inch spike through a board with your penis?
Chris Knight: Not right now.
Susan: A girl's gotta have her standards.
[She walks out]

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the richest neighborhood is...

A Dallas suburb home to teen pop group Jonas Brothers and the Texas Rangers baseball team owner Chuck Greenberg is the most affluent neighborhood in the United States, according to
The town of Westlake, Texas, has an estimated annual median household income of $250,000, five times more than the median for the U.S. overall.

The town of 703 residents is also home to sports stars such as golfer Todd Hamilton and chief executives, including Matthew Rose of railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

"We are a very small town and we have a number of highly paid professional athletes who live here, CEOs of major corporations, members of a popular band of brothers," Laura Wheat, the mayor of the Town of Westlake, told Forbes.

Second on the list was the Village of Kenilworth, a suburb of Chicago, where median household income totals $247,000.Mission Hills, Kansas, with median household income of $243,000, was third.

The City of Nichols Hills located within the north half of Oklahoma City above NW 63rd street, was at the top of this list a decade ago or so. I will never have to worry about living in the richest neighborhood in America.

Picture is the home of "the Jonas brothers". So they all live in the same house? That's just sad that they can't afford their own places.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Getting the band back together

Former President George H.W. Bush is getting his old foreign policy team back together on the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War.

The reunion is being held on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, where the Bush presidential library is located.

A roundtable discussion by the Bush team is expected to include the 41st president, former vice presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, who was secretary of the defense at the time, and former secretaries of state James Baker and Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This episode of Phineas and Ferb From Season 1 makes me wonder if we could make the former president's reunion into a musical. I know we could.

A can't wait to write the words to the song of how the allied military decapitated and destroyed the fourth largest army in the world at the time with just 600,000+ troops.

Jack LaLanne, Fitness Guru, dead, 96, pneumonia

LOS ANGELES -- Jack LaLanne was prodding Americans to get off their couches and into the gym decades before it was cool. And he was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades past most Americans' retirement age.

He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.

When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the "You Asked For It" television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco -- handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.

You don't meet people like this man everyday. He was a pioneer in the world of fitness and health.