what kind of email form letter is this??

This is a form letter to tell you that we’re using one or more of your submissions in UA2. I’d like to tell each of you which we’re using, but there are 29 of you and we have well over 100 sections accepted, and it’s just too big a job! Your names will appear in the credits of the rulebook when it comes out in the spring. Thanks very much–it was beautiful work.

How fricking lazy! I want to know which elements they’re using!!

How to Take a Punch, A quick reference

Take a Blow to the Body

  1. Tighten your stomach muscles. (A body blow to the gut (solar plexus) can damage organs and kill. This sort of punch is one of the best and easiest ways to knock someone out. (Harry Houdini was killed by an unexpected blow to the abdomen.))
  2. Do not suck in your stomach if you expect that a punch is imminent.
  3. If possible, shift slightly so that the blow hits your side, but do not flinch or move away from the punch. (Try to absorb the blow with your obliques this is the set of muscles on your side that wraps around your ribs. While a blow to this area may crack a rib, it is less likely to do damage to internal organs.)

Take a Blow to the Head

  1. Move toward the blow, not away from it. (Getting punched while moving backward will result in the head taking the punch at full force. A punch to the face can cause head whipping, where the brain moves suddenly inside the skull, and can cause severe injury or death.)
  2. Tighten your neck muscles and clench your jaw to avoid scraping of the upper and lower palettes.

To Fend off a Straight Punch

  1. The straight punch-one that comes straight at your face-should be countered by moving toward the blow.
  2. A punch can be absorbed most effectively and with the least injury by the forehead. (Avoid getting taking the punch in the nose, which is extremely painful.)
  3. Attempt to deflect the blow with an arm.
  4. Moving into the punch may result in your attacker missing the mark wide to either side.
  5. (optional) Hit back with an uppercut or roundhouse.

To Fend off a Roundhouse Punch

  1. Clench your jaw. (A punch to the ear causes great pain and can break your jaw.)
  2. Move in close to your attacker. (Try to make the punch land harmlessly behind your head.)
  3. (optional) Hit back with an uppercut.

To Fend off an Uppercut

  1. Clench your neck and jaw. (An uppercut can much damage, whipping your head back, easily breaking your jaw or your nose.)
  2. Use your arm to absorb some of the impact or deflect the blow to the side-anything to minimize the impact of a straight punch to the jaw.
  3. Do not step into this punch. (If possible, move your head to the side.)
  4. (optional) Hit back with a straight punch to the face or with an uppercut of your own.

(see more helpful hints at http://worstcasescenarios.com )

Random Scotto Factoid of the day –

I read multiple books at once. Depending where in the apartment or at work I am, I grab what’s at hand and read it… I keep a book by the bed, one (at least one!) in the potty, on the dining-table, next to my computers at work & home, and stored on my palmtop for portability. (the bed and palm books get read the quickest, and sometimes books cycle from location to location.)

Current books I’m reading, and locations – (I’ll apply links and fomatting, later, as it occurs to me)

  • Work – Perl Programming and Apache Guides
  • Palmtop – Blue Velvet Script, King James Bible, Tales of the Arabian Knights, (Will be adding Delta of Venus, shortly, possibly tonight)
  • Home computer – The Stand – Stephen King
  • Potty – Collected Astro City, Preacher, and Doom Patrol comics in Trade paperbacks
  • Dining Table – Quantum psychology – Robert Anton Wilson
  • Bedside – Tales Of Beatnik Glory – Ed Sanders

2 years ago today – Newt – pic here

This was E-mailed to me –

The only article I found that satisfied my insatiable need for constant news today was this one off of SFGate: Please Lick This iMac — Yet another utterly annoying, nearly perfect gizmo gem from those shameless bastards at Apple.

However, I do not want one. Not immediately. Not ever. It looks like a hat.

The first time I saw a picture of the new iMac, I thought it was a desk lamp. I am yet unconvinced that it is anything other than a glorified desk weight.

I see no need for yet another piece of crass consumer garbage. Give me something with 1024 processors and a library that allows me to assign processes to each one by hand. Dammit, I know what a computer should look like — it should look like a small, squat, black building with one evil red blinking eye. It should loom. It should strike mortal terror into small children.

And it should run so fast it needs to be supercooled by left-over pieces of the universe, not match with a handbag and a pair of earrings. It should heat my home just idling. It should use BJT transistors in the floating point unit just because it can. Hell, screw clocking and latches, we’re going timed by clock skew and dipped in pure freon! Screw this happy little G4 garbage. Give me speed and power! Screw your dinky little consumer chips! Give me a real machine!

A computer should be a device, not an accessory. It’s a machine, not a fashion statement. It’s a tool, and with this tool you create data and media. The next step up should be bigger, cooler, and more powerful, not some dumbed down piece of trash.

I hate computers.

You know, I rather agree with much of that sentiment. I want a quality machine that runs fast and well. That said, the new gizmo looks neat, but doesn’t seem to be any great technological shake… I’d like my computer to be pretty much invisible, not a centerpiece. do the job quickly and without crashing, please, and stay out of the way when I want to write at my desk.

Had wonderful, soothing sleeps last night. 🙂 Wearing my superman boxers to celebrate today.

Walkies today, and yesterday’s super jetpack link makes me wonder about the last groundbreaking invention before the internet? Anything more recent than my answer? (I don’t want to foul judgement by posting it out here. For what it’s worth, I don’t thing the little scooter is terribly groundbreaking)

It really impresses me what some people have seen over the last lifetime’s worth of years. 1903 we had the first manned, controlled flight… there are people still alive that were born before then… they’ve seen us go from being pretty much earthbound to being able to go to the moon, cold wars, world wars, and we lived through it all.

Human rights here in the US went to some pretty poor settings to some not nearly so bad ones. Women can vote, no more official segregation, and you can pretty much believe what you want in regards to religion, sexuality, and politics. Medical science has gone through the roof, as has technology in general. (Maybe, in my opinion the best side effect of some of the most horrible conflicts this planet has ever seen.)

I’m happy to be living in this place and time.

Other news…Newtie’s done with his meds! hooray! To celebrate, I had a naughty brunch. Ice cream sammich!

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