December 10, 2013 in Blogs
I realized a value in these Blogless Lepolt postings over the past month, in that since the very first on December 1st, 2005, I have kept offline an index of every installment, complete with all the subjects and links to all the articles linked within each. As I was trying to compose a history of Collision, I found that I could determine when people joined the band from searching that index and reading the old entries. That history is now posted to my web site, and this is the first public link to it.
Things are looking rather bleak for the band, though. At the last rehearsal, November 16th, there was rather a big problem when Sara’s mother announced that she (the mother) and Sara’s father did not want Sara playing an electric guitar; it apparently brought back bad memories of their own past. This led, ultimately, to Sara resigning from the band. (It was a very awkward situation, because initially she wanted to continue as just a singer, but we had told her before she joined that no one in the band did not play an instrument on stage.) I question whether there will still be a band–but Mike is hopeful, and has suggested that he can take over the bass guitar. He will not be the first bass guitarist I have had who had previously been my sound technician–it has happened twice before–but I have some worries as to whether a one-handed bass guitarist can do justice to some of the music I’ve written.
In the interest of completeness, on November 2nd Jonathan and I played a concert at a retreat. One of the expected bands had cancelled, and they desperately begged Mike to find someone, and he tried to get us, and Sara said she was not available but Jonathan and I were, so we did an hour gig on one day’s notice with no rehearsal, and they want us back next year. I have no idea who will be there next year.
In any case, I have done a lot of writing while I’ve been away, enough that I’ve got a lot of writing to do now. To begin with The Examiner, the Temporal Anomalies pieces finished a series with The Jacket part 10: Letter, and then began working on another movie beginning with Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 1: Background, a spoiler-free quick-start to the series and its third installment, followed over now several weeks with Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 2: Competition, detailing the problems of having two time travelers; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 3: Fire one, looking at the first major change made to history; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 4: Location, detailing a new problem with this film, in that the time traveler seems to arrive in places he had not been; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 5: Butterflies, looking at things that should have been changed but weren’t; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 6: Rebecca, considering the first murder and Sam’s effort to investigate it; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 7: Elizabeth, considering why the first murder changed to a double murder, and how that changed Sam’s life; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 8: Loops, raising the problem of how the murderer knows to kill people who are already dead; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 9: Anita, dealing with the problem of the killing and then subsequent unkilling of victim number three; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 10: Serial killer, trying to make sense of how all those deaths occurred in the lost history; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 11: Flennons, puzzling over why Sam fails to consider the significance of the addition of the victim that breaks the pattern in two ways; Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 12: Vicki, facing the inconsistencies involved in the last murder; and, as of yesterday, Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations part 13: Fire two, working through the problems involved when Sam takes over himself at a time when he previously had done so, to do the opposite of what he did then. I have two more installments for this series, and have already prepared a considerably shorter series on Safety Not Guaranteed, a very enjoyable movie well worth watching and easily ruined by knowing too much about it in advance.
In the midst of this, I took a night to catch a double feature–well, it was not billed as a double feature, and I had to purchase two tickets, but Free Birds and About Time were both playing at the same theatre, and after I watched them I gave a quick assessment of both as Films currently showing, November 2013, which also mentions Doctor Who and a couple of other near-future time travel movies. I expect to do a quick but more detailed assessment of Free Birds next week when Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations is finished, and I have a similar analysis of About Time planned to fill the week less than a month from now when Safety Not Guaranteed concludes.
The politics side was also busy, particularly so since we had an election (and traffic to my pages skyrocketed during that time). Thus some of these will be old news, but Homosexual marriage: Governor Christie’s concession examined what Christie accomplished by dropping the homosexual marriage appeal versus what he might have accomplished by pursuing it; 2013 New Jersey election ballot, with Public Questions, which gave some insight into the gambling and minimum wage questions that were included; 2013 New Jersey election results, including the makeup of our state legislature and the outcome of the questions; and then in post-election topics New Jersey Drug Court, considering the plan to make treatment mandatory; Publishing police reports, a problem that developed when one progressive community put its police news on Facebook and the community provided the name of an underage victim; Wearing religious symbols, an issue growing internationally as employers including government employers try to prevent employees from dressing as their religion requires; The Radio Shack Boycott, asking whether Christians ought to be trying to force companies to acknowledge Christmas in their advertising; and as of this morning, followup to the earlier article about the judge moonlighting as a stand-up comedian, The judge cannot be a comedian.
Of course, that’s not all I’ve written; that’s just what’s appeared. The new Faith and Gaming Revised and Expanded Edition came out (more details here), and in addition to the several books I mentioned a while back, I have resumed long-delayed work on the project I never wanted to mention publicly, the revised Multiverser rules which will be fully compatible with the current edition, expanded with new material, and split into three smaller volumes separating the core mechanics, the skills materials, and the world-building assistance each into its own book. So outside of the company directors, you’re the first to know; but it’s going to be a long row to hoe, as in returning to the project I haven’t even quite yet gotten far enough to know how far I had gotten before it got pushed aside.
Now, I’m looking at one shy of a dozen articles contributed by Eric Ashley in my absence, which I am going to copy to a text document and read later, but am going to list here (and in my aforementioned index) so you and I will be able to find them at need:
- Practice Bits: Warden V.
- Practise Bits: Luck.
- Practise Bits: Lazy.
- Practise Bits: Warden VI.
- Practise Bits: Bright.
- Practise Bits: City.
- Practise Bits: Wolven III.
- Practise Bits: DeepWar Alpha.
- Practise Bits: Archimedes.
- Practise Bits: Wolven IV.
- Practise Bits: Wages.
I have no idea how long it will take me to read all of that, but I’m going to print it in a moment.
First, though, I’m going to save this text–I would hate to lose it all at this point.
–M. J. Young