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Archive for November, 2009

Weird Science – The Climate Change Denial Movement

The recent criminal hack of emails from an English university is the final nail in the coffin of the global climate change hypothesis.

Except there is no nail, no coffin, and global warming isn’t a hypothesis, it’s a phenomenon that’s already having measurable negative effects on our climate.



Avatar Glossary

Sometime in the near future, I’m going to be posting an link to my latest project, an Annan Dreamscape cover of The Guild’s (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar. I’m going to be pointing some of my friends and family at it. And I’m going to have to explain it to them, because it’s mostly a huge inside joke for gamers. So here is a basic glossary of terms found in Avatar.

Avatar: Your representative in the game/virtual world, your character. If this was Monopoly, your avatar would be the top hat or the racing car.

MMO: Short for MMORPG, which is short for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. A game in which thousands of people log on and mostly ignore each other in the same virtual environment.

Virtual Space: A 2D or 3D computer environment that represents a place. A virtual space can be a galaxy, a concert hall, or a closet.

Emote: A text indication of an action or thought that your avatar is undertaking, set apart from standard text chat. For example: *Yukon Sam takes a deep breath, preparing to continue his long-winded explanation*

Animations: Actions that the avatar visibly performs in the world; dancing, jumping around like a moron, collapsing to the ground in a heap.

Potion: Liquid in a flask with various magical effects. Used in the song in the same sense as “have a drink”.

Slots: A place to put gear on your avatar.  Most games have slots for a weapon or tool, shield, various pieces of armor, and storage in a backpack.

Character Bank: Storage for stuff you don’t carry on your character, often taking the form of an actual bank vault or building.

Tank and spank: A tactic for fighting monsters in a game. One character holds the monster’s attention, while another unloads as much damage as possible on it.

Cyberspace: A virtual world, or the set of all virtual worlds, or (depending on who you talk to) everything on the Internet/Web.

Tell: A private message to another player.

Stats: Numbers that describe your character, such as Strength, Intellegence and Dexterity.

Uber-leet: Very elite

Staff: A length of wood favored as a weapon by magic-users.

Nerd-nip: Catnip for nerds (?)

Cloth Armor: Heavy clothing favored by magic-users to protect them in combat.

Twitter: Send a short text message.

Plus five to dexterity vest: A piece of clothing that increases the wearer’s Dexterity stat by five points.

I hope this is of some use to my gaming-challenged friends.