Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector

XKCD - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:00
On the other hand, the refractor's limited light-gathering means it's unable to make out shadow people or the dark god Chernabog.
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New Blood – DORK TOWER 26.01.17

Dork Tower - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 23:01


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Downtimes and Updates

Dork Tower - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 13:10

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This time of year I’d usually be getting ready to travel to Warpcon. Sadly, this year, I won’t be there.

Actually, though I’ll miss my pals, Cork’s English Market, and the best fish and chips this side of Master’s, it’s OK. I’m tired, the last couple of months have been tough, and it’ll be nice spending a bit of time at home.

Last year, I flew somewhere or other thirteen times. Six trips were to Europe. Every few weeks, I’d seem to be packing to go someplace. And while this may be an Diamond-Status First World Problem, I crossed 2016’s finish line physically exhausted and mentally dishevelled.

Work helped to distract me, Munchkin and Dork Tower kept on schedule, and no longer pounding four beers a night, plus Xanax, to numb it all has (SHOCK! HORROR!) proven decidedly healthy.

That said, some things fell by the wayside: updating the blog, here, for a start.

Anyway, here are a couple of updates. More to come, as I get back in the swing of things.


dorktower1380promoiiTuesday’s Dork Tower is actually based on real life.

When I was dating my wife, I’d buy her Magic cards, to introduce her to card gaming (she got a Black Lotus: I got a rock), and we’d play Carcassonne, to introduce her to board gaming.

I used Call of Cthulhu to introduce her to roleplaying games. And I was a pretty good CoC GM. I had the lights down low. I played atmosperic music. Krista, one of my veteran players, ended up in the fetal position, rocking back and forth on a couch. Her – not her character.

To this day, my wife describes her first roleplaying experience thusly: “I went crazy, I got turned inside-out, and then I died.”

She’s not roleplayed since.

I’ve never been the brightest cultist in temple.


The last physical reward for Insane Charity Bike Ride 2017 has gone to press: the Pat Rothfuss limerick mini-print!

Here’s the preview:


YES, Pat wrote that for backers of the ridet. YES, I can’t believe I have such awesome pals.

Once it gets back, I’ll sign them all, Pat will sign a few, and swag will be in the mail soonish!

The new Coloring book should be done as well. That will be a pdf download for all backers, at all levels.

It’s been three months since the ride, but this will actually be (fingers crossed) the quickest I’ve ever gotten the rewards out.

Next year? Aiming for even quicker!



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XKCD - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 22:00
With the right 90-degree rotation, any effect is a side effect.
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Roleplaying 101 – DORK TOWER 25.01.17

Dork Tower - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:01


(Tip of the Dork Pen for a couple favorite lines from PEANUTS and LIFE IN HELL I repurposed, here…)

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Phone Numbers

XKCD - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 22:00
Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
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XKCD - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:00
My life goal is to launch a barge into the air and have it land on one of Elon Musk's rockets.
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Voice Commands

XKCD - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 22:00
Dvorak words may sound hard to pronounce, but studies show they actually put less stress on the vocal chords.
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XKCD - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 22:00
Plus, time's all weird in there, so most of it probably broke down and decomposed hundreds of years ago. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to get in touch with Yucca Mountain to see if they're interested in a partnership.
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XKCD - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 22:00
Further out to the right, it works correctly, but the reason it works still involves the word 'firmware.'
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Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize

XKCD - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 22:00
This map preserves the shapes of Tissot's indicatrices pretty well, as long as you draw them in before running the resize.
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Checking Out – DORK TOWER 10.01.17

Dork Tower - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 23:01


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XKCD - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 22:00
Hey Rob, sorry it took me a while to get back to you! Sure, I'd love to see WALL-E opening weekend! Are you still doing that, or...?
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