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Secret Identity II

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-20 08:43:20


So I saw this news story about a pair of convenience store armed robberies, where the perpetrator used a Klingon sword.

The final line of the story reads, "Officers searched the area but didn't find the robber or the weapon, which was described as a 'bat'leth.'" Aside from the violent nature of the crime, the nerdy oddity of the weapon could draw a minor chuckle.

Scroll down further and you'll see this comment from the user "linda":

"I'd like to point out that that's not a bat'leth. Looks more like a valdris(a type of double-bladed knife). At first, I figured it was just a small(less-honorable) bat'leth, but there's no blade guarding the hand, it's two separate blades. Plus, there are pointy ends going forward AND backward, while a bat'leth only has points going forward."


I just started the "Lost and the Damned" DLC for Grand Theft Auto IV, and so far so good. I'd forgotten how impressive Liberty City is, and it felt like a homecoming. The DLC is decent thus far, but I'll have to see if it delivers the same pathos as the main game. I've also finally dabbled with Battlefield: Bad Company and I'll have a review up shortly...ish. I do need to say that this shooter was unjustly overlooked, and I'm fairly certain I'll end up slapping an A on it.

Now Playing - Battlefield: Bad Company & GTA IV DLC(360)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-18 23:42:47

Diplomacy II - Spring 1901

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England opened conservatively, pushing only into the North Sea. Presumably, they will ferry their army into Norway next turn, which will freeze him out as a player for the Low Countries, at least for the first capture turn. Or if he does gamble hard for Belgium/Holland, he risks gaining no supply centers in the first year. The English Channel remains clear, indicating peace between England and France..?

France is clearly claiming all of Iberia. His third unit is holding the German border, and it's unclear if it will make a play for Belgium in the fall. In any case, it seems likely that he will grow to at least five next turn.

Italy followed the textbook opening (at least the one that doesn't point westward), and will most likely be ferrying into Tunisia next turn. The more aggressive play would be to stab Austria, but this would require Turkish support, and would have no guarantee of success.

Austria is ostensibly shooting for his share of the Balkans: Serbia and Greece. This is a volatile area of the map that could turn against any participant as quickly as alliances form and break. If peace carries the day, Austria should grow to five. Interestingly, Austria chose to push Vienna to Galacia this past turn, causing a standoff with Russia who was attempting to go Warsaw to Galacia. This was either brilliant, or ridiculously lucky; if the move had succeeded, Austria would have left its western flank completely open. As it stands, the Russian incursion was repelled without loss of positioning.

Turkey also opened conservatively, pushing only into Bulgaria. As I previously mentioned, this area is a powder keg, with Turkey sharing the space with Austria and Russia, and even Italy on the periphery if she decides to involve herself. The Black Sea remains clear, indicating an agreement between Russia and Turkey for the present.

Russia made the standard moves of pushing Rumania, and the Bothnian Sea en route to Sweden. He may have shown his hand, however, as an enemy of Austria. He attempted to move into Galacia, an Austrian province. According to my secondary unofficial rules, this warrants the first Treachery Point to be awarded to Russia! Switzerland now recognizes a State of War between the two powers.

Germany moved sensibly, as it appears Denmark and Holland are his targets. His remaining army is simply holding Munich, the critical supply center.

The image below is the current state of the map. A larger version is available for viewing by clicking on it.

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