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Mar. 31st, 2010 | 02:11 pm

My BJJ studies in March went straight to heck. I hardly went to class at all.

But I'm rebooting that for April. I worked it out -- there are 25 BJJ classes I could go to in April. The plan is to attend every last one of them. Here's hopin'.

I'll report on progress at the end of the month.

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Seize Power, Shareholders

Mar. 18th, 2010 | 08:29 am

Eliot Spitzer (the former governor of New York) has an interesting article in Slate about who is responsible for keeping corporate management from screwing around:
While new regulation may have meaningful results, it also encourages us to ignore a more potent, and necessary, approach to remedying the markets' structural problems: Shareholders must start exercising the latent power they have always had. By focusing almost exclusively on regulation, we are failing to take advantage of the fundamental power shareholders have had but have abdicated.
It would be cat herding to enlist all individual shareholders in the battle, but it will not be difficult to involve the shareholders who matter most, traditionally passive institutional investors—large mutual funds and pension funds.

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Actually, many of Spitzer's articles for Slate are worth reading.

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Why Hollywood Always Gets the Future Wrong

Mar. 17th, 2010 | 02:31 pm

Notable SF writer John Scalzi has a very smart answer in his latest column for AMC:
How can movies get the future so wrong for so long?

Well, the answer is that this question assumes something not necessarily in evidence; that is, that science fiction filmmakers are in fact trying to get the future right -- that is, trying to accurately extrapolate from current, existing knowledge, a future in which their stories could come about. It's a nice theory, but it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. In fact, the formula many scifi movies use for their "futures" is another one entirely, and it goes like this:

Actual present + notable concern in the present carried to an extreme + cool techy stuff largely indistinguishable from magic = "The Future"

(more here)

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BJJ Year, Post 11

Mar. 14th, 2010 | 05:28 pm

classes in earlier weeks: 22
classes this week: 0
total: 22

day of year: 31+28+14=73
classes required by schedule: 50
status: behind schedule by 28 classes

Sigh. Another donut. Never again.

OK, there are two and a half more weeks in this month. I have nothing preventing me from attending any of the classes, which means I should be able to attend 6 classes this week, 6 classes next week, and three the week after (the month ends mid-week.)

6-6-3. Every. Last. One.

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BJJ Year, Post 10

Mar. 6th, 2010 | 06:42 am

classes in earlier weeks: 19
classes this week: 3
total: 22

day of year: 31+28+6=65
classes required by schedule: 45
status: behind schedule by 23 classes

Three classes -- same as last week. I can do better.

I managed to use X-guard -- the move I learned at the seminar in Hamilton last week -- once in sparring. Very satisfying, that.

Next week, my parents will be in town and I'll be at the cottage for a couple of days. I'll have four classes during the week, and then a BJJ seminar on Sunday. That's five days of training, best case.

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Crash on Volturnus

Mar. 5th, 2010 | 04:03 pm

Hey hey, I see someone has taken the time to put on the web Crash on Volturnus, the introductory adventure for the old Star Frontiers RPG. They did a nice job, too.

Actually, it seems all the old Star Frontiers modules have been scanned in here. Nifty!

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Making Money as an Author

Mar. 4th, 2010 | 03:34 pm

If you are into the nitty-gritty of professional writing, perhaps because you hope to do so for a living yourself, you would do well to read these blog posts by Charles Stross. Stross is a well-regarded upper-midlist science fiction writer living in the UK.

The Structure of the Industry
How Books Are Made
What Authors Sell to Publishers
Territories, Translations, and Foreign Rights

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BJJ Year, Post 9

Feb. 28th, 2010 | 06:17 pm

classes in earlier weeks: 16
classes this week: 3
total: 19

day of year: 59
classes required by schedule: 40
status: behind schedule by 21 classes

Three classes. That's a lot better than one last week, and zero the week before.

The goal from here on is to attend all the classes. That's six this coming week. If I absolutely have to take one off, let it be Wednesday.

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Star Frontiers

Feb. 20th, 2010 | 07:41 pm

I just found out I have won an auction on eBay for a copy of Star Frontiers, the science-fiction role-playing game TSR released back in the eighties. I have fond memories of the Volturnus series of modules, starting with Crash on Volturnus. Let's hope I can find some players.

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BJJ Year, Post 8

Feb. 20th, 2010 | 06:15 pm

classes in earlier weeks: 15
classes this week: 1
total: 16

day of year: 51
classes required by schedule: 35
status: behind schedule by 19 classes

Glass-half-full interpretation: one is better than zero!

Glass-half-empty interpretation: one is a lot less than five!

OK, at least I'm back at it. Five classes next week, minimum: M-T-Th-F-Su. Adding in the Wednesday class would be even better. And of course Sunday is the seminar in Hamilton.

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