Mourning for Geeks…

Yesterday, Gary Gygagx, the co-creator of the original Dungeons & Dragons game passed away.  Here’s the news snippet I imagined about it:

Gary Gygagx, famous co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, passed away today at the age of 69.  The cause of death is still yet to be determined.  Authorities believe there were many facets that contributed to his death, and investigations are still underway to determine if it was a six-sided die or a ten-sided die.

Thanks, Mr Gygagx for giving my brothers and I a whole ton of good times and memories.

(Curzon bows)

A Festival of Lights…

I had never heard of the Christmas Truce before.

That evening, at the stated time, German heads suddenly popped up and started to sing. Each number ended with a round of applause from both sides.

How big a deal it was or not doesn’t really matter, and turning it into a great myth is probably a good thing. We as humans need those historical moments emphasized to preserve the good faith in ourselves. Otherwise we are just left with the misery we inflict on one another. I wrote a piece about it a while back here.

I also love when a little humor sticks out of any situation. And after this sort of line, you can’t tell me that British and the Germans aren’t at least a little related (though the sentiment is rather French):

The Germans then asked the British to join in. At this point, one very mean-spirited Tommy shouted: ‘We’d rather die than sing German.’ To which a German joked aloud: ‘It would kill us if you did’.

A Ray of Sunshine…

So I listen to the NPR Podcast It’s All Politics with Ken Rudin and Ron Elving. I think they’re smart, clever and analytical, and their back and forth is full of beans. Of course, it’s geeky, Washington political jibber-jabber. But tying in lots of things historically, this century especially, lends some perspective.

Listening to last week’s podcast (8/23/07), they were commenting on the President’s war speech talking about what we’ve done in the past and what we’re doing now. Mr Bush made the controversial move of bringing up Vietnam in this speech. They commented on how relations between the United States and Vietnam have changed since the mid-70s, and the quote of the day is when the President visits Vietnam, he uses the slogan

I think we should let Saigons be Saigons.

Oh d’Joy…