Chatter #38: August 31, 2001

12/14/2001 — I started the Chatter section on July 27, 2000 when I noticed that the rest of my site was sometimes getting cluttered with lots of text. I'm a talkative guy, after all! So now I talk about my life here, instead of all over the place. Originally this was one huge section, but in December of 2001 it simply became too large to remain as one page, and I broke it into dated sections, as you can see. —>PM



If you want to see something that made me laugh like a crazed hyena when I was 13, and treasured the memory of for the rest of my life, and that still makes me laugh like a crazed hyena, go here. You can click on the image to enlarge it.

It's by Monty Python, incidentally. They did quite a few hysterically funny books back in their heyday, and much of the material is original—that is, it never appeared on their shows or movies. Which is sort of a pity, because I'd love to have seen Terry Jones as the MASTER. It looks like him, doesn't it? Wait a minute, I mean IT looks LIKE HIM, doesn't IT?

Status Rrrrreporttt

We've bounced around in the Die-Roller's Top 50 lately. A couple of days ago the site was number 8 (!), but it's back down to #12. Interesting.

Something funny: Although I'd like to be able to vote for some of the other sites, I don't feel comfortable doing so. Unless I gave them a "5", I'd feel as if I was trying to drive them down in order to improve Pete's RQ! ranking. Although there was an exception today. I was looking at some of the top sites, and when I hit one of them (which I guess I will not name here) THREE POP-UP WINDOWS appeared! And more popped up as I tried to shut them down. Bastards. I gave them a "2", and would have given them a "1" if I was being truly honest. Unfortunately there's no way to put a comment or warning on the list.

I've done some more work on the Basic RQ document, although of course I can't work on it non-stop. The more I think about it, the more useful it seems; there are so many RuneQuest sites online, and yet the rules themselves just aren't available! It doesn't make sense. Of course, that makes it all the more important to do a good job. The document has to be very clear and easy to use...I expect that even when it's finished I'll continue to re-write and improve it. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

Oh, perhaps I should clarify: I'm not following my usual procedure and recording updates to the Basic RQ document every time I add something to it. Since it's totally a work in progress, it would just clutter up the history page unnecessarily to record every change. When it's done, I'll announce it as widely as I dare. I don't think anyone will object to it, but of course (as I've said before) it's a tricky line to walk.

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