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Ken Savage: Man of Blog
#71
I totally identify with you in that regard, my friend. My wife and I are both major geeks. We have different interests, but there are some overlaps. We both like to collect LEGO sets, for example.

So yeah, she is definitely one of those wives that has no problem supporting my geek interests. Example - for my birthday this year, she got me the Taun Taun sleeping bag from ThinkGeek.
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#72
Anatomey of a Geek Part 3, where I boldy blog where many have blogged before....

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2648/...ek-Part-3.html
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#73
Six Simple Rules For Dating A Non Geek....

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2667/...al-Person.html
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#74
Funny stuff, man! You took a subject that, in lesser hands, would turn into an unbelievably bland, MSN-style relationship blog, and brought your tone, sense of humour, and perceptiveness to bear on it. The resultant blog shows why yours is one of a select few its my pleasure to follow.

I hope you have a lovely holiday, too!
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#75
Cheers Bobby,

you keep reading them and I'll keep writing them.
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#76
Ken, you have yourself a deal.
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#77
That was great Ken, I've been in a long term relationship with a definite non-geek for five years and I found myself nodding along sagely with every point. It took me a while to figure out that she's not really interested in things like the timeline of events from The Terminator series.

I particularly identify with the Xbox stuff as Red Dead Redemption has been occupying all of my spare time for the past few weeks, much to her annoyance.
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#78
Sorry for my absence, Ken! My work sched the past couple of weeks has been ass, and it has kept me from spending any decent amount of time on CHUD.

But, I just caught up with you last two entries. Both were great, as usual. I especially liked this latest one. A lot of great, insightful tips, but balanced with a good amount of humour. My wife and I are both geeks, so I can get away with more of what you advise against, but there was even a nugget or two of good advice in there for me. It's gonna suck to lose you to the South of France for a week.

Oh, and apologies ahead of time - I kind of pull you into my latest blog (which will go up tomorrow). Just a bit of wink-wink, nudge, nudge, say no more. It's all in good fun. So - thank you, and apologies.
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#79
I am back! And with a blog about where I have been....

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2700/...de-France.html
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#80
Loved this week's blog, Ken. And being another avid watcher of Top Gear (you Brits really make some damn fine programming), I greatly appreciated a little spirit from the program thrown into this installment.

And welcome back, mate! You were missed.
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#81
Glad you liked it, there is always a danger with that sort of blog that it might just become a bit like a school report, hopefully it didn't.
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#82
This one made me want to buy walkie talkies. And chocolate eclairs.
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#83
Sounds like a fun holiday. All the Germans I've watched football with have been quite good humoured about it. Although considering how their team is doing I suppose they would.

Is there a section on how you start your own blog here? Or do you just write it and start a new thread? I would have thought this type of blog would go in the community section - 'Your CHUD blogs'. thanks.
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#84
I started in the "Your Chud blog" section and then Nick put out a call for new main page ones so I put my name forward. I would drop ether him or Elieen a line and see if they still want new ones.

Bucho: Those Walkie Talkies really made the drive a lot of fun so I fully recomend them if you are going on any kind of long car trip.
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#85
Behold a new blog, where I compere Job Centers to Mos Isley cantina.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2733/...-Thoughts.html
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#86
Apologies for not getting around to last week's blog until today. Another great one, Ken. Hogwash on the cop-out, especially considering that you were able to knock this out while looking for a job and being doubly ill.

I hope you feel better soon, man. I understand completely what you are talking about with the gall stones. I've had two instances of kidney stones in the last ten years, and if that pain is anything like what I went through, my heart goes out to you - especially when your stones have been a constant for two years. Best wishes to your health, mate.

As for the unemployment portion of your blog - it continues to surprise me (and maybe even not so much) with how similar things are between your country and mine. Our unemployment facilities are all too similar to what you described. I think the only thing our process has that may be easier than what you're going through is that all we have to do is call a number once a week and mention three jobs we've applied to. They don't even check either, so you could make up three completely fake employers every week. They just want to make sure it sounds like you're actively seeking employment. Crazy.

Having been unemployed twice in my adult years, I feel you here too. Again, I hope things work out for you on this front as well. In the meantime, your blogs are always a lot of fun to read. Take care, man.
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#87
Thanks Don,

I have an Interview tomorrow for a Job I really like the look of, so fingers crossed.
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#88
Like a good fantasy story? Then don't read Dragonlance.....

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2747/...ese-books.html
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#89
Wow, Ken. Great review. I'm just amazed at how much vitriol you spewed at these books. I remember a friend of mine in high school lent them to me when we were in tenth grade (this was around 1990). I loved them. At the time they were my favourite series. I even loved the Twins spin-off.

I'v re-read them twice since then - once in the late 90s and once about seven years ago. I thought they held up rather well, personally. I love the characters and the rich environments they are all woven into. Granted, I will admit that I also didn't care for the long poems that took up mulitple pages. But, even after three reads, I still find myself quite fond of them.

Then again, maybe I was till reading them with young eyes. I haven't cracked a single one of them open since I've been in my thirties, so maybe if I were to try to now I would react in much the same way you have. Egads, that may be enough to convince me I'd be better off being fond of what I think I remember, instead of revisiting them now and having that feeling shattered.

Still, very good review, good sir.
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#90
You've got to remember, Dragonlance wasn't just a series of novels, it was TSR's flagship new game setting. So the idea was to use the novels to get you interested enough to go out and buy the sourcebooks and the modules. And that wasn't going to happen if the novels told you everything.
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#91
Don; my Advice would be to keep that nostalgia and not to re read.

Richard; I know the books were supposed to help sell the modules but even so its very hard going re reading them now. Don't get me wrong, I love the setting Krynn has always been my favorate gaming world but the books are just terrible.
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#92
I can't imagine having to read an entire book of flavor text which is basically what they seem like (from the piecemeal bits I've read over the years).
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#93
Haha, nice review Ken. Apart from LOTR and Prachett I think Dragonlance are the only fantasy books I've ever read. I must have been fifteen or sixteen because I read them not long after LOTR and I remember thinking to myself, "These seem to have a bunch of the required elements so why do these feel so half-assed?" Now I know why.

I think I slogged on to about halfway through the second book before realising the constant thought I was having was, "I could write as well as this and I'm at least half retarded."
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#94
In praise of an British institution:- Top Gear:

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2761/...-Top-Gear.html
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#95
I agree. Top Gear is one of the best shows ever made. I love it and I'm not even into cars!
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#96
And that's part of it's beauty, you don't have to be.
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#97
Sorry I got to this one late. It's been a busy week.

I am also a fan of Top Gear. And like natalia, I'm not into cars that much. But the appeal of the show is much broader than that, which is why it appeals to so many people.

My favourite episode will always be the one where they travel through the conservative south with graffiti on their cars that would be enough to incite a lynch mob down there (and almost did). I was laughing and cringing at the same time, as their experiences were not exaggerations.

Another great blog, mate. Sadly, with my schedule this week I was unable to offer up my own installment. Hopefully I'll be able to get back into it next week.
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#98
I look forward to it mate and thanks for the feedback as always.

I actually have an idea for another blog that I may post tomorrow depending on time.
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#99
A new blog, where I pit the worlds greatest detective against his peers.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/2771/...an-Quincy.html
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Okay, that was a fun read. You have a great sense of humour. It could just be because you're British, though. Still, great sense of humour nonetheless.

There are two comparisons I would have liked to have seen, though. Dunno if you are familiar with the US TV show Monk (airs on USA network) - played by Tony Shalhoub, Monk is an ex-detective for the San Francisco police who was discharged and became OCD after his wife was killed.

Obviously Dr. Sloan would win in this comparison as well, since 1. Monk has a fear of germs while Dr. Sloan deals with them fearlessly every day, and 2. Dr. Sloan managed to bring in a butt-load of characters from other older TV shows as guests stars, while Monk just had the one crossover with Psych (another US detective show, also on the USA network).

The second one is a more perfect match-up - Sloan vs. House. My first instinct is to give this one immediately to House because it's Hugh Laurie, but in the spirit of the article Slaon would win because he is more mobile (skates vs. cane), and he's not addicted to vicodin. Bonus points because Sloan could find a way to cause House to lose his prescription and probably get his medical license taken away.


Two great blogs in one week! You're making me look bad.
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It was a bit of a sneaky extra entry, but I had the time and the idea had been kicking about in my head for a couple of days.

Havent seen Monk so it would not have been a fair comparison. As for House one take on it I have heard is that it is a mordern retelling of Sherlock Holmes and I already had Wire in the Blood and Holmes himself in the list so it would have been a bit redundant.

I had to use Wire in the Blood as it's my wife's favorate crime show and I love ribbing her about it.

Anyway thanks as always for the feedback.
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Example - for my birthday this year, she got me the Taun Taun sleeping bag from ThinkGeek.

Sounds like a keeper to me!

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Like a good fantasy story? Then don't read Dragonlance.....

I thought your point about the uniformly beautiful women was hilarious and very perceptive. It reminds me of "The Capcom Effect"; there's no such things as an unattractive girl in outrageous peril.

Jill Valentine is integral to S.T.A.R.S., an elite taskforce of the R.P.D. She's ex-Delta Force. She survived a rural zombie nightmare, only to enter an urban one, yet she still manages to remain upbeat, 23, and hot (hello, Sienna Guillory!)

Dino Crisis' Regina and Jill must have been separated at birth, because they both share the same even temperament, beauty, and military skills.

The booklet inside Resident Evil 2 all but says "Claire Redfield is smart and a bit mucky, really. She's the kind of chick you... well, you can imagine. I mentioned she's rot, right?"

Rebecca Chambers was so brilliant she'd already finished uni when most people just start, 18. This handily left her free for her first mission shortly thereafter. As part of - yep - a super secret hardcore stealth squad. Why wouldn't she look like the quintessential Girl Next Door?

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A new blog, where I pit the worlds greatest detective against his peers.

This was brilliant. "Mark Sloan vs Dexter" had me in creases. I'm really enjoying the way you're playing with form now. Like the twin reviews for Dragonlance. It really suits your blogging style. Good work, man!
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Cheers as always for the feeback Bobby. I am trying to inject a bit more humor into some of my blogs glad it's coming across ok.
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My pleasure, Ken. The humour in your blogs always comes across as very natural. That's a big part of the charm. There are so many blogs for the kinds of stuff you've written about (even entire sites), many of which fish for obvious laughs and use lazy humour, so your sincerity's very welcome.
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I love the love you have for Dr Mark Sloan. I don't even know who he is but after reading that I think I love him too now.
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