Sep. 4th, 2007

[livejournal.com profile] matt_arnold ins a comment at [livejournal.com profile] scalzi's Whatever:
Jemalledin,

And seriously, pissing off Cory Doctorow is a classic internet blunder.

The first one, but less well known, is: "Never get involved in a land war in Asia."
The link has the full context if you didn't follow the thing. Me? I had a barrel of popcorn.

Also? [livejournal.com profile] boing_boing has had a redesign, is using Movable Type, and has [livejournal.com profile] tnh modding the comments. From what I can tell, these are all Good Things.
So then. In 2002, I got an email from an obvious loon I'd never met. If he organised a [livejournal.com profile] warlord_ccg event in a climbing hall[4] in his home town, would I be interested in attending and bringing friends? Where's his hometown? Muenster, Westphalia (that would be as in 'Treaty of', possibly one of the most significant documents in, oh, world history?). I didn't even have a passport. Massive fuss getting a passport, but eventually [livejournal.com profile] paulatpingu, [livejournal.com profile] nadriel, [livejournal.com profile] malkavelli, Vince[livejournal.com profile] the_prince[8] and I managed to get there. My first trip abroad as a functioning adult[6].

Best weekend away[1] ever. Seriously great fun[7]. I've sinced travelled to similar events all over Europe (waking up in a Paris bed next to Malk was weird, watching the premiere of the BSG mini-series in an Anaheim hotel room with Vince was slightly weirder). But the original event remains the best.

Last year was the fifth and, we thought, the last. This morning I got an email. From the same loon.

[livejournal.com profile] shakalooloo[3]warlord_ccg: KoHIT 6
Temple of Lore » View topic - KoHIT 6: A Gathering of Friends. Nov. 9-11 in Münster, GER[2]

Didn't know how to react—for a start, I need to be saving up the pennies, second, it'd mean a weekend travelling that wasn't to go visit Jennie, and, well, I'm not 100% sure I can afford it anyway. Except when we chatted earlier, [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe said she'd like to come.

So, um, [livejournal.com profile] granjero? That'd be two decks I'd like to borrow this time Mr Player Design Team member...

Footnotes o'doom )
Posted without comment...
The Associated Press: Scientology Faces Criminal Charges:
A Belgian prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that the U.S.-based Church of Scientology stand trial for fraud and extortion, following a 10-year investigation that concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization.
scientology belgium - Google News

Oh, ok, maybe a little one. Bwah ha!

*grabs popcorn*
(I think the "list of famous Belgians" might get a bit bigger over this one, right?)

ETA: Seen initially by way of [livejournal.com profile] ladyegreen because I forgot to give credit...h
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