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Fun, Fiction and Strange Things from the Desk of the Fantasist.


ConLang CGI Script

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Rooster which is in the early evening.
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Well, I’ve finally done it!

I’ve been working on this for about a year and I finally got it done. I took a script from Chris Pound’s Name Generation page and made into a CGI script. It took a little bit, but I finally worked out how to use the CGI library in PERL to the point that I could both make proper HTML tags and include the same style sheet that the rest of the site uses. So, now, even if I change the styles, the whole site will change with one file edit. Horay!
Oh, and the script, which can be found here , is pretty cool, too. Of course, I still need to add a bunch of text files for data, but I’ve got a pretty good start here already.
Have fun with it!


Buck Roger’s Birthday

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Happy Birthday, Buck!

Lord, I just really felt like Twiki!!
Today is Buster Crabbe’s birthday. For those of you who are too young, or didn’t have a father that was into the “classics”, Buster Crabbe is the original Buck Rogers. He was in the old, serial shot movies of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. They were old black and white films that had special effects based around sparklers, flashing lights, smoke and wires. And, they’re some of the greatest bad acting ever. The stories were the original “cliff-hangers”, where Buck was always left in the middle of some scrape that was impossible to escape. But, he always did, in the next installment, of course.
Years later, Gil Gerard played Buck Rogers in a more modern, updated version of the same stories on TV. It was good, but not quite the same as the old stuff. Buster, and some of the other First Generation sci-fi actors, did a cameo on the new show. That was pretty cool. He died shortly after that, actually. But, he’ll be immortalized on film as the Original Buck Rogers.


Review of Ithanalin’s Restoration

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Great book!

Well, I just finished Lawrence Watt-Evans’ latest, Ithanalin’s Restoration, and it lives up to my high expectations of his work. I may give you some spoilers here, so be warned. I do try to keep them to a minimum, but still, if you are afraid I’ll let something significant go, you’d best move on.
First off, this story takes place in Ethshar. Specifically, Ethshar of the Rocks, which is one of the three cities named Ethshar in the Hegemony of the Three Ethshars. In the time line of Ethshar, it takes place at the same time as The Spell of the Black Dagger.
The story is really about Ithanalin’s apprentice, Kilisha. The Ithanalin of the title is the victim of an animation spell gone wrong. Early in the story, Kilisha’s master botches a spell and is petrified, while parts of his “essence” are scattered into various animated objects. Kilisha is left to track down the objects and use them, along with her skill in magic, to restore Ithanalin to normal. No small task for even a wizard’s apprentice. Still, she manages to grow as a person and a wizard through the course of the story and, eventually, …. Well, I’ll let you read the book!
This is a great, relaxing read, though not quite as good or interesting as The Night of Madness. It is an interesting story that gives us a good look at the life of an apprentice as well as more of the mechanics of wizardly magic. Thoroughly enjoyable!
If you’d like a preview of Ithanalin’s Restoration, click here.


William S. Burroughs’ Birthday

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Today is William S. Burroughs’s Birthday!

If you’re not familiar with William S. Burroughs, then you’re not a literature nut or a pop-culture fan. This guy did it all. Mainly through a syringe, but sometimes through a typewriter. His work is surreal, to say the least, and ground breaking. It’s really mind-bending work. He wrote a majority of his most well known work while stoned out of his mind on heroin, or some other substance. Few subjects were taboo for him and his work is both frightening and intense. It worries at the edges of your reality like a determined dog trying to escape confinement. Even the attempt to read his work will expand your horizons.
Happy Birthday, Bill, where ever you ended up.
You can find a biography of William S. Burroughs here.
And you can find his work that is in print, here.


Ithanalin’s Restoration

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

A new Legend of Ethshar!

For any readers that aren’t familiar with my blog, or preferences in reading material, Lawrence Watt-Evans is my favorite fantasy author. In particular, I love his Ethshar series of books. In fact, I like it so much, I made a digital version of his map of Ethshar. I’ve read all of the Ethshar books that have been published, so far, and
Ithanalin’s Restoration
is the latest. I’m about a third of the way into it and, so far, it lives up to my high expectations of Lawrence Watt-Evans’ work. Again, so far, this is yet another piece of literature that I would not have a problem giving to my 11-year old daughter to read. It’s relatively clean, certainly more so than the 10:00pm news. More importantly, it’s creative, inventive and interesting. The story revolves around a spell that’s gone wrong and an apprentance’s attempts to make it right. I don’t want to throw in any spoilers until I’ve finished the book, but it’s been great so far.

Grist for the Mill

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Everything is grist for the mill.

My wife and I went to Half-Price Books this weekend and I found several books on type and typography. One of them was a book of type samples. Then, we went to Texas Art Supply and I found even more books on type and samples of typography. One of them was a book of foreign type samples that included sanskrit, Japanese and arabic. So, it’s time to fire up the old font foundry and stamp out some fonts.
Sure, I’ll have to alter the scanned fonts some, but at least it’s a place to start. Especially with the foreign language fonts. And, of course, I’ll want to take my scans and alter them significantly enough to make “unreal” languages. I think that gamers and conworld builders and conlangers would love to have some original, but alien, fonts for their use. I know that I would like it. In fact, that was what started me on my quest to figure out how to create fonts in the first place.
So, soon, I hope, I’ll have some updates and some downloads.


Modern Lives

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Pig which is late at night.
The moon is a New Moon

Medieval Lives was a complete dissapointment.

In the words of the author, “I cannot recreate you, medieval people, because I could not define how your personalitiesand desires linked with concrete times and places. You were stick figures, totems on a landscape, lines upon the horizon, temporally and spatially floating away.”
I couldn’t say it better myself. The author could not, in fact, recreate anything like the lives of the people featured in the book. He drew, at best, very modern people who spouted codified, modernized rhetoric based, very loosely, on philosophy that took its root in the Middle Ages. Virtually no attempt was made to make any of these people sound like people from the Middle Ages. Most of the time, it seemed as though the characters were simply talking heads that served no purpose other than espoousing the author’s personal agenda. They spoke in a kind of sociological dissertation language that would not have been found in any setting outside of modern universities.
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