August 1st, 2011

marcus 2013

Now if this doesn't suggest some RPG possibilities...

Pointed out by ps238principal, the Vidoq Society is a REAL organisation of criminologists that get together to eat lunch and fight crime:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3489805/The-Vidocq-Society-Murder-on-the-menu.html

It's a lot more official than e.g. the Black Widowers, and cases have to be (a) at least two years unsolved and (b) presented by law enforcement professionals, not private eyes or amateur sleuths, but it apparently works.

Now if this doesn't suggest some interesting ideas for RPG scenarios, fanfic, etc. people really just aren't trying...
Angel of the Revolution

Today's walk of doom...

...was game-related.

A nice stroll to the British Library, by a slightly indirect route that ended up at about 3.4 miles, where I sorted out my reader's card, reserved the first edition of The Struggle For Empire, and had lunch and took a look at the current British Library / Science Fiction Foundation SF exhibition while they were bringing it up.

Spent a couple of hours on a read through and made a few corrections of my scans, nothing very serious, and arranged to have it kept in the reading room for another session tomorrow. After that I visited the book shops on the other side of Marylebone road (nothing terribly exciting unless you're a Twilight fan, they have the books for £2 each), looked in on a few shops in Tottenham Court Road (no bargains whatever), and took the bus most of the way home, walking the last mile or so to visit a couple of shops. The total distance walked appears to be 5.8 miles, which will hopefully make up for the chicken and bacon sandwich I had at the museum...
Phrenology

Cover story

The cover of The Struggle for Empire is fairly plain, just the title and author's name, and publisher's name on the spine.

I've just used an art program to make a reasonably good facsimile of it - don't know if the proportions are exactly right since I didn't have a ruler, and the font may be slightly off, but I think it's acceptable. It's basically just the text on a corduroy background, with the lettering overlaid with a gold texture.

Given that it's not hugely exciting, I think I'll put it on the back cover of the PDF and fairly small, and maybe use it as the cover if I produce an epub version (which will probably happen).

Does this seem reasonable?

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marcus 2013

Knock wood...

Everything is now working - two PCs and this iBook can access the internet, the network printer, and the network hard drive. I've printed sticky labels for everything on the wired network saying its static IP address, so hopefully there won't be more confusion.

Except that I'm now thinking that it might be nice to get hold of a network to 2 (or more) USB ports print server, that would let me hang the little label printer and the inkjet onto the network too.

This isn't really necessary as such, but it appeals to my love of superfluous technology. They seem to be available at about the £20 mark via eBay, but I suspect that they're pretty basic at that price. And I suspect that they will find IP address automatically, which isn't ideal. And that wireless ones will cost a lot more...

Anyone familiar with the technology, got any thoughts or suggestions?

The other possibility (and probably easier to implement) is that I hang the printers on my work computer and share them across the network. That isn't ideal since the main computer would have to be on line to let anyone print, but it wouldn't cost anything. Does anyone have experience of that, especially if the host computer is a Windows PC and the computer that wants to print is a Mac?