November 3rd, 2005

Macbeth the Usurper

SWG Changess

Star Wars Galaxies just announced a huge change in characters. They completely revamped combat six months ago. Well, they're doing it again, and this time completely revamping the character paths as well. In essence, they are moving the game from a skill-based game to a class based game. JFG! That game must be in big trouble.

Looks like they are greatly simplifying the professions. Mind you, some professions were redundant or ill thought out, so dropping a few is a good idea. I think that the new direction is a bit better thought out.

WoW looks like it has won the paradigm war. Almst all of SWG's character design experiments went bust.
Macbeth the Usurper

Royal Watch

Prince Charles and Camilla came to the building today. (I wish that I had brought my camera, or better yet, had bought a new one.) I had some free time, so I hung about the 5th floor balcony in the atrium. (We have an eight story tall atrium in the new buildiing.) There was a good crowd around the lobby and behind some sofas acting as a barrier. (This was the BEST place to be if you wanted to actually MEET the couple.) Many folks stood on chairs. A few tried to stand on tables, but security solved that problemm quickly.

The pair came into the building to eager applause. They got quite a warm welcome from the staff. Prince Charles moved forward to shake hands of staff behind the sofas, along with a wave of photographers and cameramen. There were so many photographers that they had handlers who's job it was to control the reporters. Prince Charles took his time, saying something to everyone who he greeted. He had the air of someone who didn't want to be rushed and knew how to take his time. After that, Camilla shook hands, and many more photographs were taken of her greeting the staff. After that, they went up the elevator to 4th floor Office of the Director.

I now understand a bit more about the Royal family. How the people swarm about them. How easily they could let their staffers whisk them about on schedule while they never actually get to enjoy the visit or the people who clap for them.

The other fun thing about Royal visits is the community fun of playing hookey and hanging about. I expected the that President wanted us to give them a warm welcome, so who am I to argue with that? Just doing my job, folks. :P
Macbeth the Usurper

Catholocism vs Fundamentalism

A Vatican Cardinal [Paul Poupardcardinal] said Thursday the faithful should listen to what secular modern science has to offer, warning that religion risks turning into "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reason. Foxnews.

Interesting. It seems that Pope Benedict has decided that fundamentalism is a problem. First, we see an announcment that the Bible is not the literal word of God. Now, we have the church commenting on scientific reason, and specifically uses the word "fundamentalism." Quite interesting.

I must conclude that fundamentalism is at its apex. Once you've swung to the right of the Catholic Church, there ain't much more right that you can go. You also have a well respected, well known, and more-Christian-than-thou Patriarch sponsoring these anti-fundamentalist announcements.

In short, the fundamentalists have had it out of the Catholics, and now the Catholics feel they must be disassociated from fundamentalism or be besmirched by them.