Call of Cthulhu Rules Booklet: free download

Now, I could tell you how cool it was in Rome.

Or, how much work I’m doing right now.

But, I have no time for that, now is the time to report about Chaosium publishing a free rules booklet as a PDF download.

Their idea is to convert the masses into buying products from the Call of Cthulhu line. All is well. Then I downloaded a PDF and found it lacking… todayness. It was like being given a scan of a MERP module.

Is that worthy of such a company? Woe the current day! Lo, the day when Pagan Publishing were at their peak. Heard a sad rumour that only the director is still with the company. I recently lent all my Pagan books to Sune, a true aficionado who fills two meters of shelfspace with just GURPS books. A regular bibliophile, just with role-playing game books. He was stricken with enthusiasm at the sight of the books.

**The former snide remarks about employees at Pagan have now been removed. I regret that text was ever typed.**

OpenCourseWare

MIT delivers free knowledge in the form of their OpenCourseWare portal.

a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT’s mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT’s values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.

MIT OCW:

  • Is a publication of MIT course materials
  • Does not require any registration
  • Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
  • Does not provide access to MIT faculty

EFF pushing BBC into CC’ing their content

Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports BBC’s “Creative Archive” – a press release telling us about the push from EFF to influence the UK government to Creative Commons the whole back-catalogue of the BBC. Imagine that. Cut’n paste. Mix’n match. Re-use. Remix. (Oh, that all sounded very mid-90s. I’ll stop now.)

The prospect seems rather bright, though. I’d sure like to dawdle with some iMovie app, making movies and media shows. Would be perfect for adding introductory sequences to RPG sessions. (Of course, The Finns are doing this already.)

Have you used an intro sequence for your RPG game? Tell, tell, tell.

My man Fred

I was horsing around and found this:

Fredrik Axelzon to the left

The poor man on the left is Fred, we can call him that. He is not an addict, he has no criminal record, and he is mentally stable. Someone made a really, really bad photo here.

Blog software: bBlog and Snurf

A PHP implementation called [bBlog](http://www.bblog.com/about.php) is [Smary](http://smarty.php.net/)-centric. Neat.

Look also at [Snurf](http://bdash.bluewire.net.nz/2004/08/02/snurf-a-python-based-blogging-system/), which is a Python-based blogging system. Snurf’s designer calls attention to [a W3 document](http://www.w3.org/TR/chips/) about problems any blog designer, or CMS designer could run into.

He also [points out in a blog entry](http://bdash.bluewire.net.nz/2004/07/28/new-website-backend/) the problems he had with bBlog, what made him hack his own.

Also, from today’s heap of news: [the gbaunix](http://www.kernelthread.com/publications/gbaunix/). Cool, very cool.

Evil humour and 80s Movies

[Vice Guide to Everything](http://www.viceland.com/issues/v11n7/htdocs/the_vice.php) was weird. The world becomes clear, in a sexist fashion. If more people thought these exact things about these things, what a world.

Tiresome.

Ah, but this here was funny: [The Ruthless Guide to 80s Action](http://www.ruthlessreviews.com/80saction/80saction.html) collects the greatest 80s movies from 1980-1992. And some goodies are there.

Big sweaty men! Big noisy guns! Dozens of people getting slaughtered, per scene! Entire cities razed to the ground! Simple handguns become judge, jury and executioner!

And the only repercussion is that the Stupid Chief revokes your badge and gun for the weekend…

THE
RUTHLESS GUIDE
TO 80s ACTION

Accessible FORMs

The article [“An Accessible Method of Hiding HTML Content”](http://www.webaim.org/techniques/articles/hiddentext) shows some problems with screen readers, that is tools for those with visual disabilities. When creating websites for *everyone*, the small things matter.

A Deleuze blog

[Intermezzo](http://www.aquasonido.net/current/) blogs his progress through Gilles Deleuze’s “A Thousand Plateaus”. He mentioned it in an Orkut group as an emergent trend amongst bloggers.

I might do that someday: and all you see me type is some inane logging of what I read: I, an automaton of thought.

Still, the idea of “blog as tool for thought” is compelling.

Update: Aiolos and Glänta, two Swedish publishers of books and magazines have created [a theme issue on Deleuze](http://www.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=121&a=173274) . And now [Daidalos](http://www.daidalos.se/) has published Deleuze’s “The Fold” in Swedish.

And the blog [Copyriot](http://copyriot.blogspot.com) told me about the joint issue, which has cut a few lines of “Samtalet”, and it is all in Swedish.