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Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt

From the New York Times, Saturday, Oct 24th, 2009

Historians Reassess Battle of Agincourt
Some historians are doubting the Battle of Agincourt's status as perhaps the greatest military victory against overwhelming odds, while also drawing some modern comparisons.

Two settle lawsuits over Dungeons & Dragons handbook

From Salon.com, and news wire stories:

Oct 16th, 2009 | SEATTLE -- Two of eight people accused in lawsuits of illegally distributing Dungeons & Dragons handbooks over the Internet have settled, and the maker of the pioneering role-playing game is seeking a default judgment against a third.

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Movie Warning!


There is a movie called _In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale_.

This is a bad, bad movie. I guess it is based on a computer game?

It is worse than something a bunch of unskilled gamer dudes would make with their home video camera and a copy of iMovie on a slow Mac. The special effects are only sub-mediocre, but the script is embarrassingly bad.

Strangely, there are a lot of "big" name stars in it.
Jason Stathan is the hero.
Claire Forlani is his wife.
Burt Reynolds is the King.
... and more.

Relative Size of Space Ships

If you've ever wondered how big the various star ships from your favorite Science Fiction movies and TV shows are, relative to each other, than this web site is for you. It's awesome!


Be sure to click the various tabs across the top (10x, 1000x, etc) for different ships at different scales.

Improving our Electoral System

I'm not much of a blogger, but I read an article today that I think deserves some attention. It talks about the (many!) flaws of our current electoral system, and highlights some possible improvements. There are even citation links for those of you who want to read more.

What I found most amusing was the teaser:
"The best way to make American elections fair, according to a new book, is to use a voting method known for ranking drunk sorority girls (Hot or Not)."

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