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About Orion

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    Standard Superhero
  • Birthday 07/19/1966

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    Lockhart, TX, USA
  • Interests
    Gaming since 1980, using Hero since 1985. Big fan of Traveller, Harn, and Battletech as well. Seldom game, but spend much time designing campaigns that are never used. I hope to complete some of them one day and release them online. My interests are in settings, characters, and stories, not in game rules. I hobby farm (goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits) in spare time, and enjoy hunting.
  • Biography
    Married, no kids, atheist, introvert. BS & MS from Texas A&M. PhD cancelled after 2.5 years due to equipment problems and decided I had enough school. Same job since 1997, but it has evolved a lot as I absorbed duties of others. Support environmental issues, socialist economics, personal rights, death penalty, and gun rights. No political party wants me, which is good, because I generally try to stay away from politics.
  • Occupation
    Wildlife Data Analyst
  1. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis One for the Money by Janet Evanovitch. There was an okay movie based on the book last year. The wife loves the series and has almost all of them. I was looking for a quick, easy read while on a business trip, and took it. Not bad. A little more comedy than I'm used to in detective genre books, but it works. Just started the second book as my default bedtime read.
  2. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? The Last Airbender. Saw it on tv last night, and somewhat surprisingly, the wife left it on that channel. Only saw the first two hours, however, as we decided to hit the sack rather than watching the second part. Glad we didn't pay for it, but may get the second part on Netflix just to finish the story. 2 stars. No idea how true it is to the original material, but it didn't impress me much. It has kids as the heroes, and they act like kids much of the time. This is good, as I don't expect kids to be experienced and wise, but bad, because I have zero interest in watching kids do just about anything. And some of the big plot points seemed blatantly obvious to me - it took the heroes time to figure it out, yet should have been obvious to anyone there. If the adults are really this clueless, maybe they deserve to be taken over by an enemy nation? Decent action, good sfx, beautiful countryside, but it just didn't grab me.
  3. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... On Basilisk Station - the first of the Honor Harrington books. I think this is the third time I've read it, possibly the fourth. I love the series, although I do like the earlier books better.
  4. Re: Interesting article about Sexism in Geek Communities
  5. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? The Cars Greatest Hits. Just got it this weekend, and am enjoying it a lot.
  6. Re: Cool Guns for your Games
  7. Re: "Neat" Pictures A possible explanation is that the animal in the foreground is a caribou, not an elk, and the planes look somewhat like P-39 Airacobras, which were known as Caribou in the British service. I think it likely that the photo was a Photoshop or some other sort of manipulation, but they could have appeared together in the Aleutian campaign in WWII.
  8. Re: Interesting article about Sexism in Geek Communities Until I got married, I never bothered locking up when at home. Didn't matter if it was the dorm, apartment, farmhouse, or little house in a big town, they all stayed unlocked. Much of the time I didn't bother closing the back door at night - I wanted the cool breeze blowing in. Windows were left unlocked all year (how else can you break into your own house when your stupid self locked you out?). I'd lock the doors when I left the house, but removing a screen would have been trivial for anyone wanting in. And my truck? I lock it only in two conditions: 1) I got a bunch of stuff I just bought sitting on the front seat and I need to go into another big box store, 2) the wife is with me and forces me to lock an empty truck. The wife's need to have all doors and windows locked at night or any time we are gone drives me nuts. Locking an empty farm truck in my own driveway is even worse. Caution is one thing, paranoia is another.
  9. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? Winter World, by Bernd Heinrich. This biology prof from Univ of Vermont has written numerous books about animal physiology, among other things. This is the first I've read, but it won't be the last. Lots of interesting detail about how insects and animals survive winter. Talks about physiological adaptions such as blood chemicals, hibernation, supercooling, eating more, etc. Rather than a dry research paper style manuscript, this is more of a "walk in the woods with an expert who tells you all kinds of neat stuff about the critters you see" type of thing.
  10. Re: Foods for those that just don't care anymore So true. My Mom did it effortlessly, and I watched many times. Same with my wife. But if I thy anything but gravy from a box, it's worthless. Either thick as Jello, or thin as water. It looks easy, but it ain't.
  11. Re: Foods for those that just don't care anymore Chicken fried steak is a cultural touchstone around here. I've semi-jokingly said that any restaurant that doesn't serve it isn't worth eating at. Haven't found a Chinese place that makes it yet, but just about all the Mexican places do. We cook it regularly at the house. Wife's instructions are: beat a couple eggs and get some flour out. Dredge the steak in the eggs, then dredge through flour. Repeat on eggs and flour once more. Fry till done. Serve with cream gravy, and choice of mashed or fried taters. She might put some salt and pepper in the flour, but there's enough of that in the gravy it isn't really needed in my opinion. The gravy always has some garlic powder in it, and it is preferable that bacon grease is used as the base, not butter or veggie oil. Really good CFS uses ribeye instead of chopped steak, although my preference is venison backstrap.
  12. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? Asia - Then and Now. Next up is Classic Queen, then on to Dark Side of the Moon.
  13. Re: The cranky thread If I go out of my way, and go through a bunch of residential streets with stops signs every two blocks, I can avoid school zones on the way to work. Most of the time, I just go through them. In the last 6 years, I have never seen a child in 2 of the 3 zones. Not on weekends, not during the summer, not in front yards walking to the car in the driveway. As far as I can tell, there are no kids in this neighborhood. I think the school zones are just so we can look out for this endangered species and report them to the authorities if they ever do return. So, no kids using the school zones. But on the back side of the school, right next to the playground where all the 6-year-olds have their soccer and t-ball games...no school zone there at all. Makes no sense at all.
  14. Re: Creepy Pics. Although I've never had a venomous snake as a pet, I have had numerous non-venomous ones. And I know several people that have or still do keep venomous snakes in their house or office - we wildlife biologists tend to be crazy that way. After a while, you just get used to them and don't think too much about it.
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