April 9th, 2008


My router's broken

Checking my Amazon history, I've found out that it's about 3 1/2 years old. That doesn't sound very long for something with no moving parts but I guess it is plugged in all the time.

If I unplug it for about 10 minutes, it'll work for about 2 minutes before going down. So it sounds like some kind of overheating problem but it's never done this before and I have no idea how to fix it. It being a Netgear DG834G.

Any recommendations for a new one that's compatible with my Netgear 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter and that will last longer?

Also, for some reason, I tend to say "rowter" the American way rather than "rooter" the English way. I have no idea why this is. Possibly that that's how I first heard it.
Tea-drinker par excellence

The Big Model in Academia

I've just been pointed to a Master's thesis that references the Big Model (on p30 with diagrams). It's a rather funky presentation for a thesis and it is in French. The title, in translation, is 'Roleplaying, a literary medium?'

Here's the final part of the conclusion in rough translation.

The appearance of the roleplaying medium is not, as is often the case, due to technological developments but instead adapts what already exists to a new need to interact with readers: the author is at the service of the receiver and accepts to give up his authority: the chance to create the plot and the keys to the diegetic space.

Therefore roleplaying does away with the author/reader dichotomy because, for the first time in the history of literature, it destroys these functions and creates a new hierarchy that shares between all the participants the stages of the literary process.

The author is dead! Long live the author!

So nothing ground shaking there but I suppose it's nice to see the work of the Forge recognised by Academia.

There's an interview with the author on the French roleplaying portal Guide du Roliste Galactique. She got a mark of 16/20.

I would have posted this to the Forge but it doesn't seem to have anywhere I can put it now that the theory forums have closed.