July 17th, 2010

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I had a dream

I meant to have a short nap and fell asleep for over three hours.

I had a dream that I was working in Private Office, that's a minister's office in a government department. It was BIS where I work now except that the minister was Andy Burnham who's Labour so not in office. I was working on something when a question came round about the number of analyst we needed in the department. As an analyst I felt I knew something on this matter so I went to have a word with the minister. There were a number of us round the table which included a current colleague and a guy called John. I used to roleplay with John at the Guide of Melee and Magic in Catford about 15 years ago. In the dream he was selling some pictures for a Christian charity. I wasn't too keen but everyone was putting money in so I felt obliged. Most of them looked like children's drawings but I got one of two small plastic cyclists in a Lego landscape. It was obvious that the setting was France, John and I exchanged a few words about living there (although I've no recollection of him ever having done so). Then I started to talk to the minister about the number of analysts he needed and he seemed terribly keen to have quite a lot. He illustrated this with an analogy which started, "If Cthulhu was getting rid of carpenters ..."

And then I woke up.
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The Officer Down Memorial Page has this to say about Deputy Sheriff James Carlysle of Lincoln County Sheriff's Department who was shot whilst chasing Billy the Kid on Saturday, November 27, 1880
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: Saturday, November 27, 1880
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed at a later date

Deputy Carlysle was shot and killed after leading a posse to capture the notorious Billy the Kid and his gang. After the gang had fired shots an another deputy, Deputy Carlysle lead a posse on a 40 mile chase.

Deputy Carlysle entered the saloon where Billy the Kid and his gang were hiding to talk with them. In exchange one of Billy the Kid's gang was taken hostage by Deputy Carlysle's posse. After Deputy Carlysle did not return the posse threatened to kill their hostage if Deputy Carlysle was not returned. A shot was fired and Deputy Carlysle, thinking the posse had just killed their hostage, jumped from the window of the saloon, only to be shot by members of his own posse who mistook him for one of the outlaws.
Of course, it was for Carlysle's murder than McCarty was eventually condemned. The Kid was hardly an angel, having killed eight men, but much of it was about being caught in political machinations that resulted from the Lincoln County War. I've met the current Sherrif of Lincoln, NM. He's a nice guy.
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I wrote this in 2002 on an RPG.net thread about designing animé alien bad guys.

These creatures learnt English from using Alta Vista to translate from Japanese so they speak like this:

Cripes selfishly the being completed tree
Furthermore the ほ you stack
In addition don't you think? tomorrow (^ - ^)
# Different from the Goto maniac even with the hell board the maniac board (?)
So it is completed cripes and how does not say (laughing)

They can be found hanging around cemeteries misquoting T.S. Eliot but you can only see them if you don't look directly at them, or sometimes in the centre of steamed Char Sui buns.

Their most fearsome attack rearranges the molecules in your clothing so that you are dressed the most inappropriately possible.

They send messages of hope ("you will soon get a refund from the gas board") to the desperate using fortune cookies but these predictions never turn out quite right.

In appearance, they usually wear yellow, and shoes, big shoes with crepe souls. Oh the shoes! Never has there been more wonderful shoes.
The fortune cookie was one I'd actually received and today it came true.