February 2009 Blog Posts (32)

Hard work paid off

Fondling Oscar

One reason why I've been out of touch for a while (especially towards the end of last year) was that I was hard at work on the visual effects for a movie called The Curious Cast of Benjamin Button. The company that I work for, Digital Domain, was responsible for creating the completely digital, aged heads of Benjamin that you see during the entire first hour of the film. It was challenging, ground-breaking work, and last weekend it all…

Added by John Cooper on February 28, 2009 at 6:43pm — 8 Comments

What are your requirements for Platoon Level Tactical Consims?

As I move forward with development of a new game that expands and refines elements of the Frontline General tactical system, I am requesting some information from wargamers regarding your expectations (as stakeholders) for Platoon level tactical consims.

I appreciate all responses, especially responses that are specific, brief, and avoid comparisions to existing game systems if possible. Step back and assume that a platoon level consim does not currently exist. In… Continue

Added by Byron Collins on February 27, 2009 at 11:02am — 9 Comments

A Very Sour Old Couple Say Goodnight

"Goodnight, mother of six."

"See you in the morning, father of two."

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 26, 2009 at 12:46am — No Comments

Fulda Gap (SPI 1977)

I'm about to open my old gamebox of Fulda Gap.

Do you remember ? A game of the former SPI company in 1977 by James Dunningan about the crush of soviet armies in Central Europa...

I've played it since the 80'.

Quite a pleasure, indeed !

More information:… Continue

Added by Birhacheim on February 23, 2009 at 9:13am — 20 Comments

I Know Where I Stand

Old-fashioned types might think that those Britons - okay, make that "Britons" - helping to manufacture bombs for the Taliban are engaged in an act of treason. But, as a current court case in Quebec helps clarify, giving support to the Queen's enemies in their attempts to kill your compatriots is now just another vibrant, colorful manifestation of cultural diversity.

As the International Free Press Society notes, Said Namouh is on trial up north for aiding and abetting terrorism. The… Continue

Added by Smitty on February 22, 2009 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments



The New York Times Company’s Board of Directors today voted to suspend the quarterly dividend on the Company’s Class A and Class B common stock. In November 2008, the Company reduced the payout level of its fourth-quarter dividend to $.06 per from $.23 per share in the third quarter of 2008.

Added by Smitty on February 22, 2009 at 9:52pm — 7 Comments

Online Teaching Announcement

I just finished my online training, and was accepted to teach political science as an adjunct instructor through the American Public University System [APUS]. It's a completely online school, fully accredited, centered around reaching military students and first-responders, especially through American Military University. This is in addition to my current brick and mortar teaching at… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 20, 2009 at 11:36pm — 9 Comments

Lights! Camera! Wargames!

I'm starting another wargaming movie project like my previous Made-For-YouTube shows. The Historical Miniature Gaming Society-Eastern Chapter (HMGS-E) is interested in developing some short programs to advertise their Historicon 09 convention this coming July.

HMGS-E website:


The plan is to make as many shows as I can before the convention date. Each movie… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on February 20, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

And......I told you so......

I was thinking about letting it go a Full Year since I had last posted, but No.

I do get involved with various things. I do try and keep up with CSW The Main page.

But, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND " HOW " people manage to keep "Blogs". The mere Act of doing things "Blog-Worthy" keeps me from being able to Blog! Then I see that not only do people manage to write in their own Blogs, they also manage to keep track of Other people's Blogs !!!

Then, there are the… Continue

Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on February 20, 2009 at 12:18am — 4 Comments

Meeting Engagement

I like the way Pulp Fiction, 11:14, and Lost wove/weave their stories. Back and forth, up and down, like a roller coaster (with deference to Ms Clarkson) without regard for the linear progression of time. That style influenced the writing in The Rising. The story doesn't start at point A and move directly to point Z. It's more like beginning at point C, flipping back to A, ahead to E, then back to D. It's not as confusing as it sounds and it allows characters to be better… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on February 19, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Troubled Times cause a redefinition of Business Terms


CEO --Chief Embezzlement Officer.

CFO -- Corporate Fraud Officer.

BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

BEAR MARKET -- A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry.

VALUE INVESTING -- The art of buying low and selling lower.

P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps… Continue

Added by Bill Wood on February 17, 2009 at 2:28pm — 1 Comment

Wargaming the Second Bull Run Campaign--19th Century Style

8 August, 1862: Confederate General Robert E. Lee pored over his map. There was a concentration of at least a full Union Corps in the vicinity of Culpeper as of two days ago. He’d just witnessed Jackson’s and Longstreet’s Corps crossing the Rappahannock River after defeating Union defenses in the vicinity of Fredericksburg and was ordering both to drive north. “Jeb” Stuart was far to the west, conducting reconnaissance and seizing Union supplies from Front Royal to Sperryville. George… Continue

Added by Eric Walters on February 16, 2009 at 10:24am — 5 Comments


It was a fiction kind of weekend for me. Well, that and Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, repairing Jessica's window screens (dog damage), dragging an indoor tropical plant to its final place of rest in the forest surrounding our house (cat damage), and watching most of the Daytona 500...sort of enjoyed that, after I got past FOX's annoying habit of calling 43 stock car jockeys the greatest drivers in the world...PUHLEEEEESE... I'd like to see Waltrip's little brother race Kubica… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on February 16, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

A New Reality

My second novel, The Rising, is drawing to a close. What that means is somewhat fuzzy. Novel time is softer than real time and dashes or drags according to its own rhythm. There are months, such as November, when I write 23,000 words and months when I write 2,300. I try to write some each day, and certainly understand the importance of a deadline (I've written over 40 books), but when noveling isn't your prime source of income, days have a habit of slipping by.

The Rising is a… Continue

Added by Mark H. Walker on February 15, 2009 at 6:17am — 4 Comments

An Interesting LInk

This is a group that I subscribe to is well worth the visit. You will need to subscribe to receive their regular newsletter.


Added by Faith on February 15, 2009 at 2:51am — No Comments

Happy Valentinte's Day!

Today's the day to spend with your one true love--CHOCOLATE!

I mean, with your sweetheart. (And CHOCOLATE).

While we spend the day with our nearest & dearest (and maybe gorging ourselves on CHOCOLATE), scientists made a shocking discovery:

Kissing releases chemicals that reduce stress hormones in the body. (Well, duh!).

From Yahoo!… Continue

Added by Ted Henkle on February 14, 2009 at 8:17am — 2 Comments

Assault and World At War

I just received the second installment of the World At War seires that began with Eisenbach Gap. Now its always a big day when I get a new game now that I'm back into the hobby. But this was different there's something special about this day. What is different about this game?

Well it's like this.... Deep in my heart I miss the Cold War. I don't know why I am so nostalgic, my childhood certainly wasn't idyllic, I was never in the service and I was still in coillege when the Wall… Continue

Added by Andy Brown on February 13, 2009 at 6:29pm — 9 Comments

Parents, Get Off the Street!!!

The other day I was driving to work, and it took me at least twenty minutes longer than it should have. As usual. The reason is a really scary phenomenon that's growing in my neighborhood: Good parents. These are the people who crowd their SUV's around every street corner, with their children inside, waiting for the school bus.

It creates a traffic jam. Just as bad, when the school bus arrives, it takes extra time for the parents to open the car doors, kiss their youngins good bye,… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on February 13, 2009 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

Bounding Fire Productions Announces Two New Products


Our newest products are now up for preorder on our website http://boundingfire.com/

BFP 2: Operation Cobra $44


Beyond the Beachhead 2 $50


Operation Cobra is our second magazine and focuses on the American offensive in July 1944. Contents are as follows:

-12 Scenarios

-88 counters

-one overlay

-Chapter H and rules pages

-magazine with… Continue

Added by Brian Blad on February 12, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments


Henrietta Hughes was offered a home by Chene Thompson, wife of State Representative Nick Thompson, who heard the homeless woman’s pleas for help to President Obama before a local and national crowd.


The house is in LaBelle, the first home [Chene] Thompson bought after law school. She told Hughes, “Just give me the opportunity to help you.”

Hughes broke down in front of thousands when she told the president that she and her son have been homeless for more… Continue

Added by Smitty on February 11, 2009 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

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