When people talk about “Democracy” I get confused…

30 Mar

Sometimes… People will talk about Democracy, and I will not know if they are coming from the classical notion, or the modern notion. You see…

*This table is from an article on Aristotle and Nation building, from The Royal Military of Canada’s Journal of Conflict Studies.


What is called Democracy today is politeia or a polity. However, the term democracy is used, sometimes even in classical works (coz the greeks would have called it politea right? but what if youre reading an english translation?!? So which is it ??? Arg!).

So its annoying… Please people… Say if you mean Demos-kratien (People-power/mob rule of the masses) or the modern Democracy concept (politea).



Disinterested analysis is:

30 Mar

I think I wanna remove my face from here again

18 Mar

The whole internet anonymity thing is striking at me again.
I think i just wanna change my avatar.

Trying to get EQ Live to work on a MBP

28 Jun

So… Some great older news is that EverQuest went free to play!
But how do you get it to run if you arent on Windowz?

One option is cross over. The package costs USD 40-60 though. They have a 14 day trial and the program requires you to have a windows intaller. Im not so well versed on how to use it and I would rather not mess with having windows installed. I dont have the space, I dont want to run a partition, and a few friends running boot camp have had to reformat. The same errors may not apply to cross over, but I would rather use wine.

The wine HQ page gave me a clue. The last update they had (april 2012) said that EQ live runs fine using wine as long as you install the dx9 via wine tricks when setting up the preferences for the prefix. Note however that the users had ubuntu, unix, and fedora. No Mac OS listed in test files. Not great since i dont know for sure if it works, but not bad since it hasn’t been rated as garbage.

After installing direct x 9 I still got a “Error: Generic Error Occured” mesage when i would load it up. So i caved in and decided to look at cross over. I looked up if it could run EQ and voila, instructions on how to get the launcher running on unix via wine bottler or wine tricks.

So you need :

  • install it into Programfiles/Sony Online Entertainment/Installed Games/EverQuest
  • DX9 (Direct x 9)
  • ActiveX
  • MSIE 7+ (MicroSoft Internet Explorer)
  • Flash

After loading up a new preference set with this, the DX updater ran and updated dx11. It installed into my wine app support folder in library though.


However, i am still having difficulty with getting the launcher to run via flash. RL is getting a bit busy so i will have to set this aside for a while. It has been done, so i know it can be. Unfortunately I have not found a tutorial on it.

I hope this helps anyone trying to get it to run, and if you get farther than i did please let me know!

Coffee craze

21 Jun

I didn’t realize how much coffee became a part of my life when I learned how to do it right. Well maybe that and its quite simple to make it, style it to be pretty, snap a photo and bam! instagram + 30 days of creativity.

I have several posts on it (doppio con pannahazelnut lattevanilla latte/cappuchino and other snippets about coffee prep). At my food, Diy, & Art blog Done it from scratch.

If the topic interests you, like food porn, or you want to see the me try out a less scholastic writing voice hop on over! =)

Happy 30 Days of creativity

2 Jun

30Doc 2012 banner

I have pledged to do thirty days of creativity this year. It started a couple days ago and lasts throughout June. I wanted to try it last year but didnt catch it until the tail end of the month. Made a couple of posts so far. So this, along with work is keeping me busy.

This post here is a bit of a formality since this content is more appropriate for my hobby/diy/food blog. If you want to learn more about the 30 days of Creativity initiative click through the link.

It would be great if you could join me too! Just pledge @createstuff on twitter and tag your posts (it seems like its chiefly organizing through twitter but im sure the group has accounts elsewhere) #30DoC.

The 2012 30 Days of Creativity Inspiration… | 30 Days of Creativity.

Some skyrim mods

29 May


I’m considering writing about skyrim mods that work well on the mac port. Feedback on if i should actually put effort into doing this would be appreciated =)

Radio Silence: Skyrim

11 Apr

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

After the sleep deprived months of crunching readings, papers, and reports the author has been spotted dragon hunting in the mountains of Tamriel‘s Skyrim province. A simple note was left behind at her desk:

Gone Hiking, Fus Roh Dah

Skyrim official Bethesda trailer

You can probably expect posts during or perhaps after this gamer’s pilgrimage.


If you are on the same journey, you may appreciate the following links:

  • A review type modifications guide by UGO.com are listed here.
  • A table of marry-able characters and their perks is available here.
  • A top marry-able NPC perks review is available here.
  • Information about homes: their price, furniture, facilites and location is listed here.
  • Skyrim Nexus is a site/forum has a bunch of mods available. From improving textures and visuals in the game, to additional areas, skins, game dynamics, items, and crafting. Its a one stop shop for all your mod needs. A similar nexus is available for other Elder scrolls, Dragon Age, Neverwinter, The Witcher, Fallout, and a few others.

A Pill to Grow Your Brain

3 Mar

The whole theory of this pill is around enlarging the hippocampus, which has shrunk in those who have DepressionSchizophrenia, or Alzheimer’s.The Pill That Could Cure Depression by Growing Your Brain (click through to gizmodo). It might also give you a better memory, since the hippocampus does that sort of thing. It’s reminiscent of the pill in Limitless (2011).

An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, – imdb

If this technology fails it might give birth to a schizophrenic villain, with super memory, and other enhanced brain powers. If it actually cures the schizophrenia thats not very likely. The research is interesting though. Anyone else falling in line ?

Manageable tidbits

25 Feb

DIY and food now both go to doneitfromscratch.wordpress.com.

I have a little fluffy fur ball and you can follow her at toypoodlerompstheworld.wordpress.com Very little is available on the particular needs of toy poodles so i suppose compiling research is some sort of contribution. Note however that I’m not a vet!

Im also going to try to keep posts shorter. That makes it more manageable for both for you and me.Niche blogs get more readership but it’s time consuming to blog (ie: fix photos, watermark them, etx). I cannot maintain separate blogs for each interest. and the current system hasn’t done much for me so yeah…


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