The Red Book That is Red And Also a Book

October 19, 2018 Bushi 4

You know, he’s got a point. Wikipedia is really helpful on this topic: "The name of the book comes from its red leather binding and casing, and also that it is a book, and also it having been housed in the Westmarch." Language. It conveys all sorts of stuff! — […]


Infernal Elves

October 18, 2018 Bushi 2

There was a bit of a discussion yesterday on Twitter, about elves. Specifically, Alex of Cirsova was musing about the D&D alignment systems and how traditionally, under a three-point system (Good-Neutral-Evil), Evil and Chaotic would be pretty much the same thing. "Evil" acts would tend to be chaotic because they […]


The Word-Hoard: Recrudescence

October 17, 2018 Bushi 0

Recrudescence  n. Breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or appearance in active existence. Wowee – million-dollar word here! Despite “breaking out afresh” conjuring images for me of decayed zombie hands thrusting forth from the earth, a Google image search of “recrudescence” turns up rather a lot of scientific-looking […]

Queue up the Cartoons

October 16, 2018 Bushi 13

We all grow up wondering why TV and film aren’t as good these days as when we were young. Yes, nostalgia is rose-tinted. I fondly remember a lot of the cartoons and puppet-laden children’s shows of my early years, and I firmly believe the fact that I encountered dragons and […]


The Word-Hoard: Lassitude

October 15, 2018 Bushi 0

Lassitude n. 1. A condition of weariness or debility; fatigue. 2. A condition characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit; languor.   “Lassitude” is a great word for those “fade-to-black” scenes, as below, to describe the  sensation as someone is drugged or otherwise lulled to sleep. It’s also a […]

Weinbaum’s Old Mars

October 12, 2018 Bushi 5

This morning I started reading Stanley Weinbaum’s “A Martian Odyssey,” and had intended to write a full reaction to it, but, well, I ran out of time and haven’t even finished it yet. It’s been difficult to keep up with my reading and nerding lately, I admit. Lots of “real” […]

Ogre Battle

October 11, 2018 Bushi 0

My recent post on hawkmen got me thinking a little about Ogre Battle. And then yesterday Thomas of Weird Catholic decided to revisit his series on tarot cards. Ok, so let’s take a little stroll down memory lane. Ogre Battle: March of the Back Queen, released on the SNES in […]


The Original Greek Superhero: Prometheus

October 10, 2018 Bushi 5

It’s been observed that Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter was an early inspiration for the modern superhero. I believe he was actually a direct inspiration for the genesis of Superman. But what if we go further back? The Greek heroes like Hercules and Perseus and Achilles are no-brainers, but what […]


The Hawkmen cometh

October 9, 2018 Bushi 3

Hawkman, the comic book superhero, was apparently created in 1940 by Gardner Fox of Appendix N fame. This post wasn’t originally intended to include him beyond a cursory note, but I found it quite interesting and coincidental that Fox should come up in this context, given my preoccupation in recent […]


The Word-Hoard: Schloss

October 8, 2018 Bushi 0

Schloss n. A castle or palace.   There are a number of words for castles and other great houses or fortified compounds – keep, citadel, fortress, stronghold, manor, estate, manse, etc. Sometimes, though, you may want to invoke a certain exoticism or foreignness that such words lack. “Schloss” is the German […]