Communion Of Dreams

DM of the Rings
October 29, 2007, 10:31 am
Filed under: Comics, General Musings, MetaFilter, movies, OOTS, Peter Jackson, Shamus Young, Tolkien, Twenty Sided

I have what can charitably be called an offbeat sense of humor. Most of my family just think that it is strange. Even some of my friends shake their heads. My wife of twenty years occasionally just nods and says, “That’s nice, dear.”

So, in that spirit, consider yourself well warned. But I came across something via MeFi yesterday that had me in stitches: Shamus Young’sThe DM of the Rings.” As he says in the intro to this unusual comic strip:

Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.

And then he goes on to do just that – run through the entire Peter Jackson movie adaptations of the Lord of the Rings books as though it was some Dungeon Master’s D & D game. Brilliantly using screen captures to illustrate the strip (in 155 episodes), he shows how this would play out.

It’s friggin’ hilarious.

I was never much of a hardcore gamer, just did enough in college and a bit after to be familiar with it, understand the humor behind a strip like OOTS. But I’ve long been a huge fan of Tolkien (even though I am not that much into the fantasy genre generally – odd). To see what Young does in juxtaposing the two shows just how absurd each really is in its own right.

So, check it out. But whether you spend the next several hours going through the storyline, or just scratch your head and wonder about me, don’t say you weren’t given fair warning.

Jim Downey

September 17, 2007, 7:00 am
Filed under: Alzheimer's, Book Conservation, Comics, Health, Migraine, OOTS, Sleep

I’ve suffered periodic bouts of migraines since adolescence. I know there are some food triggers, and I know that physical and emotional stress also can start a cycle. I even have “stress release” migraines, when some particularly difficult or demanding situation is over. I know several different types and intensity of migraine, from the ones that just make you a little miserable for a few hours to the ones that make it a almost impossible to get out of bed for two or three days. But most of all, I know that modern medicine offers me no real hope of relief from the damned things, and the best I can do is deal with them symptomatically with a range of mild to powerful narcotics.

Yeah, I’ve got a migraine. Been keeping it at bay for the last few days, having sometimes to resort to the least powerful of my Rx meds. Gah. Makes it hard to get anything done, and I have a *lot* to get done – a book conservation project I promised a client two weeks ago, a trip to pick up the first installment of books for the new client tomorrow, interviews with a reporter about being a care-provider, et cetera. Charming.

But at least OOTS is back from hiatus!

Jim Downey