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Picts and Stones and Ladders

As anticipated simply shifting most of the Pictish content made the site work again. Just copied the content into Word – 170 A4 pages, so kind of carrying a site within a site. Tidying it to readable from WordPress paste to PDF is a day’s work, so I’ll make it readily available in a quick PDF soon as.

Thistle Games

Upgrading from notes into a more complete history – out of sight at the end of a very long line. Apart from anything else I’m plain not enthused by sections of the artwork. Coming up with a treatment that made the art and an appropriate styling mesh . . . extra long piece of string.

Doomster Hill 2

Regrettably recent actions on the part of those supporting the politics of confrontation leave me unable to continue to participate in the Yes campaign. They are no different from or worse than the hired trolls sent online by the No Campaign – except that they want conditions such as shown by the poster below to be inflicted on ‘their own’ for the sake of personal agendas.

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I would still heartily recommend voting Yes, as we are so royally financially screwed otherwise, but any prospect of an authentic civic nationalism developing out of a grass roots campaign lies dead. Largely through the manner in which activists and admins have rushed to welcome, at times even dote on, those who insist on the politics of confrontation.

Could have sworn that’s what brought us here in the first place.

As noted by a gamer last night, this is all very familiar from the US, where so many of the initially well-intentioned so easily become complicit in creating the circumstances they resent – simply by abandoning faith in themselves and handing off responsibility to the same old cardboard cutout charlatans.

The reality is that 1m Scots are already living in abject, needless poverty; Scotland’s NHS clinicians describe the NHS in Scotland as a pre-privatisation shambles; and the voices of women and young people are largely excluded by an unwillingness to get beyond slogans and jeerleading.

As for what was our incredible history and culture. By accident – not design – I looked at the increasingly decrepit remnants of Scottish history and found one argument after another based on ‘evidence’ that wouldn’t be acceptable at High School level. Across the Net the vacuum this leaves plays into the hands of those engaged in media massaging and active extremism. There is currently no way to stem this, because of their enthusiasm for the task, allied to our inaction.

Stenness
The Doomster Hill post showed the sorry state of Orkney’s Ring of Brodgar. It’s doing quite well compared to Orkney’s Stones of Stenness, where four of a likely dozen original stones aren’t even sufficient to give the clear impression of a stone circle set within the landscape.

Kilmartin Glen

Meanwhile the 5,000 year old legacy at Kilmartin Glen in Argyllshire . . . I guess Scots can have the Commonwealth Games ‘legacy’ instead, as I can’t see the cattle giving up on their scratching posts any time soon. The tartan does look especially natty alongside a new Scotland strip ;)

Thanks to C Michael Hogan for the image of Stenness under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.

In passing the above is a remarkably effective way to make the past vanish without anyone noticing. It would take endless numbers of human visitors many years to wipe a stone surface clean through touch alone. And the weight of just a human pressing on the stones might of itself never lead to fracture.

(It would take two people a morning to cattle fence those using nothing more than standard fence posts and ordinary fencing wire).

For myself – the pic in my Fbook feed yesterday is an obvious indication that I’ve been continuing with various game-related projects. To assist with that I’ll get the Alba and Courage sections out of the way after a quick break – so the site can get back to loading more quickly.

Lucky Bag

Out of action for the next week, so a few past posts to fill the gap.

  1. Top of the line graphic novels.
  2. Fantasy novels for the young and not so young.
  3. 3D Printing – with chocolate.
  4. A tabletop adventure from about a year back.
  5. Exceptionally well finished figures.
  6. Peaceful activism.
  7. A dash of tongue in cheek Scottish history that needs more work.