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Drogo Chronology

Posted in SCOD Fallout Projects with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by Drogo

This rough Biography Outline is for the development of my character in the World of SCOD stories and films. It is a story parallel to our own, if things had gone as bad as I imagined they could, shifted from reality in 2001…if 9/11 had resulted in World War III… and somehow only half of the world population was killed or mutated.

Chronology for the Life of Drogo of SCOD

1976                              born

1977                              1yr

1978                              2yrs

1979                              3yrs

1980                              4yrs

1981                              5yrs

1982                              6yrs        started 1st Grade

1983                              7yrs        1-2

1984                              8yrs        2-3

1985                              9yrs        3-4

1986                              10yrs       4-5

1987                              11yrs       5-6

1988                              12yrs       6-7

1989                              13yrs       7-8

1990                              14yrs       8-9

1991                              15yrs       9-10

1992                              16yrs       10-11

1993                              17yrs       11-12

1994                              18yrs       12th Graduated – Start College

1995                              19yrs       Architecture College

1996                              20yrs       Architecture College

1997                              21yrs       Architecture College

1998                              22yrs       Architecture College

1999                              23yrs       Architecture College

2000                              24yrs       Architecture College

2001                              25yrs       911    Eve of Armageddon

2002                              26yrs       Armageddon

2003                              27yrs       Armageddon

2004                              28yrs       Armageddon

2005                              29yrs       Armageddon

2006                              30yrs       Apocalypse

2007                              31yrs       Post-Apocalypse

2008                              32yrs       Post-Apocalypse

2009                              33yrs       Post-Apocalypse

2010                              34yrs       Reclamation

2011                              35yrs       Reclamation

2012                              36yrs       Reclamation

2013                              37yrs       Reclamation

2014                              38yrs       Reclamation

2015                              39yrs       Reclamation

2016                              40yrs       Confederation

2017                              41yrs       Confederation

2018                              42yrs       Confederation

2019                              43yrs       Confederation

2020                              44yrs       Holocausts

2021                              45yrs       Remnant Wars

2022                              46yrs       Federation

2023                              47yrs       Federation

2024                              48yrs       Federation

2025                              49yrs       Federation – Empire

2026                              50yrs       Restoration of Purity

2027                              51yrs       Restoration

2028                              52yrs       Restoration

2029                              53yrs       Restoration

2030                              54yrs       Restoration …

 

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Why I Super-Hate the Super-Bowl!!!

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by Drogo

Why Blood Bowl will always be better than the Sucker Bowl!

Would I be into the Superbowl more if it was Science-Fiction? Sci-Fi Bowl? Maybe, but the inflated and detatched commercial aspect would still bother me. That much mass emphasis on such a narrow corporate event is boulder-dash!!!

I usually am unaware until the day comes and the question gets asked somewhere “who won?” Sometimes ive known ahead of time who is playing, and even watched some. Usually ive taken walks outside and it’s peaceful because everyone else is inside watching it. I was once passive about it, but ive decided to take a position.

I posted my “Footbabble” video as my constant position on the NFL no matter if it is time for the Superbowl or not. I honestly thought it might have already happened, if my wife hadn’t of said that it was mentioned by the priest at the Catholic Church she goes to. Then I heard the guy with the Groundhog Phil say it today during the official annual ceremony, which tipped me in overdrive for the “Bloodbowl”!

From Church to Groundhog Day, one cannot escape Commercial Sports! I have one thing to say about the Superbowl, “I don’t frackin give a shank.” Blood Bowl will always be cooler anyway.

AUGUSTA PUBLIC LIBRARY 2010

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Arts (Design & Performance), Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by Drogo

Augusta Architectural Commentary

Written by Walton Stowell II in 1999

SCAD Design Charrette in Augusta, GA

AUGUSTA PUBLIC LIBRARY 2010

Augusta, Georgia was once a harsh city of industrial decay. Augusta society struggled to defend itself from urban anti-establishment street honor codes. Now it maintains a verdant stability under the reign of ‘Holistic Education’.

“The only thing that should be strange and foreign to the people of today, is ignorance.” – Architect Walton Stowell II

When the Augusta Library was first built, times were changing. Technology was evolving faster than biological life on this planet. The masses were given a new way to explore the microcosm and macrocosm, virtually via computers and communication systems. This revolution continues to take place.

“In a world of net empathy, what was once silly, foreign, and bizarre is now honestly and truly accepted as part of humanity; whether deemed a desirable or less desirable. The masses may have been multiplied by ignorant consumer addicts of the last century, but the new opiate is education. The only silliness is the plastic decadence of our past century.” – Architect Walton Stowell II

The architects of the Augusta Library saw that the people of the late 20th Century had a ‘lumpy composite of antiquated skepticism and neglected neocortex’. They felt the shockwaves of a brave, newly connected digital world. The melting pot of the United States was still a polychromatic blur of capitalism and commercialism in the 1990’s. The individual ingredients of this stew were following popular social trend clusters that were changing too fast for anything to be standard for very long. The blur was becoming standard, as all defined standards became stagnant and often rapidly fell out of favor.

Rather than reject urban reactionary arts like spray paint graffiti, the architects realized it as part of the urban language that could be embraced, and manifested as a positive expression of the creativity of youth. While certain aspects were not encouraged, like tagging private property with negativity that belonged to someone else; other aspects were controlled and focused on, like pride in community art in public places.

“We are in a Catch 22 Brave New World Revolution that started in 1984.” – WSII

We were a people so full of substances, yet void of real Substance. Born to a commercial culture of cherished materialism and limited understanding of existence, egos were protected by accepted artificial conventions. The new Augusta Library was meant to help fill that void, and be a beacon of light, knowledge, and understanding.

Here is a famous poem inscribed on one of the Library entry walls:

“How cute we were indeed,

still clinging to our selfish conventions like babies.

For a human to only take, is immature.

Taking without giving is not harmonious;

it is not beautiful or honorable.

Human neocortical behavior can transcend

our basic subconscious appetites of Id.

With the cutting of a tree, we should plant three.

The owner of a new wooden house

would have many scars indeed

if they were to be cut for each tree,

each wound they did to the forest.

We bred animals in cages to be slaughtered

to feed ourselves by the masses,

while we kept so many animals as pets,

who were often treated better than humans

because they were deemed ‘cute’.

We lived in denial of reality, in mass.

We will no longer be ignorant.” – SCOD

Now men and women of integrated nationalities and cultures, rather than races, move through an orchestrated modern city. Augusta is now once again organically saturated by the chirping of birds, and alternatively powered music. Industry and businesses hire musicians and other artists to suit the required atmosphere: drummers for physical labor, jazz for entertainment, courthouses play opera, fast food plays fast Mozart, historic places play historic music, and elevator music changes based on our moods. The more complicated the function, the more complex the music.

Augusta is now a beacon of hope, thanks in part to the Public Library. Holistic Education has allowed us to see things in new ways, and not be blind bigots. The Peace we enjoy with a smart Self Defense Department, was only possible through the inner peace we managed to achieve as individuals.

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(note: this is an architectural manifesto for a theoretical project, which was part of an inter-collegiate event to project into the future, and therefore was not built and remains fictional)

US Victory in Iraq! August 31, 2010

Posted in Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by Drogo

We Won the War in Iraq! August 31, 2010

Today we won the War in Iraq. As most of our combat troops are leaving Iraq, we can say, “We came, we saw, we kicked ass.” Congratulations US. Thank you President Obama for helping this to happen, and giving a ‘milestone’ speech today on the subject of Patriots. As he said, Patriots can be for or against War.

Today is also the day that I am officially out of the US Military, myself. As of 16:00 this day of the God of War Tew (Tuesday), I have been given an Honorable Discharge from the Air National Guard after 5 years of traditional service. Therefore to honor this day, I here no longer must guard against admitting that I was in the military, as the military restricts the first amendment rights of it’s members under penalty of court-martial law. Operation 10 COW contains my conclusions.

When is the next war? We are already in it (Afghanistan). O well, let us pause to remember the costs of war. Let us never forget the fallen.

World Peace may be impossible, but perhaps we could have less ongoing impossible-to-know-when-the-end-is Military Wars. Now that is worth fighting for!

Poison Ivy – The Worst Weed

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Nature Studies, Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by Drogo

Poison Ivy is the Worst Weed


From the Norris NPR interview of Dr. Lewis Ziska, plant physiologist for the USDA:

Many people are allergic to poison ivy, a vine with triple leaf clusters.

“Even if you barely brush up against it, you can get an angry, weeping, contagious, red rash that takes weeks to heal. Well, it turns out that poison ivy, along with its voracious cousins poison oak and poison sumac, is even more of a nuisance this summer. The plants are spreading faster, growing larger, showing up in new places and becoming more toxic. It’s the kind of thing that’s so scary, it almost deserves its own soundtrack.”

So why is Poison Ivy the worst weed in 2010?

“One of the things that we think is occurring is that as carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is a basic greenhouse gas, but it’s also plant food. And plants take that carbon, and they convert it into sugars and carbohydrates and so forth.

“But not all plants respond the same way to that resource, and we think that vines, particularly vines like poison ivy or kudzu or other noxious weeds, seem to show a much stronger response to the change in CO2 than other plant species. So on average, the poison ivy plant of 1901, can grow up to 60 percent larger as of 2010 just from the change in CO2 alone, all other things being equal.

“And as a result of that change, we see not only more growth but also a more virulent form of the oil within poison ivy. The oil is called urushiol, and it’s that oil that causes that causes that rash to occur on your skin…”

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Unfortunately, pulling poison ivy (if you are not allergic) often breaks the vine off above ground, and leaves the root system underground. This is like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice chopping the mops in half, and they multiply like a hydra head. So as much as an organic gardener hates to admit it, poisoning poison ivy is the best way to fight it. Just one problem: Poisons do not work very well either. Here are some photos of Poison Ivy after using 2 different brands of “Poison Ivy Herbicide” after 2 weeks. While dumping the herbicides on the areas will kill everything there, you can see here a few squirts of poison sometimes barely wilts the leaves, even when there is no rain.

note: Poison Ivy is the vine with 3 leaves, below on the ground is common English Ivy

Although I have mercy on most other wild plants that people call weeds, I have no mercy on poison ivy because my mother is very allergic to it. Poison Ivy threats to take over as many gardens as it can get itself into, and after years of killing it, it has remained in the same area for over 40 years. Somewhere underground, there must be a mother root of poison ivy continuously sending out branches. Crabgrass and Wisteria are the same way; there seems to be no way to stop them from coming back within a 40 foot area. If you have any success stories, please post them below!

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Top Five Worst Weeds (not useful or harmful)

1. Poison Ivy

2. Crab Grass

3. Wisteria & Kudzu (aesthetic but strong, fast growing and extremely destructive vines)

4. English Ivy, Virginia Creeper, Honey Suckle (aesthetic but damaging vines)

5. Thistles, Briers, Burrs

Top Five Best Weeds (useful as food for humans and bees)

1. Lambs Quarters

2. Dandelions

3. Clovers

4. Mints

5. Wild Spinaches, Mustards, Flowers, etc…

Oil Spill in the Gulf Music Videos

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by Drogo

James Carville

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by Drogo

Political commentator James Carville is another hero fighting for the preservation of the Gulf Coast against the BP Oil Spill. The ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ is mad as hell, and he is not going to take it anymore. Here are some of my favorite videos of James tearin’ it up.

James Carville on ABC 2010

James Carville on CNN 2010

James Carville & Anderson Cooper on the Beach