-Eternal Sunshine #78

July 2013

By Douglas Kent 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX  75149

Email: diplomacyworld@yahoo.com or dougray30@yahoo.com

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Quote Of The MonthMierzwiak! Please let me keep this memory, just this one!” (Joel in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”)


Welcome to Eternal Sunshine, the only Diplomacy zine where two Hyundai Accents sit in the driveway of the publisher’s home.  This has been true for some time, but now one of them is brand new, and the 2002 Hyundai Accent is gone for good. 


It was my Dad’s car before mine, and was given to me so I could travel properly after I got out of prison.  At that time it had low mileage, but lots of minor body damage.  I took that to be a sign that my father had frequently bumped things due to his with his poor reflexes.  Otherwise the two-door hatchback had been given a full tune up and was a great driving vehicle.


Last year I put about $1,600 into it – mostly necessary mechanical work like the brakes, new tires, alignment, replacing a tie rod with a broken boot…things like that.  The goal was to make the car last until 2014, at which time I’d replace it with a new one.  Heather – as always – would get the new car and I’d get her “hand me down” because she hardly puts any miles on her car anyway.  May as well give me the one that is going to travel a lot more.


Sadly, 2014 was a hope, not a reality.  The 2002 started overheating one day, and the next day I took it to the dealership (having it towed the last three miles…the overheating was not controllable, even with extra coolant and running the heat at full blast).  As it turned out a hose was a minor culprit, but the real nasty was a rotted freeze plug on the engine.  The freeze plug itself is not so bad; you can but them online for $2 in a pack of 10.  The real issue us GETTING to the freeze plugs to replace them.  You’ve got to take off the front axle and other things, and one side is up against the firewall.  It is always said that if you’re going to spend $600 replacing one, spend $1500 and replace them ALL, because if one is rotted the other soon will be.  It just didn’t make economic sense to pour more money down the drain, so it had to be replaced.


Heather was fine with another Accent, as they are quite dependable, have a terrific warranty, and there aren’t that many cars out there for the same price.  She’d wanted a red four door hatchback, but the 2013 design of the hatchback leaves VERY little viewable space out the rear.  Instead she opted for a red sedan, but here we also ran into a problem: the dealer thought they’d located one 20 or 30 miles away, but it wasn’t the basic model.  Instead it had an option package Heather didn’t need.  Days later they finally found one up in Oklahoma City, but rather than have one of their drivers waste a full day going up there and back to swap cars, they cut us a great deal on a red one they had on the lot that has the same sort of option package (Bluetooth, cruise control, and audio controls on the steering wheel, for example).  I think over time Heather will make use of all these additions, and spaced out over 60 months it barely makes a difference in the payment.  Actually, I was surprised to discover putting this new vehicle on the insurance with full coverage – and dropping the 2002 which had liability only – only bumped up the payments $32 a month. 


So, aside from getting into a tiff with a local feral cat who likes to hang out in our driveway (I bear the scars of the encounter) that was June for us.  We’re left with a much nicer car, but payments we hadn’t planned on making.  Typical.


In the zine we have the end of Lifeboat, and the start of a new Movie quiz.  This time we are back to quotes.  Maybe that’ll help more of you.  I’d love to get this Youngstown IV game filled, so sign up for that!  Or else!  Now I’m off to finish work on the next issue of Diplomacy World (due out after July 1st sometime…you can always find it – and every prior issue – for free download at www.diplomacyworld.net.  Maybe you can contribute towards the NEXT issue with an article of some kind?).


Okay, here’s a question to all readers of Eternal Sunshine?  Do you actually enjoy this zine?  What parts do you read and what parts do you skip?  If it disappeared tomorrow, would you care…and would you notice?  Same questions for Diplomacy World if you read that.  And if you DON’T read DW, tell me why you don’t.


See you in August!


Playlist: Road(s) - Sara Routh; Slow Code – Caroline Reese; For the Madness – The Mile Markers; Caldera – Raina Rose; English Rain – Gabrielle Aplin; The Essential… - Stevie Ray Vaughn.


21 of the Best TV Series Ever

An Eternal Sunshine List Challenge


The late – and much missed – Richard Walkerdine is the one who suggested this topic for the next Eternal Sunshine list challenge. The basis is simple: you submit three TV series per month, over the next seven months, along with any commentary you would like to attach to your choices.  In the end you’ll have 21 selections!  There is not mean t to be a specific order to your choices; you’re not ranking them from best to 21st best.  Also, the category of “best” in this instance should mean something like “most enjoyable” rather than “most influential.”  Finally, you should consider within the context of your choices whether the series holds up in any way…in other words, if you are listing it as one of the 21 best, could you sit down and watch episodes now and enjoy them? 


Non-U.S. television series are – of course – welcome.  (Many modern American series were reworked versions of English series anyway).  To qualify as a “series” the show must have aired at least six episodes.  All genres are welcome: comedy, horror, suspense, detective, science fiction…anything you like.  Oh, and if the series has multiple incarnations (as many of the more popular science fiction series do, for example) specify which one you mean.  You can list multiples, but they each take up a spot on your list…and you only get 21!  I am offering prizes: two of the respondents who submit a full complement of 21 TV series will be selected at random for prizes.  So to win, all you have to do is play.


Next issue: The first set of three TV series from each of you, and from me.  Remember: These are not meant to be placed in order by you, from top to bottom, unless you want to do that for some reason.  And since you only have to submit three series per issue, I hope you’ll give some explanation of why you chose each one.


P.S. – One of these days I may run 23 Tunes again, and if I do, it’ll be done where the groups of songs are listed together by person, instead of breaking out each song separately.



Hypothetical of the Month


Last month, we gave you these hypothetical questions or situations: #1 (From Don Williams) - You and your spouse decide to go to the movies.  You’re running late as you get to the theater and opt to valet park.  As you enter the theater you remember that in your rush to go you’ve left $40 cash in the center console of your car and mutter “dammit” under your breath.  When the car is returned after the movie you check the console and, sure enough, the two $20 bills are gone.  You don’t accuse the valet of theft but inform him that he won’t be getting a tip tonight as “someone” has taken the $40.  He swears that’s not true but you drive off feeling stupid and pissed off for leaving the money there in the first place.  The next day, you pull two soggy $20 bills out of the washing machine – they came from the jeans you were wearing before you went to the movies last night.  You mutter “dammit” under your breath again.  What do you do next?       #2 – The house next to you was vacant for a while, but now a family has bought it and moved in.  They have seven people in a two bedroom house, and four cars which come and go at all hours of the night.  They seem to have made it their mission to slap every door of every car whenever they get into one, and they constantly move cars in and out of the driveway to let another one out.  They have junk in their backyard, and a highly annoying, un-collared and likely unregistered little yappy dog which can escape from their back yard whenever it wants to.  When it does it tears up trash, barks incessantly, and probably impregnates other dogs in the neighborhood since they won’t get it fixed.  You’ve decided to burn down their house in an attempt to get them to move, and to possibly plant false evidence of a meth lab inside before the fire.  Do you do it yourself, or hire someone?


Heather Taylor - #1 – Go back and give the valet a tip and an apology if I had done that, or send the tip and apology in the mail.


#2 – I would definitely hire someone because I am such a klutz that I would end up blowing my own house apart instead when gathering the materials to do the job.


Melinda Holley - #1 - Rule #1: ALWAYS empty pockets before putting anything into the washing machine.  I've forgotten this many times & have retrieved bills, coins, and shredded tissues *sigh*.  I swallow my pride and return to the theater that evening to find that valet and apologize.  Then I give HIM the $40.


#2 - I've seen too many episodes of Law & Order to even THINK I'd get away with this.  So I turn my frustration on those poor people at city hall:  Animal Control, Health Dept., etc.  And I stay on them until something breaks.  With my luck, the neighbors will confront me, sic their dog on me, etc., so I can move to criminal proceedings.  'Course if I find all this amusing (since I keep my trash in containers & am just as likely to open the windows and loudly blare AC/DC whenever I want), we may just settle into trench warfare.


Andy York - #1 - I'd return, apologize the person if he's there (if not, the manager) and leave an extra large tip. I had a similar situation one time at a restaurant. When I recieved the bill, I left a $20 bill to cover the meal and a decent tip, and walked out to get back to work.  Only later, when I checked my wallet, I realized I had a $20 instead of the $10 that should have been there (I'd left the $10 bill instead of the $20 - stiffing the waiter on part of the meal cost!). On my way home, I went by the restaurant and, as the waiter's shift was over, talked with the lead. I explained the situation and left the $20 to cover the remaining portion of the bill and a larger tip than I'd planned (buy the original $10).


#2 - Decline to answer as I'd never consider doing this. And, Doug, before chastise me for not answering consider that this is so far out of the realm of possibility for me that I couldn't even make an "informed" answer. except as an exercise in writing fiction.


[[I’m pretty sure all the “good” responses here are imaginatory fantasies, or simply fiction exercises as well.]]


Andy Lischett - #1 - I try to find the valet and apologize and give him a 50 cent tip. Okay, a normal tip, but I never know what that should be.


#2 - I do it myself, probably by setting fire to the dog and sending it into the crawl space. No accelerants... the police always find accelerants.


Dick Martin - #1 - i wouldn't do this on so many levels... i avoid valet parking at all times (ferris bueller's day off made a big impression on me), i avoid having spouses, my car doesn't have a center console, i wouldn't leave cash there anyways, and i wouldn't be so sure that i'd left money lying around that i'd accuse a stranger of taking it. but given all these stipulations...i'd say "oh well" and leave the money out to dry.


#2 - i'd do it myself. i'd dress all in black for a week as i plan the caper, lurking casually around my yard as i cased the joint. then i'd blast the mission impossible theme song on repeat play out of my house's window as i scaled the picket fence between our houses, silenced the yappy dog with a well-placed karate chop, and lobbed magnesium incendiary grenades through the basement window. it would be glorious.


Robin ap Cynan - #1 - Iron the bills dry. Buy the new Keith Jarrett CD, and a bottle of Cloudy Bay.


#2 - First- get the dog into a rescue home; Second - hire someone; Third - Permanently silence the hired helper/s.


Jack McHugh - #1 - Nothing, what's to do?


#2 - Why would I try and burn down a house next to mine--that's just stupid...I'd move first..


Tom Howell - #1 - Go back to the theatre, apologize to the valet, and give him a generous tip.


#2 - If you want it done right, ya gotta do it yourself.  That is, assuming the frank talk with the neighbors about the problems hasn't resolved any of them.


Phil Murphy - #1 - Ah... defective memory. I would go back the next day and give the valet the $40. Guilty conscience.


#2 - Wow that question *is* full of hate... who came up with that one?  I'd like to think I wouldn't do it in the first place, but that isn't the question.   I would like to think I would do it myself. Possibly start with the cars so that they run outside first. I would want them to move, not to die!


Heath Gardner - #1 - Go back, find the guy, and tip him at least $20, if not the whole $40 for being a dick. I'm sure he'll remember me, too, so I won't have to recount what happened before. People in service professions like that have to deal with abuse all the time that things that aren't their fault. If I somehow contributed to that I would need to set my karma right by seeking out that guy.


#2 - I would hire someone.... to sit calmly and supportively while I talk about my thoughts, my childhood, and my strange urges, as s/he offers advice and medication all the while. :-)


Don Williams - #1 - Uh, this wasn’t a hypothetical for me … I pulled this stunt about three months ago, all true.  My wife Stacey howled and has been having a field day with it ever since.  What did/will I do?  When we go back to the place – and it’ll be soon – I’ll be tipping the guys there at the valet stand that night the entire $40, hoping the one I stiffed gets a piece of the action.  And reminding me not to be such a jerk the next time.


#2 - This was is so preposterous it almost doesn’t deserve an answer.  Really, Doug, I thought you wanted serious participation in this?  OF COURSE you contract it out.  Don’t ask such silly questions in the future.  Be serious for cryin’ out loud.


Steve Cooley - #1 - We don’t have valet parking for movies. I don’t swear. I never have $40. I don’t wear jeans. Good hypothetical.   [[Blame Duck.]]


I’d go back to the valet and apologize for implying they might be (even indirectly) responsible.


#2 - Doug, I already told you: you’ve got the job! I don’t think going public was wise. In fact, even though Williams was almost twice your price, I think I’ll have to go with him. Sorry bro.  [[FML]]


Mark Firth - #2 - Go for the inside job. A tenner to their disaffected third son should do the trick. [By the way, this sounded like it was a bit close to the bone?!]


John Biehl - #1 - I'd definitely feel stupid for realizing I'd mistakenly thought the valet had taken the $40. I'd be angry with myself for forgetting that the money wasn't in my car. If I saw that Valet again I'd give him that tip I should have in the first place along with an apology for being so accusatory in the first place.


#2 - This hypothetical is oozing with bad karma. First off - never do a crime, especially a major one - by hiring someone. Do it yourself. Unless you were absolutely sure all persons were out of the house it wouldn't be worth it to try arson. The only thing I'd even consider is somehow doing away with the yappy dog but even there what you are doing is bad karma. You just have to live with some 'bad' neighbours, that, or move yourself.


Actually, I have experienced something like the above on two occasions - one time a neighbour who I'd never spoken too before once asked me in passing me on the sidewalk, "How are you feeling?" - this a day or so after my cat had died (apparently, from being poisoned - Misty was a very healthy 2 yr old cat). Although that is no proof, I am convinced that neighbour had something to do with my pet’s death. I wanted to kill that person and speculated how I might accomplish that. In the end I realized that if he did that bad karma thing then someday, perhaps, that bad karma will come back to him. The second 'bad' neighbour was actually a family. Their only bad action was to be chain smokers - all three of them. Unfortunately, they smoked outside on their back porch (they

rented the house) and the smoke drifted almost continually from their porch over to outside my house (wind currents) so I couldn't have any open windows when they had their puff sessions. I called them the 'Ashtrays' - nice enough people really, not too cerebral tho - in my criticism I referred to them as my local 'trailer park trash' types. Luckily, the Ashtrays moved out shortly after I moved in.


For Next Month (For the time being, I am usually selecting questions from the game “A Question of Scruples” which was published in 1984 by High Games Enterprises).  Remember you can make your answers as detailed as you wish.: #1 - For $35,000, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone until after the three months is up.  #2 - You discover that your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. What would you do? Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the "mistake"?



The Dining Dead -
The Eternal Sunshine Movie Reviews


Seen on DVD – We finished the first season of The Killing.  It bogged down in the middle but got good again in the last few episodes.  Damn cliffhanger endings!  We’ve got the latest Dexter to watch next.  Never made it out to the movies; summer blockbuster films are not our thing, and a movie has to be something we really want to see to offset the expense of going instead of watching it on Netflix.  Horror or suspense films gain a lot from the audience experience, so we often see those instead of waiting for DVD or Netflix.


Also just watched The House at the End of the Street.  Give it a B, a twist or two and good acting (Jennifer Lawrence…does she want to adopt me?).


Meet Me In Montauk
The Eternal Sunshine Letter Column


Andy York: As always, enjoyed my trip to Arlington - excellent seats and a good win for Texas. Quite a bit of player movement between the Express and the Rangers over the past month. It's good to see some folks moving up and doing well in the majors - though it can create some havoc with Round Rock covering starts and some positions. But, overall, the Express are doing quite well moving in/out of first in the division with Oklahoma

(AAA for Houston).


Last night I went to San Antonio (AA for the Padres) - even though I lived there many years, never had seen a Missions game. They were playing the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA for Astros, owned by the Ryans who own the Express). So, I rooted for the visiting team. They won handily and I expect some of the players will make their appearance in Houston in a few years.


Interestingly, according to their program book, the Missions have been a part of the Texas League since 1888 (with some breaks totaling twenty-three of those years). They were TL Champions twelve times, including 1897, 1908, 1933, 1950, 1997 and 2011. Quite a LONG run. The second oldest league team is the Tulsa Drillers who've been in it since 1933 (with breaks totalling sixteen years).


Next weekend I'm hoping to hit Houston for a Saturday night/Sunday afternoon set of games. The Astro's have been doing quite well, much better than I expected! It should be fun as long as I don't buy any sno cones from vendors.


[[It is clear that the Astros are building a team the “right” way, with their young players.  If the community will support them through the process for another two years they’ll be a force to be dealt with.  Rumors still fly that Nolan Ryan may leave the Rangers and move to the Astros in the next year or two.  I love the Astros and the way they play, but I also love the way they handle their roster.  If you can’t get the job done, we’ll throw somebody else in there and see what they’ve got.  Granted, most teams can’t maintain even an Oakland-size support base on that strategy, but Houston is not the doormat the “experts” thought they would be.  They win games, and their lineup can erupt for six runs out of nowehere.]]


Dane Maslen: Good heavens!  I recognise one of the photos in the Movie Contest.  Usually I don't even recognise the titles of the films when you give the answers.  I guess that shows just how few films I watch.  Oh, very well, substitute 'movies' for 'films' in the previous two sentences.


[[Maybe you’ll do better with the Quotes.]]


The Twisting Tale

This is a rotating story, with a different author every issue, and a chapter of 500 words.  If you’d like to participate, please email me and let me know, and I’ll let you know when your turn comes up.  We need more particpants!  Email me at dougray30@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate!


Chapter 21 – by Jim Burgess


I must wake.  Heave and shrink.  We are gifted, so always we suffer.  Last, the first.  It is our way, old ones.




He leaped out of the nest, not knowing what he would find, escaping the gnats.


Second, last.


She came out of the heaving, and met him as slowly descended.


It was begun.


She prepared to catch him, noting that the prey was aware of her intent -- and her presence.  Her wings widened and back relaxed....


Then, to be third now....


Here now, a smaller one started to fall, a decline no more faltering than her own, but a crucial age later.


Much more happened in the nest, wreathes, imagination, defeat, shards of fractured shells were knit together.


Then we came to the death of thought.  A flood of impulses did not come to the fore, but were buried forever.


First, there was a recognition that primogeniture was death. 


Second, there was a lack of desire for this condition.


Third, there was a will to let it all go, for it not to matter.


What was final rose out of death like the phoenix, and in the bitter cold she maneuvered (since this is NOT bloody England) her body, so worse to address the issue.


And there were no others.  The void was complete. 


Still, time marched on, the world shrank around her, now there were stale movements, and dreamed of scents.


With each contraction, her confidence shrank further, as the cell walls caved in, her certainty of mission was melted away, a mask to the evanescence of her skin in the collapsing air in this space, boredom and ennui was succeeding any sense of mission.


Last and at the beginning.


There was a sudden crack, a stark announcement of her leaving.  Thus, the screen closed and wall knit together and blocked her from view.  Quickly, and all at once, she was gone.


Next up – Chapter 22 by Douglas Kent



A game of survival, bad breath, and fish odor…


This is the simple game of Lifeboat.  Everyone plays this, whether you participate or not.  Each turn everyone still alive in the lifeboat may make a single vote to throw someone off the lifeboat, or a single vote to remove one vote from yourself (a defensive measure).  The high vote getter is thrown overboard, as well as any player getting 2 or more net votes (due to the damage caused when Sanka was tossed overboard).  In a tie, everyone with that score is thrown over.  Last one in the boat wins.  I’ll probably give a prize, as usual.  Press is encouraged.  Note that the votes themselves are NOT revealed.  I just simply announce who is thrown overboard.  If you’re not listed as in the lifeboat right now but want to be, email me and I will add you next issue.  If you are listed and don’t’ want to be…well, too bad.  There is no suicide in this game; you just can ignore it if you want to. 


Previously in the lifeboat:


Hugh Polley and John Biehl


Hugh and John have each been hoarding food, hiding it from each other.  When they realize this, they scuffle.  Their food becomes mixed, angering each of them.  “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” accuses Hugh.  John replies, “No, you got your peanut butter in my chocolate!”  Additional scuffling ensues, and they both fall overboard, eaten by the hungry sharks.  One shark gobbles up the chocolate and peanut butter jumble as it floats atop the water.  Mmmm” his aquatic brain thinks.  “It’s delicious!”


As the empty lifeboat bobs on the waves, the sun heads west as late afternoon approaches.  Off in the distance, a cruise ship appears.  Rescue at last?  Alas, there is nobody left to rescue.  All have perished.


Besides, odds are good that if and when the Captain sends the ship this way to investigate, he’ll run aground on these rocks in the shallows.  That, and the raw sewage in the corridors, leaves little difference between death and survival for our lifeboat crowd.


Another game?  Email me and let me know if you’d like me to start it up….none of you seem to have conducted any negotiation to try and coordinate your votes.  You’d never make it on any of those reality TV shows.


Thrown Into the Shark Infested Waters: Douglas Kent, Jack McHugh, Chris Babcock, Paraic Reddington, Sanka the Cat (safely made it to land), Andy York, Toby the Helpful Kitty (safely made it to land), Phil Murphy, Fred Wiedemeyer, Don Williams, Kayza the Dog (safely made it to land), Michael Quirk, Dane Maslen, Larry Cronin, Chuy Cronin, Richard Weiss. Tom Howell, Jeremie Lefrancois, Harley Jordan, Cal White, Andy Lischett, Rick Desper, William Wood, Jim Burgess, Hank Alme, Kevin Tighe, Per Westling, Kevin Wilson, Jeff O’Donnell, Graham Wilson, Melinda Holley, Michael Cronin, Pat Vogelsang, Robin ap Cynan, Lance Anderson, David McCrumb, Heather Taylor, Brendan Whyte, David Burgess, David Latimer, Allison Kent, Amber Smith, Geoff Kemp, Michael Moulton, Martin Burgdorf, and Tom Swider, Paul Milewski, Marc Ellinger, Carol Kay, Hugh Polley, John Biehl.




SMAUG TO ALL -  John survives because of his perfectly understandable attitude towards lawyers. Sorry Hugh.


Hey Sharky! With two left we both take a dip or stay in the boat?


John to Shark: Not sure how you arranged that .... to get Carol (the tasty morsel) that is ...


John to 'Shark to John' and 'John to Shark': Those press releases weren't from me. Someone is masquerading here. Which ghost from the watery grave/ shark stomach is it?


Anonymous: Now, if I was a real hacker, I'd get to vote twice, or thrice, etc.


(BOOB to BOAT): Unless Hugh or John NMR, I don't see how they both don't either stay or go?  So, does someone win???






Eternal Sunshine Index – ESI

A Scientific Measure of Zine Health

Current Index: 62.27 +1.26%







The Eternal Sunshine Index is a stock-market-like index of the zine. You don’t do anything in this game, except write press or commentary on price movements (or why you think your stock should have gone up or down).  I move the prices beginning with next issue based on my own private formula of quantity and quality zine participation (NMR’s, press, columns, etc.).  Any new zine participants become new issues valued at at 50, but the stock for anyone who disappears will remain listed.  The average of all listed stocks will result in the ESI closing value each month, which will be charted issue to issue after we have a few months’ worth of data.  If you don’t like the stock symbol I have assigned you, you may petition the exchange to change it.  Blame Phil Murphy for suggesting this section to me.


Market Commentary: Amazingly, we had only one player NMRing (in a month when a ton of orders arrived at the last minute).  Between that and the additional zine material (everything but TAP, which should be out in a day or two anyway) the index simply seems incapable of going down.  But are the bulls getting tired?  Is the market over-extended and ripe for a correction?  Who knows?





% +/-

AJK - Allison Kent



ALM - Hank Alme



AMB - Amber Smith



AND - Lance Anderson



BAB - Chris Babcock



BIE - John Biehl



BRG - Martin Burgdorf



BWD - Brad Wilson



CAK - Andy Lischett



CAL - Cal White



CHC - Chuy Cronin



CIA - Tom Swider



CKW - Kevin Wilson



CKY - Carol Kay



DAN - Dane Maslen



DBG - David Burgess



DGR - David Grabar



DTC - Brendan Whyte



DUK - Don Williams



FRD - Fred Wiedemeyer



FRG - Jeremie Lefrancois



FRT - Mark Firth



GAR - Heath Gardner



GRA - Graham Wilson



HAP - Hugh Polley



HDT - Heather Taylor



HLJ - Harley Jordan



JOD - Jeff O'Donnell



KMP - Geoff Kemp



KVT - Kevin Tighe



LAT - David Latimer



LCR - Larry Cronin



MRK - Mark Nelson



MCC - David McCrumb



MCR - Michael Cronin



MIM - Michael Moulton



MRC - Marc Ellinger



OTS - Tom Howell



PER - Per Westling



PJM - Phil Murphy



QUI - Michael Quirk



RAC - Robin ap Cynan



RDP - Rick Desper



REB - Melinda Holley



RED - Paraic Reddington



RWE - Richard Weiss



SAK - Jack McHugh



TAP - Jim Burgess



VOG - Pat Vogelsang



WAY - W. Andrew York



WLK - Richard Walkerdine



WWW - William Wood



YLP - Paul Milewski





Where in the World is Kendo Nagasaki?


Rules in ES #58.  Send in your guesses.  I’ve played this in Brandon Whyte’s Damn the Consequences a few times and it’s fun, takes only a minute or two each turn, and helps you work your brain!  As soon as this one ends, a new one will begin.




Brendan Whyte:


Phil Spector in Edmonton


Phil Murphy:


Stephen King in Lincoln, NE


Kevin Wilson:


Socrates in Lima, Peru


Tom Howell:


John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough in Melbourne, Australia


Paraic Reddington:


Winston Churchill in Lagos, Nigeria


Dane Maslen:


Archimedes in Nairobi, Kenya


Jim Burgess:


Sir John Franklin in Thule (Qaanaaq) Greenland


Richard Weiss:


Oliver Cromwell in Novosibirsk, Russia


Jack McHugh:


Adolf Hitler in Johannesburg, South Africa


Andy Lischett:


Little Richard in Little Rock, Arkansas


Marc Ellinger:


Julius Caesar in New York City


Martin Burgdorf:


Charles Aznavour in Paris, France


John Biehl:


Leonard Nimoy in Juist, Germany


Mark Firth:


Lassie in Laramie, Wyoming


Hint to Closest Guess Geographically: I was born within a year or two of your death.





Richard Weiss:


Ovid, in Mogadishu, Somalia


Brendan Whyte:


Aristotle on Diego Garcia


Kevin Wilson:


Rob Lowe in Abidjan, République de Côte d'Ivoire


Andy Lischett:


Little Richard in Johannesburg, S.A.


Jack McHugh:


Peter the Great in Bangkok, Thailand 


Tom Howell:


Adam Smith in Dunedin, NZ


Phil Murphy:


J. Edgar Hoover in Paris, France


Martin Burgdorf:


Freddie Mercury in Prague


Heath Gardner:


Michael Richards in Mogadishu, Somalia


Rick Desper:


Nicole Kidman in Harare, Zimbabwe


Dane Maslen:


Archimedes in Manila, Philippines


John Biehl:


Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore


Paraic Reddington:


George Bush Sr. in Madagascar


Marc Ellinger:


Joseph Pulitzer in Montevideo


Mark Firth:


Charlton Heston in Lome (Togo)


Jim Burgess:


Meryl Streep in Honolulu, Hawaii

Hint to Closest Guess Geographically: Again, I was born within a few years of your death too.


Deadline for Round 3 is July 30th at 7:00am my time




Brain Farts: The Only Subsubzine With It’s Own Fragrance

By Jack “Flapjack” McHugh – jwmchughjr@gmail.com

(or just email Doug and he’ll send it to me)

Issue #56




Within a week of you reading this, I’ll have been thrown out of my house.  I’m working three days a week, long shifts and 90 minutes from home, but it’s better than nothing.  For the time being I have no option but to move in with my Mom, in a crowded household which really has no room for me.  I hope to save up enough for a super-cheap apartment in a few months.  Anybody who wants to donate towards my apartment fund let me know.  Ha, that’s a laugh.  I hope you step in dog shit on your way to the most important meeting of your life, and don’t realize it.


No jokes for you shitheels.  Just pictures.







Octopus’s Garden

Issue Eighty

29th May 2013


HELLO, good evening and welcome to Octopus’s Garden, the subzeen with its very own Railway Rivals game. It’s a subzeen to Jim Burgess’ The Abyssinian Prince , which is now a subzeen toDouglas Kent's Eternal Sunshine. Produced by Peter Sullivan, peter@burdonvale.co.uk. It's also available on the web at http://www.burdonvale.co.uk/octopus/.



During the many years it spent at the University of Birmingham, Manorcon must have been hosted in just about every sizable Hall of Residence on the campus. Of course, the total is inflated by the fact that several of the Halls of Residence conspired to change their names in-between visits. For instance, the admirably-descriptive High Hall became Chamberlain Hall (not necessarily a very auspicious name[*1] when it comes to the subject of international diplomacy). And Wyddrington Hall and Lake Hall (in reality, two wings of the same building; one for boys, and one for girls) became Shackleton Hall after one particular refurbishment.


by contrast, since the move to the University of Leicester in 2007, the convention has settled down into Stamford Hall. But, even if you can take the wanderin' star out of the convention, you can't take the

convention out of the wanderin' star. (I have no idea what that last sentence is meant to mean, by the way.) So, for 2013, Manorcon is crossing the road to John Foster hall, but still part of the same campus

site. The new venue has several pluses, from the point of view of hardened gamers. With a larger dining room, the convention will have more of a central focus, with less tendency for smaller groups to break

off across the site. (Something that always makes finding people – whether to play games with, or more generally – more of a challenge.) And the fact that the bar area will be in the main building again willmean that attendees will no longer have to brave the dark of the night (or, even worse, unseasonable July rain) to quench their thirst.


Other than that, Manorcon 31 will continue to be a gentle evolution, building on the pluses of its previous 30 incarnations and hopefully discarding some of the minuses. (One of the benefits of having an on-going event like this is the ability to learn what works and what doesn't, over time.) Full details can be found on the Manorcon website[*2], along with the traditional booking form/flyer[*3]. (Manorcon was, I believe, one of the first games conventions in the world to have its own internet presence[*4], although modesty forbids me from highlighting who was responsible[*5] for this innovation.)


[*1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_agreement

[*2] http://www.diplom.org/manorcon/

[*3] http://www.diplom.org/manorcon/flyer.pdf

[*4] http://web.archive.org/web/19970430062945/http://www.manorcon.demon.co.uk/prog1.html

[*5] http://web.archive.org/web/19970411191908/http://www.manorcon.demon.co.uk/home.html



Round 12 – "Hannibal Hamlin"

Railway Rivals Map FR


36) (@6-35) Spain - Metz :  RENN 20+4 ; NERTZ 10-4-2 ; LOSER 0-2+2 ; FRAK IT +2.

37) (34-15) Reims - Rouen : LOSER 20+3 ; FWOGGIE 10-3-2 ; RENN 0-1+2 ; FRAK IT +1.           

38) (25-@4) Orleans - Switz :  NERTZ 20-2-4 ; FRAK IT 10-3+2+2 ; FWOGGIE 0+4+3 ; RENN 0-2.

39) (56-42) Lourdes - Mulhouse : NERTZ 20-1-2-1 ; RENN +1+2 ; LOSER +1.

40) (12-53) Paris - Toulouse : FRAK IT 20-3-4 ; LOSER 10+4 ; FWOGGIE 0+3.

41) (62-24) Montpellier - Nantes : FRAK IT 15+1 ; FWOGGIE 15-1-1-6 ; NERTZ +6 ; RENN +1.

42) (41-66) Strasbourg - Nice : NERTZ 20-1-5 ; RENN 10+5+1.


NERTZ (William Whyte, USA.) [purple]

LOSER (Geoff Challinger, UK.) [blue] :

FRAK IT (W. Andrew York, USA.) [black] :

FWOGGIE (Brendan Whyte, Aus.) [green]

RENAISSANCE (Robin ap Cynan, UK.) [yellow]


Scores on the doors:








































































GENEVA: Congratulations to Robin on the win, and many thanks to the rest of you for playing. The deadline for Game-End Statements is SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE, 2013 to Peter Sullivan, peter@burdonvale.co.uk.


That was Octopus's Garden #80, Startling Press production 367.

Some Shakespeare

by Paul Milewski



Text Box: He was my friend, faithful and just to me;
But Brutus says he was ambitious.
And Brutus is an honorable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill;
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
Yet Brutus said he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honorable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse.  Was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And sure he is an honorable man.
	JULIUS CAESAR, Act III, scene ii, lines 87—101
This is Mark Antony’s speech, which I had to recite from memory in ninth-grade English class.  The teacher had a nervous breakdown a few months later, and I’ve always hoped that my performance didn’t hasten his collapse,  In all fairness to me, I think my book report on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was much better received.




















Text Box: To bait fish withal.  If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.  He hath disgraced me, and hind’red me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies—and what’s his reason?  I am a Jew.  Hath not a Jew eyes?  Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, sense, affections, passions?—fed with the same food, hurt the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is?  If you prick us, do we not bleed?  If you tickle us, do we not laugh?  If you poison us, do we not die?  And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?  If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.  If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility?  Revenge!  If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example?  Why revenge?  The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
	THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Act III, scene I, lines 50—69





The above is Shylock speaking.  Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare says: “There is a Hebrew word shalakh, which appears twice in the Bible (Leviticus 11:17 and Deuteronomy 14:17).  In both places, birds of prey are being listed as unfit articles of diet for Jews.  No one knows exactly what bird is meant by shalakh, but the usual translation into English gives it as ‘cormorant.’  The cormorant is a sea bird which eats fish so voraciously that the word has come to mean personified greed and voraciousness.  Shakespeare is using a form of the Hebrew word both as a name and characterization of the Jewish moneylender.”

Text Box: 	I have given suck, and know
How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me;
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this.
	MACBETH, Act I, scene vii, lines 54—59 

This is Lady Macbeth speaking.  This reminds me of the scene in the movie Dark Shadows in which the witch, played by Eva Green, tells the vampire, played by Johnny Depp, that nobody talks that way anymore.







Text Box: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England, now abed,
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispian’s day.
	HENRY V, Act IV, scene ii, lines 60—67


Kenneth Branagh did a pretty good job reciting this speech when he played the lead role in the 1989 movie Henry V.  I’ve always believed that any locker room pep talk should resemble this in some way.









ZERO SUM, Subzine to Eternal Sunshine, Issue 15   June 23, 2013


Published by Richard Weiss. richardweiss@higherquality.com.  All orders due by 8 AM of the Sunday before orders are due for Eternal Sunshine. For July, I presume that makes the due date July 28.


Current Games:  1. Yahtzee (in process, no new players)

                            2. What’s My Line – new panelists encouraged to join in at any time

3.  Drone Wars – a variant Diplomacy, now open and accepting players


GM Musings:  I will be in Vermont, St. Alban’s Bay to be precise, at the next Zero Sum deadline.  Not too fear, POTS service is available there.  I typically spend a week of my summer in a camp on the edge of Lake Champlain, next door to my Brother, sister-in-law and her parents, for the big 4th of July gathering.  Except, two years ago we had a memorial for her Mother, who died during the late winter.  This year, a memorial for her Father, who died in the early spring.  I’ve known them since the night I stopped being a virgin, as a significant landmark.  They were always the most hospitable couple I’ve ever met.  Hand built the camp on weekends after WWII. 


I’ve had a dream of buying a house high in the hills/mountains, maybe the top, at least 20 acres, with great views of ridge lines and valleys.  Saturday I visited a site, probably 35 minutes from my current home.  Views supposedly include of the snow-capped Sierras (Lake Tahoe).  The horizon was hazy in that direction.  I could see some of the Sierras, maybe one mountain that might have had snow.  The location has manzanita, sage, oats, rocks, rocks, scrub pine and a few large pine.  Tis steep on three sides.  I’d guess five acres flat enough on the top.  Electricity and phone come to and past the property.  There is no well and no sewage.  It is adjacent to Bureau of Land Management (think National Forest) land, to the North 500,000 acres of one families land, and on the south-west a large vineyard/winery.  I can afford it.  I would have been blown away with oak trees and a view today of the Sierras. 


Have my thoughts been pipe-dreams?  I’ll know in the next week, after this issue of Eternal Sunshine. 


Anyone who cares to share life dreams, please do.



Drone Wars Diplomacy Game offer to the world of Eternal Sunshine.  First seven to sign up are in for this Gunboat with Press variation based on Jim Burgess’s game that might have been called Evil Yuppie Empire Nuclear War Nuke a Gay Baby Whale for Christ Diplomacy.  Send me your interest to play and a ranking as to which country you want to be.  First in gets first choice.  Game will be named Margaretha Geertruida Zelle.  My email remains: richardweiss@higherquality.com


Drone Wars Diplomacy is a variant based on the variants Evil Yuppie and Black Hole Dip. Seven players, each a regular country on the Dip board.  Gunboat with press.  One drone stocked with one nuclear weapon each supply center owned.  Each turn order your units and your drones.  No requirement to move or bomb.  Units ordered same as regular dip. Drones are ordered as to what map location to bomb.  Drone orders are valid to any map location.  You can name your drones, number them, or just order “Drones to:” and a list of map locations to bomb. 

Drones explode with the nuking.  Any nuke not used in a calendar year fizzes out, is buried in a container, and sent into the middle of the sun.  No carry-over of nukes. Use it or lose it.


A piece that ends a turn in a map location that experienced a drone attack that turn is annihilated.  Once a space is bombed, the space remains contaminated with 225 rem (2+ Sieverts) for slightly more than 100,000 years.  You may order units through a space with 225 rem radiation. Each unit can survive going through one map location with 225 rem of radiation. Your unit remains carrying the 225 rem of exposure for the rest of its life.


You may build new units in home SCs that have no or 225 rem contamination.  SCs that have no or 225 rem both count towards how many drones you can order and how many units you can support


The same map location can experience more than one drone attack.  Each drone attack increases the level of radiation by 225 rem.  450 rem is lethal (the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 50/30 level, with 50 being % of population expected to die and the 30 being the number of days it will take for that 50% of the population to die).  Go through two spaces with 225 rem and the unit dies.  Go through one space with 450 rem and the unit dies.  Cannot birth (build) a unit in a home SC with 450 rem. Units built in home SCs with 225 rem carry that dose with them and die going through another contaminated space (or staying in the home SC for another turn). [Sounds complicated.  Play won’t be.] 


Start Spring 01.  No season separations.  Spring and Fall.  Autumn retreats, Winter builds and Spring orders together.  Last country with a unit and a SC with less than 450 rem contamination wins  


I don’t have an e-map version of Diplomacy. Thus, I am begging for one (probably I need instructions how to use) from those who GM Dip games.  Otherwise, this will be one lame appearing game. (Beg, beg)


There is a custodian who assigns variants numbers who has contacted me, Tom Howell, and we will be getting a number once the game (starts or stops?)




Rules for regular Yahtzee published in Eternal Sunshine #65.  Scoring and play modified from Milton Bradley’s Yahtzee Game copyrighted 1982.  Hasbro lists the official rules at: http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/Yahtzee.pdf


Of course I made an error last round.  Kevin did send in orders – in April!  Grrr.  Too early.  My error.  Only change is he only kept 6,6, not 6,6,3,3 in Round 9.


Yahtzee Game:  Kim Philby


First Roll of Round 8 was: 6,6,3,4,3

Doug saved the 3,3

Kevin saved the 3,3,

Dane saved 6,6

Geoff saved 3,4,6


Second Roll of Round 8 was: (sequentially) 1,1,4,3,5

Doug saved the 3,3

Kevin saved the 3,3, and added the 1,3,1 and is looking good without orders, but, with divine intervention, seeing he has Aces and a full house, the YahtzeeMaster saves 3,3.

Dane saved the 6,6

Geoff saved the 1, 3,4,6


Third Roll of Round 8 is: (sequentially) 1,3,1,3,5

Doug saved the 3,3, 1,3,1 and scored a Full House for 25

Kevin scored the 3,3,3 in three’s as 9.

Dane has 6,6,1,1,4 and scored a zero for large straight

Geoff has the 1, 3,4,6,1 and scored a three for threes

First Roll of Round 9 was: 3,2,6,3,6

Doug saved 6,6,3,3

Kevin saved the 6,6

Dane saved 3,3

Geoff saved 3,3,6,6


Second Roll of Round 9 is: (sequentially) 5,3,2,3,2

Doug saved 3,3

Kevin saved the 6,6,5

Dane saved 3,3,3

Geoff saved 3,3,6,6 (again)


Third Roll of Round 9 is: (sequentially) 6, 6, 5


First Roll of Round 10 is: 1,5,4,2,4

Doug saved the 4,4

Kevin saved the 4,4

Dane saved the 4,4

Geoff saved the 4,5


Second Roll of Round 10 is: (sequentially) 2, 1, 2


First Roll of Round 11 is: 5, 3, 1, 5, 1


For the next issue of Zero Sum, send in want to score for Round 9, what you want to save after Round 10, Roll 2, & what you want to save after Round 11, Roll 1.



Scoring at the End of Round 8



Doug Kent

Kevin Wilson

Geoff Kemp

Dane Maslen

Ace  = 1





Twos = 2





Threes = 3





Fours = 4





Fives = 5





Sixes = 6










Bonus +35 if >63





Total Upper










3 of a Kind





4 of a Kind





Full House = 25





Sm Straight = 30





Lg Straight = 40















Yahtzee Bonus





Total Lower











End of the Eighth Scoring Round



Oleg Kalugin: What’s My Line?

Apologies, if any needed, in stealing a great idea from the original producers/creators.  Per Wikipedia (retrieved 3 May 2013) Produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS Television, the show was initially called Occupation Unknown before deciding on the name What's My Line? 

Oleg Kalugin officially started on 3 May, when Andy Lischett was the first panelist to submit questions.  Andy is also the only panelist.  My fedora is off to you, Andy. 

Next Turn: I will answer the question set of ALL players who send them to me (become a panelist).  If you know my occupation but want to submit strange and unusual questions that may or may not contain clues to others, please do. 

Panelist: Andy Lischett’s questions:

1. Do you work predominately in an office?  YES

2. Do you or your employer create a tangible product? Like vacuum cleaners rather than insurance? NO

3. If so... Is it smaller than a bread box?

4. Is it computer related?

5. Do you sell counterfeit Rolexes? NO


Panelist: Mata Hari’s questions:

  1. Is the State Flower of the state in which you live the Golden Poppy?  Yes
  2. Is the State in which you live famous for a gold rush?  Yes
  3. Is it true that when non-natives first sailed into SF Bay the gold was not flowing into the waters?   Yes
  4. Is the State Flower indigenous to the State?  Yes
  5. When Non-natives first sailed into SF Bay, were the hills covered with lots of the state flower?   Yes
  6. Is the color of the flower the reason the Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate?   Yes

BALKAN WARS VI       WESTERN PACIFIC                  2012Bpb08


WINTER 1911/SPRING 1912  



Winter 1911: BULGARIA: remove A Olentia. GREECE: Build A Athens, F Sparta. RUMANIA:  Build A Galati, A Bucharest, F Dubruja. TURKEY:  remove A Arda.


ALBANIA (Burgess):   A Montenegro-Hercegovina, A Epirus-Salonika, A Valona S A Epirus-Salonika

BULGARIA (Kemp): A Plovdiv S A Constantinople,  A Constantinople S A Plovdiv

GREECE (McHugh): A Athens-Epirus, F Sparta-Gulf of Corfu,  F Thrace S A Salonika,  A Salonika S A Athens-Epirus , F Rhodes-Cyclades, F Smyrna S F Rhodes-Cyclades, F Gulf of Corfu-South Adriatic Sea

RUMANIA (Whining Kent Pig):  A Galati S A Bucharest, A Bucharest S A Sofia, F Dubruja-Varna, F Izmit-South Black Sea, A Sofia  F Dubruja-Varna,  A Kolarovo  S  F Dubruja-Varna,  A Cluj-Croatia

SERBIA (Murphy):  A Belgrade-Bucharest, A Nish-Sofia,  A Skopje S ALBANIAN A Epirus-Salonika

TURKEY (Whyte): F Varna-Dubruja, F Malta S F Cyprus-Southern Mediterrenean Sea, F Cyprus-Southern Mediterrenean Sea


Underlined moves do not succeed.  The Greek A Salonika is dislodged and may retreat to Macedonia, Athens, or off the board. The Turkish F Varna is disloged and sinks beneath the sea.



Jim Burgess, jfburgess@gmail.com

Geoff Kemp, ggeoff510@aol.com

Jack McHugh, jwmchughjr@gmail.com

Doug Kent, dougray30@yahoo.com

Phil Murphy, philip.murphy@skynet.ie

Brendan Whyte, obiwonfive@hotmail.com


Fall 1912 deadline is 3 p.m. July 26.  This season's delay came via losing the charger for the computer this material is stored on, getting one, and promptly losing it again. I know, Jack-esque blunders. I have one now. See how long it lasts.


My contact info: Brad Wilson, 713 Tasker St. #1,  Philadephia, PA 19148; 215-668-5522 voice/text;  bwdolphin146@yahoo.com or fullfathomfive675@gmail.com.


As a GM I like to participate in the press. My dateline is PHILADELPHIA and that is the ONLY dateline off-limits to you as players. Otherwise fire away!!!


PLAYLIST:  Sir Colin Davis/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Haydn, SYMPHONIES No. 103 and 104 "London" (Philips 1977) 10/9. The Haydn Symphonies have been recorded by a whole lot of people, especially the late grouping of Nos. 93-104 known as "The London Symphonies"; No. 104 is subtitled "London"; it's confusing, yes. Of all the recordings - and I have heard most of them - Davis' and Eugen Jochum's on DG are the best, with Leonard Bernstein's New York PO set on Sony a reasonably strong third. Lenny lumbers a bit and isn't in the  best sound but no one has more fun. Jochum's lithe, intense performances with the London Philharmonic grab your attention and bring a smile to your face. Davis, who died recently and will be much missed as an interpreter of Berlioz, Haydn, Sibelius, Elgar and Mozart, has a better orchestra than Jochum and a gentler, more Viennese feel. I do think in these two works, especially 103, Davis stands alone. They are also fairly priced now too and easily found; Jochum's set may be hard to find.



Rumania – Balkans: Two players write me in this game.  There’s Turkey, who I attacked and who is offering me the right to suicide myself out in his cause.  And there’s Sackiepoo, who asks me a month after the deadline whether I sent my moves in and if so did we agree on anything?  So there’s really no excuse for the rest of you not to be doing better.  Email me and maybe I’ll negotiate.  Or I’ll lie.




Rumania – Greece: Yes, I already sent my moves in.  No, we didn’t negotiate on anything.


PHILADELPHIA:  You guys use telepathy, amazing it works through Jack's thick skull.


ALBANIAN BOOB to IRISH SERBIAN: I so appreciate that finally, after many false starts, that we are on the same page.  It is of course too late, this page is burning....


PHILADELPHIA:  You never know, Jim.


ALBANIAN FREE PRESS to GREEK MAFIA: As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again; never give up, never surrender!!!


PHILADELPHIA:  What's the cuisine in Salonika like?


IRISH SERBIAN TO ALBANIAN BOOB - We're DEAD, Jim. Let's have a wake! I'll bring the whiskey, you bring the banjo and we'll invite all the neighbours in to have a hooley. What do you say?


PHILADELPHIA:  I thought it was "HE's dead, Jim."


IRISH SERBIAN TO PHILADELPHIA - Of course there will be booze!


PHILADELPHIA:  Start the boat.


BELGRADE PLAYLIST - U2 featuring Luciano Pavarotti - Miss Sarajevo


PHILADELPHIA:  Really???? Wow. What does that sound like?


BELGRADE GOOD READS - Just finished "On Basilisk Station" by David Weber. The first Honor Harrington novel - think Horatio Hornblower-type heroine. Would recommend to anyone who likes space-based military sci-fi. Great story, and free to download from  baenebooks.com - No I am not affiliated with Baen - free is free though.


PHILADELPHIA:  Sounds intriguing! I will take a look.


PHILADELPHIA: BTW David Gilmour's THE PURSUIT OF ITALY is a glorious read, rip-roaring and funny and devastating to united Italy's nationalistic period. Also I recommend Max Hastings' clear-eyed, unsentimental but generous and moving look at Winston Churchill in World War II, WINSTON'S WAR.

Game Openings

Diplomacy (Black Press – Permanent Opening in ES): Signed up: Paul Milewski, Arthur Shulman, Brad Wilson, needs four more.

Youngstown IV (Black Press): Ten-player variant, with off-board boxes to make it “worldwide.”  A classic.  Rules on request.  Signed up: Brad Wilson, Heath Gardner, Andy Bate, Jack McHugh.  Needs 6 more.

By Almost Popular Demand: Same as By Popular Demand, except the top choice in every category scores zero.  Join at any time. 

Eternal Sunshine Movie Quote Quiz: Join anytime.  New game starts this issue!

Where in the World is Kendo Nagasaki?: Rules in ES #58.  Join anytime!

What’s My Line?: In Richard Weiss’ subzine.  Ongoing, join anytime!

Drone Wars: Diplomacy variant being offered in Richard Weiss’ subzine.  Rules in ES #77 (in his subzine).  Sign up now!

Coming Soon?: 1898, Colonia VII-B.  If you’re interested in one of these variants, or have a suggestion, let me know.

Standby List: HELP!  I need standby players! – Current standby list: Richard Weiss, Jim Burgess (Dip only), Hank Alme, Martin Burgdorf, Paul Milewski (Dip only), Brad Wilson (including Woolworth), Chris Babcock, Don Williams, Marc Ellinger, Heath Gardner, Jack McHugh, and whoever I beg into it in an emergency.

I’m going to continue to go through my files and seeing what other variants I can offer, until I find one that gets enough interest to fill.  When I offer a variant I’ll give it an issue or two, but if nobody signs up I’ll drop the opening and replace it.  If somebody wants to guest-GM a game of anything, just get in touch.  If you have specific game requests please let me know.



Eternal Sunshine Game Section


Acquire – “Winterbloom


Players: Tom Howell, Hank Alme, Per Westling, and Martin Burgdorf.


Turn 7


Hank Alme: Plays 5-C, merging Festival into American.  Tom Howell gets a $6,000 bonus, while Hank and Martin each get $1,500.  Hank sells his Festival stock.  Martin trades two Festival for the last American share and keeps the rest.  Tom sells his Festival.


Per Westling: Plays 1-C and buys three Worldwide.

Martin Burgdorf: Plays 10-F.


Tom Howell: Plays 5-D.  Buys three Worldwide.


Hank Alme: Plays 9-I.  Founds Tower.  Gets one free and buys three more.




Turn Order for Turn 8: Per Westling, Martin Burgdorf, Tom Howell, Hank Alme, Per Westling.


Deadline for Turn 8 is July 29th at 7pm my time.


Diplomacy “Dulcinea” 2008C, W 23/S 24


Austria (Martin Burgdorfmartin_burgdorf “of” hotmail.com): Retreat A Holland - Ruhr.. Remove

 A Marseilles, A Piedmont.. A Belgium Supports A Ruhr - Holland (*Cut*), F Brest Supports A Picardy,

 A Budapest Supports A Galicia – Rumania, A Galicia - Rumania (*Fails*), A Gascony Supports F Brest,

 A Moscow - Sevastopol (*Bounce*), A Munich - Kiel (*Fails*), A Norway - Sweden (*Fails*),

 A Picardy Supports A Belgium, A Ruhr - Holland (*Fails*), A Sweden - Denmark (*Fails*),

 A Vienna Supports A Budapest.

England (Hank Almealmehj “of” alumni.rice.edu): Build A London, F Edinburgh..

 F Edinburgh - Norwegian Sea, F Helgoland Bight – Denmark, A Holland Supports A London - Belgium (*Cut*),

 A Kiel - Ruhr (*Fails*), A London - Belgium (*Fails*), F North Sea Convoys A London - Belgium.

Turkey (Jim Burgess – jfburgess “of” gmail.com): F Baltic Sea Supports F Helgoland Bight – Denmark,

 F Black Sea - Sevastopol (*Bounce*), A Bulgaria Supports A Rumania,

 F English Channel Supports A London – Belgium, F Ionian Sea - Adriatic Sea,

 F Mid-Atlantic Ocean Supports F Spain(sc), A Rumania Supports A Sevastopol - Ukraine (*Cut*),

 A Serbia Supports F Trieste, A Sevastopol – Ukraine, A Silesia - Munich (*Fails*),

 F Spain(sc) Supports F Tyrrhenian Sea - Gulf of Lyon, F Trieste Supports F Venice, F Tuscany – Piedmont,

 F Tyrrhenian Sea - Gulf of Lyon, A Ukraine – Warsaw, F Venice Supports F Trieste.


F 24 Deadline is July 30th at 7:00am my time




Martin to Jim: You've got every opportunity to win this game - why don't you just move into Ber and Mar? 


“Dulcinea” Diplomacy Bourse


Billy Ray Valentine: Probably in his limousine.


Duke of York: Stands pat in confidence.


Smaug the Dragon: Sells 500 Piastres.


Rothschild: Sells 173 Crowns and 500 Piastres.  Buys 1006 Pounds.


Baron Wuffet: Waiting in line for some crappy summer movie.


Wooden Nickel Enterprises: Gluing up paper for nickels.


VAIONT Enterprises: Sells 500 Crowns.  Buys 398 Piastres.


Insider Trading LLC: Yawn.


Bourse Master: Stands pat.





Bilbo:  (under furz bush)  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


SMAUG THE NOT SO MAGNIFICENT TO ALL - Will someone, anyone, win already!


Rothschild to Smaug: At least you are not last anymore!


(DUKE of YORK to SMAUG THE INSIGNIFICANT LIZARD): I think you missed the boat long ago with your bet on Germany.  I would love to embigger you, but I can't....


(DUKE of YORK to BILBO): Why thank you very much....


(DUKE to CHURNERS): I'm not worried yet.....


VAIONT to SULTAN:  I am so going to get you back for this next time I’m passing through the backwoods of Maine …


Next Bourse Deadline is July 29th at 7:00pm my time


Graustark Diplomacy Game 2006A, W 22/S 23


Austria (Don Williams – dwilliams “of” fontana.org): Build A Vienna, A Budapest.. A Budapest – Rumania,

 A Rumania – Ukraine, A Trieste – Serbia, F Venice - Adriatic Sea, A Vienna - Bohemia.

England (Fred Wiedemeyerwiedem “of” telus.net): NMR!!  Disband F North Sea.. F Aegean Sea Hold,

 A Belgium Hold (*Dislodged*, retreat to Picardy or OTB), F Black Sea Hold, A Burgundy Hold,

 F English Channel Hold, A Marseilles Hold, F Norway Hold, F Norwegian Sea Hold, F Portugal Hold, A Silesia Hold,

 F Smyrna Hold, A Sweden Hold.

Germany (Harley Jordanharleyj “of” alum.mit.edu): Retreat A Smyrna – Armenia,

 F Sweden - Gulf of Bothnia.. A Armenia Supports A Constantinople – Ankara, A Bulgaria – Constantinople,

 A Constantinople – Ankara, F Denmark – Skagerrak, A Greece Hold,

 F Gulf of Bothnia Supports A St Petersburg – Finland, F Holland Supports A Ruhr – Belgium,

 F Kiel - Helgoland Bight, A Moscow - St Petersburg, A Naples – Rome, F North Sea - English Channel (*Fails*),

 A Paris – Gascony, A Ruhr – Belgium, A St Petersburg – Finland, A Tuscany – Piedmont,

 A Tyrolia Supports A Tuscany – Piedmont, A Warsaw - Silesia (*Fails*).


I hope Fred returns, but just in case, would

Richard Weiss (richardweiss “of” higherquality.com) standby for England?

F 23 Deadline is July 30th at 7:00am my time





DON to FRED:  What happened, old bean?  I can’t stop this juggernaut alone, can I?  We should at least have coordinated over SEV.  And then you go and kill off poor Hank, who was an instrumental part of the master plan.  Heck, at this rate we might as well just roll over and let the Hun win … and just when things were finally getting interested in this game, too.  Sigh.


Diplomacy “Jerusalem” 2012A, W 05/S 06


Austria (Melinda Holley – genea5613 “of” aol.com): A Vienna Supports A Galicia - Bohemia.

England (John Biehljerbil “of” shaw.ca): Build F London, F Liverpool.. A Brest – Gascony,

 F Denmark - Baltic Sea, F English Channel - Irish Sea, F Liverpool - North Atlantic Ocean,

 F London - English Channel, F Mid-Atlantic Ocean Supports F Western Mediterranean - Spain(sc),

 F Norway - St Petersburg(nc) (*Bounce*), F Portugal Supports F Western Mediterranean - Spain(sc),

 A St Petersburg - Livonia.

France (Jack McHugh jwmchughjr “of” gmail.com): Disband F Brest, A Paris..

 A Marseilles Supports A Spain, A Spain Supports A Marseilles (*Disbanded*).

Germany (Don Williams – dwilliams “of” fontana.org): A Berlin Supports A Silesia – Prussia,

 A Bohemia - Munich (*Disbanded*), A Paris Supports A Picardy – Burgundy, A Picardy – Burgundy,

 A Silesia – Prussia, F Western Mediterranean - Spain(sc).

Italy (Mark Firth – mark.r.firth “of” capita.co.uk): F Naples Supports F Ionian Sea - Tyrrhenian Sea

 (*Void*), A Piedmont - Tyrolia (*Fails*), F Tunis - Western Mediterranean, A Tyrolia - Munich (*Bounce*),

 F Tyrrhenian Sea - Gulf of Lyon.

Russia (Richard Weiss – richardweiss “of” higherquality.com): A Moscow - St Petersburg (*Bounce*),

 A Prussia - Berlin (*Dislodged*, retreat to Warsaw or OTB), A Warsaw - Silesia.

Turkey (Geoff Kemp - ggeoff510 “of” aol.com): A Albania – Serbia, F Black Sea Hold, A Budapest – Galicia,

 A Galicia – Bohemia, F Greece - Ionian Sea, F Ionian Sea - Adriatic Sea,

 A Rumania Supports A Budapest – Galicia, A Serbia - Budapest.


Now Proposed – A/E/F/G/I/R/T, A/E/G/I/T, E/G/I/T

Please vote with your orders.  NVR=No

F 06 Deadline is July 30th at 7:00am my time





Press:  If this game were in SOB, which manes games after dog species, this one would appropriately be called Old Yeller. Let's agree to shoot this rabid dog.


London (Apr 1, 1906): Third Lord of the Admiralty, Davey Jones declared, "Upon my locker, should it never see the bottom of the sea, we 'See' Lords, trust that, the Italian Navy will see the true peril facing it from the eastern Mediterranean. That's 'Your Nostrum' and this is 'Our Ocean'."


IRON DUCK to WEISSGUY:  Me thinks thou dost protest too much.  While you seem unhappy with how things are going, you have refused to disengage even while I have heretofore held a defensive posture for the last three or four turns while begging forgiveness.  I agree with you candid assessment, but not with your response to same.  Please, let us continue the diplomacy we started – okay, you started – with an eye toward ameliorating our circumstances.


BERLIN to ISTANBUL:  Weiss is right, this will almost inevitably lock up soon.  Take the the draw while you can … you should be afraid of the wiles of Ms. Kitty … very afraid …


GERMANY to ENGLAND:  You realize he is totally embarrassing us at this point … let’s finish him.  At least we can get this down to a reasonable (*barf*) five way draw.



Diplomacy “Walkerdine” 2012D, W 02

Seasons Separated by Player Request


Austria (Jeff O’Donnell – unclestaush “of” yahoo.com): Disband A Serbia, A Trieste.. Has A Budapest,

 F Greece, A Vienna.

England (Marc Ellinger - mellinger “of” bbdlc.com): Build A Edinburgh.. Has A Edinburgh, F North Sea,

 A Norway, F Norwegian Sea, F Sweden.

France (Jim Burgess – jfburgess “of” gmail.com): Build F Marseilles.. Has A Belgium, F Marseilles,

 F North Africa, A Piedmont, F Tyrrhenian Sea, F Western Mediterranean.

Germany (Steve Cooley – tmssteve “of” gmail.com): Has F Baltic Sea, F Denmark, A Holland, A Silesia,

 A Tyrolia.

Italy (Harold Zarr - skip1955 “of” hotmail.com): Build F Naples.. Has F Naples, A Rome, A Trieste, F Tunis,

 A Venice.

Russia (Hank Almealmehj “of” alumni.rice.edu):  Has F Aegean Sea, A Galicia, F Gulf of Bothnia,

 A Rumania, A Warsaw.

Turkey (Don Williams – dwilliams “of” fontana.org): Build F Smyrna.. Has F Eastern Mediterranean,

 F Ionian Sea, A Serbia, F Smyrna, A Ukraine.


Deadline for S 03 Will Be July 30th at 7am My Time





(London) The PM announced that the Czar and his family has been excommunicated from the Royal Family and the Church.   When informed that Russia is an Orthodox country, the PM noted, “So is Turkey and we don’t want them either!”


Ellinger to Williams:  We have tried to get you to play ball with the West, but I just can’t understand why you insist on staying the course with Russia….cut him loose and join the dark side….um I mean the good side…oh whatever!   Just drop him.


GM – All: Richard Walkerdine would be VERY disappointed in the press in this game.  Not a single storyline?  Oh well.


Constantinople – Berlin: I would like to write you, really I would, but I can’t stop laughing every time I look at your position. Sorry pally!


Vatican – Budapest: Of course, the only reason we took Tri was to show the world that our build made sense. Now that we’ve taken it, we’ll willingly give it back—much like our charity programs.


Williams – GM: in spite of your promise, there was no vote. So, I’m forced to simply demand a public concession. Anyone have a problem with that?


London – Williams: Not a “problem” per se, I’m just not sure that it’s the right thing to do. After all, you haven’t eliminated anyone yet.


Williams – Anglorube: oh, really boyo? You want to take that tone with me? With ME???? Fine, tell you what: there will be no vote until I convoy my SECOND army onto your worthless island—how’s that for a “concession?”


GM – Don: Hey buddy, aren’t you getting just a wee bit over-excited?


Williams – GM: You too? How do I occupy your centers? A computer virus? Whatever it takes!


Moscow – Vienna: Would you like some defensive hints? Your best bet is to hunker down. It hurts less that way.


GM – Moscow: You might suggest some KY or Astroglide too.


(BOOB to BERLIN): My dots are all open, have at 'em?  No, never mind.


(BOOB to MUNICH): Turkey IS weak, very weak.  That doesn't mean he isn't dangerous.


Black Press Gunboat, “Fred Noonan”, 2013Arb32, W 02/S 03

Austria: Retreat A Trieste - Serbia.. A Budapest Supports A Serbia – Trieste, F Greece - Ionian Sea (*Bounce*),

 A Serbia - Trieste (*Dislodged*, retreat to Albania or OTB), A Vienna Supports A Serbia - Trieste (*Dislodged*,

 retreat to Bohemia or OTB).

England: F English Channel – London, F Irish Sea – Liverpool, F North Sea - Edinburgh.

France: F Brest - English Channel, A Burgundy Supports A Picardy,

 F Mid-Atlantic Ocean Supports F Brest - English Channel, F North Atlantic Ocean – Clyde,

 A Picardy Supports A Burgundy.

Germany: Build F Kiel.. A Belgium Supports A Holland, F Denmark – Skagerrak, F Helgoland Bight – Denmark,

 A Holland Supports A Belgium, F Kiel - Baltic Sea, A Munich Hold.

Italy: Retreat A Vienna - Tyrolia.. F Adriatic Sea Supports A Venice – Trieste, A Trieste – Vienna,

 F Tunis - Ionian Sea (*Bounce*), A Tyrolia Supports A Trieste – Vienna, A Venice - Trieste (*Bounce*).

Russia: Build A Warsaw.. A Moscow Supports F Sevastopol, A Norway – Finland, F Sevastopol Hold,

 F Sweden – Norway, A Ukraine Supports F Sevastopol, A Warsaw - Galicia.

Turkey: A Armenia – Smyrna, F Black Sea Supports A Rumania, A Bulgaria – Serbia,

 F Constantinople - Aegean Sea, A Rumania Supports A Bulgaria - Serbia.


Deadline for F 03 Will Be July 30th at 7am My Time




France to England:    You need to move against Russia!  He is positioning himself to invade!  My fleets will move to support you in your valiant effort against this menace to the peace of Europe.


France to Germany:   The days of English interference in the affairs of Europe will soon be at an end.  Together, we can eliminate this threat to the harmony we enjoy.


France to GM: I am just a simple country boy.  I think you fast talking city slickers are just trying to take advantage of me!


GM – France: Don’t be silly.  Oh, you neglected to send me your $10 turn fee this month.  Just send $20 next month.


Ger - Fra: Can I place an order for some Irish Whiskey?  I'll trade you good German Beer.  Then we can discuss the Scotch Whiskey.


Russia - Germany: If you leave my northern possessions alone, I will forget that first bounce in Sweden.


T => I: Will you support me against Bud?


A-I: are we having fun yet? Keep tying up 3 of your units to keep one of my centers and see how it goes


A-T: Keep me alive for a bit and I'll help you with Italy, then kamikaze for your benefit. will support you to ION as soon as you get to AEG


RUSSIA - TURKEY: Ditto re Black Sea (Turkish centres) although i'd probably be tempted by the last one!


Italy-Turkey: Ready!



Diplomacy “Sweet Spot” 2013A, F 02


Austria (Fred Wiedemeyerwiedem “of” telus.net): NMR!  A Budapest Hold,

 A Rumania Hold (*Dislodged*, retreat to Ukraine or OTB), A Serbia Hold (*Disbanded*).

England (Harold Zarr - skip1955 “of” hotmail.com):. F Helgoland Bight - Holland (*Bounce*),

 A London Hold, F North Sea Supports F Helgoland Bight – Holland, F Norway Supports F Sweden (*Cut*).

France (Melinda Holley – genea5613 “of” aol.com): F Belgium Supports A Ruhr – Holland,

 F English Channel Convoys A Picardy – Wales, A Picardy – Wales, A Ruhr - Holland (*Bounce*),

 A Spain - Portugal.

Germany (Jack McHugh jwmchughjr “of” gmail.com): A Denmark Supports F Sweden,

 F Sweden Supports A Denmark, A Vienna Hold.

Italy (Heath Gardner - heath.gardner “of” gmail.com): A Albania – Serbia, F Ionian Sea - Adriatic Sea,

 A Trieste - Budapest (*Fails*), A Tyrolia - Vienna (*Fails*), F Tyrrhenian Sea - Ionian Sea.

Russia (Chris Babcock – cbabcock “of” asciiking.com ): F Gulf of Bothnia Supports F Norway - Sweden (*Void*), F Sevastopol – Rumania, A St Petersburg - Norway (*Fails*), A Warsaw - Galicia.

Turkey (Larry Peerypeery “of” ix.netcom.com): F Aegean Sea Supports A Bulgaria, A Armenia – Syria,

 A Bulgaria Supports F Sevastopol – Rumania, A Greece Supports A Albania - Serbia.


Would Paul Milewski (paul.milewski “of” hotmail.com) please standby for what’s left of Austria?

Deadline for W 02/S 03 Will Be July 30th at 7am My Time



Supply Center Chart


Austria:            Budapest=1, Remove 1 or Even

England:          Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Norway=4, Even

France:            Belgium, Brest, Marseilles, Paris, Portugal, Spain=6, Build 1

Germany:         Berlin, Denmark, Kiel, Sweden, Vienna=5, Build 2

Italy:                Munich, Naples, Rome, Serbia, Trieste, Tunis, Venice=7, Build 2

Russia:             Moscow, Rumania, Sevastopol, St Petersburg, Warsaw=5, Build 1

Turkey:            Ankara, Bulgaria, Constantinople, Greece, Smyrna=5, Build 1

Unowned:        Holland.




(Versailles) - The Woman shook her head.  "If Cochran can win Survivor, there's hope for every pasty-faced geek in the world."  Then she snarled.  "Charles!  Charles!"


The aide gave a long-suffering sigh and turned from dusting the Louis XIV Cabinet (now housing a spectacular selection of Nascar and WWE DVD's).  "Yes, Madam?"


"How many of the ambassadors at court are pasty-faced geeks?"


Charles hesitated.  "All of them, Madam?"


The Woman's eyes narrowed as she got to her feet.  Silently she walked to the massive window and stared out at the magnificent gardens.  Then the slowly turned her head to look at Charles.  "Prepare Madam Guillotine."


Italy - Turkey: TLDR


Moscow to World - Now that everyone is over the fear that Russia will grow too fast, let's play.



To understand and appreciate what follows as a dipper or Dipper one needs to understand a few terms.

Protests are usually against something, or anti-. Demonstrations can be either anti- or pro- something, and may be either violent or non-violent. Riots are usually anti- and violent on a bigger scale than demonstrations. Rebellions are always anti-violent, and involve larger and better organized groups than mobs or large crowds. Local police give way to the national police, and at times para-military or the army is involved. Revolutions are also always violent (Except the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989) and involve mobs, crowds, and organized groups such as the police, para-police, and military. Interestingly, after the Tiananmen Square riots the Communist Party and Government of China shifted approximately one million soldiers out of the army to various para-military organizations and spent billions of dollars on training and equipping them to handle protests, demonstrations, and riots. Remember, in China, the military is considered the sword of the Party. Good thing because there have been tens of thousands of protests, demonstrations, and riots in China since Tiananmen.


All of these events vary in time duration from a few days to on-going. They may be one-shot, spontaneous, on-going or continuous.  They may be motivated by economic, social, or political causes.

Events may occur in one focal point, such as a city square or city center, in shifting centers, or in multiple centers.


Events may be spontaneous planned, or organized. The big change in the last few years has been the use of fax messages, cell phones, and the internet to mobilize large crowds at “spontaneous” protests or demonstrations.

The level of support may be symbolic, limited, popular or massive, depending on how many people take part in what way. An event involving one person or a handful in real time can quickly involve hundreds of thousands or millions when it moves to the web.


The participants may be un-privileged, under-privileged, over-privileged, or elites; or commonly called “Haves and Have Nots.” Traditionally protests and demonstrations involved the have nots demanding more, but recently protests and demonstrations, and even some riots, have haves demanding more or better.

Wikipedia offers a look at historical examples, especially from student, “anti-Vietnam (or other) War”, “Bring down the Wall,” and “Arab Spring” events.


Today we have protests, demonstrations and riots in Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The big deal is the threat of the Egyptian Army to intervene to restore the peace. In Turkey, we have protests, demonstrations, and riots (although the media doesn’t often call them that) but the army seems unable or unwilling to fulfill their traditional role of “guardian of the Turkish Republic (e.g. the secular state). And in Brasil, massive celebrations that happened when it was announced that Brasil would host the Worlds Cup and 2020 Olympics have given way to million plus demonstrations about the poor state of Brasil’s economy and its spending billions on big projects while millions of people deal with rising costs of transportation, food, and medicine.




Opening: montage of film clips of past demonstrations, riots, rebellions, revolutions:

Budapest (1956), Prague (1968), Watts (1965) , Chicago (1968) Washington (1971), Paris (1968), Zocalo (1968), Berlin (1989), Tiananmen (1989) , Bangkok (2010)  Cairo Riots  (2011) , Taksim (2013) , Rio (film featuring joy of getting Olympics in 2009, and then demonstrations in 2013)

Reagan’s speech at the Berlin Wall (1987), Man in front of tanks at Tiananmen Square (1989), Y

Reagan at the Berlin Wall (1987)

Man in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square (1989)

Yeltsin on the tank in front of Russian White House (1991)

Man in front of Ataturk Protest /Man on a piano (2013)

Istanbul, Turkey 2013

Music by John Adams




2/19/2013: Turkey: 17,000 New Mosques Built Under Erdogan


3/28/2013: Istanbul 2020 Reveals Official Slogan to IOC Evaluation


3/29/2013: Turkey’s Big Week Means New Clout in an Emerging Middle East


3/29/2013: Turkey to Replace F-16s With Local Jets


5/16/2013: Turkey’s Erdogan Visits the US: Four Problems That Won’t Be Solved


5/17/2013: Analysis: Upgrade Crowns Turkey Peaceful Rise But Pitfalls Loom


5/24/2013: In Bosnia, Turkey Brings Back a Gentle Version of the Ottoman Empire


5/26/2013: Turkey: Kissing Protest in Ankara


5/28/2013: Turkey Will Never Compromise on Constitution’s Ideals


5/28/2013: Demonstrators Launch Four-Day Sit-In at Geri Park in Istanbul


5/29/2013: Turkey Inaugurates Construction of 3rd Bridge Over Bosporus


5/29/2013: Turkey’s Continuing Siege: Remembering the Fall of Constantinople 560 Years Later


5/30/2013 OECD Offers Skeptical View of Turkey


5/30/2013: Reasons Turkey Is Thriving


And then things began to go wrong, terribly wrong.


5/31/2013: Turkey Police Clash With Istanbul Gezi Park Protesters


5/31/2013: Police Attack Protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square


6/1/2013: Turkish Police Retreat From Istanbul Square


6/1/2013: Turkish Protesters Pack Taksim Square As Police Withdraw


6/2/2013: Anti-government Protests Spread Across Turkey


6/1/2013: Turkish PM Erdogan Calls For End to Protests As Clashes Flare


6/1/2013: Angry Protests Grow In Turkey As Police Continue Crackdown


6/1/2013: Police Crackdown Triggers Anti-government Riots


6/2/2013: Police Retreat As Protests Expand Through Turkey


6/2/2013: Turkey Protesters Hold Istanbul Square After Days of Violent Clashes


6/2/2013: Erdogan Accuses Turkish Opposition of Provoking Anti-government Protests


6/2/2013: Turkish Protesters Return to the Streets


6/2/2013: Protests Widen in Turkey: Riot Police Pull Back


6/2/2013: Protest Emerges Even in a Far-flung Corner of Turkey


6/3/2013: In Turkey, Peaceful Protests in a Declining Democracy


6/3/2013: Anti-government Protests Spread Across Turkey


6/3/2013: Turkish Leader Says Protests Will Not Stop Plans for Park


6/3/2013: Turkey Protests Show No Sign of Letdown


6/3/2013: Turkish Premier Brands Protesters Extremists


6/3/2013: Keep Calm, Erdogan, Why the PM Has Nothing to Fear


6/3/2013: Protests in Turkey Reveal a Larger Fight Over Identity


6/3/2013: Turkish PM, President Clash Over Reply to Protests


6/3/2013: A Look At Protests Sweeping Turkey


6/4/2013: Turkish Official Apologizes For Force Used At Start of Riots


6/4/2013: Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn


6/4/2013: Unions Join Forces With Turkish Protesters


6/4/2013: Is Turkey On the Verge of a Meltdown?


6/4/2013: Turkey’s Erdogan: Successful Leader or ‘Dictator”?


6/4/2013: Turkey’s Reaction to Protests Follows Islamic Playbook


6/5/2013: Turkey’s Tourism Industry Shrugs Off Protest Fears


6/5/2013: Erdogan Has Been Warned


6/5/2013: Erdogan Wrecking Turkey’s Image as Model Democracy, Critics Say


6/5/2013: Away From Protests, Some Turks Voice Support For Erdogan


6/5/2013: Turkish PM’s Party Backs Down Against Protesters


6/5/2013: Turkey’s Unrest Stems From More Than Mere Growing Pains


6/5/2013: The Middle Class Strikes Back


6/5/2013: Turkey Protests: Erdogan Is Turkey’s Mrs. Thatcher --- And He’s Not For Turning Either


6/6/2013: Turkish Leader Slightly Mellows His Tone


6/6/2013: Turkey’s Tumultuous Week Does Little to Rattle ‘bulldozer’ Erdogan


6/6/2013: Alcohol, Islam and Turkey’s Founding Fathers


6/6/2013: Turkish Protest Leaders Meet Erdogan Deputy As Turmoil Continues


6/6/2013: Turks Angry Over Dearth of Protest Coverage by Established Media


6/7/2013: Erdogan In Trouble, His Biggest Challenge Is President Abdullah Gul, Not Liberals


6/7/2013: From Turkey, With Pride


6/7/2013: Beyond the Riot Zone: Why Taksim Square Matters to Turks


6/7/2013: A Glance at Some of Erdogan’s Supporters


6/7/2013: Edogan Defends Handling of Protests


6/8/2013: In Istanbul’s Heart, Leader’s Obsession, Perhaps Achilles’ Heel


6/8/2013: Turkey’s Protests Just a Slice of a Polarized World


6/9/2013: Tens of Thousands on Streets, Turkish PM Erdogan Defiant


6/9/2013: Turkey’s Leader Climbs on Bus, Lambasts Protesters


6/10/2013: Turkish Protesters Hold Fast Despite Erdogan’s Warning


6/10/2013: Turkey Erupts: The New Young Turks: Protests Against Erdogan, and His Ham-Fisted Response, Have Shaken His Rule and His Country


6/10/2013: Turkey’s Leader Denounces Nation’s Anti-government Protesters As Thousands Return to Streets


6/11/2013: Tear Gas, Fire, Stun Grenades: Chaos in Istanbul As Police, Protesters Clash


6/11/2013: Clashes as Turkish Police Move Into Square: PM Says Won’t Yield


6/11/2013: Turkey Cracks Down on Protests


6/11/2013: Turkey Cracks Down on Protests


6/11/2013: Clashes In Istanbul Continue: Police Use Tear Gas


6/12/2013: Turkey’s Challenge: Find Compromise Before Violence Expands


6/12/2013: Istanbul’s Taksim Square Quiet After Chaotic, Violent Night


6/12/2013: Turkish Police and Protesters Clash in Istanbul’s Taksim Square


6/12/2013: Turkish President Urges Dialogue After Police Clear Square


6/12/2013: Analysis: Turkey’s History of Military Coups Hangs Over Protests


6/13/2013: Turkish Protesters Get ‘Final Warning’ to Clear Out of Park


6/13/2013: Gezi Park Reeks, Turkish PM Says


6/13/2013: Protests in Turkey Bring a Reckoning to Prime Minister Erdogan


6/14/2013: Erdogan Makes Conciliatory Move to End Turkish Protests


6/15/2013: Turkish PM Supporters Turn Out in Force At Rally


6/15/2013: Riot Police Advance On Protesters in Istanbul Park


6/15/2013: Police Storm Park in Istanbul, Setting Off a Night of Chaos


6/16/2013: Fresh Unrest Has Erupted in Ankara and Istanbul, With Police Firing Tear Gas and Water Cannon Amid Continuing Anti-government Protests (Graphic Photo Essay)


6/17/2013: Turkey’s False Nostalgia


6/17/2013: Turkey Turmoil Could Lead to New Flash Points


6/18/2013: Turkey Arrests Dozens in Crackdown on Protests


6/18/2013: Turkey’s New Protest Icon: Standing Man


6/18/2013: ‘Standing Man’ Inspires Silent Demonstration in Turkey


6/19/2013: Turkey’s Deputy PM Gives ‘Standing Man’ Protest Nod of Approval


6/20/2013: In Istanbul, Protest Leader Sees His Movement Dispersed


6/20/2013: Turkey in Turmoil


6/20/2013: Amid Turmoil In Turkey, Musician Loses Piano


6/20/2013: Steamy Turkish TV Drama Draws Fire From Prime Minister


6/20/2013: Turkish Liberals Turn Their Backs on Erdogan


6/20/2013: Turkey Protests Put Strain on Syria Planning


6/21/2013: Five Things to Understand About Turkey’s Protests: 1) Why did the protests grow so big? 2) What happens next? 3) How much has this hurt Erdogan and the AKP? 4) Are the protests more about Islamization?  5) Why is Turkish unrest of concern to the United States?


6/21/2013: In Turkey’s Pious Heartland, Protests Seem World Away


6/21/2013:Turkey Protesters Put Signs Down, Start Talking Strategy


6/22/2013: Turkish Government Could Use Armed Forces Against Protesters, Senior Official Warns


6/22/2013: PM Says Protests Serve Turkey’s Enemies, Crowd Gathers in Istanbul


6/23/2013: Turkey: Police Fire Water Cannon At Protesters as Taksim Square Clashes Erupt Again


6/23/2013: Erdogan Cracks Down: Vicious Police Tactics Have Reclaimed Taksim Square and Other Places of Protest, But at High Cost to Turkey’s Reputation


6/23/2013: Merkel Party Underlines Opposition to Turkey in EU


Music by Philip Glass




“It Can’t Happen Here” is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel written by American author Sinclair Lewis. Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes  the rise of Buzz Windrip, a populist United States senator who is elected to the presidency after promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and traditional values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control over the government and imposes totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel’s plot centers around newspaperman Doremus Jessup’s opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it. Reviewers at the time and literary critics ever since have emphasized the connection with Louisiana politician Huey Long, who was preparing to run for president in 1936 when the novel appeared.


Washington, DC, USA 2014


1/2/2014: Federal Register Carries Notice that the National Parks Service has announced the Washington Mall Will Be Closed Indefinitely; and Memorial Day, 4th of July concerts are cancelled, due to safety hazards, needs for repairs, and desire for improvements to the Mall.


2/12/2014: Walton Family Foundation Announces $700 Million Gift to Restore Mall.


2/22/2014: President Obama Reveals Mall Restoration, in conjunction with Smithsonian Institution, will include working replicas of a Walmart Discount Store, Walmart Super Center, Walmart Market, Supermercado de Walmart, Walmart Express, Sam’s Club, and Walmart International Stores.  


2/22/2014: Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas announces the Washington Mall project will cover 342 of the Mall’s 684 acres, employ approximately 3,500 “competitively paid” workers, and generate 2 billion dollars in sales a year.


2/23/2014: First protests at White House, Walmart Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters.


4/1/2014: Demonstrations at White House, Walmart Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters and hundreds of Walmart Stores in USA.


4/1/2014: 250,000 Demonstrators stage sit-in at Washington Mall.


4/15/2014: 500,000 Demonstrators stage sit in at Washington Mall. National Park police call for Washington police back-up. National Guard on stand-by alert.


5/1/ 2014: National Anti-Walmart Protest Day draws million protestors to Washington Mall, millions more protest at Walmart stores across USA...


5/1/2014: Violence breaks out at Washington Mall Walmart Protest, Walmart Bentonville Arkansas headquarters, and hundreds of Walmart stores across USA. Dozens killed, hundreds injured, and thousands arrested.


5/2/2014: Violence spreads with demonstrations and riots at hundreds of Walmart locations. Washington DC shut down as police fail to control demonstrators. National Guard mobilized in two dozen states as demonstrators, rioters and looters run rampant.


5/3/2014: President Obama announces Mall restoration plans to include Walmart stores have been cancelled. Restoration to go ahead without Walton Foundation donation.


5/5/2014: Walmart Corporation announces former president Bill Clinton has been elected chairman of the board of Walmart.


5/30/2014: The Gates Foundation and Warren Buffet announce $1 billion dollar gift to cover cost of demonstration, riot repairs and Mall restoration


Music by Arvo Part


Woolworth II-D “Coney Island” 2013Bcb19, F 02

Austria (Secret): A Tyr S F Tri–Ven, F Tri-Ven, A Bud-Rum, A Gal S A Bud-Rum.

Balkans (Secret): A Rum S A Sev, A Ser S A Rum, F Alb-Gre.

England (Secret): F Cly-Edi, A Lvp H, F Lon-Ech.

France (Heath Gardner - heath.gardner “of” gmail.com): F Gol-Tys, F Ech C A Bel-Wal, A Bel-Wal,

 A Bur-Bel.

Germany (Marc Ellinger - mellinger “of” bbdlc.com): F Hol H, A Kie-Mun, A Ber-Pru, A Sil-War, A Swi-Pie.

Italy (Secret): F Ion-Cre, F Tun-Tys, A Ven H, A Apu S A Ven.

Russia (Jim Burgess - jfburgess “of” gmail.com): A Lvn-Pru, A War S A Lvn-Pru, A Sev S A Rum.

Scandinavia (Geoff Kemp - ggeoff510 “of” aol.com): F Nwg-Edi, A Den H, F Nth-Lon.
Spain (Secret): A Mar-Bur, F Mao-Iri, F Ice H.

Turkey (Hugh Polleyhapolley “of” yahoo.ca): F Bla C A Ank-Bul, A Arm H, A Ank-Bul, F Con S A Ank-Bul.

Deadline for W 02/S 03 is July 30th at 7am My Time


Supply Center Chart


Austria:                        Tri, Bud, Vie, Gal=4                  Even

Balkans:                       Ser, Gre, Rum=3                      Even

England:                      Lon, Edi, Lvp=3                        Even

France:                        Bre, Par, Mar, Bel=4                  Even

Germany:                     Kie, Mun, Ber, Swi, Hol=5         Even

Italy:                            Nap, Ven, Rom, Tun, Cre=5      Build 1

Russia:                         Mos, War, Sev, Stp=4               Build 1

Scand.:                        Nwy, Swe, Den=3                     Even

Spain:                          Por, Mor, Mad, Ice=4                Build 1

Turkey:                        Ank, Con, Smy, Bul=4              Even




Ank for Ser: What happened, I expected to be stood off in Bul not to take it! Consider me your partner in the STOP Russia alliance.  Your humble servant the very grateful Sultan of Turkey. I  pledge to use the Fleet loan wisely; never aid the Austrian against you, and to support your units when ever viable!


Ank for Bud:  I will not help you out against my buddy in the Bulkans but if you are in position to cause Russia some trouble, and I can lend a hand, expect help. The taking of Bul was not expected, but I will attempt to hold on to it.


Ank for Ven: Damm! I was hoping to take a run at Cre but Russia moved to Bla ruining my Con move to Aeg.  You are doing well, did you grab Crete this turn?


Italy to Bulkans - We will support the Austria in all matters regarding Tri, unless he has double on Ven.


Italy to Austria - notice we have not supported Tri as promised because you are in Tyr.  Our relationship  is not an alliance but rather a promise to help out whenever a third party enters territory along our joint border.


By Almost Popular Demand


The goal is to pick something that fits the category and will be the a popular answer but NOT the "most popular" answer. You score points based on the number of entries that match yours. For example, if the category is "Cats" and the responses were 7 for Persian, 3 for Calico and 1 for Siamese, everyone who said Persian would get 7 points, Calico 3 and the lone Siamese would score 1 point. However, if your answer is the most popular answer, you score ZERO.  The cumulative total over 10 rounds will determine the overall winner. Anyone may enter at any point, starting with an equivalent point total of the lowest cumulative score from the previous round. If a person misses a round, they'll receive the minimum score from the round added to their cumulative total. In each round you may specify one of your answers as your Joker answer.  Your score for this answer will be doubled.  In other words, if you apply your Joker to category 3 on a given turn, and 4 other people give the same answer as you, you get 10 points instead of 5.  Players who fail to submit a Joker for any specific turn will have their Joker automatically applied to the first category. And, if you want to submit some commentary with your answers, feel free to.  The game will consist of 10 rounds, and the score is doubled for Round 10.  A prize will be awarded to the winner.  Research is permitted!


Round 5 Categories

1.    A film featuring Chevy Chase.

2.    A company which makes fine crystal.

3.    A fictional detective.

4.    A ship associated with Christopher Columbus.

5.    An Ivy League school.


Congrats to Richard Weiss for a high score of 25.  Poor Dane Maslen and Paraic Reddington choose all popular categories, and wind up with a goose egg.


Selected Comments By Category


General Comments – Tom Howell “Only Rick Desper chose mint chocolate chip, the best flavor ever made?!  Rick, I take back everything ... bad ... I ever said about you.”  John Biehl “I think all the categories this round have many choices except Columbus's ships ( how many ships Columbus actually sailed on to and from the new world is probably greater than the number generally 'associated' with him).”


Chevy Chase – Kevin Wilson “So many to choose from.  I think Caddyshack might be #1, which would have been my choice if we were playing BPD.”  Andy Bate “My first thought was Caddyshack, and I'm going to go with that and hope everyone else plumps for National Lampoon in one shape or form.”  Marc Ellinger “Fletch – simply my favorite Chevy Chase movie of all time…wayyyyy better than any of the Vacation movies (and Fletch II stunk so bad, I think I’ll call it Mississippi Vacation!)”


Crystal – Kevin Wilson “I have to think Waterford will be #1.”  Andy York “Waterford is the only one that comes to mind.”  Marc EllingerSvarvarski – or Waterford, who knows….if I can’t spell it, then it can’t be the most popular choice…right?”


Detective – Kevin Wilson “Spenser for Hire is of my favorite shows and probably only gets me 1 point but at least it won't be 0.”  Andy Bate “Was tempted to say Morse, but think that might prove too popular (or is he just this side of the pond?), so I'll go for Rebus and probably score a single point.”  Marc Ellinger “My guess is that Sherlock Holmes is the most popular.”


Ship – Marc Ellinger “At least it wasn’t Pinto, then it might have exploded if the Nina bumped it!”


Ivy League – Kevin Wilson “Avoiding Harvard and Yale as the two most likely #1s.”  Andy Bate “Surely everyone will go Harvard and Yale, so I'll go Princeton.”  Richard Weiss “I'll join Boob and vote for Brown, although Dartmouth is my sentimental favorite.”  Larry Peery “Diplomacy note for #5. Henry Kissinger was notoriously denied a full professorship at Harvard University when he refused to give up his White House post as Nixon's national security advisor. Harvard's policy is that a professor on tenure track cannot take a leave for more than two years without being dumped. So they dumped him. Proving that Old Farts don't forget or forgive Kissinger got his revenge some forty years later when he agreed to give all of his personal and professional papers to Princeton University's Library. By coincidence, no doubt Princeton agreed to give Kissinger's two kids full scholarships.”  Heath Gardner “the old overshoot gamble...  I feel like this is akin to betting on hard eight, but whatever.”


Round 6 Categories


1.    A color of automobile.

2.    An album by The Eagles.

3.    Something you order in a Mexican restaurant.

4.    A reptile.

5.    A movie featuring Johnny Depp.


Deadline for Round 6 is July 30th at 7:00am my time


Eternal Sunshine Movie Photo Contest


There are ten rounds of movie photos, and each round consists of ten photos.  Identify the film each photo is from.  Anyone may enter at any point. If you want to submit some commentary with your answers, feel free to.  The game will consist of 10 rounds.  A prize will be awarded to the winner – and it might be a very good prize!  Research is not permitted!  That means NO RESEARCH OF ANY KIND, not just no searches for the photos themselves.  The only legal “research” is watching movies to try and locate the scenes.  Each round will also contain one bonus question, asking what the ten movies being quoted have in common.  The player with the most correct answers each round gets 3 points, 2nd place gets 2 points, and 3rd place gets 1 point.  In the event of ties, multiple players get the points (if three players tie for first, they EACH get 3 points).  High score at the end of ten rounds wins the game, and a prize (unless you cheated).  If there’s enough participation I may give a prize for 2nd and maybe even 3rd place overall too.  The final round will be worth double points.





Friday the 13th.  Correct – AY. The Outsiders – KW.  Diner – AL.  Rosemary’s Baby – GK.


Altered States.  Eight-Legged Freaks – GK.  The Neverending Story - RD


Airplane.  Correct – KW, AY, JM, GK, RD, PR, HA.


Gloria.  Correct – AL.  War of the Roses – HA.


Fame.  Correct – KW.   Saturday Night Fever – AL.


The Blues Brothers.  Correct – KW, AY, AL, JM, RD, HA.


Slapshot.  Correct – KW, AL, JM, GK, RD, HA.


Breaker Morant.  Correct – JM.  All the President’s Men – AL.


Dressed to Kill.  Correct – AL.  Bonnie and Clyde – GK.


Xanadu.  Correct – KW, GK.  Ice Castles – RD.  Dune – HA.


Bonus – What do these films all have in common?  All were in theatres in 1979.  All have Chevy Chase – KW.


Points This Round: Kevin Wilson [KW] – 5; Jack McHugh [JM] – 4; Andy Lischett [AL] – 4; Andy York [AY] – 3; Hank Alme [HA] – 3; Rick Desper [RD] – 3; Geoff Kemp [GK] – 3; Paraic Reddington [PR] - 1.


Final Scores:


Rick Desper [RD] – 23

Kevin Wilson [KW] – 16

Andy Lischett [AL] – 11

Hank Alme [HA] – 9

Jack McHugh [JM] – 9

Paraic Reddington [PR] – 8

Andy York [AY] – 7

Don Williams [DW] – 4

Kevin Tighe [KT] – 3

Brad Wilson [BW] – 2

Geoff Kemp [GK] – 2

Heather Taylor [HT] – 1


Rick Desper is the winner.  He and 2nd place finisher Kevin Wilson have both earned prizes.  I’ll be in touch about your choices.


Round 1 – Back to Movie Quotes!


There are ten rounds of movie quotes, and each round consists of ten quotes.  Identify the film each quote is from.  Anyone may enter at any point. If you want to submit some commentary with your answers, feel free to.  The game will consist of 10 rounds.  A prize will be awarded to the winner – and it might be a very good prize!  Research is not permitted!  That means NO RESEARCH OF ANY KIND, not just no searches for the quotes themselves.  The only legal “research” is watching movies to try and locate the scenes.  I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY PLAYER I BELIEVE IS CHEATING.  I ALSO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE QUOTES SLIGHTLY (ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES I DO A FEW FROM MEMORY SO THEY COULD BE OFF ANYWAY).  Each round will also contain one bonus question, asking what the ten movies being quoted have in common.  The player with the most correct answers each round gets 3 points, 2nd place gets 2 points, and 3rd place gets 1 point.  In the event of ties, multiple players get the points (if three players tie for first, they EACH get 3 points).  High score at the end of ten rounds wins the game, and a prize (unless you cheated).  If there’s enough participation I may give a prize for 2nd and maybe even 3rd place overall too.  The final round will be worth double points.


1.    My parents are dead. My wife is in an institution. My son has disappeared out west somewhere.


2.    It's worse than too bad. It's a tragedy. A girl this beautiful in love with such a jerk.


3.    Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.


4.    You and I share a secret. We know how easy it is to kill someone; that ultimate taboo.


5.    If you haven't noticed, this isn't Neiman Marcus. People just want to come in here with their kids, have a good time, and save a few pennies on paper towels and socks. If they wanted to see yelling and screaming, they'd stay at home.


6.    If you ever disrespect my wife again, I will end you; I will fucking end you. You got that, chief?


7.    You're not old enough to shave! What are you doing with a sword? I've been flying around.  This is an insurance nightmare!


8.    I was a damn good shrink. Nineteen years I worked with a lot of people through a lot of shit….okay, I slept with a patient or two. It's not like I didn't care about them.


9.    We'll take the house. The chances of another plane hitting this house are astronomical.


10.  In Moscow we fought for an inch of freedom! Here you take it and shit all over it.


Bonus – What do these films all have in common? 


Deadline for Round 1 is July 30th at 7:00am my time


General Deadline for the Next Issue of Eternal Sunshine:  July 30th, 2013 at 7:00am my time.

See You Then!