Locals vouch for the Game Keep as a great store near Nashville, betrayed by an employee.

The full story’s here!

If you’re thinking of mail-ordering anything, my guess is the store could use the show of support right now…

Even an e-mail of support would be appreciated.

Here’s The Game Keep’s web site: http://www.thegamekeep.com/

This ugly incident is something the hobby does NOT need right now…(nore: I’m told by locals that the defendant has admitted his guilt in the crime already).

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I know just enough about computers to get me into trouble.

An hour ago, I couldn’t access the Dork Tower web site. Nor could I update today’s cartoon. Oh, no. That would have been too easy ™.

Instead, I got a note that read “HTTP/1.1 500 Server Error error.”

A quick Google search revealed the following FAQ:

Q: When accessing some virtual directories on my server, I get a HTTP/1.1 500 Server Error error. Why is this appearing?

A: The error is generated by the IIS Metabase (where all the config data is held) and means that a particular unit of data could not be found. For example you ask for a vdir path when the path isn’t there. This error can also occur when managing the server.

Now, grammatically and syntactically, this sentence would seem to make sense. I know what all the individual words mean (well, save for maybe “Vdir,” which to me needs the word “Darth” in front of it). But, strung together as they were, they might as well have been written in Mandarin Chinese for all the collective help they gave me.

Anyhoo, GameSpy fixed the problem. Still, I’m still feeling very, very inadequate about my Mad Tech Skillz right now.

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Similarly, I can’t figure out why, when I run my G4 Powerbook Laptop through my fairly nifty stereo system, the sound is muddy and flat, and one channel seems particularly drop out completely.

I’ve tried altering various levels and ringing various bells and whistles under both Preferences and Options menus, but to no apparent avail. Yet the sound is fine when I just have my iPod hooked up to my stereo t

he same way (with the basic audio cable, or whatever it is you get from Radio Shack for, like, $10).

Gaaah!

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Likewise an emergency phonecall to Jeff Mackintosh solved a Photoshop problem that had me beating my head against my drawing table (and which caused yesterday’s cartoon to look so bloody faded). Jeff save me probably a few hours of searching through menus and sub-menus for the answer.

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Brilliant tech columnist Andy Ihnatko, a friend of mine who I sometimes work with at the Chicago Sun-Times, would disown me if he found any of this out.

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And speaking Friends, my pal Scott Bateman has come up with, like the coolest Bleeding Heart Lefty T-shirt EVAR!

(Note: If you don’t wanna see political stuff in general, and Lefty political stuff stuff in particular, DON’T click on this – Scott’s Kewl New Stuff)

Also available in buttons and stickers from his CafePress store!

Throw money his way! He deserves it!

In other Friend News, Marty, one of the founding fathers of the Army of Dorkness, has just started an LJ account.

(cliche mode) It seems like only yesterday (/cliche mode), but I remember meeting up with Marty and Tommy at a Chicago gaming con, excitedly showing them a few dozen pages of photocopies of what would later be Dork Tower #1…

And lastly in Friend News, I am just glomming all over Robin Laws’ comic strip “The Birds”. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen something so dark, dry and subtle, and I dig it completely!

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And speaking of Birds…

Seven Robins were in the backyard when I last looked.

Here are five of them.

Although I had a hard time getting my camera to sync up with my G4.

See how it all ties together?

Ahhh, good times.

Peas, out,

John

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