Thursday, July 29, 2004

Latest Chat Transcript

— Matt Harris @ 7:08 pm

Last night’s Succubus Club IRC Chat transcript has been posted.

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How Harry Potter Is Like Star Trek

— Matt Harris @ 7:06 pm

While I was working yesterday, I had a sudden realization that the original Star Trek has a lot in common with Harry Potter. Specifically, I was thinking about the trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron and it dawned on me that they, and the dynamics of their relationships, are very similar to Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

Harry and Kirk are the leaders of their respective groups. The are often impulsive and intuitive, with a tendency to “think outside of the box.” Hermione and Spock are the intellectuals. While both have emotions, their primary attributes are their knowledge, intellect and logic. Ron and Dr. McCoy are the emotive ones of the bunch. They are not unintelligent, but their passions and emotions are what drive them, not reason or logic.

Not only the characters are alike, but their interactions are very similar. Spock and McCoy often have arguments over the correct course of action to take, each attempting to sway Kirk to his point of view. McCoy often complains about Spock being cold and unfeeling and at times professes to hate Spock’s logic. Spock, in turn, expresses disdain over McCoy’s excessive emotionalism. It seems to me that the frequent arguments between Ron and Hermione show the same sort of conflict between emotion and logic, even if the characters don’t express it as such.

Now if I can only work this to show that Harry/Hermione is “The One True ‘Ship” … 😉

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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Twin Episodes of Stargate

— Matt Harris @ 1:21 pm

I watched episode 3 of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis yesterday. Some comments:

(Spoilers ahead)

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All Good Things Must Come To An End

— Matt Harris @ 1:11 pm

Well, it has finally been announced. After five years of providing its loyal listeners the Buffy and Angel afterglow, The Succubus Club is coming to an end. The last episode of The Succubus Club will be broadcast live from KLBC on August 25, 2004 at the usual time of 6 PM – 8 PM Pacific Standard Time (9 PM – 11 PM Eastern).

I will personally miss the Succubus Club a great deal. I don’t know any Buffy or Angel fans personally. For me,The Succubus Club made up for that lack. Listening to Kitty and Candy rave (or bitch) about the latest episode of Buffy and/or Angel made me feel connected to other fans in a way that usenet and message boards didn’t. Special thanks to Kitty, Candy and Ethan for five years of a wonderful show. 🙂

Chat Room Details
The IRC chat room will be open during the final show, as it is every Wednesday at that time. I should mention that there are no plans to close the chat room at this time, or to my knowledge, the mailing list.

Time: Every Wednesday from 6 PM – 8 PM Pacific Standard Time
IRC Server: for a random server or go to to select a specific server.
Channel Name: #thesuccubusclub

To connect to the chat room you will need an IRC chat client program. The most popular one is the shareware program mIRC, but any IRC chat client program should do. A list of free chat clients may be found on Note: The link for vIRC is wrong. It may be found here. I personally use the free version of Trillian as it connects to IRC networks, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN and ICQ.

A transcript of each chat will be posted on this site, generally within 1-2 days.

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Last Night’s Chat Transcript

— Matt Harris @ 6:24 pm

I have posted the transcript for last nights Succubus Club IRC Chat. Special Notice: There was a request by some chat room members that Kitty, Candy & Ethan not read this transcript.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

“I wear the cheese. It does not wear me.”

— Matt Harris @ 6:00 pm

I wonder if this gentleman was feeling a little Restless before he went out and got drunk. 😉

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Monday, July 19, 2004

Stargate Atlantis Premiere: Rising Parts 1 & 2

— Matt Harris @ 8:07 pm

I watched the premiere of Stargate Atlantis over the weekend. Overall, I liked the show. Some comments, in no particular order:


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The Blogosphere Political Compass Project

— Matt Harris @ 7:32 pm

Sandor at The Zoo is attempting to map the political affiliations of bloggers, using the 2 axis scale found at So far he has 56 entries.

While the sample is self-selected, i.e. bloggers take the test and e-mail their own results, the results so far are interesting:

I doubt the results are actually representative of the blogosphere as a whole, but it is still kind of nifty.

My results: LaunchPad Zero is point 41 with a moderate Libertarian reading of -2.1 and a fairly Conservative reading of 6.4.

By the way, the Blogosphere Political Compass is not limited to just political bloggers. Any and all bloggers are encouraged to participate.

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Saturday, July 17, 2004

July 14, 2004 Chat Transcript is up.

— Matt Harris @ 11:50 am

Wednesday’s Succubus Club IRC Chat transcript has now been posted. Special thanks to OutOfMud for the Kitty Torture.

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Monday, July 12, 2004

Casting Raise Dead on a D&D Campaign

— Matt Harris @ 7:08 pm

Currently my D&D campaign is on hiatus, due to a shortage of players. I decided to try to see if I could rustle up a couple more victims players.

Saturday, I went to my first meetup. There are 15 people registered for dnd meetups in the San Fernando Valley. 5 RSVP’ed for the meetup Saturday. 2 showed up (myself and one other person). Gamers can be such flakes….

Fortunately, the one other person who did show is interested in my game, so it wasn’t a total loss.

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