Sunday, October 30, 2011

4 Sunday Best #18: Laws of Robotics

The Three Laws of Robotics are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story "Runaround".   The three laws are as follows:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Prior to these three laws being created Robots were a menace to society.  Destroying entire city blocks, mass murders, pillaging and even stealing candy from babies.  It was through the creation of these laws that allowed Robots to lend a helping hand.  It's these week's "Sunday Best" that have best demonstrated the ability to help others.

Frontline Gamer sacrificed himself once he realized that he would not be able to meet the task at hand.  The result of not being able to complete the challenge would mean that one of three others would die.  Following the first law set out by his creator he gave up his spot in the House of Paincakes Idol contest so that three humans could live another day.

Old School Terminator is forced to obey the laws set out before, to promote those around him.  His selfless promotion of those who lurk in the dark recesses of the forums is a testament to his programming.  This week is no exception as he pushes the envelope by delving deeper than before by showcasing the work Morback of Le Blog De Kouzes.

Governed to protect his own existence and the identity of his troll face, Skarvald the Troll-faced, reached out to those in the blogging community for a lending hand.  Specifically he needed a hand with green stuffing for his new Warhammer Fantasy Ogre project.  Miniature Tim reached out to the Troll Face by offering up his skills, time and tutelage with some very-needed green stuff tutorials.  These two robots have embarked on journey togehter and 

Isaac Asimov himself saw his own existence in the world of sci-fiction in jeopardy during his early years and his internal programming stepped in ensure his survival.  Years later he explained the coding that saved his life "... one of the stock plots of science fiction was... robots were created and destroyed by their creator.  Knowledge has its dangers, yes, but is the response to be a retreat from knowledge? Or is knowledge to be used as itself a barrier to the dangers it brings? With all this in mind I began, in 1940, to write robot stories of my own – but robot stories of a new variety.  Never, never, was one of my robots to turn stupidly on his creator for no purpose but to demonstrate, for one more weary time, the crime and punishment of Faust." (Wikipedia)  Much like Asimov these three bloggers have a story of a new variety that begs to be shared.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

0 Haiku Thursday #3: Blood

path long and bloody,
many fall, remember
our blood is welcome

+++HotPANDA Bloodfist, Renegade+++

Sunday, October 23, 2011

3 Sunday Best #17: Army of...

Sometime life gives a chainsaw and a shotgun instead of lemons.  Next thing you know you are leading an army of reluctant humans against a skeleton Deadite army.  Other times life just gives you a couple cans of campbell soup, a wacky poster and the notion to build a Warhammer 40k army.  In this week's "Sunday Best" life did not bless them with a chainsaw or a shotgun but rather the concept of posting about the finer points of building an army in the world of Warhammer 40k.

Soup #1 - The Alternative Table: How to Pick Your 40k Army
DocBrown over at The Alternative Table was digging deep this week when he posted not one but several articles about the finer points of picking your 40k army.  He explores his inner thought process and explains the concepts that influence his decision making process when choosing an army.  He does stop there though as he goes back in for a second helping by dissecting majority of the armies in 40k.

Soup #2 - Miniature Tim: What Comes First, the List or the Models?
Miniature Tim is no stranger to wearing his Sunday best and this time around he proposes the intriguing question of "what comes first, the list or the models?  I know I have faced this question every time I start building a new army and constantly struggle with picking an answer to this age old question.  Tim cuts away the cellophane and breaks the boxes down for both sides of this debate.

Soup #3 - Quarantine World: "From your wounds,  the festers pour"
Ian may or may not pick his nose but he has picked building a list first when it comes to starting a new army.  Think of Ian as a high an architect though as he simply does not build a list but the blue print to one.  He shows you how each unit supports the weight of the army as a whole while explaining the each line in his army list to us.

In the end I have gather several cans of soup, a nose picker, a box destroyer and an architect.  These four ingredients along with a chainsaw and a shotgun add up to the weirdest "Sunday Best" and question my own sanity behind this madness.  What I do understand is that each of these blog authors caught my attention with their words as they each went over the finer points of building an army.  With the knowledge that I have garnered from each of them, I feel confident that I possess the necessary skills to defeat an Army of Darkness.

Friday, October 21, 2011

2 HoP Idol: Round #4: Help a Panda

International save bears day may not be for another four months but it is round four of the House of Paincakes Idol Contest.  With Giant Hotpanda's being listed as a critically endangered species, efforts are underway to save the HOTpanda from elimination.  The Chaos Manifesto proudly promotes HOTpanda conservation and supports other organization working to save the species.   One such organization is Robots against Donuts (RaD) who's goal is to reclaim back the jungles, that the HOTpanda calls home, from the evasive species known as Giant Donut.  You may not be a robot on a jungle trek, rounding up Giant Donuts but now is your chance to help save a bear, a Hotpanda bear that is, by visiting the House of Paincakes and voting for me.(HOTPanda).  While you are there be sure to check out my article on "The Art Termicide".
Robots Against Donuts (RaD)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

12 Sunday Best #16: Fantasy

Fantasy is a women's fragrance by Elizabeth Arden, and is endorsed by Britney Spears. The ad's tagline is "Everybody has one"...Ummm let's try this again.  "Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting.  Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common.  Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of (pseudo-)scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction". (Wikipedia)  When it comes to table top gaming Games Workshops Warhammer Fantasy springs to mind.  It is indeed a world that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element.  Today's "Sunday Best" each delve into this world by exploring the Ogre Kingdoms recent release.

After a few games under his belt with the Ogre Kingdoms new codex Adam-B feels the Ogre Hunter is an under utilized unit in the codex.  Not wanting to make a bold statement with nothing to back it up he goes over the Hunter in detail to examine his strengths and weaknesses.  From here he conjures up three viable ways that a Hunter can be employed that exploits his strengths and mitigates his weaknesses.

Ogre #2 - Wolves for the Wolf God: Ogre Kingdom (Slave) Giants are they Worth it?
Skarvald the Troll-faced could easily change his name to Skarvald the Ogre-faced as his is one hard blogger to look at.  His post this week on Ogre Kingdom Giants was pleasing to the eyes.  He explores three viable roles for the inclusion of a Giant while looking for ways that army as a whole can help exploit the Giant.  He makes for one hell of an argument and even managed to convince some of his followers to give one a try.

Ogre #3 - IMMATERIUM PRESS: Size Matters - Ogre Kingdoms First Impressions
Dan Byer leaves an Ogre sized footprint in the world of Blogging with his gut filling overview of the Ogre Kingdoms codex.  His words of wisdom are from that of an experienced Fantasy player and from that of an opposing general.  After the dust had settled he and his friend compared how the new army booked fared and examined the short falling of the army.  From here he leaves that Ogre sized footprint I mentioned by throwing up an all comers army list that address the concerns he saw his his opponents list while explaining each of his choices.

These three Ogres are but the tip of spear in terms of blog post about the new Ogre Kingdom army book.  I threw in my hat with a Haiku about Ogres earlier in the week while many others debated the finer points of the codex.  These three however dressed up in their Sunday Best and demonstrated that they each could wear Britney Spears' fragrance Fantasy with the elegance of woman.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

0 Haiku Thursday #1: Appetite

monstrosities with,
appetite for violence
primeval creatures

+++HOTPanda, Savage Ogre of Mourn+++

Monday, October 10, 2011

22 100 Post by ME and a Give away from ME!!!

I hit the 100 post mark this past Sunday Best and as such I decided it was time to dress up myself and my blog to celebrate this milestone.  I threw on my army uniform, my war medals, for all the various crimes against humanity that I have committed and my presidential sash of course.  For my blog, well as you can see that I gave it a face lift.  One that celebrates all my past post by displaying an image from each them.  At the same time it is celebrating bloggers new Dynamic View Template that I am a big fan of at the moment as it has a lot of promise much like myself.  As you glance over the various posts that I published over the past five months, try out the various Dynamic Views and become consumed with admiring my cuddly good looks.  In the mean time here are some HOTpanda factoids:

Posts: 100
Hits: 14970
Followers: 61
First Follower: HOTpanda
# Referring Site: Google
Number of Donuts I've Killed: 100
Favorite Colour = Stainless Steal
Favorite Sushi Roll = Dynamite Roll
#1 Vegetable I won't eat = Brussel Sprouts

No celebration would be complete without cake.  It's just too bad I cannot share this delicious cake with the rest of you.  Who are we kidding though, there is no way in hell I would ever share a gourmet cake with any of's all MINE!!!  FEED ME!!! FEED ME!!!  What I will do though is share something much more dear with the rest of you.  Oh now I got your attention and you actually care to read what I am typing.  How does a give away for a Games Workshop Gift Certificate sound?  In order to qualify for this HOT prize you must be a follower of my blog.  How much though?  Well here is what I figure I will make it out for based on the following numbers:

00-19 New Members = $10
20-29 New Members = $20
30-39 New Members = $30
40-49 New Members = $40
50-up New Members = $50

Not bad especially when it means you get to buy something that you actually want as opposed to me recycling one of my models.  This contest will have an end date of 11 Nov 2011.  There is more though...Say what HOTpanda???  MORE??? Yep, for every person who throughs up a shout up post about my blog holding this contest (and a comment on a blog post informing me of it) I will enter your name in for a mystery prize???  Ohhhhh, ahhhhhhh!!!  So that is two prizes that are up for grabs all in celebration of me, me, me and of course ME!!!  HAPPY 100th Post HOTPanda!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

6 Sunday Best #15: Research and Development

The phrase research and development, also know as R&D, is defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as "creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications" (Wikipedia). When it comes to the blogging community of table top gaming it is often promulgated by the various author that document its' life cycle.  Through their hard work and innovation they push the creative boundaries both terms of modelling, painting and advertising of the hobby itself.  Through their hard and innovative work they have achieved the goals of R&D and have been awarded this weeks' "Sunday Best".

Robot #1 - 122nd Cadian: Fact or Fiction: Mephiston
FortheLion immersed himself in deep into the tombs of not only the Black Library but into the holy work of various religions to the folk lore of foreign cultures.  His research systematically explored the persona known as Mephiston both in terms of Games Workshop fluff and the real life version.  With both sides to the coin in hand he applied his finding through an application he devised as Fact or Fiction.  An intelligent editorial that seeks to find out if Games Workshop was able to create a character that lives up the legend itself.

Robot #2 - Dark Future Games: It Came From the Forums: Ogre Conversions
Old School Terminator reversed engineered his application through vigorous research.  In the end his creative application, "It Came from the Forums" helped unearth one hell of a talented hobbyist.  He discovered Lew-B81 inside the Warseer Forums and has left me speechless.  He himself is and R&D departments dream as he has the whole package when it comes to hobby.  He can convert, paint and has the creative insight to incorporate one hell of theme into his work.

Robot #3 - Nerdplosion: GW Marketing
Flynn over at Nerdplosion directed his efforts in terms of research at Games Workshops marketing scheme...or lack there of.  He digs deep into his mind to offer up how one of the greatest fake advertising man would help Games Workshop in terms of marketing.  This man is the one and only Don Drapper from Mad Men.  Mimicking his famous one liners that captivated TV viewing audiences Flynn creates a a strong application that attempts to improve and solve Games Workshops marketing woes.

Through each of these mad scientific Robots we are seeing strides in terms of knowledge and the application of it.  They each have harnessed the power of the donut and have changed the way we view our hobby.  Whether it was through the foundations of their research or the bold new developments that they have made in terms of blogging they each proudly wear their "Sunday Best".

Saturday, October 8, 2011

6 Saturday Shout Out #9: House of Panda

Looks at the happy panda thinking about being on top of that slide.  Being on that slide would make him the happiest panda in the world.  Also note the only character that is familiar to you, the number one.  Panda slide equals happiness and the feeling of being the best.  That is what I want to feel like...I dream of day when I too can own a panda slide.  Unlike this furry little friend of mine though I dream of a House of Panda where I head up a team of blogging pandas that are not bound by speech but only the walls they give themselves.
If this is a dream that you would like to be a part of, do your part by visiting the House of Panda, I mean the House of Paincakes and vote for me HotPANDA as your number one HoP Idol.  With your help you make the dreams of this panda come true.  Listener lines are now open, please vote now...I said PLEASE.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

4 Sunday Best #14: Creative Inspiration

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."
William Faulkner
This week's "Sunday Best" show that through their creativity they have been able to artificially capture the life that is Warhammer 40k.  Their work continually sparks the creative juices that power the light in the dark recesses of my mind and many others. 

LuckyNo.5 has injected his numerous painted models with the essence of evil itself.  His work seems to hold no boundaries as his art in the world of 40k is what nightmares are spawned from.  His mind truly resided in the Eye of Terror.  This week was no exception as he blessed with a glimpse into his diabolical mind where he presented a Necron Destroyer Lord to us. 

Artist #2 - From the Warp: Plastic Eversor
Ron's creativity is always in overdrive as he is continuously pumping out model after model. Each of these models tear a whole in the fabrics of our minds.  His skill at painting is unreal and his ability to create his own unique models is mind boggling.  What makes Ron shine though is his ability to teach and his willingness to share.  His plastic Eversor not only demonstrates these two traits but also the creativity that lies within his mind.

Artist #3 - Spiky Rat Pack: Blanchitsu
izeColt was blessed with a private viewing of John Blanche creativity during his last visit to Nottingham over some tasty Bugman's Burgers.  During their lunch Mr. Blanche shocked them by offering to let them take some photos of recently completed Inquisitor and retinue. Mr. Blanche art created the very soul of Warhammer 40k and his models bring Warhammer 40k to life.  His work leaves me speechless and my thanks goes out to izeColt for sharing these photos with us.

Henry Ward Beecher put it best when he said "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."  Not all of these artist may use canvis as their medium but their work has been dipped into each of their souls.  They inspire creativity and without artist like them the world of Warhammer 40k would truly be a dark grim place.