Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Nine.. Ten

Humans suffering from a conflict of signals aren't the best people to be holding guns, especially when they've just witnessed a natural childbirth, which definitely looked an un-American way of bringing new citizens into the world.

-- (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens) 

Kane had a big birthday a week ago, ten years, who'd have thought?
Ten years and a 177million SP is a long damn time, granted the last two have seen me away from the game for the most part, I still yearn to return and cause untold havoc.

It was also nine years ago I officially started solo Piracy in my solo corp with my band of merry alts.

I am currently in La Spezia Italy, around the corner from Cinque Terre, which if you don't mind the thousands of tourists is actually stunning. We set sail for ViaReggio this week and then Rome shortly after before heading to Sicily, after that I take two weeks in June to go home and celebrate my birthday before returning to the ship and heading back to France.

Plan at the moment is to return to the Antarctic at the end of this year to stop the Japanese whalers from killing whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary against the rulings of the ICJ and against the moratorium on whaling.

I really miss you ladies and gentlemen.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Please sir... May I bring a DRAEK?

AIRPORTS: A place where people hurry up and wait.
-- From A Scientific Encyclopedia for the Enquiring Young Nome by Angalo de Haberdasheri
(Terry Pratchett, Wings)

Hellcats Reloaded are running a HipsterVet roam on the 2nd day of April in the year 2016.

The theme is "FC, can I bring a Drake?"
Who: Anyone who can fly a DRAEK
Start and Route: Vitrauze XI-2 (Federal Navy Academy) and lowsec, respectively.
When: Saturday, April 2 @ 8 PM EST (Sunday the 3rd at 01:00 EVE). Form-up will begin at 7:30 PM EST/4:30 PM PST.
Organizer: Dian Lung
FCs: Dian Lung

Flying things that aren't considered viable is on of my favourite past times, as anyone who has brawled my Probe and exploded can vouch for, so I will try and make this, if of course I'm in port and have decent wifi to piggyback.

I had a rather embarrasing and expensive Astero loss a few nights ago when I tried and failed to Pirate a Gila running some Gurista site. Slow internet makes strategic commands and retreats rather difficult.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Council of Stellar Management 11

On the fifth day the Governor of the town called all the tribal chieftains to an audience in the market square, to hear their grievances. He didn't always do anything about them, but at least they got *heard*, and he nodded a lot, and everyone felt better about it at least until they got home. This is politics.
-- Carpet politics are very similar to Discworld politics
(Terry Pratchett, The Carpet People) 

Go vote for Nashh, seriously do it.

I met Nashh many years ago, our friendship started with a 1v1 and grew from there, I've stayed at his house and met his lovely family, he's extremely organised, I mean, come on, EVE_NT is frickin huge and the dude made it happen, imagine what he could do for the game.

Above all, he's a righteous dude.
He got my vote. (It was my only vote, who are all those other people?)

Sunday, 14 February 2016


Sergeant Comely was working on the general assumption that where you got lots of people gathered together, something illegal was bound to happen sooner or later.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Johnny and the Dead)

As I'm making brunch for the board of Sea Shepherd in a chateau in the south of France where the author of The Little Prince once resided I take a look at a comment up for moderation:
I logged in to dust to night to chat with other players about this . i wont play or do anything productive till this is resolved . in eve you have safe sytems for new players and Concorde will tag you for stealing from them so players can attack you. you can flag a player so you know he or she is bad guy you can get even with them and ther friends or corp mates, nothing like that exists in dust. if i want to sell something to some one i post it in the station they fly in and buy it i get my money ... nothing like that exists in dust its a game exploit you built in the current player gifting system its not about trust its a simple hole you left.. it needs to be fixed i can see me buying the wrong thing or the 100s of other way you can lose out in eve but the way but how it is in dust is just broken if i have to pay to transfer an item (the market escrow) then you should have to give me an item for my isk its just not a trust thingits a simple hole please fix it . i worked hard for what
Not sure what this charming player was on about, it had nothing to with the post in question. I can only assume he was meant to post that somehwere else. I wonder how he feels now that we know DUST is DOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!

There are some new tools on the market, a way to extract unneeded skills and either sell the knowledge or redircet it elsewhere. First off, this is absolutely fantastic, time to get rid of the 21243 SP I have in production, resource processing and social... What?
Out of 172 million skill points that's all I can spare.

Anyways, I am desperate to get back to Pirating but our oceans are still dying and humans are still the reason, so if humans would be so kind as to stop fucking shit up I can get back to what's really important.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

C'est la vie

We took pity on him because he'd lost both parents at an early age. I think that, on reflection, we should have wondered a bit more about that.
-- Lord Downey reflects on Mister Teatime
(Terry Pratchett, Hogfather)

We have moved to a new marina in Marseille and the free wifi at the museum won't let me access Tranquility. So I have been stopped before I could really get started.

This has not made Kane happy.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Negative Ten

 The gods of the Disc have never bothered much about judging the souls of the dead, and so people only go to hell if that's where they believe, in their deepest heart, that they deserve to go. Which they won't do if they don't know about it. This explains why it is so important to shoot missionaries on sight.

-- (Terry Pratchett, Eric)

What makes a Pirate?

Is it a low security status?
Or a state of mind?
Is profit the driving force?
Or is it all just for shits and giggles?

To me Piracy was and always will be a way of life, a combination of the last three. I want to make ISK at the expense of my victim but I also want to be having a fucking awesome time, it's pretty much the story of my entire career.

Negative Ten security status doesn't make you a Pirate, it just means like Han Solo you always shoot first. And if you make some ISK while having an awesome time, then you're a Pirate

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Almost Eight

 Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms)

Wednesday 16th of January 2008, almost eight years ago I embarked on a journey that would bring the adventures of Kane Rizzel to the masses. I had taken the leap under the influence of long time friend, fellow pirate, blogger and all round good guy, Flashfresh and with the help of my then editor Soup Spoon I was able to put my sometimes jumbled thoughts and crazy experiences into this blog. Soup was there to make sure my dyslexia didn't make me look like an idiot.

What have I learnt in eight years? Well, writing isn't easy and inspiration is fleeting. Without the inspiration to write it is sometimes best not to write anything, I felt a lot of pressure sometimes to try and post as much as I could and the drafts section of my blog can attest to that, but I resisted the temptation to post some of the unworthy.

Some adventures never really lived up to the expectations I had for them in print, the moment never translated well into words. I wanted this blog to be entertaining and not just some after action report of going through the motions.

As the years have gone by and my time in game has dminished so has my posting, 2008 of course was my most active year with a whopping 107 posts, it was all so new and exciting. my next most prolific year was 2012 with 73 posts, but I avearaged between 50 and 60 posts until 2014 when I embarked on my real life adventure with Sea Shepherd.

It's weird looking back at some of the stuff I wrote, and somewhat embarrasing but I can not lie, I have enjoyed writing this blog for as long as I have. I've had many redesigns over the years and the custom banners were always my favourites, the current was designed by Joe Struck.

Flashfresh is no longer active, I miss the dude, a lot of the old school bloggers are gone, replaced by the streamers. The Blog Pack is dead, Crazy Kinux's work in compiling a list of active blogs was always a good stop to find interesting happenings in EVE. Most of the blogs in my sidebar are no longer active, gone are the days when there were constantly new blogs to read.

Blogging like Solo Piracy isn't dead, it's just a little bit more difficult.

I'm still with Sea Shepherd, currently docked at an island off the coast of Marseille, chavving wifi and logging into EVE. So much has changed and will take getting used to. I don't have a good enough connection to actually PvP, but will be about rediscovering the game as and when I can.

In April of 2016 Kane will turn Ten, and I hope to be around to do something special.

See you in space.