Nick, looking unnecessarily stern, as generated by OpenAI

Hi, I'm Nick. This is where I write about things.

It's been a very long time — way more than a decade I think — since I had a personal website that actually got maintained with any sort of regularity.

This means I am really out of practice.

In the intervening years, I've posted a few times at these places:

... but having my own site sounds fun for the first time in a long time. So here I am.

You've been challenged to a duel

I’m getting a kick out of these rules for dueling as published in 1847. Despite the fact I have no intention of dueling anyone, it never hurts to know the rules. To start with:

No gentleman may notice the insulting language of an inferior.

And what if your ladyfriend is disparaged? Well it’s important to know there are no takebacks. Which seems a bit strict.

For direct insult to a lady, no apology can be received. But as this code is intended for the use of gentlemen, and as no individual of that caste is capable of insulting a lady, the despicable hounds so transgressing are hereby surrendered to the ear-slitting clemency of the lady’s friends.

Even if you loathe your dueling partner, be sure to say “hi” on the field. Don’t worry, you won’t be required to use actual words.

After taking your place, you will salute your antagonist with a distant but not discourteous inclination of the head.

Should you win the duel, please know that despite your elation at not having a new hole in your body, the moment is not right for gloating.

After the duel, apply no recriminating or disparaging language toward your late antagonist…

From the lengthily titled “The code of honor or, The thirty-nine articles; with an appendix, showing the whole manner in which the duel is to be conducted; with amusing anecdotes, illustrative of duelling; to which is prefixed a dissertation on the origin and progress of the duello, by a Southron”.

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