For the Fallen


With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

“Let us never forget those who have fallen in the name of freedom”, Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor began. “Let us never grow too busy, too self-important, to remember the price we’ve paid to even reach this point together.”

The Scope News team had several crews broadcasting the Sanmatar’s Remembrance Day speech, or “Khu-Matar” as it was officially known.

It was one occasion I could not belittle politicians their hidden agendas. It would be an eternal insult to the spirits of those who fought before us, giving their lives for their ideals, as we give ours.

By the end of the Sanmatar’s sombering speech, there wasn’t a dry eye in the live audience assembled in the inner courtyard of the parliament buildings on Pator.

My heart ached, my soul burned. It reminded me of how very proud I was to be Matari.

My thoughts are with all of us in remembrance and thanks, at the 11th hour.

Give thanks

In case you didn’t know, I’m Canadian, eh. This coming weekend is Thanksgiving. Since I was a child, I was always taught to give thanks out loud for the many blessings in my life.

I am thankful this year for:

  • My health – These last few years have been a stuggle, but it seems I finally have my health in order.
  • My career – I am fortunate to have such a wonderful position of employ. I enjoy my boss, my coworkers, and what I do for money in this world. 
  • My loving girlfriend – Her support, her patience, her tolerance of my passions and hobbies that consume so much of my time. She is an incredible partner, and she even reads my blog!
  • My best friend – Even though he died earlier this year, he is someone I am thankful for. The enrichment and joy he brought to my life are something I cherish daily with all my heart, and always will. I miss you terribly buddy. I am thankful you are at peace.
  • My family – Aren’t we all dysfunctional? And even though we don’t get together as often as we want, or talk as often as we should, we are always there for each other when needed.
  • God – I saved God for last because honestly, without Him, none of the above would even be possible.
As Roc Wieler, I am thankful for:
  • Corps – The continued support and encouragement of the corporations I have belonged to. Each one has been nothing but pleasant. Freeform Industries, the corp I belong to now, is perhaps among the best for this; their steady encouragement, support, and belief in all I can do is the foundation upon which I build my reputation.
  • CCP – Having come from other games, I have found CCP’s approach to our galaxy refreshing over the last two years.
  • Mynxee – I am thankful for my Hellcat panties available HERE
  • The Market – Without having been introduced to this wonderful tool, I never would’ve discovered the incredible source of income that sustains my war efforts.
  • PyjamaSam – Though his name makes me cringe in carebear-ism, he is a great developer, and friend. He has been instrumental in seeing my dream come to fruition, and adding things to it I never would have thought possible. Thanks Sam, for walking into my life.
  • My fans – Whether it’s been my blog, my 3D artwork, Capsuleer, our even my fleet commanding, I have been fortunate enough to have many who believe in me. While it’s a big responsibility, it’s a source of strength. Thank you.
And to show you just how very thankful Sam and I are, we’ve discussed it at length, and have a special treat for you below. 
It’s a “sneak peek” of the Main Menu interface redesign for Capsuleer v1.1. It is also featured in EVE-Mag’s interview with us, which I think is a good read. I’m biased of course. Find the article HERE.
Some things I would like to address about the image below:
  1. Initially, I wanted to release all main level categories, as we have finalized those. Sam, in his infinite wisdom, has pointed out that we really shouldn’t play our endgame, giving our competitors a distinct advantage over us. So, you see blank icons. Each release there will be one additional faded icon with imagery in it, to show you what is coming in the next release. That isn’t in this image.
  2. The reason for this redesign of the application is that it gives us a lot of freedom. We can add as many main level items as needed, and each main level item can have its own sublevel menu if needed. It really opens up the possibilities for the application, and I find that exciting.
Finally, I just want to encourage my readers to please comment on what you are thankful for. I read every single comment on my blog, and though I don’t always reply, I am always thankful for you taking the time to read my ramblings.
Happy Thanksgiving.