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UofL won the Louisville Regional. Xavier played a hell of a game, and the score went back and forth all evening. UK wound up winning both of their games, just running away from NC State in the evening game. I was wrong earlier; there's one more game for the Lexington regional, and it's a UK-NC State rematch tonight. Currently in a weather delay; Lexington looks to be getting some heavy rain at the moment.

I think things with Shadow, casual as they have been, are coming to an end. A lot of complications, and while it's been fun, and I do have the time and energy (now) to keep things going, I just don't know if I still have the interest. Whatever happens, the sun will come up tomorrow.

I'm about halfway through Thrawn. It's a decent enough read, and very much a love letter to the blue-skinned Grand Admiral. Zahn's doing what he's good at - weaving multiple plots together and providing interesting characters doing interesting things. So far, there's nothing involving the nascent Rebellion.
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I'm at the desk on Oaks Day again, and it's a pretty quiet place to be. Rain, rain, so much rain this morning. My buddy Dewann came in a few minutes ago, and Glenn just walked in, and I think we've got this building to ourselves. I have a couple of books and my iPad and I'm not afraid to use them.

I haven't talked much about books lately, since my reading has been almost exclusively textbooks and other assigned pieces. I've tried to get in a few pages, 15-20 or so, every night before bed, but that's seen spotty success. Anyway, I'm a few stories into The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016.  By their nature, anthologies are hit-and-miss re: liking and disliking content, and this one is 2-1 so far. Gaiman's American Gods story is, of course, very good, and the opening story, about a patchwork woman and her component parts and creator, is a good read. Not much to say about the second one, though.
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Oaks Day was, indeed, reading day. I finished a Goodreads giveaway, Eirelan, and reread parts of Edge of the Empire. We closed up SPHIS around 2PM and I headed back to Cannons Lane and knocked out a batch of WoW quests.

Derby Day! Which was also Free Comic Book Day. A number of local shops had sales, and I picked up a couple of FFG Star Wars supplements. Shadow came over for a bit, and after she left, I rounded up some of the cohort and we went out for drinks. Threats of rain and storms kept me from staying out too late.

Slur Your Role was good. The DL Noir game had a full table, and we mostly gelled as a player group, with a good GM. While I definitely had a good time, I also determined that I'm not likely to get any further use out of the DL Noir books, so they're going to the HPB pile.

The next book was Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. It is damned good. Post-apoc (flu pandemic), with jumps forward and backward in time to build its narrative. Beautiful writing, just great craft in this one.

Symmetry

Jun. 14th, 2014 09:37 pm
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Screw buying a Kindle. The iPad app works really well, and it's not too bright to read in bed, so I'll spend the $120, when I have it to spare again, on e-books.

I intended to start sorting things into the sell-versus-keep categories Thursday evening or Friday, but it didn't happen. Thursday, I slept a heck of a lot, and Friday morning was slept through as well. Wound up going to Louisville on Friday afternoon to see a Moth storytelling competition with Diane. I didn't know how much I needed time with a friend until we got out and ran around for a while. Good conversation and just time with one of the best people in my life. Got a quick and surprising flurry of texts while we were driving around after the competition and some late-night coffee. Got home around 2:30AM, listening to a radio station out of Chicago most of the way.

Home. There's a heck of a word. For about half of the week, home is a cheap hotel room in Shepherdsville. For the rest, it's the house I grew up in. On the whole, it's good to be back here. The night sky is heartbreakingly beautiful, I'm with my far-too-good-for-me parents quite a bit, and even with the clutter, it's comfortable like you wouldn't believe. I'll be glad to have a place in Louisville, and hope that happens soon, but there are far worse situations to be in.

If I hadn't been so dumb, I'd probably be at Iroquois Park tonight, rockin' out to the Arctic Monkeys.

Too Much

May. 25th, 2014 11:58 pm
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This should be my last-to-night in Lexington. If things go as planned, tomorrow I'll get the last of my material possessions boxed and packed and take them to the farm or to a storage facility somewhere.

I had a lot of help with loading up a 17' U-Haul truck today, and was reminded again that I have awesome friends. And my parents are wonderful beyond words for letting me store pretty much everything at the farm for the next few weeks.

Now, for the bad.

I own entirely too much goddamn stuff. Especially books and role-playing games. Goddamn, the boxes of books. Ridiculous. Hundreds of the things. Hundreds of pounds of them. This is a problem. People, that truck was 2/3 full and while much of that volume was furniture and appliances, so many boxes of books. As a straight-up technofetishist, I really should be deeper into electronic books and shit.

(Warning: Poster got back to his somewhat emptier apartment, took a shower, and poured himself a strong drink. As the observant reader may have noticed, I am under the influence of liquor. Have one yourself, and carry on.)

So, I am planning to purge the everloving hell out of some bookshelves. I'm going to start with the non-gaming side, as I think those will be easier to let go. Some books will stick around, of course - anything signed, items with VERY strong emotional ties - but other stuff is going to HPB or a recycling center. Look, yes, books are awesome and they have a tactile presence that nothing else in the world has. And for that, I'll soon have the Louisville Free Public Library, taking the place of the Lexington Public Library for me. I'm going to catalog all the books I have boxed up, and I'm going to make a big damn (I swear a lot when I'm wound up and have had a drink) shopping list and I'm going to finally buy myself a Kindle. Probably a non-3G Paperwhite model. Yes, I know there's a Kindle app for my iPad. I'm planning on some compartmentalization. I'd like to be able to get rid of (or repurpose!) the larger of my bookcases, and just have the smaller cases with physical books.

Now. The other books. The RPGs, some of which I swear to Gibson I've had since 1986 (Star Frontiers, which was okay when the Satanic Panic made my brother and me sell off our BECMI D&D stuff). Those, I'm going to have a much harder time parting with, but I have a plan. Except for a very few titles, GoodReader + iPad is cooler than the other side of the pillow. I'm going to take another, much harder look at my RPG inventory and be somewhat draconian with this set of cuts. For example, why the heck do I still have Freeport items, or Monte Cook's World of Darkness or, heck, Traveller: TNE for that matter? Damn, man, I'm going to be busting my huge ass on proving myself to SPHIS, I ain't got time for a creaking paper library.

It's midnight. I gotta go to sleep and let my subconscious think on this. More news as I make it.
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The good part of Saturday was getting in a game of Trail of Cthulhu, the first time I've played it under the Purist setting. It was suitably bleak and anticlimactic. The Investigators found things, and those things were horrible, and the Investigators did not survive intact.

Scoring a copy of Fortress America at half-price was pretty nice, too.

The bad part? Knowing that it was the last time I'd be in that place, at least while it's still a store. AW was a great shop, and the communities it helped create will continue. That's something.

Speaking of great shops, I stopped in at Yottaquest in Cincinnati yesterday. Best darn game store I've ever seen. Stock and selection like you wouldn't believe. Clean, well-lit, huge playing area, and friendly knowledgeable staff. Man alive, this place...

I started reading The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy this weekend. I like Ellroy, a lot, but damned if he isn't disturbing as anything. Man's a mess, but he sure can write.
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Sometimes the universe just smiles on you. Bought a couple of books at Joseph-Beth today; it's customer appreciation day, and I had a coupon for 25% off one title. The purchase pushed me past a threshold on my customer rewards account, and I got another coupon for $10 off a future purchase.

I will not lie. I gave thought to taking the new purchases out to the car and going right back in for more books.
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Fire Academy continues to be a great experience. This week, we got a look at airpack systems. Obviously, they provide breathable air to firefighters in smoky or otherwise toxic environments. What they also do is alert nearby firefighters to an immobilized firefighter, share air between firefighters, and flat-out keep the wearer alive.

After the airpack overview, we got assigned our own gear - helmet, hood, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves. Heavy stuff - outfit plus airpack comes to about 50, 55 pounds. Whew. Working in this gear... my respect for these men and women is growing by leaps and bounds.

Tonight was the first in what I'm hoping becomes a regular bi-weekly Star Trek Heroclix game night. I went 0-2, losing both a 200- and 400-point battle. I'm figuring out strategies and ship mixes, and picking up new ships now and then. Had lucky picks tonight - got a HMS Bounty and a second USS Prometheus, the latter of which I was able to trade for a USS Excelsior.  Aw, yeah.

Furloughed tomorrow, which is conveniently Customer Appreciation Day at Lexington's fantastic big-ass independent bookstore, so new books are in the very near future. Spycraft game on Saturday, maybe another minis game on Sunday.

I'm reading Distrust That Particular Flavor, a collection of essays and articles by William Gibson. Good stuff, in bite-sized chunks. Gibson's take on technology, culture, language, writing, whatever - it's good reading, thought-provoking and clever. Even his non-fiction shows his gift for putting words together. Check it out.
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Hey, folks - recommend me some good horror-fantasy.
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Still reading The Submarine, and it led to an interesting conversation with one of my co-workers - turns out he was a P-3 crewman back in the '80s. Pretty neat.

My copies of Dark Heresy and World of Darkness: Urban Legends came in. I haven't had a chance to give them much more of a cursory looking-over, but I think these are going to be really good reads. Urban Legends, especially, looks like it could be a good catalyst for moving a WoD game from a blue-books-only mortals game into Mage or Hunter.

Watched Mirrormask a couple of nights ago, and really enjoyed it. Stephanie Leonidas is five kinds of adorable, and the movie's otherworld was beautiful. Now watching the 2005 version of War of the Worlds, and while I'm digging on it for the most part, Dakota Fanning is still just creepy as all get-out. More so than Tom Cruise in this one, even. Worth watching for the "The world is ending right effing now!" sequences.

Played a couple games of Battlefield Evolution: Modern Combat yesterday, and came away plenty impressed. It plays very fast, and the prepainted models look good. Mongoose put a good set of rules together there ... pity the models are out of production for now, though.

The Arizona Cardinals looked incredible during their game against the Panthers yesterday; Tennessee lost to the Ravens, though. Hoping for Charger and Giant wins this afternoon.
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It's been a pretty good, if extremely introverted, weekend.  Started reading Red Harvest.  Worked out some of the history for my Star Wars character.  Watched rather a lot of Star Wars on Spike.  Flew a couple of Ace Combat missions.  Started looking into replacing this ThinkPad with a netbook of some stripe.  Received my work order for a Spycraft project, and have identified some useful resources for it.

Know what I didn't do, though?  Shopping, except for groceries.

Day Zero

Nov. 20th, 2008 08:48 pm
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The Twilight: 2013 game wrapped up early.  Not sure what's coming next, who the GM's going to be, anything.  I'd be happy enough not picking up the Viking hat right away, since I'm already running Spycraft for the UKMSU.  Have to see how discussions and recruitment go in the coming weeks, I guess.  I'm of a mind to try a World of Darkness game of some stripe, if it falls to me.

Thing is, I also want something huge.  I blame JSA and what bits of Final Crisis I've been following.  I want to just take out the brakes and let things go like mad.  Let it be a spectacular success or an equally huge trainwreck, just let it be something epic.

Nasty stomach troubles last night.  Subsided after some medicine.  No recurrence today.

We're getting a nice snowstorm here tonight.  Some accumulation on everything but paved surfaces, which I'm quite thankful for.  It's really quite lovely out there.

Things at work took an unexpected turn this week.  Supervisor B stepped down, and my current team became reintegrated with my old team, under the supervision of Supervisor L.  The micromanagement is gone, and there is a clearer division of daily duties.  I'm feeling good about this, and ex-Supervisor B seems to be in much, much better spirits.

Thanksgiving's a week from today.  Christmas shopping to begin soon.

Civilization: Revolution (DS) is rather a lot of fun.  Kushiel's Justice was a good read.  And The Lies of Locke Lamora is off to a good start.

Genie

Jul. 16th, 2007 10:14 pm
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Today's reading:  Dragonfly, by Bryan Burrough.  It's an account of the Shuttle-Mir program.  A very good read, and pulls no punches on either side.  It hammers on the Russian obsession with secrecy and apparent indifference towards safety, and the dreadful political maneuvering that NASA has to go through (and seems to thrive on internally).  Somewhere along the line, reading this led me to read about Chernobyl, too.

Today's writing:  A Starship Troopers article for Pyramid.  Couldn't really get spooled up for either M&M or Spycraft.

Today's movie:  Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.  It's not really bad, but it is astoundingly not good.  The Fantasticar should not have a Dodge gunsight grill or be powered by a Hemi (and just so you know, Dodge, people that know cars nowadays know that that vaunted term doesn't mean nearly as much now as it did 35 years ago).  Some redemption in the way Dr. Doom was handled.  And I may be one of seven people on the planet who liked Galactus as a big honkin' cloud.  That's one of the few things that I think the Ultimates line does better than Marvel-616.  I'm just not taken with a giant man wearing a pointy pope-hat as a world-devouring cosmic entity.

An upcoming JSA story arc is going to see the Kingdom Come Superman joining the Society.  No good at all can come of this, especially since we've by now seen the "And Evil Will Inherit the Earth" poster with KCSuperman.  I am greatly digging on this title.
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Yesterday?  Good day.  New books, new CDs, and a good Trinity session.  Should have gone in with [personal profile] tegyrius on a pizza at Puccini's Smiling Teeth, though, as there was a bit too much mushroom in my lasagna for my liking.
Lucinda Williams' new West is a good album, just a notch beneath World Without Tears.  I'd put it on an equal footing with WWT, but "Come On" is just a dreadful track.

Talked with Erin last night.  Some ground got covered, and we're really communicating again, so that's a plus.  We're working on a couple of character ideas for The Effect, one that she came up with after getting stuck in the woods after sunset, the other a sidekick/partner based on a character idea from various cyberpunk-style games from way back when.

Holy cow.  "Wishing Well" just started playing on the MusicChoice '80s channel.  I'm suddenly 16 years old again.  It will pass, but there are some happy thoughts there.

No word on the cousin's funeral.  According to an updated article yesterday, he was found in a vehicle owned by his employer, and a search warrant was executed on the company's offices as part of the investigation.

My old desktop machine continues to slowly kill itself.  Discovered last night that OfficeXP has become corrupted.  However, the Sun StarOffice  5.1 (current version is 8.0, to show this thing's age) package that was original installation is still working just fine, and to satisfy my own curiosity, I downloaded and installed OpenOffice 2.2.  Tiger Direct has some decent desktops (refurbished, but that means still running WinXP instead of Vista) that are comfortably within my budget, and I'm starting to sort through those and determine which one is the best option for me.

It's Magic

Mar. 17th, 2007 08:04 am
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I finished reading Greg Bear's Eon this week.  It's a solid read - a humongous asteroid arrives in Earth orbit, researchers and soldiers from various nations go up to explore, and find a series of chambers inside the asteroid that literally goes on for ever.  The rock is from an alternate universe, with a fairly large population of "reincarnated" humans and a few aliens here and there.

What really got me thinking, though, was the timing and dates of the novel.  It's set, initially, in 2005, and was published in 1985.  So, I'm reading a book written about an event 20 years in the writer's future that takes place 2 years in the reader's past.  There are Soviet explorers on the asteroid (called "The Stone" by most), complete with a good party man political officer, and that made me think about something William Gibson wrote in the 10th anniversary edition of Neuromancer (an edition itself now 13 years old) - none of the cyberpunk writers imagined a world without the Soviet Union, but they had no problem at all with the United States broken apart.  I've always wondered about that;  I guess there was more faith in a totalitarian state than a democratic one.

I followed it up with A Brief History of Time.  Big-time science, some of the history of it, and all written in a very friendly manner.  Stephen Hawking goes from the first instant of the Big Bang through the universe's expansion and evolution and to the eventual Big Crunch and the reset of it all.

Last night, I finally got to see Y tu Mama Tambien on IFC, and I'm kicking myself for never seeing this before.  It's funny, infuriating, very sexy, and just a little bit sad.  If you haven't seen it, rent it soonest.

Let's Go

Feb. 6th, 2007 09:43 am
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More cold today, and 3-5" of snow predicted in the next 15 hours.  Nothing coming down right now, but the Weather Channel's map shows a big honking mess of snow over Indiana and Illinois, heading our way.  So much for my fleeting plans to try getting in with the Mustang today.  Locals - I'm going to be at the office until at least 8, maybe closer to 9, but if the Explorer and I can help out, do not hesitate to call.

Erin got back safely last night, as a call at 1:15 a.m. let me know.  I'm glad she's back, but, wow, that was some good sleep.  Probably won't get to see her until Sunday, though.  I miss her something fierce.

Will probably finish up World War Z during tonight's bedtime reading.  Man, this is some really good stuff.  Brooks is a fine writer, and I recommend this book to everybody.

The Dark Tower comic series releases today or tomorrow.  Half of my comic purchases for the week, I guess, with Hypervelocity filling out the deliberately truncated list.

Rev It Up

Jan. 25th, 2007 07:32 am
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Another hit of winter weather last night, but the predicted (and likely feared) snow didn't come.  The ground is clear right now, and no ice on roads.  Still going to be plenty careful on the drive to work this morning.  You can loudly shout "rain" or "snow" and a significant fraction of this fair city's drivers lose higher brain function.

Got a $50 Amazon gift certificate from the employer this week.  Books are on the way already.

Mutants & Masterminds tonight!
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Two nights in a row of good solid sleep.  No coughing fits, no middle-of-the-night wakeups.  Crazy-ass dreams, but they're entertaining instead of disturbing.

World War Z is a darn fine read, even at less than 60 pages into it.  Max Brooks writes this thing completely straight, like he did with The Zombie Survival Guide, and it works amazingly well.  He puts a different voice in every character (and as this is "an oral history of the zombie war," that's absolutely necessary).

Snow this morning!  Just a dusting, really, enough to cover the ground.  Enough to convince Fayette County to give the kids a day off from school, I guess.  Accidents all over the county this morning.
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A quiet and fairly dull week so far.

Picked the animated Iron Man DVD this morning.  Watched most of the supplemental material before heading to work - the Dr. Strange trailer looks pretty nifty.  Planning to go home and watch the movie itself tonight.  And work on Mutants & Masterminds.

Planning to go to Louisville for the Great Train Expo this weekend.  I'm going to make myself not spend money there.  Will probably spend it at Colin's store, instead.

Finished reading Conspiracy X Second Edition last night.  Interesting stuff, and worth investigating further.  Started in on World War Z this morning.

The Stand

Oct. 3rd, 2006 08:41 am
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Started reading His Majesty's Dragon last night.  Pretty neat, so far.

Battlestar Galactica gets back underway on Friday.

Watched the season finales of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, finally.  Happy with Atlantis, much less so with SG-1.

Hey, let's see if I get any mail today.

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