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I didn't drive up to Origins. I was up way too late last night, and slept in this morning. Backup plans for this evening fell through, too.

Instead, it looks like movie night. Watching In Cold Blood, and writing a little bit about narcotics trafficking.

Like a lot of other people, I've been watching some of the World Cup. The US made a good showing, but was knocked out today by Ghana. France's team self-destructed like a comic-book villain's doomsday device. I guess now I'm backing England.

My Dodgers have started going off the rails, too. After leading the NL West for a while, they've dropped into a tie for third in the division. The Reds are doing pretty well, currently tied for first in the NL Central. And I still really need to get to a Legends game, and soon.

Not a whole lot else going on. Still digging on the Pendragon game. Reading Driving Like Crazy, by P. J. O'Rourke. Learning bits and pieces about Pages as a layout application. Liking Bendis' Avengers and Brubaker's Secret Avengers a lot.
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This weekend, a huge storm system tore heck outta much of the Southeast. Lexington didn't fare badly, just a few street closures here and there. The apartment below mine was flooded.

The little town I grew up in, Liberty, got hit, and badly. Most of the city's commercial strip was under water - banks, a grocery, several other stores and businesses. The empty underground storage tanks from a closed gas station were lifted out of the ground by the flooding. It was a mess.

Green Ronin announced a DC RPG license today, based on their excellent Mutants & Masterminds system. Fantastic news.
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I finally got out of town on Saturday. Went to Louisville to hang out with D, and it was, on the whole, a very good day. We indulged our craft nerd sides - she has a nifty new mug and I got some new cheeses from a local dairy. Shopping on Bardstown Road, including throwing some money at Ear X-Tacy, 'cause if there's any music store that deserves to stay open, that one's it. Picked up a few back issues at The Great Escape. Dinner at Lynn's Paradise Cafe. Went to a movie, and that's when the trouble started. I'll save you the squishy details, but my stomach went into open rebellion. I made it back to Lexington easily enough, but had a hallucination-grade fever by the time I hit Frankfort.

Sunday was spent dealing with the sick. Dehydrated, continued fever, headache, weakness. I'm hoping it was my peculiar food allergy (strawberries) kicking in rather than a virus of some kind. I took today off to rest up, and the symptoms seem to be gone now.

Oh, the movie? The Wolfman. Not bad - perfectly serviceable little popcorn flick.

Watched the Oscars last night for the first time in a few years. Ben Stiller's skit was embarrassingly bad (and really, who's surprised here?), and the dance program went on waaaaay too long. Happy enough with the results of the night, I guess.

Probably going to drop Daredevil from my comics list. Brubaker spoiled me, and the new guy's not bad, but the tight focus on Hell's Kitchen really worked for me, and that's now gone. I'm going to pick up the second monthly Iron Man title, of course, and probably the new Avengers title, too. DC's launching yet another LSH book, so that'll get added. That'll put me at 5 DC and 3 Marvel titles a month, at least for a while. Unexpected.

Started my Community Emergency Response Team course last week, and I really like it. I like being back in a classroom, learning something new. Stagnation sucks rocks, kids.

Hopefully getting back to the Hollow Earth Expedition game Wednesday night. And I'm running a Traveller one-off in a couple of weeks. Gotta get cracking on that one.
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NFL playoffs started this weekend.  The Ravens played a good game against Miami, and the Arizona-Atlanta game was a lot better than I expected it to be.  The Chargers really should send a thank-you card to the officials who handed them their win over Indianapolis, and loathe as I am to say it, the Eagles looked great against the Vikings this evening.

Spent Saturday with Mom&Dad and The Niece.  She and I spent a good couple of hours giggling like loons over things going terribly wrong on Destroyed in Seconds.

As I'm writing this, Israel has launched an invasion of the Gaza Strip following a few days of airstrikes.  According to every news source I've checked, the IDF has managed to complete cut off Gaza City from the rest of the territory.

The Gog storyline in JSA finally wrapped up.  I liked it, but damned if this thing didn't take about forever.  The last few pages made me giddy - a few panels from the life of Earth-22's Superman, ending with a lovely page of him watching the Legion of Super-Heroes flying overhead.  The new War Machine series got off to, for me, a wobbly start - a bit too much of the old ultraviolence for my liking, but I'm going to give this a few more issues; heck, I stuck with Sean McKeever on Teen Titans for several issues. Didn't find a copy of LSH, though.  Have two more shops to check tomorrow after work.

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Last name of the actor playing Gambit in the upcoming Wolverine origin movie?  Kitsch.  Couldn't be more appropriate.
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Based on the character and story ideas we batted around on Tuesday night, I think this upcoming Star Wars game is going to be a good time.  I abandoned the Jedi aspect of my character idea - probably for the best, as two of the other three PCs are Force-users.  The Clone Wars is going to feed my lightsaber-swinging need for a while, I guess.

Wednesday night's Spycraft game almost didn't come together, but I'm quite glad that it did.  We ended the session with the two soldiers inside an office building under siege by 15 Russian mobsters, while the three other agents watched more-or-less helplessly.  The entire team is about to learn the cleansing power of high explosives, I think.

Justice Society of America is getting close to the end of the Gog/KC-Superman story arc, and it's been a pretty good run, I think.  There have been some off-putting moments, but they're few.  And I've got some bad feelings about where this is all going to go, particularly based on the "And evil shall inherit the Earth" poster from a while back.

I picked up Secret Invasion #8, having gotten a decent feel for the rest of the series and unwilling to wait for the trades to see the whole thing.  There were a few surprises, and I do see where the griping has come from.  I'm along for the Dark Reign ride, at least in the Invincible Iron Man and War Machine titles - and if Fraction's work so far is any indication, "World's Most Wanted" will be very enjoyable.

Planning to spend a good chunk of tomorrow in libraries.  I need to study up on submarines.  Maybe meeting with Mom&Dad for dinner.

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.
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Well.  That was unexpected.  All of a sudden, I'm running two more-or-less regular Spycraft games.  I've got the Joint Enforcement Initiative going with Aaron M's Meetups, and now another game for the UKMSU.  Hoo-boy.

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is a lot of fun.  Hulk is indeed the strongest there is.

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The new iPhone launches today.  I would not want to be at an Apple or AT&T store, and I got a text from AT&T yesterday morning warning of possible service outages today.  I think they're terrific devices, but not yet terrific enough that I want one.

Comics this week:
The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #5 (of 5):  Disappointing ending to the story.  It's another case of me not knowing what I expected, but this certainly wasn't it, I think.  Another series is planned for September, and I expect I'll get sucked into that one, too.
Invincible Iron Man #3:  Matt Fraction, for whatever other sins he might have committed, knows how to write IM.
Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #4 (of 4):  The post-Armor Wars red-and-gold suit merged with Excalibur's scabbard!  Doctor Doom!  A giant demon-thing made entirely of eyeballs and optic nerves!  This was great fun.
Justice Society of America #17:  More with Gog.  The JLA shows up.  Mister Terrific faces his disbelief.  I love this series so much.

34 days until GenCon.
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My feet are all better.  By Friday afternoon, there was no discomfort at all, and I have learned an important lesson about maintaining a level of activity.  My next vacation from 100 Midland Avenue will involve lots more walking, that's for sure.

The Lexington Horsemen beat the Bloomington Xtreme Saturday night, advancing to the UIFL championship game.  They'll play the Sioux Falls Storm, who are heavy favorites.  The game was very good, and much closer than the final score (67-49) indicates;  Horseman Rayshawn Askew broke Jerry Rice's pro football record for touchdown receptions.

Jon Favreau had a clip from the Iron Man movie at the San Diego ComicCon this past weekend.  I got to see it before it was taken down;  it looks incredible.  Again, Robert Downey, Jr., would never have entered my mind as Tony Stark, but now I can't see anybody else.  In the clip, the armors look incredible - there are three distinct suits, starting with the cobbled-together Gray Armor, a quick shot of a red-and-gold, and then a flight sequence with another red-and-gold suit playing follow-the-leader with a pair of F-22s.  Quick shot of Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, and Avi Arad confirmed rumors that Samuel L. Jackson and Hilary Swank will have cameos as Nick Fury and Natasha Romanov, respectively.  Also, Audi has gotten in on the promotions for the movie - Stark's ride is a R8.

Have handed off the Viking Hat for a while again.  I'm going to spend a few weeks working up something of a setting guide for The Effect.  It has suffered from a lack of direction and definition.  Aaron M's going to take over running in the interim, and I am certain that the game is in good hands, quite possibly even better than mine.

Only ten years after it was released, I finally bought (and read, even, to my shame) Kingdom Come, mostly to prep for the upcoming "Thy Kingdom Come" arc in JSA, wherein the KC Superman appears for a while.

17 days until GenCon.


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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Comics this week:

Justice Society of America #7:  I really like this series.  I love the team.  There's an ongoing connection with the LSH that keeps me happy.
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #6 (released 7/5):  One more issue, and then I'll have shelled out $28 to re-read a story that tore me to ribbons years ago.  It's been worth the time and money much more for the supplemental material in the issues than the story itself.

I'm thinking about adding Exiles to my monthly list, mostly because of my Longshot fandom.  Maybe Flash, too.
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Today is the first day of summer.  Already.  Wow.

Atlantis is scheduled to land a little before 2 this afternoon, but bad weather at KSC may cause delays.

Comics this week:
Iron Man #19:  A World War Hulk tie-in.  Hulkship appears, Hulk threatens to smash, Tony proselytizes and rationalizes, shows up in humongous battlesuit, fights with Hulk.
IM: Hypervelocity #6 (of 6):  Gleeful squeals throughout.  Prominent use of Iggy Pop and the Stooges in soundtrack.  Lots of butt-whuppery and discussion of transhumanism and the Singularity (Vernor Vinge) and the like.
Justice League of America #10:  The finale of the Lightning Saga (running through J Society of A, too).  So, let me get this straight.  The Legionnaires came back to get Wally West and his family out of the Speed Force, and they left Karate Kid in the early 21st Century instead of bringing him home.

M&M tonight.  Team still needs a name.  Group still could use one or two more players.


Jun. 8th, 2007 07:58 am
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I had the dumb.  Put the wrong apartment number on an invoice, resulting in my check from Bethel Harvest being delayed.  Oh, well.  Not the end of the world.  My contact there invited me to attend services on the Sunday that the summer courses kick off.  I probably will, in spite of myself.  I don't agree with some of the church's core values, but I don't expect this will turn all Wicker Man or something, and it'll keep me in good standing with a client.  So, yeah, what's a couple of hours on a late July Sunday?

Comics this week:  The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born is okay enough.  It looks great, but I've read the story before.  Continues to be worth the price of admission just for the supplemental material in the back - an interview with Stephen King and the backstory of a couple of antagonists.  Iron Man is wandering around right now.  Wasn't especially impressed with this issue.  I've been promised the Mandarin for a while now, and there's been no payoff.

Oh, well.  The movie releases in 11 months.

Shuttle launch tonight, 7:38.  *sets alarm on TX*

Dead Souls

May. 3rd, 2007 08:10 am
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This week's comics:

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #4:  Very pretty.  Nice mythology essay.  I know it's going to kill me eventually, but this is wonderful stuff.
Iron Man #17:  Angst.  Powersuits.  Tentacle monster.  Look, Knauf Brothers, this is Iron Man, not anime.
Omega Flight #2:  Losing interest in this at a speed normally seen only during basketball season.
Teen Titans #46:  Oh, screw you, Slade.  "I've given them a family."

Tuesday's memorable dream:  I was directing recovery efforts in a familiar city that had suffered some kind of cataclysm.  Low-yield nuke, massive conventional blast, something.  Very vivid, if geographically vague.

Last night:  There were zombies.  Not in the same place, however.
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Picked up this week's comics last night. 

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
is terrific stuff, even if it's stuff I read ten years ago.  I'm getting to see Roland and Susan meet and fall in love again, and I know that the story is going to tear my heart out and stomp that sucker flat (with thanks to Lewis Grizzard), but it's terrific stuff.  The additional material included in each issue is worth the price of the comic - this month, it's the history of the Deschain guns, going back to Arthur Eld and his acquisition from somewhere of the Peacemakers through the melting down of Excalibur and the forging of its metal into new revolvers.

Omega Flight #1 (of 5).  I think I started getting interested in the Flights back in high school, when I read an article in Time about Northstar coming out.  I picked up a few issues here and there, but mostly followed the comic from afar.  This new series is a post-Civil War story, dealing with the formation of a new Canadian team to defend against the influx of supers coming over from the US.  I like it so far.

Iron Man: Hypervelocity #4 (of 6).  I love this in probably unhealthy ways.  A mostly-sentient suit of Iron Man armor running a copy of Tony's personality, fighting against an intelligent virus, on the run from SHIELD and getting caught up in a too-cyberpunk-for-school subculture of AIs, bots, and various and sundry mecha.

Tonight's the Horsemen home opener.  I have been waiting a good long while for this.  Before the game, though, some productivity is in order.  A little laundry, a lot of words.
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I know it was actually Brubaker who wrote it, but when I'm on trial for beating Mark Millar to death with a pool cue, I will say, in my defense, that he was the person ultimately responsible for killing Captain America, and there will be somebody on the jury for whom that will be a viable defense, and I'll walk.

Yes, I know.  Cap will come back.  But this shit has Gone Too Far.

Alright, with that out of the way ...

Dark Tower:  The Gunslinger Born #2 has given me the happy.  This 7-issue series is Roland's childhood history as related the first time in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass.  Susan Delgado arrived in this issue.  For those who've read W&G, you know the heartbreak ahead.  It is going to be a wonderful read.

Civil War: The Initiative has some poo in it, being a Civil War piece, but there's some nifty stuff, too.  Previews of Omega Flight, which I'll probably snap up (5-issue series).  Last panel in the book showcases a somewhat funky-looking version of the old silver-and-black War Machine armor, so I'll probably take a look at Avengers: The Initiative.

Iron Man: Hypervelocity is rocking my socks.  The mostly-sentient armor's internal monologues are really working for me.  This limited series is really pushing my old cyberpunk buttons, and it's the kind of story that I would have really gone bugnuts for way back when.

And I've got a shiny new idea for the All Flesh Must be Eaten game.  This just might come together.
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One thing about an employee meeting that eats up 65 minutes of my life, on the busiest day of the workweek - it gives me time to think about a writing project.  An ongoing project.

Godawful cold continues.  16 right now, dropping to 5 overnight.  I know in 6 months, I'll be bitching about the heat, but, man, I have had it with this weather for a while.

Ford's doing something that I think is pretty darn smart.  Starting with the 2008 model year, the Taurus and Sable names are coming back, taking over the 500 and Montego, respectively, and the Freestyle is becoming the Taurus X.  The cars are getting a badly-needed power boost to make them comparable to the competition, and Ford's CEO is making a statement about not resting on a great first-year product (as the company has been notorious for), but instead making incremental improvements in every model year.  Now, assuming the company is able to right its course and survive and thrive, I have a little tiny wishlist.  Since the current Fusion mid-size is built on a Mazda 6-inspired platform, how about putting the Mazda Speed6's go-fast and road-holdy parts (the turbocharged 2.3L I-4 and AWD setup) into a Fusion and calling it a Fusion SHO or SVT?  And since I'm asking nicely, take note that Dodge is about to take away the police cruiser market from the ol' Crown Victoria, so fight 'em hard, and go GM one better, and bring us that mean-sumbitchin' Falcon from Ford Australia.  In all the incarnations except the Ute, please.  Base V6, blown V6, and big ol' V8.

Comics today - Iron Man: Hypervelocity #2 and The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1.  Hypervelocity intrigues me.  An extremely hardware-heavy Iron Man story, set before this whole Civil War trainwreck ... and I think maybe it's going to be used to explain Stark's ... craziness during CW.  The Gunslinger comic is a good-looking retelling of one part of the first DT book - Roland's test against Cord and the events immediately surrounding it.  Man.  I'd lost sight of how amazing this was.  Still is, too.

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.

Down Under

Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:19 am
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My knee is mostly healed up.  I only have problems with it if I stand still for several minutes, and a quick short walk takes care of that.  Extra-uber-mega-strength Advil has been my friend.  Less painful living through chemistry.

More snow today.  About an inch on the ground now, and it's coming down steadily.  Could get another inch or so before this is all over.  It's very pretty.  Erin can't enjoy it, but I don't think she's especially upset about it, as she's heading off on her Bahamas cruise in just a few hours.

Sunday is the Super Bowl.  Highly unscientific surveying shows the Colts to be local favorites - they're certainly my pick.

Snapped up Daredevil #93 and Teen Titans #43 last night.  I'm liking Daredevil a lot.  I'm probably going to track down the back issues comprising the "Devil Takes A Ride" arc;  this is some good stuff here.


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