So, most of you are pretty aware that this was a long weekend for those of us with FREEDOM and PRIDE and MANY EXPLOSIVES. It was also a weekend that rounded up an awful lot of my life lately, so I figured I'd do an update post about it.
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Sorry about the sudden burst of very wordy posts. I'm closing down my WordPress blog, and wanted to move a few posts over here for safe-keeping.
For anyone interested, my thoughts on RPGs and gaming are now stored at Division Nihil.
Personal, philosophical, and other random thoughts will be moving back here. Consider yourself warned.
I just finished reading A. J. Jacobs' excellent book The Year of Living Biblically. It is a memoir of his experiences trying to live as closely to the laws and rules of the Bible as possible. (This is the same author who wrote The Know-it-all, in which he read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica from A to Z, also a fabulous book.) I highly recommend the book to, well, pretty much everyone. It is funny, and thoughtful. It is fair and open-minded without waffling all over the place and agreeing with anyone and everyone. It also has some intriguing insights, both from the author himself and from the experts he consults.
Naturally, this has me thinking about my second-favorite topic, religion. ( Read more...Collapse )
IMO, any post title that has me singing Sting lyrics is a good one.
In working on my new PA setting, I came to a startling conclusion. Our information-based infrastructure is like a gigantic balloon. Press it at any point, and it will give. Remove the pressure, and it will rebound. But pop it, and it cannot be repaired. It can only be rebuilt from scratch.
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So, I happened across a wonderful article last week, thanks to the erudite Eddy Webb. Which linked me to another article, which was equally wonderful. Go on, go read them. It's important to support my inspirations. Also, there's really good stuff in there.
Now, I imagine that, given my social circle, most of you reading this are introverted yourself. But, these articles have led me to believe that extroverted people "don't get" introverted people. So, let me hit you up with some facts (at least, from my point of view) that are hopefully expressed in a way you can get.
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This weekend was one of the best I have had in quite a while. Just all around goodness.
We'll start on Thursday, in which I managed to thread the needle of skyscape's "Don't get me anything for my birthday," almost without a hitch. As a tip to new husbands out there, you need to get her just enough to let her know you thought of her, but not so much that she feels guilty for what you spent (whether that is time or money). As a corollary to that tip, the perfect balance point not only differs from woman to woman, but from time to time for the same woman. Consider yourself educated.
Friday was a nummy dinner out at Outback, which we haven't done in a while. Not much else to say there, really.
Saturday morning, my dad came up to help us repair some damage to the siding from the recent windstorms. He drove an hour and a half for a fifteen minute fix. (I needed his extension ladder to get to the repair.) So, to make his trip "worthwhile," we also decided to repair the gate to our fence. His help cut the time of the job in half, and I think made the final product better. Super productive weekend, by noon on Saturday!
Saturday night, we went to see a live theater production of Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog. It was pretty darn awesome. If you happen to live in the DC area, or are willing to travel to it, I highly recommend it. It is playing through the end of March, and you can get details and tickets here. The actors were surprisingly great fits for the parts, the production was really well done, and the space was a lot of fun. If I were to pick nits, the staging fell a little short in the action scenes (Penny getting run down by the van, and the gun blowing up in Hammer's hands). I'm not sure how you would make it do any better, but there you are. Also, the actress playing Penny nailed the spoken bits, but her voice just did not carry during the songs.
Sunday morning, as a belated birthday dinner, we went to Texas de Brazil churrascaria. This is what certain people refer to as a "meat faucet" restaurant. You have a little card on your table. When you turn it up to green, waiters bring you endless cuts of amazing meat. When you turn it to red, they (mostly) pass by your table. It is freaking fantastic. If you are not a vegetarian, I highly recommend checking out a churrascaria near you.
Sunday night, we went to see The Adjustment Bureau. All in all, it was a good film. Not great, but good. Well written, well directed, and well acted. It left me a bit thinky, but didn't break much new ground. Compared to other Philip K Dick movies, it was much better made than Minority Report (since the effects were entirely secondary here), but not nearly as good as Blade Runner. (We don't think of Next as a Dick movie, and we didn't go see Paycheck.) Incidentally, any reviewer who compares this to Matrix is just being lazy. There is really nothing in common between the two movies at all, unless you count "hidden reality" as a plot device.
So, November has ended, and with it my grand blogging experiment. I certainly did better this year than last. I had to post a few late entries this morning, as I've been sick the last couple of days. I didn't quite make 30 posts in 30 days, mostly because I couldn't keep up on the weekends. I was doing most of my writing on my iPad during my commute, and obviously didn't have that time set aside on non-work days.
Will I keep up this pace? Definitely not. I'm really running dry on topics. I'm missing being able to read and watch my shows on my commute. I also feel like the deliberately scattershot nature of topics covered would pretty well prevent me from drawing any kind of audience. On the other hand, I was really starting to enjoy the writing.
Going forward, I think I'm going to move "serious" topics back over to my other blog. I want to try to commit to one gaming blog a week, and one piece of fiction a week. I'll post links here, on Twitter, and on Facebook when I do. Given that most of my fiction is likely to be gaming-related, or at least in the same genres, that will hopefully be concentrated enough to warrant an audience that isn't just made up of my friends. I will continue to post here, but it will mostly be personal stuff, and my thoughts on various things like politics and religion. I might try to stick to the goal of one "real" post here every week, too. (Though, that's starting to tread dangerously close to a post every day again.)
I did enjoy this a lot more than last year, too. It didn't feel quite so much like a chore. I think I put up some much more interesting stuff, too. Especially the fiction. There are still three or four stories in the pipeline that I didn't get finished, to start off the "one a week" pattern next week.
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Hold the phone!!!
In linking to all my entries under the cut there, I just discovered that, counting the three tardy posts from this morning, I hit 30 posts!! I did it!!1!!eleventy-one!!
As a related note, I would also like to mention that I tallied it up, and I came just shy of 35,000 words across all of those posts (including a few of the longer comments, too). So, I wouldn't have made NaNoWriMo, but I think that's still pretty impressive.
We rose before dawn, and marched to beard a group of goblins in their den. Why precisely we were doing this was beyond me. But, our little group seemed to feel that it was proper repayment for our night's hospitality. Who was I to argue, as I had no coin to offer otherwise?
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I must simply notate this first entry that way, as I have no way to know the current date. In fact, I know very little of anything. I am hoping that this journal will bring back some of my memories.
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The one other I remember is that I have a secret. A secret that I dare not trust to my companions, and dare not even trust to these pages.
I had an interesting experience a couple of weeks ago, in which I participated in a FantasyCraft one-shot at a local mini-con. It was a lot of fun, and I want to keep an eye out for similar events coming in the future.
One of the things I found interesting, though, was my experience with the rules. Lately, as most of you know, I have been tinkering with the Gamma World and Dresden Files RPGs. The total shift in mind-set from these games to FantasyCraft, most particularly when it comes to character creation, has been idling in the back of my head.
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