July 13th, 2009

Weekend and Other Notes

I had all kinds of things I wanted to write about today, but I'm feeling rather out of it, so I guess these rambling notes will do the job...

For some reason I've been feeling very tired most of the weekend. While I didn't stay up too late on Friday night after the gaming session, Saturday night was a late one, what with going to the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. And for some reason, last night I just couldn't fall asleep until around 1:30 am or so. Definitely bleary eyed when the alarm went off.

Friday night's game was somewhat tiring, but I had a blast with it. In all honesty, I'm just happy that I'm getting to play in a game of Desolation, although it's sure different when you're playing in the group that has one's goddaughter in it! <g> I *like* Primal Magic. :)

The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Loreena McKennitt's show on Saturday night at Bluesfest suffered from the outdoor venue. A shame really, since her music is quite lovely and all. In some ways, I do wish that we had seen the entire Brian Setzer Orchestra performance instead. That said, you gotta love a music festival with the sheer number of different styles of acts that perform there. Now if we could just get past the whole Shannon Tweed thing...

I have only two comments to make about Sunday afternoon's gaming session. First off, I'm not sure I like myself as a player when spross runs a game that I have or actually know. Perhaps he would be better off running a roleplaying game that I don't have or that I don't know. Second, I now know why I make an effort to have some sort of idea in mind for what I'm going to run with my players, even if I'm doing a scenario called "On A Wing and a Prayer". Poor spross had no idea what he was doing yesterday, and it clearly showed. He seemed like a lamb lost in the woods at times. I suspect that SteveR might have been happier if he'd decided that we should play a game or three of Ticket To Ride instead, but only he can answer that.

I didn't realize that the new season of Big Brother had started on tv this past week until I saw that it was on last night (Sunday). All I can say is that a) they've split the house guests along interesting lines; b) Laura is coming off as a right slut, and the way she emphasizes her breasts makes this worse (but that could also be the way that BB has decided to portray her, so I'll reserve a little bit of judgement on this one); and c) the batch of folks they have this season seems very...strange. Should make for interesting viewing.

The 2009 ENNie Awards Nominees have been announced. My congratulations to Cubicle 7 for their nominations, and I'm also glad to see Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies nominated for some awards. One of the games that I really want to get my hands on, although I'd rather play in that one. The Product of the Year category is going to be a difficult one to choose from, methinks.

Based on the review of the Joe Cocker show from last night at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, I really wish I had been able to go and see that one.

Once more today, I have to leave work early so that I can be at the house for around 1:00 pm. As noted in earlier post and this post, the clothes dryer at home is bust, and the final step in the repair is supposed to be done today. Thank Goddess, as I really need to do some laundry at home!! (Hmm, and this is a good reminder that I have to pick up one of my suits at the dry cleaners on the way home today...)

R.I.P. Charles N. Brown (1937-2009)

Terrible news today in the science fiction field.

Charles N. Brown, Publisher of Locus, Dies at Age 72

As a long-time subscriber to Locus magazine, I came to know Charles Brown through his editorials and his commentaries and his thoughts about all things science fictional. I met him a couple of times, at WorldCons back in the mid-1980's and the early 1990's, and he was always kind and polite to me, and we talked about various things on several occasions.

His loss is a tough one for the science fiction and fantasy community. Definitely one of the folks who will be seriously missed.

Rest in Peace, Charles. Last edits coming your way. Stet.
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