July 2nd, 2013

Thoughts From Work

Woke up this morning somewhat tired, but not feeling any worse or better than I have for the last few days. So that's an accomplishment.

While I could have opted to take the day off from work, and have an extended Canada Day long weekend, I've chosen not to, and am sitting at my desk getting ready to deal with all the stuff that seems to have piled up here. I'll be taking tomorrow, the 3rd, off from work, since it's my birthday, and I have to be home by 12:00 noon anyway because my new stove is being delivered and installed at the house.

The plan for today is to work through the day, and get as much done as I possibly can. I've got a few other things on my plate to deal with when I get home today, but am planning to take things as easy as I can for the rest of the week, as with the Canada Day long weekend and all, everything gets somewhat disrupted in terms of the routine for the week.

Meanwhile, a cup of herbal tea, peppermint I think, and then back to the morning's work.

Happy Birthday, Tammy!

One of my good friends, Tammy Powers, is celebrating her birthday today!

Tammy doesn't have a blog here, but I know that she reads my blog from time to time, so I hope that you see this entry, m'dear. :)

Happy Birthday, Tammy! :)

Hope you have a terrific day today, and that you celebrate your birthday with lots of flair. May you have good health, happiness, prosperity, and love over the coming year, and may there always be a warm breeze at your back!

Have a great birthday, Tammy. :)
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A Kickstarter Thought (Minor Rant)

Remember my blog entry about Kickstarter burnout that I posted up a week ago?

Well, I'm not going to name specific Kickstarters ongoing right now, but I have to say... One of them really has got me annoyed. Without naming names, okay... I understand that you're kickstarting a game supplement that's been in the works for at least 4 years. But explain to me why this book needs $15,000 for funding as your actual goal? That's excessive for a print book, unless there's something really fancy about this book that we, the fans, don't know about. Or is this about covering the cost of some of the basic stretch goals?

And why is it going to take until March, 2014 for this book to come out when it's been in writing and development for at least 4 years? What have you been doing with this game book material all that time? Having it sit on a virtual shelf collecting dust?

Anyway, combined with several other factors (notably the money crunch due to household stuff going on), I've decided not to back this particular Kickstarter. But really... sheesh!

My Canada Day, 2013

Yesterday was Canada Day, for those who missed it.

I didn't miss it, so much as I merely decided that I wasn't going to go and party on Parliament Hill with all the folks who were going to be out this day and evening. I just really wanted to spend the day catching up with a few things, and relaxing for the most part.

The day started uneventfully, rather mundanely, with a bit of cleaning up in the house, and I spent a relatively pleasant morning. I started to re-read Larry Niven's Ringworld, and found it comforting enough in its own way. Sure, the writing on that one is a bit dated (but look at when it was published!), but it's still an enjoyable read for all that. I managed to eat a light lunch, and then headed out for the afternoon's fun.

I had arranged to go with Kathy and my goddaughter, Ellie, to the Canadian Museum of Nature for the afternoon, and was rather looking forward to it. I got to the museum just after 12:45 pm, and they were just parking themselves, so everything was good. While we spent about 45 minutes in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery and looking at the dinosaurs, Ellie really wanted to see the ocean exhibits and stuff, so we spent most of the afternoon in the RBC Blue Water Gallery. Absolutely stunning stuff. I had a good afternoon, but didn't take any photos as, being the holiday Monday, it was quite crowded in the museum this day (though not as bad as it was when spross and I went to the museum back around Family Day. I had a good afternoon, and relaxed during the whole experience for the most part, though by the time I got home from the museum, my legs were hurting something fierce. Still, the pain was worth the enjoyment of the afternoon.

After a light snack once I got home, I settled in to make some supper and had some shepherd's pie (with peas in it) and a small salad for the evening meal. Did some puttering around the house, (re-)read a bit more of Niven's Ringworld, and then settled in for the night's episode of Defiance over on Showcase. Enjoyed the episode for the most part, but not going to write a review or anything else about it, as nothing stood out to me as noteworthy.

I went to bed right afterwards, the sound of fireworks going off still echoing a bit outside, and read for about half an hour before turning off the light.

All in all, a decent Canada Day with nothing really exciting going on. But a pretty enjoyable day, when all is said and done.

Books Read in June, 2013

Since it is the new month of July, and actually only two days in (so still the beginning of the month)... As is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my June, 2013 reads.

Books Read in June, 2013

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (r)

DW: AiTaS: The First Doctor Sourcebook by Darren Pearce and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan (RPG)

The Lexicon: Atlas of the Lost World of Atlantis by Stephan Michael Sechi, Vernie Taylor, and Ed Mortimer (RPG) (r)

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Volume I (Graphic Novel)

May, 2013 Locus

June, 2013 Reader's Digest

Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (r)

Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress (r)

Shadows of Esteren, Book 0 - Prologue by Nelyhann and Aldo Pappacoda (RPG)

As you can see above, June, 2013 was a relatively good month of reading on my part, given the time of year and the fact that I don't usually read as much in the summer period. While much of the reading was re-reads, it was a pretty enjoyable month of reads. With some pleasant surprises. Overall, I managed to read 4 novels, 3 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazine, 0 comics, and 1 graphic novels in June. This brings the year total in 2013 to a set of numbers that look like this: 25 books, 10 RPGs and RPG products, 14 magazines, 0 comics, and 1 graphic novel.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)

Friday Night Game Report - Atlantis: The Second Age RPG Session 4

As mention in a previous entry, I have finally gotten around to transcribing my notes from the Friday night gaming session (on June 28th). So here is the most recent journal entry about the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG game session. You can read about the previous game session in this journal entry. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.

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And that wrapped up the Friday night group's first adventure in the Antediluvian world. The Atlantis: The Second Age game session with the Friday group went really well, and was quite entertaining in all the right ways. The players are having a pretty good time of it, finally getting into the sword & sorcery feel of the game, but are still playing their non-stereotypical characters with a feel for the genre. This game session had a little bit of something for everyone, and there were even some moments of humourous subtext. We gamed a bit later than I would have liked, but I wanted to finish up the introductory adventure of the game that I was running, so that was good. I'll be taking a break from Atlantis with the Friday night group, since Nick is going to be running a game for the month of July as his birthday gift for me. So I get to be a player for the next little while. Yay! :)

A Thought Before Bed

Getting ready to head for bed, as it was a longer day than I would have liked.

Tomorrow being my birthday and all, I thought I would mention that the two presents I would like are $10,000 to pay off some bills, and a physical copy of the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG. Since neither one of these is going to happen, I'm not going to worry about it all.

Good night, my friends. Sleep well.