August 15th, 2013

Stresses of Life

Woke up this morning with a blinding headache, pain in parts of my body that I'd rather not have pain in, and suffering from cramps in my writing (right) hand.

While I like the Bell Fibe TV to some extent, I can't say I'm happy with losing some of the tv stations that I had access to. My bigger problem with it is that the tv is now like a frelling (anybody recognise the source of that word? :)) computer-cum smartphone tv, and I'm having to access everything with almost a keyboard-like effort on the tv remote. This is due to the fact that I've not figured out what I'm doing with it and how to program certain stuff yet, but even so... hand hurts like hell. (And typing's not helping any right now.)

In the meantime, work is work. The boss is rather quiet this morning, so all's good on that front. But I've got other problems at home at the moment that have me quite stressed. More on that later.

LJ and Ubuntu Problems

Having all kinds of trouble getting onto LiveJournal and some of the other websites that I tend to frequent. In terms of LJ, I don't know whether it's a problem with LJ or whether this has something to do with the other stuff going on with me.

I have a funny feeling that this is due to the computer glitch that I've got with Ubuntu at the moment.

Every time I boot the computer, it gives me the message:

Error: hd0 out of disk
Press any key to continue


Don't really know how to fix this problem, as I'm no longer a technical guy when it comes to the computers and stuff. And, like I said, I'm having problems getting on-line.

Journeys to the Island(s) of Monsters

Here's an interesting piece by David Bressan on a sadly unsung 20th century palaeontologist, Dorothea Bate.

Journeys to the Island(s) of Monsters

And the folks over at the Trowelblazers site has more on the work of Dorothea Bate.

The Dynamite Discoveries of Dorothea Bate

GenCon's First Day

Today, of course, is the first day of GenCon Indy 2013.

I am, of course, envious as hell. And am missing the geek cameraderie of the convention as well as just the ability to be in Indianapolis and see all my gaming and hobby friends and acquaintances that I've made over the years. I would have liked to have run the Primeval RPG for the Cubicle 7 folks, to have seen what the folks at Khepera Publishing have going and to see any stuff that was being previewed for the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG. And, of course, to have picked up some game products and the like at the various booths and dealers at the convention.

Alas, such is not to be this year.

In the meantime, Twitter is a veritable explosion of anecdotes (in 144 characters), pictures and photos of various stuff at the convention (and off-site), and other convention related tidbits and information. Honestly, a smorgasbord as well as an impossible to keep track of it all nightmare in some ways.

Anyway, hope everyone at GenCon is safe and well, having a ton of fun, not letting themselves get to run down, and continues to post material everywhere about the convention. Links and pictures are most welcome here in the comments! :)