July 2nd, 2014

Workday Thoughts

I woke up this morning feeling somewhat tired.

I guess that I'm exhausted from the sheer heat and humidity that we've had in the Ottawa valley for the past week or so. Not comfortable weather, and somewhat more uncomfortable for me, I suppose.

Today being the 2nd of July, I'm back at work and in the office after yesterday and my four-day weekend for Canada Day. I just don't feel all that rested, I suppose. The plan for today is to work through my normal work day, and get as much done here at the office as I possibly can. I have 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 day.

In the meantime, I'm going to have a cup of herbal peppermint tea. Then back to the post-Canada Day work load.

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!
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My Canada Day, 2014

Yesterday was Canada Day, for those who missed it.

To be honest, I didn't miss it so much as I decided that I was going to take the day relatively easy and relax at home. That, and catching up with a few things.

I started the day relatively uneventfully, actually quite mundanely, and did a bit of cleaning in the house, vacuuming upstairs and the lower level hall. I started reading a new book (for me, anyway), Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K.A. Bedford, and am rather enjoying the story. I had a light lunch, as the heat and the humidity were getting to me a bit even in the house.

I spent the early afternoon watching the NHL Free Agency period open, as TSN had decent coverage of that. July 1st is the start of the NHL Free Agency period, and it lived up the hype. I'll blog about that later. I did spend the late afternoon and early evening drafting up the basic idea for a new scenario for the Atlantis: The Second Age game, and that looks pretty good so far. Finally, the evening itself was spent watching another couple of episodes of Primeval: New World on DVD. I have to say that the series is so much more complete in its feel on DVD, as there are deleted scenes that didn't make it into the aired episodes on Space that give meaning to stuff that was left unclear when it aired. The two episodes that I watched, "Truth" and "Breakthrough", are somewhat pivotal episodes in the 13-episode run, so it was good to watch them again and have them make a lot more sense.

After watching the two episodes of Primeval: New World, I went to bed, the sound of fireworks going off still echoing from outside, and read for about 20 minutes or so before turning off the light.

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

NHL Free Agent Frenzy, and Senators Thoughts

Yesterday, July 1st, was the start of the NHL Free Agency period (what they call Free Agent Frenzy).

And it sure lived up to its hype. A record number of salary dollars were spent, and a record number of players were signed by various teams. If you're an Ottawa Senators fan, as I am, it wasn't likely a good feeling for you when it was over. The Senators didn't make any real moves, other than signing Milan Michalek to a new, 3-year deal, and trading Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars for Alex Chiasson, a couple of prospects, and a draft pick.

I've just got a couple of observations about the deals. Signing Michalek made a lot of sense, as he's a veteran, still has some wheels (in this case, skates), and has a good record with the Senators when he's not injured. The Spezza trade, well... What can I say? With the signing of Ryan Kesler by Anaheim, Spezza's value went down, and then add the whole Nashville Predators fiasco the other day, and... GM Bryan Murray said that he made the best deal that he could, given the circumstances, and I believe him.

That said, I had hoped that Murray would sign a high-quality forward during the Free Agent Frenzy that went on yesterday, but such was not the case. The Senators need an established centreman to replace Spezza, and likely a couple of other forwards. Another decent, veteran defenseman wouldn't hurt either. Now, it's just a matter of what Murray can find during the summertime, and whether he can make a deal of some sort to replace Spezza in some fashion.

But when it comes down to it, when the Senators open their training camp and season, there's going to be a lot of questions about the team. The two biggies will be: Who is the Captain going to be? And how competitive will the Senators be in the East this year?

Books Read in June, 2014

It's the new month of July. And so, as is my standard usage of my blog space at the beginning of each month, I present the listing of my June, 2014 reading.

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Books Read in June, 2014

Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders (r)

May 2014 Locus

Journey by Marta Randall (r)

Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity by David Kirby

Yggdrasill: The Nine Worlds by Neko, Florrent, and Kristoff Valla (RPG)

Swords of Good Men by Snori Kristjansson

Dangerous Games by Marta Randall (r)

The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby

All For One: Régime Diabolique Roleplaying Game by Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams (RPG) (r)

Alison Dare: The Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres and J. Bone (Graphic Novel)

Richelieu's Guide to Expanded Characters by Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams (RPG) (PDF) (r)

Force Majeure by Charles Green (RPG) (PDF) (r)

Richelieu's Guide to Wondrous Devices by Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams (RPG) (PDF) (r)

Richelieu's Guide to Daily Expenses by Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams (RPG) (PDF) (r)

Richelieu's Guide to Creatures of Sin by Paul "Wiggy" Wade-Williams (RPG) (PDF) (r)

Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs by Steve Parker

Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman with Maria Dahvana Headley

June, 2014 Locus

The Salt God's Daughter by Ilie Ruby
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I have to say that I was somewhat surprised to see how many books I'd read this past month, especially novels, since it just seemed as if I hadn't read all that many books and the like over the course of June. I suspect the number of All For One: Régime Diabolique stuff (the rulebook, but pdfs for the rest) re-reads I did may have influenced this impression. Of my reads this past month, my favourite reads were probably The Salt God's Daughter, a terrific second novel by Ilie Ruby (the first book was really good as well, but this was just so evocative and full of imagery to my mind) and the dinosaur book by Steve Parker (which I admit to having been reading for several months; big book of detailed dinosaur stuff). I also rather liked Unnatural Creatures, as the book had some great stories, old and new, that delved into the central premise of the anthology.

Overall, I managed to read 9 novels, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazine, 0 comics, and 1 graphic novels in June. That brings the total for the year so far in 2014 to a set of numbers that look like this: 42 books, 16 RPGs and RPG products, 11 magazines, 10 comics, and 1 graphic novel.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)