August 6th, 2015

A Terrible Night

Sitting at the office this morning, working away like the good guy that I am. Though I wish I wasn't.

I had a miserable night last night. I woke up around 2:30 am with severe gastric reflux, so bad that it was choking me and I felt sure that I had taken the acid into my lungs. I was coughing and choking so hard, that I was having trouble breathing, the pain in that area of my chest was terrible, and I was sweating and dripping snot from various facial orifices. Choking and coughing, I got up and managed to swallow a small bit of water, and then took four spoons of Gaviscon and that seemed to ameliorate the problem somewhat, though I was still choking away. I took two more spoons of the Gaviscon, and then took sips of water from half a glass of that.

I managed to get back into bed, somewhat calmer than I had been, and tried to get a bit of sleep again, which I did fitfully. I woke up when the alarm went off, but my chest was still sore and I've got a bit of pain there especially when I swallow. I showered and ate breakfast, and then went to work, where I am this morning. I don't know if I've caught some form of con crud or whether this is just due to something I shouldn't have eaten, but I don't feel well. But I have to be here at work. So I am.

And So 2015's GenCon Review Begins...

As promised, I am going to start posting up reports about my trip to Indianapolis for GenCon 2015 today. I may be suffering from con crud, aside from what happened to me last night (see the previous blog entry) so these GenCon blog entries may not come as rapidly as I would want to write them.

These posts are going to be quite long, I suspect, and are likely to involve a few photos here and there (as I took a few as did spross). For those who have no interest in the gaming hobby that I love and the reports from GenCon, just skip these posts. They'll be clearly marked. For those of you who want to read these and get a feel for GenCon 2015, I hope you enjoy. Please comment in the appropriate section, or add your thoughts about the convention if you were an attendee. Thanks. :)

Books Read in July, 2015

It's the sixth of August, so this entry is a bit late due to the fact that I was at GenCon Indy 2015 and had a bunch of stuff to take care of when I got back to Ottawa. Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my July, 2015 reads, albeit somewhat later than usual.

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Books Read in July, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #15 - Legion of Super-Heroes v5 #23 (Comics) (r)

Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds

Other Worlds Roleplaying Game by Mark Humphreys (RPG) (r)

July, 2015 Reader's Digest

The Galley of Lost Species by Nina Berkhout

Xenozoic Tales #1-14 by Mark Schultz w/ Steve Stiles (Comics) (r)

Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout

The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
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Given all the stuff that was going on in the month of July, I thought it was a pretty good month of reading, and I actually think I read more books, comics, and stuff than I had expected to, so I'm not displeased with the seemingly small list of reading that I got in for the month. Of the books that I read, I enjoyed most of them, but my favourites of the month were The Martian by Andy Weir, The Galley of Lost Species by Nina Berkhout, and The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley. In July, I managed to read 6 novels, 1 RPG and RPG product, 1 magazine, 195 comics, and 0 graphic novels. This brings the year totals so far up to: 55 books, 10 RPGs and RPG products, 13 magazines, 424 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)

GenCon 2015, Day -2 Report

As promised, here is the first of my GenCon 2015 reports. I don't know how long these will be, but I plan to write one for each day based on the (lack of) notes that I took about the convention and all, so these are likely not to be long posts. Additionally, there will be one or two retrospective posts with my thoughts about the convention overall. So enjoy.

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And there you have it folks, the first day of the Indy and GenCon trip for 2015. Somewhat long, yes, I know, but I trust it was enjoyable reading. The next entry will deal with GenCon Day -1, the 29th of July.