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CogCon was fun but a bit slow, as was I.

Sep. 14th, 2008 | 02:58 pm
mood: soresore

We got to CogCon in good time, but only had 2 sign-ups for Munchkin. I *know*! That has never happened. One guy was all set to cheat for charity too: he had a roll of singles ready to go. I hope he turned it to the raffle. oakborn and I gave up trying to fill the game after 30 minutes and went to Waffle House for a real breakfast. We hung around the con, chatted with folks, and killed time then walked to a sushi place for lunch. Yay! Sushi!

My GURPS game went better: The Phil Masters-penned Discworld adventure went over well, though I failed at pacing for the most part. We finished in just over 3 hours and I barely hurt them. I needed to tag a few of them a bit more often so they would feel it, but everyone got into their characters and had a good time.

My last slot went very well: Ninja Burger followed by Munchkin Fu with a few caveats. The Ninja Burger was normal, but the winner started Fu with a Back Banner and couldn't fall below Level 2. Everyone could always be Ninja, though they could voluntarily discard the class and resume it later. They played a fairly cooperative game of Ninja Burger, but the Fu game was fairly intense. Not "World Championships" vicious, but well fought.

The back spasms were a consistent problem, so with attendance low this morning, we called it after an hour or so and headed home. Attendance seems to have dropped with the death of Living Greyhawk and the lack of joy regarding D&D4. Most of the attendees were L5R and Heroes of Rokugan fans, this con being the home con for HoR.


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Repeated Expletives

Sep. 10th, 2008 | 07:29 am
mood: soresore

This was a rough morning.

What I thought was lower-GI slow-down has turned into a back spasm right around my hips. I feel like that part of my back is a very painful block of wood. Ow. Admittedly, having both lower wisdom teeth go dry socket years ago hurt worse, but that was a steady ache. This is an interesting sharp pain if I move wrong.

Like yesterday I am fine sitting, walking, or laying down. Walking goes slowly. Picture Tim Conway's "Old Man" character:

I hope to get a full day's work in, but it may take a while with breaks.

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Sep. 9th, 2008 | 09:34 am
mood: sicksick

I've got something messing with my guts including pain that's translating as lower back pain and shifts around. I'm great laying down, sitting up, walking, but shifting from one to the other can be tricky. I'm going with ibuprofin to prevent cramps and spasms and caffeine and fiber in case there is something I need to get through my system. Sounds like fun, eh?

This week is interesting. Mr A has try-outs for Honors Orchestra for his third year. Should be a lock if he puts his focus on it. Miss M had a friend drag her to Six Flags this weekend on short notice and had good fun. She's glad to be back at school and doing after school activities. If she could only get a job with decent hours, she'd be all set.

oakborn and I are taking a 'date' to CogCon in Rolla this weekend. We'll head down Saturday morning, I'll run games all day, then we'll stay overnight and I'll run some games Sunday. It's just the two of us this year. Miss M has plans and Mr A gets an unsupervised weekend. We'll see what he makes of it. Likely the WoW Lich King beta and forgetting to eat, sleep, bathe, etc...

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Damn, I'm GOOD!

Sep. 5th, 2008 | 09:26 am
mood: bouncybouncy
music: Daily Show/Colbert Report

I've been using the Air Force fitness standard to track my progress more than weight. When I'm fit my weight will fall in line.

On the weight goal, I'm under the BMI cutoff and am now "Healthy", though I'm not sure how much stock I give that.

At 46 years old, running 1.5 miles in 15:19, having a 35" waist*, doing 45 crunches in a minute and 27 push-ups in a minute brings me (barely) to 75 points, or the bottom end of Good. I'm only at 68%ile on the run time and plan to bring that down (and extend my running distance to 5km by next June). I'm at 75% on the waist measurement, 85% on push-ups, and 100% on crunches.

On an unrelated note: John Stewart is welcome at my house. It would be polite if he called ahead so we have enough food.

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EDIT: The kids and I got into the beta for WoW: Lich King. Now to get INTO the server for more than 3.5 minutes at a time...the latest patch is iffy and we can't see game servers after we log in.

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Taking it slow this weekend...

Aug. 31st, 2008 | 09:01 pm
mood: relaxedrelaxed

I had a FULL week, but a weird one where it didn't seem anything got done.

Friday included 200 miles in the car: doing an audit in Osage Beach, hauling kids, dropping paperwork to the lawyer, and other small tasks.

Saturday was chilling and some grocery shopping. I made a nice batch of chili and steamed some rice to go with it, but otherwise relaxed.

Today was church: a nice, casual "water ceremony" where folks told a little about where they'd been over the summer and added water to a chalice. Optimally, this is water collected on their travels or just symbolic water to represent their spiritual or personal journey. oakborn and I just added water from our drinking bottles and told about our weight loss (and pending de-cluttering of our home and finances). Next week begins the church year.

The rest of today was just chilling. Oakborn made a dessert thingy (read her blog for details, she should gloat at some point, it was good.) She made pizza dough and I built us a good Pile O' Veggies and a hint of pepperoni pizza.

I've been trying out D&D Online Stormreach. It's not a bad setting, but I'm getting bored doing the starting quests. Like WoW, there isn't much point to it all: Kill people and critters (which DON'T drop stuff), break crates, urns, and barrels (which DO drop stuff), and do puzzles. It has more puzzles than WoW, but it's still racist/classist dungeon hacking (It's okay to just kill kobolds, they're annoying, yes? It's okay to kill thieves, they're evil, right? We don't need to rationalize all this.) ...and yet, it's got the classic "must keep playing, still have quests to do" crack-like quality. The interface is awkward since my reflexes are fixed on Battlefield 2 and WoW. (What do you mean I can't hit W twice quickly to run?) Also, if this is D&D 4th Edition, I'll stick with GURPS, thanks. To quote the Munchkin Happy 4e Greeting Card: "We will continue our 4e game as normal . . . GURPS 4e, that is!"

Tomorrow will be nice: I don't have to leave the house! I need to get a few fiddly things done, but I don't plan to do a whole lot.

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Control and Coordination

Aug. 21st, 2008 | 07:45 am
mood: hopefulhopeful

Life gets back to "normal" today: The kids started school! I've got the house to myself (and the cats) and can focus on work. Miss M drives to school daily so Mr. A will ride along and walk across to his school. This won't work next year, but she can drop him at the Jr. High next year (if she doesn't graduate early).

Mr. A and I swung by his school yesterday to put his supplies in his locker. We had a chance to chat with three of his teachers. They are looking forward to school to. :)

Anyway, since I get to focus on work, I guess I should! :)

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Food Meme

Aug. 20th, 2008 | 05:04 pm

The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme:
(46.5) Bold those you have tried.
(3.5) Strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
(1) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
(49) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.
<lj-cut text="My list below the cut.">
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea*
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare*
5. Crocodile*
6. Black pudding*
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp*
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (too chewy)
12. Pho*
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle*
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns*
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras*
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese*
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper*
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters*
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda*
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi*
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac
with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea*
38. Vodka jelly*
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail*
41. Curried goat*
42. Whole insects*
43. Phaal*
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more*
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin*
51. Prickly pear*
52. Umeboshi*
53. Abalone*
54. Paneer*
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini*
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine*
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads  MAYBE on a bet
63. Kaolin (wtf? Kaopectate?)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian*
66. Frogs’ legs*
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis*
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette*
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe*
74. Gjetost, or brunost*
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail*
79. Lapsang souchong*
80. Bellini*
81. Tom yum*
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant*
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare*
87. Goulash
88. Flowers*
89. Horse*
90. Criollo chocolate*
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab*
93. Rose harissa*
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano*
96. Bagel and lox*
97. Lobster Thermidor*
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake*

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Home again, home again.

Aug. 18th, 2008 | 08:10 am
location: HOME!
mood: tiredtired

I am back in the house as of about 6 minutes left of yesterday. Since I'm already 26 hours into the pay-period, I won't be working very hard this week. I need to hit my work email today and put out fires, but otherwise nothing much will be done. I expect to clean, nap, and perhaps play some Battlefield 2 or try out some demos I got at GenCon.

The official report will go to the MIB list eventually, but a quick run-down of GenCon includes:
- The MIB rocked the show. I couldn't do it without them. I was very impressed at the amount of time MIBs spent at our HQ when they weren't scheduled and how helpful they were at all times. We pretty much made a point of helping everyone near us that looked confused, which was a fair number of people.
- Munchkin is still popular. The Munchkin World Championship ran 18 preliminary rounds of 10-12 Munchkins and took 36 people into the semi-finals. I thought this was hard-fought until the finals ran 4+ hours with 2+ having at least 1 person at level 9 at all times.
- We learned a lot (aka we screwed up a lot and so did GenCon). I consider this my learning year: try to get everything right, don't be shocked when it's not, and take good notes. I was not disappointed. :)
- MIBs are silly people. Much fun was had, bad jokes were told, and while gamers are a unique breed, the MIBs are the Alpha-geeks. I'm proud of my people. :)

I missed a couple of people I know were there (Scott Haring and Steven Marsh) but it was a busy show.

I've gotten a little work done today. Now to chill a bit and maybe shoot some people... (Battlefield 2-style)

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Busy, busy, busy...

Aug. 12th, 2008 | 07:54 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

Missed a day, but I'd rather journal in the morning anyway. It's nice to sip coffee and think over yesterday.

This will be a fun day. Miss M picks up her school schedule and handles all the administrivia associated with returning to school. I'll also pick up cash and snacks for GenCon and drop our recycling.

I'm pretty much together for GenCon. I need to pack clothes and sundries, re-check the games I'm actually running, and start opening the boxes for the Path of Illumination games so I can consolidate them into a smaller set. The games don't fit into the box...but once all the Munchkin expansions are in their matched boxes, all will be well. Plus I want to mark the boxes as POI so they'll come back to the table. We'll have QUITE a library of games to demo!

Once again, I'm not looking forward to the trip, but I expect to have a great time while I'm there. The MIBs are My Kinda People (tm), so we will get on just fine. Proof of this is a story from Origins. After checking into the hotel, I headed to the elevator. I started a conversation with a young lady at the elevator and shared an elevator with her. In the course of the conversation, I determined she was intelligent, personable, and a gamer. I announced, "You're my kinda people!" with a grin, for which she thanked me then asked if I'd heard of the Men In Black. With a grin, I admitted to being MIB Control and found out she was an MIB from Chicago.

oakborn and I walked the neighborhood again last night. I did 1-2 miles, closer to 2 I think. Oh, I forgot to mention last week, but I am officially NOT overweight! Well, I'm on the border. My weight range dips down into the Healthy BMI range. Yeah, I know BMI is BS, but it's a decent arbitrary standard. I need to recheck myself on the Air Force fitness standard soon. I'm still in the Poor range, but I've progressed from 37.5 points (of 100) in May to 67.5 in July. I haven't checked in over a month, so I need to run again soon. At 70 points I'll be into the Marginal range, then 75 for Good. The big change is going from a 27 minute mile and a half to 16.5 minutes.

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You can't get there from here.

Aug. 10th, 2008 | 07:15 pm
mood: contentcontent
music: Apocalyptica Live DVD

Lesson 1: Do things when you should. That leaves more time for when they inevitably go askew.

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Lesson 2: You can get fit.oakborn just asked me to walk with her, so I did. We did about 3.5 miles in a leisurely 57 minutes. Oddly enough, that's just enough to get me warmed up these days. I did work up a sweat, but I'm not worn out, just ready for more.

Now if only the sole gym with Aikido classes in town hadn't closed. I'm hoping there's somewhere else to learn it in town, but that will take research and that can wait until everything else is caught up. (One Google search later) Ew. It's not looking good. I emailed the one person that used to teach here, but the outlook is bleak.

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