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Time Flies

I used to get so annoyed when my moth­er would say, “Twen­ty years from now, nobody will know the dif­fer­ence.” She was wrong in a sense — I cer­tain­ly still know the dif­fer­ence, about so very many things.

On the oth­er hand, I do under­stand the longer view much bet­ter now. Twen­ty years seemed like such a long time then, and now? It’s so very short.

In any case, Katie did get home from her trip to the great north­west. She had a mar­velous time and thinks she has found her school. 

I’m real­ly proud of her. She planned this trip, to a place nei­ther she nor any of us had ever been before, all by her­self. She went with­out a qualm, had a mar­velous time, man­aged her mon­ey mar­velous­ly, and made some great new friends.

Since then she also went to her first LARP. Again, she had a mar­velous adven­ture, lots of fun, and found a new thing she enjoys. I think we need to acquire camp­ing equipment.

Sam has start­ed play­ing Burn­ing Wheel with a group of local peo­ple. He real­ly enjoys the game. I’m glad to see him get­ting out and hav­ing some social time with others.

I had a big thing hap­pen, but I’m going to stay qui­et about it a lit­tle longer, ’til it’s also a sure thing.

In the mean­time, I’ve found a nice out­let for my OCD urges as a “librar­i­an” at Good Reads.

I missed what?

It was Nation­al Gram­mar Day AND Gamemaster’s Day, and I didn’t real­ize either until the day was almost over!

It was date night, though, and my favorite GM and I did play, so at least there’s that. I’ll have to get him a make-up present, though.

You know all those dif­fer­ent click-to-give sites? I very geek­i­ly gath­ered up all the ones that I know about and stuck the links on one page so I don’t have to try to remem­ber them, or install short­cuts or tool­bars or what-have-you. It isn’t gor­geous, but it is convenient.

I final­ly got start­ed on Sea­son 1 of Shad­ow Unit, now that Sea­son 2 has start­ed. Good stuff!

And final­ly, just so I can close the tab that’s been open for a cou­ple of days, a new wrin­kle in that whole nature/​nurture debate: Child Abuse Alters Stress-Fight­ing Gene.

McCain Blogger Flubs His Roll

If you're a gamer, you've probably heard the hoorah by now. Michael Goldfarb, a blogger on McCain's official campaign site added a lame anti-gamer slur to his rinse-and-repeat "but he was a POW!" bullshit. Sam (and many others) responded to the twit (who keeps comments disabled on his blog--afraid of a little commentary, Goldfarb?). This isn't the first time McCain's people have attacked their opponents with comments about D&D, either, as some of the folks on Boing Boing have pointed out.

Goldfarb was responding to a post on the Daily Kos that called McCain on his plagiarism during a media event this weekend. The DK blogger has a nice response.

Goldfarb has supposedly apologized, but oddly enough, his "apology" isn't posted on his blog, or anywhere else on McCain's site as far as I can tell. If he isn't man enough to make the apology in the same venue in which he posted the attack, that says a lot about him and the entire McCain campaign.1


1 None of it is surprising to me, but it is still telling.

Good Reads Migration Finished!

That was not pain­less at all. The import fea­ture is tetchy, at best. I had to go through the entire list of 1300+ books and fix their “book­shelf” assign­ments, and add some that just didn’t import at all. I had over 1400 books in Now Read­ing, and I haven’t quite fig­ured out why there are few­er books in Good Reads. Oh well. It’s pret­ty much done!

The dates I’d read books, my rat­ings, and my reviews did NOT trans­fer to Good Reads, which is high­ly annoying.

I was able to go through and update a bunch of books that I’ve read since NR stopped work­ing, and use the to-read cat­e­go­ry to request books from the library. As a result, there are 33 books await­ing pick­up now, and anoth­er 61 pend­ing (most­ly books that are real­ly new or not yet avail­able). That doesn’t include the inter-library loan items I request­ed.1

Sam and I had bonus gam­ing time tonight. He’s stor­ing up brown­ie points before Dragon*Con. Katie, unfor­tu­nate­ly, couldn’t sleep last night, then slept all day until about 11:30. Now she’s re-hydrat­ing and get­ting some food now. I hope she can go back to sleep. She’s def­i­nite­ly hav­ing a fibro flare. 🙁


1 I’m so tick­led that the library added a way to put in ILL requests online!

Date Night – Baby!

We had Chi­nese food togeth­er tonight, and played for a while. There was some ick, but I sus­pect­ed that it was com­ing. The hap­py part is that my character’s old­est son (fos­ter son, real­ly) and his wife’s baby was born. First grand­ba­by! There have been many babies born in the last “year” of the game, and there are two more preg­nan­cies in progress (not my char­ac­ter, peo­ple close to her). In fact, Sam has a “babies” sec­tion on the wiki, just for track­ing their names and oth­er information.

Cud­dling an actu­al baby would be even bet­ter, but a healthy in-game baby was pret­ty sweet, too.

Sam said we had to stop after that, because there was no way he could top baby Desmond 😉

Adult Gaming

Sam and I just lis­tened to “Female Char­ac­ters,” episode 42 of the Game Mas­ter Show. The top­ic came up because Erin, one of the hosts, real­ized that she was will­ing to put female char­ac­ters through some expe­ri­ences that she wouldn’t apply to males. There was a fair amount of talk about the Heroine’s Jour­ney and how it dif­fers from the Hero’s Jour­ney and some dis­cus­sion of men play­ing female characters.

It was a real­ly good episode, and while it is long I encour­age you to give it a listen.

(This is going to be about adult top­ics, so if that’s going to both­er you, don’t fol­low the cut link!)

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Weekend Update

We had a very nice week­end, fair­ly qui­et for me (as usu­al). Katie went out with her beau Fri­day night, and Sam and I final­ly got to see the first sea­son 2 Torch­wood episode, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.” It was worth the wait! I won­der how much BBC Amer­i­ca bowd­ler­ized it? Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we don’t have the sec­ond episode. Pout 🙁

Sat­ur­day night was date night. I’ve been crav­ing “break­fast,” as in eggs and bacon and so on, so that’s what Sam fixed for din­ner. Yum­my! Then we had a very live­ly game. Sid­he inva­sions are not fun, espe­cial­ly when they turn your own pop­u­lace against you with enchant­ment. There was far too much plot to han­dle in one ses­sion, so we’ll con­tin­ue the fight in our next game.

Today was din­ner with Sam’s moth­er, and a fel­low pod­cast­er inter­view­ing Sam. Katie went to her boyfriend’s mother’s wed­ding recep­tion, and was received very well by the fam­i­ly. (The cer­e­mo­ny was fam­i­ly-only.) I start­ed my class­es. There are only 7 stu­dents in the tech­ni­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions class!

Pirates!

Not the nice, John­ny Depp kind, no. The pillage/​rape/​murder sort, spiced up with demon-wor­ship­ping shark people.

Tonight was date night, and I was impa­tient to be back to our game. We’d left off at a very unre­solved point the last time we played, before the week­end. It would be almost impos­si­ble for some­one else to enter that game at this point, so we played oth­er things while Hope was vis­it­ing. I didn’t mind, but when you’re in the mid­dle of sneak­ing in to a pirate king­dom ward­ed by psion­ic killers, you real­ly, real­ly want to know if you’ll make it out again!

Katie went out with her beau and friends, and Sam brought din­ner home. He had to run errands before com­ing home, which we try to avoid on Wednes­day nights, espe­cial­ly, but some­times it happens.

Warn­ing: Gam­ing recap next. Skip if you hate such things.
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