When I was a boy, nearly 40 years ago, I read my first Avengers comic and wanted to see the Avengers on the big screen.

Last night, the wish of that young boy was fulfilled, and in a near perfect manner.

Joss Whedon again showed his understanding of group dynamics in this movie - an aspect that could have easily made the movie awful if handled incorrectly. Each character gets their time to shine. It was so good to see that not all of the best moments were in the previews.

Lengthwise, I suspect it may be a bit long for some young ones, but most will lose track of time as they're drawn into the movie. As always, make sure you stay until the END of the credits.

I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. If you enjoyed Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, or Captain America; if you are a comics fan; if you are a fan of adventure - you need to see this movie. (Well, maybe not "need" - I mean, you won't die or anything, but go see it. Trust me.)

Oh, and prepare to be a new fan of the Hulk.
...and here I am, pounding my fingers on a keyboard and my head on my desk.

In other words, it's Monday. Hey, how the hell are ya?

So, it's been almost 2 weeks since I last blathered at ya. Been busy in that time. Between the getting ready for the holidays and putting in about 12 extra hours at work, I've been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. So then, a quick bullet list.
  • Me: Doing OK. Trying to not think about [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's upcoming surgery. Yeah, I know, it's routine. They probably do tens of thousands of them a day. But still - it's surgery, and there's always a risk. So, I try not to think about it. Otherwise ok, if somewhat tired last week from putting in extra time to cover the time I'll be taking off for the surgery. Had a bit of a revelation last week...but more on that later.
  • Family: Doing well. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is off some of her meds in preparation for the surgery. Everyone's been busy with schoolwork and holiday prep; it's sometimes hard to stay focused.
  • What we've been doing. Well, since the last real update...
    • Went to parent-teacher conferences
    • Went to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo's and [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's place for family, food, and football.
    • Did the Thanksgiving baking (4 loaves of pumpkin bread, 3 cornbread rounds, pumpkin pie, pear cranberry pecan pie, chocolate pie, thanksgiving sugar cookies)
    • Did the Thanksgiving cleaning (well, a lot of it, anyway)
    • Finished the Thanksgiving shopping
    • Did some Christmas shopping.
    Blearg.
  • Gaming: You may have noticed a lack of gaming listed. I think, though I'm not certain, that the lack of gaming, whether tabletop or electronic, is one of the reasons behind some of my depression of late. Gaming is far and away one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't really done any lately. No fault or blame here, just the way life has worked these last few months. Once I realized that, I tried to get myself to do something, even if it's just noodle around on WoW for a while. Haven't been able to. Too much to do. Must work on this.
  • Work: Still no word on the contract award. Still feel about 99% certain I'll have the same job come Jan 1, but about 85% likely that it'll be with a different company (in other words, I'll still be here, but someone else will be signing the checks). We shall see.
  • New Year's: Yes, we will be doing the Open House this year. Saturday and Sunday. official announcement and eVite to go out tonight, I hope.
  • Food Network shows: I liked Food Network Live this year. It gave me one or two ideass to work with. Also, the Swedish Chef made an appearance. What's not to like? Also appreciated the new Good Eats Thanksgiving special. Yum.
OK, I need to clean up and head for home. Got a 12 hour day tomorrow, and need to make some spiced pears and cranberry apple ginger chutney tonight.

Once again, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Good lord and lady. Feels like I never write anything here anymore.

AIn't like I'm all that active on Twitter or the BookFace or the G+ neither.

Well, whatever. I could navel-gaze about it all day long and not get anything out of it, other than a possible detailed inventory of my navel lint.

So, What's been going on? Well, since late September...
  • Hallowe'en has come and gone. We decorated the front of our place with plenty of props and spiders and corpses and such. The inside gets more cutesy stuff: Peanuts related stuff, stuffed animals, etc. [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and two of her friends hosted a Hallowe'en party at our place the weekend before. It went off very well, everyone behaved, everyone had fun. To my pleasant surprise, at the end, everyone helped the co-hostesses clean up without anything resembling prompting. On Hallowe'en proper, we had a bunch of trick-or-treaters come to the door, and everyone had a good evening.
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 has parted ways with her former employer. This was a mutual decision with no acrimony or bad feelings on anyone's part. They've gone so far as to say that when called for references, they'll say that their business required the position to go a different direction, one not suited for her abilities. The severance package was a good one, and we're covered under the insurance until the end of the year. Which is a good thing, given the surgery happening at the end of the month. I suspect we'll really hit the job search hard after the holidays. I'm not really saddened or depressed in any way by this, especially since the job was really getting to her. Being on call all day, every day, gets to you after a while.
  • We spent a long weekend at Long Beach Island in NJ in October. Our family has a long history with LBI, and my folks rent a house there during the fall for 3-4 weeks every year. We try to make it a point to go up for a long weekend each time. This time, [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 brought a friend along. While there, I took [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 out for her birthday dinner. We went to Stefano's Seafood & Pasta , in part because of their wins in this year's LBI Chowderfest. I had a bowl of their New England style chowder - OMG! It was like eating a bowl of liquid velvet. YUM! We also went to the Haunted Seaport at Tuckerton Seaport. Everyone had fun there as well. I cut loose with several of my evil laughs and cackles - then was offered a job. heh.
  • Last weekend, we did the first round of Thanksgiving shopping and deep cleaned the dining room and kitchen. Yay.
  • Me: Doing ok. Gearing up for the holiday fun.
  • Work: Busy. I started this entry somewhere around 10am. It's now 5 pm. This is about how my day goes anymore.
  • Gaming: The weekly Pathfinder game is on hiatus until 2012. Between the holidays and the fact that both healers are having chronic pain issues which makes it impossible for them to hang out around a gaming table made this a good decision. Well, either that or the other players are tired of seeing us. ;-)
  • Kids: are doing fine. Report card come home today/tomorrow.

That's about all I got for the moment.

As usual, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
OMG OMG OMG WANT THIS NOW!!!

Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly and Michael Rosenbaum Join an All-Star Cast for Justice League: Doom

One of my favorite JLA Story arcs AND great voice actors to boot?

***WARNING: Geeksplosion IMMINENT!!!***
...but only $0.02 after taxes.

Hey there, how are ya today? Got a little bit of time right now, so I thought I'd drop by and rearrange some electrons. Maybe even post something? Heaven forefend!

OK, ok, enough of all o' that. Time for a Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!

DOOM! Doom, I say!
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  • Me: Doing well. Slept for about 10 hours on Tuesday night, and have felt better since. Looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.
  • Family: Doing reasonably well. Still have to occasionally sit on people to get them to do their homework. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 may be enjoying the next few days of work a little, since the boss will be in the Bahamas. B turns 13 in 18 days. Not sure I'm ready for a teenager yet. ::sigh::
  • Work: is work. And nothing on the other front, but nothing was expected yet. Have about 2-3 weeks before I hear anything.
  • Where we've been: Not much of anywhere, really. At home for the most part, relaxing, cleaning, gaming...you know the routine. Got some stuff coming up though, which I will talk about in...
  • Where we'll be: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B will be at Katsucon this weekend, at least on Saturday. F & I will be at home doing some work, then probably going to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's on Sunday for the Daytona 500. I'm not really a NASCAR fan, but F. likes it, and it's a chance to see family for a bit. Monday...is a bit of a treat/surprise for the kids. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is gonna take a half-day and we're gonna take the kids to see the International Spy Museum. After that, we've got meetings, and scout functions, and birthday stuff...we'll be good and busy until the end of March. I think.
  • Wisconsin: I need to take a moment here to talk about this mess. Let's leave aside the fact that I'm looking for a federal job, ok? If we are going to tak a serious look at things, we have to admit one thing: in certain ways, the unions are broken. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any job where they have to deal with a union can tell you that there are some people who need to go, but you can't get them out because of tenure. And I'm not talking about some worker who has put in many long years and is kinda coasting the last year or two until their retirement - I honestly don't begrudge them that. But I am talking about those people who know that it's damn near impossible to get fired and who use that fact to get away with being obstructionist, petty, lazy, incompetent, burned out, or just plain useless. I've seen it in every government agency I've worked in. Every teacher worth their salt that I've known sees these people too. Yes, there's a place for longevity and not being able to fire people just because they're older, but there has to be a way to get rid of the deadwood. And this whole idea of stripping away the collective bargaining rights is also fucking stupid. Especially from teachers, who are not, and have never been paid enough. The unions may be a part of the problem, but the bigger problem (by far) is the ridiculous idea on the part of the American people that they want it all, they want it now, and they don't want to pay for it. Paying the people who run the government (and I ain't talking about the politicians - they're about as useful as a gnat's fart in a windstorm - I'm talking about the rank and file...the people who actually do the work) a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. Paying the people who we trust to educate our children a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. *IF THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB* The unions need to get off their ass and figure out a way to make merit part of the criteria for tenure. The politicians need to get over themselves and look at people and corporations and say "Hey, you want this stuff? Pay up".
  • Gaming: Well, we're 3 sessions into the new Pathfinder game. I know I'm not "feelin' it" as a GM as I take them In Search Of The Unknown, but that's in large part due to the fact that this is a straight-out dungeon crawl with little to no story. In this case, it's probably just as well, as we're all learning the system. It's just that I like my adventures to have a little more story behind them. We'll get there. They've only got one more session in here, I think. Then it's on to the Keep on the Borderlands (I think).
  • WoW: Still playing a few nights a week. Completed the new questlines, just have Dungeons and raids to see. Probably start leveling my Archaeology and Fishing.

I think that's all I got for now.
I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 125 Days!
TCEP 18: 197 Days!
Intervention: 211 Days!
That's right. It's time for my annual post where I refuse to promote Brunswick Games Day

Again this year, this post will not talk about Brunswick Games Day (aka I wish I was at EveCon), happening on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

There will be no additional paragraph talking about how cool it is or how much fun we've had over the years. And I'm certainly not going to thank [livejournal.com profile] kmusser for spearheading this.

So there. ::gives Spaceballs salute::
So, yeah, here we go...

Saturday, Nov 20 )
Sunday, Nov 21 )
Monday, Nov 22 )
Tuesday, Nov 23 )
Wednesday, Nov 24 )
Thursday, Nov 25 )
Friday, Nov 26 )
Saturday, Nov 27 )
Sunday, Nov 28 )
As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My job and [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's job
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
Hey there! So, how the hell are ya?

I'm doing fairly well. Getting over a cold that my son brought home. I love my kids, and I'm so proud that they freely share. I just wish they'd stop sharing their mini-plagues with the family.

*sigh*

Anyway, here I am and there you are and here we are and isn't it a loooooooovely day! OK, no it's not, given that it's cool and rainy. But we need the rain here in the DC area, so I can live with it.

So, not much has happened since the last time I wrote in here. We went to AnimeUSA for Friday & Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B had a good time wandering around and going to various panels. F & I kinda camped out with a bag of games and played them with each other and random passers-by. Played/Taught several rounds of Castle Ravenloft. Also played Ninja vs. Ninja, Munchkin Impossible, Frag! Gold, and one or two other things. Had lunch in the Maid Cafe. We left around 7 on Sat because I was really starting to feel run down.

I have to say that I saw only a minimal amount of body-inappropriate outfits at AnimeUSA. This is a good thing. I had a longer writeup, but decided to cut it because I know y'all don't need that. The only one that disturbed me a bit was the dude dressed as some anime chick who had long, dark, curly chest hair poppoing up over the top of his bra. Looked like some sort of cthuloid tentacle thing waving around in the breeze.

Watched the Sam Kinison Tribute on Comedy Central Sat night. The man still makes me laugh after nearly 25 years.

Watched my beloved Philadelphia Eagles lay the smackdown on the Redskins last night. It was...painful to watch at times. Loved Sonny Jurgenson's line "They were Vicked".

Need to finish up Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Need the fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and other stuff.

Actually, I need to put up a Do-List for myself. Get my shit together.

But, before I do that, I want to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
Sorry, you warm weather lovers, but the summer is drawing to a close, and with it begins my favorite season of the year: Fall. YAY!!!

But hey, how are ya? Hopefully doing well, or at least reasonably so.

So, let's get this party started with some...
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  • Me: Doing pretty well at the moment. I keep waking up in the morning, so I keep having a succession of good days. With the kids being in NJ last week, we managed to get a number of things done, even though we didn't get *everything* done we wanted to. Wouldn't mind a nap right now, though.
  • Family: Well, the kids aren't ready for summer vacation to be over. Yeah, who knew? They are ready, however, from a school supplies perspective. Have been since the end of July. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is doing pretty well as well. And the change in the eating regimen has definitely made a difference in our waistlines.
  • Work: Well, tomorrow is the Project Manager's last day...definitely a case (as [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo put it) of "Addition by Subtraction". And we're in the middle of our re-accreditation (sp?). Plus our normal work. Busier than a one legged man in a ass kickin' contest, that's for sure.
  • What's happened since last we talked: Well, let me think. Got ready for 4 Fantasy football drafts, packed the games for TCEP 17, Cleaned, packed the car, watched The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, went to NJ, drafted one Fantasy football team, celebrated Dad's birthday (and F.'s 1/2 birthday), came back to MD, saw Great Big Sea, drafted a second Fantasy football team, started prepping materials for my two RPG's for TCEP 17...and here we are.
  • Ordered Castle Ravenloft Board Game; should hopefully be here in time for TCEP 17. Maybe play Friday night after dinner?
  • Starting to look at replacing the Trailblazer. In an ideal world, would replace with hybrid SUV, as [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 does a fair amount of driving for her job, and needs, at times, to haul largish and/or heavyish items to her buildings as well as be at them in bad weather. Hybrid to save gas $$$, SUV for everything else.
  • So, what do I need to do in the next few weeks?
    • Finish editing Marvel Super Heroes event for TCEP 17
    • Finish preparing Ghost Tow adventure for the 3rd Annual Gygax/Arneson Memorial Dungeon Crawl for TCEP 17
    • Make foldy name cards for both games
    • Get con bins sorted & repacked.
    • Pick up prize for Marvel Super Heroes event
    • Get bins over to storage
    • family photo on Saturday
    • get kids packed up for school
    • breathe
Think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 11 Days!
Intervention: 18 Days!
Anime USA: 81 Days!
Hi there.

So, yeah, I've been busy. At home and at work. I'm actually having problems understanding where half the month has gone. I'm actually having problems with where the year has gone, too.

Well, whatever. Here I am, ready to recap the last several weeks. And because it's a few weeks...
behind a cut it goes )
It's midnight.

I need to get some sleep.

But I promised an update. And now you have one.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 19 Days!
Intervention: 26 Days!
Anime USA: 89 Days!
OK, so the family & I spent the better part of the last 7 days either planning for or attending Origins 2010. Here, for those who care, is the recap of those days.

Short version. Another Awesome Time was had by all.
Long version under cut )
With your host, Grayhawk! OK, so this is pretty much a brain dump.

Well, it was a good weekend. At least, for me it was.

Friday, I had to have B. to school at 0530, as the North Bethesda Middle School choir was performing that day in Newport News, VA that morning, and they were leaving by 0600. Now, the NBMS band and NBMS Orchestra were also performing that day; after which, they were heading for Busch Gardens. Turns out that this was a competition, and I am happy to say that not only did the choir take first place, but the band and orchestra did as well!

Meanwhile, I just went in early. Had to make up some time anyway, so it was just a long day.

Picked her up around 11 pm after watching the Flyers beat Boston. We all crashed.

Saturday morning was spent running errands, including haircuts all around and a quick stop at Target. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 went up to the C&S game in F-redneck, and the kids & I cleaned, then napped, until it was time to take B to her friends place for a sleepover. F & I went home and had dinner while watching Smokey & The Bandit. He called it a night, and I got pulled into a ICC10 run in WoW (downed 6 bosses). [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 got home around midnight.

Sunday broke, and we did some final policing before the Barking Mad meeting. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 collected B from the sleepover. The meeting went well, and was productive. As the pork chops I pulled out for dinner were still porksicles, we opted for some take-out fried chicken. Once the kids were prepped for school and showered, I got on WoW and got pulled into a Ulduar10 group (downed 7 bosses). Watched the Flyers beat the Habs.

And now here I am at work.

Still waiting for the dopes at Origins to get their heads out of their asses so I can sign up for events on their site.

I thought I had some sports thoughts, mainly dealing with the Flyers, but they seem to have gotten lost in the "maze of twisty tunnels, all alike" that is my brain some days.

20 years ago yesterday, we lost Jim Henson. My world has never been the same. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/05/twenty-years-later-remembering-jim-henson/all/1 is an excellent memorial.

In Pace Requiesat Ronnie James Dio. Thank you, sir, for the music and the memories. May you be at peace.

Have you registered for TCEP 17: 3 Nights in Laurel (make a hard man humble...) yet? Why not?

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Convention Countdown
Origins 2010: 36 Days!
TCEP 17: 108 Days!
Nothing like random phrases... ;-)

Hi folks. Sorry about Monday's entry. I had been working on it in spurts throughout the day, and it alllll went to shit when we found out about [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's stuff being stolen.

And I suppose that's where I'll start.

For those who don't know, my lovely wife is a commercial property manager. She was at her primary site, where her office is located. More to the point, her office is in a suite of offices in the building, all used by the management company she works for. Around 1430 hours, she went to go check on something, leaving her cellphones (personal & work) on her desk, and her bag (with her wallet in it) behind & under her desk. When she returned 20 or so minutes later, they were all gone. Credit cards, driver's license, checkbook - all gone. After a frantic search of the suite did not turn it up, she began the annoying and tedious process of getting everything canceled.

The next morning, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 planned to go to MD MVA to get a replacement license. She was in the shower when her boss called. Her wallet had been found in the men's room, and they could confirm that her driver's license was in it. She headed off to work and was able to confirm that everything was there - nothing stolen. She didn't have any cash in the bag, so that was a non-issue. Also seems that someone had lifted the site engineers keys from his desk, as they were found elsewhere in another men's room.

Net loss so far as can be told: 2 cell phones. We got off light.

Lessee, what else has happened since last I talked to you?

Went camping with my son and his Cub Scout pack. The Robert C. McDonell Campground (part of Cabin John Regional Park) is maybe 5 minutes from home. Nice enough place. The kids had a blast, the adults had fun watching the kids. The only thing that annoyed me was the rain at 0300 on Sunday.

Last weekend was a little busier, as we had a birthday party to attend for the daughter of some friends, then getting things together for Mother's Day (menu posted here). Oh yeah, and I had to buy tires for my car.

Oh the cars. Which always know when you have $$$. Godblessit. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's car need about $1500 worth of work, mine needed about $400 in tires. Together, that makes us flat-assed broke.

Didn't play much WoW in the last 2 weeks. Played enough to get my Children's Week achievement (and be annoyed by all the whining in battlegrounds by the hardcore battleground gamers when those of us there only for the achievements came in) and my Oh My, Kurenai achievement. Just need to finish off Sporeggar rep for my Diplomat title. Hopefully do some raiding this week as well.

Not too much else of late. Will be in NJ on Memorial Day weekend for the annual family BBQ. Got a Barking Mad meeting this weekend as well. Kids have birthday parties to go to. I'm just gonna try and keep my shit together. ;-)

I'll be posting recipes shortly. I'll even post the one that we didn't like so much; may be you will.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
grayhawkfh: (Tech matters)
OK, so I got my iPad on Friday. For the record, it's the 64gb 3G model.

My purchase was based on a few factors:
  • Now that the kids are older, I can start doing more gaming cons again, and therefore more demo work. This can help me
    • keep track of demos and play reports
    • keep track of rule sets, errata, FAQs, and the like.

  • I see it being an aid to other gaming I do as well, including when I start up the home campaign again.
  • There are several apps available for sysadmins; if they work reasonably well, it may make my life a little easier in not having to bring a laptop with me.
  • I'll admit it: Being able to play Plants vs. Zombies when/where I want is cool.
  • Also see it being useful for taking notes at meetings, whether work related or con related.

As I've said before, netbooks, while cheaper and providing much of the same functionality, are too small for me. Leaving my girth out of the equation, I have hands that are wide and strong. My handspan is bigger than many netbook keyboards. I fat-finger stuff all the time on those things. This was a viable alternative for me.

While I picked it up from FedEx on Friday, I didn't do much with it this weekend, as I was camping with my son and his Cub Scout pack. Therefore, I give you my impressions on it based on 2-3 nights of use.

Short version: This thing is freaking cool.

Longer version:
  • Physical: very light in my hands. I'm left with a strange combination that this feels fairly sturdy, yet...it's not hefty enough to make me believe it. There's enough screen real estate that I'm not struggling to read anything. The overall effect is that I'm not working on a computer, but have a direct window onto the web.
  • Controls: As someone who hasn't really dealt with a Apple product since 1992, the controls are reasonably intuitive. The screen rotation lock is definitely appreciated. The keyboard is responsive to my touch without being oversensitive. While I won't ever hit my top typing speed on it, I'm managing to hit a decent speed.
  • Overall usability: So far, so good. I have yet to find the lack of Flash to be an issue. The few apps I've downloaded have been good. Apps open quickly and work as intended. I haven't downloaded a lot of apps so far, only:
    • PvZ
    • Small World
    • Tweetdeck
    • Marvel Comics (and they look REALLY sweet)
    • PDF Reader
    • The Elements
    • Kindle
    • Netflix
    • Pages
    • Fnorder
    • Munchkin Level Counter

    When I get home tonight, I'll be checking out the .pdf reader and how well it works.
  • Battery life: After several hours of PVZ, I wasn't even below 60%. Battery life seems to be good.

Time will tell if this was a good investment for me. But based on the early results, the answer is yes. I'll revisit this after Origins.
May the 4th be with you. Always.
So, I spent a day at GameCon 2010. It's a small game convention held in Aberdeen, MD. Website to be found here.

Hm. This got long )
Because random titles are fun!

So, yeah, trying to get back into a more regular posting rhythm. I have a few thoughts I wanna get down on paper (screen?) while I have some lunch break time left.

But first, some administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] willowdrea & [livejournal.com profile] lindalee_! [livejournal.com profile] willowdrea & I found each other through [livejournal.com profile] snipeyhead setting up a Google group thingie, while [livejournal.com profile] lindalee_ & I found each other from a friending frenzy she was hosting a day or so ago. So welcome to the porch!. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

I'm gonna jump around a bit here. I'll try not to lose you.

I've spent part of the last day trying to hammer out my demo schedule for Origins. Mopstly, I'll be doing demos of Chez Geek, Chez Goth, and Chez Cthulhu. I'm trying not to do too much, as I'd like to do at least one event with each kid, and maybe something we can all do together.

Some of you who have been here a bit may remember that we took part in the 2009 NJ Lighthouse Challenge (you can read about our adventure here). We were going to do the Maryland one, but opted out due to illness and weather. Our plan was to try to do it this year, but I just learned from the website that due to state budgetary issues combined with the fact that neither the Long Island nor New Jersey Challenges would be held this year, they chose to also not hold it this year, instead looking towards 2011 as the next one. A bit of a disappointment, to be sure, but understandable.

Supposed to visit NJ this weekend for a combined birthday party for B and my brother [livejournal.com profile] matt3485; we shall see if that happens. Mostly, it will depend on the weather. Specifically, the snow. Yay.

So the Eagles have let Brian Westbrook go. I can't say I'm surprised. Salary Cap issues aside, he spent as much or more time off the field as on it over the last two seasons. I'm sorry to see him go, and I wish him nothing but the best. Thank you, sir, for your time with the Eagles and the thrilling plays you made. Thank you for everything you did for the city of Philadelphia and Eagles fans everywhere.

I hate my work computer on Thursdays. That's the day when the full AV scan is done. Slows this damn machine down more than molasses in Montana in February.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
There's an article in The Frisky(?) about 14 Celebs Who Are Jerks In Person (and a related article at Cinematical.)

I've been fortunate in this respect; the few celebrities I have met have been very kind and gracious. I'd like to take a moment to illustrate the flip side of the coin:
Tom Savini )Tyne Daly )S. Epatha Merkerson )Bruce Campbell )Adrian Paul )
Anyway, wanted to show the flip side of that coin. Not all celebs are assholes.
That's right. It's time for my annual post where I refuse to promote Brunswick Games Day

Again this year, this post will not talk about Brunswick Games Day (aka I wish I was at EveCon), happening on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

There will be no additional paragraph talking about how cool it is or how much fun we've had over the years. And I'm certainly not going to thank [livejournal.com profile] kmusser for spearheading this.

So there. ::sticks out tongue::

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