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Current Music:Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Current Location:Jobsite Fun
Subject:A long time away.....
Time:04:52 pm
Current Mood:tiredtired
So, I haven't bothered posting to this journal in a very long time.  For some reason, the idea of taking the time to describe what's going on at the moment just seems like a waste most of the time.  I suppose I'm just not a natural journalist.  Also, I find my life to be pretty plebeian.  Possibly it's a case of familiarity breeding contempt?

Regardless, I need to take a short break from work, which has gone from "extreme boredom with nothing to do" to "12 hour days with an hour commute each way".  My poor brain is pretty tired, and I have to make this code work.  It's better than boredom (barely), but it's still pretty annoying.  Why don't I ever get placed on a job with plenty of time and a realistic budget?  WHY DAMN YOU?!?

In any case, life has been busy lately.  Things on my plate right now -

1)  Running Gun Productions - Big things are afoot, and I am of course involved in all of them, although only tangentially for a few projects.  I could stand to spend more hours a week on this stuff though.

2)  Spirit of the Century - This one is sadly languishing a bit, but my good friend dasquish  and I are planning to run a series of one shots of Spirit of the Century for a large group of friends.  We had 19 people get together to make characters at the same time, and we'll be running a series of one-shot games that people will be signing up for on a case by case basis.  Anticipation is high, but I don't have everyone's characters back yet, and I haven't had time to get together with Kevin and do the serious planning that we need to do.

3)  Working on my house - The GF and I bought a house (our first) in June, and it needs work.  Work that I have been lax in getting to, since I'd much rather do things I enjoy once I get home than sand drywall.  It really needs to get done though.  Especially since I don't want to be painting with the windows closed, and it'll be too cold to open them very soon.

I'm sure there's more, but I'm blanking for the moment.  The social calendar is pretty full right now, what with RenFaire season and board gaming and the Sunday DnD game and Friday Night Dinners every other week and several other RPGs I'm in and BSO season tickets and and and and......

Right.  Back to work, eh?

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Subject:Recent news/steal-worthy meme
Time:08:40 am
This week is the final week of work here in lovely Madison, Wi.  It will be good to be home, but I have to admit that I've gotten very comfortable here over the last two months, and there are people and places that I will miss once I leave.  Perhaps a change order or two will bring me back out for a short trip, and I'll get to visit Indigo (local coffee shop) and my friends at the Madison West/Middleton Residence Inn.

In other news, I have finally decided to become more proactive about scheduling games.  I've been chomping at the bit to try some of the new indie RPGs I've purchased, and I've gone ahead and scheduled a game for this Saturday night at my place.  It's a small group, because the game (My Life With Master) only warrants a small number of players.  I played in a session of the game with dazaharia at GenCon 2006, but the person running it sort of butchered the rules, so I'm excited to do it right.  I'm a bit apprehensive about it though; the game really requires a certain amount of thinking on my feet, as everything is unscripted.  There is no planning ahead, everything is created in consensus with the players so if the people in the game aren't proactive enough it could be a very unrewarding experience for everyone.  I think the group will be alright, but I'm still a bit nervous.  Fingers crossed!

In other news, deathquaker has posted a meme I can really get behind:  The Book Meme.  And no, I've never heard of "LibraryThing", but I intend to research it.

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Subject:Stupid ghey test
Time:01:30 am
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Current Location:Home (still!)
Time:01:07 pm
Current Mood:hungryRavenous
This is a reposting from a friend's comment page, but I meant to do this ages ago and didn't.  So here it is, my review(critique!?!) of 300.

I saw 300 while I was hanging out in NYC this last week, and I have to throw out a little dissension here. Maybe it was because I saw the movie without any friends to lend me energy while watching, but about 2/3rds of the way in I just wanted it to be over, I was so sick of it. I loved the way the movie was shot. I really enjoyed the over the top aspects of a lot of it, but at the same time I was incredibly irritated by what I saw as inappropriate additions to the story that aren't in the trade by Frank Miller, as well as items that make no sense in the historical context (I know it's fiction!).

So I suppose my real complaint is that they cranked the drama knob up so high that the real drama got lost in the bluster. It did alot of things very well, and I loved the look, alot of the feel, and the fighting was AMAZING. Some of the best fight scenes ever in a war movie. Unfortunately, the extra material they added to pad the movie out (the comic is VERY short) didn't work for me. And apparently everyone in Persia is either horrible disfigured, or has so many piercings that they generate a magnetic field just by walking.
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Current Location:Home
Subject:Online nWoD game
Time:11:07 am
Current Mood:hungryStarving
A gentleman I met in NYC is planning to run a nWoD game, with the intention of starting all characters off as regular people and transitioning through roleplaying into the various types of splat creatures.  I believe he's only going to include Mage, Vampire, and Werewolf, but if anyone is really feening for some Prometheus (is anyone!?!) I suppose you could try to convince him.  He wants to run it live, but I suspect it will turn into an online game, so if anyone I know is interested (I know I've mentioned this fellow to several of you before) check out my Friends Page (he's Coridan) and see what he's talking about.
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Subject:Cthulhuiana is getting more abundant
Time:06:41 pm
It seems like the general level of Mythos fancraft is increasing in both quantity and quality.  Take for instance, this little gem.

Incredibly creepy and well done.  I recommend really paying attention.  I'll be visiting the creator's site at some point soon.

In other news, I'm planning to see 300 tonight.  I'm sure my lovely SO is not too interested in seeing it, so a quite evening in NYC before a long workday will be a great time to do so.
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Current Music:Postal Service - Nice and bland
Current Location:Ye Olde Timey Hotel
Subject:Brain just won't stop!
Time:11:05 am
Current Mood:pessimisticpessimistic
It's rare that I can't get to sleep, but for some reason I can't get this damned job off of my mind long enough to get some much needed rest.  On the plus side, I just made alot of important phone calls that I'd been putting off, mostly due to sleeping way too late in the day to make them.

On the plus side, the head of the NY SPL office just sent me a joke that I thought was pretty funny.  Stop me if you've already heard it.

I have to admit, this is pretty much spot on.  I've grown to really like this town, I can easily imagine moving here at some point in the future.  Such a cool city.
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Current Music:Laptop Case Fan
Current Location:Hotel Room
Subject:Last minute changes!
Time:08:30 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
As I almost completely expected, there have been last minute changes to the moving day!  My landlord has apparently decided that HE is moving this weekend (probably due to his ex-wife's schedule), so I can't move in yet.  He wanted me to move on Monday...HAH.  I don't think so.  So we will be pushing the move back to the 10th, also a Saturday, but 7 days later than the expected day.  As always, any help is welcome.  Maybe the beautiful and strong-backed destertale can make it now?  Who can say?
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Subject:Moving Day!
Time:12:51 am
Barring sudden last minute changes, we are planning to move this Saturday the 3rd of February.  We are only moving from the 3rd floor to the 1st floor of the same house, so there will be no truck, no loading and unloading, just a bunch of trips up and down the stairs to move boxes and furniture.  There may also be a few people busily throwing our crap into bags and boxes, depending on how well Jen is able to get the rest of our stuff packed this week with her very little free time.  Moving time should be starting around 2PM, as Jen has to work in the morning and I would like a few hours of sleep between when the train deposits me in MD and when I have to start moving boxes.  We will of course be providing food and drink for anyone who ventures out to help us.  And of course, if anything changes in the next week there will be a follow up email.

Thanks to everyone who can come out and help, we appreciate everyone who can!
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Current Music:Guster, my tummy rumblies
Current Location:Work
Subject:Kill Puppies For Satan
Time:07:35 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
KPFS is a sweet little game that my friend and future roommate has expressed interest in running. Sadly for me, he hasn't even bought the book yet, which to me betrays a sad, pitiful lack of desire to either kill puppies or get on the good side of Satan. I mean, it's almost free. Practically. I've read the whole damned thing now, because I've been waiting, and so now I have to run it. If anyone is interested, grab a pet and give me a ring, just not my pets; I have dibs.

If that shit doesn't make you crack a smile, then your sense of humor is far too nice and needs to be taken into a back alley and roughed up a bit.  Maybe knee-capped.
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