Unscheduled

Jun. 4th, 2017 12:25 pm
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E has been out of town all week, visiting family. I am reminded of what an incomplete human I am without her. Especially where food is concerned.

I've gotten a surprising amount of stuff done around the house and yard, though, and I've kept up my exercise schedule. Not sure how well that would work in the long term. Fortunately, she's due back tonight.

I've also spent a fair amount of time doing nothing productive. I'm eight episodes into The Expanse. It's a pretty good adaptation of the novel series. The visuals are fantastic, albeit a little poorly-lit at times. I only have a couple of gripes. Some of the dialogue is unclear, and I'm not sure if that's the audio quality or my rapidly-aging ears. And I'm not very happy with the fact that it took the main crew seven episodes to start acting like a crew, in large part due to the ham-handed characterization of Amos (which I suspect is on the writers - the actor's doing a fine job with what they've given him). But things seem to be evening out as the situation on Eros begins to go sideways.

I've also spent a handful of hours this weekend on the fresh beta release of the new Battletech PC game. It's limited to 4v4 matches against the AI, so that's not going to hold my attention for long... but based on what I've played so far, and Harebrained Schemes' track record with story for the Shadowrun Returns series, I have high hopes for the finished product. I've been playing mainly in the lower end of the weight range, with light/medium lances totaling 15M C-Bills (the balancing system for this mode), with occasional forays into the 20M bracket. MVPs so far: Centurion and, surprisingly, Commando. And a full backshot from a Victor is just as spectacular as it should be.

Relocated

Apr. 6th, 2017 07:36 pm
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New ToS over at LiveJournal. Not real comfortable. Haven't been real comfortable for a while.

Let's see how things are here.

Roland

Jan. 24th, 2016 07:36 am
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Happy St. Zevon's day, all.

Enjoy every sandwich.

Mutineer

Oct. 12th, 2015 06:24 pm
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Well, damn. Archive.org has 112 live Warren Zevon concert recordings.

I don't even know where to start.
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Finally back on a regular running schedule. For the last four weeks, I've gotten three runs a week logged. Not great. I've lost a lot of cardio. Did 3 miles today but 0.25 of that was a walk, so it doesn't really count as a 5k. But it's more than I've accomplished since December.

Also accomplished today: )

Whew. And now it's flake o'clock.
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Random update. Sometimes no plan is the best plan.

Yesterday: Run, breakfast at Magee's, farmers' market. Went to Louisville for lunch with Grandmom at FDKY BBQ. Saw her koi, which are getting huge. Did not see her cat.

Today: Up at cat o'clock, early grocery trip. Came home, unloaded food, went back out for a walk around the UK Arboretum. McAlister's and Graeter's for lunch. Made a random pass through Fresh Market on the way home for interesting foods and came away with a few things we'd never seen before, including a cream cheese/Greek yogurt mix which I intend to try on bagels Real Soon Now.

Now: Excavating my inbox.

Requiem

Apr. 20th, 2015 09:36 am
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Please don't make a memorial Facebook page for me after my death. Of all the places I don't want to be bound to...
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This seems to be the month when a great many friends ask me to collaborate on writing projects. If only I could focus on the ones to which I've already committed...

Legitimacy

Jan. 25th, 2015 08:06 am
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I think the last time I watched television news was the weeks after 9/11. For me, the signal-to-propaganda ratio is no longer favorable. Fox is better pronounced "Faux," the rest of the national channels fail to deliver anything of substance, and the local programming isn't even on my radar.

This piece on television news' loss of legitimacy in the eyes of anyone under 40 is well-presented, interesting, and a bit disturbing. I'm looking at it not only as a member of that age range, but as someone whose job may occasionally involve getting citizens to take actions to save their own lives. How do we reach a fairly large demographic that fundamentally distrusts - or outright ignores - the only information channels that our chain of command wants us to use?

ETA: Chain of command reference here is in a general sense. In my specific office, I'm fortunate to have a director who gets social media's importance. A lot of shops run by Boomers who still think of Facebook as a fad don't always have that recognition at the policy-setting level.

Kyle

Jan. 22nd, 2015 09:18 pm
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Anyone who's saying American Sniper glorifies war probably walked into the wrong fuckin' theater.

Antisocial

Jan. 18th, 2015 09:15 am
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We're not avoiding you. It's just that it's now tax season.

Headcanon

Nov. 28th, 2014 07:01 pm
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I can't unsee it and I don't really want to:




(Original here with bonus content in the discussion thread.)

Slushee

Nov. 1st, 2014 05:14 pm
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This morning's run was... unpleasant. 35º and 85% humidity... we've done worse. But this was with irregular gusty winds and a constant fall of snow and sleet. Going into the wind, we couldn't see - not because of whiteout but because of little bits of ice blowing into our eyes. No accumulation on the ground, fortunately, and only a couple of places where wet fallen leaves were dangerously slick.

We skipped the farmers' market today. Only a few vendors were set up and neither Reed Valley Orchard nor Lexington Pasta appeared to be among them. This is the end of the season in more ways than one.

Other than the run and groceries, today has not been the most productive. I did some excavation of desk and workbench, jettisoned a bunch of old airsoft material that I'll never use again, and got to inbox zero. Meh.

Variability

Sep. 4th, 2014 09:27 pm
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Today's run sucked.

But there was blueberry pie tonight, and I made progress on the workbench project. And tomorrow I get to hang out with the fire department's HAZMAT guys.

So, on the whole, a net positive day.
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I received an ammunition order from Cabela's and got a free sample pack of Allegra with my cartridges. Not sure what message I'm supposed to take from this...
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I feel like I should post some sort of update here but nothing seems all that interesting. What do y'all want to hear about?

Bueller?

Bueller?

Ow

Jan. 1st, 2014 09:06 am
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Far too old to stay up 'til 3:30am any more.

Done with 2013. May 2014 suck less.

Daytime

Dec. 29th, 2013 01:36 pm
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So it's been a something something year.

Work continues apace. I have to accustom myself to the creeping speed and inefficiency of the world of local government. I have a couple of chunks of training coming up in the first quarter of 2014 that should get me ready to do most of the work I was actually hired to do. Let's hope there aren't any major disasters before then.

After months of delays and frustration, the basement project is finally complete. Five hacked IKEA Billys and a Benno are installed, giving us what's effectively 65 shelf-feet of "built-in" bookshelves in the basement. Most of the gaming, fiction, and reference books are moved in and clean-up is more-or-less done. Dining room has a new table and chairs, which [livejournal.com profile] elalyr and I procured last month as our graduation present to ourselves.

I'm done with my first freelance work since the clusterfuck that was Twilight: 2013. It's a drop in the inkwell compared to some stuff I've done but it was rewarding: 11,000 words for Onyx Path's Trinity Continuum reboot. Redlines are in and my developer is mostly pleased, so I'll have minimal work to do on finalizing them next month.

Currently getting ready for a couple of days with [livejournal.com profile] aureus_videre and [livejournal.com profile] furison. Typical last-minute game prep, this time for a semi-secret playtest of [REDACTED] [REDACTED]th Edition. Back to the plot mine.

Vesta

Nov. 25th, 2013 06:41 am
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
3,500 words yesterday. Some of it's going to have to come back out, as it's way over one section's alloted word count, but it all feels like worthwhile content.

Skipped today's run. I've been fighting a sore throat all weekend, had some gastrointestinal ambiguities last night, and remain sore from Saturday's move. Also, it's 25º out there. I'm not happy about the first miss since we started Cto5k but I think my body needs it.

Legions

Nov. 17th, 2013 11:20 am
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
New dining room furniture arrived yesterday. We can now seat (and serve!) six in relative comfort or eight-plus in knee-knocking cramped inefficiency. Cats have sniffed it and pronounced themselves indifferent. Wife has sniffed it and pronounced herself satisfied.

Couch to 5k continues apace (so to speak). Yesterday was two unbroken miles for the first time since November 1992. I am surprisingly not-hurty, which is a good sign in and of itself.

Played in [livejournal.com profile] tracker7's Star Wars: Edge of the Empire pick-up game yesterday, in which he ran this year's Free RPG Day scenario. Well-written and well-executed - we got an in media res beginning in a chase scene, some investigation and social stuff, a clue chain that didn't feel contrived, and a couple of final fight scenes that went quickly and smoothly. The only point of friction was a particular player's one-note sense of alleged humor and characterization, but I can filter. To a point. Regardless, though, I'm growing more and more enamored of Fantasy Flight's rules system. The weird symbol-based dice are pretty quick once you figure out what they mean, though the automatic results aggregation of the five-dollar iPhone dice roller app helps immensely. I still don't intend to buy the rather expensive book unless I get into someone's extended campaign, but I'm impressed.

Today, we're under a wind advisory until midnight, as there's a possibility of weather equal to or heavier than what we got on Halloween. I'm taking the precaution of hunkering down in my basement office and working on some of my freelance assignment for the Trinity Continuum reboot. Later, there will no doubt be more XCOM: Enemy Within, about which I really should write separately. The problem is that time spent writing about it means time spent not playing it...

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