Could someone please tell me when the term “deadline”, as used in the publishing industry, came to mean “The time at which we’d like to have your final approved materials if you don’t mind; but if you do mind it’s okay, later will be fine, or tomorrow, or even after we’ve put the papers out on the racks – it’ll be no problem to pull all 30,000 of them and fix the phone number you couldn’t bother to double-check…” All of our advertisers and salespeople seem to have been told about this change, but none of the production staff. Weird, … Continue reading →
In the midst of praising Rain for the incredible job she did last night, I inadvertently insulted her by suggesting that she may not have been able to handle her opponent in Sudden Death. As has been pointed out, her opponent had the advantage, but that doesn’t in any way mean that she couldn’t have won. Sweetie, I apologize.
I am very proud of my sweetie! She played the third scenario of a short Mechwarrior: Dark Age campaign last night, and she had done her homework; she’d gone over the scenario description, fine-tuned the force she was going to use, and even used me as a guinea pig for her strategy. (She ran roughshod over me, but did at least tell me that she hadn’t even expected the minimal resistance I provided, so I guess that’s a compliment *smirk*) Last night she beat both her opponents in less than half the permitted time, and walked away with a valuable … Continue reading →
Hail Eris! … Continue reading →
The What Planet Are You From? quiz says that I’m a… “Child of Mercury… Your soul is thoughtful and in constant motion. Children of Mercury are driven to communicate. Equipped with charm and intellect, they are ready to face a situation with a view that sees all sides. — Being so occupied with the mind tends to cause you to distance yourself from others. As a member of the race who makes everything definable, remember to create deep relationships with others. Keep aware for your dark and light side, they are exactly that – in extreme. — Learning to use … Continue reading →
The simple fact of the matter is, as much as I enjoy all kinds of games, I am a rotten loser. It’s just something built into my personality, and I’ve never been able to overcome it. I honestly don’t know how to be casual and cheerful about losing a game; I envy those who have mastered that. I sympathized greatly with Jim Kirk in The Wrath of Khan when he stated flatly, “I don’t like to lose.” Still, I want to be a good sport. Win or lose, I’ll want to play again, and throwing a fit can make it … Continue reading →
Today is the fourth anniversary of my marriage to the wonderful, beautiful, raininva. I love you forever and a day, sweetie! … Continue reading →
They just played Madonna’s “Vogue” on the radio, and I had a flashback to a VTSFFC party where we all tried to Vogue, but we just couldn’t manage it, so we fell back on something we were familiar with. We all started summoning Zords instead. “Power Ranger Vogueing,” while odd-looking, doesn’t look any odder than actual Vogueing.
Talk about long-lived hardware… here’s a link to a honest picture of a 1989 Macintosh SE/30 (16MHz, 1 Meg RAM) running Apple’s 21st century OS X operating system on a 9-inch black & white screen! “Overclocked” antique Mac … okay, so it’s actually an iMac motherboard jammed into an old SE/30 case and hooked to its monitor by some crazy Japanese person. Still kinda cool… like when we were going to hook an LCD screen and battery pack to Ed Philibin’s otherwise self-contained Amiga and make a bulky Amiga “laptop”. … Continue reading →
Thanks to Jaguar, QuickTime 6, and DivX for Mac 5.0 Alpha 3, I can finally watch DivX .avi files now. Time to catch up on those “Chobits” episodes I was loaned!