Went to the VTSFFC New Member Picnic Sunday, but missed most all of the new members and just hung with the old ones for a couple hours 🙂 Now, I’ve been attending VTSFFC meetings for well over a decade and a half, and raininva‘s been doing so for about a third of that time; yet as we walk up the path to the Duckpond, someone (I never did find out who) yelled, “Hey, it’s Rain… and, uh, that guy!” Sigh. As has always been true in fandom, the hot girls get all the attention. Spent most of the weekend getting … Continue reading →
Quite a long weekend. A pretty good one in a lot of ways, but long nevertheless. Thursday, raininva left for DragonCon to do some contracting for WizKids. Thursday night, after my afternoon nap, I yanked half of my office out into the living room for sorting and re-arrangement. I ended up with a huge plastic storage tub full of gaming stuff that I don’t want to get rid of, but I don’t have room for in the office. That went to the storage along with another tub of loose items; several empty boxes that were just wasting cubic went to … Continue reading →
I remember all the summers I spend, back in my school days, sitting around the house and reading because I had no friends to go anywhere or do anything with. Today, for the third time in the last few days, I’ve been invited to something I can’t do because I have a prior social commitment. My modern social life is an improvement over sitting around, but I sure hate to miss some of these parties. Thought of meiran Friday night – we were in Best Buy (I was checking out the shiny new Macintosh retail goodness) and I saw an … Continue reading →
Much too long since I’ve posted anything of substance here. I need to slow down my life a bit, take the time to catch a breath and write about what’s in my head… that was one of the big things I’d planned to do with the Newton, and I’m not taking the opportunities I might with it. This weekend I played the first game of Dungeons & Dragons that I’ve played in what I think is 20 years. Kinda funny, too, since (due to slightly confused, over-experienced players and GM) at any given moment a roll might be decided by … Continue reading →
Well, that concert I mentioned is Tuesday the 30th in Virginia Beach, so I wouldn’t possibly have been able to go anyway. It figures, ’cause I could easily have won the tickets this morning by identifying the three TV show themes. I hope my sweetie feels better. raininva was not well last night, and not a lot better this morning. She says she’s going to leave work as soon as she can do so without penalty, which is good. Go home and rest, hun! I love you! … Continue reading →
Here is me getting ready to go to Lisa and Vond’s “Leaving for Japan” party. Here is me remembering that I never got directions or a location. *D’oh!” Well, I’m going to trust in blind faith and head toward the standard Haloween party locale. If you guys never see me tonight, you’ll know why.
Imagine a world where the Star Trek transporter had been absolutely perfected, to the point where it was as safe and as easy to use as a telephone. To go somewhere, you find the nearest booth, stick a dollar in the slot for a local trip, up to $25 or $50 for international travel, and punch in a 12-digit number. Before you have time to get your hand 2 inches away from the “enter” key, *blink* and you are there. Telephone-booth-sized units are spaced every few blocks in urban and suburban areas – wider spread in rural and wild areas. … Continue reading →
On reading Lord of the Rings: it’s a long, wordy story. It will take you a long time, and you could easily be pretty confused about lots of stuff the first time you read it. It’s also one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve ever read. See, it was written by a man who loved words – words were both his job and his hobby, so he wrote a lot of them. But the world he created, he spent decades building before LotR was published, and that’s one of the most amazing things in it. By the time period … Continue reading →