Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:09 am
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Yes, N&J is coming back. This year, but I don't want to give an exact date just yet. Had a few problems that needed to be taken care of. When the new site goes live, I'll post about it here first. Until then you get to what I have for the new site banner.
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Upon learning that TOR is going to split A Memory of Light into three books I couldn't help but think "wow, that's a horrible decision to make", considering the state of the story (bloated, moving at a glacial pace) before Jordan died. Frankly, do we really need to see some kind of closure for every minor character that's been jammed into this story? You know, the characters kept well past the point of relevance,like dinner guests who won't get the hint that it's time to leave. Probably not.

But then I read Sanderson's post, and I hate to say it, but it left me feeling excited to finally, truly see the end of the series. I really did not think that was possible, since the last few boooks had soured me on the series. I think part of my changed opinion has to do with the fact that he's actually, you know, DONE with the first part. After so little time has passed, relatively speaking. That we will likely see a book this year, and the next two years. That he doesn't sound burnt out- he's very upbeat even though he's probably receiving a ton of negative email for various reasons.

So yeah, I will probably buy them when they come out. And in the meantime, I will probably pick up some of Sanderson's work to read, so I have some idea what to expect. My only hope is that when they do come out, they are offered in hardback and kindle versions because I will likely buy the kindle version first. :D
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The image isn't real, but that's basically what the game is.

They talk about head slot items in the book, but you know,head slot items. Like the sockets on items in certain online games. I could just be reading too much into that. Likely not, but you can't help but link it. And actions every round, for everyone. That means if you are a caster of any stripe, you get to cast every round (albeit from a set list, but it's a nice list.). EVERY ROUND!

1. I never had any issues with 3.5. I like the system- and I have spent a good chunk of change on it.
2. Any link between 3.5 and 4 is tenuous at best. 4th edition is really streamlined. This makes it very fun to play for new people. As per available classes- I know they said something about introducing bards later, but the Warlord class is pretty much the Bard, with a name change.

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This one is sadly not pear-shaped enough, nor is it the right faction*. But it means that the idea is not that impossible. For the record, I have been thinking about making one of these for awhile now. I just cringe at the thought of how much *time* it would probably take. And room to make. And store the final piece. I think I would probably use hoops (like what you'd see in a hoop skirt, but maybe more than one- dunno). Would probably use LED's for the eyeballs, inset into the headpiece (maybe use egg carton cups to get an even reflective surface in the eye sockets.

*Original image can be found here:
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You know, I just can't help but chuckle.
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Courtesy of CNN:More colleges move toward optional SATs

NPR also had a story that touched on this trend over the weekend.
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Are we still able to vote for that Lj board thing? If so, I am totally voting for [ profile] jameth.

ETA: Yeah, looks like it is. Voted.
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    So, at the last moment, and with little to no planning I went to Supercon. It is one of the few comic cons to make its way down here to sunny, not-so-comic con friendly South Florida. I wish I could say that I went for the panels (missed the only one I had an interest in, sadly) or exhibited. The truth is I only went because Dana Snyder, the voice of "Master Shake" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, was in attendance. And I wanted an sketch/autograph and photo. So I went.

(One of the small pockets of clear space at the con.)

    That I knew a number of other people going to the con certainly made it more enjoyable. I got to chat with friends, we oogled comics (and all manner of comics related stuff), we marveled at the sardine-can atmosphere. That I knew the person responsible for the con (which I only discovered after having been told by [ profile] coldecho)was a little weird. But it did explain why the place was a clusterfuck as far as logistics. And i'm not saying this because I like to say mean things. There were many people at the con- way more than the place looked capable of holding. Having the check-in, ticket sales, and con entrance at the center of a t-intersection also does not help. Reducing foot traffic space by putting large booths for the local radio station, and a major local comic shop (along with four other booths in the area with the heaviest foot traffic) only makes things worse.

Anyways, enough crabbiness. Photos:

Sketch/autograph thing in progress.

Yes, I know how silly I look, and I don't care.

Totally forgot to bring a dvd for him to sign, but i'm kind of glad it worked out that way. I plan on framing the sketch/autograph, and possibly including the two photos with it when I find a nice frame- I can always cut the matting myself. May post it when it's done, if I remember.

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(Not permanently, mind you, but he is here from the 21st to the 26th.)

He's asked to see as many of the group as he can, while he's here. [ profile] mxlplx, [ profile] unsigned and myself will probably meet up with him on Friday.If anyone would like to join us, please let me know via email, or with a comment on the entry.

The email:

Subject: I'm coming home!
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 20:15:46 -0400

Hey there!

Long freakin' time no see, no hear, no nothing! My bad. No shit.

Anyway, as luck would have it, I'm being flown down the Fort Lauderdale for Memorial Day Weekend and am then driving an ailing friend to Providence, Rhode Island.

I'll only be in town from Wednesday May 21st to Memorial Day (26th). Laurence has all my time on Wednesday and Thursday, but I'd really love to see as many of the ol' gang as possible. Even if all we do is hang out and drink coffee. I don't care, I just want to see everyone again before I lose my mind (again).

Forward this to anyone you think would be interested in seeing me again as I've lost a lot of my email addys for folks thanks to Karl's dim-wittedness. Email me back on possible plans so I know when and where. I already know a lot has changed down there. So have I. Despite my brother's relentless asinine nature, I'm stronger than ever vocally and my performance chops have never been better or more embolden. Who needs him when I have friends who actually care. Regardless of distance.

See you soon. Very soon.

Kevin-Michael Wolfer

PS - Karaoke anyone?
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More bee deaths
From the article:
Last year's survey commissioned by the Apiary Inspectors of America found losses of about 32 percent. As beekeepers travel with their hives this spring to pollinate crops around the country, it's clear the insects are buckling under the weight of new diseases, pesticide drift and old enemies like the parasitic varroa mite, said Dennis van Engelsdorp, president of the group. "For two years in a row, we've sustained a substantial loss," he said. "That's an astonishing number. Imagine if one out of every three cows, or one out of every three chickens, were dying. That would raise a lot of alarm."


May. 6th, 2008 01:23 pm
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If you had a day to wander around Boston, where would you go/what would you visit?
I ask this because i'm going to Portsmouth for a wedding, and likely spending at least one full day in Boston (probably a day and a half) during the trip.
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Because buying overpriced food outside of the home sucks, and because carrying around an assortment of odds and ends rubber maid/ tupperware/ what have you containers in a plastic bag ends up being unwieldy, at best- I will probably buy one of these over the weekend. Or, *failing* to find one at a local market this weekend, online.
Sadly, Amazon says 4-6 weeks till I can get one from them (which I would, because hey- I have a $25 gift certificate and it would be $18.33 with amazon prime free 2-day). As it is now, I have a stash of dry goods in the desk that do not need to be refrigerated, but they're only good for breakfast, or snacks.

The avocado and grapefruit trees we have been tending to are growing fast- they had a growth spurt after I transfered them to larger containers. Also doing well- the berry tree (gooseberry?) that looked to be on death's door (purchased on sale at Target). A bargain at $7, it's looking happy and healthy in it's pot now. The lettuce, beets, tomatoes and basil I planted one month ago are plugging along. I lost some after a week of particularly sunny, dry weather. Lost all the strawberry seedlings I planted at the same time. Will probably try to grow more again, as soon as I find the time to pick up more seeds. And dirt. Pictures of pot garden this weekend, because i've been meaning to.

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Time: 7:30 showing of Ironman
Where: Regal Cypres Creek Station 16
6415 North Andrews Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33334


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For those of you in the area, that might be interested in joining us:

[ profile] mxlplx, [ profile] unsigned and I will be seeing 7:30 showing of Ironman on Friday, May 2nd, 2008. We will be seeing it at the Regal Cypres Creek Station 16, located at 6415 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33334. If you are interested, they're selling tickets in advance (we picked up ours this weekend)at the theater and online.

Also- if you missed this weekend's episode of This American Life you missed a really good show- Episode 258: Leaving the Fold. When I hear an episode like this I wish the show was longer than an hour.
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So horrible it becomes awesome in it's horribleness

I mean, we're talking Tijuana unicorns and Demented Deer here, people!
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Get free seeds and help bees!

San Francisco State University is conducting a research project on urban bee colonies. They give you sunflower seeds for free. You in turn agree to grow those seeds and document how many bees come to visit. A full explanation can be found here. More people participating = better results. I have already sent away for my seeds.


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