Sagan-Man!

Posted February 17th, 2010 (6:01 pm) || Comments Off

They laugh now, but within 10 years the city's entire criminal class will have quit to work on space research.

I’m still a bit behind on xkcd… but considering I’m planning a Champions campaign in the near future, I found this comic particularly funny.

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Happy New Year!

Posted January 1st, 2008 (2:28 pm) || Comments Off

It’s 2008 and I now have a whole new year to promise myself I’ll do a bunch of stuff I can later blame other people for preventing me from actually getting done. Among these are completing the Champions section of TLOT3, completing my Ebonwind setting for Star Hero and publish content for the Rifts Hero section of TLOT3. I’m pretty sure I’ll actually get at least one of those things done.

Among other various frivolous goals of mine for the year include getting a hero to level 50 in City of Heroes. I don’t play the game obsessively, so this might take awhile. So far I’ve been playing for almost a year already and I’ve just gotten a character to level 30.

The easy goals I have will be accomplished rather quickly this year. One of which is to buy a second computer. Well, technically it will be a 3rd computer, but I’m not counting the POS we’ve got parked in the living room. That’s good for general web browsing (when it manages to connect) and for low end games that aren’t sound or graphics intensive. I’ll also be picking up Sony Vegas for DeAnna so she’ll be able to continue her excellent work on various machinima projects she has planned. While these purchases are kinda large, this is our year to receive a large tax refund, DeAnna will be gainfully employed soon and I’ve just worked two holidays at double time and a half pay.

So, here’s wishing everyone else a happy new year and I hope you all have better luck with your own resolutions than I’m likely to have with mine.

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As The World Falls Down

Posted March 8th, 2007 (12:13 pm) || Comments Off

Well, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy. Two computers, a trip to the Renaissance Festival, a three day cold, Norton Anti-Computer, a two new websites and a revamped TLOT3 later, I think I have some spare time to post a blog entry. Things have been happening fast, so here’s hoping I don’t screw up the order of events too much. Everything’s been a blur for the past month.

As my avid readers may remember, our old computer up and died spontaneously in December, and we completely failed to get it back up and running. But we also bought a new computer. A nice computer. A computer with Norton: the computer hating, money sucking, hypocritical virus eating virus, “anti-computer” on it. Guess what Norton does. Every day it reminds me I’m using a trial version and wants me to renew/upgrade and all that. Well, I figure why not? I do so and guess what the recommended option is? Renew online. It’s fast, easy and secure. Says so. NOT. No, it takes hours just for each step to load, it requires complicated jumping from the program to the website and then you have to do a bunch of steps it only tells you about after you’ve skipped one, and the secure part if a joke. Only I’m not laughing. After the install was “complete” I found my operating system so corrupt the computer was forced to restart every time Norton loaded. Since Norton is a virus itself, the only way to fix the problem was a complete restore of the OS, which meant a nearly complete loss of all our info. Again. Best Buy was nice and fixed everything, for a cost. Now I’m out $300 on top of the cost of renewing Norton. I’m still waiting for my refund, and I dread calling them back. I wish they’d hire people who spoke English better.

In the middle of everything was the Arizona Renaissance Festival. We had planned on taking a hoard of cash for shopping out there, but alas, we had to fix the computer. We did manage to afford a new hat for DeAnna, which she loves. There’s a “magical mime” called Arsene out there that is great! I hate mimes, but this guy is really more of a silent magician, and he’s hilarious. He involves members of the audience, usually to their dismay. The first 5 minutes or so of his act involves him getting annoyed at the constant interruptions, typically all the people who show up late (even though he’s starting early just to be annoyed by them). I love it!

Also on the plus side, I made a huge leap forward on tlot3.net. After a crash course in Dreamweaver and CSS2, and a sudden inspiration of what to do graphically with the site, I have a working template. Some fine tuning still needs to be done. I’m thinking my navigation under the main header is too large. I worry about shrinking those images smaller though. I might just replace them with text, but I really like having images there. I’ll just have to keep tinkering. Check out the look at http://tlot3.net/.

I’ve also got a few new sites. Inspired by one of the Hero System Champions books, I’ve registered and am now hosting foxbattalion.com. Mwahahaha!!! Foxbat is one of the classic villains of the Champions game, remaining pretty much unchanged from his insane perfection in 1st edition.

I also quit smoking.

Well, that’s it for now, time to get back to work.

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Edge City

Posted October 8th, 2006 (6:05 am) || Comments Off

I’m running a biweekly Champions game, and I’m often unsure if I’m doing a good job,  if I’m actually entertaining my players. I think I am though. As two of them have pointed out, they have work early the next morning, but are staying up for my game. The current game is complicated though. Ninjas with a deathwish and a grudge, empaths with something to prove, immortals trying too hard to buy their way into heaven, and demons running all over the place causing a general nuisance. I do have some things planned…  I just hope I’m able to pull it off. Wish me luck.

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