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21st August 2016

10:39pm: Project Status
Every once in a while, I like going through my projects and seeing what I have going on. It helps to compare the list to previous entries—sometimes I’m up on points and sometimes, not so much.
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Current Mood: Satisfied

29th July 2016

6:40am: The start of three things
I have decided to use the “three things” email as a weekly writing exercise. I will copy the results into my blog(s) and send it to my discussion list—thereby forcing me to keep up with my craft in some small part. So with no further ado:
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Current Mood: meh

24th July 2016

9:25pm: Feeding the bullet throwers
I got into guns after the 2008 election. Since then I have learned a great deal about the economics of the hobby. There are a lot of variables at play—what laws are likely to pass in your region, how the upcoming candidates are set V.S. gun control, how National and state congresses look to shake out, how many supreme court slots are coming up for nomination, and what events have recently spurred the second amendment debate. I would find the entire process fascinating if the future of one of my favorite activities did not hang in the balance.
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Current Mood: zzz

4th June 2016

9:23am: Stupid political predictions
There are a couple factors that make me skeptical of “traditional” predictors of political outcomes this cycle.
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Current Mood: Happy

19th May 2016

11:10pm: Getting older, youth, and wisdom
One of the things I loved about the 30 minute serials of my youth was that the hero always seemed to have the required skill, just enough suave, or the perfect piece of wisdom for the moment. Paladin was a gunfighter but in many ways that was the least of his talents. He was an educated man, a gentleman of impeccable taste, and a hero possessed of singular honor. That is why I don’t mind getting older—I associate age with wisdom and competence.
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Current Mood: Sad

11th May 2016

12:14pm: Politics and People
I have wanted to write up something about Trump and CO for a while. It has just been difficult to put all my thoughts in order. There is a lot to think about. Fortunately, someone else has done most of the heavy lifting for me.
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Current Mood: Happy

8th May 2016

4:27pm: Contest results
My weight loss program ended May third; so I have been resting and refueling for the last week. I am so stuffed with protein it is not even funny. Starting Monday, I am back on the “plan.” Letting myself go for a couple of days was fun at times but generally left me feeling uncomfortable. I just do not enjoy fried and/or heavy food any more.
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Current Mood: Full

6th May 2016

1:26am: WTH Trump

I, I have no words. As far as I can tell the GOP just nominated a super villain as their candidate.
Current Mood: stunned

16th April 2016

2:33am: Punching off the pounds, checking in
With five of eight weeks out of the way in my weight loss contest, I am beginning to see progress. I am ranked third out of the contestants at my club, not too shabby. Of course the challenge is to maintain that momentum into the latter weeks—those where willpower begins to decrease.
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Current Mood: Happy

18th March 2016

1:58am: Contest update, week 1
A quick note regarding contest results and progress:
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Current Mood: happy

14th March 2016

10:31pm: Putting it on the line
Last year I took off 40 pounds, kicked my less active life style in the teeth, and started eating better. Now I am putting it on the line—because there is nothing like a good competition to get me motivated.
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Current Mood: hopeful

9th March 2016

10:51pm: Politics moving along
Super Tuesday is done. Are we any closer to clear front runners? Do we know how the electorate is going to react in the general contest? What does all of this nonsense mean for party establishments?
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Current Mood: satisfied

27th February 2016

1:08am: I have no idea what to do.
The following is a _personal_ attempt to work through my feelings. B is having a very difficult time as most are already aware. This is not an attempt to make her problems about me. If you read any further please understand that this is how I deal with internal conflict without having to unload it on the group at large.
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Current Mood: Angry

3rd February 2016

2:38am: Personal Invintory pt3;
Shooting is one of those hobbies that takes on a life of its own. I know people with a couple guns. I have met people with a couple hundred. The limiting factors tend to run toward space, finances, and interest.
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Current Mood: sleepy

30th January 2016

3:15am: The state of the union
I have tried not to talk about politics lately. The primary season is mind numbing. This candidate raised a couple million more than the other candidate. That pole puts one candidate up 1 point more than the margin of error in one state than that other candidate—maybe in the general election, maybe not. This candidate promises to “fix” this problem which the other party detests. Bla, bla, bla...Short of comedic stumbles, the only interesting part of the 2016 presidential race has been the sharp contrast in how Republicans and Democrats view the state of the union.
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Current Mood: tired
1:47am: Gaming and the social contract
Recently our friends group absconded to the shore to celebrate Dara’s birthday and transgender unveiling. Kids were stashed with caretakers while 26 adults spent the weekend energetically socializing, gaming, and eating a metric ton of junk food. It was a glorious celebration.
I greatly enjoyed my 3 day vacation. It was worth every penny to see Dara out in public for the first time. I got to see old friends, play games, walk on the boardwalk, eat great food, sip excellent Scotch, rejuvenate my gaming drive, and build treasured memories. Those positive experiences caused me to reflect on the nature of my particular circle of geekdom. I have been dealing with this malaise for a while—d40con simply offered me further fodder for consideration.
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Current Mood: happy

13th January 2016

9:48pm: [Tactical Gamage] Personal Invintory PT2
I have reconciled myself to writing a bunch of “this is what I did and what I am going to do” blog entries. I have talked about these items enough that it feels redundant. That being said, I need to get it down to hold myself accountable.
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11th January 2016

8:10pm: [Tactical Gamage] Personal Invintory PT1
I hate “resolutions.” They result in a month of furious good intentions followed by 11 months of disappointment. However, writing my expectations down keeps me honest. So these are not resolutions. They are “expectations.”
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4th January 2016

9:37pm: [Tactical Gamage] The making of things
I am used to doing a fair bit of cooking around the holidays between parties, company, and day-to-day obligations. I like creating things be it meals, music, or stories. It is life affirming to share the product of your heart and hands. There is a particular sense of achievement when you can say “I made that myself.” That being said, this year was out of control.
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21st December 2015

9:21pm: [Tactical Gamage] Initial thoughts on Exalted Third Edition

One of my favorite childhood memories came when the library for the blind got the wheel of time series on tape. Back then, you were lucky to get big fantasy on audio—and almost never unabridged. I spent many hours lazing on my bedroom floor listening to my first exposure to epic high fantasy. From that moment I have been hooked on the series and the genre.
Unfortunately, I have not found many well executed epic-high-fantasy role-playing games. There are good epic games. There are good High fantasy games; but Good and epic and high fantasy?—not so much. It is difficult to build a setting that encourages legendary shenanigans. You need a provocative world that begs for stories to be told. You need an advancement system that allows for customization and character development. You need a combat system with flare. Many try—few succeed.
I discovered first edition exalted when a friend offered to run a new fantasy game system from white wolf. At the time I thought it was simply a fun RPG with some interesting setting elements. Later I ran several campaigns and played in a couple short-lived stories. Exalted was the kind of game I had always wanted. It was big. It was bold. There were magic, artifacts, swords, heroes, villains, heroic villains, and villainous heroes. Multiple editions and splat books have evolved the franchise to something beyond the hardcover that first won my heart; however, at its core, exalted is still that game I fell in love with more than a decade past.
I went into the third edition kickstarter dreaming of a beautiful leather bound tome of perfect story potential—gleaming mechanics—elegant pros—a product that innovated but kept all the things I loved about first ed and none of the things I hated about second. Now, two years past the expected completion date with at least another year before I see a physical product, my expectations have been tempered. I still want that perfection–but I am willing to overlook some beauty marks if it gets me a workable result.
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14th October 2015

4:14am: [Tactical Gamage] The making of an action hero, hitting the streets
Operation status: Active.
Duty Assignment: Local patrol.
Notes: Recommend further training and attention to diet.
It has been several months since my last report. As my training regimen has stabilized, I no longer feel the need for weekly updates. That being said, writing helps me order my thoughts and prepare for the next mission—so greater frequency may be in order.
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13th October 2015

5:51am: [Tactical Gamage] Making the Mac
Thanks to the master of mac, I have this excellent recipe which I will be making for this year’s friends’ giving. Let all rejoice, spicy chicken-mac is incoming.
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2nd October 2015

10:00pm: [Tactical Gamage] Doing the right thing
As I move from my 30s toward curmudgeonhood, I frequently ponder friendships, social obligation, and manners. I am one of those people who enjoy reading Emily Post for obscure items of social etiquette. I also read articles on conflict resolution, ethics, honor, and morality.
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26th September 2015

9:53am: [Tactical Gamage] Ranging
Last Saturday I returned to the range with ‘L’. There was a time when we hit the firing line every Sunday. It was great to refresh those memories. Shooting is a perishable skill—and I don’t just mean the act of putting rounds on target. Cleaning firearms, keeping track of the myriad little details that give each gun its character, loading, and resetting after a shot are easy to recall but often difficult to do if you’ve let practice slip. There’s an old saying “beware of the man with one gun because he probably knows how to use it.” My corollary is the man with full gun cabinet needs to practice more—and man, does that apply to me.
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11th August 2015

10:21pm: Debate theatre
Republicans seem addicted to these huge on-going debate formats. It’s not just the 15+ candidates running for the nomination; you’ve got nine showdowns before the primaries. You would have thought they’d have learned last season.
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Current Mood: kickass
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