Archive for June 9th, 2008

May the Fourth…

Sorry, couldn’t resist. Anyway, on with the matter at hand.

Wizards has released D&D 4th Edition, and I am torn, not badly, mind you, but just enough. I think it’s great that they have continued to keep the game alive and well, and have developed new ways to keep it interesting.

There’s the “formerly active” gaming geek in me that wants to go out and get the new books, and add them to my library of gaming stuff, then there is the intelligent part of my brain that screams out, pointing at the label “formerly active”, citing that it has been at least five years since I have even been to a gaming session, and (*gasp*) about ten since I have actually played in one.

I “came of age” playing 2nd edition, not really by the established rules, and sometimes messing things up – but it was fun. I suppose that if I do actually get back into “real” gaming, I will probably pick them up… but for now, I will be keeping all of my 2nd edition stuff on the shelf… remeniscing of my days with “The Company of the Black Blade”, my alter ego leaning back, like Elminster, saying, “Let me tell you about the time we faced a group of Frost Giants…”

I do, however plan on at least looking through them on one of my next trips to Barnes & Noble, or the local gaming shop.

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Go Green! (or Beat LA!)

I do not live in the area, nor have I been an outspoken advocate, but I’ve always bled a little green.

Growing up, in the group of kids I ran with and played basketball with, we each had our favorite teams. One, Brett, was a Pistons & Isaiah Thomas fan. Another, Daniel, pulled for the Suns, and Tom Chambers (mostly due to them sharing the same last name, but still). James pulled for the Bulls, and some guy named Jordan, and Danny, well, I think Danny was a Lakers guy, and Magic.

I went green, with Boston and Bird. There’s just a great tradition with the Celtics franchise. When the right group of players are assembled, it’s a team that could never really be considered “beaten” until the last buzzer sounded. For a good 40 years, if anyone wanted to win the title, they had to go through Boston to do it. I didn’t know any of this at the time – I was all of 15 at the time, and just actually getting into the game.

Flash forward 16 years. Bird retired in 1992. The Celtics have only made it into the playoffs a handfull of times since, due in part to finding the right chemistry of players and coaches. I never rabidly followed the box scores, but would check periodically to see how the season was going.

Then, as the 2007-2008 season was progressing, and the Celtics were maintaining the true franchise tradition, I followed a little more closely – I had reason to. I have watched more basketball in the last few weeks than I have over the previous 10 years (also, to show how much of a geek was at the time – I taped the Drafts and All-Star weekends for a couple of years). And now, after the first two games have been played out, I can emphatically cry out, “Beat L.A.” for the first time, with Celtic Pride (instead of “just because it’s L.A.”).

I’m looking forward to the opportunity of seeing banner #17 raised, with those glorious words, “Boston Celtics: NBA Champions”, forthe first time since I started really following the franchise.

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The 300 Club…

Here is my goal… something I was thinking about over the weekend.

The Spartans had 300. Frank Miller had 300 (which I have neither read, nor watched). Bowling Alleys have 300 Clubs. Wil Wheaton had 300 (of which I am somewhere in the mid-100’s, I think). Now it is my turn… sort of.

Between now and the end of September, I want/plan to complete 300 pages of “new” writing – anything from scripts, to short stories, to longer works. I saw “new”, to mean that if it was written before today, that’s fine – I can add to and expand it, rework it… whatever – as long as there are 300 pages that had not existed before June 10th-ish (old NaNo projects, I am looking at you).

The numbers were somewhat arbitrary… I thought the end of a month would be good, and I like how NaNo and ScriptFrenzy are both done in 30 day months – so I picked September. And 300 seemed to fit well… In all, it breaks down to about 3 pages a day (which, across different mediums means different word counts), but it is the act of moving, and of writing…

And the footnote, nested way down in the subtext of this goal (like Congress passing another raise for themselves in an ecologically minded bill), is the writing of 1-2 blog posts per day. As a target, but that’s how it goes… Some maybe more, some (*gasp*) less, but writing, nonetheless.

So, off to the writing…

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Moving… and Massages

As I may have mentioned before, I have bought a residence, and have been moving in over the last month (and change). I still have a few things at the old house, but I am looking forward to completing the “transfer of stuff” over the next week, or so… Then some slight cleaning and finishing some interior work that had originally been planned a long, long time ago (in a galaxy far away…)

But I have a majority of things hauled and unloaded into the house (mostly in the garage, but still)… Now that the bookcases have arrived (and been assembled and secured to the walls), I can begin the unloading of books… The first phase was completed last night, unpacking about 10 boxes worth (between my stash and MC’s small collection)… Right now, though, that have just been put onto shelves, with no real overall order (other than, “Hey, it fits there!? Great, next box!”)

In the process of moving (and assembling, and more moving), we have both gotten quite sore, and in need of a massage – which we finally had on Saturday… and we’re feeling much better now!

Now, I saw all of that to say this: I highly encourage you to get a massage, if at all possible, even if it’s just once a quarter (or, at the very least, once a year)… It just helps to get so much out of the way…

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