Monthly Archives: November 2015

NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 29 – Overall Entry 275, Penultimate NaBloPoMo post

Today was the start of our Christmas decorating. Outside lights were put up, but we’re likely going to add more.

Outside of that, it’s also been laundry day, and I also was chauffeur for my mother for an hour or so.

So, on to that beard…

Beard, viewed from left

Beard, viewed from left


Beard, viewed from right.

With the exception of a couple of trims to try to get the moustache and chin the same length as the rest, and trimming around the mouth so I don’t eat beard with my meals, I haven’t shaved since my birthday, or thereabouts. Somewhere about nine weeks of growth.

It’s way too sparse for my tastes, and the big strips of color amongst the gray that just make my beard look dirty are annoying. I’ve gotten in the habit of combing it regularly, and it still goes where it wants. You can also see empty places where there is no hair, and there has never been hair. Those spots are why I’ve never really let my beard grow out like this before. Folks have said the beard would fill in, and this just proves them wrong. So, I have the day off tomorrow, I’m going to shave it off, as well as trim my hair. I’m getting shaggy, for me.

Tomorrow is also the end of NaBloPoMo. I’m noticing a trend to my posts I want to address when I make that final post this go around. I passed my 250th post early this month, and 25 more as of today. I’ll hit 300 sometime about June 2016, if I can keep up with weekly posting.

That’s it for tonight. Later.

NaBloPoMo 2014 – Entry 28 – The Beard, or Should I Shave?

Today was kind of a wash. I got a couple of Christmas gifts (including my own) and spent time with the kids playing Terreria, completing my Floating Fortress. That’s about it.

Tomorrow, I hope to have up some decent pictures of my so-called beard. After ten weeks, i really doesn’t look that good. Between the hair growth being too sparse, the curliness of my beard, and the weird patterning of dark spots, gray and blond spots, I think the experiment can be considered a failure.

And that’s pretty much that for today. These short posts are really not my thing, but I’ll keep to the promise of NaBloPoMo, darnit!


NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 27 – “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

A short day at work, at which my fanny pack broke. I’ll need a new one ASAP. Did some shopping today after work, but couldn’t find anything I like.

Came over to the Kids’ house and we watch the original three Star Wars movies. Seeing the inconsistencies between those three and the prelude movies is interesting, as is being able to watch the movies critically and be entertained at the same time.

That’s pretty much my entire day, right there. So, I’m done for the night. Later.

NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 26 – Let’s Try That Again

So, yeah. Last night after work, I came home, had dinner, messed around for a bit, and then sat down in the recliner and crashed with the laptop, well, on my lap. Woke up after 11pm, farted around a little longer (including that last post) and went to bed, just before a brief power outage here. Slept pretty well after that.

So, this is kind of a “what I’m thankful for” sort of post, as well as what I was planning for yesterday.

Monday, I had to drive out to one of the little towns surrounding Fresno, and again yesterday. Around here, it’s mostly Ag land. On one of the roads out to this little town are some peach orchards (at least, I think they’re peach trees). Their leaves turned such a beautiful shade of golden yellow and orange-yellow they practically fluoresced in the sunlight, especially as it passed through the trees and lit the leaves from above.

Since, I’ve been looking for trees with such brilliant colors. Those are rare hereabouts. My mother once mentioned that she missed the changing colors of her birthplace, West Virginia. So I took her to see the maple trees at the college I attended, but they weren’t the same to her. Due to the local “warmth”, trees don’t change as deeply, if much at all. A lot of places have trees that still have green leaves.

Doing this has been very unlike me. My attitude in past years as simply been “Yeah, seen one, seen ’em all.” But I’ve been downright emphatic in my pleasure with changing leaves. And I’m thankful for that. I don’t know what’s caused this change of mind and heart, but I’m happy for it.

That’s all I’ve really got for today. I’m working tomorrow (Boss changed his mind, as I knew he would), but not a full day. So for now, I’m done for the day.


NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 25 – Called Onna Count of Sleep

Was going to post about the turning leaves, but slept all evening after dinner. I’ll do it tomorrow. Later.

NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 24 – More Twitter-style


Sorry, no time. Day’s highlights follow-

Did some prep around the house for Turkey Day.

Went to the Kids’ House, picked them up and took them to the FLGS. Spent afternoon playing Batman Flux and Martian Dice (basically Zombie Dice meets Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock).

Coined new word on the way home: “Grankry”, a combo of Grumpy, Cranky and Angry, which all tried to come out of my mouth at once.

After dinner, played the HeroScape resurrection, Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers. Not the best for the kids, as it is somewhat more complex than HeroScape, with the addition of spells, basically cards from MTG turned to affect minis.

Home and this.

Work tomorrow. Likely longer post, too. Later.

NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 23 – A Wide Field

The other night, I got a freebie sampler of a new setting for Pathfinder called Aethera. It was being Kickstarted until yesterday. I missed the campaign, it closing before I could read the preview.

The Aethera setting is another one like the StarSea: A space opera with a heavy dose of magic. I’m seeing a lot of setting like this coming out recently. Fate has The Aether Sea (a title far too close to my own), Sails Full of Stars, Masters of Umdaar, and The Three Rocketeers (See here). There’s Strange Stars and Baroque Space Opera, which are more Sci-Fi than my setting, but they’re similar. There’s this new Aethera setting and Golm. I’m sure I’ve seen others recently that combine magic with space opera, or have a heavy emphasis on psionic powers or some similar wyrdness.

How will the StarSea standout from the crowd? If I publish this setting, I have to face that fact. It seems that, right now, this idea of magic in space is very popular.

I wonder how much of that is being fueled, however unconsciously, by the upcoming release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens?

Well, that’s more than I thought I could write tonight. Later.

NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 22 – More Gaming Frustration?

I finally have had a day and evening in which I have plenty of time to write more than what amounts to a series of tweets.

Last night’s post I discussed being frustrated with my character in our current home game’s sideline scenario. This issue with my character might not be the only source of my frustration. I’ll need to phrase this carefully, as one of my sources of frustration has recently joined Facebook and he may read this.

Our game includes two of the adult players’ children. I’ve mentioned them before, naming them as The Boy and The Girl, or The Kids. He’s 13 as of this summer, and she’s 10 as of about a month ago.

Last night was problematic with their behavior, and I’m not sure what the exact issue is. Both left the table at various times that resulted in game delays. Once was The Girl leaving in the middle of her turn to go to the bathroom. While coming back, she distracted herself with one of the cats. The Boy disappeared to the bathroom, and his dad had to take over his character while he was DMing. We do this on occasion, as we have a small group and expect the players present at the beginning of the night to be there through the rest of the evening, except the kids.

The Girl has left the game before, as has her brother, to go to bed, and this usually includes them waiting until the end of the round or the end of their turn before trotting off to bed, so one of the adults can take up the character for the missing player. Last night though, it was as if they forgot their gaming manners completely.

I’ve been wondering what’s going on for a few weeks now. The Boy has never been especially interested in the stories we adults tell, being more interested in combat. The Girl is pretty much the same, but she’s been showing more interest in story recently. Not a lot, but some. But both of their incidents of leaving the table last night was during combat, the stuff they claim to enjoy.

I’m beginning to wonder if the problem is 4e’s tactical combat. I’m wondering if that’s part of the problem I’m having with my store game as well. Although that may be a player who tries to make the game conform to his thinking rather than conform his thinking to the rules. Last night, I was distracted between rounds, and spent my time poking around at things on my laptop. I’ve been doing that a lot more lately, but doing theatre of the mind gaming the night we played Fantasy Age, we all stayed much more focused.

As far as my issues, I think I just need to be more aware of my own feelings of interest or boredom, and see what I can do about that without disrupting the game. I think the Kids and their parents and I need to discuss my feelings about how last night went down, and see if we can get the kids to be more expressive of their needs or boredom, again without being disruptive.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for tonight. Working tomorrow, so I need to call it a night as soon as I spam this out.


NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 21 – Quickee 3

Started the day with a shiny new Costco membership and some shopping. Got a thing that won’t do what I thought it would. Hmm…

Played D&D tonight. Became completely frustrated with my character’s blasts that seem somewhat useless, as they’d either fry my party or only hit one creature, and that only after a lot of maneuvering. Screw it, this is a short term aside (we’re not playing our regular characters, but characters in another part of the world), the character is essentially a warlock-priest committed to ancient evils, it’ll be time to betray the party soon.

Day’s over. Need to go home for the night. Just keeping up with the daily posts.


NaBloPoMo 2015 – Entry 20 – Another quickie. (WooHoo!)

I notice when I don’t spam social media, no one visits. Now I’ll have to add Twitter to my spamming.

Lots of driving today. Back and forth across the north valley part of our territory. Read through some Age of Sigmar novellas.

Thought about magic items in the StarSea thanks to a podcast. Not sure how much I’ll add. How over the top do I want wyrdtech? Communicators, tablet computers, and lightsabers are a given, but is powered armor or gauntlets of ogre power appropriate? I’m not sure.

“Went” to the Monte Cook Games Numenera Online Party as a Kickstarter reward. Kinda cool, but the Periscope app acted up and started to refuse me the ability to chat. And the time-scrubbing function kept setting me back to the same point in time, as did my attempts to relaunch the app to get the chat function working again.

Kinda done for tonight. Another night of unquiet brain last night and I am beat right now.