I woke up from a nap and it was Friday already.

Reading: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and it is scratching my fantasy itch quite nicely. I am going to write a longer review once I am done but if you have lived in Ithaca and had brushes with its academia, you’d love it. It largely takes place in a magical academy that is very much like Hogwarts graduate school and if those words didn’t make you shiver a bit, then your brushes with academia have been quite different than mine.

After this I have a book of Mongolian folk tales I am going to read.

Planning: Tomorrow night a long-neglected Burning Wheel campaign will finally take its shot at closing out its chapter about the young bastard’s attempt at his dead father’s ducal seat. Court politics, face-stabbing and gluten free brownies are a magical combination.

After that it is off to see my ladyfriend on Saturday.

Wearing: Still wearing a flannel shirt and some jeans.

Writing: Due to post-school exhaustion and misery I barely touched a keyboard this week when I didn’t have to but next week I want to finish the last third of a science fiction short story and look at some projects I want to finish this summer post-haste.

And you?

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60 thoughts on “I woke up from a nap and it was Friday already.

  1. Reading: Fiction – Dead Science (back to reading zombie tales) Non-Fiction – Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind (excellent book on communication and marketing)

    Planning: I start volunteering at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center tomorrow, which should be fun, but will cut into other project time a bit. I’m also working on my interview with Ken Hite (any suggestions?)

    Wearing: Cargo shorts and a Nox Arcana t-shirt

    Writing: Reviews and 2 game pitches

  2. Reading: Fiction – Dead Science (back to reading zombie tales) Non-Fiction – Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind (excellent book on communication and marketing)

    Planning: I start volunteering at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center tomorrow, which should be fun, but will cut into other project time a bit. I’m also working on my interview with Ken Hite (any suggestions?)

    Wearing: Cargo shorts and a Nox Arcana t-shirt

    Writing: Reviews and 2 game pitches

  3. Reading: Fiction – Dead Science (back to reading zombie tales) Non-Fiction – Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind (excellent book on communication and marketing)

    Planning: I start volunteering at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center tomorrow, which should be fun, but will cut into other project time a bit. I’m also working on my interview with Ken Hite (any suggestions?)

    Wearing: Cargo shorts and a Nox Arcana t-shirt

    Writing: Reviews and 2 game pitches

  4. Reading: Fiction – Dead Science (back to reading zombie tales) Non-Fiction – Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind (excellent book on communication and marketing)

    Planning: I start volunteering at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center tomorrow, which should be fun, but will cut into other project time a bit. I’m also working on my interview with Ken Hite (any suggestions?)

    Wearing: Cargo shorts and a Nox Arcana t-shirt

    Writing: Reviews and 2 game pitches

  5. Reading: Just finished Death of a Red Heroine and started Berlin Noir

    Planning: Running the battle at Ferrybridge and figuring out a BW campaign.

    Wearing: white t and jeans

    Writing:Slowing working my way through Wanderer (a fantasy version of Traveller) and Burning THAC0 2.0

      • Re: Berlin

        It’s odd. It takes place during Hitler’s rise to power so there is lots of social comenntary but the main characters plays out (and speaks) like an American hardboiled detective. I think I like it but I need to dive further into it.

      • Re: Berlin

        It’s odd. It takes place during Hitler’s rise to power so there is lots of social comenntary but the main characters plays out (and speaks) like an American hardboiled detective. I think I like it but I need to dive further into it.

  6. Reading: Just finished Death of a Red Heroine and started Berlin Noir

    Planning: Running the battle at Ferrybridge and figuring out a BW campaign.

    Wearing: white t and jeans

    Writing:Slowing working my way through Wanderer (a fantasy version of Traveller) and Burning THAC0 2.0

  7. Reading: Just finished Death of a Red Heroine and started Berlin Noir

    Planning: Running the battle at Ferrybridge and figuring out a BW campaign.

    Wearing: white t and jeans

    Writing:Slowing working my way through Wanderer (a fantasy version of Traveller) and Burning THAC0 2.0

  8. Reading: Just finished Death of a Red Heroine and started Berlin Noir

    Planning: Running the battle at Ferrybridge and figuring out a BW campaign.

    Wearing: white t and jeans

    Writing:Slowing working my way through Wanderer (a fantasy version of Traveller) and Burning THAC0 2.0

  9. Since you’re hunting down Mongolian/Central Asian stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you at: < HREF="http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Steppes-Complete-Cossack-Adventures/dp/0803280483/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242392798&sr=8-5">Wolf of the Steppe<> by Harold Lamb. It focuses on a Cossack and come well after the end of the Mongol reign, but the stories are wonderful adventure yarns set in Central Asia and the echos of the mongols permeates the stories. Highly recommended.

    <>Reading:<> Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury — fantastic book that scratches a wide and surprising range of my itches.

    <>Planning:<> A long weekend in Western MA.

    <>Wearing:<> Jeans and a T-shirt.

    <>Writing:<> Code….and documents explaining the code.

    later
    Tom

    • Lamb and Kingsbury

      You aren’t the first person to suggest Lamb. I believe Storn owns it so I will have to check it out. Thanks.

      What about Courtship Rite is scratchin’ yer itches?

    • Lamb and Kingsbury

      You aren’t the first person to suggest Lamb. I believe Storn owns it so I will have to check it out. Thanks.

      What about Courtship Rite is scratchin’ yer itches?

  10. Since you’re hunting down Mongolian/Central Asian stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you at: < HREF="http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Steppes-Complete-Cossack-Adventures/dp/0803280483/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242392798&sr=8-5">Wolf of the Steppe<> by Harold Lamb. It focuses on a Cossack and come well after the end of the Mongol reign, but the stories are wonderful adventure yarns set in Central Asia and the echos of the mongols permeates the stories. Highly recommended.

    <>Reading:<> Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury — fantastic book that scratches a wide and surprising range of my itches.

    <>Planning:<> A long weekend in Western MA.

    <>Wearing:<> Jeans and a T-shirt.

    <>Writing:<> Code….and documents explaining the code.

    later
    Tom

  11. Since you’re hunting down Mongolian/Central Asian stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you at: < HREF="http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Steppes-Complete-Cossack-Adventures/dp/0803280483/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242392798&sr=8-5">Wolf of the Steppe<> by Harold Lamb. It focuses on a Cossack and come well after the end of the Mongol reign, but the stories are wonderful adventure yarns set in Central Asia and the echos of the mongols permeates the stories. Highly recommended.

    <>Reading:<> Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury — fantastic book that scratches a wide and surprising range of my itches.

    <>Planning:<> A long weekend in Western MA.

    <>Wearing:<> Jeans and a T-shirt.

    <>Writing:<> Code….and documents explaining the code.

    later
    Tom

  12. Since you’re hunting down Mongolian/Central Asian stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you at: < HREF="http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Steppes-Complete-Cossack-Adventures/dp/0803280483/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242392798&sr=8-5">Wolf of the Steppe<> by Harold Lamb. It focuses on a Cossack and come well after the end of the Mongol reign, but the stories are wonderful adventure yarns set in Central Asia and the echos of the mongols permeates the stories. Highly recommended.

    <>Reading:<> Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury — fantastic book that scratches a wide and surprising range of my itches.

    <>Planning:<> A long weekend in Western MA.

    <>Wearing:<> Jeans and a T-shirt.

    <>Writing:<> Code….and documents explaining the code.

    later
    Tom

  13. Lamb and Kingsbury

    You aren’t the first person to suggest Lamb. I believe Storn owns it so I will have to check it out. Thanks.

    What about Courtship Rite is scratchin’ yer itches?

  14. Lamb and Kingsbury

    You aren’t the first person to suggest Lamb. I believe Storn owns it so I will have to check it out. Thanks.

    What about Courtship Rite is scratchin’ yer itches?

  15. Reading: Peter Watts Blindsight, which is pretty awesome. I’d be doing a lot more reading, but stress has my brain wanting to do nothing at all.

    Planning: Asian Heritage Festival on Saturday- Muay Thai demos! Fun. More trainign with the sword. Otherwise, sunshine and recuperation.

    Wearing: Jeans + my Lion w/Swords t-shirt.

    <>Writing: Nothing. Brain is fried.

  16. Reading: Peter Watts Blindsight, which is pretty awesome. I’d be doing a lot more reading, but stress has my brain wanting to do nothing at all.

    Planning: Asian Heritage Festival on Saturday- Muay Thai demos! Fun. More trainign with the sword. Otherwise, sunshine and recuperation.

    Wearing: Jeans + my Lion w/Swords t-shirt.

    <>Writing: Nothing. Brain is fried.

  17. Reading: Peter Watts Blindsight, which is pretty awesome. I’d be doing a lot more reading, but stress has my brain wanting to do nothing at all.

    Planning: Asian Heritage Festival on Saturday- Muay Thai demos! Fun. More trainign with the sword. Otherwise, sunshine and recuperation.

    Wearing: Jeans + my Lion w/Swords t-shirt.

    <>Writing: Nothing. Brain is fried.

  18. Reading: Peter Watts Blindsight, which is pretty awesome. I’d be doing a lot more reading, but stress has my brain wanting to do nothing at all.

    Planning: Asian Heritage Festival on Saturday- Muay Thai demos! Fun. More trainign with the sword. Otherwise, sunshine and recuperation.

    Wearing: Jeans + my Lion w/Swords t-shirt.

    <>Writing: Nothing. Brain is fried.

  19. Blindsight

    Blindsight looks amazing. I love how it is a first contact story but its all post-human so that it isn’t even clear if the crew the aliens are meeting are fully human anymore. Neat.

  20. Blindsight

    Blindsight looks amazing. I love how it is a first contact story but its all post-human so that it isn’t even clear if the crew the aliens are meeting are fully human anymore. Neat.

  21. Re: Blindsight

    What’s been really interesting is that Watts finds a way to make them “human” in personality, even while highlighting how different they are.

  22. Re: Blindsight

    What’s been really interesting is that Watts finds a way to make them “human” in personality, even while highlighting how different they are.

  23. Re: Berlin

    It’s odd. It takes place during Hitler’s rise to power so there is lots of social comenntary but the main characters plays out (and speaks) like an American hardboiled detective. I think I like it but I need to dive further into it.

  24. Re: Berlin

    It’s odd. It takes place during Hitler’s rise to power so there is lots of social comenntary but the main characters plays out (and speaks) like an American hardboiled detective. I think I like it but I need to dive further into it.

  25. 1. I’m so glad you mentioned “The Name of the Wind” – someone told me about it a while back and urged me to read it, but I promptly forgot the title. Any, it’s been too long since I’ve picked up a fantasy book. Might as well jump back in with this one.

    2. Our BW campaign is in a political arc right now and holy crap is it fun! Never thought politics would be such a delight, but friendly competition turns to back-stabbing turns to face stabbing.

  26. 1. I’m so glad you mentioned “The Name of the Wind” – someone told me about it a while back and urged me to read it, but I promptly forgot the title. Any, it’s been too long since I’ve picked up a fantasy book. Might as well jump back in with this one.

    2. Our BW campaign is in a political arc right now and holy crap is it fun! Never thought politics would be such a delight, but friendly competition turns to back-stabbing turns to face stabbing.

  27. 1. I’m so glad you mentioned “The Name of the Wind” – someone told me about it a while back and urged me to read it, but I promptly forgot the title. Any, it’s been too long since I’ve picked up a fantasy book. Might as well jump back in with this one.

    2. Our BW campaign is in a political arc right now and holy crap is it fun! Never thought politics would be such a delight, but friendly competition turns to back-stabbing turns to face stabbing.

  28. 1. I’m so glad you mentioned “The Name of the Wind” – someone told me about it a while back and urged me to read it, but I promptly forgot the title. Any, it’s been too long since I’ve picked up a fantasy book. Might as well jump back in with this one.

    2. Our BW campaign is in a political arc right now and holy crap is it fun! Never thought politics would be such a delight, but friendly competition turns to back-stabbing turns to face stabbing.

  29. Re: Blindsight

    Watts’s website has all of his works available for free download. I’ve read (hard copy) Starfish, which was riveting, if not exactly likable.

  30. Re: Blindsight

    Watts’s website has all of his works available for free download. I’ve read (hard copy) Starfish, which was riveting, if not exactly likable.

  31. Reading: Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which isn’t scratching my lyrical itch, but is scratching the genre fantasy written smart itch. Thanks for the description of The Name of the Wind. I’m reaching the point where a lot of stuff that was just fine, if not brilliant, makes me go, “Nah. Life’s to short to make the time investment.”

    Planning: Seeing The Music Man, a performance with ‘s uncle in it, though I’m not sure in which role. I’m guessing the mayor. Finishing my zine for Alarums & Excursions, trying to write up the Warlock Corner game from Dreamation. Prepping various scenarios to run for mnemex and . Data entry for short term work-at-home job. Must not wreck wrists. Getting stage album for Little Shop of Horrors to get Audrey’s songs down for the second Lullaby of Broadway larp. (There are likely a few roles open for folks what want to play…)

    Wearing: Pagan Publishing T-Shirt, jeans, sneakers.

    Writing: My zine, notes on scenarios I want to run.

  32. Reading: Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which isn’t scratching my lyrical itch, but is scratching the genre fantasy written smart itch. Thanks for the description of The Name of the Wind. I’m reaching the point where a lot of stuff that was just fine, if not brilliant, makes me go, “Nah. Life’s to short to make the time investment.”

    Planning: Seeing The Music Man, a performance with ‘s uncle in it, though I’m not sure in which role. I’m guessing the mayor. Finishing my zine for Alarums & Excursions, trying to write up the Warlock Corner game from Dreamation. Prepping various scenarios to run for mnemex and . Data entry for short term work-at-home job. Must not wreck wrists. Getting stage album for Little Shop of Horrors to get Audrey’s songs down for the second Lullaby of Broadway larp. (There are likely a few roles open for folks what want to play…)

    Wearing: Pagan Publishing T-Shirt, jeans, sneakers.

    Writing: My zine, notes on scenarios I want to run.

  33. Reading: Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which isn’t scratching my lyrical itch, but is scratching the genre fantasy written smart itch. Thanks for the description of The Name of the Wind. I’m reaching the point where a lot of stuff that was just fine, if not brilliant, makes me go, “Nah. Life’s to short to make the time investment.”

    Planning: Seeing The Music Man, a performance with ‘s uncle in it, though I’m not sure in which role. I’m guessing the mayor. Finishing my zine for Alarums & Excursions, trying to write up the Warlock Corner game from Dreamation. Prepping various scenarios to run for mnemex and . Data entry for short term work-at-home job. Must not wreck wrists. Getting stage album for Little Shop of Horrors to get Audrey’s songs down for the second Lullaby of Broadway larp. (There are likely a few roles open for folks what want to play…)

    Wearing: Pagan Publishing T-Shirt, jeans, sneakers.

    Writing: My zine, notes on scenarios I want to run.

  34. Reading: Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, which isn’t scratching my lyrical itch, but is scratching the genre fantasy written smart itch. Thanks for the description of The Name of the Wind. I’m reaching the point where a lot of stuff that was just fine, if not brilliant, makes me go, “Nah. Life’s to short to make the time investment.”

    Planning: Seeing The Music Man, a performance with ‘s uncle in it, though I’m not sure in which role. I’m guessing the mayor. Finishing my zine for Alarums & Excursions, trying to write up the Warlock Corner game from Dreamation. Prepping various scenarios to run for mnemex and . Data entry for short term work-at-home job. Must not wreck wrists. Getting stage album for Little Shop of Horrors to get Audrey’s songs down for the second Lullaby of Broadway larp. (There are likely a few roles open for folks what want to play…)

    Wearing: Pagan Publishing T-Shirt, jeans, sneakers.

    Writing: My zine, notes on scenarios I want to run.

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