Saturday, December 29, 2012

Weekend Movies

Using our AMC Stubs rewards card, I've secured tickets for:

I'm sure I'll have a random moment microcast out of this.  In the meantime, we're going to finish up the Buffy S5 episode, "The Body," and also finish up "New Year's Eve."  With blueberry pancakes. Or eggs with asparagus. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Podcast - Runkeeper, Interrupted

I'm adding an audio element via podcasts. Let's see if it holds my interest for any length of time.

Episode 1 - Runkeeper, Interrupted - In which my GPS-enhanced workout has technical difficulties.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today's news: Kindle Fire HD 7" arrived!  Just in time for...

Upcoming: Weekend at Rhode Island Comic Con!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Coming Soon - Mists of Pandaria

Blizzard announced it, and I pre-ordered it.  I will be playing Mists of Pandaria on the day of release.  Now the question is, will I schedule a day off for release day?  When Cataclysm released at 3:00 am eastern, I was online with the masses and played through the day.  I think I must do this again.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ustream Fun and Frolic

I play World of Warcraft, and I have a couple of WoW podcasts in my iTunes subscriptions.  My fave is Ctrl-Alt-WoW, "the podcast for those of us who love World of Warcraft, and love making many alts."  This morning I got up at 6:00 am on a Sunday so I could join the chat room on their Ustream channel. Very cool.  They broadcast the audio live each week, and you get to hear the whole process, including when they are between recordings.  We can comment in the chat room, and they include some of that info in the podcast as they go along.  The experience was so much better than just listening to the finished podcast once they've cleaned it up and posted it on iTunes.

I've sent in a couple of emails in the past, but this week I stepped up and tackled GarageBand so I could send an audio submission.  Took a couple of hours Friday night, but I figured out the basics and managed to piece together a few minutes' worth. Extra fun getting immediate feedback in the chat room when they played it today.

If you're looking for a hard-core Wow podcast that will get you to the top stats of every raid you're in, this probably isn't the podcast for you (although they do have some good info of that sort).  But if you just enjoy playing and like the idea of a fun group of players who support each other and have fun, this is the one for you.  Plus, every episode does have great tips on life in Azeroth.

If you send in an email or audio submission for the podcast, you can also join their guild, Clan of Darkness, on the horde side of the Earthen Ring realm.  Fun guild, I recommend.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Needed: Geek Clock

I was sitting on the deck, trying to read Let's Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson, while also trying not to faint from the oxygen deprivation caused by the uncontrollable laughing this book triggers, when my wife called me.  She was at Bed, Bath & Beyond, looking for a shower stool and a new kitchen clock.  These were to replace similar items we purchased 5.5 years ago at the time of our home purchase.  The stool had given its all and one day collapsed in on itself while Jules was in the shower.  The crash was so loud and reverberating that I ran back there to make sure she hadn't succumbed to a freak shampoo accident, but it had just been the sound of the many, many, oversized hair care products that had been covering the seat.  Around the same time it seemed the kitchen clock's battery needed replacing, which I did, but the clock crapped out again a few days later.  Not to be defeated, I determined that the battery must have been faulty, and replaced it again. Repeat result.

Fast forward to this morning, and the call.  She can't find the clocks.  I loathe shopping, so I certainly can't tell her where they're located (although I do have an app that tells me where each store is in any mall - the better to get in, get out), so she's just going to have to ask.  Hangs up.

Five minutes later, she's found the clocks and wants to know what kind I want. Again, I can't actually see the selection, so I can't really assist.  I liked the old clock, so perhaps something similar? "They don't have that clock." Not surprising - we bought it 5.5 years ago (see above, silly).  But then I started thinking about what kind of clock I really would want.  My mom has this bird clock over the kitchen/dining room doorway that blasts out a different bird song on the hour, every hour.  It's a little startling if you happen to be walking right under it at the stroke of whatever.  No, I don't want that one, but what if it were a sci-fi themed clock?  Characters from the Star Trek universe, who would call out a trademark phrase at their appointed time.  "Make it so."  "Fascinating."  "I am NOT a merry man!"  I soooo want this clock.

After patiently listening to this, she patiently tells me that they don't have that clock.  Of course not - I just created it! In my head! How do we go about making it real? They'd totally pick it up on  Of course we'd have to get licensing rights from Paramount.  Hmm.  What? Oh, what clock to get today? One like our old one, I guess.

Upon her return home, she joined me on the deck, let me read her another excerpt from the hysterical book (I had followed her around the house reading her snippets this morning), then told me that I could get a Star Trek clock for my office. She tolerates the sci-fi, as long as it doesn't infringe too far into common areas.

I found one with Star Trek ships, this kitschy, TOS clock, and a number of clocks that I probably could quietly hang on the kitchen wall without being noticed.  Hmmm.  I'll get back to you on this.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lights Out..On.

I'm sitting here in my home oasis, playing WoW on the iMac, listening to Starbase 66 on iTunes, with Facebook, Twitter and WowHead on the MacBook Air, and it occurred to me that I haven't blogged in a while.  Even in the blog that I thought I had revived, but which once again just didn't stick.

About a half hour ago the power went out. We're having a bit of windstorm today in eastern Massachusetts, and once again the whole neighborhood went dark.  I sent a quick IM to my wife (Unrepentant Golfer), and left the Oasis to light up the living room with candles.  Given that we have more candles than The Phantom's Opera House, I had the room in a warm glow without much difficulty. Then the freaking power came back on.  Since Unrepentant Golfer isn't yet home from work and the iMac was once again humming, I snuffed out the lights and retreated to the Oasis, thinking, "This would be a good mini-post." But I just didn't feel the kinship with my latest, much-neglected blog.

So here we are. In the process of starting this one, Blogger also prompted me to connect my blogger account with my Google+ account, so of course I did. Who could resist such a siren call of social media connectivity?

The candle cabinet.