Summer Ramblings

Today’s Question: Do companies that tease you about future products ever consider the obnoxiousness of that strategy? I’ve made no bones on this blog about how I have issues with companies that can’t deliver what they promise.  Or, those companies that make a big deal out of how great their products are, but show little…

Wednesday Thoughts

Well, USPS has neither returned nor delivered the package I mailed off two weeks ago, so I’m assuming that it’s lost.  My friend – bless her – went to her post office and asked about the box; they told her that it was somewhere in the system and that she might get it soon.  I’m…

Summer Dreamin’

My meticulous and well-thought out plan of teaching this summer hit a snag when I didn’t hit the minimum for enrollment. As a result, those courses were cancelled, making this the first summer since I-can’t-remember-when that I’ll have a full summer break.  A whole summer just for me and my various devices. I have no…

Miscellanea

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since my last posting, and a number of things have happened: Baby Sis is finally home and undergoing physical therapy. The school year has ended and I’ll now need to find something with which to occupy myself.  I have something in mind, but I’ll need to hit the library…

Light Thoughts

Spring Break is not shaping out as I’d expected. I mean, I still have exams to grade, but it’s like the time is slipping through my fingers like . . . something that can slip through one’s fingers at a fast rate. (I’m tired and I haven’t had any coffee, so you’ll just have to bear…

Cooking in Old Creole Days

Each year, the campus library sells off antiquated and withdrawn texts.  This serves two purposes – to generate funds for future purchases, and to give new homes to books that would otherwise sit in silence on a shelf forever.  Most libraries do this, and it’s always interesting to see what books make the cut (to be…

Eclipse Phase RPG Sale

(Consider this an FYI for those of you who are involved in sci-fi gaming.  I know it’s late in the day, but I just learned about this.) Posthuman Studios, makers of the Eclipse Phase RPG, are having a sale that runs only today (1 January).  The entire line of digital Eclipse Phase products (bundle packs…

Fifty A Day, Plus Expenses

Since I’ve got some down time, I could do one of two things: Work or read. And I’m not working.  Ha! I’m on semester break, so . . . um, yeah. So, I visited a used bookstore – because I have absolutely nothing in my home to read (save for those two hundred books stacked on…

The Day After

Does anyone remember Twilight 2000? Twilight 2000 was an apocalyptic roleplaying game published in 1984 (with subsequent editions) by the now-defunct Game Designers Workshop.  The gist of the game was, given the time period, pretty realistic:  A limited nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union has devastated much of the world.  The players (in…

Tanks

Before things started crashing down around me these last few days, I’d started revisiting the numerous gaming shops in my area.  Why I’ve been doing this – and amassing a sizeable collection of RPGs that I know good and well I’ll never play – is beyond me, and frankly, a topic for another day.  So, instead, I’m…

NaNoWriMo – Maybe?

Feeling a tad better, but that’s not saying much.  In ten hours (if not less), I’ll probably feel crappy again. The Circle of Life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve been wanting to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but I don’t have the slightest clue as to what I’d do.  For those not…

Operation New Books

Well, Operation: Finish the Book did not end as I’d hoped. I’d noted that I was reading Selwyn Raab’s Five Families, a book that I’d been plowing through for nearly a year.  I managed to work my way through another one hundred or so pages, but it was soon apparent that I’d lost my enthusiasm…