I've been once again finding either the time or the impetus to post from work. And things have gotten a little crazy around the house. ojouchan
finished work with the film she was on much earlier than expected, and a lot of time was dedicated to keeping up her spirits. Another large block of time has been dedicated to getting her her driving permit and teaching her to drive. Hollywood streets are way too busy for us to practice, so we have to take a drive before we spend time driving and drive back. And between all of that, I've actually had some activities of my own (generally planned when I thought I'd have much more free time than I could handle). So it's been fun and exciting, but rough on internet me.
April first is already starting to bug me. I'd wanted to catch up on the Story Games forum, but they've apparently archived nearly all of their old threads in service to today's "prank."
I've been doing a lot of hiking, but haven't posted much about it. Ojou joined me for my last two Santa Monica Summits, San Vicente Mountain and Saddle Peak. Both involved short hikes which, perversely, could have been avoided by driving. But that's not the point, of course. In retrospect, the unusual number of bugs meant that we should ahve driven up San Vicente, but the hike up to Saddle Peak took us along a beautiful stretch of the Backbone Trail that were wonderful.
On Saturday, I headed east to Game Empire
to play some RPGs at Nerd SoCal's March Game Day
. It was a lot of fun. I played Shock
in the morning, and In a Wicked Age
in the evening. I'd heard a lot about both, and both were excellent. I have to say that IAWA
was significantly more excellent, though. I'd like to go into details, but that would be a whole other post.
I enjoy these convention and miniconvention outings. It seems like I always have enough interested friends around to do some gaming, but it very rarely coalesces into playing games. But at these gatherings, the people I've played with have been pretty uniformly awesome, and it's great to try out a new game every four hours.
One of the reasons I can't really hang with fandoms is that I can't keep a text alive within my heart very long. Fans of a show or book—I mean Capital-F-Fandom fans—just seem to be able to keep that show alive regardless of what's happening. Writer's strike, delayed book, early cancelation, none of these can dim the spirits of fandom because they keep things alive through fanfic, speculation, spoilers, art, reruns, rereads, and any manner of thing. But for me, that fire only really exists while the show is going; when it stops, everything cools.Battlestar Galactica
restarts this week, and I'm having trouble remembering everything about it. I feel like this any time something I was a fan of goes away and comes back. I'll be into it soon enough, I know, but when I look at those giant ads plastered around my home, I feel disconnected.
I develop fandom muscles quickly, but I let them atrophy too easily.
wrote a fun little puzzle called Praser 12
a little while ago (last week?). It didn't take too long to solve (though it did take a while to find the time to actually do the solving); I think I was just on Zarf's brainwavelength when it came to laying to whole thing out.
I've definitely let my crossword muscles atrophy. I agree with thedan
that Nikoli puzzles work out a different part of the brain, and it's hard to keep both of them going. I need to shape up both for Hunt construction this year.
Of course, I'm getting better at solving the Nikoli puzzles. I absolutely breezed
through the mega-sized puzzles