Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Neverending Story Vs. Labyrinth

* = I'd watch that...

I’m beyond drained. I was already tired from the Christmas holiday, then Monday night I got caught up in the American version of Being Human, it was a marathon, and so I felt compelled to watch it to completion. Big mistake. First off the show just isn’t as good as the British original, secondly I don’t do well on very little sleep. Thirdly, I do even worse when it’s been a series of days with little sleep. I slept last night, slept hard, until about 3am and then I was awake. Not the good awake, you know the productive awake, but the bad awake, the frustrated, tossing and turning, headache inducing, kick off to a shit day type of awake.

Yesterday was a LONG day full of my talking to a ‘dead’ audience in a way. I don’t mind doing it, hell it pays the bills, but when they don’t really interact, they really aren’t taking notes, and they seem much more interested in their own little agendas it’s draining. Today’s been a bit of a reprieve, but tomorrow will be the same type of thing. With the winding down of Holiday season I’m in serious need of some hibernation to recharge my batteries.

I won’t go into to much detail, but Christmas was incredible. I got a lot of sweet swag, gave out a lot of tits gifts, and ate a crap ton of fantastic food. We still have a few gifts left to give; Mary, Christina, Mason, Dave, & Liz. Then it’s in the books for another year, no more helping make Christmas candies, no more wrapping presents, no more spending moolah. I love this time of year so much, but I also love when it’s over.

So I put out the call about doing a D&D Adventure System twice a month game, but I’ve gotten either no response of a ‘no thanks’. I think I might go it alone. It’s a single player game, I’ve been knocking out Ally cards, so why not?
I’m starting to put together a framework to play within, I can make my own monster cards for the one’s I don’t already have, and really I have nothing better to do. I think I’m going to keep going on my sort of riff of Gates Of Firestorm Peak. The basic premise is a Gold Dragon, Quilquallacolitchi, ruled The Father’s Peak in the Cold Spring Mountain range. It was a benevolent ruler, treating all the settlements in the area relatively well, demanding very little in tribute, protecting the humanoids who honored their agreements, and giving fierce vengeance upon those who did not. About four hundred years pass and Quilquallacolitchi has a short-lived relationship with another dragon, short lived being a about one hundred years. They have an offspring they agree to part and raise the wyrmling in ‘shifts’ so to speak. The curious wyrmling Kirkin delves deeper and deeper into his father’s home and finds a bizarre gate. Knowing no better the dragon activates it and in the process is destroyed. Quilquallacolitchi’s un-named mate returns to find their offspring dead and finds Quilquallacolitchi’s lair under siege by beings from the Far Realm now spilling out of the portal. Her sadness becoming rage rather than help her former mate she bolsters the forces of his enemy and destroys the mighty gold dragon. Now the ‘Rotting Queen’, a foulspawn Dracolich, sits on the Throne Of Bones deep in the bowels of the mountain allowing monstrosities to spill out unchecked. The Heroes would be making various sojourns into the Mountain to not only stop the incursions, but to kill the ‘Rotting Queen’. Not a bad little premise considering I just sort of whipped it up on the fly. Who knows maybe I’ll get lucky and people might even join in. Either way I’m going have some fun dammit!

I had DVR’ed a documentary on Saturday before we took off to ‘The Cloud’, Carny (** ½ out of 5).
It’s just what it sounds like, a documentary on Carnies. It really is sort of a strange spotlight into the way that ‘Carnival Folk’ live. The strange intermingling of traveling, interpersonal dynamics, loyalty, and family are all explored in a fashion. I have to say the reason I didn’t enjoy this more than I did was it seemed a tad directionless. I wanted a tighter focus, but instead it was such an ‘ensemble’ piece that we, as the viewer, never really found a connection with any of the subjects. That is a disappointment, because I think it was a real fertile ground to explore. It’s interesting to see how damaged some of these folks are, it makes you wonder what brought them to this live, and what inspires them to stay.

I’d love to think I had something more interesting or profound to talk about, but instead it’s really all just…


- I received some sweet new board games for Christmas and my birthday, and the best part is it sounds like Cassandra wants to play them! Maybe she and I can have a board game night every week?
- It might finally be to cold for me to grill & that gives me the ‘Sad Panda’ face.
- My new blanket is INSANE!
- Last night on the commute home Cassandra and I had a bizarre D&D conversation. This should just be an example of why she is awesome. It’s been over a month since the group last met, and yet she was thinking about D&D. Gawds I love my wife.
- Sleep, I want some.
- I finally watched the three episodes of Bad Sex on the DVR. Wow, it was interesting since all three tied together due to the ‘relationships’ these folks in therapy started to form. The show really is interesting in the way that the window into addiction is very clear. You are watching people who are ruled by their anxiety and addictive behavior, to the point that it destroys productive relationships, work, and eventually their lives.
- I hope to get the ‘Year In Review’ or ‘Awards Blog’ done in the next three weeks, as I was informed yesterday that I need to get on that. It’s nice to know at least one person reads this drivel…

If my blanket were here right now I’d be on the floor instead of typing and wishing for a structure fire…

”They see me mowin'
My front lawn
I know they're all thinking
I'm so White N' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Can't you see I'm white n' nerdy
Look at me I'm white n' nerdy!

I wanna roll with-
The gangsters
But so far they all think
I'm too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
I'm just too white n' nerdy
Really, really white n' nerdy

First in my class here at M.I.T.
Got skills, I'm a Champion of DND
MC Escher that's my favorite MC
Keep your 40
I'll just have an Earl Grey tea
My rims never spin to the contrary
You'll find they're quite stationary
All of my action figures are cherry
Steven Hawkings in my library
My MySpace page is all totally pimped out
I got people begging for my top 8 spaces
Yo I know Pi to a thousand places
Ain't got no grills but I still wear braces
I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise
I'm a whiz at minesweeper I can play for days
Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed,
my fingers movin' so fast I'll set the place ablaze
There's no killer app I haven't run
At Pascal, well, I'm number 1
Do vector calculus just for fun
I ain't got a gat but I gotta soldering gun
Happy days is my favourite theme song
I can sure kick your butt in a game of ping pong
I'll ace any trivia quiz you bring on
I'm fluent in Java Script as well as Klingon
Here's the part I sing on

They see me roll on, my Segway!
I know in my heart they think I'm
white n' nerdy!
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Can't you see I'm white n' nerdy
Look at me I'm white n' nerdy
I'd like to roll with-
The gangsters
Although it's apparent I'm too
White n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
I'm just too white n' nerdy
How'd I get so white n' nerdy?

I've been browsing, inspectin'
X-men comics you know I collect 'em
The pens in my pocket
I must protect 'em
my ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored
Shopping online for deals on some writable media
I edit Wikipedia
I memorized Holy Grail really well
I can recite it right now and have you ROTFLOL
I got a business doing websites
When my friends need some code who do they call?
I do HTML for them all
Even made a homepage for my dog!
Yo! Got myself a fanny pack
they were having a sale down at the GAP
Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap
POP POP! Hope no one sees me gettin' freaky!

I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour creme
I was in AV club and Glee club and even the chess team!
Only question I ever thought was hard
Was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?
I spend every weekend
at the renaissance fair
I got my name on my under wear!

They see me strollin'
They laughin'
And rollin' their eyes 'cause
I'm so white n' nerdy
Just because I'm white n' nerdy
Just because I'm white n' nerdy
All because I'm white n' nerdy
Holy cow I'm white n' nerdy
I wanna bowl with-
the gangsters
but oh well it's obvious I'm
white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
Think I'm just too white n' nerdy
I'm just too white n' nerdy
Look at me I'm white n' nerdy!”

* = This is the type of crap I'm day dreaming about non-stop. Is there something wrong with me? I thought not.


  1. If you had your blanket here I might curl up on the floor with you. That blanket is soft as hell!!

    P.S. I like D&D much more every time I play it. Maybe that's because I am finally getting the swing of it.

  2. I know, I'm tempted to bring it in, but then I know I'd get less done than usual.
    Uh, that's because D&D is B.A.!