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Dave Arneson, 1947-2009

Dave Arneson, Co-Creator of Dungeons and Dragons and founding father of the gaming industry as we know it, has passed away. He was 61.

Read the Wired article here, or the article from Ain't it Cool News here.

There's not much I can say here that didn't also apply to Gary Gygax's passing last year. His talent and vision gave us a hobby that has outlived him and will continue to grow in his absence.

I've had the pleasure of talking to him several times at GenCon over the years and I found him to be a warm, friendly man, a pleasure to talk to. He will be missed.

Once again, The Order of the Stick. has the right words.

Thanks, Rich. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Rest in peace, Dave.
Al in South Park

Super Capers



So...

Last weekend at ChimaeraCon we got passes to a preview of the movie Super Capers. The trailer on IMDB looked okay, so my wife, daughter and I went this morning.

The movie started at 10:30 and Lord Vile did a short trivia contest and then beat a hasty retreat.

We should have taken his lead.

The movie got off to a clumsy start, despite Clint Howard's best efforts, and didn't get any better from there.

I'm not going to go into details, but it was badly written, acted and shot. Even Adam West couldn't help. While it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, I REALLY want that hour and a half of my life back. As we were leaving the theater, we discovered all of us wanted to leave the movie, but didn't say anything because we thought the others were okay with it.

Miscommunication - Something that families do.

DANG.
Frag

ChimaeraCon '09 Update

ChimaeraCon '09

ChimaeraCon is coming!!

We're two weeks out and we've got some exciting things coming up.


 
The folks at MechCorps (http://www.mechcorps.com) will be back at ChimaeraCon again.  Check out the BattleTech Pods and fight the Black Knight or participate in the Gunslinger Tournament!

Guest Announcements!!
 
Meet Jarrett Crippen: "The Defuser" from Stan Lee's "Sho Wants To Be A Super Hero?" Saturday, March 7th.

 
Sanford Allen - Musician and dark fantasy/horror author

 
Mike Fisher - Cartoonist and animator

All this, plus games of all sorts, panels, costume contest and more!

Check out the website (
www.chimaeracon.com) for more information.

See you there!!

Frag

ChimaeraCon '09

ChimaeraCon is coming!!

We're two weeks out and we've got some exciting things coming up.


 
The folks at MechCorps (http://www.mechcorps.com) will be back at ChimaeraCon again.  Check out the BattleTech Pods and fight the Black Knight or participate in the Gunslinger Tournament!

Guest Announcements!!
 
Meet Jarrett Crippen: "The Defuser" from Stan Lee's "Sho Wants To Be A Super Hero?" Saturday, March 7th.

 
Sanford Allen - Musician and dark fantasy/horror author

 
Mike Fisher - Cartoonist and animator

All this, plus games of all sorts, panels, costume contest and more!

Check out the website (
www.chimaeracon.com) for more information.

See you there!!
Al in South Park

Dazed & Confused


INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put your iPod on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the NEXT button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it sounds.
4. Tag friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from.


IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Red House - Jimi Hendrix

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Mary - Pete Townshend

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Hard To Be - The Vaughan Bros.

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Dust & Bones - Guns N' Roses

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Rusty Cage - Johnny Cash

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OFTEN?
Sunshine Superman - Donovan

WHAT IS 2+2?
Here We Go - Barnstorm (Joe Walsh)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS?
Wili & the Handjive - Eric Clapton

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
She Makes My Day - Across The Room

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Uneasy Rider - Charley Daniels Band

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Welcome - The Who

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Fire & Ice - Pat Benatar

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Junkie - Lynyrd Skynyrd

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Under The Gun - Blondie

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
I Wanna Live - The Talking Heads

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Almost Blue - Elvis Costello

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Wasted On The Way - Crosby, Stills & Nash

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Don't Ask Me Why - The Eurythmics

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Jolene - Dolly Parton

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Mr. Greed - John Fogarty

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
So Good To See You - Cheap Trick

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Piggies - The Beatles

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
I'm Tore Down - Eric Clapton

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
That Day Is Done - Elvis Costello

WHAT WILL YOU TITLE THIS POST?
Dazed & Confused - Led Zeppelin

Eciteable Boy

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I Watch Too Much Television - meme
1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own [at least one season] on DVD and/or VHS.
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South park
16. Dr Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons
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Al in South Park

Happy New Year

So, here it is, the start of a new year. We have 3 of my 4 kids home for the holidays, and R will hopefully be home on leave this summer. All things considered, our family has been quite blessed. We're all working and L's been working hard on getting our bills paid off.

I don't generally like to make resolutions, since I don't stick with them, but there are a few things I'd like to do.

Take a vacation with the wife. We've gone far too long without spending any time away from home by ourselves. The kids have been putting funds into our vacation account, so I'm thinking about a cruise. I can't wait.

Lose more weight. I've lost 35 lbs over the past year, and I'd like to do another 35 at least. As part of this, I need to see the doc and get a complete physical, get a colonoscopy (I know, wtmi, but I've been putting it off), and start seeing a chiropractor for my back.

Start playing some of the games sitting on my shelf. I've got a LOT of games that I've never played, and that's a shame. I think a family game night is called for.

Play Guitar Hero on hard mode. I'm pretty good on medium, but I can't get the hang of it in hard or expert. The orange button messes me up.

Well, that's about it for now. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for the coming year.

Al
Eciteable Boy

ChimaeraCon '09



ChimaeraCon '09
March 6-8, 2009
Crossroads Convention Center
4522 Fredericksburg Road, SA, TX
www.chimaeracon.com

Convention hours:
Fri: 6pm - Midnight
Sat. 8 am - Midnight
Sunday 8am - 6pm

Hotel Rooms:
Hotel information coming soon.

Events include:
Board, card miniatures, roleplaying & LARPS. There will be Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh & World of Warcraft tournaments. MechForce will be returning with their Battletech Pods. There will be a dealers room, artists alley, costume contest and panels.

This years guests:
Guest information coming soon.
See you there!
Eciteable Boy

How do I hate Vista? Let me count the ways...

So...

My family bought me a new laptop and gave it to me just before GenCon for an early birthday present. Yes, my family is awesome. It's a Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q701 laptop. It's fast, has plenty of RAM, and as big a hard drive as I could want.


There's only one thing wrong with it.

It's running Microsoft Vista.

When I set up the computer after getting it, I installed 64 bit Vista, because I heard that 32 bit Vista would not support all 4 gb of RAM on the system. Well, then I ran into compatibility issues between the system and Punkbuster. Okay, so it's not a major productivity app, but Call of Duty 4 is one of my favorite programs. So I decided to reinstall Vista, but the 32 bit version this time, to eliminate compatibility issues.

Talking to the tech support people at Toshiba, they said that creating restore disks off the computer would only give me the option for 64 bit Vista, and told me to use the restore disk.

"What restore disk?" I ask.

"The one that came with the system." he says.

"I didn't get one in the box."

"Then we'll ship it to you"

So, two weeks go by and still no disk. I call them back and find out that it's on back order and won't be available for another week. DANG! Well, all this time, I'm running into another issue. My computer, which originally booted quite fast, now stops after flashing the "Toshiba" screen and doesn't do anything. So after several minutes of black screen, I shut it down and then start it back up. It then says that it needs to restore to the last set point. After booting, I discover that programs I've installed are missing. Yes, I'm feeling the love of Microsoft Vista.

Well, I finally take it in to the Store and they send it off to the service center. After two weeks, I get it back on Friday, and it boots right up. All they did was reseat the RAM, and it came up just fine for them. After talking to the Geek Squad guy about the missing programs, he says to delete everything on the hard drive, repartition, and then restore 32 bit Vista. That takes all Friday night, and it reboots just fine afterward.

Yesterday (Saturday) dawns bright and clear, and the computer comes up like it's supposed to. I spend Saturday installing my programs. Office, Outlook & Norton load perfectly and the system reboots just fine. I them install iTunes, Yahoo IM and Call of Duty 4 and everything works fine. My wireless keyboard and mouse also work fine, which eases my mind, because I suspected they might have been part of the problem, since the boot issue happened the day after I bought them.

Since everything seemed to be working fine, I connect my external hard drive (Seagate Free Agent external hard drive), and start loading my data back onto my laptop. Everything is going well and I shut down for the night.

This morning I try to boot up and it's doing it again. Good Freaking Lord!! I'm so disgusted! Talking with the missus about what to do about it, it eventually comes up to the login screen. This took about 10 minutes. Dang!! Well I took to down to the store again, and guess what? It boots up just fine. Now I feel like a jackass, because it's not doing it at the store but it at home. I go get the keyboard which I'm SURE is the problem, and it still boots up normally. Talking to the tech some more, we conclude it's the external drive. The BIOS is trying to boot from the Free Agent drive. Now this is perplexing, because I never had issues with that problem on my previous laptop, but that was under XP. Well, I go into the BIOS, and the internal hard drive is the top drive and the external is third on the list. Looks good, so I save changes and boot. It still tries to boot from the external drive. I reboot and go back into the BIOS and disable the external drive as a boot drive, and it FINALLY boots like it's supposed to.

After over a month of issues, and it's just just because the freaking BIOS wants to boot from an EXTERNAL drive instead of the C:\ drive. What the hell is that? Yeah, I know that wasn't really a Vista issue, but this whole thing started because my programs wouldn't run on 64 bit Vista. When they same "some programs may nut run under 64 bit Vista", I didn't expect it to be the one I use almost every day. Good Lord, isn't technology supposed to make our lives easier? I think it's going to be a while before I really start to trust my system, but it is nice to know that at least it's booting up like it's supposed to.

I need a margarita.

A really big one.