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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
9:40 pm
Books
I've read a random set of books recently, and had some thoughts I'd like to share about them. Some of this could be considered reviews, some is just thoughts.

Last Call, Nth Honor Harrington, Crashers, Freedom(TM)Collapse )

Current Mood: pensive
Friday, September 18th, 2009
11:26 am
The "unfriendly" skies

Whew...finally home. Had an interesting experience with my flight from Miami last night. About 20 minutes into the flight, they announced we were turning around and flying back to Miami because of a security concern. Note, this is already about 9:30pm. We land, lots of trucks and cars with flashy lights surround us, and we taxi over to this special area. Basically, it's a parking spot for planes that might blow up, 'cause after a few minues, they get us off the plane (quickly, no stuff!) and behind the blast wall. They then bus us over to the terminal.

After about 45-60 minutes of waiting around (aka 11+pm), they announce that they found a bomb threat note in one of the lavoratories. Honestly, once they were in a position to start telling us stuff, they were really good about it. Communicated what we needed to know; would answer any and all questions. So, we wait some more, and then they take us by bus to the outside part of the terminal, so we can go through screening again.

That happens, and we head over to the gate. Turns out that the FBI is taking longer than expected to search and secure the original plane, so the backup plan of giving us another plane's not going to work. because the backup crew would've been past their allocated time allowed to fly. Honestly, I was expecting that to happen at some point, so wasn't surprised. They give us hotel and meal vouchers, and tell us our flight is leaving at 10:30am the next morning. (I've learned in the past to never to say you're flying with anyone else, so you don't need to have the argument about why you don't want to share a room.) At this point, it's about 12:30 or so.

Next step is to walk down to the other gate, where our old plane is being brought, so we can collect our carry-on luggage. They let us on in groups of 5 to get our stuff, and I head off to the hotel. Luckily, I got one of the vouchers for the hotel that's physically in the airport, so just have to walk over there. Get my room, and head on in. (~2am now)  I'd been thinking about the early Boston flight at 7:30am, so I call up and change my ticket to get on that one.

Get a few quick hours of sleep, back through security, onto the plane, and the rest acts like usual. And now I'm back in Boston!  Exciting.

If you want to see it in the news: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/18/florida.bomb.note/

Current Mood: tired, yet calm
Friday, December 19th, 2008
8:15 am
Colossus

For the last few months, I've been playing around with Colossus, the Java-bases version of Titan. Mostly while I've been puttering. For a while, I was playing this wacky variant, called "Unified". It's pretty fun, though a bit silly, and a little degenerate because there's less temptation to fight to the middle. (But not as bad as before they fixed a tower teleport bug.) Basically, it has a bigger map outside of the bus, including new lands. Really, it's a combination of three variants, with a few other small things added such as power-5 titans and titan teleport at 1000 points:
  • Undead: Much like brush/jungle, but more powerful
  • Dragons: A whole range of dragon types, doing up from Green dragon up through the color spectrum all the way up to a Balrog
  • New creatures one step up from the top of the original recruit trees. (e.g. Unicorns can recruit Ents or Earth Elementals.)
All in all, kinda fun. Then recently I went back to start playing original Titan. The first thing I noticed was that the board felt small. That hit me...it's wrong to think that Titan is small!  It also made me more appreciate the gameplay and balance of the original game. It's a stronger game then the wacky variant, but of course, less wacky.


Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
4:20 pm
What the heck?!?
Someone stole my barbeque grille. Who the freak steals a grille?!?!?!? And it's friggin heavy!

(We have a theory, that being the construction workers working next door. After all, they'll have big trucks near our back yard. But it's not like there's anything to be done about it.)

Current Mood: aggravated
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
1:45 pm
Where I've been
Oh, the places I've been...








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Current Mood: amused
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