mikekn: (Just me)
A week or so ago I finally got all the information I needed to turn in the Kingdom 2010 EOY report. Yeah, 2010. In four months I get to start the 2011 one. Needless to say, I'm not getting to all the exchequer stuff that I want to work on and instead seem to be dealing with one problem after another.

At some point early in the year, my beard was getting a bit long and I joked that I would trim it when I got the EOY report done. I actually let it go this whole time, and now I need to decide what to do with it.

A few pics )

Anyone got suggestions? :)

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The other day I mentioned that I might be trying something new this past weekend. During our Saturday run two weekends ago, one of the coaches said that she was unable to participate in the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon because she was having knee surgery. She offered up her registration if anyone wanted to give it a try. I thought about it and asked a few people about it - last thing I wanted was to wind up injuring myself again. Eventually I decided to go for it and gave her a call. I finally heard back late Thursday evening and we arranged to meet on Sunday morning at the race. (So I only had two days to get used to the idea that I was going to do this.)

It took me longer to get out of the house then I planned, and then longer to find parking once I got into Philly. Then I had the mile walk to our meeting place at the Rocky statue. I got there too late to get into our group picture, but I got there. There was about another hour of waiting before I had actually started the run (and to be clear, I still mostly walk, running only about a third of the race). Every so often along the course there would be a band or a group of cheerleaders, as well as water stations.

I'm pleased to report that I survived and completed the 13.1 mile course, and at a pace that I don't think I've ever done during my other "runs".

More pics )

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General Schedule (because how else will you be able to stalk me...)
- Saturday morning runs with USAFit/Philly.
- Sunday morning walks when I'm not doing something else.
- Board games on 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and 3rd Thursdays.
- Gaming on Fridays.

09/24 Pirate Cabaret
09/30 TMBG w/JoCo
10/01 Coronation
10/02 Downingtown Fall Festival, or some other Oktoberfest like thing
10/08 Kennett Square Brewfest (have a spare Connoisseur ticket too)
10/09 Mae West show
10/22 Shire Wars
10/23 Voltaire show
10/29 Too many things to choose from
10/30 Rasputina show?
11/05 Artisan's Challenge
11/18-20 Philcon
12/03 Bhakail Yule
12/10 Valley Forge Beer Fest
12/11 Nutcracker (cabaret)

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A weekend

Apr. 11th, 2011 01:32 pm
mikekn: (Just me)
Made it through another weekend. Friday was the closing for re-financing my house. It went well enough. New mortgage has a lower interest rate then the last one, but now I've got 10 years left instead of 2-3. Ah well, can't be helped.

Did some exchequer work on Saturday morning and then went into the city for the film festival.
Saturday's movies:
Ceremony
A sad, romantic comedy. Enjoyable but not memorable. 3/5

Stake Land
Good vampire film which begins in Pottstown with many local sites used. 4/5

Sunday's movies:
Endhiran (aka: Robot)
Crazy Bollywood (complete with several musical dance numbers) sf film about a robot who gets emotions. 4/5

My Joy
Very slow paced Russian film that didn't really deliver what I hoped for. I was looking for dark and weird, and got depressed and confused. 2/5

Womb
Mentally disturbing at times (as one might expect when you clone your dead lover and raise him as your child...) but very good. 4/5

The Troll Hunter
Great "found video" movie about hunting trolls in the wilds (and not so wilds) of Norway. A good deal more humor then I expected. 5/5

I learned that four movies was too much for one day (though Robot being 2.5 hours and My Joy being what it was probably contributed a lot.)

Tonight I've got two that should be pretty good (Lapland Odyssey & Fire of Conscience)
mikekn: (Just me)
I'd love to put together a post about the wedding and Disney trip, but I haven't found enough time to pull it together.

Still getting some consulting hours in, but not many (less then 8 in October)

Halloween was fun - went to a party, played some games and even had a costume (but not many photos of it).

Hurt my back some last month (muscle pull) and while it settled down enough that it didn't effect the Disney trip, since then it has shifted lower and is making some activities difficult.

Started reviewing Q3 exchequer reports - pretty easy since most groups didn't turn one in...

Not much scheduled for the rest of the year - which I'm going to consider a good thing at this point.

Schedule
11/5 Philly Gamers @ TJs in Paoli
11/15 Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit
11/19 Philly Gamers @ Rock Bottom in KoP
11/20 - 11/22 Philcon
11/26 Thanksgiving
12/3 Jonathan Coulton show
12/5 Bhakail Yule
12/17 Philly Gamers @ Rock Bottom in KoP
12/25 Christmas
 
mikekn: (Just me)
I'd love to put together a post about the wedding and Disney trip, but I haven't found enough time to pull it together.

Still getting some consulting hours in, but not many (less then 8 in October)

Halloween was fun - went to a party, played some games and even had a costume (but not many photos of it).

Hurt my back some last month (muscle pull) and while it settled down enough that it didn't effect the Disney trip, since then it has shifted lower and is making some activities difficult.

Started reviewing Q3 exchequer reports - pretty easy since most groups didn't turn one in...

Not much scheduled for the rest of the year - which I'm going to consider a good thing at this point.

Schedule
11/5 Philly Gamers @ TJs in Paoli
11/15 Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit
11/19 Philly Gamers @ Rock Bottom in KoP
11/20 - 11/22 Philcon
11/26 Thanksgiving
12/3 Jonathan Coulton show
12/5 Bhakail Yule
12/17 Philly Gamers @ Rock Bottom in KoP
12/25 Christmas
 

May Day

May. 1st, 2009 05:02 pm
mikekn: (Just me)
April is done and May has started - makes me wonder what I've forgotten...

I'm looking forward to a few quiet weekends this month - only a few things planned, and very few SCA events. Tomorrow is Philly Gamers (yay!) at TJ's in Paoli. It is always fun to see what beers they will have on tap.

May Day

May. 1st, 2009 05:02 pm
mikekn: (Just me)
April is done and May has started - makes me wonder what I've forgotten...

I'm looking forward to a few quiet weekends this month - only a few things planned, and very few SCA events. Tomorrow is Philly Gamers (yay!) at TJ's in Paoli. It is always fun to see what beers they will have on tap.
mikekn: (Mughi-pumpkin)
Mughi is about 19 years old at this point. She is showing her age in many ways notably weight loss and "accidents". These days we keep her penned in the kitchen where the other cats won't bother her and it is easy to clean up after her. She doesn't jump or climb much so a simple baby gate is all it takes to keep her there. She still gets around ok and interacts with us, but mostly she's just happy to eat and sleep.

Tyree has been doing quite well. His only problem is chasing Grimalkin. Otherwise he's a big cuddly cat (who still plays rough - but we're getting better at avoiding injury while playing with him).

Gunther had a rough patch a while back, when she started to chew out her fur. This was caused by the stress of living with Tyree. We got her on some meds for a month or two and in the process she and Tyree came to an uneasy co-existence. They are both really cautions around each other, but they eat from bowls in the same space and both sleep on the bed together. Only when they surprise each other is there a problem, but that is rare and doesn't cause any damage. At this point she gives as good as she gets (and her fur is growing back in).

Grimalkin is in the worst shape of our gang. Health wise she's lost a little weight (not totally a bad thing) and may have a heart murmur, but mostly she is nervous and skittish. If she sees Tyree, she runs. If he sees her run, he chases. She's gotten frightened at the litter box, so she's mostly stopped using it. That means we have to keep an eye on her and watch for more "accidents". I tried putting her in the kitchen with Mughi, but even two baby gates weren't high enough to keep her in (I don't understand why she won't stay in since Tyree can't get in). She lives at the top of the cat tree, or in Tyree's room on top of a bunch of boxes. She'll come and visit if people are around and Tyree isn't but the moment she thinks she hears something she's gone.

One of the side effects of all this is that our house is no long good for hosting Game Days. I have to get my gaming fix with the Philly Gamers, cons, or anywhere else I can.
mikekn: (Mughi-pumpkin)
Mughi is about 19 years old at this point. She is showing her age in many ways notably weight loss and "accidents". These days we keep her penned in the kitchen where the other cats won't bother her and it is easy to clean up after her. She doesn't jump or climb much so a simple baby gate is all it takes to keep her there. She still gets around ok and interacts with us, but mostly she's just happy to eat and sleep.

Tyree has been doing quite well. His only problem is chasing Grimalkin. Otherwise he's a big cuddly cat (who still plays rough - but we're getting better at avoiding injury while playing with him).

Gunther had a rough patch a while back, when she started to chew out her fur. This was caused by the stress of living with Tyree. We got her on some meds for a month or two and in the process she and Tyree came to an uneasy co-existence. They are both really cautions around each other, but they eat from bowls in the same space and both sleep on the bed together. Only when they surprise each other is there a problem, but that is rare and doesn't cause any damage. At this point she gives as good as she gets (and her fur is growing back in).

Grimalkin is in the worst shape of our gang. Health wise she's lost a little weight (not totally a bad thing) and may have a heart murmur, but mostly she is nervous and skittish. If she sees Tyree, she runs. If he sees her run, he chases. She's gotten frightened at the litter box, so she's mostly stopped using it. That means we have to keep an eye on her and watch for more "accidents". I tried putting her in the kitchen with Mughi, but even two baby gates weren't high enough to keep her in (I don't understand why she won't stay in since Tyree can't get in). She lives at the top of the cat tree, or in Tyree's room on top of a bunch of boxes. She'll come and visit if people are around and Tyree isn't but the moment she thinks she hears something she's gone.

One of the side effects of all this is that our house is no long good for hosting Game Days. I have to get my gaming fix with the Philly Gamers, cons, or anywhere else I can.
mikekn: (Just me)
I can't tell if I've actually been busy these last few months or not. Can't really remember much of it, and the calendar only gives me a few clues.

I've started making mead with [livejournal.com profile] complexated - we made our third batch last night in honor of the Mead Moon on Wednesday. We also racked a heather honey mead I have that didn't really work out. It has a bitter taste to it that I don't think I can do anything about/with. Still need to research it though.

Gaming is happening, two D&D games and regular Philly Gamers meetings. I've got no free Saturdays this month or next, so no Game Day anytime soon. (Technically, this Saturday was recently freed - skipping an SCA event - but I need to get stuff done around the house).

Got the new 4th ed D&D books. Only read a little of them so far, it's definitely different. Not sure about good or bad yet, but we'll give it a try at some point.

My next SCA event is Bhakail's Investiture (6/28 - history display and games), then Great Northeastern War (7/11-7/13 - history display). EK War Camp is likely, but camping vs day tripping is still up in the air. After that we're on to Pennsic.

Just got the last of what I was owed from my previous job (yay). Took 'em a while but I figured they would be good for it eventually.

Zwahlen's has Blueberry ice cream today and tomorrow. I wonder if it will make a good milkshake...

Finally bought a GSP the other day. Still haven't really tried it out (though I watched it track my progress to work this morning).

I need a nap. Or lunch. Or both.
mikekn: (Just me)
I can't tell if I've actually been busy these last few months or not. Can't really remember much of it, and the calendar only gives me a few clues.

I've started making mead with [livejournal.com profile] complexated - we made our third batch last night in honor of the Mead Moon on Wednesday. We also racked a heather honey mead I have that didn't really work out. It has a bitter taste to it that I don't think I can do anything about/with. Still need to research it though.

Gaming is happening, two D&D games and regular Philly Gamers meetings. I've got no free Saturdays this month or next, so no Game Day anytime soon. (Technically, this Saturday was recently freed - skipping an SCA event - but I need to get stuff done around the house).

Got the new 4th ed D&D books. Only read a little of them so far, it's definitely different. Not sure about good or bad yet, but we'll give it a try at some point.

My next SCA event is Bhakail's Investiture (6/28 - history display and games), then Great Northeastern War (7/11-7/13 - history display). EK War Camp is likely, but camping vs day tripping is still up in the air. After that we're on to Pennsic.

Just got the last of what I was owed from my previous job (yay). Took 'em a while but I figured they would be good for it eventually.

Zwahlen's has Blueberry ice cream today and tomorrow. I wonder if it will make a good milkshake...

Finally bought a GSP the other day. Still haven't really tried it out (though I watched it track my progress to work this morning).

I need a nap. Or lunch. Or both.
mikekn: (Just me)
After work on Friday, [livejournal.com profile] complexated and I hit the road to drive up to the Albany area for the King and Queen's Bardic Championship. The weather worked out to just be wet and rainy, so we made good time on the trip up.

The next morning we hit the road around 9:30 and headed up to the site. Spotted the remains of what must have been an "interesting" accident. The the police and fire folks were still working through it. Somehow a bunch of new looking cars landed on top of a bunch of other cars in this car dealer's lot. We assume a car carrier dumped them some how, but when we passed by all you could see were cars on top of other cars.

Made it to the site with no problems, and got set up. Our location was pretty good - at the intersection of the three halls leading to the gate, the performance space and the main hall. Everyone had to pass us to get anywhere. This was the third outing for the display, and each time we've improved on the last time in some way. This time we added some tags for the newspaper clippings, and a banner for the overall display. We also brought along a microphone to record stories or such, but I was slow on bringing it out and figuring out how we wanted to use it, so it didn't get used this time. We made a few more contact with promises of stories or other goodies to come our way.

We could hear some of the performances, but not as much as I would have liked (I always enjoy attending bardic and just being part of the audience). When it was time for court, we packed up the display and were able to catch the end of court. Feast was quite nice - we sat with some friendly locals, including a local historian, and chatted for a while.

Sunday we took it easy - had a late breakfast at IHOP and hit the road by noon. Made it home a little after four. Capped off the weekend with dinner at the Outback with [livejournal.com profile] hairness and [livejournal.com profile] violet_amy (who finally got her margarita ;) ).
mikekn: (Just me)
After work on Friday, [livejournal.com profile] complexated and I hit the road to drive up to the Albany area for the King and Queen's Bardic Championship. The weather worked out to just be wet and rainy, so we made good time on the trip up.

The next morning we hit the road around 9:30 and headed up to the site. Spotted the remains of what must have been an "interesting" accident. The the police and fire folks were still working through it. Somehow a bunch of new looking cars landed on top of a bunch of other cars in this car dealer's lot. We assume a car carrier dumped them some how, but when we passed by all you could see were cars on top of other cars.

Made it to the site with no problems, and got set up. Our location was pretty good - at the intersection of the three halls leading to the gate, the performance space and the main hall. Everyone had to pass us to get anywhere. This was the third outing for the display, and each time we've improved on the last time in some way. This time we added some tags for the newspaper clippings, and a banner for the overall display. We also brought along a microphone to record stories or such, but I was slow on bringing it out and figuring out how we wanted to use it, so it didn't get used this time. We made a few more contact with promises of stories or other goodies to come our way.

We could hear some of the performances, but not as much as I would have liked (I always enjoy attending bardic and just being part of the audience). When it was time for court, we packed up the display and were able to catch the end of court. Feast was quite nice - we sat with some friendly locals, including a local historian, and chatted for a while.

Sunday we took it easy - had a late breakfast at IHOP and hit the road by noon. Made it home a little after four. Capped off the weekend with dinner at the Outback with [livejournal.com profile] hairness and [livejournal.com profile] violet_amy (who finally got her margarita ;) ).
mikekn: (Just me)
Had nice weekend filled with hanging out and playing games. Friday was the evil D&D campaign with [livejournal.com profile] complexated, [livejournal.com profile] hairness, [livejournal.com profile] catanache, [livejournal.com profile] shetiyah and Karl. We encountered our good counterparts, who were...interesting... I think a little deus ex machina (deus ex DM?) kept us from killing them outright, but we know they'll be back.

Saturday was Philly Area gamers. It was my first time a the new location (McKenzies brewpub). The food was good and the beer decent, but we were pressured on time (had to be out before 5). I managed to get in a game of Alhambra Dice and regular Alhambra. The dice game is fun, and has a good bit of strategy for a dice game (not that I applied it very well). The regular Alhambra went pretty fast due to the number of people we had playing, and again I wasn't able to successfully put any real strategy into play. After the games were done, I went up to my brother-in-law's place to catch the end of his birthday party. Lots of Wii-playing going on (but mostly by the adults!).

Sunday was a different D&D game with lots of laughter. After that I went over to [livejournal.com profile] hairness & [livejournal.com profile] complexated's place to watch the Superbowl. I didn't care who won, so I was just there to enjoy the game, the commercials and the company. All three delivered quite nicely :)

Look a bonus!
Currently in the CD changer:
1. Future Bible Heroes - Eternal Youth
2. The Decemberists - Her Majesty
3. They Might Be Giants - The Else
4. Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime
5. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
6. Voltaire - Boo Hoo
A completely pointless bonus!
mikekn: (Just me)
Had nice weekend filled with hanging out and playing games. Friday was the evil D&D campaign with [livejournal.com profile] complexated, [livejournal.com profile] hairness, [livejournal.com profile] catanache, [livejournal.com profile] shetiyah and Karl. We encountered our good counterparts, who were...interesting... I think a little deus ex machina (deus ex DM?) kept us from killing them outright, but we know they'll be back.

Saturday was Philly Area gamers. It was my first time a the new location (McKenzies brewpub). The food was good and the beer decent, but we were pressured on time (had to be out before 5). I managed to get in a game of Alhambra Dice and regular Alhambra. The dice game is fun, and has a good bit of strategy for a dice game (not that I applied it very well). The regular Alhambra went pretty fast due to the number of people we had playing, and again I wasn't able to successfully put any real strategy into play. After the games were done, I went up to my brother-in-law's place to catch the end of his birthday party. Lots of Wii-playing going on (but mostly by the adults!).

Sunday was a different D&D game with lots of laughter. After that I went over to [livejournal.com profile] hairness & [livejournal.com profile] complexated's place to watch the Superbowl. I didn't care who won, so I was just there to enjoy the game, the commercials and the company. All three delivered quite nicely :)

Look a bonus!
Currently in the CD changer:
1. Future Bible Heroes - Eternal Youth
2. The Decemberists - Her Majesty
3. They Might Be Giants - The Else
4. Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime
5. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
6. Voltaire - Boo Hoo
A completely pointless bonus!
mikekn: (Just me)
Nothing much has happened in the last week. Most of my evenings were spent doing some consulting work - which will be continuing this week as well. I've been fighting with one of the hardware bits, and so far it is winning.

Made it to Philly Gamers and got to play Trans Europa and Metro.

Got to play Unspeakable Words with [livejournal.com profile] complexated and gang on Friday. It's a Cthulhu themed word game and was lots of fun :) I'd like to try it again without the optional rules (I think we used all of them at once) and see how the basic game plays.

Saw the Barn's production of Chess which was very good. The people playing Florence and Anatoly were both excellent, but the guy playing Freddie bugged me.

Got my EK History letters out more or less on time, so that project has now officially started.

[livejournal.com profile] arieya was over on Sunday, going through my game collection. She is working on a service to provide replacement parts for games, and was taking measurements from a bunch of games I had. When she was done, the games in the dinning room were all neatly stacked on one side:
Game Pile (125K) )

Speaking of games, just the other day I was wondering if a new reprint of Cosmic Encounter could coming. Well, I just read this announcement from GenCon:
Fantasy Flight Games has acquired the rights to the classic Future Pastimes/Eon games Cosmic Encounter and Borderlands, as well as the "Wheels Within Wheels" game system formerly published as Frank Herbert's Dune. Cosmic Encounter will be published in the summer of 2008. Borderlandswill be published in the summer of 2009. The "Wheels Within Wheels"system will be featured in a new original board game set in FFG's Twilight Imperium universe in late 2008.


Sweet! The return of Borderlands is great news as is a new "gamer" version of CE.
mikekn: (Just me)
Nothing much has happened in the last week. Most of my evenings were spent doing some consulting work - which will be continuing this week as well. I've been fighting with one of the hardware bits, and so far it is winning.

Made it to Philly Gamers and got to play Trans Europa and Metro.

Got to play Unspeakable Words with [livejournal.com profile] complexated and gang on Friday. It's a Cthulhu themed word game and was lots of fun :) I'd like to try it again without the optional rules (I think we used all of them at once) and see how the basic game plays.

Saw the Barn's production of Chess which was very good. The people playing Florence and Anatoly were both excellent, but the guy playing Freddie bugged me.

Got my EK History letters out more or less on time, so that project has now officially started.

[livejournal.com profile] arieya was over on Sunday, going through my game collection. She is working on a service to provide replacement parts for games, and was taking measurements from a bunch of games I had. When she was done, the games in the dinning room were all neatly stacked on one side:
Game Pile (125K) )

Speaking of games, just the other day I was wondering if a new reprint of Cosmic Encounter could coming. Well, I just read this announcement from GenCon:
Fantasy Flight Games has acquired the rights to the classic Future Pastimes/Eon games Cosmic Encounter and Borderlands, as well as the "Wheels Within Wheels" game system formerly published as Frank Herbert's Dune. Cosmic Encounter will be published in the summer of 2008. Borderlandswill be published in the summer of 2009. The "Wheels Within Wheels"system will be featured in a new original board game set in FFG's Twilight Imperium universe in late 2008.


Sweet! The return of Borderlands is great news as is a new "gamer" version of CE.
mikekn: (Just me)
Heh - I always seem to be trying to catch up. Must be my jet-setter lifestyle...

Read more or less )

Ok, done catching up here - time to go catch up elsewhere.
mikekn: (Just me)
Heh - I always seem to be trying to catch up. Must be my jet-setter lifestyle...

Read more or less )

Ok, done catching up here - time to go catch up elsewhere.

Ow ow ow

Apr. 23rd, 2007 08:38 am
mikekn: (Just me)
Woke up this morning with a nasty headache. I don't get these very often, so I'm not sure what the cause is yet. Feels like a migraine without all the extra side effects (so I don't think it's a migraine). I've taken meds, hydrated and eaten so hopefully it will go away now. Right now. Ok - Now. Soon?

I put up all the book and CD shelves in the office, and I've started putting together the desk. I started loading the shelves, so I've actually cleared out a few boxes (yay!). The office isn't really ready for the desk yet, but I kept running into stuff that needs to go into the desk, so it will be easier on me if I set it up and then just move it into place when the painting is done.

Had a great time on Saturday - excellent food followed by three hours of pinball :) I've proved once again that while I love pinball, I'm not very good at it ;)

Ow ow ow

Apr. 23rd, 2007 08:38 am
mikekn: (Just me)
Woke up this morning with a nasty headache. I don't get these very often, so I'm not sure what the cause is yet. Feels like a migraine without all the extra side effects (so I don't think it's a migraine). I've taken meds, hydrated and eaten so hopefully it will go away now. Right now. Ok - Now. Soon?

I put up all the book and CD shelves in the office, and I've started putting together the desk. I started loading the shelves, so I've actually cleared out a few boxes (yay!). The office isn't really ready for the desk yet, but I kept running into stuff that needs to go into the desk, so it will be easier on me if I set it up and then just move it into place when the painting is done.

Had a great time on Saturday - excellent food followed by three hours of pinball :) I've proved once again that while I love pinball, I'm not very good at it ;)
mikekn: (Just me)
I left work at the normal time (5:30) and made it home by 6:20. That's only about 5 minutes longer then usual, and doesn't account for the time spent cleaning off the car. Basically traffic was almost non-existent, but the roads kept speeds down (no faster then 30 MPH anywhere). My route is all small and medium roads - no highways. Didn't spot any accidents either.
mikekn: (Just me)
I left work at the normal time (5:30) and made it home by 6:20. That's only about 5 minutes longer then usual, and doesn't account for the time spent cleaning off the car. Basically traffic was almost non-existent, but the roads kept speeds down (no faster then 30 MPH anywhere). My route is all small and medium roads - no highways. Didn't spot any accidents either.
mikekn: (Just me)
No Wednesday gaming this month. I won't be at Tuesday archery either this month. I'm working full time in Ambler, and will be spending several evenings a week working in Wayne for the next few weeks. Bad for social life - good for wallet.

I don't have a phone at work yet, and my cell phone is dieing. If you need to get a hold of me, email is best.

SCA Schedule )
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