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Attention Gauntletites [Sep. 28th, 2008|03:13 pm]
Callicrates
[Current Mood |muahahahahaha]

I have discovered that the Dragon (the very first boss) drops 5000 gold and is soloable by any of our characters. I intend to get them all to full health for the very first time in their ENTIRE LIVES HAHAHAHAHA.

Yes, it will be eight months before we can take advantage of it, but you may begin sharpening your swords now.
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Disk problems [Sep. 12th, 2008|11:21 am]
Callicrates
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[Current Mood |resigned]

The main disk for spundreams.net crashed last night. We have backups of everything so we won't lose any data but it's safe to expect a day or two of downtime.

We were in the middle of a server migration anyway. When the system comes back up we'll be using Gmail to host email service. You will not lose any of your mail and you'll still be able to access it the way you were before but you will have to get a temporary password from me for the first time you log in.

If I'm not already in touch with you about this, please write to me at andy dot origami at gmail dot com and tell me what the best way is to contact you.
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Warning! Random musing ahead! [Jun. 22nd, 2008|09:38 pm]
Callicrates
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about ways to live one's life -- how to pace yourself, when to speed up, when to slow down, and when to get the hell out of town and take a long vacation. It so happened that this took place not long after the Indianapolis 500. As often happens in my head, the two subjects ran squarely into each other and made a horrible noise. When the dust cleared... it made an odd sort of sense. I wrote it down and sent it to the friend in question. She wrote back to me and said that I really ought to post it -- it might even be useful!

I hope it is.


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Now if only it were as easy for me to put it into practice as it is to describe it.
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Well, there's your problem! [Jun. 4th, 2008|11:53 am]
Callicrates
[Current Location |Rockville]
[Current Mood |exasperated]

I'm at a workshop in a hotel that's set up chiefly as a conference center. They provide refreshments, snacks, and all meals, presumably at some exorbitant cost.

There are about 8 varieties of cold drinks available during the day. All but 2 are some variant on water+sugar+coloring. Most of the breakfast foods are pastries and sugary cereals. All of the snacks are things like ice cream bars (mmm), potato chips, cookies, popcorn and miniature candy bars. Well, almost all -- there are a few granola bars. There are a couple of trail mixes... made mostly of chocolate, nuts, and dried candied fruit. Lunch is heavy on X-in-sauce, starches and fried stuff. The dessert table is itself as big as the buffet line containing the entrees.

I find that I resent it when my only realistic options for eating well are either to go way out of my way or to skip food entirely.

At the next break I intend to go up to the front desk and raid the bowl of apples. That may be my only hope.
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The end of the world as we know it [Jun. 3rd, 2008|11:20 am]
Callicrates
[Current Mood |bewildered]

For the first time since I've been into graphics, I find myself thinking of not going to SIGGRAPH.

How on earth can this be?
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Drug Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Chipmunk [May. 25th, 2008|11:19 am]
Callicrates
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[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |uncomfortableuncomfortable]
[Current Music |the drone of the Indy cars]

I did not sleep well last night. One's entire body itching will do that. Luckily, the surgeon who worked on me happens to be the doctor on call today, so when I called I didn't have to spend too much time explaining.

His hypothesis is that this is just coincidence. The hydrocodone caused so much histamine to be dumped into my body that I'm reacting to stuff that I normally wouldn't even notice. Apparently ibuprofen can interact with this somehow, so I'm off that, too. I'll substitute tylenol as a painkiller, benadryl for the rash, and hydrocortisone for topical matters. I also have the standard instructions to watch out for anaphylactic shock, which I knew about already, but the reminder never hurts.

So today I'm going to be doped to the gills on benadryl. I've found an HD broadcast of the Indy 500. It looks really nice. Maybe Danica Patrick will win this year. Maybe Marco Andretti. Maybe somebody else entirely.

I remember the mini-controversry over the words that would start the race when the first woman drove in the field. That seems so silly now. "Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!" works just fine.
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Return of the Human Chipmunk [May. 24th, 2008|11:03 am]
Callicrates
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[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |uncomfortableuncomfortable]

The good news is that my mouth is healing just fine. It's still a little swollen and aches a fair amount but it's quite manageable.

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Return of the Human Chipmunk [May. 19th, 2008|09:54 pm]
Callicrates
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[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

It's been 4 days and a few hours since my teeth were taken out. Life since then has been interesting.

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I am the Human Chipmunk! [May. 17th, 2008|11:49 am]
Callicrates
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[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |achy]

I had my wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday. I can't report all that much about the experience itself because I missed it. I thought that the dentist was going to use conscious sedation. Then he put something in the IV and told me "I've just given you some medicine that's going to make you a little sleepy." 30 seconds later -- give or take -- a nurse was waking me up and helping me wobble over to the recovery room. It's probably just as well. I imagine I was a much more cooperative patient than I would have otherwise been when they went after the more strangely positioned teeth.

The lower half of my face feels like it is swollen to the dimensions of a beach ball. I am coming to despise the 90 minutes between when one dose of painkillers wears off and when I am allowed to take the next one. I have something stronger if I need it but I'm trying not to resort to that unless absolutely necessary. My diet consists mainly of Gatorade and sunshine floats. I am wearing an icepack that wraps around the top of my head and the bottom of my jaw. For an accurate picture of what it looks like, imagine a production of "A Christmas Carol" with Marley hovering over Ebenezer's bed moaning "Scrooooooooooooge!" in his best dead miser voice. See the thing wrapped around his head? That's me, but with Velcro holding it together at the top instead of a knot.

Really, though, I'm doing fine. All of that is completely par for the course and I have the tools I need to deal with it. Best of all, I have willowisp looking after me. She's been absolutely amazing. I almost feel embarrassed, like I should tell her "No, really, let me get this one. You've done more than enough already."

I'll be glad when this one's over.
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Duck! [Apr. 28th, 2008|12:33 pm]
Callicrates
Not the waterfowl or the activity; the city. Work travel has brought me to Duck, North Carolina for a few days. I'm staying at a hotel called the Sanderling Inn and discovering that I really should do this vacation thing more often.

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