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New Goal

Truckcast #100: 100th Episode

Who could have guessed that I'd still be doing this a hundred episodes in. But I am... take a listen. Add it to your RSS feed. Subscribe on iTunes. Make arohen.com your destination location.... well, for the Truckcast anyway. [powerpress]
Some asshat just hacked my PayPal account  and charged up some FIFA 14... I am taking actions... those actions may or may not include violence.

Quotable Holly Lisle

"Adventures are only interesting once you've lived to see the end of them. Before that, they are nothing but fear, being too cold or too hot or too wet or too hungry, and getting hurt." --Holly Lisle, The Silver Door

Remember

Patriotic Americans should take a moment from their day of celebration and leisure to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation. Today is a day to remember and celebrate American heroes, as well as the values that make this country worth fighting for.

Happy Memorial Day

My wife keeps finding typos in images that I've published. Not sure if this should be considered a good thing or a bad thing, maybe a little of both. Whatever the case, I have some editing to do.

The Point

One of Three

The first day of the long weekend has been full of yard work and basement remodeling. I expect that will be the theme for the weekend. Time to make some turkey burgers.

Adult Behaviors

Live Appearances

Truckcast #99: GPS Snafu

Rollin' up on you old school style. This one's for Kevin. [powerpress]

Goodbye Gold

My Xbox Live Gold account expired tonight. This time around it was a pretty easy decision to not renew it. I can't remember the last time I used Xbox Live for something  that wasn't Netflix. And I can do that for free on my PS3, so I'm letting it lapse.

D&D Release Dates

It's been a while since I did the whole RPG thing. AD&D, AD&D 2nd Edition, and D&D 3rd Edition all played a very large, some would say huge, role in my youth. That was then, this is now. And I never even read the 4th edition D&D boxed set rules that I picked up. So perhaps the most interesting thing about this for me is that the Player's Handbook is being released on my birthday. I haven't followed the development of this latest edition at all. I have no idea what will change and what will be the same. I know nothing. But... I will probably pick up these three books, just for a weird mix of nostalgia and curiosity. Hopefully they'll come out with a boxed set for Christmas, then maybe I could get them for free / as a gift.

Scary Stories

Run That By Me Again

Strive To Be Good

Madden25 Team Relocation options and nicknames

Are you playing Madden25 in owner mode? Are you looking to escape a city that isn't willing to cough up the money to build you a stadium? Are you just looking for a change of scenery? One thing you have to keep in mind is that if you move, you don't get to keep your nickname. And the number of city choices is limited. There will be no Grand Rapids Lions. There can be no Nashville Chiefs. So what can you do? Here is a list of the Madden25 team relocation options and nicknames. U.S. Choices: Austin (Armadillos, Bats, Desperados) Brooklyn (Beats, Dodgers, Yanks) Chicago (Blues, Cougars, Tigers) Columbus (Aviators, Caps, Panhandles) Houston (Gunners, Oilers, Voyagers) Los Angeles (Aftershock, All Stars, Dreams) Memphis (Egyptians, Hounds, Steamers) Oklahoma City (Bisons, Night Hawks) Orlando (Orbits, Sentinels, Wizards) Portland (Lumberjacks, River Hogs, Snowhawks) Sacramento (Condors, Miners, Redwoods) Salt Lake City (Elks, Flyers, Pioneers) San Antonio (

Right-Setting Expectations

I saw this while doing an online search for something or other D&D related. This looks pretty cool. I'd watch this. But that's not the show I remember from my youth. No, back in 1983, when this came out, I was just going into 9th-grade and this is what I got. A completely unacceptable blaspheming of the greatest game ever created... The show I remember actually looked a bit more like this. The 'barbarian' was the little kid of the bunch and he hung-out with/had a pet unicorn and both were unacceptable to my younger ad&d playing self. The acrobat did have a cool staff that could change size and for some reason dressed in a fur bikini, but otherwise was pretty forgettable. The ranger was the only character that I felt was even remotely cool. Possibly because he had that awesome energy bow. The cavalier was coward, a braggart, and pretty much a jerk all the time. The wizard was worthless, fulfilling that much needed role of bumbling, nervous fool with a magic hat,

Another Middle Book

I finished listening to the second book in The Soldier Son trilogy. Forest Mage by Robin Hobb. It's a middle book. It suffers from all the problems that plague middle books. It all feels kinda pointless and drawn out. Book one was a great set up. Book three will have a climax. Book two, well, it bridges the two parts of the story. I like most everything I've read or listened to by Robin Hobb, but I found myself wanting to get my hands around the main characters neck on more than one occasion. She has a way of beating her characters quite badly. I would not want to be a character in her books. But in this case, If he was a smarter fellow, this would have been a much shorter book. But he's not and unfortunately that makes for a story that kind of drags in places. I confess that I checked ahead on amazon and Wikipedia, the reviews seem to agree that if you get through the second book you'll be in for a treat in the third book. I hope so. First book was very good. Second bo

Yikes!

George on his Mom

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” — George Washington

Most Important Piece of Equipment

Doubt & Cofidence

Truckcast #98: What the Hell is Baenrahl

Rollin' up with pearls of wisdom that'll enlighten and entertain, here's your Truckcast . [powerpress]

Correction

Natural 20

Quotable Anne Lamott

“But how?” my students ask. “How do you actually do it?” "You sit down, I say. You try to sit down at approximately the same time every day. This is how you train your unconscious to kick in for you creatively. So you sit down at, say, nine every morning, or ten every night. You put a piece of paper in the typewriter, or you turn on the computer and bring up the right file, and then you stare at it for an hour or so. You begin rocking, just a little at first, and then like a huge autistic child. You look at the ceiling, and over at the clock, yawn, and stare at the paper again. Then, with your fingers poised on the keyboard, you squint at an image that is forming in your mind — a scene, a locale, a character, whatever — and you try to quiet your mind so you can hear what that landscape or character has to say above the other voices in your mind." --Anne Lamott

A Birds Got To Wander

I've Been Busy, So Sue Me

You might not have noticed that little Baenrahl link in the sidebar there, but I've been doing some RPG related website building of late. Roleplaying uses a lot of dice and a rpg gamer never seems to have enough dice and there is the mystique of having a die no one has ever seen before. Besides, I'm sure there are holes in your dice collection... And when I saw this over at Make I thought I would share. Dashing Dice That Deviate From the Norm | MAKE .

Writing is Rewriting

Peace & Worry

If You're Going Through Hell...

I finished reading Happy Hour In Hell by Tad Williams. It's the second book in what I think is going to be a trilogy. In this one, Bobby Dollar, the angel and main character in the series, goes to hell. In hell, he experiences everything you might expect from hell. He does not have a good time, but who would. The book suffers by comparison to the first novel in the series, which was amazing. This one just didn't pull me in. It's pretty much a straight forward quest story. Go to hell, get the thing, get out. Maybe it's because I wasn't wowed by the depiction of hell, but I felt like I was trudging along with Bobby. Sometimes the trip was quick and entertaining, other times, I thought we just needed to get going. I didn't get what I wanted from Tad Williams vision of hell and when the book was all over and done I was thinking; god dammit, really. Fuck. I have high hopes for the third book, because I like the whole angels and demons on earth aspect of the series. I

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