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Hello 16

Farewell 15

This is the one hundred and eighty fourth post of the year. It is also the last post of the year. I was going to do a 2015 wrap-up, but I didn't get around to it and I don't have time tonight. So you can expect it sometime this weekend. I had a good year, I hope you did as well. Have fun tonight and I'll catch-up to you next year :)

The Guardians Rediscovered

I was looking through some old stuff and I found this little thing I put together from some Bruce Timm style character templates. It's from back in the day, when I played in a superhero RPG. I don't remember the system; it may have been Mutants & Masterminds. Anyway, these were our characters... that's me right up front, because, well, I made the thing. So that's a thing. No biggie, I've seen it a hundred times and might even have put it up on the blog at some point in the past. But this. This, I don't remember even making. It might have been done during my first romance with Champions Online or possibly when I was writing An Unnecessary Hero. The team is slightly rearranged and the costumes are altered to the constrictions of Champions Online, but I think the characters themselves are pretty identifiable between the two images. Except maybe the blue female hero, her lack of a costume always bugged me, even when we were roleplaying. So she get's a costum

Server Change Downtime

There was a little bit of downtime here at, and over at our sister site,, while I had the folks over at Lunarpages move my account to a different server.  Mostly it went flawlessly and they were very easy to work with, but there was that little database issue. But that's all done and everything's under control around here. Situation is back to normal. Just a slight MySQL issue...  everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

The Prophecy of the Vallochar

Here you will find an excerpt from the 12th scroll of the Vallochar, which records the prophetic visions of the Wyrm of Mardallond regarding the fall of the regents. Some of you may be familiar with it as those who claim enlightenment and wish to propagate their visions often quote it. In the city beneath the navel of the realm shall the kindling be gathered and spark of sovereignty be fanned. With a torch from this spark shall be drawn the fire of prophecy and it shall mark the birth of the thirteenth regent. Such is the power of this torch that the dark lord shall burn within its flames until he is no more. Then all the spheres shall know, the great war has come. The warriors shall come to the field to due battle with a fearsome lust for blood. Their thirst will be such that it can only be sated by annihilation. The battle will rage until this has occurred for one or both .  The scrolls of the Vallochar go on to record many other events and signs that shall le

Rolling Workbench

My workbench is cluttered with fasteners, tools, and debris from the last project. Which makes it terribly inconvenient to find anything, let alone do any work. So every time I wanted to work on something in the garage I had to dig out my sawhorses, find a large piece of something to straddle the sawhorses, and then hope the whole thing wouldn't slide around or outright collapse on me in the middle of whatever I was doing. I've made do, but it was a frustration, and I finally decided to do something about it. A dozen 8-ft, 2x4 studs from the home center, probably more than I'll need, but you can always find something to do with 2x4's. A 10-ft, 4x4 post that the previous owner left in the rafters of the garage. Two 4x8-ft sheets of 3/4-inch plywood. Four heavy duty, 330-lb. capacity, lockable 5-inch casters. Because we don't want this thing to get bumped and roll into my car. A box of  3 1/2-inch wood screws. Enough 1 1/4 lag screws to attach the casters,

Batman Comes to the Party

I did some redecorating/rearranging in the office yesterday after the Christmas festivities died down. Just wanted to show you my new Batman bust and the closer, but still unfinished, shield. There are several things that I notice in this picture that are projects in progress and some that are in need of explanation. The bathroom door frame looks like a scratching post. This is because our cat, Emma, likes to jump up on the door frame and slide down it like a fireman with claws. And she can jump pretty high. I've put off fixing it until I get around to repainting the hallway. The pedestals aren't the same height. Yes, that is intentional. I built the pedestals so that each of the busts stands at the official DC heights. That would be 6'3" for Superman and 6'2" for Batman. The Batman pedestal ends up being taller because the Batman bust is shorter from base to top of head, because I don't think the pointy bits on his mask count when figuring his height. The

Google Domains

I've been considering a domain purchase for Baenrahl for a while now, and a recent advert from Google prompted me to take the plunge. So I take down two birds with one stone; I try the Google Domains service and I get a domain. Let's see what I do with it. --Ronn

Merry Christmas


(n.) lit. " a reason for being "; 'a reason to get up in the morning,' to enjoy the meaning of life--passion, purpose, something one lives for. I stumbled on this earlier today, and I'm taken with it. Ikigai. Finding "a reason for being". Is it something everyone has? Do I have one? The Japanese would say "yes" to both questions. But they would also tell me that finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. And that the search is very important, since the discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. Introspection is not my strong suit, but not a deal breaker. The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. Secondly, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It's not necessarily linked to one's economic status or the present state of

It's All About Story

National Novel Writing Month is over and I do not have a novel to show for it. I have some notes, some visual prompts, and nine scenes spread across two time periods. In all it works out to a bit more than 13,000 words of finely crafted, well thought out prose. Ha. Still, a novel it is not. Not by a long shot. I started off badly, dinking and ducking my word count for the first week. Then I hit it hard during my time off and made good progress and high daily word counts, but that didn’t last. And I may have burned a little too bright, because I burned out quickly after going back to work. Between everything going on at home, the approaching holiday, and going back to work, I floundered and then flopped on my face. No victory dance for me this year. But I have a good story here and one that I’m going to continue working on, only at a more reasonable pace for someone working 40+ hours a week at a regular job and trying to maintain a marriage and family life. To everyone that pushed throu