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The Last Guardian

“Jon Shannow, the King of Kings has spoken the words of your death. I am Rhodaeul the Hunter. Do you have anything to say before you die?’ ‘No,’ said Shannow, palming his gun and blasting Rhodaeul from the saddle. The Atlantean hit the ground hard, a hammering pain in his chest; he tried to draw his pistol, but Shannow rode forward and fired a second shot that smashed his skull.”  The Last Guardian  is a 1989 British post-apocalyptic Heroic fantasy novel written by bestselling British author  David Gemmell . The Last Guardian is set in the same world as Wolf in Shadow, but set two years later. The Hellborn are no longer a threat, all but two of the Guardians are dead, and the largest source of Sipstrassi has been destroyed. Additional details of the world are also revealed throughout the story, and it is revealed that the sinking of the city of Atlantis during the first "fall",  is also the origin source of the story of Noah's ark. I enjoyed this one. The narration by Chr

Flooring Update

I just wanted to let everyone know that they can rest soundly tonight. I'm sure that you've had a couple of sleepless nights worrying about the floor in Lady Ronn's craft/office space, but it's all good. Tonight, we went to both Home Depot and Lowes, we looked at flooring options, and we ordered a 12-ft x 15-ft piece of vinyl flooring to put down. I know. I know. But you don't need to worry it's the good stuff; it's not junk. This will work out nicely. It'll take a week to come in, but waiting isn't a big deal. We'll use that time to get something else started. So rest peacefully knowing that the matter has been addressed, the solution has been plotted, and we are just a week away from a nice new floor. Disaster averted. Congoleum AirStep:  AirStep Advantage Collection:  Playtime Color:  Tree House SKU:  88015 Playtime lets you play with abandon, laugh and step into life. Take advantage of the happiness that surrounds you as you enjoy the wide co

Merry Christmas to You

From me to you, thanks for visiting throughout the year and making a little time for me in your life.  Enjoy your holiday and let's all do our part to make everyday a better day for everyone. From me and all of us at, from the McCarrick household, and from the heart, I'm thinking of you and wishing you all the best.  Merry Christmas to all.

Flooring Faux Pas

I spent a good part of last night and this afternoon clearing out Lady Ronn's craft/office space, with the intention that part of her Christmas gift would be putting down the flooring to make the space more user friendly and more finished. The argument could be made that everyone would be happier if I finished the main bathroom. And I would agree. However, two points against that argument. First, that wouldn't really be a gift for her, that would be something for everyone in the house. Second, there is no way I can get the main bathroom finished in a day or two. I can put down a floor in that amount of time. So that's what I decided to do. I pulled out the shelves and the desk, cleaned out the closet and the shelves that were in there, and I removed all the other clutter that has gathered in that room. Then I swept and vacuumed the floor, ensured none of the nails were popped, and took the doors down. We debated about carpeting the room when we do the rest of the basement,

Winter has Arrived

11:28 am Eastern time was the winter solstice. Probably, you didn't notice. I know that I was thinking about lunch and missed it completely. Today is the shortest day of the year, tonight is the longest night. The good news is that the nights get shorter from here. The bad news is that winter has just begun. I put up a couple new LED Christmas wreaths on the house yesterday, so that's a thing. They look nice. [caption id="attachment_10986" align="aligncenter" width="735"] Christmas 2017[/caption] Really, this is just my exercise in displaying some Christmas spirit without having to hang strands of lights in the cold. It's a compromise.

Truckcast #119: Release Dates

You're getting two Truckcasts this week. This one is a little short, but it is chock full of important information about things everyone  probably missed... there's a new batch of movie releases that have been announced for movies that probably nobody will care about. Have a listen.

Truckcast #118: The 75th Episode

  Today, I have a little treat for you. The is the long lost 75th Truckcast from way back in early August 2013. I found it while clearing some room out on my phone's storage card. Being as it was lost, something else became Truckcast #75, which I guess makes this Truckcast #74.5, chronologically speaking it's going to be episode #118. How many of these things do I plan on doing? Enough is  enough, said no one ever. Take a trip back in time and see what the Truckcast was like 52 months ago.

Report Card, Fall 2017

The final exam for my Air Conditioning Theory class was last Tuesday. I just checked to see if the grades were posted. They were. So here is my report card for the Fall 2017 semester. I wish I could say I was happy about those two A- grades, but I'm not. If my math is right, I missed an A in both of those classes by less than a full percentage point. Ah, well, my grade point will not matter in the real world. That's another 7-credits under my belt, bringing my total to 31-credits. That puts me beyond the half-way point, as I need 60-credits to get this degree. Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points HVA 128 Heating and Cooling Controls 3.00 Graded A 12.000 HVA 135 Heating Theory 2.00 Graded A- 7.340 HVA 136 Air Conditioning Theory 2.00 Graded A- 7.340 And with those classes entered in the ledger my current grade point is 3.808 , or roughly, way better than I ever did in high school. I only have two classes next semester, and there's only a 3-week span where I hav

Baenrahl is Back, Again

It's not a finished site. It may never be. I'm not making any promises about that, but it's a thing once again. Role-playing Resources While it is most definitely a work in progress, I think it shows its direction fairly clearly. This time around it is neither a Dungeons & Dragons campaign site nor a fictional diary of an interplanetary traveler, though, it may well be both of those things at the same time. No. This time I'm using it as a repository and resource for all the clutter that has been accumulated and created by my  forty years in the tabletop role-playing hobby. As such it has many pieces and parts. It has stuff from my campaigns (baenrahl, warlock's cauldron, the skorr, shadow chasers, etc...), a blog focused on tabletop rpg related stuff (house rules, advice, reviews, etc...), and most significantly, to my mind, the idea is to open it up and make a community out of it. To allow other folks to contribute and participate in what it is and

Finally Finished Jerusalem

Jerusalem Written by Alan Moore Narrated by Simon Vance 2016 | 60 hours, 41 minutes | 600,000 words Publisher's Summary Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Best Male Narrator Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope,  Jerusalem  is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter.   In the epic novel  Jerusalem , Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them.   Employing a kaleidoscope of lite

Truckcast #117: Workloads & Wheel Spinning

  A couple three individual files all stitched together to make a Truckcast for your listening enjoyment.  Sure there is no consistency, but that in itself has become the Truckcast aesthetic. I'm running out of bits and pieces, so you shouldn't have to deal with this nonsense much longer. Have a listen and be entertained...  

Multiple Universes

It’s time for another round of movie reviews. I remind you that I, mostly, don’t enjoy watching movies or television. There are just things I’d rather be doing. With that prejudice explicitly stated, let’s move forward and talk about some movies. I watched all three of these on my couch, as I rarely make it to the cinema anymore, so I missed out on the giant screen, the too cramped seating, and the overly loud sound. I guess I’ve missed out on the whole movie going experience and I’m sure that will color my opinion, but it will probably be offset by not having had to pay the high ticket price to get in. I’m going to talk about three movies today. If I were to take the time to go through all the things I’ve seen since I last wrote a review post, this would be considerably longer. Let me simply say that, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting better the further we get from season 1, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wasn’t nearly as good (or fun) as the first one, Star Wars: Rogue One wasn’t

Do You See Me Starving Here? Do You?

We put up our tree on Thanksgiving, but Killian, our new kitten, is a bit too rowdy for us to feel comfortable putting up the decorations. I mean, really, look at that tree skirt... how many times a day do you need to fix that?! This is what I have to look at every night I eat dinner on the couch. [caption id="attachment_10902" align="aligncenter" width="419"] cooper wants food[/caption]

The Union and I

According according to Facebook the union that I'm in has turned one hundred and twenty one years old today. That's a pretty long time. Of course, I haven't been in that long. I've only been in it for 9 years, maybe 10, really kind of depends on how you count it. Being in this union has actually been pretty great for me. The benefits are good. The wages are good. The work is good. And the union dues are minimal. I don't have anything to complain about on any of those fronts. Communication. Information. Representation. Now those are things that need some work. How much of that I can attribute to the union, versus how much I can contribute to the company I work for, that's a calculaton and a distinction I don’t much bother with. It was a good job before we went union. And it's become a great job since going union. I'm basing that on higher wages and cheaper benefits. I have been in a few unions throughout my life, but this is the first one that seems to ac

1st Snow

I can't say for sure that this is the first snow, because I just don't pay that much attention, but this is the first accumulation of snow for the season. Sure we've had some flurries, and there might have even been a dusting of snow, but this is the first time it's impacted things like driving, commute times, and resulted in soggy shoes. It's not much, it's probably less than an inch, maybe just an inch. If the sun doesn't come out, it will be the first time I have to shovel my driveway this season. I spent some time last night putting together a couple of truckcasts. I put one up yesterday and I've got one in the can, waiting in the wings, on deck, whatever... I have one finished that I haven't posted yet. I'll put that one up on Monday, so you have that to look forward to. Here's a little behind the scenes gif for your viewing pleasure. As you can see editing truckcast is not all fun and games. Despite my talk of everything on the site wor

Truckcast #116: Harassment and a lot of Crap

  Part 2 of this podcast was recorded on 11/14 and part 1 on 11/21 and then I put them together in reverse order. Sorry about the sound quality in this one, it was pretty windy and I think you'll notice. But I'm talking about things from the news, so that's a thing... Have a listen to your latest Truckcast.