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Giving Myself Options

My final grade for that electronics class has posted, and as expected, I earned a grade of C. Good enough. Not great, but really, just glad to be done with that one. School’s out for me until the end of August when the winter semester stats and I’m very happy for the break. I still haven’t finished the bathroom repair, from that leak a couple weeks back. But I am hoping to get it done this weekend while Lady Ronn is on the other side of the state at her sister’s baby shower. It should be an easy repair, so I think it’s doable. In other news, I let the Spirit go today. It was a great car and did everything I asked of it. Most notably, getting me back and forth to GRCC for the last two years. Thanks again to my buddy Ted for hooking me up. But today I expanded my options. I’m a car guy. I like cars and I buy cars, but the future is calling and I want to be able to go in a few different directions. I want to have my options open. So, I found a deal on a 2015 RAM ProMaster City with less t

Listening to Everything

[caption id="attachment_185" align="alignleft" width="300"] Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons[/caption] I just finished listening to Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons by Shelly Mazzanoble . Have you ever wondered about the female point of view at the gaming table? It's maybe not what you were expecting. Or at least, Shelly, is not what I was expecting. There's not a lot of role playing meat here. It's not a book on how to play D&D or full of adventure/campaign ideas. It's also not any sort of self-help book as some of the blurbs imply. What is it? Something of a memoir or personal tell all. Really it's just her talking about the life lessons she's taken away from the gaming table and it's fun, funny, and insightful. This was a good listen. The narration was well done, the story flowed well and was interesting, but I could do without most of the sidebars. I wouldn&#

Schools Out For Summer

Well, that's done. My class load for the summer has come to an end. It was not a fantastic semester for me, but as I'm all about telling you when I get good grades, I suppose I should tell you about the bad grades as well. I mentioned already that after lots of very hard work I managed to get a B+ in my Intermediate Technical Math class. Note to self: do not take the next math class online. I am very happy to have that grade, but with a 86.982% I just can't help think that I could have pulled off an A with just a bit more work and/or by asking for a bit more direction from the instructor. We live. We learn. My Basic Electricity & Electronics class was a whole other story. Last night was the final and I did very poorly, 66%. I can only attribute a small part of that to having left my formula sheet on the kitchen counter, as there were not 34 math equations on the exam. What I can attribute it to, is all most completely checking out of the class by about the 2/3 mark. I&#

Office Tweaks

So we picked up a cat tree for our cat. The brown is not quite the color it appeared to be in the ad, but it's pet furniture and my other choices were white, black, and blue. Brown seemed like the best choice. She likes the rope. She likes the top perch. But the hammock, the tube, the ladder, basically everything else, are things she's not diggin'. And what's with the hole to get to the hammock, that basically ruins that whole level. She just likes to be up high. Which makes my latest addition to my office a potential problem. I know I said no new projects, but the office is an old project that just isn't done... right? Anyway, I redid the right side of the desk. I tore off the desktop and built a new one that is longer and will allow for me to turn and work on that side of the desk if I so choose. Originally, my thinking was to mount the screens to the wall, but after some test placement and thinking, that's probably not going to happen.     In addition, to the

Just When You Think It's Done

Yesterday, Lady Ronn pointed out that the floor in front of the laundry room was damp... [caption id="attachment_11523" align="aligncenter" width="735"] bad news[/caption] So that can mean only one thing; the tub/shower is leaking. Not leaking like a stream, but leaking so that nobody notices it immediately. Not great news. I turned on the tub and went downstairs to check things out. Nothing. I turned on the shower and went back downstairs. Spatter. Spatter. Drip. That's weird. It was definitely leaking, but had a weird splash drip sort of thing going on and I couldn't see anything looking up from the basement. Pulled the handle and valve cover off and it's wet in there, but seems to be coming from above. Crawled up on the tub and sure enough there is a dribble of water coming out of the wall, the escutcheon is covering a soggy bit of wall board and the paint is floating. Time to get the saw out. Plumbing is leaking at the union of the finishe

Listening to Appendix N

One of my more recent purchases from Audible was worthy of being mentioned here at arohenRPG. Clocking in at 10-hours and 22-minutes, Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons, written by Jeffro Johnson, narrated by Brandon Porter, and published by Castalia House, is an investigation into the various works of science fiction and fantasy that Gary Gygax listed as being the primary influences on the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Appendix N: Inspirational and Educational Reading being the list of reading material published in the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide. The author takes us on a fascinating dive into the literature of SF/F's past, we get a look back at fandom/geek culture and why these materials were so influential, and he does a good job of critically reviewing all the works and authors listed by Gygax. Furthermore, he hypothesizes and draws conclusions from his investigation as to what parts of those works were most