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Two More Maps

I've put in orders for two more canvas maps, because I want to put them up in my office as inspiration for writing and gaming. And also because I get very into new projects and this one seems pretty easy to finish. Just click to order. Inner Sareth original map of Inner Sareth The first is the map that began as an unnamed world map with a big blacksword as the compass, and so I called it the black sword map. It's been renamed Inner Sareth, which represents the idea that it is part of a much larger continent. The original was drawn on a large 22x30 sheet of preprinted hex paper (Chessex, I think) and colored with Berol Prismacolor pencils. You can see it there, all taped up, because I cut it up to scan it many years ago. I never used it for gaming or writing in any substantial way. The new version is a WonderDraft creation. The second map is the one I used for the Baenrahl campaign and was also created in WonderDraft. Regentia original map of Regentia This isn't actually the

The Start of Mowing Season

I managed to procrastinate enough yesterday, that the snow started falling and I couldn't mow the lawn. But I did get the podcast edited and pieced together; that'll be up on Tuesday. Today's temps are going back into the high 50's, so there's no putting it off... I gotta mow the lawn and all that goes with it. We have a dog. Enough said. I checked my grades this morning, but there's still nothing posted for the Winter semester. That picture I used as the feature image is from my mother, she's on another whirlwind tour of europe. Lucky lady. I ordered two more canvas prints of maps I've made, so I'll be able to take down my existing real world map and replace it with my own personal fantasy lands. Anybody have any ideas for a arohenTV video? Lady Ronn made it into the GRCC magazine, Display , Winter 2019 edition. Congratulations on that. published work In recording my podcast, I had this weird intermittent issue with crackle and static in my micropho

Generally Speaking

can you give me the specifics?

Too Much Going On

There has just been too much going on in my life. Things are busy. I've got the podcast mostly recorded, just a couple of fillers left to do. I haven't even started a video. So the podcast and the video will be delayed until next week. I also think that I may have been to optimistic about getting one of each done every week. I may have to rethink that schedule. I finished my finals for the semester. I didn't do as well as I hoped, but I did better than I expected given the content of the tests... There was a lot there that didn't get covered in the class. 72/80 (90%) HVA 276 Adv Air Cond Refrig & Heating 37/45 (82%) HVA 250 Basic Boiler Operation So with those two classes out of the way I can concentrate on getting some other things done for the website, for work, and around the house. A week without school is going to be nice.

Happy Easter!

hope everyone has a great easter sunday

We All Have Heroes

choose to make a difference and be an example

Dead Air

I've just spent hours working on podcasting stuff without actually creating anything. It's very frustrating. Even more frustrating is that, twice now, I've recorded some stuff, only to play it back and have it full of crackle and static. Seems to be cable related, but I may have to start recording with headphones, because there is no indication that it's occurring during recording. This would be a really good way to lose good content. I think I've got headphones around here somewhere, but finding them may be a thing. I'm going to get something put together over the next few days. I want to have a 30-minute arohenRADIO podcast and something new for arohenTV ready to go next week. That seems doable. I should be able to do that. So let's say video on Thursday and podcast on Tuesday. That'll be the plan/goal. I'm trying to get this trio of vanity projects (blog/podcast/vlog) organized. I've been over thinking all of it. I'm going to go with quant

Tonight's Class Cancelled

I did pretty well last week, posting every day. This week has been less good. I've been playing around with both my microphone and camera set-ups in anticipation of getting back to the podcasting and video posting. Nothing on either front yet, but I'm working on it. Next week is the last week of the semester, so I should be switching gears here shortly. Amazon image of Kreg Shelf Pin Jig Tonight, I was working on the basement shelving. Class was canceled, so I had a free night. I had an opportunity to use my new Kreg Shelf Pin Jig and I've got to say, it's pretty slick, easy to use, and really quick. I would recommend it to anyone thinking about getting one. I like the idea behind all the Kreg stuff, but I have to admit that all that blue plastic really turns me off. Because of this I always hesitate to pick up their stuff. crazy man pointing at a cat Yes, I know. Somethings should just not be put on the internet... I blame Google Photos Assistant for making these sill

Not Much to Say

I don't have much to say today and I didn't get much done this weekend so there's no updates to anything. I did see Bird Box on Netflix; It was not good, do not watch it. Sandra Bullock in a Netflix movie. Maybe it's just me, but all these movies that take one sense and make that the terrorizing thing are dumb. If you look you die. If they hear you you die. If you smell it, but aren't the one who dealt it, you die. You get the idea. I before E Except when your foreign neighbor Keith receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. seen on a coffee cup I did see The Highwaymen as well, that one was pretty good. It was another Netflix original movie. Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner. If I recommended movies, I might tell you to watch that one. But I don't, so I wont. Other things I've watched lately on Netflix include the following. The Dirt , I was a big Motley Crue fan in highschool and it was done pretty well, so I was enter

Hurting People

...that's not how it works

Stye On My Eye

Couldn't get into see my doctor today, but I did talk to a nurse who had me go to the urgent care. The doctor there says that what I've got is a stye and that the body will take care of it on its own. And then he followed that up with a prescription, not to be used unless my eye starts to have a yellow or green discharge. Thanks, doc. For the record, if I have a green discharge coming from my eye... I'm going back to the doctor. But, at this point, it is definitely better than it has been. The plan for saturday is to get up early and do my homework assignment and then get back to working on the basement wall unit. something like this I didn't pick up the plywood for the backing on those tall units, but I can definitely get the shelf pin holes drilled and make the shelves. We'll see what happens. Later.

Do You See the Issue?

Do you remember this post from September, Eye Issue ? Well, if not I won't be surprised. My right eyelid is all jacked up again. It started last night after I left the warehouse, so maybe I've just got some grit stuck in there. Whatever the case, I'm not loving it. I called the doctor's office twice today, but the hold time was longer than my patience. that was then: 09-19-2017 this is now: 04-11-2019 It's not the eye itself, but is most definitely the eyelid. A little red, a little swollen, a little sore, and the best, most annoying part is that the swelling changes the angle of my eyelashes so that they are pointing down. It's like looking through a curtain. It can't be too obvious, because I've only had everyone I've met today ask me what's wrong with my eye. If it's not looking better tomorrow morning I'm going to have to see the doctor... I don't want to go all weekend like this. Later.

Book Haul

The Last Boy Scout by Dan Becker. Did you know there was a novelization of The Last Boy Scout? I didn't. I love that movie. I just had to buy that book. HAD TO. I'm interested to see if it translates to the written page. My suspicion is that without Bruce Willis, it won't. But we'll see. Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard. I must really like Pagan Babies, but not enough to remember it. Because, I buy it every time I see it. Then I get home and realize that I've already picked it up. And then I have to find someone to give it too. It's very frustrating to do this, but there is so rarely anything in Schuler's used book section by Elmore Leonard that I get overly excited when I do find something. And that leads to mistakes. Whoops. The Writer's Guide To Fantasy Literature edited by Philip Martin. I almost didn't pick up this last one. I have done so little writing in the past few years that it almost feels like a pipedream. But really it's just a lack o

Yes, I am Judging You

I had an opportunity to be a Judge at the SkillsUSA competition on Saturday. I ran a station that was used in both the Heating and HVAC/R competitions, so I had something like eleven kids come through. They were all great. Some were more skilled than others, but that's to be expected. I did not have a single kid give up and they all ended up solving the riddle of my station--plugged pressure switch. I will confess to being less 'judgy' than maybe I should have been, but the guidelines were vague at best. And maybe I did give the kids prompts and advice when they needed it, but I didn't want anyone to go away discouraged. I still scored them appropriately and looking at the winners on facebook, I think the right kids won. The Kent Career Tech Center took 1st and 2nd in HVAC/R and the top three spots in Heating, and it's nice to see the local team do so well. I enjoyed talking to the kids and telling them about my experiences in the field. They didn't seem to hate

Can You Do It

Accept the opportunity and embrace the challenge