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Become a Rock Star

Enjoy the video, folks! I started playing bass at Christmas. I think we rocked it hard!

Video credit: Toby Strauss

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Napa Weekend

Over the weekend, I went to Napa, California for John’s boss’s birthday! We left on Saturday morning and came home on Sunday night. The party was held at Del Dotto Winery, which is very fancy and beautiful and has amazing wines.

Here are some quick pictures from the weekend:

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Just got in!

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Stopped at a café in Davis for lunch!

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I clean up well!

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Pretty cool fountain. We arrived just before sunset, so I didn’t get very many good pictures.

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Obligatory Instagrammish shots. Dessert was “cookies and milk,” i.e.: custard.

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Visited a yarn shop on Sunday and picked up some pretties!

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And here’s me at the Sacramento Airport on Sunday heading home. I look tired and in pain because I was tired and in a little pain. There was a lot of wine-tasting on Saturday!

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September 2016 books

#42 –  Everfair by Nisi Shawl

#43 – Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

#44 – The Palace Job by Patrick Weeks

#45 – Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma

#46 – Woof by Spencer Quinn

#47 – Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

#48 – Redshirts by John Scalzi. I cannot recommend this enough to Star Trek fans. It is the lives and deaths (so many deaths) of the “extras,” the crewmen and redshirts.

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Summer 2016 Reading Log

June, July, and August, 2016

#21: Hellboy Vol 1 (TPB)

#22-30:  Ghostbusters (2013-14): vol 1-9 (TPB)

#31-33: My Wife is Wagatsuma-san vol 1-3 (TPB)

#34: Trees v. 1 (TPB)

#35: Gulp by Mary Roach (Audiobook)

#36: On Monday Nights We Danced in the Park (novella) by Nikki Dolson

#37: Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

#38: Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

#39: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

#40: Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert. Gay contemporary romance with a knitter for a live interest. Still suffers from the “knitting sisterhood” fiction problem, but since the main character wasn’t a knitter, and the knitting community was a secondary character, it was quite unobtrusive. 

#41: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami 

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Timewatch Buddy Cops!

The Gadget, the first atomic bomb, 1945 (2)I ran the first third or so of Kevin Kulp’s Timewatch adventure “The Gadget” last night for my weekly group. It’s published in Behind Enemy Times, the adventure supplement for Timewatch. We only had a couple of hours– we might actually finish the rest of the adventure next week.

We’re in a kind of limbo while 2 players are absent and only have 2 players available. So we’re filling in with some time-travel buddy cop fun.

Our investigators are a 24th century “reformed” time criminal, and a Roman Praetor (very law-and-order) from 200 BC. It’s interesting running a GUMSHOE game where not all of the investigation skills are covered. Especially when one of those skills is “History: Contemporary” and your game starts out at the Trinity test site in New Mexico in 1945.

Not advised, mind you. But interesting. I decided to run with it and see how it goes. So far, there’s been a little bit of “fish out of water” silliness, but I’m sure they will get more into their element when they travel to more distant times and places as they track down what happened at the Trinity site just days before the first test detonation of the atomic bomb.

The cool part is that I’ve been able to easily grab images from history to use in the adventure. Like a woolly mammoth, which I was able to turn into a Roll20 token pretty quickly!

Mammoth

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