The Education Endeavor

So it looks like I may start working on my Bachelors again.  I don’t have to, if I want to stay where I am at work.  But, while I like my line of work, I just think having a backup plan is useful.

This is the foundation of Plan B. Never be without your Plan B.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I just gotta wonder if Daft Punk is known in more than just Western Europe, Japan, and the Americas.  Is there a subtle language barrier that exists in just music?

They say that mathematics is the universal language, but I disagree.  At least for many of the hearing and reasoning beings on the Earth, music is something that can be recognized.  I mean, if cats and dogs can recognize music, and on occasion sing along, I just have to wonder if there is something more to the concept of universal language than what the mathematicians say there is.

Back in the saddle again…

So, we finally had our first D&D session last night.  We’re doing Keep on the Shadowfell, and I’m DMing.  So far, so good.

We’ve got two players who haven’t played before, and two others who have some experience, and then there’s the one player who knows where his towel is.  We got through the first two encounters, which, while divided by five isn’t much, it gets them all on the road to level 2.

I think we’ve done good, and the next encounter will be a blast, and a bit more challenging.

And I already have our final adventure for these guys when we move on.  The fabled Tomb of Horrors!  Mwahahaaaaa!

Lis Doon Varna, We Shall Miss Ye…

One of our favorite restaurants closed the other day, due to the bad practices of their original owner.  Hopefully, the possible buyer will act quickly, and reopen the place, without too much of a hiccup.

It Begins!

An hour ago, Blizzard Entertainment announced the next BlizzCon, dated for October 21-22, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

Last BlizzCon, I created a Google Calendar that was open to the public to read.  On that calendar, I will be adding the event schedule, and other schedule bits we get at the convention.

The Wowpedia article I normally maintain is also going to be updated as we get more information.  That link is here.

Go !

So I’m not a sports fan.  But I do like to see a good game.  There were some interesting calls, so good plays, and a whole lot of luck.

Commercials were good too.

Interesting Goings Ons…

Filed under Internet news, there are a few links I’d like to share.

First, from the folks at, a 19-year-old gives a stirring speech on how gay-marriage really hasn’t affected him in any negative form, given that his parents are women:

On gay marriage, the truth of the matter.

Second, has been informed of a letter from Senator Ron Wyden to Attorney General Eric Holder and ICE Director John Morton, basically asking why ICE/DHS is seizing domain names without any due process.

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How to end “decision making” meetings

State the following words to your group:

Okay, so to wrap this up and make sure we’re all on the same page, what are we doing?  What’s the plan?

It will cause the group to realize that the meeting was not fruitless, and ensures that everyone understands their roles and functions. It means that no one can walk away from the meeting, and say, “I don’t know what’s going on”.

Personally, I’ve done the “I don’t know…” statement before, because at the end of the meeting, we never had a clear, definitive goal/mission/plan-of-action.

So don’t let this happen to you!