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Paper pushing pansy

I'm officially a paper pushing pansy. I spent my Sunday morning and afternoon, laying Sod in my parents backyard. We laid about 1600 sq ft, and by the time we were done, I was exhausted and my back was killing me. Outside of being injured, I've never really been that sore before. It was terrible. After I got home, got cleaned up and then we took the little guy to the pumpkin patch with some friends. By the end of the night I wasn't swore anymore, but I was ready for bed by 8pm. So It's official I am now a Paper Pushing Pansy......

pregenerated adventures vs. top of the head adventures

So in the realm of RPGs there are two main times of GM'ing:
1) PreGenerated Adventures aka "canned"
2) Top of the head Adventures

So which one is better? Coming from a Palladium Fantasy background myself, we always did top fo the head GM'ing. Usually our quests revolved around whatever our current favorite movie was, or something we saw in the book and wanted to throw at the players. We only tried a couple of the "canned" adventures, and they were always way to complicated to navigate the pages, and it seemed to slow down the story. So I used to be very against them. Anyway, I have since started listening to rpg podcats, from penny-arcade, as well as rpgmp3, and I have noticed that they are using "canned" adventures. I have to say, that they adventure itself moves very fulid and the story is really good. So I though to myself, maybe I just wasn't ready for "canned" adventures when I was young. So I found myself an adventure ( ac…

Why am I that guy?

Why am I the guy that is always fixing everyone's computer? I don't even do hardware anymore, yet every time one of my friends, my wife's friends, or my family's friends computers break, they end up on my desk. Ugh! So here I am just finished up with my actual work, to be greeted by a busted laptop that won't even boot to windows. So I look around in the case....they had to send their OS disk, so I can run a repair right? I mean do they really expect me to have Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 just laying around? O wait these are the people that send me their computers, of course they expect me to have that lying around...... O well I guess it's another night of little to no sleep.

Why do people blog?

I found myself wondering about this very question a couple years ago. My friend asked me to create a myspace page, because he was posting a book he was thinking about publishing as blog posts on the site. However you need to have a myspace account to read it. So I complied, and like any certified geek, I tried really hard to adapt the new "social networking" site into my didn't work! It was my first step to feeling like an old man. "My wife has a myspace and she lives on that thing" I thought to myself, so I tried even harder. Filling out stupid surveys, questionairs, updating my profile over and over, and tried to add as many people I knew to my friends list.....and nothing! It did nothing but suck up the time I realized what I had done, I had a facebook, and a myspace, and people giving me crap for not "socializing". Now I consider myself a pretty verbose and friendly guy, so for ME to be anti-social, there must be a p…

Interesting Day

For the first time in a while, I actually felt really productive at work today. I usually get the same amount of work done, but for some reason, I actually felt ahead of the game today and it was really nice. Hopefully this trend continues. As everyone in the tech industry is probably accustomed to, there is this desire to cut back workforce so that everyone is doing as much as they possibly can. I went from a team of 3 to 1 a few months ago and since then I felt like I was just treading water. A few days here and there felt productive, but today I actually felt like I was ahead of the game, not just having a good day :) Ironically I think part of it is the time I have been spending working on my personal dev project at home. I only get sparse sections of time to work on it, with work, family, and sleep getting in the way of making too much progress, but in the last week or so, I have made progress on this project in leaps and bounds. I think this is what is giving me the driv…