Aug 242010
 
 Tuesday, 24 August 2010  Posted by at 13:22 events, SCA, travel Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Event Date Location Likelihood
Sacred Stone Baronial Birthday August 27-29 Blacksburg, SC Possible day trip
Tournament of the Golden Rose September 4 Apex, NC Probably not
Battle for the HMS Raven’s Cove September 18 Richlands, NC Possible day trip 
MATO III Beyond the Silk Road September 24-26 Apex, NC Highly likely – possibly camping
Coronation October 1-3 Blacksburg, SC Possible day trip 
War of the Wings V October 7-10 Booneville, NC Highly likely – possibly camping
Unevent December 5 (?) TBD Peer Up!
Twelfth Night January 8 Morehead City, NC Highly Likely, Capitain!
University February 5 TBD Probably not 
Ymir February 18-20 TBD Highly Likely, Capitain!
Nottinghill Coill Baronial Birthday February 25-27 Bennettsville, SC Possible day trip
KASF March 5 TBD Possible
Coronation April 2 TBD Possible
       
Jul 192010
 
 Monday, 19 July 2010  Posted by at 13:55 events, misc No Responses »

It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. – Chaos Theory

In contemplating the events of last week I have realized that air traffic is actually the perfect embodyment of chaos theory. In our case, a windtsorm in the north east causes flight repurcussions up to three days later in Florida.

Who knows how long it took the airlines to recover in terms of getting planes repositioned, crews where they needed to be, passangers and their luggage where they were going. And at how much of a cost?

The system is finely tuned for efficiency, but it is so finely tuned that the least stressor causes havoc. If all goes well, then, well, all goes well. But one small grain of sand in a cog of the system has long ranging repurcussions.

No real point, just an observation.

Apr 282010
 
 Wednesday, 28 April 2010  Posted by at 15:07 events, homosexuality, misc, politics Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »

Went to a program over lunch sponsored by the company’s diversity networks. It included a showing of the 1994 Best Live Action Short film Trevor with an introduction by Ellen DeGeneres. Below is the intro and the trailer for the short is here. Please watch them, and if you get an opportunity to see the full short, do watch it. And stop by the Trevor Project’s home page.

Feb 092010
 
 Tuesday, 9 February 2010  Posted by at 09:56 events, geek, humor, misc, TV Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  No Responses »

My favorite Superbowl ads:

Mars’ Snickers: You’re Not You When You’re Hungry
Very clever.

Doritos: Underdog
Made me laugh out loud.

Bridgestone Whale of a Tale
Free Willy meets Bachelor Party – how could you go wrong?

Intel: Lunchroom Boast
Appeals to me as a geek.

Volkswagen: PunchDub
I think I still have a bruise from when I was a kid and someone yelled “Punch Bug Yeelow!”

Coke: Sleepwalker
Just beautiful.

Google: Search On
Simple, compeliing and touching.

FloTV: Moments
Ah, nastaglia. And The Who meets Will-I-Am.

Nov 302009
 
 Monday, 30 November 2009  Posted by at 12:48 events, life, misc, pets Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »

Yes, I am alive….

A & I hosted any of our friends who had no place to go for Thanksgiving. We had 23 people. Fortunately, it was a nice day so we were able to eat out on the deck.

We made stuffed dates, a turkey (using Alton Brown’s recipe), roasted yams & squash, two types of stuffing, and roasted green beans. In addition, Guenievre brought a smoked duck, vennison, and two types of rolls. And everyone else brought sides and deserts – I cant remember who brought what to list them out. The important thing is that everything was delicious, food was plentiful, and everyone had a good time.

Around 8pm I got a call from Galleron & Rae. It was a very nice surprise.

Unfortunately, all of our guests failed to properly tire out Garbo who was up and at em early Friday and demanding a walk and park time. People, she is supposed to sleep for three days after that much activity….

The rest of the weekend was pretty good. A had to work on Friday & Saturday but we had Sunday together.

Oct 162009
 
 Friday, 16 October 2009  Posted by at 04:32 events, geek, life, misc, people, SCA, travel No Responses »

There is a Sheetz just off I-40 in Mebane (exit 154) that we stop at when we are headed west.  Its about 35 minutes from the house, gas is about 10 cents per gallon cheaper then by the house, and and its a good place to use the bathroom, get a drink or breakfast, etc. We also usually stop there on our way home as well, as its a good place to gas up and not leave the car on empty when we pull into the drive way. This past weekend, we did enough traveling that, though our My Sheetz Card, we got two free drinks and discount gas twice.

A’s mom was in for a visit, and we took her to War of the Wings. This was her first SCA event and A wanted to make her a dress, so he made her a gorgeous Italian Ren. Unfortunately, the camera batteries were dead so I didn’t get a picture. *sigh* (Oddly just as I typed that I got a low battery warning on my laptop… weird timing.)

A & I agree that this was the best WoW we have been to. It seemed to us to have run smoother then previous years. I still think Sacred Stone is suffering from a lack of experienced autocrats, especially for the big events, but they are just breaking their stride on running a really large event.

Roan rode with us. Given what happened last year, this is a bit brave of her. (OK, so neither she not I blogged about last year… odd… so here is the story…) Last year, Roan had just moved to the area, and WoW was her first event in kingdom.  She had been coming to K’Berg meetings for a while and was just getting to know the Kappellenberg crowd, but had not really met many people from the barony. After the three hour marathon court from hell, we headed to dinner. Girard & Guenievre had riden with Lukas and I, and I believe Witsric & Sunneva were in the caravan as well. Roan was in a car by herself and only had Guenievre’s cell number. I missed the turn off to head to I-40 and the GPS started us on an alternate route. That turned into a neighborhood. That turned into some country roads. That turned into a very narrow dirt road. That ended at an  abandoned shell of a farm house. Roan says she was thinking ‘they seem like nice people – I dont think they lured me out here to kill me.’ Anyway, we turned around and headed back the way we came and finally made it to I-40. Fortunately, this year did not include such an adventure.

So, on Saturday we hit the Mebane Sheetz twice – once going to WoW and once on the way home.  (You remember Sheetz, right? This is, after all, a post about Sheetz…)

Our original plan had been to stop for dinner on the way home, but thanks to Marion we were stuffed with roast beef and pork (ok, every one but I was stuffed with the pork…) so instead we stopped at a Chilis for desert. We were going to stop at Red Robin, but we didn’t find it until after we left Chilis as we had given up trying to find it before due to signage fail, if you consider a lack of signs to be fail. I do.

On Sunday, we headed to Ikea. They don’t have any in Kansas City (the closest one is in Dallas…) so A’s mom had never been to one and really wanted to go. So, we took the Santa Fe as Roan again ride along and wanted to get a book case. We again hit Sheetz both coming and going. And, of course, we spent more at Sheetz then we planned on. The only thing big we bought this time were two Idbyn bar stools (which are not on their web site…) We did buy some kitchen towels, new cutting boards, and other small stuff. Its a good thing there is not an Ikea in Raleigh or we would be much poorer.

Garbo, in the mean time, has a great weekend, thanks to Letia and especially Rohesia she got to spend both Saturday and Sunday wrestling with Jeffrey. She slept all of Monday.

Sep 112009
 
 Friday, 11 September 2009  Posted by at 09:37 events, history, meme, misc, news, people Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

I was going to post something similar to what I posted on the one year anniversary… that I was not going to let the terrorists win and that i was going to remember the other things about the day. But you can read that here.

Instead… this morning on the ride in, at 8:46am, NPR aired this story. Go read it, or better yet, listen to the audio. It stopped my train of thought in its tracks. I knew I needed to share this.

True heroes.