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Lame! I keep praying no untoward expenses get me until I get my taxes back. I'm literally down to zero dollars. Even on credit. I don't think I've ever skated this close to actual penury before.

Still, life is good. I am fighting the good fight, and there are sunbeams peeking out of the storm clouds. I am 1000% better than where I was a year ago


Ack! My clothes are inside out!


I guess not so bad as naked, but still

Silver Crusade

I knew I was going to need to do the exhaust, but I was hoping I wouldn't have to do it so soon. Only now my little Japanese sedan sounds more like a Harley-Davidson, so something has to be done.


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Yeah muffler problems are the car equivalent of a hacking cough. You can still go around doing your business, but everyone looks at you wondering WTF your problem is :/

Well, it's mid-February and the weather is cold up here in Pilgrim land. We're supposed to get wind chill-adjusted -35 degrees in some places. Not a happy thing. I'm going to have to check my laundry room, which is isolated from the rest of the cottage and make sure everything is ok with the pipes.


I need to complete Feanor's build in your game CH. Ithought he was completed, but I find there are some glaring errors (like no regular weapon stats or feats listed). I'll try and get that done Sunday


Patrick Curtin wrote:

Yeah muffler problems are the car equivalent of a hacking cough. You can still go around doing your business, but everyone looks at you wondering WTF your problem is :/

Well, it's mid-February and the weather is cold up here in Pilgrim land. We're supposed to get wind chill-adjusted -35 degrees in some places. Not a happy thing. I'm going to have to check my laundry room, which is isolated from the rest of the cottage and make sure everything is ok with the pipes.

despite my love of cold and snow, I have less resistance to ice, and no alliance with wind whatsoever.


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So, a ramble on mindful meditation.

When reading on meditation and mindfulness, the core concept is basically taking yourself off of autopilot. We tend to go through life headed somewhere else. Our thoughts race in disconnected fashion from one topic to another, never truly engaging in the moment because we are either reliving the past or anticipating the future. The now gets little love.

I had never realized how preoccupied my mind was with inane fancies, trivia, planning, and even negativity until I stepped away from my thoughts and scrutinized them. My brain was constantly boiling with thought processes, but none were marshaled to assist me in achieving anything.

By stepping outside of this foaming stream of consciousness I am now able to discard negative thoughts and promote positive ones. I can also concentrate on the beauty of the Now. The delightful feeling of lying in bed. The wonderful feeling of a hot shower. The crisp crunch of lettuce. These can be as joyful as a trip to the Carribean if you let them be. There is no 'down time' or 'wasted time'. Happiness is a concious decision. I have found when you engage more deeply in the now, it changes everything around you. You begin to see things you had instinctually done for years without even thinking on them. You face the lies you tell yourself. Lies that chain you with invisible bonds because you are the gaoler and convict both.

In the end there is only the now. The past is immutable and the future is not guaranteed. All we can influence is the now. And every moment of your life can be savored if you just stop to appreciate it.


Is it easy? Oh F~+# no! But like anything in life, the harder you practice the easier it becomes.


The Minis Maniac wrote:
How come no one cheered for me :(

*cheers*


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hi everyone,

got a slight cold, boy got a bigger cold, wife got a monster-cold :-(

on a bright side: my roof is finally finished. new insulation, new shingles, the good ones from enameled clay not the s&*%ty ones from concrete and new windows.
and a roof figurine in form of a griffon, that sadly looks more like a dragon with a beak

now only a new floor, wooden celing, doors and cables are needed, and then paiing the loan for the next twn years :-/ but jeay, new roof


Patrick Curtin wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
How come no one cheered for me :(
*cheers*

Minis Maniac sighted, Hooray!!!


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Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?

Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer


Das Road Trip!!

The Exchange

There was cheering?

The Exchange

Money? What's money?


aeglos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?
Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer

Question on the word 'lich', aeglos. In English it is an ancient word for corpse. Is it similar in German? You can occasionally hear of a cemetery being called a 'lichyard', but aside from that it has fallen out of common usage (except in RPGs of course)


Crimson Jester wrote:
There was cheering?

*cheers*


Synchronicity at work:

I am just wrapping up my long audio involvement with Moby Dick. Today I went to help my dad grab a piece of furniture he and his wife had bought at an estate sale in Chatham. While we were pulling it out of the oceanside house (I tell you, 180 degree ocean view, amazing) I saw an old whale vertebrae for sale. I remarked on it, and my dad bought it for me, because he's a pretty cool guy, and we had been just discussing Melville on the trip down Cape to get his cabinet.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?
Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer
Question on the word 'lich', aeglos. In English it is an ancient word for corpse. Is it similar in German? You can occasionally hear of a cemetery being called a 'lichyard', but aside from that it has fallen out of common usage (except in RPGs of course)

So, if mead is made from honey...

And honey is used in mellification...

Could a key ingredient in making a dwarf lich/mummy be mead? What kind of abilities would it have?

Silver Crusade

Patrick Curtin wrote:

Synchronicity at work:

I am just wrapping up my long audio involvement with Moby Dick. Today I went to help my dad grap a piece of furniture he and his wife had bought at an estate sale in Chatham. While we were pulling it out of the oceanside house (I tell you, 180 degree ocean view, amazing) I saw an old whale vertebrae for sale. I remarked on it, and my dad bought it for me, because he's a pretty cool guy, and we had been just discussing Melville on the trip down Cape to get his cabinet.

What did you think of Moby Dick? I read it maybe two years ago - I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Very clever and colorful. I liked it a great deal.


Celestial Healer wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

Synchronicity at work:

I am just wrapping up my long audio involvement with Moby Dick. Today I went to help my dad grap a piece of furniture he and his wife had bought at an estate sale in Chatham. While we were pulling it out of the oceanside house (I tell you, 180 degree ocean view, amazing) I saw an old whale vertebrae for sale. I remarked on it, and my dad bought it for me, because he's a pretty cool guy, and we had been just discussing Melville on the trip down Cape to get his cabinet.

What did you think of Moby Dick? I read it maybe two years ago - I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Very clever and colorful. I liked it a great deal.

I was good! Like you, I think I was expecting something different. Melville is a pretty snarky punster. I like his use of alliteration too. He strings similar sounding syllables together like a rhythmic raconteur. I also enjoyed his tangential excursions into the culture of whaling. That for me was great as a world builder.


Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?
Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer
Question on the word 'lich', aeglos. In English it is an ancient word for corpse. Is it similar in German? You can occasionally hear of a cemetery being called a 'lichyard', but aside from that it has fallen out of common usage (except in RPGs of course)

So, if mead is made from honey...

And honey is used in mellification...

Could a key ingredient in making a dwarf lich/mummy be mead? What kind of abilities would it have?

Well, honey has a remarkable preservative aspect. It never spoils so that's a good thing with corpses. Maybe a honey lich's ability would be it just wouldn't give a s+#~?


The only mead I like is brotherhood winery. And I would kill for their mead.

The Exchange

Lich is another word for a dead body. Lived it last year every time I had to go to Lichfield street right next to the cemetery. In fact I've determined that the cemetery in game will be called a Lichfield.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?
Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer
Question on the word 'lich', aeglos. In English it is an ancient word for corpse. Is it similar in German? You can occasionally hear of a cemetery being called a 'lichyard', but aside from that it has fallen out of common usage (except in RPGs of course)

Seems that would be Leiche in German. Is it used often or is that considered archaic?


Crimson Jester wrote:
Lich is another word for a dead body. Lived it last year every time I had to go to Lichfield street right next to the cemetery. In fact I've determined that the cemetery in game will be called a Lichfield.

Hopefully it's only a name and not the description...


Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?
Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer
Question on the word 'lich', aeglos. In English it is an ancient word for corpse. Is it similar in German? You can occasionally hear of a cemetery being called a 'lichyard', but aside from that it has fallen out of common usage (except in RPGs of course)
Seems that would be Leiche in German. Is it used often or is that considered archaic?

I figured lich came from Germanic rootstock. Corpse of course is Norman French/Latinate (corpus)


I can't wait for Sunday. It's the first day in two weeks that I have literally nothing planned! Yay!


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ME too!

Oh wait, That's Feb 14th.

Oh, not having something planned is baaaaad for the old wizard. :/

To the drawing board! :)


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No plans for me-ee. Cause I'm sing-gle. And that's awe-some. :P


Well, I do have some plans. I will be watching the Walking Dead second half of the season premiere. I plan on making myself a really cool dinner, I just have to figure out what.

I think tomorrow night I will decant my latest kombucha batch, and maybe get some cider to mix with. Then, maybe head out for a drink somewhere. Or may just imbibe Kraken Rum at home. Haven't really figured that out yet. Probably stay at home. I'm feeling kind of insular at the moment, and I'm not in a crowd mood.

Maybe Sunday I'll start that Daredevil show everyone raves over. Or, I still have the run of BSG I picked up loong ago that I've never gotten to watching. That's like a big gap in my nerd cred.

Oo! I could go to the movies. Deadpool is out. That would be fun.

So much good s~*$ to do.


By the way, if anyone is interested in modifying a bad habit I recommend looking into Pema Chodron's Getting Unstuck. I'm amazed at how easy it is to withstand the feelings of discomfort once you actively acknowledge their presence and don't try to avoid them.


Rolling through a busy day. It's looking like i might actually head out for that drink after all.

I'm thinking on scenarios for an apocalypse event game. I really enjoy zombie themes, and Z Day was one of the best PbPs ever run that I participated in. I might want to try that style someday. I also have always thought about a really Gonzo one where some sort of massive stellar catastrophe (rogue planet or the like) toppled civilization and rearranged the continents.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

OK. Of course the post eaten was a long one, so here goes:

I was thinking of a good main villain for my Spelljammer type game. I came up with a lich named the Maggot Lord. He dwells in an ancient giant wasp hive that circles the Void, near the strands of the Muck region. I'm debating wether he would command live giant wasps or reanimated ones.

I'm also trying to recall the name of the alien race that Marvel had in some comics that implanted larvae in people ( The Breed maybe?). I think they would make an interesting evil race that could be in collusion with the Maggot Lord.

With name like that maybe he could be worm that walks instead of lich?
Lich is a town here in hessia, they have beer
Question on the word 'lich', aeglos. In English it is an ancient word for corpse. Is it similar in German? You can occasionally hear of a cemetery being called a 'lichyard', but aside from that it has fallen out of common usage (except in RPGs of course)

the German word for "lich" is "Leichnam" or more modern "Leiche" the german name of the D&D undead is Leichnam.

I could not find anything about the meaning of thecity name

Silver Crusade

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I am using this long weekend of bitter cold temperatures to cook delicious food.

Yesterday was seared salmon filets with broccoli and couscous. Today I am making a big pot of Sunday sauce (even though it's Saturday) to last into the week. Tomorrow for Valentine's is John's favorite: Beef Wellington.

Oh that sauce smells good...

Silver Crusade

Mechanic says I don't need a center pipe after all. The repair work will be cheaper than expected. The downside is the part they need is in order and won't be in until Tuesday.

I'm doing a factory muffler. Two years ago I put on a cheap aftermarket muffler, and it has already rusted through. You get what you pay for.


Sadly true


Well, I'm off to have that drink, then maybe a nice rest tonight followed by pampering my favorite Valentine tomorrow. Me


Celestial Healer wrote:

I am using this long weekend of bitter cold temperatures to cook delicious food.

Yesterday was seared salmon filets with broccoli and couscous. Today I am making a big pot of Sunday sauce (even though it's Saturday) to last into the week. Tomorrow for Valentine's is John's favorite: Beef Wellington.

Oh that sauce smells good...

what is sunday sauce ? and how do you make it?


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Pale Publican (blog post)


Nice! Lots of plot hooks built right in Drejk

I do have to say the name made me think the monster was a bartender at first :P


HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

I will be celebrating Lupercalia myself, but that's just me. I need to get me a goat skin cloak and a whip....

Although the I'm not too sure about that whole naked running through town thing today. I may not be using my reproductive organ much lately, but I'd hate to have him freeze off ...


Drejk wrote:
Pale Publican (blog post)

I don't have my glasses on. I misread this as pale REPUBLICAN, and I was going to tsk you for a moment until I realized it makes no sense as you don't live in the us. Ha!


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Patrick Curtin wrote:

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

I will be celebrating Lupercalia myself, but that's just me. I need to get me a goat skin cloak and a whip....

Although the I'm not too sure about that whole naked running through town thing today. I may not be using my reproductive organ much lately, but I'd hate to have him freeze off ...

valentine's day plans are working well. I am still working PonyCon, but my lazy wife is still in bed and unaware of the fact that I have substituted her old coffeemaker for the new one she has be coveting! I expect a jubilant text later on today!


Freehold DM wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

I will be celebrating Lupercalia myself, but that's just me. I need to get me a goat skin cloak and a whip....

Although the I'm not too sure about that whole naked running through town thing today. I may not be using my reproductive organ much lately, but I'd hate to have him freeze off ...

valentine's day plans are working well. I am still working PonyCon, but my lazy wife is still in bed and unaware of the fact that I have substituted her old coffeemaker for the new one she has be coveting! I expect a jubilant text later on today!

Ninja gifting. Nice !

I'm about to mix up some dough and craft myself a Lupercalian pizza. No dog or goat meat (I think- I can't vouch for the pepperoni's provenance )


I did go out to have a beer with some friends last night. I was glad I decided to. The bar wasn't crowded, and we had a good few hours laughing and talking. I spent too many years while married isolated (my wife was very antisocial and the logistics of our daughter's care often restricted us to the house). I need to relearn my social skills


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In other awesome news: My Californian-based DJ friend was spinning the turntables at the Academy Awards (polysci event) and got a shoutout (and pics) with host Olivia Munn. I gots to get me out to Cali to visit that hombre. He knows how to kick it


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Olivia Munn! Mmm....


Patrick Curtin wrote:

Nice! Lots of plot hooks built right in Drejk

I do have to say the name made me think the monster was a bartender at first :P

Publicans were private tax collectors hired by Rome. I couldn't find any better single-word term and pale collector.

Bartender monster? Undead innkeeper who murdered his guests to steal from them (and maybe eat their corpses)? *makes notes*

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