serendipitous reflections

Monday, September 28, 2009

Watch the Guild

I've recently discovered the web series, The Guild. It's my lunchtime distraction right now. It is something I can watch while I eat (as opposed to trying to play Bejeweled with a PB&J in your hand). Each episode is about six minutes long. I found it because I re-watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog a few weeks ago, and the lead girl is the creator/writer/producer/star of The Guild. I've never been an online gamer, although I've played my share of Ultima and Might and Magic back in the early days of video games. But The Guild is based on a bunch of online gamers who game together. I've just finished season one. At 10 episodes, it only took a few lunches to get through, and was funny enough to keep me interested.

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Year of the Fett

For the past year I have been following a 365 set on Flickr called the Year of the Fett, a series of daily pictures of a Lego Boba Fett. It was interesting and funny. I liked the routine of refreshing the tab each day and seeing what Boba Fett was up to. It ended on Friday. I have the tab open right now reading the comments. It will feel weird not to have that tab open on Firefox at work any more. Well, I'm off to close the tab now ... ::click::

(I still have my daily dose of Indexed.)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blogging for over five years now

I was just looking and realized that we've been blogging for over five years now. We started on a different blog, one that Doug had set up for us back in February 2004 when we moved from Iowa to Columbia. We decided to switch gears a little and get a fresh start on the ol' blog, and changed in August 2004 to this one. Posting has slowed a little lately, but will pick back up periodically. Just how it happens over five years. I just can't believe it's still going...


Jeni's back at Workshop

Jeni has been the interim director at Workshop now for the past three weeks. There's been much hoopla and it fell back on Jeni to hold the fort down. I'm happy that she can do it, but it takes it's toll on her. She spent a lot of late nights, and has brought some work home too. Put this on top of the board and committees she is on, plus the show she's producing in November, and it's a lot. People keep asking her why she just doesn't take the job. Partly, it's because I don't want an unhappy, homicidal wife. She also wants to like the place, and if it became her job, I don't think she'd like it too much anymore.


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The running man

About five weeks ago (early August), when Jeni was in Toledo with her dad, I started running on the treadmill. I had been wanting to for the longest time, and I know Jeni was getting tired of me talking about it, but not doing it. With Jeni away, I had no excuses. (Jeni wasn't stopping me from using the treadmill, she was just MY reason not to.) So I've been getting up early three times a week for the last five weeks, following the Couch to 5K plan to build my stamina and speed. After five weeks, I'm only on week two of the plan, but that's OK. I'm running faster and wanting to run longer and walk less. I'll be trying to move up to the week three stage tomorrow and see how I do. I don't have the plan of actually running a 5k right now, but maybe down the road just so I can say I did it. I haven't lost weight that I've noticed, but I feel better, and that's why I'm doing it. That, and honestly, seeing Don go through his bypass surgery made me realize I needed to start being healthy now, and not later. So I'm up to 1.75 miles in 20 minutes. We'll see how I do tomorrow running longer, and walking less.


Update: Double checked ... started running August 1.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Smoky Mountains' 75th Anniversary

I wish I could have been at the 75th Anniversary of the Smoky Mountains. Being a Southeast guy, these are THE mountains to me. (I know the Rockies are bigger, but ours have trees.) Fortunately, Doug and Cathy went with Amy and Noah and Cathy documented it all. You can always count on Cathy being on the spot with her camera. (I wonder if Phil Fulmer and Heath Shuler talked about the good old times of UT football afterward?)

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Dyslexic Heart

After months, maybe even a year, of trying to recall this song, I finally hear just the name Paul Westerberg on the Spectrum right before turning the car off tonight and it came flooding back to me. It's nice to have that off the back of my mind.