Weekly wrap-up, 12 July

Who wants to hide out with their air conditioner and Netflix today? Doesn’t matter, that’s all of my plans and I’m sticking with them.

I guess that’s only partially true. I’ve got D&D tonight, and right now I’m watching Crash Course World History 2 on YouTube. I’ll probably play some Civ later?

Speaking of Civ, I wanted to play that the other day, then discovered that I really don’t understand how to install proprietary graphics drivers in Fedora. So after ruining that install, I switched back to Ubuntu, which actually makes installing those drivers relatively simple. The year of Linux on the desktop will show up any time now.

No changes in what I’m reading from last week. I’ll note that The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms got good once I got three or four chapters in, then really good a few chapters after that.

Weekly wrap-up, 6 July

I’m a day late getting to this. Which is probably OK, because my regular readership here is small, and composed almost entirely of people that I know, and who I expect would be forgiving about that sort of thing.

Also, because I’m the only person that has any interest in the schedule around here.

Last week was quiet. I spent Canada Day watching documentaries, putting together Lego kits, and generally just hiding out from any overt signs of patriotism or national pride. Part of that included starting a rewatch of the original Cosmos, which I’m bringing up mostly because Kelly-Jo and I finished watching the more recent incarnation of Cosmos last night. Either one is a well done series. Both Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson did very well at making the science seem accessible, and both versions were good about following up the more dire content with optimistic notes. I’ve seen criticism of the history in both (especially around the story of Hypatia in the first, and Giordano Bruno in the newer one), which is likely valid. I’m hardly an expert in the history of science, but I know enough to find fault with the depiction of the Medieval period in Europe as “the dark ages” and so on.

But Cosmos was always a tool to get people excited about science, not a serious work of  history, and both versions are certainly good for that. I prefer the original, mostly because Sagan’s presentation was, I feel, much more poetic. Which is something I think is true of Sagan in general. Go read (or watch) his pale blue dot bit and tell me it isn’t moving.

Before we get too far from talk of people who take liberties in their presentation of history, I’m reading the latest Jared Diamond book.

Here’s an update on the webcomic that my wife and I are starting. The site is built. I’ve done another draft of the first four scripts, and KJ has started doing the art. Still no release date, but neither of us are going to shut up about that once it’s out, so I wouldn’t worry about missing it.

I’ve got a kernel of another writing project floating around. It may live here, but I’m not sure yet. I’ve never been good at figuring out what I want to do with this space. Anyway, more on that as it develops.


Weekly wrap-up, June 28

I did a fresh OS install on my laptop. So I’m pretty much going to spend the next few days fixing problems that I only vaguely remember having from previous installs. Hoorah?

I don’t have much else to talk about this week. Kelly-Jo is a vendor at Animaritime, so it’s mostly just me and Cohen around the house this weekend. There’s been a lot of Lego work, which is one of the better parts of parenting.

There’s also been a lot of Chuck and Friends, which is not one of the better parts of parenting. You win some, you lose some.

Still reading Celts in the Americas. I’ve started into The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which is OK, so far. I read Adventure Time: The Flip Side earlier in the week, which mostly just made me second guess why I’m reading Adventure Time comics that aren’t written by Ryan North, Danielle Corsetto, or Kate Leth. I picked up the Banana Guard Academy trade at the same time, and I just haven’t been interested in reading it. I’ll get to it eventually. Maybe I would’ve enjoyed Flip Side more if I had read the issues as they came out, instead of all together. But man it dragged on.

Weekly wrap-up, 21 June

I started playing Hearthstone on my phone. You can basically go back and reread the post I did about Magic: the Gathering for thoughts on this sort of game. I don’t like Hearthstone as much as Magic, but it’s going to be good enough to play between the time that I run out of content in Magic 2015, and when Magic: Origins becomes available for Android phones.

Hearthstone has the added bonus though of being a game that Kelly-Jo plays, so we can actually play together.

In other news, I finished Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam yesterday, and enjoyed it to the end. I feel like I would have benefited from rereading the first two books in the series before getting to this one, but it works well enough with just the recap at the start.

I’m picking away at Celts in the Americas again, and about to start N K  Jemison’s Inheritance Trilogy.

I spent a good chunk of last evening looking at Lego sets, with an eye towards what to get Cohen for his birthday or Christmas. He’s really into construction vehicles right now, and they’ve got a few of those out in this year’s City line. I looked at some of the older City sets on Bricklink too, because he’s started talking about getting some of the sets that he sees in the back of his instruction books, and those aren’t all available any more.

And yes, of course I looked at sets for me too, because Lego.

Weekly Wrap-up, 14 June

We’re celebrating Father’s day today. It’s a week early, but next week we’ll be celebrating Kelly-Jo’s birthday. We’ll celebrate that a bit today too while her folks are visiting.

I got to sleep in this morning, which is rare, but totally welcome. There’s beer and cider in my fridge, and I’ll grill some burgers for lunch. It’s sunny, but isn’t going to be ludicrously hot.

I don’t talk about work here very often, but I’ve been getting to play around with InDesign a lot lately, and that’s been fun. I dabbled a bit in FrameMaker this week too. FM isn’t as fun, but I hadn’t used it in a while, so the refresher was nice.

I’m still playing way more Magic 2015 than I probably should. I’m a bit over halfway through MaddAddam, which I’m still really enjoying. I think I have D&D tonight.

I took Cohen to a birthday party yesterday. It was really nice to see him playing with other kids. I don’t get to see that very often, Then in the evening I went to a friend’s birthday party. I don’t see my friends often enough either.

Kelly-Jo has started a lease on a Cintiq tablet, so she can do digital art. This means that our webcomic is a little closer to its debut. The webpage is basically ready to be uploaded, although I should do a nicer splash page to display until that debut happens.

So it’s been a pretty good week, overall.