April 23rd, 2004

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Be You a King or a lowly Street Sweeper, sooner or later you'll dance with the Reaper....

Well, the city, in its infinite wisdom, has declared it time to sweep the streets! Goody, goody. Since we have no parking lot, this means playing shuffle with the cars. Annoying and tedious.

Fun Fact of the Day: Did you know that 'street sweeper' is slang for an automatic shotgun?

Now for a little catch up:

GAMER CORNER
I've gotten bitten by the spooky RP bug. Time to get Vampire off the ground and running. I think I'll try to zap out the preludes in the near future, and maybe get the first story going next weekend. Or maybe this weekend, who knows? I've been flipping through the old Vampire: The Masquerade supplements, and been growing nostalgic. Mixing this with reading the Gamma World Games Master Guide (whose opening sections are abfab for anyone running any kind of a game, not only post apocalyptica) and I've been eager beaver to go. Last weekend, the triumphant triumverate (Kat, Trista and I) played SAS and had a ball (we're almost done with this story, too! Woo hoo! Almost nine months in the making!). I think VTM is the next logical step... It should be fun, fun, fun, til your daddy takes your t-bird away, regardless. And nice and dark. And character motivated. Hopefully, strongly character motivated. I want to get out of the regimented GM Driven style (where I plan out every damn thing, and sort of force the players into a certain story/course) and become a GM Navigates (where I make some plans, and leave a lot of room up to the players to decide their characters directions -- with properly motivated characters and good players this is the most rewarding form of RPing, IMHO). My group is nowhere near the confidence level of the GM Drift method, wherein the players determine every aspect of direction and I just react to them, coming up with stuff on the fly. I've done this once (for a whole campaign, over the course of several months), and it was one of the truly memorable gaming situations, a game that my old circle of pals still recalls fondly (It lead to my longest session of GMing, from noon until four in the morning, with two pauses; a total creative bonanza). Essentially, I had a theme, and some characters before hand, and I knew how the story ended, but knew absolutely nothing else about it. It worked, too.
END GAMING CORNER

READING UPDATE
*Mulengro* became a page turner, about halfway in. Before that it was interesting, but a little slow. By the end, it was fascinating -- a brush with some gypsy magic. I'm now 3/4 thru Koontz's *Odd Thomas* which is probably the best novel he's written since *Watchers* (though I liked *Tick Tock*, too). The sense of humor makes the book less pedantic, more engaging. The main character is typical Koontz (the story reminds me of his earlier novel *Twilight Eyes* -- one of my two fav Koontz novels). Essentially, Odd Thomas (his actual name) sees dead people, and tries to help them move on to the afterlife. He also sees shadowy critters he calls bodachs. Bodachs show up when something nasty is going to happen, and it just so happens that swarms upon swarms have been gathering in his town -- insinuating the coming of some Big and Nasty event. Connected to this is a bizarre dream about a slaughter in a bowling alley, and a psychotic fellow Odd sees in the local diner, whom he calls Fungus Man. A page turner with heart (sometimes a little too much, IMHO), but fun none the less.

FLICK REPORT
I watched *Naked Lunch* (with director & star commentary) while I was sick on Wednesday. David Cronenberg's surreal masterpiece of William S. Burroughs famed novel (mixed up in proper style with some of Burrough's life and a couple other stories) becomes more appreciable with some of the inside scoop. Absolutely fascinating and a wonderful experience. Criterion Collection really put together a perfect package for that DVD.

Saw a silent Western on Friday night. Not completely silent. The Devil's Music Ensemble, a trio of musicians, provided accompaniment. The movie was lackluster, but the music was excellent. Probably not quite as spectacular as their accompaniment to The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, but that was the first sampling of DME I heard, and it will forever remain in the old brain pan. This show was quite good, too.

Saturday, we saw Kill Bill vol 2. Most impressive. David Carradine is pitch perfect, probably gives the performance of his career. Powerful, gory, and wonderful. Another Tarantino gem, and undoubtedly one of the 10 best films of the year. The entire Kill Bill experience is greater than the sum of its parts.
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A lovely conversation

Well, our contact with the University's department of intellectual properties stopped by today, named Heather Steinman. She delivered an intriguing discussion (more of a monologue, actually) about Pete's desire to patent our dynamic stimulator -- an apparatus and program our lab has designed. After she left, Pete commented that it was too bad Marco wasn't here -- he's been getting in later and later, it seems (He compensates for this by leaving later and later and coming in both Saturday and Sundays). I feel similar to Pete, but not for the same reasons.

Pete says, Marco is always looking for a girlfriend.

Heather (same first name as the Master's student, but a different lady entirely) is gorgeous, no doubts (and highly intelligent). I also believe she's engaged (she's got the ring on the finger, anyway -- terrible of me to assume, but assume I do). However, I haven't seen Marco embarassed to silence in a while, not since he and I attended a LabView sales seminar together. I'd have loved to see him stewing to say something, while remaining incapable.

Luckily, I did not let beauty intimidate me. Hey, I'm surrounded by it in my normal day-to-day, anyway (Trista, Kat, Dharia, Lori, Stacie, the list goes on and on!), its easy for me to carry on with my business.

Well, it looks like the project is a go... Who knows, maybe someday I'll be getting some royalty checks coming my way!
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