• Pets,  Uncategorized

    Half of His Days

    by This is Oliver. Ollie. According to my records (okay, a posted photo on our way home that day), we brought him home on 02 June 2016, so he was not quite 5 ½. We knew that the average lifespan of his breed was 8-10 years, so it was entirely possible we were just going to have him for two or three years before we’d have to say goodbye. He turns 11 in January, which is pretty good considering the stats say that only one in five Saints make it to 10. Every day is a bonus. Yes, he’s a lot slower than he used to be and his energy…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    I’ve been forced to temporarily abandon Instagram.

    by Well, forced might be a strong word. It’s probably obvious to anyone I regularly interact with on that platform that I haven’t been there for a bit. It isn’t because I don’t want to be, but has something to do with the nature of the app on my phone and the damage my phone suffered during a recent adverse impact event in the driveway when someone was carrying it into the house balanced precariously on top of a bunch of other things instead of sticking it in their pocket. The point of the matter is that most of the functionality of the app lies in a spot where the…

  • Entertainment,  Gaming,  Uncategorized

    Rediscovering Halo

    by When I bought the Xbox One a couple of years ago, I specifically got the Halo edition because it came with Halo 5 and I’ve been a fan of the series since I discovered it in 2003, a couple of years after the first one came out. The new console also came with the Master Chief Collection, which puts the first six games into an integrated collection. When STO (my primary gaming entertainment for the last year or two) was having its recent update snafu and I couldn’t play for a couple of days, I happened to notice the Collection was still installed, though I’d never actually booted it…

  • Uncategorized

    Wing Chun Dummy Update

    by A few days ago, I detailed most of the DIY martial arts equipment I’ve crafted for myself. I left out a couple of things, like the gripping jars (nigiri game), but since those are really just pickle jars of a certain lid size with sand poured into them until they reach a certain weight, they’re not all that exciting to look at. The last thing I put in that post is the current project, the simplified Wing Chun training dummy, and I thought I’d put a bit of an update on that. When last we saw the dummy, it looked like this: Now, after a couple of coats of…

  • Opinion,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    America Is Burning

    by I’m not seeing it as much on Mainstream Media as I was a week ago, but it’s still all over my social media and independent services. Protests, anger, people whose eyes are finally open to the racism all around us. Spread across the world. Eight minutes and 46 seconds. I live in Canada and we often pride ourselves on how much better we are than the States when it comes to pretty much every social issue you want to name. Better isn’t the same as good, though, and you can find plenty of news stories just in the past week to show that we have a lot of the…

  • Uncategorized

    Writing Update for the Week Ending 11 June 2017

    by Two weeks in a row with the writing report. I’m going to count this as a win, although I posted nothing but book reviews this week. I had intended more, but we’ll try harder in the coming days. Accomplishments this week: Draugr Rising 3rd Draft – finished. Not that I had much left to go, but it’s still worth noting. Book Review Catch Up – turned my point form notes into actual reviews for the remaining half dozen books I’ve finished recently. Undead Story Selection. Squeezed this down to 95,000 words worth of stories. Most, but not all, of those are in a first draft state. 40 stories and…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    That’s My Secret, Cap

    by Why so angry? Come on Lance, you’re a white, middle class male in western society. You’ve got it great compared to most of the rest of the people in the world. What can you possibly have to be angry about. Really? War, human rights abuses, atrocities committed in the name of ideology or religion or politics, ideology and religion and politics generally, inequalities at every level and in every aspect of every society across the planet, animal treatment and factory farming, ecological destruction, ignorance and stupidity, apostrophe abuse. I could go on. There’s so much to be angry about, I wonder quite frequently why everyone else isn’t. It should…

  • Life,  Uncategorized

    Sneaky Ego

    by Never make the mistake of thinking you’re above ego, or beyond it. Flattery is always possible and can take a lot of different forms. Being asked for an opinion or participation by someone you respect is a less obvious form of flattery but one that’s very likely to touch your ego, make you stand a little straighter, make you work a little to be worthy of that flattery in your own eyes. And there’s nothing wrong with that, at least until you unconsciously step over a line your probably didn’t even know was there and allow your desire to live up to expectations to pull you out of the…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    True NaNoWriMo Victory

    by My hands slipped from the panel, but the impressions they’d been in remained. The cavern lights stayed on, and the panel didn’t drain back into the floor. Tears started again, real tears now, streaming from eyes finally free to weep. I’ve been angry, and I’ve been guilty, or felt that way, but I couldn’t until just that moment actually grieve for my best friend. Goodbye, Hoshi. So I finished “Scattered on the Wind” on the way home tonight. Finished dictating it, at least, meaning that the principal story is complete at, currently, 62,322 words. I say currently because the word count will keep increasing for a little bit, probably…

  • Tech,  Uncategorized

    Entering the Tablet World

    by I decided a while back that my next computer would probably end up being a tablet. My current laptop is starting to stagger and I’ve just about had it with burning through laptops in a couple of years. There are too many of them in the house anyway. On Labour Day at Best Buy, while browsing the tablet section, I allowed my wife to talk me into a Surface. Between the sale and the recent price reduction, it’s was a pretty sweet deal. Out of stock in the store, we were able to order it online. It arrived this morning about 20 minutes before I had to leave for…