Wednesday, July 12, 2006

New Blog Address!

Here is the new blog address!

New Silverfyre Musings!

Please update your links accordingly.

Moving from Blogger!

Well, because this crappy blog service swallowed up my template (which mind you, was custom and took a lot of coding!), I'll be moving this blog to LiveJournal. I'll hopefully have that done by the time we get back from vacation in three weeks.

Til then, take care!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Rage, Oh The Rage!

My f-ing car just cost me almost a thousand dollars to fix. The transmission, tires, wiper motor, AND A/C all went at once. All at once, just like that.

We searched for a cheap car to buy but it was actually better just to drop the money on the car. So, we went from debtfree to debtfull.

Life sucks sometimes.

I'm up to my ass in paper work, with scholarship letters to write and work needing to be done. Races hasn't even been opened in two weeks and I want to get back to working on Spellburn. Where is the time?!

Friday, June 30, 2006

Oh! Scholarships!

Well, it's been a rough day but there is a ray of sunshine at the end of the tunnel...on my mailbox.

I just got a letter from the MCC Foundation letting me know that I am being awarded a scholarship! The amount will cover everything for the next year, including books and the like. This is wonderful news as I was beginning to worry how I was going to pay for college next year...

Much thanks go out to my benefactor, Ms. Debra Jacobs. She is a saint in my eyes and my new favorite person.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Heroes On NBC

Has anyone else seen the previews for this?

Just...wow. Check out the four minute trailer and tell me that this is not something worth waiting to see. It's a show called "Heroes" and it follows the tale of a group of people who discover that they have extradionary talents after witnessing some sort of eclipse. The details are a bit vague but damn, this looks incredible.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Purple, Drunken Haze

He called it "Mage's Fire". Try it, it's interesting.

Bah, never listen to a pirate who offers you something in a mason's jar that glows (yes, glows!) with a soft, purple light...

It only starts to glow after you drink it, too.

I think a more appropriate term for the drink is "moonshine". Yup, just as good for drinkin' as it is for cleaning out your septic tank and removing rust stains from your driveway.

No bowel jokes there, folks.

Needless to say, last night's "Pretend We Are Gaming and Just Get Drunk" fest was a success. I have seen "Boondock Saints" and life is now complete. This movie is just as good as "Fight Club" if you're Irish. Hell, if you just love "righteous" vigilantes, this movie is worth watching and commiting to memory.

Yeah, and the "King Arthur" movie, even the uncut version, does suck. It's entertaining but why call it King Arthur when it has nothing to do with the mythos, save for the names?

Bah, anywho, breakfast was awesome and it's good to be around those LARPers again. I missed you guys.

Until next time, eh?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Cat Tricks

Apparently, my cat has decided to fall in love with a little game him and I play.

He has this little mouse toy that is fuzzy and full of catnip. He will bring it to me and throw it at my feet and then start to meow. He's letting me know it's play time. At first, I'd throw it once or twice and he'd be content to roll it around and bat it around the house for the next hour. Well, the last two days have been interesting.

I decided to teach him how to fetch...and it actually worked. I have a good friend, Mark, who taught all his cats to fetch paper balls and I used his method with Julian and the cat toy. First, he'd bring it to me and I'd throw it. He'd grab it in his mouth and wait for me to call him back. I'd call his name and make "mouse noises". He comes running back with the toy in his mouth and drops it. Throw, call, repeat.

This has been going on whenever I come into the room where he is at. Every time. He loves this little game and has gotten quite good at it.

I can't believe I taught my cat to fetch. It's awesome. Definitely an icebreaker for social gatherings!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A VERY Interesting Meme Thingy

Found this on innocent_water's blog:

List 10 things you want to say to people but know you never will.
* Don't say who they are.
* Disable comments.
* Never discuss it again.

Hmmm, lemme see what I can do. I can't disable comments but honestly, people can say what they wish since what I will say has nothing to do with any of those who read this blog. Or does it? THE ENIGMA OF IT ALL! ~Gasp of Shock!~

Heh, anywho...this could be fun...

1. If you don't want to suffer for what you have done, then stop doing it! Get off your ass and start working for what you want. No one is going to just hand life and success to you. Get off your lazy ass and start making your own way in life, damn it.

2. You may think you have everything you wanted in life but look again. It's a hollow, empty shell and it's only a matter of time until you realize just how much you lost when you gave her up.

3. You have to solve your own problems. We've given you so many chances and you keep screwing up. How is the world going to change for you who doesn't want to change with it? Keep out of my life and let us move on. Gods know I'm done with you and your petty bullshit.

4. You may not think so but I respect you so much. We are friends, yes, but I look up to you. I guess I'm just too prideful to really say anything. Frightening, isn't it?

5. Don't preach to me about values you don't even practice or believe you in, you bloody hypocrite! Crawl back into the sheltered life you have lived since day one and stay the hell out of my life. You don't even know where to begin with yourself so stop trying to convert others!

6. Why do you always have to change something that works so perfectly well? I mean, come on, with all of the effort you have put into it, just leave the damned thing alone! Everyone will work out in the end, just give it time!

7. You may seem to be everyone's best friend, but I can see right through you. You love what the world has just given to you and you use this bullshit cover of friendship to press your boasting on everyone around you. For the love of all that is sacred, shut the hell up and let us live our lives.

8. Why is it that the ones who deserve love the most don't find it? You are such a loving, caring soul and you will find that in which you are seeking. But, don't wait for it to come to you...seek it out and claim it for your own. Gods know I've learned that lesson well.

9. Don't give up on life because it throws you a hardball every once and while. You will get through it and it's all petty in the end anyways. Keep your chin up and fight it. What's the old cliche? Never surrender, never give up? Maybe it's a cliche because it actually has meaning.

10. I love you as my brother more so than my actual one. Is that terrible or what?

Well, that was...insightful. Now, what's on T.V.?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Adventure Begins...Literally!

I just got my copy of Goodman Games' The Adventure Begins and it is very impressive. I mean, even more so than the quality that Goodman Games usually puts out. The DM was hurting for something to run our lower level PCs through and there are never enough 1st level (fully adjustable mind you!) modules on our shelf. Well, now we have this. My DM is already drooling in anticipation and we are scheduled to take Harley's latest for a spin later tonight.

Again, awesome work by Goodman and I definitely recommend it. This lil' baby will be getting a lot of use...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Getting Back In Order

Life is finally settling down again for the both of us. It's time to go into that so-called "summer routine" and just find that familiar "work, school, sleep, game" pattern again. It will be nice to get back into the swing of normal life without flying half way across the country to go to a court hearing or trying to make life changing decisions in the spur of a moment.

I think I'll spend the day watching "Gone with the Wind" with the wife. Sounds like a nice, normal plan to me.

Hope everyone else's lives are keeping them happy. Thanks again for everyone's support in our little dark times, as one may call them.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Insert Scream Of Frustration And Rage Here

If one more thing goes wrong in my family's life, I'm going to be known as "The Wall-Destroyer".

Things are just getting progressively worse for my parents and my brother. He got sentenced yesterday and has to do more jail time than we thought and has to stay in Texas. The only good thing coming out of that is he is going to get the drug treatment he needs. But, still, that another decade before I can even see him again.

On the other hand, you do the crime...well, you know the rest. I just hate that it is happening to someone who I know could have done so much better...

My mother was in the midst of adopting a child from my rather f'ed up cousin (another drug case who shouldn't be allowed to have children, let alone leech off of the Canadian government) and she was promised this child since my cousin knew she was pregnant. My mother can't have children due to cancer and she wants another child so desperately. Well, my stepfather and her have been waiting and waiting for this day and when the child is born, my cousin turned the child over to the authorities instead of my mother. My parents are devastated. I mean beyond all reproach. They were going to have a child, the one they have been waiting almost a year for, and now this. How coldhearted can one person be? See, if she hadn't have made all these promises, then fine. But otherwise? I'm done with that one. Period.

My mother also lost her job and got into a car accident...all in the same day. It all just comes crashing down, doesn't it?

We all had a terrible day as well, though it certainly pales in comparison to my poor mother's. We had to give up Lucian, since our landlord decided to change her mind and only allows us one kitten. We found a really good home for him but still, losing him has pretty much made us some very upset people. Chrissy got her offical rejection letter from the school and it's just been one crappy week.

We need a vacation or something. I think I'll just go out and borrow Mister "Rebar" from James. Sounds good about now...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Just...Damn...

My father just called to let me know that they were going to be putting down Freckles, the family dog. She's been around since she was a puppy and now she is fifteen and has so many health problems, they feel it's best to just let her go peacefully. Now, you have to understand why I'm so completely upset right now. One, I'm an animal lover through and through. Two, I've been around this dog for a long, long time and she took to me from day one. Even after I stopped going to my father's and returned after nine years, she recognized me immediately and she doens't just take to anyone. She was born with a deformed lower jaw but she got through it and was one of the most loveable animals we've ever had. Putting her down may be the best thing for the old girl but dammit, I really hate to see her go. I can only keep thinking that this is probably the best thing for her but anyone with a heart hates to see a beloved pet go.

This is no exception. I'm going to miss her something fierce.

~Sigh~

Overclocking Noob

With that open box special I picked up at Circuit City, I got a Visiontek (ATI) Radeon X1300 512 MB PCI-Express video card. Well, I installed it and after much frustration with ATI's Catalyst drivers, I went online and found some third party drivers called Omega. Now, I've used these in the past for the other computer and they work awesome. This version I am looking at on the new computer has an overclocking feature. Well, my question is this:

How in the hell do I use this? And should I even bother as I've heard some horror stories involving the overclocking process.

The computer has some good fan control (one large processor fan, a case cooling fan, and the card has this extra large cooler on it as well) so I think it can handle a little boost. But, anyone have any idea just how to do this safely? I'm relying on you all before the tech forums as they can't even use proper English...

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Orpheus

For those of you who are not familiar with this game, it is basically the one that White Wolf put out to help stir up interest in the old Wraith tabletop role playing game...and much more.

Orpheus melds the physical world with the world of the dead and the players play either ghosts or humans capable of "projecting" or venturing into the ghostly side of existence. It provides the rock solid d10 "Storytelling" system White Wolf used for the Vampire the Masquerade and Werewolf and it works very well.

If you are into ghost stories or are familiar with Wraith, I'd definitely recommend picking up this series. It was a limited story arc that was only six books long but all of them are packed full of everything you need to run one campaign or indefinite play.

We are looking forward to starting our first Orpheus game this week. Definitely worth looking over if you just want a change from DnD or if you love the paranormal.

Tropical Storms Already?!

That was fast. Only eleven days into the hurricane season and WHAM! We are getting drenched here and the winds are a little frightening. Not as bad as what we got last year but this is enough to make me hate living in Florida.

Oh well, back to "hunkering down".

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