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[22 Apr 2010|03:58pm]
I'm now in Oakland, a stone's throw from Berkeley. (So long as one has a trebuchet or similar aid in throwing stones longer distances.) The lease says I'll be here for 1.5 years.

Also, my (213) phone number is once again active.
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Two YouTube clips worth the listen. [05 Nov 2009|04:22am]
I first became aware of Alan Watts when a certain dear Olga posted this clip to her blog. It's both amusing and excellently witty, and of course, it's very true:

This got me to prowling around Mr. Watts' speeches on YouTube, and after a bit of that, this one popped up on my recommended list. It takes the form of an explanation of yoga for a Christian audience. Along the way, Watts happens to expose some of the more useful truths for a person to grasp.
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Firefly fans [02 Nov 2009|02:04am]
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Winter visiting - Playtests [25 Oct 2009|07:39pm]
Boardgame ideas are one of those things that percolate through my brain. I had one many months back that I quite liked, and visiting the Essen Games Faire this year gave me the inspiration I needed to finish the last few nagging issues I had designing the game. So I built a playtest copy.

Thanks to the faire, I also now have a few contacts in the industry. I could actually get 'serious' about this. And why not?

Part two of this thought goes:
Once you book an intercontinental flight, it's usually not that much more to throw a couple extra stops on.

Who wants to help playtest the game and wants a visit sometime near the Christmas-ish holidays?

Also, for those of you who wanna wanna playtest but aren't good for me dropping by in late December, I plan to make a few more copies and mail them out. I expect these would cost me 50 bucks in materials and postage or more, plus time. This is totally worth it to me if you'll pinky swear to send back playtest reports and to observe proper secrecy regarding an unreleased concept/product.
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For those who also have access to my Facebook stuff... [16 Oct 2009|10:49pm]
... this video proves many important things about the nature of the universe. Mostly it proves that I have excellent friends.
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Roomate search frustrations [21 Sep 2009|01:41am]
Not getting bites on my roommate ad responses in Berlin. Suggestions for finding a flat here, anyone? I'm looking for a short term stay (2 months) which is likely part of the problem.

If Berlin continues to be problematic for finding a good place, then the search widens to Prague and Tallinn.
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[21 Aug 2009|01:28pm]
Twitter has replaced 2/3 of what I used LJ for.

baudot on twitter
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Epitaph One [17 Aug 2009|02:11pm]
The "Lost Episode" of Dollhouse is a rare treasure - a glimpse of where the storyteller thinks the story is headed before he's found his way there.

For those who haven't caught this meme yet, it's some of the best science fiction currently going. Start at episode 6 and don't look back.
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En route to Edinburgh [04 Jun 2009|11:01am]
If you don't hear from me again, the (vegetarian) haggis did me.

Updateing whereami.org fairly regularly again. Check there for real updates.

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Nearing Scotland. Density of sheep increasing.
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[31 May 2009|06:59am]
WhereAmI's RSS feed is yet to be resurrected. In the meantime, hey, here's a shoutout: There's updates on WhereAmI.org.
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Good morning, London [30 May 2009|05:37am]
Thanks for the well wishes, all.

I made it. More once I've found a place to drop my gear, etc.
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When next I wake... [29 May 2009|02:41am]
I'll throw on a pack, step aboard a plane. Then the next day starts a year over the ocean.

Right now I'm just looking at my pack, happy that everything fit on the first pass, but wanting to throw out another 20% to make room for other configurations still.
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I wrote fanfic? I feel so dirty. [23 Apr 2009|12:32pm]
I've always been leery of fanfic writers. Imagine me disturbed to become one yesterday. Apparently I'm really hung up on this Dollhouse show. I expect it won't make sense to anyone who hasn't seen an episode of the show, but I'd appreciate commentary, critiques and suggestions from anyone who reads it.

Last Will And - A Dollhouse fanfic.

Hey, you don't become a practiced author by resisting your narrative urges. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
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Dollhouse [20 Apr 2009|02:06pm]
Dollhouse is turning into good, crunchy SciFi. If you're a Whedon fan who'd given up on it, give it a second try, starting at episode 6.
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[22 Mar 2009|11:52pm]
I'm having my mind soundly blown tonight.

I've started plotting the tentative stops for my round-the-world jaunt. I'm working under the assumption that I'll buy my ticket as a Star Alliance Round The World Fare.(1) This ticket would limit to me to 15 flights, total.

15 flights.

Anywhere in the world.

Where would you go?
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[16 Mar 2009|11:15pm]

Got shot full of tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, polio, yellow fever, and hepatitis A. The vaccine forms, of course.

Gave a porn star a crash course on how to edit raw HTML and update her site the Olde Way.

About to catch up on the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica before the last episode hits this Friday.

It's been a good day so far. Now off to eat a serving of typhoid.
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Emo Bear Rights [05 Feb 2009|03:49pm]
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Good reading - an intelligence report from the cold war. [20 Jan 2009|02:27pm]
A recently (partially) declassified document on the history of TEMPEST.

Background: TEMPEST is the reconstruction of signals from electronic noise or actual sounds made by that equipment.

Example, you could see anything that was on an old-fashioned computer monitor from a quarter mile away or more, through a brick wall. The trick was to hook up a radio receiver to listen for the signal made by the scan ray tracing over the screen with the right circuitry to transform that back into a TV signal and then run that into your own monitor for viewing.

Hat tip: Schneierblog
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[19 Jan 2009|04:19pm]
Full episodes of The Prisoner here
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