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T minus 6 Days And Counting [Aug. 23rd, 2016|05:29 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |excitedexcited]

I just got back from my pre-op appointment before hip surgery next Monday. There's only one hurdle left, and they took a swab to check for strep today, and I'll have the results tomorrow. So if all goes well, I should be back home again this time next week.

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It's all in how you tell it [Aug. 18th, 2016|01:24 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

So there's some angsting around the internet that the current woes in Louisana are not getting the coverage it deserves, along with some political fingerpointing. Indeed, all very compelling to read - 20,000 homeless, 7 dead, certainly a tragedy for all those folks involved.

But then something occurred to me, so I went and looked:

Katrina: 1-2 million homeless (estimates vary quite widely), 1800 dead. Basically, 100 x the disaster the current problems are. Perhaps the news coverage isn't so off target after all. And saying things like "worst disaster since Hurricane Sandy" doesn't actually tell you much - just that things have been pretty quiet for a while.

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loopy observation of the day [Aug. 16th, 2016|11:35 am]
Tom Courtney
[mood |determined]

The movement for using a cane is very similar to the one for using a poleax. The leg that goes forward is the shoulder that goes forward, with everything attached leading slightly. :)

And so my mom doesn't worry needlessly, deciding it's time to use a cane isn't caused by anything major happening. Cutting down on the stress the hip gets means less overall pain, which means I can keep the opiate intake down to a minimum before the hip surgery. (T minus 13 days and counting.)

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We live in an Age Of Wonders [Aug. 15th, 2016|03:05 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |impressedimpressed]

... though this one is small. I got home from Pennsic to discover my keyboard had died. I went to Best Buy, and now am the proud owner of a ambient light keyboard. Same price as the Apple wireless keyboard I was going to buy, but no changing batteries, ever. Well, at least until Fimbulwinter, and even then, if there's electricity to power the lights, I should be good. :)

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The Twentyfirst Century Party [Aug. 15th, 2016|08:25 am]
Tom Courtney
[mood |excitedexcited]

Another successful Pennsic in the books, it's time for the 21st Century Party. Come revel in the wonders of the modern and past ages, where nothing is Out Of Period. There'll be food, games, movies, and conversation, and hopefully Tales From Pennsic galore. I'm going to set up another Artemis game, so interested folks should bring their tablets/smart phones with the latest version, please.

Twentyfirst Century Party
Saturday, 20 August, 14:00 until the last person leaves
12 Melville Avenue, Boston 02124

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Channeling my inner Olivier [Jul. 30th, 2016|01:28 pm]
Tom Courtney
I heard this story about marathon man. I suspect lots of the details are wrong. Don't care.

I'm told that early on, Olivier was not turning in a very good performance, no matter what the director and other actors tried. Eventually, the director called for a fifteen minute break, had a quiet talk with Sir Lawrence, and when they restarted, Olivier was spot on perfect.

So what did he say to the British acting icon? Apparently, something along the lines of "Larry, you've got to do it better."

Putting up the tent was like that today. Second time was the charm.

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Pennsic Ho! [Jul. 28th, 2016|02:03 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |go, go Speed Racer!]

The pick-up is packed, the bills are paid, all the other odds and ends are taken care of. Time to trot. I'll see some of you Real Soon Now.

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Night and Day [Jul. 26th, 2016|10:14 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |ecstaticecstatic]

Today, for the first time in several years I think, I did not have to ask anyone to repeat themselves. I didn't quite get all the song lyrics I heard, but the one I missed was Bob Dylan, and you can't understand what he's saying either. :)

On Day 1 at least, the new hearing aids are great, and I'm told that they really don't hit their stride for a couple of weeks - apparently, it takes the brain a while to get used to hearing sounds again. Plus, they're eminently usable at events - if you look carefully, knowing that I'm wearing them, you might see the bit of filament that is visible to the naked eye - the battery/computer chip assembly is small enough that it fits behind the ear unseen, and the speaker bit is seated well down the ear canal.

Very expensive, but this is a case where one gets what one pays for, I think.

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Unintended Consequences [Jul. 25th, 2016|07:20 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

I was idly musing over what the results of a Johnson presidency would be, and one possibility would be that we could have more governent, not less, than the current situation.

The idea is this: the current situation is that no bill is veto-proof, because with a democrat in the White House and a sufficiently large Democratic minority in Congress, vetoes stand up. However, with a third party candidate in office, particularly one who's prepared to veto everything, you might end up in a situation where both major parties would actually have to negotiate a coalition, resulting in more bills passed than is currently the case. Thus, the arrival of a libertarian as president could well have the opposite effect of what the libertarians are currently trying to do.

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Camp Shakespeare - A Bloody Deed [Jul. 23rd, 2016|09:47 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |energeticenergetic]

I mentioned this wonderful story to a variety of people at 50th Year, but don't want to bother them by pinging them all individually. Anyway, here's a link to A Bloody Deed, the Adventures of Three Kids at Camp Shakespeare. It's a half hour long, but if you're a Shakespeare fan at all, totally worth it.

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