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Man, I need a checklist post just to get caught up. Trip Summary
I spoke to all my cousins and their children, and learned that they are just as funny and wonderful as I remember. Talked family history and played with my cousins' children. Again, they are charming and wonderful. Almost as if such properties are heritable, or inculcated through their environment.

What else? I went to the circus, ate flounder, wandered through the woods to the butterfly garden, and saw the gigantor windmills that dot northern Germany these days. Also, took an ICE train for the first time (200 kph! whee!). If only we had Euro-tech in America.

Writing
Made a partial turnover for Empire of the Ghouls, and closing down some other deadlines next weekend. I am officially taking September off from writing game material, which means I'll be editing Kobold Quarterly, writing fiction again, and maybe turning on the TV. That would be nice.

I'm very pleased to see that 4E is addressing some of the issues that have come up repeatedly in Open Design discussions. Remains to be seen if the system is more fun than the current one, but at least they're fixing some of 3E's problem areas.

Reading
I got home to find a pleasant stack of periodicals waiting for me, to include the new Renaissance, Weird Tales, Nat Geo, the last Dragon, and the first Pathfinder (yes!). It's quite a great collection to wallow in.

I'm happy to be back and mostly healthy again (stupid cold). Also, ready for a break from the writing for a while. What's cool in Seattle this time of year?

Comments

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ironymaiden
Aug. 27th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Kubrick retrospective. i lost track of time or i would have caught Paths of Glory this weekend.
greyjoy
Aug. 27th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Bumbershoot Music Festival at the Seattle Center this weekend.
the_monkey_king
Aug. 27th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't gone in years, but it sure would be fun. Maybe if I hit my mark early with the turnovers.

You got any particular bands to recommend?
greyjoy
Aug. 27th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Since I don't know what you're musical tastes are, it's hard to judge how useful these recommendations will be. That said:

*The Shins
*Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
*My Brightest Diamond
*Tokyo Police Club
*The Frames
*Jeaneane Garafalo (stand-up comedy)
the_monkey_king
Aug. 27th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, you're 3 for 6! Not bad at all.
mysticalforest
Aug. 27th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Remains to be seen if the system is more fun than the current one, but at least they're fixing some of 3E's problem areas.
Addressing so much as one point makes it more fun, I says.
the_monkey_king
Aug. 27th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yep. I'm heartened to see some of my pet peeves addressed. And the OGL continuing is obviously a big deal for Open Design. So far, so good, really.

Whether I'll want to pay $120/year for the DI remains to be seen, though.
mysticalforest
Aug. 27th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Whether I'll want to pay $120/year for the DI remains to be seen, though.
It doesn't work with a Mac, so that decision has been made for me.
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mysticalforest
Aug. 28th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
No, it's a stand-alone app that uses DirectX and everything. They've eve gone so far as release minimum system requirements and have speculated about whether it will run on Parallels, &c.

Very very Windows only.
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blakesrealm
Aug. 28th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Not for 'nothin, but the bullet trains of Europe really wouldn't work here in the US, they're not designed to be economically feasible long distances like we have here, given the passenger volumes. Cheaper, in terms of fuel use, for short commercial air hops.

Read an interesting article recently about it, I'd link you but can't recall where it was... sigh.

Glad that you had a good trip.
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