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[2016-08-26] Vacation

Vacation. What is it? Relaxation? Adventure? Time to do all those things you normally don’t have time for? Emptying yourself? Filling yourself?

I sit here by a pool, a beautiful companion by my side and realize how much I struggle to get away from it all, in peace. What is ‘it all?’ Working for the man? Chores? Nagging? Family? Urban areas?

[2016-08-23] Notes to Ponder

Someone recently mentioned that I was into music based on my twitter feed. It took me back however with some thought, I guess I use Soundcloud to share music that's new too me and touches me somehow.

The reality is that I don't listen to enough music. 

Music inspires, brings back memories, induces feelings, and among other things, soothes the savage beast within.

It can pull you out of a funk or deepen it. It can relax your soul and bring a smile to your face. Music can make you cry.

[Hacker-Pschorr] Weisse (Germany) in a 500ml brown bottle @5.5% ****

traditional wheat beer appropriately labelled “Weisse” comes from a company that may have a history as far back as 1417.

The name Hacker-Pschorr dates back to the marriage of Teresia Hacker and Joseph Pschorr. Under the couple’s leadership, Hacker-Pschorr advanced to become Munich’s leading major brewery in the 18th century.

[Guinness] Blonde in a 473ml Tall Boy @ 5% alc/vol

Guinness Blonde American Lager
473ml Tall Boy Can
5% alc./vol.

"Made with American hops."

Guinness pandering to the USA but I can't say how that's going for them. Here in Canada, it's a hit.

It pours easily as a clear bronze liquid with decent head that mostly dissipates leaving but a thin film. It smells like citrus hops.

When sipping this dynamic beer, the initial hoppy bitterness swirls inside your mouth as bubbles grow and dive for your stomach imparting a mild bitter aftertaste.

[LA] Mordecai Ferris the Fiery Human | Starting Avatar

The Human, Mordecai Ferris

Health 55; Precision 59; Speed 14 (12 with Mail); AEPs 56; Defence 7 (.5 Mail)

56 Geourgy
47 Weapons
33 Physique
22 Learning
10 Archery

$25K, club, colourful cape with boots and cap, warhorse (Courser), torch, hammer and chisel, sling, 100 clay balls, half steel mail, rapier, burn healing salve (7 doses), backpack, belt pouch, shoulder pouch, colourful clothing, crossbow, Geourgy command circle materials, Geourgy protection circle materials, 2 tablets.

[Book Review] Dream Park by Larry Niven & Steven Barnes

What can you say about this story within a story. Even now, thirty-five years after it was published I find it a novel idea. Yes yes, it was tried in actuality and failed some years back and they even made a tabletop (I still can't quite grasp that I need to add 'tabletop' to make sure you know what I mean) roleplaying game out this novel (or series of novels).

[Movie Review] Dirty Harry III: The Enforcer (1976) 3 Stars

Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, John Mitchum,

On the 40th anniversary of this movie, I gave it a whirl. Clint Eastwood is doing his thing and Tyne Daly, who went on to Cagney & Lacey fame, was quite good. The rest of the cast was hit and miss from well done stereotypes to half-assed acting. It's really in the main villains where it fails. They're weak and one dimensional.

The Fallible Fiend by L. Sprague De Camp

The odd story of an indentured demon that reminded me a bit of Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis). I picked up this little gem in a used book store and immediately fell into it.

The first half of this small book is...

Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber

The second anthology of short stories placed sequentially through the life of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser shortly after Swords & Deviltry.

I enjoyed the mellifluous writing and the adventures themselves. The climax for each short story was usually thrilling however the general flow was slow and that made it easy for your mind to wander. Each story introduction leaned toward loquaciousness.

It was gratifying to...

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