November 5th, 2006

Boss Coffee

I don't want to sit across the table wishing I could run

Didn't go out and do laundry last night, and didn't realy have enough quarters to run up and down stairs to the laundry room either, so I'm going out this morning to grab breakfast and cash at the SA and hit the laundromat. Good thing it's a fairly nice day, weatherwise. Doing this when the temperature gets to be around zero is going to be a real bitch...actually, at that point I'll just make sure I pick up a roll of quarters on payday.

Installed Firefox 2.0 yesterday after getting home from lunch with jamestrainor and installed a couple of add-ins for it as well. One of them, FoxyPlayer, is pretty cool - it allows you to run Windows Media Player, Winamp, or whatever flavor of music software you're using from the browser instead of having to get in and actually open up the player. Nice!

So why didn't I get out to do laundry? Part of it was Civicrack, but part of it was Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis' 1635: The Cannon Law, which annoyingly has come out before Flint & Weber's 1634: The Baltic War. I say "annoyingly" because a number of things that happen in the latter are referred to in the former, although you can certainly appreciate The Cannon Law on its own considerable merits. This novel mainly follows the adventures of our uptime West Virginians and their United States of Europe in Italy, where the Papal States are full of nefarious Curial politicking as Cardinal Borja looks for a way to revenge himself on the Pope for the smackdown he received in The Galileo Affair. There's a lot of action along with the political maneuvering (which also features Frank Stone trying to quietly run his Freedom Arches franchise without stirring up the Inquisition) as well as the long-awaited marriage between Dottoressa Sharon Nichols and the old -but still very witty and extremely lethal- Ruy Sanchez. Great book, highly recommended.

Even the streets get rearranged

Got up, got out, got to the laundromat - and found it was packed full of people with all the washers in use. Damn. Quickly headed for the Pilgrim Laundry over by the New Century and found an empty 30-pound washer. Big win. Managed to get everything washed and dried (well, mostly - there were a couple of items that are going to need some time on hangers) and made it over to the Sheraton for the Convergence meeting only ten minutes late...make that 50 minutes early. Oh, well. davedujour and the Gaming head (who I don't know, sorry) were the only other folks there, but people did trickle in and eventually the meeting got underway.

As usual, the Convergence staff got a lot done. Lots of information put out, lots of people introduced, lots of stuff worked out. thaadd and I have acquired a new sub-head who will do the understudy thing this year and probably replace me next fall when I head east. We were aware that we needed somebody, but there was some unnecessary drama on our part since petsnakereggie forgot to specify on the agenda that he was looking for a programming cohead for 2008 and the staff list didn't have me listed in Programming. Drama llama was quickly slain and we moved on. After the meeting there was a mailing party, and that went quickly as well. I hit the Cub for some groceries on the way home and that was the extent of the running around today.

I don't think most people on the Convergence concom were aware that I was just a short-term replacement for michaellee (there I go assuming everyone reads my LJ again *rolls eyes*) because a number of folks came up and expressed surprise that I was leaving after the 2007 convention. What can I say? They only know me through Convergence, which means they really don't know me that well, and it wasn't really the time or place to go into all the wretched details of why I have to get OUT of here.

No writing tonight. My brain feels like it's full of mud, I'm kind of tired, and I think I'm going to go to bed early.

Currently re-reading David Drake's The Far Side Of The Stars and Heinlein's Starship Troopers, the latter of which is a trade PB on loan from the county library.