Happy New Year everyone!
Pretty much says it all really: LSD and I had a quiet New Year here in Gateshead (I came down on the 30th). It snowed pretty heavily on Hogmanay, and we just stayed in with the other house-mates and drank and ate plenty; the weather is so rotten down here that there’s not much point doing much outside!
I’m on my way back to Edinburgh tomorrow, and back at work on Tuesday
TV’s not been much cop this Xmas, although the Doctor Who episodes were good fun. I’ve watched nearly all the DVDs I got for Xmas: Watchmen, Star Trek, and Lie to Me. All were pretty good, and I’m interested to see how the reboot of the ‘Trek Universe works!
Have I made any resolutions yet? Well, a few – both health and gaming-related:
- To eat better.
- To exercise in some shape of form at least once a day.
- To keep hydrated.
- To finally complete the missing parts of the Ashes of Freedom section in the Wiki.
- To update a little bit more of the New World! I’ve put it off for ages.
- To finally run the Tager game of the Cthulhutech RPG at ORC.
After a somewhat sober (if that’s the right phrase to use) entry earlier, I thought I’d split my entries into two.
The weather here is awful again. It was lovely yesterday, and I cranked open the windows and sat in the sunbeams after a stroll down Leith Walk. I’ve been re-reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series again. It’s better on a second reading, although there is an awful lot of tedium involving Aes Sedai.
Looks like Davros and the Daleks are back in Doctor Who soon. I have to say, the Daleks are cool but they’ve been kinda over-used now in DW. Still, they’re good value when they’re on screen! I’m looking forward to the one on Saturday. It looks like it might be a Steven Moffat episode. He’s the guy that wrote Coupling, and well as the DW episodes “The Empty Child” (“Are you my mummy?”) and “Blink” (the one with the Weeping Angels). Rose is back soon too. However, there doesn’t really seem to be a common theme this time e.g. Bad Wolf, “You’re not alone,” etc.
I’ve only got two windows (1m by 2m) in the flat and they’re single-glazed. They’re also a bugger to clean. With that in mind I’m looking to replace both before winter. As I’m going the whole hog, I thought I’d get the sash boxes (which holds the windows in the brickwork) replaced too, as there may be dry rot. It’s not going to be cheap, approx. £1500 to replace them both. Still, it’s an investment in my property. I had a rep around on Wednesday night, but I need to think about it – it’s quite a bit of cash.
And finally, I’m running d6 Star Wars RPG on Saturday. One thing that annoys me about Saga edition is that you rarely have a human in the party – instead you have alien-of the-week and at least one droid. How many aliens/droids do you see at the Battle of Yavin, or Hoth, even the Battle of Endor. You can count them on one hand. At least in d6, race doesn’t matter…. but it does grate a little.
I’ve had a somewhat successful week so far. Almost too successful. I’ve cleaned the flat, done my laundry, completed my paperwork and sorted out a number of minor niggles that I’ve been meaning to get around to. I’ve almost got someone coming to measure up my windows with a view to replacing them with uPVC ones. They’re 2m high, and I’m thinking that right now would be a good time to replace them, before winter kicks in. The guy from Lochinvar is coming tonight to measure them up.
The downside of getting everything done is that I’ve got maybe too much free time. On a day like today, when it’s pretty miserable, it’s only worthy of staying in and watching a DVD or read a few books with a cuppa. I’m going to get out the old sketch pad tomorrow, and maybe go to the movies. I’ve still to see Iron Man. Laura, Susan, Tam, and I are planning to go to the movies soon. Tam and I may go and see Indiana Jones & The Crystal Skull or Iron Man – while the girls watch the Sex and the City movie. I’d rather have a napalm enema than watch that crap (and I daresay I’m not the only one!).
I’m going to get started on a design for a T-shirt for one of Laura’s workmates this afternoon. She’s leaving soon and finds Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sexy (the Potato Man, Laura calls him). That’s something to do. I expect other things will turn up. I’m avoiding the PC games at the moment, and I’m not really in the mood to do any RPG stuff.
I’m considering getting an old tv series, the Equaliser, on DVD. This was a pretty gritty vigilante series (for the time) from the mid-80s starring Edward Woodward, and set in New York. I’ve also heard that the old 70s TV show called UFO is pretty good, even if the special effects are a little… er, dated. Mind you, I watched Doctor Who’s “Keeper of Traken” from 20 years ago. There was some seriously cheesy lines like, oh “Eviiil…. INFINITE evil!” and “Evil! All-pervading evil” – and yes, those are actual lines!