Outer Banks, NC
Tomorrow we head to Salvo, NC for vacation. If you don’t know where that is, it’s part of the Outer Banks, about 40 miles south of Kitty Hawk. Our plan is easy: relax. Hopefully we’ll be successful.

I’m bringing some new photo toys along to play with. Hopefully that will be successful, too.

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DragonCon Rooms!

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I have that most precious of commodities: A spare Dragon Con hotel room in one of the main con hotels. Two actually! We got five rooms last year (because we expected to use them, we’re not hoarding) but turns out we only needed three.

I was tempted, briefly, to put one of these rooms up for auction at my recent professional conference Scholarship Charity Auction. However, I wasn’t convinced that my fellow roadway professionals would understand the value of what I was offering. After all, it’s not the hotel room, per se; it’s the effort and stress it takes to acquire said hotel room.

Right now there are five main Dragon Con hotels. The Hyatt Regency, the Marriott Marquis, the Hilton, the Sheraton, and the Westin. Every single one of the rooms available to Dragon Con attendees sells out within minutes of them going up for reservation. Last year, I put together a team of six people in geographically diverse locations to help me get rooms. Their instructions were to just GO GO GO and make reservations until I told them to stop. Six people, hitting the website of the Marriott reservations system furiously, only managed to acquire five rooms. That should illustrate for you just how difficult this process is.

That is the value of a spare Dragon Con hotel room.

There’s no need to ping me if you want one; they’re probably already gone. I’m getting rid of them as I type this. There is no shortage of takers when an announcement is made that a hotel room has come available. There are groups dedicated entirely to the finding and trading of Dragon Con rooms. It’s never a problem to find people.

Twenty-two days until the Con!

 

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Griffin Turns One

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Griffin became a one-year-old yesterday. He seemed to have a good time based upon the amount of unconsciousness he exhibited last night.

Other pictures available over at flickr

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The End is Nigh

Griffin with necessary skin protection from the sun.

For 364 days now, I’ve been responding to the question, “How old is he?” with the answer, “Zero!”

Alas, tomorrow that will no longer be the case. Griffin will celebrate the anniversary of his worldly emergence. It’s been a year and a wonderful (and tiring) one at that. Here’s to many more!

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Kerbal Space Sacrifices

It’s never good to reenter Kerbal’s atmosphere without a spacecraft.

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Kerbal Space Program

I’ve been playing Kerbal Space Program (KSP) for the last few months. On twitter, I made my case why everyone should play it.

 

This is truer than you might think, despite the obvious differences between the two1. KSP and Minecraft are both sandbox games. KSP and Minecraft both have modes where you are challenged to achieve accomplishments in order to do more; adventure mode in Minecraft and Career mode in KSP.

And they’re both addicting.

However, this discussion is an enormous tangent to my main point which is that I love playing KSP. It’s a huge waste of time when you consider all the other things I should be doing, but if you don’t believe it is fun, you should check out what google has to say about it.

My next goal is to get some of the mods loaded up so I can do more detailed rocket loading calculations and start lifting to orbit the pieces of an interplanetary craft that has even a hope of coming home with its Kerbal pilot. To date, I’ve sent several Kerbals on interplanetary missions (both on purpose and not) but none of them have or will come home. Ever. The wall of sacrifice outside the Kerbal NASA HR offices is getting long.

Thanks to Randall Munroe who introduced me to the game.

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And of course there’s xkcd 1106 which mentions KSP in the mouse-over text.

  1. In case you don’t know what these differences are, consult the Googles, or simply know that in Minecraft, you are digging around in a virtual terrain looking for gold and other valuables while dodging monsters and in KSP you are trying to manage the entire space program of the planet Kerbal. One you go down, the other you go up. For further information on Minecraft you can consult this very blog. []
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Hoo Boy

Outer Banks, NC

The Eyebrow has been a recent victim of the ever-true dictum that, if there’s friction in getting something done, it may not get done.

As I mentioned on a earlier update, we have a housemate now. Jacob is a great addition to the household but it has necessitated a few alterations. Mainly, the guest/office room has become Jacob’s which means there’s no dedicated spot for Jenn and I to park a computer do the sorts of things we’ve done in the past: bills, photography, games, general internet surfing, etc. We all have laptops, of course, but if I want to do a blog post, it requires just that little bit more of an effort than it did before and that means it’s not happening. Photography especially is suffering because my equipment and the PC that manages the images now live in my closet in a bag, so if I want to do something, I have to go and get the camera and computer. I assure you that this isn’t a lot of effort, but it’s apparently more effort than I’m willing to put out right now. Griffin is wonderful but god he makes us tired sometime.

So let’s see. Recap of all the things I would’ve posted about but mainly got thrown up on Twitter:

  • Supreme Court and Hobby Lobby: Bunch of patriarchal assbags and if you disagree, read this before you continue to.
  • We’re going on vacation to the Outer Banks in August! Celebrating mine and Annie’s 41st birthdays (last year’s 40th birthday spectacular got derailed by the emergence of a human being from Jennifer).
  • World Cup Soccer! It’s been a blast. Now it’s almost over. Soon we can ignore soccer for another four years except that Atlanta will have an MLS team in 2017.
  • Go Braves! Braves just finished up a 9 game winning streak. Cobb county residents are suing to stop the construction of the new stadium .
  • Griffin is coming up on the end of his zeroth year! We’re planning to have a huge bash for the adults. He’s invited.
  • The new jobs for Jenn and I continue to be well. We could do with a shorter commute, and we’re making plans for a move in the next couple years.
  • We’re catching up on Game of Thrones season 4. Jenn’s chasing behind in the books, so we have a continuous discussion about the differences between the books and the show.
  • There’s discussion in the blogosphere that the HBO series may end before GRRM finishes The Song of Ice and Fire. If so, I’ll be avoiding any mention of the show until he publishes the final book and I can read the canonical version.  I’m totally supportive of people who aren’t readers getting into the world through the HBO version, but I feel like the readers who’ve been hanging on for 18 years now are getting the shaft.

I’m sure there was other stuff. I’d have to troll twitter to see what I was blabbing about.

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Stuff and Things

There’s been all sorts of stuff and things going on, mainly focused on life and Griffin. Let’s see. Jenn got a new job, I’ve been traveling, Griffin has spent a good deal of time sick, we have a housemate, we bought a new (wrong size) mattress, it’s getting hot out, and Griffin. Oh, and Griffin.

We’ve been busy.

One downside to having Jacob move in is that I don’t have a set place for a desk right now, which makes writing for the Eyebrow more of a chore. Things that are more of a chore don’t get done right now.

Pedicab

I was in Charleston, SC for work earlier this week. I’d never been before. I need to find some time to go back that will let me take the day out to Ft. Sumter. Had some good beer and saw a lot of trees.

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Other than taking care of Griffin, and each other, we’ve also had the cats. Artemis still is not interested in Griffin at all. She runs away when he gets near. Apollo on the other hand will allow Griffin to grab and yank. Yeah, he’s crazy.

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It’s June and the solstice is approaching. I look forward to the longest day of the year. Hopefully I’ll be back on my bike and doing some running by the end of the summer.

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More Griffin Pics

I took some more pictures with Griffin, down at Freedom Park in Atlanta. Here are a few.

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Griffin Helps Shop

Griffin was rockin’ the changing room at REI.

Griffin and Bill Shopping

Jenn and I have really lucked out with an amazingly happy child. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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