Friday, 29 September 2006

Murphy's Law in action

I have been toying with the idea of moving from my nice thunderbird email+feeds setup back to an all-online solution.
I have been using a gmail account with POP3 access, so that part was no-brainer.
The feed reader was a bit more of a problem. I have used Bloglines in the past and enjoyed it except for a few small problems. I wanted to try Google reader (in the hope that they will eventually integrate it properly with gmail), and yesterday had quite a long play with it, but was finding quite a few shortcomings.
So what happens today, when I log in?
I see this! - they have changed it, literally overnight!!
The good news of this is, despite my wasted time yesterday, is that most of what I considered shortcomings in the old version have been addressed.
So far so good, I might think about doing a proper review later...

Thursday, 7 September 2006

Nostalgia trip has been triggered

I was just reading Uncle Bear's blog and was overcome (as he had been) with a wave of nostalgia for a time when sitting down (by myself usually) and rolling up an entire campaign's worth of characters was a worthwhile use of an afternoon.

I want to set aside some time to sit at my kitchen table with some dice, generating characters for games at are gathering dust on my shelf. I want to do it for the sheer joy of it, the relaxation of it, without fretting about how unlikely it is that these characters will get used. I need to just allow this aspect of roleplaying to be fun again, and enjoy the zen of analog gaming.

Yeah, me too.