wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
In a previous post I talked about using 3D programs to design jewelry. I've continued to play with using Shapeways to design and create rings. Here are a few examples of what I've done, along with some of the difficulties I've encountered along the way.

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I'm going to offer a demo of Fluxx: The Board Game on Thu July 25 at the regular board-game night at Hobbytown in Nanuet NY. The address is:

Hobbytown Nanuet
57 Rockland Center
Nanuet, NY 10954

The store has a board-game night every Thursday. Folks arrive to play games at 7:30PM. Gaming lasts at least until midnight, though there have been times when some dedicated gamers (like me) have stayed until 3AM! Of course, you can come and go as you like. If you arrive after 8PM, knock on the door.

This is not just an invitation to play FtBG. Come and meet the gamers. They play board and card games of all types and skill levels. Some are quiet, some are loud, all are fun to play with. I think you'll enjoy it!*

Typically we order out pizza. You can get other food (including veggie items) at the supermarket or the restaurants in Rockland Center.

For more information, see their Meetup and Facebook pages.


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wgseligman: (green eye patch)
I've been playing a lot with 3D lately, even though I have no depth perception.

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wgseligman: (tuxedo)
It's been months since I last did any substantive research on the biography of Isaac Bonewits. Several week ago, my writing coach [livejournal.com profile] sabrinamari suggested that I write a blog post on how to "get my mojo back."

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
Two additional items about my previous post:

- It looks like power will probably not be restored at work until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest. Keep those cards and letters going to my g-mail address.

- It was not a woodchuck that got into the transformer. It was a raccoon. Mrs. Bucktooth is relieved and overjoyed, but Mrs. Ringtail is inconsolable.
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
My work e-mail address isn't working. Please use one of my g-mail addresses (William, then a dot, then Seligman) or the Acorn Garden one (again, with a dot).

The reason why the work e-mail address is down is that power is out at the lab. There was a serious transformer breakdown because a woodchuck crawled inside. Funeral services for Mr. Bucktooth will be scheduled as soon as we can contact Simplicity Memorial.
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
Quick review:

I just came back from seeing STID. Without spoiling: Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor. He has the range to portray villains: nasty villains, noble villains, tragic villains. He could be Sherlock Holmes, the Doctor, Moriarity, the Master, or Richard III. But he's not the villain for this film.

That, plus plot holes you could fly a starship through, and physics that suits the needs of the moment. I've been a Star Trek fan since 1965, and there was too much fan service even for me.

So only two photon torpedoes at best, and that's as a simple disconnect-brain action flick. This is not Star Trek.

Patches

Apr. 8th, 2013 10:01 pm
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
I've had some medical problems recently. As a result, I've only got partial vision in my left eye.

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
It's been a couple of years since I last posted about my fantasy role-playing game, Argothald. That game has been a part of my life for about 35 years, including a 20-year hiatus. If I'm to use this blog to document what's important to me, I should check in on Argothald once in a while.

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
This year we had five at the seder. This is about what I expected, since Erev Pesach fell on a Monday night.

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
I wasn't feeling well. I probably shouldn't have gone. But was I feeling a powerful case of cabin fever, and it was a chance to get another interview for the biography. So I went to Lunacon. this past Saturday.

I'm glad I did, though I paid for it the next day. To my pleasant surprise, it was better for me than last year. I interviewed Leslie Fish (though I forgot to ask her how good a singer Isaac really was); later I attended a filk sing for the first time in over 20 years.

I also did my usual share of gaming: Do Move Say (a great game for a large group of kids or kids-at-heart); Chez Geek (I was the second-best slacker); Munchkin Zombies.

And, as usual, I spent too much money on stuff.

One thing I noticed about this year's Lunacon is that the costuming was better than it had been in years. I don't know what brought about the reversal, but this year the costumers really "brought it" in terms of quality of both costumes and ideas. Brava and bravo! I may amend this post later with a few pictures.

Alas, no Werewolves of Miller's Hollow for me this year. I was feeling poorly at about 9PM, and I knew that if I tried to join that game I'd be there until at least midnight. Maybe next year!
wgseligman: (Doctor Who)
Many of my friends are just getting into Doctor Who. This poses a problem for those of them who want become Doctor Who geeks. The newer series, started in 2005, makes frequent references to events and characters in the "classic" Doctor Who series that ran from 1963 to 1989.

Depending on how you count them, there are 157 serials in "20th-century" Doctor Who (it seems so strange to say that). Each serial typically ran between 4-6 half-hour episodes, which works out to roughly 400 hours; it's actually less than that, since many early serials were destroyed. That's a lot of time to invest on geekery, especially since some of those serials are pretty awful.

To ease my friends' entry into Doctor Who geekdom, I offer my list of the key episodes in the saga of the earlier series. Since the quality of the serial often does not correlate with its significance in the development of Doctor Who, I offer a rating of one to four stars for quality, along with the reason why I feel the serial is worth watching.

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wgseligman: (Doctor Who)
This is my name in Gallifreyan, as translated by this program.

William Seligman 1207

There's a "simplified" guide here.

Now you have something to look for as you watch episodes of Doctor Who.

My thanks to crave and YOZcreative for the links.
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
After many months of health challenges, I'm finally up to the point where I can think about working on Isaac's biography again.

The current challenge is the interviews. I've already blogged about the number of interviews I'd like to do. Another issue has come up: releases.

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
Today I received my copy of Deborah Lipp's memoirs, Merry Meet Again. Full disclosure: Deborah was one of my teachers, and we visit each other for rituals, tabletop games, etc.

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
My father's birthday is coming up, and he'd like to get himself a new phone. I'm doing the research to recommend a phone for him. I could use some advice. Here are the requirements:
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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
I'm hosting a small gaming party at my place to welcome in the new calendar year.

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Eclipse 2

Dec. 12th, 2012 07:33 pm
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
I discussed the board game Eclipse in a previous post. I did not anticipate how popular the game would be.

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Ring

Dec. 4th, 2012 09:58 am
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
Something unsettling happened to me yesterday, on my birthday.

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wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
As part of the research on Isaac Bonewits' biography, I'd hoped to be able to go to Pantheacon 2013.

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