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Had a great weekend of games, chores and beer.

On Friday night we played Caverna with +Mike G , +Angela Gruber and +Dave Lockstead. Caverna was an interesting variant of Agricola. Mike also introduced me to the Phillips Super Cooper Anniversary Ale, a wonderfully strong scotch ale. Mike had also picked up the Castles and Crusades Castle Keepers Guide for me at GenCon earlier in the month.

On Saturday, I got rid of a wasp nest, cleaned bathrooms and windows, and cleaned our barbecue. In the evening, +Patrick Craib came over and we played Istanbul and Qwirkle. Pat introduced me to the Howe Sound Super Jupiter Grapefruit ISA and we also tried a Doan's Rye IPA. (Yes, that's two super beer in one weekend).

This morning, instead of our regular HackMaster RPG, +Chris Williams , Stacey Armstrong, +Nevin Thompson and I played some King of Tokyo and then Imperial 2030. After that, I came home to visit with +Robert Schultz, +Mandy Ostick and kids. We also fit in a game of Bocce, and tried out the NoLi Inland Empire No. 8 Session IPA.

The Shultz's got us a wonderful mug from Vulcan, Alberta for a belated anniversary gift.

Life is good. 
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I went out and picked up King of Tokyo the very next day and taught my kids how to play.  And yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter chose to play KoT with me INSTEAD OF WATCHING TV.  True story. 
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More awesome music from my son...
 
Check out the soundtrack I composed for the indie visual novel "Cerulean"!

You can listen to the soundtrack here: https://sebwoodland.bandcamp.com/…/cerulean-original-soundt…

You can view the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFgTns3Ymas

You can download the game here (for mac, windows, and linux): http://laniessa.itch.io/cerulean
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Good video. Makes me emotional. 
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Our HackMaster group grew on Sunday, when Brendol Torist (a first level fighter and son of a baron) lay down his sword in service of +Bayden Woodland's character, Galwyn, during the court proceeding that was starting to turn against the characters.

Now the party are escorting three dwarven traders and their wagonload of goods back to their home high in the Legasa mountains. 
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I’ve never found adventures that included minis; it definitely adds value to the buy! If +David Kenzer & Company decide to do that for their future adventure, they sure could expect increased sales, and maybe finally start shipping their stuff to Europe too.
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Another run. Yay!
Distance: 3.57km, time: 26:03, pace: 7:17min/km, speed: 8.23km/h.
http://mapmyrun.com/workout/1111021389
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Yes! I got out for a run again.

Distance: 3.91km, time: 25:31, pace: 6:32min/km, speed: 9.19km/h.
http://mapmyrun.com/workout/1102798155
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Finished my Reaper dwarf.
 
Bofort Blackwater, dwarven fighter-thief, is now ready for our next HackMaster session. +Chris Williams thinks this means his character will die now.
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Decided I was going to learn the piano intro to Saga's Images (Part 1). Then I found this video and realized I need a lot more hands.
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Interesting tech history.
 
On this day:
At 17th August of 1982, in Langenhagen near Hanover, Germany began the first mass production of the compact disc. The first title released was ABBA's 'The Visitors'.

A Compact Disc (or CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. The CD, available on the market since late 1982, remains the standard playback medium for commercial audio recordings to the present day. A standard audio CD consists of from one to 99 stereo tracks stored using 16-bit PCM coding at a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz per channel. Early CDs could hold 74 minutes of stereo sound; 80 minute CDs are now common.

Standard CDs have a diameter of 120 mm and can hold up to 80 minutes of audio. There are also 80 mm discs, sometimes used for CD singles, which can store up to 24 minutes of audio. The technology was later adapted and expanded to include data storage (CD-ROM), write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW), SACD, VCD, SVCD, PhotoCD, PictureCD, CD-i, and Enhanced CD.

CD-ROMs and CD-Rs remain widely used technologies in the computer industry. The CD and its extensions have been extremely successful: in 2004, worldwide sales of CD audio, CD-ROM, and CD-R reached about 30 billion discs. By 2007, 200 billion CDs had been sold worldwide.

It was way back in 1974 when a project kickstarted from within the audio industry group at Philips in the Netherlands. The premise was to develop an optical audio disc with superior sound to that of the incumbent vinyl format, and coming in at 20cm, the initial dabblings were far chunkier than the products that eventually went to market.

Fast forward three years to 1977, and the group established a lab with the sole mission of building CDs and players – they opted for the name ‘Compact Disc’ because it was in line with another Philips offering, the compact cassette. Oh, and it was also sheared by 8.5cm in diameter, with the new discs offering awesome audio packed in to a mere 11.5cm.

In 1979, Sony and Philips Consumer Electronics set up a joint task force of engineers to design a new digital audio disc. The task force, led by prominent members Kees Immink and Toshitada Doi, progressed the research into laser technology and optical discs that had been started by Philips in 1977. 

After a year of experimentation and discussion, the taskforce produced the Red Book, the Compact Disc standard. Philips contributed the general manufacturing process, based on video LaserDisc technology. Philips also contributed Eight-to-Fourteen Modulation (EFM), which offers both a long playing time and a high resilience against disc defects such as scratches and fingerprints, while Sony contributed the error-correction method, CIRC. 

The first Compact Disc for commercial release rolled off the assembly line on August 17, 1982, at a Philips factory in Langenhagen, near Hanover, Germany. The first title released was ABBA's The Visitors (1981). CDs and Sony's CD player CDP-101 reached the market on October 1, 1982 in Japan, and early the following year in the United States and other markets. Sony’s player, which retailed for about $674 at 1982 exchange rates (that’s roughly $1609 in 2015 dollars), launched alongside a group of 50 classical and pop CDs published by CBS Records. 

Names like Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert shared the bill with more modern artists such as Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, and Journey. Each disc cost $14 or $15.25 apiece (about $33 to $36 in 2015 dollars), with the classical discs on the high end. This event is often seen as the "Big Bang" of the digital audio revolution. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The new audio disc was enthusiastically received, especially in the early-adopting classical music and audiophile communities and its handling quality received particular praise. As the price of players sank rapidly, the CD began to gain popularity in the larger popular and rock music markets. The first artist to sell a million copies on CD was Dire Straits, with their 1985 album 'Brothers in Arms.'

The CD was originally thought of as an evolution of the gramophone record, rather than primarily as a data storage medium. Only later did the concept of an "audio file" arise, and the generalising of this to any data file. From its origins as a music format, Compact Disc has grown to encompass other applications. In June 1985, the CD-ROM (read-only memory) and, in 1990, CD-Recordable were introduced, also developed by Sony and Philips.

By the early 2000s, the CD player had largely replaced the audio cassette player as standard equipment in new automobiles, with 2010 being the final model year for any car in the US to have a factory-equipped cassette player. With the increasing popularity of portable digital audio players and solid state music storage, CD players are being phased out of automobiles in favour of minijack auxiliary inputs and connections to USB devices.

What does the future hold for CDs ? Well, they’re on their way out for sure if we’re to believe recent stats, though there may still be a little life left in them yet. CDs are increasingly being replaced by other forms of digital storage and distribution, with the result that audio CD sales rates in the U.S. have dropped about 50% from their peak; however, they remain one of the primary distribution methods for the music industry.

Interestingly, however, Vinyl album sales went through the roof (relatively speaking), with 3.9 million records sold in the US, compared to 2.8 million the previous year. 

#CD   #CompactDisc
#Oldschool   #Retro
#Vintage    #TheGoodOldDays
#Onthisday   #DataStorageFormat  
#80sMemories   #OpticalDisc
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Our HackMaster group grew on Sunday, when Brendol Torist (a first level fighter and son of a baron) lay down his sword in service of +Bayden Woodland's character, Galwyn, during the court proceeding that was starting to turn against the characters.

Now the party are escorting three dwarven traders and their wagonload of goods back to their home high in the Legasa mountains. 
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So excited! !
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This was the shelving crash from our anniversary party. The shelf just decided to jump off the wall, with several bottles of wine, vodka, tripple sec and our coffee maker and mix master.

Only two bottles of wine and our coffee maker didn't survive. 
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Happy 10th anniversary sweetie! 

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It was an awesome day. Though it was close to 30 degrees that day. It was so laid back and fun.
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"If you don't get at it, when you get to it, you won't get to it 'till you get at it again."
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I grew up in, and live in the west coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island. I have always had a great desire to create things, and a lifelong love of technology. 

I am not always an early adopter of technology, but have spent over 20 years designing, building, and supporting computer networks as my primary career.

I love music and taught myself synthesizer programming in the early 80's. I can chord my way through a song on keyboards, play bass reasonably well, and am working on my singing.

I have had a love of games since as far back as I can remember and was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons in 1979. I've enjoyed traditional roleplaying games ever since. My first published gaming books came out in 2011: Darwin's World for the Savage Worlds rules system (a conversion of the original d20 setting)
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Married twice, four kids, two cats. Built a recording studio in my garage (including the garage). Made LavaLand (see links). Won Geek & Sundry's Tabletop Wired Geekdad Video Contest (See links).
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