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Mike Doughty: The Experience 

Seriously, it was an experience. Thirty or so people, sitting on the floor around a small room in the ready room of a recording studio. Mike Doughty sits just right there on a padded piano bench and rips out tunes on his acoustic guitar.

Between a small set of songs, he asks for questions and we chime in. You can tell he's a little cool at first, not having a feel for all of us in such close quarters. But after those questions, it started to roll out. It was both a show and a conversation, and I have mad respect for his art. You can feel his fervent investment into that art, too. He treats it both like a job and a hobby. The sweat of discipline with the joy of your passion reflected back to you from all of us.

It was a good night. After he warmed up, that conversation was lovely and personal. He's a genuine guy who sees no reason to pollute what he loves by simply "cashing in" on it.

I never expect to have an experience like that again. I hope for it, but don't expect. Even buying the audio copy of the moment seems pale, but I'll take what I can get.

And, thank you +BriAnna McKissen, for taking me along to see one of your favorite people perform. :*

http://www.mikedoughty.com/
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Right between your earlobes, darling; that's where culture grows.

Going off the beaten path with some 80's and 90's that I grew up with. +Thomas Dolby is a genius in his own right. This is the song that I'm listening on repeat right now. Well, I lied, it's with Cloud Burst on Shingle Street, Windpower, and Airwaves.

God, I remember Airwaves haunting me.

Thomas, you are loved. I'll make sure the next generation has a taste for it, too. :)
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Silah's childlike chaos comes to the front again. Being cooped up does that to her. They get to Dowry and look for the others, while running into Nida and being introduced to the venerable Mr. Fang. Hakaar's ignorance gets the best of him.

There's one more chronicle forthcoming that should cover the latest sessions.
We had a late start, missing the first patrol out. A bleary eyed Duncan came to see us off, wishing us well. We both had stayed up far too late, spinning tales, until, eventually, Silah and Amalia had shown up, bringing bucke...
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BLEEEARY

When you start to get used to not sleeping, your body thinks, "Hey, you don't need to sleep that long." After a while, you're down to 6, maybe 7, hours a night and your body refuses to sleep in. It's about then that you wonder why you're waking up tired and dragging yourself all over the place by your sheer force of will.

And, seriously, willpower can only do so much to overcome sleep deficit. I think I'm just about to hit that barrier. And, yes, I believe in sleep deficit. Belief doesn't make it real, but it sure makes it real to me.
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I'm always more terrified of success than of failure.
Failure is easy.
Success actually means work.
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Success is hard because it requires countless failures.
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So, hey, is it just me or... has the entire social networking structure gone into a lull? Perhaps I need to start digging through circles of interesting people again to get my daily feed a bit more lively.
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+The Wrath of Kahn - Well, good. Then it's not related. :)

The Internet just sucks. :D
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Woke up to my kids marathoning Avatar: The Last Airbender. So, I plopped down and joined them. This is such a great... great series.
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Legend of Korra is ... more advanced in some ways, but I feel like The Last Airbender itself is a deeper, more substantial plot than the ... somewhat random, seasonal arcs than Korra has.

It's a different storytelling method and... honestly, a more mature kind of story. Heh, if that wasn't obvious.

Though, the advancing of the world and the blending of abilities is very interesting, the ... anthropological changes are what fascinate me most. I'm most curious how things will go forward now that the ties to the past have been cut.

Heh, I have to remind myself it's a cartoon. The bending abilities as well as the mastery of different fighting styles gives it a solid base with mad role playing game potential. :)
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Oh, hey, imposing, nondescript buildings on the horizon.

That's the Bluffdale "all your metadata belong to us" project. You get a great view of it while golfing at Thanksgiving Point.

Wee!
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Hah! And here I was... minding my own business. :D
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Shadows of the Past

Hakaar decompresses after the fight and Duncan steps up with some advice. They continue Hakaar's training. Hakaar gives Duncan some company while her mulls on his own demons.

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So, it's been a while. I got a bit overwhelmed and needed to take a short break, which, thankfully, coincided with holiday interruptions with our regularly scheduled game.
I sat on an available bench, feeling numb. The yard was bustling at Kellas House. The previous casual traffic had turned tense since the engagement and became a trigger for exodus. Traffic ebbed and flowed around me as I look...
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Happy Fodder's Day

The day started off early with my kids and I taming a triceratops. (In ARK: Survival Evolved.) It moved on to making breakfast for the whole family including +BriAnna McKissen​'s dad and sister. And, after playing video games for hours, made dinner and a beautiful raspberry lemonade vodka.

Now, the evening is complete!

And to prove how awesome my kids are, here are the presents they gave me!
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I'm sure I've offended someone's culture in here somewhere. Spam, egg, and cheese on naan. And, to make it even more offensive, I slathered mayo in there to keep it all together.
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If you fry spam for a bit, it's ... actually pretty good, but not alone. It needs friends. And cheese and egg are great friends. :D
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I think my profile pic change was a very, very bad idea. And, yes, this whole haircut and shave was done on a bet.
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I don't know what I'm trying to accomplish here. But that last one was just too god awful.
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I'm a do-it-yourselfer, writer, problem solver, recovering Pirate, avid technologist, and a seeker of wonder... whatever that may be. I'm at the mercy of whimsy.

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