Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Helgafell

Near town, but like being on a different planet. We went Thursday to one hike and little climb. We went back Saturday for a climb across the way.  On Sunday, we stopped by to picnic at the trail head on the way to the airport.  I guess you could say this is our place.










Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Punksafn




Friday the 13th - April 2018

Jamming a bit with the proprietor at The Icelandic Punk Rock Museum.

Not posting a bunch of pics because it needs to be experienced.  It's not huge, but all of the space is used.  Once upon a time it was a public toilet, now it is not. The conversion to a museum was done without losing the notion of the space's history. 





Monday, April 16, 2018

Iceland for Spring Break

This is a short and sweet photo collection and notes about some of the trip I took to Iceland the past week.



Jamming with the proprietor at The Iceland Punk Rock Museum


Hotel room view of the marina


The Phallological Museum


View from Helgafell 


PBJs in the rain on Helgafell


Hofdi House


The fish and chips live up to the rep


Catholic church soccer pitch


The proprietor of the Punk Rock Museum


Iceland National Soccer Stadium


View from not the Space Needle


View of Helgafell from nearby peak

Monday, April 09, 2018

Grand Prix Seattle


Grand Prix Seattle
Standard Main Event
Magic The Gathering
Channel Fireball
WSCTC - Seattle, WA 
April 7, 2018

I decided to sign up and play in a Standard Main Event with an aggro G/W cat tribal deck.  Realistically, it was not likely to do well.  I hoped to not go 0-8 and mostly wanted to win at least two rounds, because trying to put together a good standard deck and the money involved with all the banhammer stuff this year regarding energy and whatnot gave me the thought that playing something no one else would be playing might give me an edge in a lot of game ones.


In the end ... 1-7 with the win coming in the first round and then 7 consecutive brutal losses, mostly in third games when I often had a win condition and still lost.  No one was playing what I was playing and my deck generated a lot of conversations.  I am glad I played.  I am glad I worked at this deck.  It does have a GP win.  But winning that first round match made the long hours of constantly coming close and getting eliminated from making the second day kind of harsh. 

I really learned a lot about the game and this deck though.  My sideboard approach became much more strategic, although there were a number of cards in the sideboard that never seemed right to bring in. I made plays that caught players by surprise with this deck.  The testing I did on Thursday in the Turbo section helped me a bit there too.  Winning a lot of first games is nice, but not winning those game threes is brutal when it keeps happening even when you prepared for it.  Not getting that second win was actually surprising because it just seemed so close so often. Playing that third game in round four was essentially a $10k game to stay alive and it meant I had to decide to keep playing four more rounds for pride and points or not.  Not winning does not mean that was the wrong choice.


Place 1369/1502

Submitted Decklist:

4 Adorned Pouncer
4 Metallic Mimic
4 Pride Sovereign
3 Prowling Serpopard
4 Regal Caracal
4 Sacred Cat
2 Watchers of the Dead
1 Huatli, Radiant Champion
2 Anointed Procession
4 Blossoming Defense
1 Enter the Unknown
2 Heroic Intervention
1 Path of Discovery
1 Radiant Destiny
1 Shapers' Sanctuary
5 Forest
9 Plains
4 Scattered Groves
4 Sunpetal Grove

Sideboard:
2 Anointed Procession
3 Appeal // Authority
1 Gideon of the Trials
1 Gideon, Martial Paragon
2 Mirage Mirror
1 Oath of Ajani
1 Oketra's Monument
1 Rhonas's Monument
1 Vanquisher's Banner
2 Watchers of the Dead


I have now played in two Grand Prix Main Events in the past year in Las Vegas and Seattle.  The Las Vegas was Standard Limited Sealed and Seattle was Standard Constructed.  The two promo cards for entrance are above.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Training 2018


Road Trip Begins


Peoria Sports Complex Day One


Game One Seats


Cactus


Peoria Sports Complex Day Two


Ms 7 Angels 0 Saturday 3-17-18


Ms 3 Indians 16 Sunday 3-18-18


Driving Tour


One of my three holes in one


Just because it's us


Thursday, March 15, 2018

ECCC 2018

Emerald City Comic Con
March 1-4, 2018


Working cons is work, but so worth it.


Friday, February 23, 2018

His name is ...

Hamilton
Feb 22, 2018
Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA






Reign FC training in the snow

Covering the NWSL, Reign FC, and women's soccer for ProstAmerika.com and Radio Cascadia has been a great gig. With training camp opening and off from school, I took the opportunity to attend training February 22 and caught these amazing snow training images. It took me back to coaching at WSU in 1994 when we had an important match in the snow against OSU on Halloween and won.





Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Funny Subbing Stories - it has been a while

I used to post a bunch of these, but with Twitter it is sort of tough to get to the blog when I can just tweet out little things. Here is one that is worth more than a tweet.

However, not that very long ago I was in a middle school.  During attendance I said a name and got one long and very loud fart as a response.

Part of me was amused.

One of the kids called out the kid we will call C.  "Did you drink milk again?" The student asked the other.  Giggling.  "Dude, don't do that, you know you are not supposed to."  More giggling.

At this point, it was hard to not laugh, even though I was at least in part annoyed.  The student in question was really lactose intolerant and would fart like a maniac all morning if he had dairy.  So, when he saw there was a sub, he intentionally went to the lunch room and got a milk, even though the lunch ladies were supposed to not let him, so he could load up on the gas and just rip farts all morning.  Apparently, until about third period there would be this loud rip every several minutes followed by some giggling.

I almost admired his dedication.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Reading List 2017

The 2017 reading list 

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson
The Calvin and Hobbes Guide to Daily Life by Robin Banks
The Hole Behind Midnight: A Story of the 25th Hour by Clinton J. Boomer
City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales by Gigi Little (Editor)
100 Good Deeds by Jonathan Calleri
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy by NPS/USDI
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
A Small Magic by Devon Monk
Royden Poole's Field Guide to the 25th Hour by Clinton J. Boomer
Aether Revolt Player's Guide
Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes
Ballroom Blitz by Veronica Schanoes
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Henry Edwards
Stoya X Team Rockstar
Tron
by Brian Daley
Building A Monarchy: Sketchbook by Brian Steelfreeze
Dungeons After Dark: A Coloring Book For Adults by Cori Redford
Imagine Agents by Brian Joines & Bachan
Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti
How to Fight a Bear ... And Win: & 72 Other Real Survival Tips We Hope You'll never Need by The Bathroom Readers Institute
Grrl Scouts Volume 1 by Jim Mahfood
Grrl Scouts Volume 2: Work Sucks by Jim Mahfood
How I Became Stupid by Martin Page
Dead Trees Give No Shelter by Wil Wheaton
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Among The Thorns by Veronica Schanoes
Harrow County Volume 1: Countless Haints by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook
Amonkhet Player's Guide
1990: Seattle's Music Scene Distorts As 80's Glam Goes 90's Grunge by Michael Edward Browning
Gods and Ends by Devon Monk
A Dead Djinn In Cairo by P. Djeli Clark
Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hil & Gabriel Rodriguez
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Comey Statement
Alys by Kiri Callaghan
The Collapsing Empire by Jon Scalzi
Return To Ravnica: The Secretist, Part One by Doug Beyer
Gatecrash: The Secretist, Part Two by Doug Beyer
Dragon's Maze: The Secretist, Part Three by Doug Beyer
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
Deep Think: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov
The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
Dreams in Shadow: 17 Tales by various
Hour of Devastation Player's Guide
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Armada by Ernest Cline
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Alice Cooper, Golf Monster by Alice Cooper (with Keith and Kent Zimmerman)
Pope Letter
Girl Genius Vol 2 Num 1 by Phil & Kaja Foglio
City of Death by Douglas Adams and James Goss
Rock Candy: An Ordinary Magic Story by Devon Monk
Girl Genius Vol 2 Num 2 by Phil & Kaja Foglio
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Planet Hulk
Silk V1
Diesel v1
Ixalan Player's Guide
It Devours1 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
The Runaways v1
Arrival by Ted Chiang
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Time Travel Dinosaur by Matt Youngmark
What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson
Bonfire by Krystin Ritter
Artemis by Andy Weir
Endurance by Scott Kelly
The Jedi Pat
Paper Stars by Devon Monk
Lore by Aaron Mahnke
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age V1 by Charles Mouton
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
Reykjavik Pocket Rough Guide
Fischer vs. Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century by Svetozar Gligoric

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ephemera 2017

This is the ShotgunProse annual CDO list of things I did in order to reference later.  It is a weird thing I do, but being able to have these lists is worth it from time to time.

Cinema
Sherlock (Season 4 Premiere) 1-1 Central Cinema
Underworld: Blood Wars
Moulin Rouge 2-14 Central Cinema
Logan
Firefly 3-10 Central Cinema
Moana
Doctor Who Season 10 Premiere 4-17
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 (w/GotG as double feature) 5-4
Wonder Woman
Spider-Man: Homecoming
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Atomic Blonde
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Thor Ragnarok
Justice League
Victoria & Abdul
Star WarsEpisode 8: The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water

Interesting Things
Women's March on Seattle 1-21
PAX South Jan 26-31 San Antonio (Viking Guitar Live 1-28)
EVOLVE 76 1-27 Woodlawn Lake Park Gym
Ace Frehley 2-11 The Neptune
Katya Kabanova (Dress Rehearsal) 2-22 McCaw Hall
ECCC March 2-5 WSCTC (Alice Cooper)
Sounds Of Silence 3-25 WHS Theatre
Neil Gaiman 4-2 Benaroya Hall (w/Jason Webley)
Mariners 2 Rangers 1 4-14 Safeco Field
Jason Webley (w/Pepper Proud & Chris Poage) 4-21 Fremont Abbey
Robert J. Sternberg, Ph.D: Defying Convention: Understanding the Creative Mind 4-24 Kane Hall
Chris Cornell Memorial 5-18 KEXP
The Davanos 5-28 LRH
Mountlake Terrace Elementary Reunion 6-9
Wordburglar & Kirby Krackle 6-9 Subspace Comics
GP Las Vegas Limited Sealed Event 6-16 Las Vegas Convention Center (1303/2695)
BAZ Star Crossed Lovers 6-17 The Palazzo Theatre
The Swains 7-14 LRH
Dita: The Art of the Teese 7-23 Moore Theatre
PAX West 9/1-4 (Polaris Party 9/2 Crocodile)
PAX Dev 8-29/30 Westin
Epica - Lacuna Coil - Insomnium - Elantris 9-11 Showbox
Book Signing Resurgence 9-12 UW
Bob's Corn Maze 10-16
Jet City Comic Show 11-5/6 Tacoma Convention Center
Krysten Ritter 11-15 UW Bookstore
Scott Kelly 11-16 UW Bookstore
Grilled Cheese 11-18 Magnuson Park
Space Time (Marian Call and guests including Molly Lewis) 11-19 Jewelbox Theatre
Bill Murray 11-29 McCaw Hall
WPZ Wildlights 12-6
First Thursday Art Walk 12-7
Podcon 12-9/10 WSCTC (WTNV/Lore/Vlog Bros/Alice Isn't Dead/etc ...)
Child's Play Charity Auction 12-14 Meydenbauer Center
Sugarplum Gary 12-23 18th & Union
Oregon Zoo Zoo Lights 12-30

Seattle Reign
2017 Kit Unveil 4-11 WAC
SRFC 3 UW 0 / 4-8 Husky Soccer Stadium
SRFC 1 SBFC 1 / 4-15 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 5 HOU 1 / 4-22 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 6 WASH 2 / 5-13 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 ORL 1 / 5-21 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 FCKC 1 / 6-24 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 2 CHI 1 / 6-28 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 2 PTFC 0 / 7-1 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 BOS 1 / 7-15 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 5 SBFC 4 / 7-22 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 NCC 2 / 8-13 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 PTFC 2 / 8-26 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 0 FCKC 1 / 9-24 Memorial Stadium

Soccer
USWNT 0 Australia 1 / 7-27 CLink
SSFC 1 PTFC 1 / 8-27 CLink
SSFC 3 VWFC 0 / 9-27 CLink

Randoma
Hashtag Bookclub at Subspace Comics
Seattle Saberfit
MTG PPTQ & tournaments
Tango classes at Belltown Dance Studio
Vertical World FT 6-12
Hamilton at Evergreen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The PODCON Experience

It has been some time since I attended a con with an attendee badge and did not work in any way on the event.

I had contributed to the Indiegogo campaign, ended up not doing the volunteer app, and got into the autograph lottery for Lore. 

The stuff I looked forward to was what I had hoped for and the new things I sampled and made notes to follow up on will give me interesting stuff to explore.

This was a great experience.  I felt like the vibe or feel was good.  Whether the measurable financial metrics for PodCon work out for there to be a second is not up to me, but for a first year event I felt it was really solid. When the recordings come out I look forward to revisiting some things I attended and checking out everything I missed.


SATURDAY
DAY 1

Getting ready for the PodCon Opening Show

Attendee badge

Hal Lublin and Meg Bashwiner host the PodCon Opening Show

The Five Founders of PodCon

An intro of various folks from various podcasts of note

Julian Koster sings

Lore live with Aaron Mahnke and Chad Lawson

getting my Lore book signed by Aaron Mahnke

getting my Lore book signed by Aaron Mahnke

with Aaron Mahnke

Welcome to Night Vale Q & A

Indiegogo contributors like me

Voice acting workshop with Cecil and Meg

SUNDAY 
DAY 2

They used chairs for autograph lines and I took notes

How to Create Straight Characters

Everybody Has a Podcast with Hank Green, John Green, Casper ter Keile, Drew Ackerman, Francesa Ramsey, and Patrick Kondas

Alice Isn't Dead live with Jasika Nicole and Disparition 

Serial Fiction Storytelling with Hal Lublin, Julian Koster, Paul Bae, Joseph Fink, Brie Williams, and Lauren Shippen

Gaby Dunn and Symphony Sanders host the PodCon Closing Show

Disparition

Dylan Marron

John Green

Ashley Ahearn and Hank Green

Hal Lublin's Battle World

Aparna Nancheria

The Five Founders close it out

Seeding 52 Geek Pickup