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Public Service Announcement for Gamers

I’ve received and confirmed reports that, in response to WoTC’s decision to pull all .pdf distributions — an action they claim that they are taking in response to bootleg versions being available through file sharing — WhiteWolf games is offering the complete edition of Exalted version 2 for free download through DriveThroughRPG, www.DriveThroughRPG.com. Additionally, if you use the code “wwlovesyou” there is a 10% discount.

This sale is expected to last through April 12.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Wild Weekend Coming Up

This coming weekend will be a bit wild — especially for Derrick.

Friday we will need to get up about normally (for Derrick and I, late actually for robot_grrl) to catch the train to Anaheim. The return train schedule will result in Derrick getting to bed on Friday either late, very late or very very late.

This weekend, our church — New Venture Christian Fellowship — will be hosting a large sunrise Easter service at the Oceanside Amphitheater. We volunteered to help, and were assigned to the balloon crew. It turns out that the balloon crew meets on Saturday night at 7:00 to build a number of balloon arches. So, Derrick will be up late again on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, I think we’ll want to go to the service at the amphitheater at 7:30 instead of the one at the church at 10:30. So he’ll have to get up fairly early on Sunday.

The bottom line is that he better sleep in on Saturday, take a nap on Sunday and then sleep in on Monday when Tara is off because New Venture school is closed and doesn’t have extended care.

Good Friday Plans

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Derrick would not have extended care at his school on Friday due to Good Friday — not too surprising since the church will be holding a service at noon, and preparing for a major service at the Oceanside Amphitheater on Sunday. Since they also won’t have extended care next Monday, robot_grrl and I originally planed to split the days off, and I got Friday off as my “personal holiday” (a.k.a. extra day of vacation).

Last week, as she was noticing that the workload at the hospital has been lower recently, Tara thought it might be nice if she could also take Friday off, and we could take advantage and go up to Disneyland to use half of our two-fer tickets — starting the clock on the other half. This morning she confirmed that she can take off.

So I went out and got tickets on the Surfliner (Amtrak) to Anaheim, and got assurance from the Anaheim Resort Transit people that we’ll be able to get to Disneyland. So, our plans for Friday are set: Get up more or less normally, catch the Sprinter 30 minutes earlier than I normally do — or alternately get up a bit earlier and catch it an hour earlier than normal, or drive to the Oceanside Transit Center — and then take the big train to Anaheim and spend the day at Disneyland. I got a later return than I should have, so Derrick WILL sleep in on Saturday since he’ll be up way past his bedtime. But I think we’ll have fun.

I just hope that the crowds are too bad given that it is a holiday for some not insignificant percentage of the population.

What My Employeer is up to

My employer has some interesting projects up their sleeves. One I hadn’t heard of until it was announced today.
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On Jokes and Hoaxes

As today has already proven, the best hoaxes and April Fool jokes are the ones that have a grain of truth, or at least plausibility.

For example, on one mailing list I’m on, there was a serious discussion started by The Guardian‘s joke about going to an all Twitter electronic format. While I don’t know if anyone in the discussion was actually taken in, the combination of traditional newspapers going to all electronic formats (q.v. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and people preferring “newsbites” to real news, this story seemed plausible enough to discuss. kevin-standlee points out here that someone’s joke about Bay Area transportation improvements had some better suggestions than some of what is actually being discussed.

However, there is a danger hoaxes that sound good, and this danger is higher on the other 364.25 days of the year. That danger is that people will fall for the hoax and be upset when they learn that it was a hoax, and not just because they were hoaxed.

Several years ago, the list of programs for Capricon was published with the “Lake Wobegon” room track — originally the “Phineas Taylor B” room track, or so I’ve been told. One of the panels listed there, but without a room yet, was a discussion on Cordwainer Smith and his work that sounded very interesting. Both robot_grrl and I were considering going to it until we got the program with rooms and found that it was in Lake Wobegon, which disappointed both of us.