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News and Announcements / Re: Slow Going...
« Last post by Chaosmark on September 15, 2014, 06:05:39 PM »
ngnix is pretty interesting. It's less resource-hungry compared to Apache, so that's a plus. Not sure how well it integrates with PHP though, and I know the .htaccess magic will have to get replaced with other handwaving, so that'll be a fun experience I'm sure.
News and Announcements / Re: Slow Going...
« Last post by Strolen on September 14, 2014, 07:14:23 AM »
Still in moving mode unfortunately.

Still in a hotel.

Finished the Wheel of Time series a bit ago. Started it when I went to Norway so devoured it. Ending was worth the wait. Definitely my favorite series ever, if only because of time invested and amount of times I read the first 5 books.

Pretty solid on using a laravel backend with angular as the frontend. If I am going to rewrite it then I am going all the way. AG mentioned ngix instead of apache for the server. Sounds like fun to me as well. :)

Yeah moving sucks. On top of that, my car that was shipped is one of the thousands missing or delayed: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/watchdog-hundreds-of-u-s-military-families-missing-vehicles-after-returning-from-overseas-106034.html

So hotel living sucks. Not having our car sucks (they are paying for a rental so I do have a car, but once I get mine...who knows what kind of damage it is going to have.)

BUT, we finally close on the house on Tuesday. Move in, taking a week off to paint and do a bunch of other work to include getting some new floors put in before we get our furniture. So the end is nigh!! Will be another month before I am settled enough to get back into any type of schedule, but soooooooooooooooooooooooooooon.

Then I will be ready for houseguests....or visiting Manhattan. ;)
News and Announcements / Re: Slow Going...
« Last post by Scrasamax on September 13, 2014, 05:44:59 PM »
Trading Tuscany for New Jersey... 

News and Announcements / Re: Slow Going...
« Last post by Murometz on September 12, 2014, 07:16:50 PM »
This is all very mysterious and exciting!! (Well, except the New Jersey part. That's mundane :P)

Soon, I will visit you!
Fields of Challenge / Re: Freetext Friday
« Last post by Dragonlordmax on September 12, 2014, 04:44:54 PM »
No? Well, let's try another. Swamp. Easy enough to make a location with that freetext, but can you make an NPC or Item or Plot that deserves the Swamp freetext?
Tomes and Illusions / Re: What books do you read?
« Last post by Murometz on September 12, 2014, 02:37:12 PM »
Murder as a Fine Art, by David Morrell--the guy who wrote First Blood (Rambo)

Fascinating Victorian gas-light historical fiction, featuring the controversial Thomas De Quincey. Couldn't put it down after reading the first paragraph. Finished in one night.

The Son, by Jo Nesbo

Not as mind-numbingly awesome as his Harry Hole series of books, but good.
Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Tell Me About Your Writing Station
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on September 12, 2014, 02:09:11 AM »
For me it is in my office, which is a place my wife has decorated, but in which I have introduced boyish manly props, to try to make the setting my own.

I am somewhat of a scatterbrain, so I will jump from this interest to that while trying to write. I will read the news, then watch some horror prank youtube clips, then I will get caught up in my Twitter stream, and try to catch up with what interests me in this world.

Then I will write some words, lose focus and wind up at Instagram, looking at all the nice pictures that people deem fit to upload. (I have to confess, their threshold of uploading pics is lower than mine).

By now I realize that I have to produce something, so I turn on classical and/or theatrical movie music for fantasy or sci-fi films. Then I start a typing, and I type and type for an hour or three. Then I get caught up in an interesting turn of events, and I -need- to make it grand, so I lock my workstation and leave my desk.

I go for a walk, for an hour or two, and I think about what I should write.

Then I return to the workstation with whatever ideas I got, and I write them down.

I used to be better at this process, and ten years ago my field trips would include me, whispering and cursing, preparing for my roleplaying session with high pitched shrieks and low grumbles.

Yes, I got a few odd stares back then... but it was fun.

Oh, and my preferred workstation is a 2 year old gamer PC. It has the most comfy setup, but I also have numerous laptops I could utilize. Currently my Asus Gamer's Republic laptop is my laptop of choice, except for watching movies, in which case I use a smaller Lenovo Yoga 2 Ideapad. Earlier I used a 13" Airbook, but it seems dated now.
Cavern of Inane Natter / Tell Me About Your Writing Station
« Last post by Scrasamax on September 11, 2014, 11:26:07 PM »
Tell me a little about your writing station, simple enough.

For me, it's a laptop, sitting on the sofa, typically with a cat over my shoulder (I have 4 cats, they take turns)

I like ambient background noise, and for that my typical go to is www.coffitivity.com/. It's generic and it's free. Alternately I have Sirius XM satellite Radio through my cable TV provider and will listen to Octane (new hard rock) Lithium (90s, Alt, and Grunge) or if I'm feeling distracted, XMU Coffeehouse (crappy acoustic versions of popular songs, you must be listening to Coffeehouse!)

I also have a google window open to a stop watch, which helps me keep my focus, I can better pay attention to when I go off task, looking for some information on Wikipedia, or doing reference research, or just looking at boobs and cat pictures.

I also have one of those wax scent diffusers with the light bulb in it (see 4 cats comment) and currently I am running honeysuckle and lemon citrus wax in it.

Morning writing sessions have coffee, evening writing sessions have beer, and I alternate between PBR and craft brew (you can't really appreciate steak if you don't eat some bologna from time to time)
Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Liquor, et alia
« Last post by Scrasamax on September 11, 2014, 11:15:13 PM »
Ahhhhh, scotch.

You most certainly want to get a quality single-malt, being that your friend is a professed imbiber of the amber nectar. Bushmills is certainly out. By the way, Bushmills is from Northern Ireland, and often disrespected by the Irish. Jameson's would be the go-to whiskey for an Irish pal. But I greatly digress...

May I recommend 2 scotches? The first is Ardbheg. Quality without breaking the bank. You want to get at least a 12 yr old one by the by. Another winner is Laphroaig, made from smoked peat. An acquired taste for sure, but distinct and impressive to Scotch drinkers. Here, you want to go for a 12 or 16 yr old bottle, as opposed to the standard 10 yr old.

In conclusion, a nicely aged Ardbheg or Laphroaig will set you back anywhere from $60-$80. But hey, it's a wedding and the recepient is a connoisseur.

I could go on...

I'll second the recommendation for Laphroaig, I'm not a scotch drinker personally, but I bought my father in law a bottle of the 10 Year (I think) and it set me back about $60, but he said it was the best scotch he had ever had, and very much enjoyed it. (My wife routinely gets him Speyburn or McClellans for Xmas, but after he bought me a rifle for my birthday, I stepped in and went with a better scotch)
Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Liquor, et alia
« Last post by Dozus on September 11, 2014, 06:11:50 PM »
I shall endeavor to use the word "crabbit" at least once daily.

I don't know precisely what my friend drinks, but I suspect an Islay like Laphroaig would be up his alley. I'll have to see what the ABC has in stock.

I like both Bushmills and Jameson, and I'll take either when given the opportunity. Which reminds me of an Irish anecdote! My brother went to Ireland on a business trip last year. When he asked me what kind of souvenir I wanted, I naturally suggested a native Irish liquor. In my research to narrow down the selection, I came across a few articles about poitin. Intrigued, I asked my brother to track some down. He said the conversation went like this:
BROTHER: Do you know where I can get some poitin?
IRISHMAN: ...Yeah.
BROTHER: ...What?
IRISHMAN: You know it's illegal, right?
BROTHER: Oh? How illegal?
IRISHMAN: I don't think you'd make it home.
So he got me a hat and a bottle of Paddy's.
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