I Am A Walking Electronics Curse.

I have a history of breaking electronic devices.  Not physically breaking them, though it's miraculous I haven't broken more console controllers in my years of video game tantrums, but somehow breaking them on a software level.  Electronic devices just stop working for me. It's not like I'm fiddling about with advanced settings or poking around in raw code.  I don't touch that stuff (though I did once when I was a teenager and internally mangled a brand new computer).  The only things in ...

Back to life, back to reality.

I had fun in the woods, but then it was time to come home and prepare for FanExpo Boston.  I had fun at FanExpo Boston, despite conventions being "work weekends" for me and doing the show all by myself, but then it was time to get back into the usual routine.  At least until DragonCon at the end of this month. Getting back into the swing of your old routine is hard, especially after a summer vacation.  I hadn't taken a vacation in a year's time, so I'd forgotten what it was like to have to...

Out of the woods, into the convention.

I had an amazing time camping out in the woods with Garth, my wife, and several of our friends.  I had adventures I wouldn't have had anywhere else.  I made new friends.  I played music in drum circles and became the soundtrack for nights of revelry and dancing.  I sang songs around campfires.  I bought unique, handmade goods and spices from local vendors.  I reconnected with nature and recharged my batteries.  And when it was time for us to come home (though Garth and many of them are st...

My turn for a vacation!

I said in Tuesday's blog that my wife has been gone on a much-deserved vacation with her extended family, while I've been home with our son because his summer preschool program has been a big help for him.  It's been a long week of solo parenthood.  I don't know how single parents do this every single week of every single year.  They're made of stronger stuff than I am.  But I also said I haven't had a vacation of my own this summer, and wondered if I would get one at all. Spoiler alert!...

All by myself, except not at all.

My wife is on a much-needed and much-deserved vacation this week.  She's out with her extended family at their annual vacation spot, with all her worries behind her.  I, on the other hand, am home with our toddler son for the duration of her trip.  That may sound a little "woe is me," but this was my idea. Our son has been going to an early-intervention preschool, and the results have been phenomenal.  When the school year ended we opted to enroll him in their summer program.  We wanted ...

No Man's Sky? No, it's mine! MINE!

Yeah, I've been playing No Man's Sky since Tuesday.  I had bought it for PC when it was originally released two years ago, but I always wanted to play it on a console.  When it became available for my XBox with the No Man's Sky: Next update, I bought it all over again.  I enjoyed the game when it was first released, and I wondered what it would feel like to return to those distant stars. This game still feels amazing, wondrous, and vast to me.  No Man's Sky feels like an entirely...

My "two" sons, Leto and That Three-Year-Old.

My son has reached an age where he has become two separate children living in the same body.  This was a phenomenon I was warned about, and I thought I was prepared for.  But, like with so many things concerning parenthood, the reality of the situation is more challenging than I anticipated. Most of the time, my son is a pleasant little guy.  He's happy, vocal, likes to play, and loves to laugh.  He enjoys new experiences and having adventures.  The kids at preschool seem to really like ...

I can't wait for No Man's Sky again!

I bought No Man's Sky when it was initially released and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was, for me, exactly what it was advertised to be: a relaxing, chill space exploration game across an impossibly vast galaxy.  I collected materials, salvaged ships, hunted for alien relics, and hopped from planet-to-planet cataloging (and sometimes naming) all the flora and fauna I encountered.  I made up little stories for my "character" as they focused on translating alien languages, and generally had a g...

The Once and Future Wizard

ConnectiCon was a very special weekend.  Lots of great stuff happened, like being surprised by my wife (who had told me she was staying home this year).  The Death Match was a thunderous, incredible success.  I caught up with some old friends and made some new ones.  ConnectiCon never fails to impress and uplift me. I also did something special for myself.  It was a small gesture that I didn't really mention to anyone, but now that the weekend is over I'll explain what I did. I used t...

ConnectiCon, Part 2

I spoke at length on Tuesday about how much ConnectiCon means to me.  Today I'm going to speak about the event I host at ConnectiCon which has arguably become the main event of the weekend: THE DEATH MATCH. Its proper name is the Cosplay Death Match, but that doesn't sound as metal. Years ago I was asked to host ConnectiCon's Cosplay Chess Match as a last-minute replacement.  I agreed, thinking it would be a one-time thing.  I had a lot of fun and t...