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"Whoa, sounds like somebody's living in the past. Contemporize, man!"

P.S. I'm aware there's something sorta kinda sad about posting pages of text on a five year old roleplay campaign. Of course, I do live in the past, in more ways than one. But in the spirit of living in the now, I should note that I am still playing in that ridonkulous 30-year OD&D campaign I mentioned before and I've also hooked up with a promising bunch of local gamers whose style might be closer to what we had in Boston. I'm hoping to run a 4-5 session Cold City or PTA game with them. The beast, as always, is scheduling.

Ahoy Hoy

Jul. 21st, 2005 03:43 pm
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Sorry for the long silence, everyone; I am slowly hacking our way through the jungle of cardboard boxes that is our new home, but I haven't yet unpacked the ones containing a telephone line, a stable internet connection, and all our free time. So instead of writing a long post recounting all my tedious adventures, I'm just going to drive back down to Boston and tell you (where "you" = the Bostonian contingent) all about them in person.

[ profile] papersource is already in Boston today; in fact, I believe she visited [ profile] vampyrusgirl at the zoo. I'll drive down to join her on either Saturday or Sunday, then be in town for three or four more days. Our plans are still kind of in flux: maybe we can plan some kind of Ephemeral get-together on Sunday or Monday or Tuesday night? Plus splinter get-togethers where possible.

It's a short and maybe poorly timed visit (mostly weekdays, clashing with [ profile] bryant and [ profile] head58's Fantasia trek, haven't really been gone that long yet, etc.), but it won't be the last. Hope to see as many / as much of all of you as I can.
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If you don't read [ profile] papersource, you may not have read that we sold our condo in one country and bought a house in another. All in about four days. The [ profile] papersource and I? We do not screw around.

If you don't read the New York Times magazine, you may not have read this article about Why TV Makes You Smarter. I have my doubts: if watching TV makes you smart, I ought to be like a Harvard PhD or something. But it's a neat article nonetheless.

If you don't read my Ro-Blog (aka [ profile] robotnikblog), you may not have read my post about the above NYT article, and how Hill Street Blues nearly drove me insane once.

If you don't read The Globe and Mail, you may not have read my friend Sean's feature in this Saturday's "Focus" section on skateboarding for grownups. At least I think the piece is about skateboarding for grownups. I haven't read it myself; the online version is available to paid subscribers only. (If only we'd picked up the Globe on our way out of town Saturday. Maybe somebody in Canadia can save me a copy?) But still, it's very cool that Sean (aka [ profile] sneech515) snagged another byline in Canada's newspaper of record. For those of you keeping score at home, this brings the balance of the universe, at least as far as the Globe's "Focus" section is concerned, to All That's Right in the World: 1, Leah McLaren: 517.
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This post has a soundtrack! It's the song "The Rest of My Life" by the band Sloan, on the album Action Pact. I've been listening to it constantly for the last two weeks, which probably means that for the rest of my life, whenever I hear that song it will take me back to February 2005.

I started thinking 'bout the rest of my life )

Edit: Hey, I should point out that none of this is quite as impending as I might have made it seem. I mean, we won't be moving until July or August. Certainly not before L's school year is over. It's not like we're going to London tomorrow. Well, actually we are going to London tomorrow, but just for a visit. We're coming back Wednesday. Lots of time between Wednesday and July to see all you Bostonians and do stuff and game and not game and all that.
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My dear, dear friends:

I have been offered and am probably going to accept (pending negotiation of salary details, etc., which is the reason this post is still Friends-only) have now accepted! a tenure track job at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.

This is wonderful news: it’s a great job at a great school, it’s tenure track, it’s a respected research university, I get to teach grad students, I get to develop one of the first programs in United States Studies in Canada, it means being in the same city as my sister and her family, and far closer to the rest of my family, and all my Toronto friends, than I’ve been in years.

This is terrible news: it means moving away from Boston, and so many of you!

More to come, no doubt, in person and on this LJ, about the decision and what it means, and what you all mean, to me. But, yeah. Big news.

Edit: One of the first U.S. Studies programs—turns out University of Toronto has one too. Grumble, grumble, Torontonians think they're so great... :)
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Coffee, tea, meat?

Home again, at a little after 1 am last night. A long rant about everything that happened on my 48+ hour trip home would sure be cathartic (It included a two-and-a-half hour cab ride (!) from London to Detroit, an hour trapped in the plane after landing in Boston because the exit ramp was frozen*, and finally, abandoning my cab driver after he got stuck in a snowbank a few blocks from my house, to finish the journey on foot. Plus lots of people not coping with life at their very best.) but I'm now so under the gun for the campus visits / job talks I have on Thursday and next Monday, I really can't do it justice.

It was great to see my sister and brother-in-law and their kids, though. And London looks nice, though the weather precluded much sightseeing. How did the interview itself go? OK, I think. I really can't remember.

*After an hour, this vexing dilemma was solved by moving the plane forward three feet.
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Well, it looks like I might get to spend the next seven thirty-six hours getting real familiar with the Detroit airport.

Edit: OK, change of plans. I won't be stranded in Detroit, just at my sister's place in London (Ontario). Which is a nicer place to be stranded, all things considered, but it means I don't get home until midnight tomorrow, and even then it's Providence rather than Boston, and I had a scary week coming up anyway what with job talk / interviews, and I know lots of people have bigger problems than this, but man o man.
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I'm off to Canada, hunting for jobs, the most dangerous game of all. Everyone be good while I'm gone/there! (Alas, I won't make it to Toronto. Nobody seems to want me there. DRAMATIC SIGH.) [ profile] ratmmjess, great to meet you! [ profile] jeregenest, keep healing! Everyone else, go visit the Creationist Science Fair. Courtesy of my friend Steve (still LJ-less and couch-less, but now with pants).

Edit: Yes, the creationist site is a fake, but an elaborate one. Which is greater: the effort people will put into web hoaxes, or the crackpottery of creationists? Kind of an irresistible force/immovable object problem, come to think of it. I'm still amused by excerpts like this:

Patricia Lewis (grade 8) did an experiment to see if life can evolve from non-life. Patricia placed all the non-living ingredients of life - carbon (a charcoal briquet), purified water, and assorted minerals (a multi-vitamin) - into a sealed glass jar. The jar was left undisturbed, being exposed only to sunlight, for three weeks. (Patricia also prayed to God not to do anything miraculous during the course of the experiment, so as not to disqualify the findings.) No life evolved. This shows that life cannot come from non-life through natural processes.


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