Monday, November 24, 2008


For 300 Billion you could pay 7,500,000 people $20.00 per hour, 40 hours a week for 50 weeks. Thats the bailout we know about and it's less than half the proposed amount. Bet we could get the roads fixed....

Now, for the three trillion the fed has spent so far. That would be 75 million people employed? OK, too many. How about $5.00 per hour, 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year for 300 million adults. That should cover most everyone in the country. $10,000 for each of us. That would stimulate the economy some. Of course, as taxpayers we are on the hook for this... so, how are you going to pay your share?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sue is at Midwest Furfest

Sue called me as she was setting up for Midwest Furfest. Here at the secret clanhold Mac has taken over Sue's seat and is hard at work. Well, she calls it work, and who am I to argue.


OK, more later...

Sue is on her Way!

I just saw Sue off to Midwest Furfest. She is headed out to pick up Sandy for the ride to Chicago. We got her going right at 6 AM our time. She has a six hour trip, if everything goes correct. Probably seven with stops. So, she should arrive at the show at 1 PM Friday. The dealer room opens at 3 PM. That means she has a small amount of wiggle room on the way.

Everybody keep an eye on her over there for me, OK?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Getting Sue Ready

I'm getting Sue ready for Midwest Furfest, she leaves early tomorrow morning. By getting the DS card books trimmed down to something more manageable means she will have the entire DS line with her and available.

More thinking:
I have the Mark's Mysteries blog for the podcast, but since I have not found the time to keep the stories going (I will, somehow) I have started putting up stories, books and podcasts I have found worth noting. I know that few of you out there have given up the commercial airwaves the way we have, but you may find something here to interest you. I find that as I work I can listen to any number of shows and either get a smile or get some information, and maybe some news.

You have probably also noticed a lot of ad links showing up on our pages. These are all tied to us and we are hopeful that people will use them so we can get a kick-back from these people. We have Google Ads, Itunes, Pet Smart, Stevivia, RiffTrax and Amazon accounts at this point. The income is slow so far, but it is building slowly. Essentially it gives us a way to make alternate money from the content we put on line. Hopefully it will provide enough extra to keep our wild and crazy enterprise going forward.

Your thoughts are?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

still wondering

Another blog that I have is Articles of Interest I Find. Everyday I spend time trying to understand the world I live in from both a historical and current point of view. Using Mars Edit it is easy, and quick, for me to post links to the blog. None of what is here is mine, just "stuff" I find interesting on the web. You can find the link here. I thought it would be worth letting people know what I was looking at, it may interest you as well.

OK, that is the end of my morning thought, comments welcome.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I find myself wondering how

I find myself wondering how to divide my blogging entries. The purposes of blogging is many fold, at least, it is for me. If you have any thoughts to add, please do.

First, I want to keep in touch with the people I know. I have friends from across the country and I enjoy reading their blogs as to what is happening. It gives me the feeling that I am staying in touch without interfering with their lives by taking up unwanted time. I have a number of personal blogs that I follow. If you want to let me know about your blog drop me a note at Intrinsic with this I want to keep interested people up on my life, which is here at my Daily Blog.

Second, I want to pass on our game data. That is DS, Prismatics, Tark, unnamed and Furzz at this point. There is just too much in our brains and not enough out there for you guys. The way I enjoy the most is to do podcasts. I feel better doing the "bardic" tradition than I do writing, and I like it. If I'm not enjoying these things then why do them? I have started using the LJ Journal for the primary release point for DS, but what do I do with the rest? I am nibbling away at a Core rules system for new games and I want to find a place to discuss those that makes sense. I can use help making sure they are clear. I am thinking I'll do that over at the Mark's Madness blog.

If you are confused, as I am, about where our "stuff" is you can find a page of our links right about here. I think of it as the central Empire of links.

Right now my mind has started to wander, so I will work on this again for the next post. In the mean time, if you have any suggestions, I would be glad to hear them, comment, comment, comment.

What the heck do you people want to see/read/hear?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Unbelievable Food

Sue made two small entirely organic lasagna's today. It is extremely good that she froze one before cooking. It was unbelievably good. I've had a number of these in good resturants and none of them are even close to what Sue made. I'm not sure if I want Sue to have more time to cook or not....

She also made organic chocolate chip cookies. I ate every one I could get my hands on. Again, Sue put some of the batter away. OK, so I had Mild too. Right now I am typing this, drinking coffee and enjoying a relaxing day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Getting Slowly back to work

I have to thank our Patrons for a very successful Pentacon. Now that I am back at home I am continueing to improve in the health area. I just have to be careful not to try to do too much and cause a set back.

I am still putting up Audiobook and Podcast recommendations on the Mark's Mysteries Blog. I am doing that while I try to find the time to get back to the story. I find these a great replacement for TV and other commercial broadcasting stuff.

Right now I have to get the orders out.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Still rather puny here.

I still have this congestion hanging on. Work is really going slow. We went out and bought groceries and I'm ready to sit and stare, maybe even back to sleep. Good thing I was a little ahead on Pentacon prep. Susan is pretty much back in gear. I'm glad I married a tough one.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Defrocked Valarians regroup

Yes, that is right. A series of adventures with 100-200 point characters revealed that some Valarians had been compromised. Realizing that they could do nothing they went to a well known Valarian Troublemaker with the information.

Researching the problem revealed that the infection ran deep. They were not able to pin down those "higher" tainted allies of the Pylos. Black Star assembled a crack team to strike directly at the den of the Pylos agent leading the taint. They were warned that this action could cost them there Valarian Status. They followed Black Star into the stronghold.

They fought there way in until they were confronted by a Hag Councilor, A Valarian Warmaster Dragon and several Jikadell Fiends. The Heroes nearly died, but they prevailed and Killed the Madspawn Valarian Warmaster and the Hag Councilor, but they had nothing left to confront the Pylos Agent with. They were forced to abandon the quest and regroup.

The Valarian Warmaster spirit escaped and reported his death at the hands of the Black Star led rouges. As the heroes limped away they found their Valarian Boons and abilities drain away. Not only did they gain a few old wounds to point at, but they had failed to reach their goal. They felt betrayed and bewildered.

Assembling the friends together Black Star spoke: "This is just the beginning of our battle against the Pylos and the infection they spread. We will clean up this problem. I know another way, an older way, a path of revenge. If you will stay with me I will take you to the elders and we will learn the ways of the Clans of old. The Clans know their world is lost, but it shall not be the Pylos who prevail. We are going to start by meeting with Heliot."

It seems that our campaign has taken a new course.

Now I need to decide where I put these cards for people to try. I think I will just do them as jpg files so people can download them and play. I'll let you know where that is as soon as I figure it out....

Just too Curious, I guess

Whenever I find myself forced to just sit my mind begins to travel to alternate worlds, new ideas and way too much fun is had inside my skull.

I am using this feed as my general outlet and I have started something new on the Live Journal, I am treating it like a news feed with info, updates etc. I'll see how people feel about that.

For quick notes I'll use the twitter feed you see to the right. They may become stories or pages in the future or they may pass into oblivion. It does give people a chance to see how badly my mind wanders.

A while ago I started a Facebook page, but I have not done much with it. It is really an experiment to see how, and why, social networks exist. This is the link to me on Facebook. Anyone who is on there should let me know. I'm going to start checking and using it more.

Now today I found an article that actually explained something to me that I was having trouble getting my brain around. It dawned on me that I may not be the only one who needs good explanations of the worlds antics. So I decided I needed somewhere to put these, and here is the Blog link. It allows me to find the freaking thing again to review and lets me share what I find.

What it all amounts to is that my world has changed a lot since I heard President Eisenhower on the radio, and I am fascinated by it all. I know that some my age are scared, but I am excited by the potential of this world and I want to see what happens next!

Hopefully I can help some others see our ever changing world as fun and get them to join me in exploring this wonderful world. That does not mean I want to forget where I have been, in fact that history is what I want to add to. I can enjoy the entertainment of the past and move forward at the same time. We all can, if we want to.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall Illness Keeps me quiet

Last Monday morning Sue awoke with a bad cough, lung congestion and general poor health. I spent Monday and Tuesday working and caring for my Sue. By Tuesday night Sue had turned the corner and was able to get work done. It looked like everything would be fine.

On wednesday morning I woke with the problem. I continued to work and care for Sue. My thinking was that I had not gotten this early and that I could toss it aside. Thursday I found myself down for the count. The weakness in my respiratory system came to visit me and doing things like breathing and moving became extremely difficult. (I have had severe bronchial problems which started with puberty. Puberty brought me some things I really, really like plus asthma, allergies and thrice yearly bronchitis. Kind of one of those with the good one must accept some bad experiences.)

Anyway, Friday morning Sue was starting to get worried. She asked me if I needed to go to the doctor. I considered for a moment. I know I could get better on my own, but there is this Pentacon thing coming and I'll still be sick if I don't go for help. So, I went to the doctor.

My regular doc is on vacation, so I headed for a clinic. My Lord, these people want a freaking fortune to get in, oh well, in I went. I left with some samples and a couple of scripts for medicine.

After picking up the meds I read all of the "side effects" carefully. I was a little worried when I saw the warning "avoid use of machinery, especially chainsaws, as some users have a craving to use chainsaws on neighborhood houses, trees, cars and neighbors." OK, maybe that would be fun. I mean that gave me a grin and I had not even taken the stuff.

Well, the meds are working on the congestion and I am rapidly improving. As long as I ignore the entertaining shakes, dizziness, mood swings, stomach gases, umm, where the f**k am I? Oh yea, right. It looks like I'll be on my feet for Pentacon.

Fortunately I was actually ahead on Pentacon prep and the new cards were printed and laminated wednesday. All I need to do is find a day to cut them and I am home free. The e-mail con pick up orders are letting me know how many cards we will need. We will see how that works.

It does mean that the progress I was making on the market and the Gatekeeper Comic have come to a halt, but I'll get back there. The absolutely wild careening of my thoughts has given me several absolutely nutty ideas, and I think I'll do them all.

I have also found a couple of interesting podcasts. I'll get them up on the Mark's Mysteries blog as recommendations in the near future.

OK, I'm going to lay back down. Energy levels have run down and I seem to need an infusion.